Seeking Assistance with DDA's Self Directed Program? (202) 286-8885



 You are in the right place with the right Support Broker..





Maryland DDA Community Pathways Home and Community-based Services (HCBS) Waiver changed as of October 1, 2015 and there is plenty of information which families need know about the new rules and regulations.  Don't do it alone, Consulta's Director Alarice Vidale de Palacios, can help. As a parent of a medically fragile individual,  Alarice has taken this journey and can guide you through the process, while offering emotional sound support as a Certified Support Broker.  In order to assist families and offer her assistance during the transition from residential to the self directed program Alarice, became a certified representative in order to broker and bridge the gap of under standing for families throughout the state of Maryland who are seeking more knowledge in order to make an informed consent if this program may be for you.


If you are reviewing this page, then this means you are considering the self directed path as an option for you or your loved one. However what exactly is Self Directed Services which is offered as an option through the Community Pathways Waiver?  Very simple!


Self Direction is


  • service delivery for individual with developmental disabilities and /or designated representatives who wish to exercise more choice, control, and authority over their supports.

  • Self direction gives waiver participants and families greater control over the services they receive, how they receive them, and who provides them.

  • At the same time, people who self direct must be willing to take on the responsibility of managing their services.


Through consultancy with the Consulta team families can expect to receive:


  • Non rushed thorough understanding of the new waiver regulations

  • How those the rules may impact the roles of the current family providers and support

  • Options regarding planning and much more


As a paid Support Broker Alarice will help the individual or the family to

  • make informed decisions about this Self Directed System

  • Manage employees, supports and services

  • Ensure that the individualized budget is being spent in accordance with the approved IP&B

  • Initial planning and start up activities

  • Independent Advocacy 



Consulta can help! (202)286.8885