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    Financial Management and Counseling Services (FMCS)

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Services We Provide > Focus Areas > Self-Determination​ > Financial Management and Counseling Services

    Financial Management and Counseling Service (FMCS) support individuals who choose to self-direct. With the help of a Coordinator of Community Services (CCS) and other team members, participants choose an FMCS agency. The FMCS agency assists participants with employer and budget related hiring, accounting, and payroll activities. For example, FMCS agencies:​

    • Help check that employees/vendors meet requirements to work
    • Remind participants and their teams when employee and vendor certifications are due
    • Pay employees/vendors and purchase goods and services at the request of participants
    • Provide reports and monthly statements to help participants keep track of spending of their budget
    • Complete tax reporting for the participants, their employees, and vendors

    Historically, the DDA offered two fiscal management service agencies.  In June 2022, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) announced the selection of three FMCS agencies: GT Independence, Public Partnerships LLC, and The Arc Central Chesapeake Region. 

    FMCS are required to provide services outlined by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH). FMCS may offer different tools and additional support for participants and their team.  FMCS have monthly fees that will be paid from the participants' self-directed budget.  Each FMCS has a different monthly fee. 


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    FMCS Agencies

    ​​Participants self-directing services in the Family Supports Waiver, Community Supports Waiver, and Community Pathways Waiver choose the Financial Management and Counseling Services (FMCS) agency that works best for them. There are three companies that provide DDA’s FMCS services:

    FMCS Monthly Fees

    FMCS agencies have monthly fees that will be paid from the participants' self-directed budget.  The fees increase every year on July 1st as noted below. ​

    July 2022 - June 2023 July 2023 - June 2024 July 2024 - June 2025 ​July 2025 - June 2026 July 2026 - June 2027
    GT Independence $123 per month $123 per month $123 per month $123 per month $123 per month
    Public Partnerships LLC $83 per month $85.49 per month $88.05 per month $90.70 per month $93.42 per month
    The Arc Central Chesapeake Region $200 per month $205 per month $210.13 per month $215.17 per month $220 per month

    ​​​FMCS Employer Tax Rate

    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​GT Independence: 14%
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Public Partnerships, LLC: 14%​​​​​​​​​​​​
    • The Arc Central Chesapeake Region: 14%