Agency With Choice
The Agency With Choice Program allows the Individual/Managing Employer (Surrogate) the ability to select their own Support Service Worker (SSW). This handpicked employee will be an employee of The Arc for payroll, tax and Worker’s Compensation purposes; but will be subject to the day-to-day direction and control of the Individual/Managing Employer (Surrogate) for their service activities. The Arc's Agency With Choice Program is based on the philosophy of Self-Determination and empowers persons with disabilities to enhance the quality of their lives. Providing individuals with the opportunity for choice and control over their services and supports acknowledges that they are the best judges of their own needs and how those needs should be met. This includes the ability to:
- Choose and control the services you receive
- Directly recruit or select your personal support service workers
- Determine how and when the services will be provided
- Receive assistance and training on an as-needed basis from The Arc of Lehigh and Northampton Counties to manage your own support service workers
The Arc's Agency With Choice Program is currently available to individuals with Waiver funding in Lehigh and Northampton Counties.
The Arc of Lehigh and Northampton Counties is a non-profit organization as defined by IRS regulations. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.