Independent brokers are individuals who do not work for the Mental Health System and provide linkage with needed supports or information in the community to persons leading self determined lives.
In some cases, a broker may provide expertise in only one area. Others may have expertise developed in a variety of areas. An independent broker may not be human service focused. If you want to know about buying or finding a home, use a realtor as your broker. If you want to find a job, try a job locator on the internet. Brokers may charge hourly or daily or in a lump sum for providing their services.
Your supports coordinator or personal agent will help you develop your plan of service based on your person centered plan. A broker can help you implement your plan by helping you hire staff, find a place to live, find a job, identify leisure activities, and access other agencies for resources.