Veteran Directed Care Program: Federal Policy Updates

2019 Self-Direction Conference Breakout Session: The Veteran Directed Care (VDC) Program, previously known as the Veteran-Directed Home & Community Based Services (VD-HCBS) Program, is modeled after the evidence based Cash and Counseling Demonstration. The VDC Program is a participant-directed service program that allows Veterans more access, choices and control over the care they receive in their homes and communities. This is achieved by: expanding services for Veterans of all ages and disabilities at risk of nursing facility placement to remain independent in the community; building a Veteran-centric system that offers a full array of services that supports Veterans to receive services in the settings of their choice; and shifting expenditures from more costly institutional and medically-based services to less-costly community-based service delivery system that is both sustainable and preferred by most Veterans and their families.Currently, 67 VA Medical Centers across the country offer the VDC program and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) plans to expand the program to all VA Medical Centers so that all Veterans have the ability to self-direct their care. In this session, federal partners at VHA and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) share updates on program expansion and discuss the impact of VA MISSION Act on new and existing VDC Programs. During this session, Federal partners also provide consumer stories that showcase how the VDC Program is benefiting Veterans of all ages with remaining safely at home and supporting Caregivers of Veterans.