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Helping Your Child as a Paid Provider During the Pandemic

Helping Your Child as a Paid Provider During the Pandemic


Written by the Arizona Autism United's Family Support Team


Recently, the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) released an announcement with some new ways to support families during the COVID-19 emergency. One of these new opportunities is that parents of minors can now become paid direct care providers for their own children, as long as they have been approved for habilitation or attendant care services.  This provision by DDD is only temporary during the COVID-19 emergency period.

As a Qualified Vendor Agency with DDD and a family-focused nonprofit organization, AZA United is committed to providing support for families during this emergency period in any way we can. Here is what we are doing to help parents become Temporary Direct Care Workers:

  • We have created a simplified virtual process for parents to become paid providers through AZA United.
  • To help financially support our families, all parents receive an enhanced pay rate that is above our standard maximum rates.
  • We offer ongoing support from our experienced field trainers to help parents with strategies to work on your child’s goals.
  • For information about this opportunity, view these Parent Provider FAQs.
  • If you are ready to start, fill out this Parent Provider Application and we will follow up with you right away. 

Parents of adult children (over age 18) can also become paid providers for their child.  However, that has always been the case.  The option to do this for minors is new and only temporary. 

If you have questions and would like to speak with our Family Support Team before applying, send us a message through our Contact Us page.  To explore the array of services we offer for children & youth, family members, schools and the community, please visit:

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