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What is the Personal Care Assistance (PCA) Program?

In order to maintain employment, look for employment, or participate in training for employment, some Ohioans with severe physical disabilities may require a personal care attendant/aide to assist them with activities of daily living (ADLs). OOD’s PCA Program provides partial reimbursement to eligible individuals so that they may hire an attendant/aide.

How Does the PCA Program Work?

After an individual is determined to be eligible and receives a start date, eligible individuals:

1. Screen, interview, and select their attendant(s)/aide(s);

2. Agree to a payment structure with the attendant(s)/aide(s);

3. Pay the attendant(s)/aide(s) wages and maintain records of those payments;

4. Submit bi-weekly reimbursement requests (Reimbursement Billing for PCA)  to the PCA Program; and

5. Request quarterly reimbursement of any employer costs (Employer Costs Billing) incurred (e.g., Social Security, Medicare, State and Federal Unemployment, and Workers’ Compensation costs).

What are Activities of Daily Living (ADL)?

ADLs may include but are not limited to: dressing, grooming, bathing and toileting, food preparation, feeding, medicating, turning, repositioning, transferring and assisting with ambulation.

Eligible individuals require assistance in ADLs so that they may work, look for work, or attend training that will lead to work.

Who is Eligible for the PCA Program?

The PCA Program is an employment program. All individuals must be competitively employed, actively looking for work, or be in an approved training program that will lead to work. Additionally, to qualify for the PCA Program, an individual must:

  •  Have a severe physical disability;
  •  Be 18 years of age or older;
  •  Be an Ohio resident and obtain services in Ohio;
  •  Need no fewer than 8 consecutive weeks of PCA and no more than 455 hours per quarter;
  •  Have adjusted income not exceeding 600% of the poverty level;
  •  Be capable of instructing and supervising an attendant/aide;
  •  Be living independently, or, through the PCA Program, be capable of living independently; and
  •  Agree to reapply for the PCA Program annually.

Individuals do not need to be involved in the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program in order to be eligible for the PCA Program.

Who Can Be an Attendant/Aide?

Eligible individuals must ensure that their attendant(s)/aide(s):

  • Agree to the terms of work and payment;
  • Are able to perform required tasks;
  • Report to work as scheduled; and
  • Understand their tax obligations as required by law.

OOD’s PCA Program does not hire attendants/aides, nor does the program provide a list of qualified attendants/aides. Attendants/aides are hired by the eligible individual who requires the assistance.

What are the Responsibilities of Eligible Individuals?

Eligible individuals must:

1. Screen, interview, select, instruct, and supervise their attendant(s)/aide(s);

2. Pay the attendant(s)/aide(s) wages;

3. Develop an organized system to maintain all PCA Program-related paperwork;

4. Follow all obligations, procedures, and payments of employer costs as required by law;

5. Reapply for the PCA Program annually; and

6. Follow all other rules and procedures established by the PCA Program.

How do Ohioans Apply to the PCA Program?

An Ohioan can apply to the PCA Program by following the steps below:

1. Contact the PCA representative in your area Statewide Facility Contact List to discuss how the PCA Program might fit your needs;

2. Complete the PCA Application and the Financial Statement. If you require assistance in completing these forms, your PCA representative will be able to assist you;

3. Provide documentation of all of your income, earned and unearned;

4. Provide documentation that supports your employment status (e.g., paystubs and tax forms for employment; resume for job seeking; school schedule);

5. The PCA representative will conduct a home visit and interview; and

6. PCA eligibility will be determined within 30 days of a complete application packet and home visit.

Contact Information

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Allen, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Logan, Lucas, Marion, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Seneca, Union, Van Wert, Williams, Wood, and Wyandot Counties

Jacki Stromberg

Services for Independent Living, Inc
216.731.1529
614.985.9021 FAX
jacki.stromberg@ood.ohio.gov

Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, Pike, Scioto, Warren, Montgomery, Miami, Greene, Preble, Clark, Shelby, Darke, Champaign, Fayette, and Madison Counties

Charita Schiele

Center for Independent Living Options
513.241.2600, etx. 120
614.985.9722 FAX<
charita.schiele@ood.ohio.gov

Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, and Richland Counties

Marly Saade

Center for Disability Empowerment
614.575.8055
614.985.9367 FAX
marly.saade@ood.ohio.gov

Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Portage, Summit, Trumbull, Columbiana, Mahoning, Stark and Wayne Counties

Lisa Marn

Services for Independent Living, Inc.
216.731.1529, ext. 309
614.985.7643 FAX
lisa.marn@ood.ohio.gov

Cuyahoga, Erie, Huron, Lorain, and Medina Counties

Maria Wolf

Linking Employment and Potential (LEAP)
216.696.2716, ext. 823
614.985.9373 FAX
maria.wolf@ood.ohio.gov

All other counties

Katie Scheetz

PCA Program Coordinator
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
513.314.7650
614.985.9678 FAX
katie.scheetz@ood.ohio.gov