Personal Assistance Services (PAS) may be provided through DARS to individuals with physical disabilities such as spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, or muscular dystrophy, who require assistance from another person to perform non-medical activities of daily living.
Personal assistance services mean a range of services provided by one or more persons, designed to assist an individual with a disability to perform daily living activities on or off the job that the individual would typically perform if the individual did not have a disability. These services must be designed to increase the individual's control in life and ability to perform everyday activities on or off the job and include but are not limited to: Getting up and ready for work or going out into the community (including bathing and dressing), cooking, cleaning or running errands.
DARS neither maintains a registry of individuals who provide personal assistance nor provides recommendations. However, the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD) provided grant funding to the Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living (VACIL) for the development of a Directory to serve those looking for personal assistants as well as personal assistants seeking employment. The Directory was developed and is hosted by Public Partnerships (PPL). Please note that the PPL website states: “ PPL has not conducted any credentialing, back ground checks, reference checks, verifications or any other investigations into the accuracy or completeness of the information, and similarly have no opinion or assessment on the fitness, capabilities, or quality of any specific provider.” https://connect.publicpartnerships.com/LoginASD.aspx
A PAS Application and assessment is needed to request PAS services. Comparable programs like the Medicaid Waiver for EDCD must be applied for and ruled out before PAS services can be considered
For more information regarding PAS, contact Carolyn Turner, Manager, Personal Assistance Services at: