Personal Assistance Services Curriculum
The purpose of a personal assistant is to perform (or help to perform) those tasks in the home that the person may be unable to do, or has difficulty with, because of a psychiatric disability. Personal Assistance Services (PAS), therefore, is centered around activities of daily life rather than treating aspects of the disability.
PAS is provided under the direction of the person with the disability. The provider of services is a paraprofessional (someone with training but without a special academic degree) and is chosen by the person with a disability.
The curriculum is designed to be used by other individuals with disabilities, mental health workers, as well as those with no expertise in mental health.
There are two components to this free of charge curriculum: knowledge and skills. The training delivered through this curriculum prepares those interested in becoming PAS providers for individuals with psychiatric disabilities.