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Resource: Self-Direction Toolkit

The Kansas Self-Direction Toolkit provides individuals with disabilities the information and tools needed to self-direct any component of their personal assistance services.


Consumers, case managers, service coordinators, family members and others will like the Toolkit’s step-by-step format with a mix and match option that puts you in control of the information you want and need to self-direct your personal assistant (PA) supports and services. Whether you are a first-time employer or you’ve been hiring PAs for years and are just looking for some ideas to make the whole process easier, you’ll like the user-friendly format.

It is an ambitious goal to develop information, all in one “toolkit”, that enables self-directed employers to recruit, hire, train, and manage personal assistants (PA). The extent to which this goal has been accomplished is due to the diligence of the K-PASS Stakeholder Group and others who reviewed the Toolkit draft and offered their advice and expertise.


The Kansas Self-Direction Toolkit was modeled on the Tennessee Personal Assistance Supports and Services (PASS) User’s Guide, developed under a Department of Health and Human Services grant by The Arc of Tennessee. Other resources are listed in the References and Resources section.


Download the Entire Self-Direction Toolkit Document

Self-Direction Tool Kit – (PDF – 3MB)


Information you will find in the toolkit:

Section 1: Introduction to Self-Direction
Section 2: Developing Your Job Description
Section 3: Selecting a Payroll Agent
Section 4: Recruiting Your PA
Section 5: Screening the Applicants
Section 6: Interviewing and Selecting Your PA
Section 7: Training Your PA
Section 8: Managing Your PA
Section 9: Planning for PA Back-Up and Other Emergencies

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