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New York & Veterans Directed Home and Community Based Services Program. Philip McCallion & Lisa A. Ferretti , Center for Excellence in Aging Services www.albany.edu/aging Gail Koser & Rina Kitazawa NY State Office for Aging. Background.
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Philip McCallion & Lisa A. Ferretti, Center for Excellence in Aging Services
Gail Koser & RinaKitazawa
NY State Office for Aging
VDHCBS introduced as a new component of AoA’s 2008 Nursing Home Diversion Modernization Grant
NYSOFA worked with VA and AAAs to submit an application for VDHCBS
New York State – one of 10 states to be awarded the VDHCBS grant in September 08
New York also selected in 2009 for Community Living Program & VDHCBS
To better serve veterans of all ages at risk of nursing home placement
To encourage collaboration and partnerships between Aging and VA networks
To reduce duplication of effort and resources
To replicate and expand program in other areas of the State
Veterans Health Administration will purchase consumer directed and other home and community based services from the Aging Network for eligible veterans of all ages.
Consumer directed personal care services a necessary component
Provider agreement between the local VA Medical Center and counties/AAAs
VA MC identifies eligible veterans and refers them to the AAA.
AAA contacts the veteran and completes an intake assessment.
AAA develops a care plan and budget.
VA MC authorizes the care plan and budget.
AAA submits invoices to VA MC each month.
VA MC provides payment to the AAA.
VDHCBS is an evolving program.
Consumer directed careneeds to be in place before proceeding with VDHCBS.
Aging and VA networks must learn about each other’s systems, processes, and requirements.
Aging network must learn to work with a new population with needs that may differ from older adult clients (e.g. veterans with TBI).
The VA Medical Center determines a veteran’s eligibility for VDHCBS and refers eligible veterans to the Area Agency on Aging.
Some at least will be funded through existing VHA programs
Increased communication between the Aging and VA networks at local, State, federal level
New and ongoing source of funding for AAAs
Discussion of other partnership opportunities between Aging and VA
Collaboration with other states