Special Projects and Initiatives
Special Projects and Initiatives include short term grants and projects undertaken by the Division of Disability and Aging Services.
- Aging & Disability Resource Center Grant (ADRC)
Three-year grant to establish Aging & Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) in Vermont. Aging and Disability Resource Centers are designed to serve as highly visible and trusted places in the community where people of all ages and incomes can turn for information on the full range of long term support options and serve as a single point of entry for access to public long term support programs and benefits.
- Brandon Training School - 20th Anniversary Celebration
- HCBS Federal Regulations Assessment and Implementation
- DS Clinical Services Task Force
The DS Clinical Services Task Force is an opportunity for the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) and the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living (DAIL) to collaborate with stakeholders to examine clinical services needed by people with developmental disabilities that are provided through DS Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The role of this Task Force is to advise DVHA and DAIL on an array of topics related to DS clinical services.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Implementation Grant
The main goal of this grant is to improve services for individuals with traumatic brain injury and their families.
- Money Follows the Person Demonstration Project
Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a five-year federally-funded demonstration project for Vermont’s Long-term Medicaid Choices for Care program. The statewide program helps people living in nursing facilities move into their communities with the supports they need. Transition funds, up to $2,500, helps provide items and services not covered by Medicaid.
On January 10, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)issued final regulations regarding home- and community-based settings (HCBS). The rule supports enhanced quality in HCBS programs, outlines person-centered planning practices, and reflects CMS’s intent to ensure that individuals receiving services and supports have full access to the benefits of community living and are able to receive services in the most integrated setting.
Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS)
As part of Vermont’s Global Commitment to Health (GC) Section 1115 Demonstration amendment, effective January 30, 2015, CMS has asked Vermont to provide assurances that the State’s Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) in the Choices for Care Program are in compliance with certain aspects of the HCBS rule, specifically those related to the setting requirement and person- centered approaches for service planning.
Developmental Disabilities Services
The Developmental Disabilities Services Division has completed a systemic assessment based upon a comparison of the new Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) requirements and the various rules governing Vermont system of services. The work plan includes a summary of the results of the assessment and the proposed steps towards remediation.
VT DDSD HCBS Assessment and Work Plan - June 6, 2016