In the summer of 2016, the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS), with support from AARP, conducted the third National Inventory of Self Direction Programs. This inventory compiled information about numbers of self... read more
The Human Services Research Institute issued a press release announcing the launch of a new website focused on self direction in mental health. The website can be found here. For the past three years, the Human Services Research Institute, Applied... read more
This 30-minute webinar explored key recent developments related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), FLSA Home Care Rule, and state labor law. Analysis of these developments' impacts on self direction was also included. This webinar was... read more
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities' June 23, 2017 statement on the Better Care Reconciliation Act is available online.
This 2014 n4a conference presentation, The Value of VA and AAA Partnerships: The Veteran-Directed Home and Community-Based Services (VD-HCBS) Program, describes two sets of outcomes of the VD-HCBS program. First, it describes findings from a study... read more
Consensus Statement from the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) Board of Directors on the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.
In a March 2017 letter to the nation’s governors, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price set forth their administration’s priorities for Medicaid. This... read more
Lutheran Services in America released new research that demonstrates that the vast majority of Americans oppose the proposed changes to Medicaid outlined in the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Research highlights include: 75 percent of Americans... read more
During our 2017 Self Direction Conference, Alison Barkoff, lead Medicaid advocate for the Center for Public Representation, led a session at our conference titled, Update on Federal Policies that Impact Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS).... read more
“Person-centered” has been in our vocabulary for a long time, and self direction is an excellent example of how important ideas can be put into practice. This June 2016 training for FMS Members provides a review of the underlying principles of... read more
Medicaid Per Capita Caps and Block Grants: Devastating for People with Disabilities was developed by the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities. This "leave behind" sheet provides one organization's take on per capita caps for individuals with... read more
Nina Dastur is the primary author on research examining opportunities to expand the quantity and improve the quality of caregiving employment to create good jobs that meet families' caregiving needs. The recommendations in this research will develop... read more
The purpose of this document is to help self direction programs prepare to develop a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Financial Management Services (FMS) by examining the program design elements that impact the requirements within an RFP. The Guide is... read more
The Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Expenditures Data Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015 report shows FFY 2015 data, along with updates for FY 2012 through 2014 spending. This report contains information which resulted from a contract... read more
Various employees and friends of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota share how they came to receive Medicaid benefits and what that meant to them in the Faces of Medicaid video. You can view the video here.
2017 Self Direction Conference Breakout Session: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) support systems are faced with increasing demand for supports that promote self direction and community integration. Policymakers, however, must... read more
2017 Self Direction Conference Breakout Session: The 21st Century Cures Act requires that Medicaid Personal Care and Home Health services be recorded via Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) by 2019 and 2023 respectively in order for states to... read more
2017 Self Direction Conference Breakout Session: The provision of high-quality HCBS, including self-directed services and supports, Financial Management Services (FMS) and Information... read more
2017 Self Direction Conference Breakout Session: In this session, federal partners at VHA and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) shared updates on the Veteran-Directed Home and Community-Based Services (VD-HCBS) program expansion and... read more
2017 Self Direction Conference Breakout Session: Do you find it tough to fully engage in person-centered planning and self direction of all target groups? Supporting all people to maintain choice and control as they plan a self-directed life can be... read more
2017 Self Direction Conference Breakout Session: Ms. Barkoff discussed recent federal policies that have created momentum to change systems to better provide people with disabilities opportunities for real community inclusion – integrated community... read more
2017 Self Direction Conference Breakout Session: Increasingly, people with serious mental health conditions are self-directing their services and supports to pursue recovery goals. This session explored what self direction looks like in the context... read more
2017 Self Direction Conference Breakout Session: Representatives from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provided guidance on some of the largest compliance challenges facing FMS providers today. This presentation focused primarily on Notice 2014-7... read more
2017 Self Direction Conference Plenary Session: The need to reconfigure the long-term services and supports (LTSS) service delivery system continues to be a national issue, both for seniors and people with disabilities. It is estimated that 1 in 5... read more
2017 Self Direction Conference Breakout Session: This workshop will explore the increasing interest and attention to “social determinants of health,” and their relationship to self direction. Self direction is built on the belief that the... read more
2017 Self Direction Conference Breakout Session: Medicaid §1915(j) Self-directed Personal Assistance Services Program and §1915(k) Community First Choice state plan options provide states with the opportunity to implement self-directed home and... read more
2017 Self Direction Conference Breakout Session: True self direction in the Managed Long-Term Services & Supports (MLTSS) era shifts the focus for FMS providers to ensure compliance with both State and Managed Care plans. As the Managed Care... read more
2017 Self Direction Conference Breakout Session: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized regulations related to HCBS in 2014. Many provisions, including those related to conflict of interest in case management, became... read more
2017 Self Direction Conference Breakout Session: Medicaid §1915(c) HCBS waiver and §1915(i) state plan authorities provide states with the opportunity to implement self-directed home and community-based services (HCBS) for elders and individuals of... read more
2017 Self Direction Conference Breakout Session: Experts from the US Department of Labor led a breakout session to discuss the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Home Care Rule and its status.
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