State Program Membership


The National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS) State Program Membership at Applied Self-Direction is available to state agencies that administer, or seek to administer, self-direction programs.

We offer an open program membership option (Tier 1), which includes 2 hours of technical assistance. This option is available to state agencies at no cost. We also offer higher tiers of program membership for state agencies who seek more intensive technical assistance. Tier placement will be determined by the number of technical assistance hours required by the state.

The Program Membership year runs from July 1st through June 30th. You may join at any time.

To receive more information about Program Membership, please contact

If you are a current member and would like to be added to the membership email distribution list, please contact


As a Program Member, you will enjoy benefits such as:

  • Technical assistance from top experts in self-direction to build and improve your programs
  • Updates to stay on top of national and state policy and program developments for self-direction
  • Open forum webinars to answer your programmatic questions
  • Opportunities to attend FMS member webinars and trainings
  • Provide feedback to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Labor (DOL), and other federal agencies

For higher-tiered program members, we offer specialized one-on-one technical assistance (TA) on various issues including program design, policy development, and service delivery. Examples of TA include:

  • Presenting information and guidance on shifting from a traditional case management model to a self-directed model
  • Analyzing and evaluating quality management systems for quality assurance and improvement
  • Implementing self-direction in complex environments (managed care, Medicaid/Medicare eligible, etc.)
  • Operationalizing FMS models
  • Assisting in the development and management of individual budgets
  • Supporting compliance with federal policies
  • Examining ways to ensure self-direction has a neutral financial impact and developing a funding structure for self-direction
  • Assessing the efficiency of self-direction program
  • Providing strategies to expand existing programs
  • Developing programs supporting employment opportunities through participant preparation, training, and on-the-job coaching


There are two categories of Program Membership available:

  1. Tier 1 (Open Membership) is free and includes 2 hours of technical assistance
  2. Tier 2-7 Program Membership includes additional hours of technical assistance for a fee:
Membership Category Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4 Tier 5 Tier 6 Tier 7
TA Hours 2 hours 15 hours 40 hours 60 hours 100 hours 120 hours 150 hours
Dues Rate Free $2,050 $5,000 $7,200 $11,700 $13,900 $17,300


You can apply for Program Membership online here.


You can view the Program Membership directory here.

Steering Committee

The Program Membership Steering Committee is a subgroup of programs members that advises the NRCPDS at Applied Self-Direction on its Program Membership offerings. Steering Committee members include:

Program Member Agency Representative
Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing Rhyann Lubitz
Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities Kyla Mundwiller
North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services Mary Jo Littlewood
Ohio Department of Aging Tiffany Cooper
Oklahoma Department of Human Services Karla Selman

If you're interested in learning more about the Program Membership Steering Committee, please email