Self-Direction Toolkit

KANSAS Personal Assistance Supports and Services (K-PASS)

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A Comprehensive Guide to Assist Individuals in Self-Direction

The Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities
April 2006

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.


Entire Document
Individual Chapters – (PDF)
0– Includes the Title Page and Table of Contents
1 – Section 1: Introduction to Self-Direction
2 – Section 2: Developing Your Job Description
3 – Section 3: Selecting a Payroll Agent
4 – Section 4: Recruiting Your PA
5 – Section 5: Screening the Applicants
6 – Section 6: Interviewing and Selecting Your PA
7 – Section 7: Training Your PA
8 – Section 8: Managing Your PA
9 – Section 9: Planning for PA Back-Up and Other Emergencies
10 – Section 10: Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation
11 – References and Resources
12 – Appendix A: Laws & Statutory Regulations
13 – Appendix B: Kansas Resources Directory
15 – Appendix D: Sample Job Competencies
16 – Appendix E: Kansas Colleges & Universities
17 – Appendix F: Sample Policies