Agency with Choice
Agency with Choice is a Pennsylvania program for families and individuals with disabilities who want to hire and
employ their own Support Service Workers. The program is offered to families living in Mercer County and is
administered through MCAR.
Families choosing the Agency with Choice option can hire whomever they want — including relatives or friends —
to help care for their loved one. The individual's government funding is used to pay for these services. Families
select how much to pay their aide based on the state's set rates.
MCAR was selected by the Department of Public Welfare's Office of Developmental Programs to serve as the only
Agency with Choice administrator in Mercer County. As the employer of record, we assist the family with hiring
their Support Service Worker, and we train the family how to be the managing employer. We handle all the
required paper work, including payroll processing, tax reporting, insurance payments, and any other
Agency with Choice is currently available to individuals with an MR waiver in Mercer County. This option is a
good choice for a family that wants to be more involved in selecting its support service worker and in directing
the services provided, but that don’t want to deal with the paperwork and requirements of being an employer.
For more information, contact our Agency with Choice Coordinator at 724-981-2950 x 241.