Support broker information
A Support broker is personally hired by an individual with a disability to help create and implement life plans, manage budgets, supervise support staff, negotiate rates for supports, network within the community, and expand the circle of friends and other allies in the community.
Support brokers are people who are employed directly by participants with a developmental disability. For participants that are minor children, the employer is the parent, or legal guardian if one exists, of that child. Support brokers help their employer develop and manage their services and supports, providing support in a way that is flexible and responsive to the needs and abilities of their employer. Support brokers also help their employers develop a support and spending plan, monitor the annual budget, and develop back-up plans to mitigate potential risks to the health and safety of the participant. Additionally, support brokers assist their employers in the process of managing employees, including recruiting, hiring, and monitoring, as necessary.
Support brokers are committed to a value system that supports each participant’s fundamental right to a life of dignity, self-determination, and community inclusion. Support brokers assure the participant’s health and welfare is supported, assuring safety through a network of family members, friends, and paid supports. Support brokers help provide leadership, resources, ideas, and coordination for their employers. They have a clear focus on helping an employer identify individualized goals to increase independence and quality of life.