FMS FAQ: Who Will Train the Staff that I Hire?
Family Managed Services (FMS) is a funding option that enables families to hire and direct their own staff to support a family member with developmental disabilities to live a full life in community. The Alberta government’s Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) program provides this funding for people with developmental disabilities.
The point of FMS is to support individuals to live a good life by having friends and close relationships, living in their own home, having a job and a career, being a life-long learner, enjoying recreational and leisure activities, expressing creativity and participating in community life.
One of the most common questions we are asked about FMS is ‘Who will train the staff that I hire?’
A: As you know your family member best, most of the information about how staff can best support the individual will come from the family. There are also training opportunities families can encourage their staff to participate in. The Darrell Cook Family Managed Supports Resource Centre periodically provides educational opportunities for families and/or their staff. Other workshops are provided by Inclusion Alberta or other organizations/agencies.
For more about hiring staff once you have FMS funding, click to see our directory.
To learn more about using FMS to support a family member with developmental disabilities, please visit our FMS Online Guide here!