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The Family Choice Program

The Family Choice Program is a unique, self-directed program that offers people with developmental disabilities and their families the control of recruiting Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and in-home coordination of services through the SELF, Level 1, and IO waivers.

As the agency provider of record, The Arc of Ohio assumes the hiring and training of DSPs while also providing oversight and responsibility for certification, compliance, waiver billing, workers’ compensation, and payroll.

In conjunction with a designated family representative (referred to as the Family Coordinator in HPC situations) or the OSL contractor, The Arc of Ohio oversees DSP compliance in regards to service documentation submission, incident reporting, and on-going staff training.

The Family Choice Program is based on the philosophy of self-determination and empowers people with developmental disabilities to enhance the quality of their lives by providing them with the opportunity for choice and control over their services and supports by acknowledging that they are the best judges of their own needs and how those needs should be met.

Advocacy / Independence

Daily Living

Community Inclusion


Listen to The Arc of Ohio's interview about the Family Choice Program on the Ability & Beyond podcast!

Conor Smenner, a student at Bowling Green and a self-advocate, hosts the podcast that "looks beyond disability by providing personal experience, community supports, and social engagements for individuals with developmental disabilities to help them better understand and navigate their daily lives"

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