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PAC Services

Support By Your Side

Acquire and maintain daily life skills in both the home and in the community with Participant Assistance and Care (PAC) Services and the one-on-one attention of a Direct Support Professional (DSP).

​As caregivers, we understand how important it is to feel you can trust the professionals working with your loved ones. When matching Direct Support Professionals (DSP) to our clients, we rely on input from our clients. We want to know your goals, concerns, and interests to make sure we are pairing you with the best possible match.


Although similar to Respite Services, PAC Services are more goal oriented. All goals are designed to increase the independence of the individual. Your DSPs will work toward the goals listed in the Person Centered Individual Service Plan (PCISP). 


Some examples of PAC goals include:

  • Daily Living Skills

  • Health & Safety

  • Meal Prep

  • Keeping Appointments

  • Community Activities

  • Bill Paying

  • Shopping

  • Social Skills in Small and Large Groups

  • Meeting People with Shared Interests

  • Leisure Activities

  • Self-Care

  • Household Chores

  • Public Transportation

  • Homework Strategies​

  • Reinforcement of Behavioral Support 

 

These goals are only some of the many ways that we can help our clients achieve independence.  Contact us to see how we can help you meet your individual goals. 

Preferred Caregivers

Caregivers: You devote time, energy, and care to the ones you love. Wouldn't it be great if someone supported the care you provide? We do!

A PAC Preferred Caregiver is a DSP who provides PAC services to someone they already know and love. Parents can be preferred caregivers if their child is over 18. Other relatives, in-laws, or family friends can be preferred caregivers for any age individual.

We equip preferred caregivers with the same in-depth training that we give to all of our DSPs to enrich the skills you already use with your loved one. You'll also have access to all the resources and professional support available to all our DSPs to make the care you provide even more robust.

Want to learn more about being paid for the support you currently give to a loved one? Contact our Director of Waiver Services for more information.

What's the Partners Difference?

Guided by Client Choice

We put clients first by looking to client input to make successful pairings. First, we listen to your goals and interests and get to know you as a person. Then, we identify the DSP who will be the best fit for the you. We then host a meet-and-greet in which you can interview our recommended DSP and determine whether they will mesh well with your personality and needs. When you feel comfortable with the pairing, you will begin meeting regularly to pursue your goals. Your schedule for meeting is based on what works for you.

Resources and Social Groups

We equip our DSPs with a wide range of resources to support socialization:

  • Social groups we host on site or in the community

    • Tabletop game nights for adults and young adults - free event to meet others with similar interests​

    • Bowling nights for the whole family - connect with other families while having fun

    • Social outings for all ages and interests - enjoy monthly excursions with peers to local venues based on member requests

    • Navigators Scouting Troop - develop hands-on skills and learn about the natural world

  • Memberships to an ever-growing assortment of local venues

    • ​We secure group memberships in order to remove financial barriers for clients and encourage clients to try new things. These memberships include access to physical activities, fine arts, nature, and educational venues in the community.

  • Up-to-date listings of community events

    • We collect information about local and regional events in a single, easy to access spot to promote diverse ways of engaging in your community.​

DSP Training

Unlike many other providers, our DSPs are employees, not contractors. We provide them with specialized training in autism that goes beyond what is standard. This training focuses on understanding and responding to the variety of unique needs of individuals with autism. Our Lead DSPs complete even more in-depth training on autism with an important emphasis on sensory related issues and must demonstrate mastery in skills related to interpreting and guiding behavior.

Funding

Partners in Autism is an approved Indiana Medicaid Waiver Services Provider. PAC Services are funded by the Family Supports Medicaid Waiver or by private-pay. We can help you navigate Waiver funding and guide you through the process of obtaining the Waiver. You can email our Wavier Services directly at WaiverServices@PartnersinAutism.com

Partners in Autism requires coordination of care and will partner with the professionals on your team. Whether it's working with other Waiver Service providers, an Employment Specialist, or an ABA Technician, we know consistency will help you reach your best possible outcome!

Additionally, we actively pursue grant opportunities to enrich the range of activities our clients can enjoy at minimal cost to them. We also secure grants to empower our DSPs to try new things.

 

We are a grant recipient of the November 2022 Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) Direct Service Workforce Investment Grant. Of the services supported by the grant, we provide:

  • Participant Assistance and Care

  • ​Extended Services

Personal and Professional

Having one-on-one, real-time support​ can be very beneficial to individuals with autism who want to improve their social interaction skills. The DSP can help them navigate social environments by talking through interactions ahead of time, giving feedback, being a source of encouragement, helping them process emotions, and giving guidance. By knowing the traits of the individual and strategies that are successful for them, the DSP can be a centering presence in unfamiliar or uncomfortable settings. 

As a trained professional, the DSP is able to:

  • help the participant access resources in the community

  • provide sensory management strategies which are suitable for the individual

  • reduce large tasks into less overwhelming steps

  • providing external assurance and encouragement

  • serve as a model for skills and behaviors

  • communicate information about goal progress with the client's case manager or Behavior Consultant (BC) to ensure that decisions about goals are based on accurate data

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