Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the same right to live and participate in their community as anyone else. Yes, sometimes, individuals may need training, support, supervision, etc., and that is where New Star takes the lead. Community Life is many things and might look different to anyone including; meeting new people, developing relationships, learning skills, going shopping, paying bills, having privacy, cooking meals, medication assistance, having a place to sleep, etc. Our trained staff provides opportunities for individuals to learn the skills needed to live meaningful lives in their communities.

Participant Assistance and Care

Participant Assistance & Care, which is also known as PAC, provides an individual support in the areas of self-care, mobility, and activities of daily living. This may include direct support or providing prompting and intermittent support. An individual may be provided with support to complete different tasks such as, shopping, hygiene, cooking, cleaning, making appointments, and paying bills, to name a few. This support was developed to allow individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities live successfully in their own home or family home instead of institutions. Participant Assistance & Care is funded by Indiana’s Family Support Waiver. To participate in these services, an individual must have these identified in their Person-Centered/Individualized Support Plan or PC/ISP. An individual can talk to their Case Manager about adding this to their PC/ISP and annual budget.

Kayla with 3 consumers at play

For detailed information about New Star’s program offerings in Indiana, please contact

Kara Pierce at or (219) 440-7430.