September 20, 2023

During the pandemic, most states allowed some form of payment to family caregivers whose loved ones were receiving Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS). As those payments dry up, workforce shortages could be exacerbated. Twelve... read more

September 15, 2023

"The Elizabeth Dole Home Care Act" would expand access to home and community-based services for aging Veterans, including an expansion of the Veteran Directed Care program.... read more

September 14, 2023

A disability-rights advocate pleaded with Missouri mental health officials not to implement a policy change for at-home caregivers. At issue is a decision by the Missouri Department of Mental Health to change how it calculates rates for... read more

September 5, 2023

Missouri’s Department of Mental Health announced in July that the Self-Directed Supports program could be excluded from a rate increase for caregivers. Complicating matters even more, state regulators have proposed a change in how it calculates... read more

August 31, 2023

If all goes as planned, a recent state proposal will help In Home Supportive Services caregivers in California, which could increase compensation for family members who are putting in long hard hours, many without pay. At the state level, recent... read more

August 31, 2023

For people with developmental disabilities, the state of New York offers two forms of support—traditional and self-directing. But self-directed services, which provide more flexibility and independence, are significantly underused by people of... read more

August 24, 2023

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) is in the process of requesting an amendment to the state’s active 1115 demonstration that would provide permanent payments to parents who act as paid caregivers for their minor children.... read more

August 21, 2023

End of the COVID-19 public health emergency has many states revisiting waivers that allowed payments to disabled Americans’ parents and relatives.... read more

August 21, 2023

Medicaid funds are distributed to these families primarily through two vehicles, the Supports Program and the Community Care Program. Because the Community Care Program generally provides richer benefits than the Support Program, there is a... read more

August 21, 2023

You probably don’t associate dressing up as Taylor Swift or Barbie with getting the vital health care treatment you need. But Minneapolis resident Jen Onsum has taken it upon herself to stand out from the crowd with fun clothes and funny posts on... read more

August 18, 2023

Arizona may pay parents who are caregivers of minor children with disabilities. Arizona parents who are caregivers for children with disabilities have been getting paid for their caregiving since the COVID-19 pandemic, and that temporary payment... read more

August 14, 2023

In the last 20 years, several new authorities have been created, allowing states to also offer Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) through the Medicaid state plan. Review the list of authorities that allow benefits including section 1915(j)... read more

August 8, 2023

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released updated guidance that will extend COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) flexibilities approved in the states' section 1915(c) home- and community-based services (HCBS) waiver... read more

August 4, 2023

Home and community-based services allow veterans to “age in place” while receiving the care and support they need. They also cost less than institutional care facilities. As these U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs expand, it will... read more

August 4, 2023

The Louisiana Department of Health received federal approval on July 22 to begin issuing bonus payments to direct support workers who served waiver participants during the pandemic. Direct Support/Service Worker/Professionals (DSWs) and Self-... read more

August 3, 2023

The Appendix K waiver allowed home and community-based service (HCBS) providers more wiggle room during emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced the waiver to support states in... read more

August 2, 2023

A new State Medicaid Director Letter offers policy guidance on the extension. CMS is now indicating through this guidance that COVID-19 Appendix K flexibilities currently approved to end six months after the expiration of the PHE may be extended... read more

July 28, 2023

A key takeaway for readers of Self-Direction: A Revolution in Human Services is that self-direction is a philosophy, not a single model. Self-direction has been used to support many different populations with a wide range of needs in a wide... read more

July 24, 2023 to August 11, 2023

“‘Essential workers’ has always had a certain meaning to those of us receiving in-home services. But essential is not synonymous with stead.” Keith Williams (a member of Applied Self-Direction’s Participant Council) is the manager of independent... read more

July 20, 2023

Data from the state shows that the hours allocated for community attendant services are not being filled, and it could be costing the state billions of dollars. While many Texans do without the care they need, those with nearby family often have... read more

July 20, 2023

State Rep. Al Cutrona of Ohio has introduced legislation to give further choices and support for Medicaid self-direction services. According to Cutrona, self-directed Medicaid services give participants the authority over certain services and... read more

July 19, 2023

The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services recently released revised guidelines for state Medicaid disability waiver programs which would allow certain family members who provide caregiving services for their child or spouse with... read more

July 16, 2023

State officials will soon create a registry of direct support professionals — or DSPs — who provide in-home care to people with mental and developmental disabilities. The goal is to track abuse and neglect. Advocates say the registry only partly... read more

July 15, 2023

The state’s Choices for Independence waiver program through Medicaid, known as CFI, allows friends and family caregivers, and now legal guardians and legally responsible adults, to be paid for providing care for loved ones, as long as the... read more

July 13, 2023

90 awardees for Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) grants that will improve services for people who are older or have a disability, helping them remain in their home or community. Projects will benefit members of Wisconsin Medicaid... read more

July 6, 2023

Jay Steinhardt, 67, lives with a number of health-related challenges, including epilepsy. But he’s managed to live on his own for most of his adult life. “I have a lot of doctors appointments,” Steinhardt said. “I also have a lot of community... read more

July 5, 2023

The Rhode Island Self-Direct Coalition (RISDC), is excited to announce that they have officially begun to recruit, train and refer Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who will provide practical daily assistance to individuals with intellectual... read more

July 1, 2023

Roughly one quarter of Coloradans are living with some form of intellectual or developmental disability. In the most serious cases, medical advances have increased life spans, but that newfound longevity has created a host of challenges for... read more

June 28, 2023

Nathan Hill started receiving $12.75 an hour from a state Medicaid program to help care for his severely disabled son during the pandemic, money he said allowed his family to stop using food stamps. The program was designed to provide a... read more

June 23, 2023

The New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC) inducted two veteran advocates for individuals with disabilities, Debra (Debbie) Bonomo and Kathy Lynch, into the New York State Disability Rights Hall of Fame. Ms. Lynch has dedicated... read more

June 16, 2023

Ryan Donnelly, advocacy coordinator at Granite State Independent Living (an Applied Self-Direction member) told state lawmakers that shortages of direct care workers are forcing our consumers to make difficult choices. Some have made or are... read more

June 15, 2023

With elder care in the spotlight this legislative session, lawmakers adopted key reforms aimed at boosting transparency in how nursing home managers spend taxpayer money and increasing oversight of the state’s more than 900 homemaker companion... read more

June 8, 2023

In a continued effort to support veterans across rural America, Chairman Jon Tester led a Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing where he pushed officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid... read more

June 7, 2023

A bipartisan House bill to expand resources and support services for residents with intellectual or developmental disabilities won unanimous passage in the Senate. It now heads to the governor’s desk for final signature. The bill addresses the... read more

June 7, 2023

Executive Director Carl Blake testified before the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs (VA) on the importance of Veterans' access to long-term care. He urged Congress to eliminate the cap on Home and Community-Based Services, allow VA to cover... read more

June 5, 2023

Andrew Strelczyk lost his vision and both legs before he was 60, in a string of accidents that could befall anyone. Now 70, he’s eligible for a nursing home but is determined to continue living in his Nashua apartment, listening to classical... read more

May 30, 2023

Dennis Heaphy, lead researcher at the Disability Policy Consortium, lives in Back Bay and has used personal care attendants (PCAs) ​since the mid-1980s. Heaphy said the program allows him to live a meaningful life with opportunities he might not... read more

May 23, 2023 to June 9, 2023

The growing demand for waivers makes it challenging for families to get immediate help. At the end of 2021, 11Alive found 7,047 people were on a waiting list. As of May 1, 2023, the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental... read more

May 22, 2023

The budget amends Section 3614-f of the Public Health Law by adding a new subsection permitting the Department of Health to address an inquiry requesting records and information concerning wages, compensation, and other benefits to home care... read more

May 19, 2023

Johnston with support from former Onondaga County Executive Nick Pirro launched an experimental Medicaid program in Onondaga County in 1992 that allowed chronically ill or physically disabled people to hire caregivers to help them at home so they... read more

May 18, 2023

Governor Maura Healey lamented the “crisis-level” shortages in MassHealth’s Personal Care Attendant Program earlier this year. Fixing it, she pledged, would crown “the top of the list.” A tweak in policy would help. MassHealth allows consumers to... read more

May 17, 2023 to May 19, 2023

New York State is attempting to eliminate hundreds of agencies, including those that specialize in helping diverse cultural populations and serving those in poverty-stricken areas. Under current law, New York State will be closing hundreds of... read more

May 15, 2023

More than half a million Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities are currently waiting for government funding for long-term care in their homes. Many states are working to clear their waitlists for IDD services by investing in... read more

May 15, 2023

After outcry from hundreds of families and letters from state Democrats, Virginia plans to study whether a Maryland program allowing certain family members to be paid for caregiving services for people with disabilities can be adopted in the... read more

May 10, 2023

Not all third-party payroll service providers are created equal. A trusted, qualified company can help keep businesses secure and tax compliant. This IRS Tax Tip provides a quick overview of the various types of third-party payroll service... read more

May 8, 2023

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia has directly paid parents and spouses to provide personal care services for disabled children under 18, as well as disabled husbands or wives, through certain Medicaid waivers. This emergency... read more

May 2, 2023

This New York-based provider has recently made a major shift and doubled down on its consumer-directed care program. The program gives seniors and children who need at-home care an alternative caregiver model in an industry where employees are... read more

April 28, 2023

Review an updated analysis of states’ American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) spending plans. The data is based on the most recent spending plan submissions required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The table includes an indicator... read more

April 25, 2023

The Outsider Collective started helping artistically-minded people follow their muses. The artists are people with developmental disabilities who’ve elected to access “Self-Directed Supports” instead of traditional services a person would receive... read more

April 19, 2023

How did states support Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS) during the public health emergency (PHE)? States used several types of authorities when responding to the COVID-19 PHE, including disaster-relief state plan amendments,... read more

April 19, 2023

President Biden announced the most comprehensive set of executive actions any President has ever taken to improve care for hard-working families while supporting care workers and family caregivers. The Executive Order includes more than 50... read more

April 19, 2023

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet led sixteen Senate colleagues to reintroduce the Latonya Reeves Freedom Act. The bill would strengthen the civil right of Americans with disabilities to receive long-term services and supports (LTSS) in the... read more

April 19, 2023

eVero Corporation has released the results of a survey on challenges faced by intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) providers in implementing and managing self-direction programs in New York. Prominent areas covered in this survey... read more

April 19, 2023 to April 21, 2023

Self-direction increased in prevalence during the public health emergency. One of the White House’s directives would expand access to it for veterans as well. “That’s a big deal for self-direction, to start, to share the national spotlight with... read more

April 18, 2023

New York State approved a raise of $2.50 an hour for home healthcare workers but the state, the healthcare workers, and the agencies that pay them say some insurance companies are keeping most of it. What agencies typically saw upstate was... read more

April 13, 2023

The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and the Department of Health (DOH) are in the process of making changes to the agreement that OPWDD has with the federal government called the OPWDD 1915(c) Comprehensive Home and... read more

April 10, 2023

In 2021, about 74% of New Yorkers who need home care workers couldn’t retain them, according to a study authored by the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State. Advocates say New York’s ability to increase wages for... read more

April 6, 2023

Findings from a new study on Texas Medicaid released last week revealed numerous systemic issues that are having a compounding negative effect on access for beneficiaries, ranging from the state’s workforce shortages to Medicaid policies that... read more

April 2, 2023

This is the final report in a four-part series about Connecticut’s aging population and the challenges in finding ways to care for people. More people are aging in place. But the state’s home care industry operates with little oversight. Just... read more

March 30, 2023

Laurie Truesdell of Mesquite is managing her own budget under Medicaid. Truesdell, who from birth has had cerebral palsy, said she waited seven years to get off a state waiting list for Community Living Assistance and Support Services, or CLASS,... read more

March 29, 2023

Self-directed care (SDC) is a treatment model in which recipients self-manage funds designated for provision of services. The model is designed to cost no more than traditional services while achieving superior participant outcomes. The authors... read more

March 21, 2023

Policymakers should make finding and providing care easier for family caregivers and better incorporate and recognize family caregivers and their vital role as part of Alaska’s long-term care network. Paid family caregiving through participant-... read more

March 20, 2023

Thousands of caregivers, still reeling from three years of the pandemic, marched on the New York state capitol to protest the proposed budget. The budget includes cuts of $700 million from safety-net hospitals, raises the pay of home care workers... read more

March 16, 2023

“We want to get our state to not just be, ‘We're gonna do the bare minimum,’” said Julie Reiskin, one of the heads of the Colorado Cross Disabilities Coalition (and a member of Applied Self-Direction’s Participant Council). Instead, the goal is... read more

March 15, 2023

The Connecticut Personal Care Attendant Workforce Council and SEIU 1199 have come to an agreement to expand the application deadline for personal care attendants to apply for the first round of the new Premium Assistance benefits through their... read more

March 7, 2023

Disabled people across the state are pleading with lawmakers to block cuts to New York's Medicaid program. Sen. Gustavo Rivera sponsors legislation to prevent the changes to state Medicaid that would reduce eligibility and access to at-home... read more

March 6, 2023

The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved this week the Elizabeth Dole Home Care Act, which is meant to expand options for Veterans in need of long-term care. The bill, if ultimately signed into law as written, would expand access to home-... read more

February 27, 2023

Consumer Directed Choices (an Applied Self-Direction member) a provider of consumer self-direction for seniors and people with disabilities – took to the streets last week to celebrate World Kindness Day. The team handed out $10 Stewart’s Shops... read more

February 26, 2023

Robbie MacMillan has been on a Medicaid HCBS waiver waitlist for eight years. He is now 19-years-old, but Robby’s not just another number on a waitlist. Robbie’s need for a Medicaid HCBS waiver is vital to the care he needs for the rest of his... read more

February 25, 2023

Letter responses to the article “Real families need the Real Lives law” (Opinion, Feb 20). One response explains, “We are grateful for the growth opportunities the self-direction movement has afforded supported individuals and their families. We... read more

February 20, 2023

Cameron Reitan, a second-year Master’s of Public Health is also employed as a personal care attendant – essentially, she’s hired by people with disabilities to help them with whatever tasks they need. In this interview, she talks about why she... read more

February 20, 2023

We want for our children with intellectual or developmental disabilities what everyone else wants: the best possible life. The path is just a bit steeper and full of assorted obstacles. Unfortunately, state government is turning into one of those... read more

February 16, 2023

A familiar crowd gathered in New York’s Capitol last week. The purple and gold beanies of 1199SEIU, the turquoise tees of the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association, and the custom red face masks of the Caring Majority campaign made... read more

February 14, 2023

The state’s Aged and Disabled Waiver Program for individuals with developmental disabilities is facing staffing shortages, leading to institutionalization of these individuals into state psychiatric facilities, even though they would be able to... read more

February 14, 2023

In wake of court setback, Disability Rights North Carolina urges action to ask the state to pay support providers more, serve people on waiver waiting list. Disability Rights estimates that at least 2,000 more slots are needed in the coming... read more

February 13, 2023

Robert lives in Pennsylvania and uses the Participant Directed Services model. This blog provides his perspective on how he managed to keep my staff during the pandemic. “I tried to think if there’s anything we did different during the pandemic,... read more

February 13, 2023

In 2011, after a federal investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice declared North Carolina was in violation of the law and the Olmstead ruling. The state ultimately settled with the federal government, but it has continuously dragged its feet... read more

February 10, 2023

The Missouri House of Representatives approved a preliminary version of a bill that would raise wages for state employees, though some members of the lower chamber argued more needed to be done. The part of the amendment that failed would have... read more

February 6, 2023

Senate Bill 2276 would reimburse family caregivers who provide “extraordinary care” to dependents who are on 1915(c) Medicaid Waivers. The goal of the bill is to provide at least a bit of financial stability for families that are strained by... read more

February 6, 2023

A bill introduced in the state House of Representatives is short and technical, but it could have major implications for people with autism, more than a thousand of whom are on a waiting list for state services such as housing and personal care.... read more

February 3, 2023

Self-directed care undeniably has a place in the future of home-based care. How big that place is, however, is still up in the air. There are many benefits to offering self-directed or consumer-directed care, especially for patients who would... read more

February 1, 2023

U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) – members of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee (SVAC) – recently introduced the Elizabeth Dole Home Care Act. Once enacted, this legislation would aim to... read more

January 30, 2023

Many people in need of home care services cannot get them. Staffing also poses a problem due to low wages and reimbursement rates for providers. Sponsored by Rep. Ginny Klevorn (DFL-Plymouth), HF585 would establish care evaluation as a service... read more

January 25, 2023

New research from the University of Kansas shows that consumers shouldered as many responsibilities as typical home care employers, often with little added resources and many barriers in the way. According to the researchers, policies allowing... read more

January 23, 2023

Although the primary goal of self-directed programs providing long-term services and supports (LTSS) is to maximize choice and control for service recipients, such programs may also benefit family caregivers by compensating them for providing... read more

January 15, 2023

A lifespan waiver could ensure people receive consistent care throughout their lives. But more needs to be done to make sure those services are available, advocates say. The state wants to create a “lifespan” approach. The idea is to plan what... read more

January 11, 2023

The pandemic spurred innovation within Medicare and Medicaid. As the end of the public health emergency (PHE) looms, the timing is right for recommendations to elevate person-centered flexibilities. The purpose of this Roadmap is to serve as an... read more

January 10, 2023

With self-direction, people who have physical or developmental disabilities choose the supports and staff that work best for them to live independent lifestyles. Hear how it works from two people using the services in New York as they explain how... read more

January 6, 2023

SEIU Healthcare on Friday announced the deal it reached with the state of Minnesota, which would increase starting wages from $15.25 to $20 per hour by 2025 and offer more pay bumps for veteran workers. Union negotiators hailed the deal as... read more

January 3, 2023

Fixing the historically fragmented and under-resourced infrastructure supporting this workforce presents urgent challenges that diverse stakeholders must collectively address. California’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) providers have an... read more

January 3, 2023

Gail Larson lives with her fiancé, with whom she has been partners for 20 years. For years, they did not marry due to a federal law that prohibits most married people from working as Medicaid-funded personal care assistants for their spouses.... read more

January 3, 2023 to January 6, 2023

Maura Healey said she will “absolutely” work with advocates and labor representatives to strengthen Massachusetts’ Personal Care Attendant Program by addressing a “crisis-level” workforce shortage. The MassHealth program provides funds for... read more

January 2, 2023

While a well-supported direct care workforce is essential to caring for California’s aging population, experts predict a shortage of 600,000 to 3.2 million workers by 2030. California is currently investing in the direct care workforce in a... read more

December 15, 2022

Grant funding for Medicaid home and community-based services tops $17 Million The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announces the final 26 awardees for the Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) grant opportunity.  Projects... read more

December 6, 2022

This framework was created specifically for California’s various Medi-Cal Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) programs, including the In-Home Support Services (IHSS) program. It is a valuable tool for policymakers, providers, advocates, and... read more

December 6, 2022

Wry, tenacious and determined, Zukas designed Berkeley’s first curb cuts, brought wheelchair-accessible buttons to BART elevators and engineered accessibility improvements around the globe. In 1970, he effectively lobbied for California’s In-Home... read more

December 5, 2022

The Request for Information (RFI): Access to Coverage and Care in Medicaid & CHIP was open for a 60 day public comment period from February 17, 2022 through April 18, 2022. This report summarizes the findings and key themes. Respondents noted... read more

December 5, 2022

There are many benefits to the self-directed care (SDC) model but access to resources is essential to successful outcomes. Considering the autonomy and flexibility associated with SDC, it is important to understand how SDC responded to the COVID-... read more

December 3, 2022

Saturday marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Melissa Groves, Consumer Directed Choices (an Applied Self-Direction member) discusses how a person can take control of their own care. The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance... read more

December 2, 2022

This article reviews the peer-reviewed and grey literature published from January 1985 to November 2022 that has quantitatively evaluated the effects of personalized budgets for people with disabilities (PwDs), in terms of a range of benefit and... read more

November 30, 2022

With Veteran Directed Care, Veterans are literally the boss of their own care. Navy/Army Veteran Caren Scalla is exactly the kind of Veteran for whom the program was designed. Scalla wants to help spread the word. “It makes a difference... read more

November 29, 2022

Congress and Veterans Affairs (VA) must act to ensure the needs of our heroes and their caregivers are met by increasing access to home and locally-based care, and rapidly expanding programs, like Veteran Directed Care (VDC), to all VA... read more

November 28, 2022

Almost all states responded to the workforce crisis by increasing home and community-based services (HCBS) provider payment rates. While some of these increases may have been supported through temporary American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)... read more

November 27, 2022

When her husband died nearly a decade ago, Rosa worried about how she would pay their bills, since she couldn’t leave her daughter to work. That was when someone told her about the In-Home Supportive Services program. Rosa became a paid caregiver... read more

November 20, 2022

​​Some Minnesotans with disabilities enrolled in the personal care assistance (PCA) program are unable to use their professional degrees because their job opportunities pay too much money. Brittanie Wilson of the Minnesota Council on Disability... read more

November 16, 2022

In the wake of the disproportionate death toll in congregate settings during the COVID-19 pandemic, this report examines weaknesses in the home and community-based services (HCBS) ecosystem and outlines a roadmap to expand community living... read more

November 11, 2022

Penny Pepper has spent more than 20 years balancing the books, hiring and firing, and eyeing up spreadsheets – like many disabled people, all in the name of ‘Direct Payment’. Direct Payment is a UK program that provides disabled people with funds... read more

November 10, 2022

This paper discusses the approach to the 2023 edition of the Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) State Scorecard. The Scorecard framework will be updated to both retain many of the key characteristics from past editions but will also adapt to... read more

November 9, 2022

The complex care needs of older adults arising at the intersection of age-related illnesses, military service, and social barriers have presented challenges to the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for decades. In response, the VA has... read more

November 3, 2022

Contributing writer, T.J. McClellan details the Synergy Conference focused on self-advocacy. Many of the sessions focused on self-direction waivers and how individuals with disabilities and families can ask about waiver options to direct... read more

November 3, 2022

Most innovations take a long time to diffuse, or simply may fail to do so. For example, in health care, the average time it takes for an evidence-based practice to make its way into general practice is 17 years, and half of all new practices... read more

October 28, 2022

During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Consumer Directed Choices (an Applied Self-Direction member) is honoring the contributions made to this country by dedicated American workers with disabilities. Advancing disability inclusion... read more

October 28, 2022

The organization provides a service to people that are intellectually and/or developmentally disabled. Every individual that is a part of the Person Centered Services gets a Care Coordinator, who helps people to create goals, learn new skills,... read more

October 26, 2022

“I joke that I live with 10 different roommates” said advocate Alma Silver. “Even though an agency is the official employer of my caregivers right now, I still shoulder the hours of unpaid labor that it takes to coordinate my team. I do so... read more

October 20, 2022

For decades, Mark Laing and Luanne McGregor have needed home health care aides. ​​If someone doesn’t show up for them, that means they don’t get out of bed. The couple said their hope is to have better pay for their caregivers. They believe it... read more

October 17, 2022 to October 21, 2022

The grant money will be funneled through the In-Home Supportive Services Career Pathways Program which includes a large number of the state’s direct care workforce and serves more than 650,000 residents statewide. All IHSS and Waiver Personal... read more

October 12, 2022

This Austin couple assumed that their son's Medicaid services -- which he has been self-directing for five years because of his autism -- would continue while they disputed his yearly budget with Texas Health and Human Services Commission. They... read more

October 11, 2022

Spooner advocated for health care, transportation and housing on behalf of disabled people for 40 years. Spooner's “crowning achievement,” according to Bill Henning, executive director of the Boston Center for Independent Living, was his work... read more

October 11, 2022

San Diego home care workers are demanding higher pay. The county’s In-Home Support Services (IHSS) program provides long-term care to the elderly or those who are disabled throughout San Diego. Workers say they are helping these community members... read more

September 28, 2022

A study commissioned by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (an Applied Self-Direction member) recommends increases in Medicaid reimbursement rates. “These services should be prioritized for reimbursement to... read more

September 26, 2022

The House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans issued a request for information (RFI) to solicit public comments on specific problems and solutions that Congress should address to improve the lives of those with disabilities. Applied Self-... read more

September 26, 2022

“We know how important our community outreach is so our aging population can continue to thrive. It can be challenging to navigate all the different programs and services for older adults, so we’re there to walk alongside the people we serve,”... read more

September 23, 2022

At 16 years old, Lizzie started working as her mother’s legal care worker to earn money from the work she was already doing at home. She describes the hiring process as complicated and cumbersome with plenty of paperwork, detailed requirements,... read more

September 21, 2022

Home care firms looking to change their payer mix increasingly are considering public programs such as Medicaid and Veterans Affairs (VA) programs. The VA is planning to expand its Veteran-Directed care program to 70 more veteran health centers... read more

September 21, 2022

Nancy Crowther worries every time her personal care attendant leaves the house. She worries that her attendant will see the Dairy Queen banner boasting $16 an hour flapping in the wind and be tempted to apply. Hiring an attendant used to be easy... read more

September 17, 2022

Self-directed personal assistants, assistants in which the client directs, pays and manages the worker themselves, would need a 60.1% rate increase to meet the benchmark recommendation set to identify adequate direct care wages.... read more

September 16, 2022

Veteran Directed Care (VDC) aims to keep Veterans at risk for nursing home placement in their communities. VA medical centers (VAMCs) purchase VDC from third-party organizational providers who then partner with them during implementation.... read more

September 12, 2022

When it comes to their care, Veteran Affairs’ Veteran Directed Care program puts Veterans at the top of the chain of command. It’s more than just having someone to help with his care, Thomas Ellington said. “The flexibility takes a lot of stress... read more

September 9, 2022

Of the two new programs - one will increase access to home health and self-direction for consumers and the other will address the unique needs of individuals with disabilities and senior citizens that arose during the pandemic.... read more

September 8, 2022

Biotechnology company Genentech and Open Style Lab (OSL) came together with the spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) community to create Double Take, a first-of-its-kind fashion show featuring members of the community modeling adaptive clothing designs... read more

September 5, 2022

Family caregivers, long the backbone of the country’s long-term care system, are increasingly tapping public and private resources to get paid for caring for loved ones. While many caregivers don’t know they can be paid, there are also those who... read more

September 2, 2022

In this article, Jessica Swanson makes the case to her state legislature to support a historic investment in the Medicaid home and community-based system to create more direct care jobs to meet the growing need and increase wages for the... read more

September 2, 2022

With Veteran Directed Care, Veterans are literally the boss of their own care. “Veterans are in control,” says Lori Cox, Veteran Directed Care manager. “They can hire their own caregivers, purchase approved goods and services…there... read more

August 28, 2022

Maintaining independence has become increasingly challenging for Keith Williams (a member of Applied Self-Direction’s Participant Council) and others who rely on at-home care because of a critical workforce shortage facing the home health care... read more

August 15, 2022

Two coverage areas that experienced large growth were services supporting self-direction and community transition. In 1998, only one state provided either service type, compared with 19 states providing self-direction services and 34... read more

August 12, 2022

More councils are planning to end in-home help for older Australians, with concerns growing that ceasing such services could put severe strain on the state’s aged care system. Some predict 80% of councils to get out of home aged care services... read more

August 11, 2022

American Rescue Plan Act funds to help improve services for people in Wisconsin's long-term care programs. Providers whose work supports people in Wisconsin’s HCBS programs can apply, including the Include, Respect, I Self-direct (IRIS) program... read more

August 4, 2022

Personal budgets (PBs) may improve the lives of people with mental health conditions and people with intellectual disability (ID). However, a clear definition of PB, benefits, and challenges is still faded. This work aims to systematically review... read more

July 29, 2022

Anna Nahlupin is considered a “sandwich caregiver,” someone who is responsible for family members a generation above and below her. According to the Pew Research Center, 12% of parents fall into this category. Nahlupin gets paid through Consumer... read more

July 26, 2022

A local Florida columnist highlights the Consumer-Directed Care option as one pathway for family caregivers to receive compensation for their efforts. Read the full article... read more

July 11, 2022

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is proposing a new option called “agency with choice,” which it says combines the best aspects of the two existing models in place. However, many in the home care space feel like the proposal could be... read more

June 23, 2022

The low pay and stressful job requirements discourage people from considering employment in In-Home Support Services IHSS - a form of self-direction in California. Read the full article... read more

June 22, 2022

According to writer Grace Dow, “People with disabilities may be unable to live in their communities without cases like Olmstead v. L.C. I am grateful that the institutionalization of disabled people was found to be discriminatory. I would have a... read more

June 22, 2022

According to prominent disability rights activist Charlie Carr, “As EVV continues to go live in the states, an alarming number of problems reported by self-directed PCS consumer employers are arising that undermine their control of their... read more

June 16, 2022

As of last December, more than 666,000 Californians were authorized recipients of In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) care (a form of self-direction), according to the state Department of Social Services. In the coming decades,... read more

June 14, 2022

Pennsylvania offers a “consumer-directed” option. The caregiver is paid by the state, which contracts with a vendor to handle administrative tasks and payroll for people employed under the consumer-directed option. But now the Pennsylvania... read more

June 7, 2022

The author Alison Holmes shares about the challenges her son JJ faces to receive services at home in Florida. According to Holmes, “We live in Florida. We’ve been on the waiting list for in-home health care assistance since JJ was 3... read more

June 7, 2022

Agency with Choice has been utilized by home and community service recipients and providers for decades. The concern among advocates stems from a new Agency with Choice model being proposed by Pennsylvania's Department of Human Services. The... read more

June 3, 2022

During the pandemic, Oregon obtained federal permission to pay parents as caregivers but that will end unless a change is adopted. Read the full article... read more

May 20, 2022

Mental health experts testified before Congress about their support for expanding opportunities to improve mental health services for older adults through care coordination and policy change. Erin Emery-Tiburcio, Ph.D. held up the self-... read more

May 17, 2022

This story features one man’s experience struggling to find the direct care workers that he needs to live independently at home. He is enrolled in the Consumer Directed Services Program in Missouri. Read the full article... read more

May 7, 2022

According to State Senator Diane Savino, “The [Fiscal Intermediary] revisions made to the New York state budget greatly benefit the larger home health care organizations and severely impact the smaller ones. This is a classic “David... read more

April 27, 2022

Initially viewed as a stopgap measure, paying family members has emerged as a potential solution to the chronic shortage of professional caregivers in Vermont. But while many parents support the idea, advocates say the state should... read more

April 19, 2022

In December 2019, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) issued a Request for Offers (RFO) from fiscal intermediaries (FIs) to enter into contracts with the DOH to provide FI services in the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance... read more

April 13, 2022

Members of the Missouri Centers for Independent Living (MOCIL) left hundreds of notes on the door to Gov. Mike Parson’s office, asking for a pay raise. MOCIL has 22 centers throughout the state that serve people of all ages with all... read more

April 5, 2022

One of the most closely watched proposals in New York state budget negotiations is aimed at addressing low wages for home health aides as providers cope with a worsening staffing crisis. Struggling to recruit employees due to wages typically at... read more

March 30, 2022

By 2040, the population of American adults aged 65 and older will nearly double, and that of adults aged 85 and older is expected to quadruple over the same period. As our aging population grows, the need for home care is increasing.... read more

March 30, 2022

New York state has a large population that is growing old. Along with that, the trend has been for people to opt for “aging in place” — in other words, not in a nursing home, but rather in the comfort of their own residence. To do that... read more

March 29, 2022

This letter, from Applied Self-Direction, NASDDDS, ADvancing States, & the National EVV Consumer Employer... read more

March 24, 2022

Lawmakers and witnesses focused mainly on ways to beef up Medicaid home care benefits and caregiver pay Wednesday, at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing on home care. Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, talked about another... read more

March 24, 2022

According to the author Janet Cruz who self-directs in New York, “The future of CDPAP, which is a lifeline for vulnerable New Yorkers keeping us out of potentially dangerous institutional settings, is in limbo due to a potential change... read more

March 22, 2022

Maribel Slinde, who chairs Iowa CareGivers, makes recommendations to Iowa lawmakers regarding how to spend the state’s ARPA funding in support of workers in HCBS. One recommendation would exempt direct care workers, including those in... read more

March 21, 2022

Partners Kendra Scalia and Brandon Johnson both have health conditions that require daily care assistance at home in New York. A lack of home care aides since the pandemic has resulted in the pair not being able to hire a single person... read more

March 18, 2022

As rotting garbage bags pile up in the Del Monte's bedroom, the couple is still waiting for a caregiver from Sacramento County's In-Home Supportive Services program (a self-direction program). According to a program representative, "the IHSS... read more

March 14, 2022

In an unprecedented move, the New York state Senate and Assembly revealed their one-house budgets over the weekend with provisions to fully fund the Fair Pay for Home Care Act. The bill would raise the minimum wage for home care workers... read more

March 1, 2022

It has become very difficult to find at-home health care in recent years, for people with disabilities and older people. Nearly 75 percent of New Yorkers lost their home care workers last year, according to a report from the Consumer... read more

February 18, 2022

From personal protective equipment (PPE) to low numbers of nursing staff, the pandemic has fueled shortages across all sectors. Home health agencies and the patients that they serve have been hit especially hard. According to a report by Consumer... read more

February 16, 2022

Thanks to a new measure sponsored by State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview), people with disabilities in Illinois may soon be able to choose their spouse to serve as their provider of personal care instead of having to hire a personal... read more

February 16, 2022

The Virginia Senate passed two bills that will expand access to paid sick days across the Commonwealth. Under the current law, employers are only required to provide paid sick leave to home health workers who provide consumer-directed services.... read more

February 14, 2022

Changes made to the eligibility criteria for home health care (including the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program) could force thousands of disabled New Yorkers into institutionalized care or leave them in their homes without... read more

February 13, 2022

New Hampshire, like the rest of the nation, is facing a home care crisis. Most adults want to age at home. Demand for home health and personal care aides is expected to grow more than demand for any other occupation between 2020 and... read more

February 10, 2022

States across the country are grappling with workforce shortages and are running out of time to come up with innovative ways to raise wages without leaving providers behind. Bryan O’Malley, the Executive Director of the Consumer... read more

February 9, 2022

Many direct-care workers are unsure about the COVID-19 vaccines, leaving the people who depend on their labor that much more vulnerable. This article highlights Tim Jin, who according to the article, “now hires and manages his own staff—all of... read more

February 7, 2022

Leading Veterans service organizations– Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars – released The Independent Budget Recommendations for the Department of Veterans Affairs FY 2023 and FY 2024.... read more

January 28, 2022

The California Department of Social Services said it is issuing one‑time $500 bonus payments to roughly 550,000 In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) providers throughout California. Read the full article... read more

January 28, 2022

Devin Hamilton was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was three years old. While a student at RIT, he enrolled in the self-direction program through New York State. Listen to the full conversation... read more

January 25, 2022

Thanks to American Rescue Plan funds, more Tennesseans with disabilities will hopefully be getting services they need, aimed at supporting them in their homes and communities. One state program, Enabling Technology, introduces gadgets... read more

January 25, 2022

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced plans to expand three of its home and community-based caregiving services (including Veteran-Directed Care) to its 171 medical centers by the end of 2026.​​ Read the full article... read more

January 20, 2022

According to opinion writer Agnes McCray, “I am a human rights advocate, community activist, concerned citizen and parent with extraordinary differences who has successfully raised a family here in Syracuse. Given today’s health care crisis and... read more

January 15, 2022

Author Jessica Adkins, Marketing & Development Director, Access II, Independent Living Center, responds to budgetary changes in Missouri as follows, “In response to Gov. Parson’s veto to additional funding for providers of Consumer Directed... read more

January 13, 2022

Rural residents face more barriers to healthcare access, including challenges in receiving home and community-based long-term services, compared to urban residents. Self-directed services provide flexibility and choice in care options and may be... read more

January 13, 2022

This opinion piece is by John Sepulveda, a Queens resident who cares full-time for his 92-year-old mother, Gladys, with the help of New York’s Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program. He argues against the proposed change to... read more

January 13, 2022

Before we settle into the new year, we want to reflect on all we accomplished together in 2021. Despite the challenges and uncertainties presented by the ongoing pandemic, our collective community has made tremendous strides to grow the self-... read more

January 12, 2022

A report on why some in Tennessee who self-direct believe they’re having a hard time finding caregivers. Read the full article... read more

January 11, 2022

Florida’s top economists could be taking a closer look at the number of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Florida who require home and community-based services. Read the full article... read more

January 3, 2022

With the ongoing shortage of health care workers, families across the country are struggling to access the home care their loved ones need. For people who care for relatives with chronic conditions, the problem is particularly acute.... read more

January 3, 2022

With the ongoing shortage of health care workers, families across the country are struggling to access the home care their loved ones need. For people who care for relatives with chronic conditions, the problem is particularly acute.... read more

December 27, 2021

A group of New York fiscal intermediaries has filed a lawsuit against the state’s Department of Health (DOH), claiming the agency improperly withheld access to information regarding why they were not selected for state contracts. You... read more

December 27, 2021

Almost three quarters—74 percent—of New Yorkers needing home health aides were unable to retain a worker in 2021, according to a report by the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State (Applied Self-Direction member).... read more

December 18, 2021

Amid a massive home care staffing crisis, Central New York’s State legislative delegation is calling on the Department of Health to save a popular home care program called the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) that is at risk... read more

November 22, 2021

A new report (from ASD member, Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State) indicates a significant percentage of vulnerable people are fighting to maintain their at-home care workers, with many losing the battle... read more

November 17, 2021

More than 500,000 caregivers in California will each receive a $500 bonus from the state as soon as January, as it tries to retain workers in a sector long hampered by low wages and high turnover rates. Read the full article... read more

November 15, 2021

Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) is offering a program in which Veterans can choose their own caretakers. It also allows those seniors to continue living at home, instead of an assisted living facility. Read the full article... read more

November 15, 2021

The New York State Department of Health is attempting to rein in a program that has grown popular with people with long-term physical and mental disabilities that enables them to choose their own caregivers. Read the full article... read more

November 12, 2021

When 2020 began, local residents Lynn Weidner and Brandon Kingsmore were just beginning to advocate for better conditions and wages for home care workers; an issue that is near and dear to them. Nearly two years later, their advocacy work has... read more

November 10, 2021

The Veteran-Directed Care program gives veterans with a high need of care more control over their own affairs. According to one veteran in the program, “Veteran’s disability puts a huge burden on families. This program, by paying my partner, and... read more

November 4, 2021

After several failed negotiating attempts over the past four years, the county of Lake has finalized a new contract with the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) workers’ union. IHSS workers will see their base wages rise by $0.65 an hour... read more

October 28, 2021

Marissa is a 32-year old woman with Down Syndrome living in Utah who is in a self-direction program. She was able to hire her mom, Kim, to provide her care for the first time during the pandemic. According to Kim, “It was stressful long before... read more

October 26, 2021

The demand for home health care has been growing in the past few years, and many providers have struggled to find the workers to meet it. Staffing shortages in home health, like many areas across the healthcare industry, have worsened during the... read more

October 19, 2021

Among the possible items to be included in President Joe Biden's caregiving plan, part of a multi-trillion dollar social spending plan under consideration in Congress, is an expansion of Medicaid eligibility and funding to improve states' in-home... read more

October 19, 2021

The New York & Michigan Solutions Journalism Collaborative, an endeavor involving a few dozen news organizations including the Detroit Free Press and Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, has vetted some of the solutions and shortcomings in the... read more

October 8, 2021

Representatives of the home health care industry are worried that the new New York state vaccine mandate will prompt thousands of workers to quit their jobs, curtailing care for patients who are recovering from hospital stays or who rely on long-... read more

October 7, 2021

Some 250,000 home health care workers must get the coronavirus vaccine by Friday in New York, but tens of thousands of them have yet to receive it (and consumer-directed workers are exempt). Read the full article... read more

October 2, 2021

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) gathered with advocates from the Southern Tier Independence Center in Binghamton on Friday to push for further investment in home health care. “Howard Struble, a Johnson City resident, said consumer-directed... read more

October 2, 2021

Personal care assistant (PCA) workers in Minnesota will see higher wages and other new benefits this month. The statewide minimum wage for PCAs rises from $13.25 to $14.40 per hour effective Oct. 1, then increases again to $15.25 on July 1, 2022... read more

September 28, 2021

According to Maggie Hoffman, an Applied Self-Direction member and parent advocate, “My adult son, who has disabilities, cannot live the life he deserves because so little support exists for people like him. This legislation signals a commitment... read more

September 27, 2021

The senator talks about how home-based disability care helped her family and why it is important for seniors and people with disabilities to have a voice. From the article, “Self-directed care is one avenue for family caregivers to be paid for... read more

September 22, 2021

Home care workers represent 53 percent of the workforce supporting seniors and people with disabilities, but the majority of them (including many self-directed workers) are not impacted by Biden’s vaccine mandates. Read the full article... read more

September 16, 2021

The state Agency for Persons with Disabilities submitted an ambitious legislative budget request calling for more than $25 million in additional funding to reduce the lengthy waitlist for the Medicaid IBudget program (which includes self-... read more

September 15, 2021

This article highlights the top legislation under consideration by Congress that, if passed, could significantly impact long-term care delivery, including the proposal to allocate extra funds for states implementing self-direction programs as... read more

September 10, 2021

Because Tennessee has never increased the reimbursement rate for home care providers since the program began over 11 years ago, the state’s CHOICES program (which includes self-direction) is at great risk. Read the full article... read more

September 7, 2021

This article looks at home care workforce trends, including the projected size of the Medicaid self-directed workforce. Read the full article... read more

September 1, 2021

All staff at rest homes, assisted living residences and hospices, as well as workers providing in-home, direct-care services (including consumer-directed care workers), may soon be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in Massachusetts, Gov... read more

August 18, 2021

Nicole LeBlanc, the Self-Advocate Advisor at TASH, argues in this opinion piece for the expansion of home and community-based services. Specifically she states, “When I lived in VT and got HCBS services, I self-directed my waiver and found self-... read more

August 13, 2021

The passing of the budget bill during Virginia’s special legislative session this month will bring over $3.1 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to the Commonwealth over the next year (including funding to increase pay for... read more

August 13, 2021

This case study outlines the unique impact of self-direction in Wyoming and other rural and frontier areas around the country. Read the full case study... read more

August 11, 2021

For seniors and people with disabilities, living independently comes with its challenges but disability rights advocates are fearful that without improvements to in-home support services (a self-direction program in California), many of San Mateo... read more

August 6, 2021

These women care for their paralyzed partners full time. Most states refuse to pay them. Read the full article here... read more

August 4, 2021

This report summarizes findings from the recent audit of the Veteran-Directed Care Program by the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) and their recommendations for program improvements. Read the full article... read more

August 2, 2021

As states roll out their electronic visit verification (EVV) apps, patients and home caregivers are facing hurdles. This podcast specifically refers to the challenges of EVV rollout in self-direction programs. Listen to the podcast ... read more

July 28, 2021

This article explores the stories of multiple families that include children with complex health needs who are encouraging legislators to fully fund the infrastructure bill, a federal package that includes $400 billion to bolster home and... read more

July 28, 2021

Electronic visit verification systems make homecare more difficult, trap people with disabilities, and cost more than paper timesheets. So why are they rolling out across the country? This article details the unique challenges of implementing EVV... read more

July 27, 2021

An idea that came out of the COVID-19 pandemic has helped hundreds of families with a loved one who has disabilities, but now is in danger of running out of funding. "Caregiver compensation," which provides a small amount of money for a family... read more

July 23, 2021

Caregivers and family of those with disabilities are worried the Maryland Department of Health may be about to end a provision early that gives them more flexibility in how services are billed for and delivered during the coronavirus pandemic.... read more

July 23, 2021

Research shows that fraud occurs in self-direction at about the rate of traditional services, with lower incidences of fraud in programs with mature FMS. A New Bedford man who receives care through MassHealth’s personal care attendant (PCA)... read more

July 20, 2021

Funding for in-home personal care for aging Coloradans and people with disabilities would jump for three years under American Rescue Plan spending, including funding to launch “new systems allowing caretaking families to directly hire their own... read more

July 13, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration is asking the federal government for an additional $1.1 billion in federal Medicaid dollars over the next two years to bolster access to home and community-based programs (including self-direction) and... read more

July 4, 2021

This opinion piece, written by a family member and self-directed worker, argues for increased wages and support for direct care workers.  Read the full article... read more

June 29, 2021

The CEO of Granite State Independent Living in New Hampshire and Applied Self-Direction member, Deb Ritcey, outlines the critical assistance for the disability community included in the state’s newly approved budget. Highlights include and invest... read more

June 25, 2021

Senate Democrats recently introduced a bill intended to enact President Biden’s promised $400 billion for in-home disability and elder care, known as the Better Care Better Jobs Act. Democratic Senate staff and advocates spent weeks attempting to... read more

June 23, 2021

Senate Democrats will release legislation as soon as Thursday to meet President Joe Biden‘s promise to expand in-home care for the elderly and disabled while boosting caregivers’ wages and unionizing opportunities, according to a draft bill... read more

June 23, 2021

The United States Senate Special Committee on Aging recently released a report written by Ranking Member Tim Scott of South Carolina, Expanding Opportunities for Older Americans: Self-Directed Home and Community Based Services. The... read more

June 18, 2021

Columnist Mike Ervin, aka the ‘Smart Ass Cripple,’ argues that the pandemic has made clear that people in nursing homes are extremely vulnerable and that something needs to be done about it. According to Ervin, “I recruit, hire, train, and... read more

June 17, 2021

Millions of people in the United States provide essential care for children, aging parents, or loved ones with disabilities. It shouldn’t be this hard to make it work. An ASD Program Member is quoted as follows, ““Paying family members is a huge... read more

June 17, 2021

Research shows that fraud occurs in self-direction at about the rate of traditional services, with lower incidences of fraud in programs with mature FMS. A Florida woman has been arrested on allegations that she stole $180,000 from Medicaid over... read more

June 11, 2021

A closer look at the direct care crisis in Michigan, including mention of MI Choice, a self-direction program, that provides home and community-based services for about 15,000 Medicaid beneficiaries each year. The program has a waiting list of 1,... read more

June 9, 2021

An opinion piece from a local woman who volunteers with Friendly Visitors. One woman she visits has been without a worker for two months in the In-Home Supportive Services (a self-direction program). The author argues that better pay... read more

June 7, 2021

As a post-pandemic world nears, a new question emerges: What can be done to safeguard long-term care before the next public health emergency? With home and community-based services (HCBS), people can remain in their own homes and hire caregivers... read more

June 5, 2021

A1 Case Management and reSOARces, a companion nonprofit organization that is built upon the basis of a self-directed model, which involves people with disabilities and special needs choosing their caregivers, have been feeling the impacts of... read more

June 4, 2021

Written by experts who played a key part in the growth, evaluation, and dissemination of this revolutionary approach, this book describes the development of the self-direction movement through the authors' personal accounts. Also included are... read more

May 31, 2021

This story takes a closer look at one mother’s struggle to recruit personal care workers to assist her daughter with physical and developmental disabilities in Tennessee. While they would like the option to self-direct via the state’s Katie... read more

May 28, 2021

The author argues that COVID-19 exposed the profound challenges that long-term care providers face in Ohio and nationwide. One proposed solution is for the state to invest in home and community-based services programs in the state, such as... read more

May 20, 2021

Having caregivers come and go is a problem for many disabled people, including those who serve as the employer. Recognizing that, the Biden Administration has proposed a $400 billion infusion of federal Medicaid cash to stem a nationwide shortage... read more

May 19, 2021

This article provides an introduction to self-direction, the opportunity to pay family caregivers, and how to get involved.  Read the full article... read more

May 18, 2021

Covid has pushed state health agencies to use Medicaid in ways that would never have been imagined before. With one in five Americans saying they are unable to afford healthcare, how are state governments using this historic moment to expand... read more

May 17, 2021

This opinion piece comes from the perspective of a mother who is paid as a family caregiver. She makes the case that home care workers should receive better compensation and benefits. Read the full article... read more

May 11, 2021

A sibling, who serves as a paid family caregiver for her brother, comments on the inadequacy of personal care worker wages in Pennsylvania and nationwide. The author points to the American Jobs Plan as a potential avenue to invest in increased... read more

May 4, 2021

New Jersey’s new state budget proposal includes wage increases for workers who provide critical care for individuals with disabilities, older residents, Medicaid beneficiaries and children. $157,000 will support wage increases in the Division of... read more

April 30, 2021

This article presents the new duties needed to help participants self-direct. Whether states assign these additional tasks to care managers or create a new class of support brokers to do this work, the job of the care manager changes. Examples... read more

April 29, 2021

The pandemic created new urgency around efforts to improve conditions for New York State’s beleaguered home care workers, including ongoing efforts to increase funding and worker wages for the Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance program. Read... read more

April 28, 2021

Florida lawmakers have agreed to spend an additional $95 million a year to provide more people with intellectual and developmental disabilities access to services they need to live in their communities and out of institutions via the iBudget... read more

April 26, 2021

This article provides a comprehensive overview of the consumer directed model, including commentary from Denise DiNoto of Consumer Directed Choices (an Applied Self-Direction member) on her own experience self-directing. According to Denise, “I... read more

April 21, 2021

We are immensely thrilled to announce the IRS has formally approved the temporary use of electronic signatures on a number of tax forms signed and postmarked on or after August 28, 2020, including Form 2678, Employer/Payer... read more

April 16, 2021

One family’s story about the transformative impact of self-directing via the Veteran Directed Care program for Veteran Ken. On what it meant to begin self-directing, “It made a great change. It was like someone switching a switch. And we went... read more

April 15, 2021

An introduction to the various self-direction program options available that allow paying family caregivers via Medicaid. Read the full article... read more

April 15, 2021

Another feature on Veteran Ken’s experience with Veteran-Directed Care, including a video highlighting his story. See the full story here... read more

April 12, 2021

States have the opportunity to use Medicaid to support enrollees with long-term care needs and their families by developing consumer direction programs that allow family members to be hired to provide care. This report explores how Connecticut,... read more

April 12, 2021

Effective July 1, 2021, Virginia joins the District of Columbia and many other states with paid leave for designated workers (Virginia’s Paid Sick Leave Law), home health workers in this case (including self-directed workers). Read the full... read more

April 11, 2021

This article highlights MI Choice, a self-directed... read more

April 9, 2021

The Hill published an op-ed by ASD's Kate Murray, American Rescue Plan can give disabled adults freedom of choice for care. The piece advocates for states to consider using their enhanced HCBS... read more

April 8, 2021

This article takes a closer look at the potential impact of the proposed $400 billion for HCBS included in Biden’s... read more

April 1, 2021

The 2021 Self-Direction Virtual Conference Series will include two different sessions on self-direction around the world. (Can you tell we miss traveling??) 

On Wednesday, May 5th, Lynn Breedlove, from the Wisconsin Long-Term Care... read more

March 30, 2021

The author of this opinion piece opposes proposed budget cuts to the Consumer Directed Services personal care program in Missouri. View the full article here

March 30, 2021

What is the Self-Direction Conference without every Financial Management Services (FMS) providers’ favorite session, The FUNdamentals of Fiscal/... read more

March 29, 2021

Under a policy pushed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, the administration of a popular self-direction program that allows Medicaid recipients to receive at-home health care for loved ones was interrupted for more than 100,000 New Yorkers. Now, Democrats... read more

March 25, 2021

Employees of In-Home Support Services (a self-direction program in California) participated in a day of action calling on President Biden and members of Congress to fulfill the promise of the Build Back Better Plan and commit $450 billion to the... read more

March 25, 2021

Gabriela Amari, a participant in New York’s Consumer Directed Personal Assistance program, powerfully makes the case that the state should invest in self-direction (rather than pouring more money into nursing homes) in this opinion piece.  View... read more

March 24, 2021

We are excited to announce our first-ever Self-Direction Virtual Conference Series this spring! This past year has underscored the critical importance of... read more

March 24, 2021

Following the passage of new legislation, veterans enrolled in the Veteran Directed Care program and their spouses are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through the VA health system. View the full article... read more

March 23, 2021

Missouri’s governor has made two recommendations for budget cuts to the state's consumer directed services program. This program currently serves more than 40,000 Missourians. Advocates are fighting back against the proposed cuts. View the full... read more

March 22, 2021

Further coverage of proposed budget cuts to Missouri’s consumer direction program - and the advocates trying to prevent the cuts.  View the full article... read more

March 18, 2021

Should San Diegans who provide home care services to the elderly and others get at least the minimum wage? So posits an audit of In-Home Supportive Services (a self-direction program) by California State Auditor Elaine Howle, which charges... read more

March 11, 2021

In the ongoing negotiations over New York's proposed $193 billion budget, several lawmakers in both legislative chambers are rallying behind a measure that would provide $1.3 billion in new funding to substantially raise the pay of home-care... read more

March 10, 2021

Wisconsin is celebrating a major milestone. On February 28, 2021, a 40-year-old individual with a physical disability from Adams County was referred to IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct), Wisconsin’s self-directed long-term care program. This... read more

March 7, 2021

A proposed collective bargaining agreement in Minnesota would raise the minimum wage, increase the number of PTO days, and increase the number of paid holidays for direct care workers. Andre Best of Best Home Care (an FMS member) comments on the... read more

March 2, 2021

Auburn Pub published a commentary on the direct care workforce... read more

February 26, 2021

A commentary critiquing New York’s Governor Cuomo on his handling of... read more

February 26, 2021

New proposed state legislation, sponsored by Republican State Senator James Setteimeyer, in Nevada would make self-directed services more widely available in the state. View the full story... read more

February 25, 2021

The Virginia Senate narrowly passed a bill mandating paid sick leave for home health care workers, including consumer-directed workers, who care for Medicaid recipients after severely limiting the scope of which essential workers would be... read more

February 22, 2021

On Jan. 27, 2021, the New York State Department of Health published revised proposed amendments to the regulations governing personal care services and consumer-directed personal assistance services. You can read the full article... read more

February 19, 2021

John, a 22-year-old with an intellectual and developmental disability and seizure disorder, manages his services through self-direction. When COVID-19 hit, John had the flexibility to adapt his services and supports, including hiring his brother... read more

February 17, 2021

This article details California’s new Spousal Impoverishment Protection Rule which allows more individuals to access self-directed services via the In-Home Supportive Services Program by allowing the ‘well spouse’ to retain income and assets (to... read more

February 12, 2021

Local news coverage from Massachusetts on the benefits of consumer-directed care, particularly during the pandemic. One woman’s experience is described. Learning that she would be able to choose her personal care attendant including family or... read more

February 12, 2021

An in-depth look at the Veteran-Directed Care program in Montana and how it has supported Veterans enrolled in the program to successfully direct their own care at home. This article also speaks to the advantages of self-directed care in rural... read more

February 8, 2021

This article closely examines the impact of the pandemic on paid in-home caregivers, including family members. Bea Rector, a director at the Washington Department of Social & Health Services (an ASD State Program Member), is quoted in the... read more

February 5, 2021

McKnight's Senior Living published an article on Applied Self-Direction's recent AARP Public Policy Institute report,  ... read more

February 4, 2021

We are pleased to announce that the AARP Public Policy Institute has released our report, Paying Family Caregivers to... read more

February 1, 2021

The Division of TennCare and the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) announced that more than 290 children have been enrolled in the Katie Beckett Program since it opened for applications in late November... read more

January 28, 2021

This guest column authored by an Outreach Specialist in Michigan highlights the MI Choice self-directed... read more

January 21, 2021

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration plans to overhaul its rules to ensure that elderly residents have access to home- and community-based services. The state also has instituted a “family caregiver program,” which... read more

January 4, 2021

Consumer-directed workers in New York will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning the week of January 11th. You can read the full article... read more

December 30, 2020

This article explores the potential ramifications for people with... read more

December 30, 2020

This article provides an overview of the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) in New York... read more

December 18, 2020

As the year draws to a close, we are taking time to reflect on what has been an unusual and challenging year. In the face of unprecedented adversity, our members played a critical role in supporting the over 1.2 million people self-directing in... read more

December 17, 2020

New York State Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the approval of legislation providing multiple improvements to Veteran services, including waiving the in-person application requirement for those seeking enrollment in the Veteran-... read more

December 17, 2020

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is urging Congress to fully fund the Lifespan Respite Care Program.... read more

December 16, 2020

From all of us at Applied Self-Direction, we wish you and your families a joyful holiday season. While this year presented one challenge after another, it has been an honor for us to support stakeholders in self-direction as you rose to the... read more

December 8, 2020

Applied Self-Direction is joining a dynamic panel of experts for the virtual HCBS Conferences session, Balancing Person-Centeredness and Utilization Management within HCBS.

While the aging and disability network strives to be... read more

November 30, 2020

A brief story of how self-direction has made a difference for one man living independently in... read more

November 18, 2020 to November 20, 2020

A recent lawsuit in CA was struck down that would have prevented the state from deducting employee benefits and union dues from IHSS workers’ paychecks. IHSS is one of the largest self-direction programs in the country. You can read the full... read more

November 17, 2020

A brief feature highlighting Consumer Directed Attendant Support Services in Colorado. Local... read more

November 10, 2020

A heartwarming story about how one woman in New Jersey is benefiting from self-direction and gaining access to the community through a partnership with a local chef. You can read the full article... read more

October 29, 2020

Personal care attendants in Virginia who work directly for Medicaid clients faced a deadline to show the hours they worked during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic to qualify for a $1,500 hazardous duty payment. About two-thirds of the 43... read more

October 28, 2020

This opinion piece was authored by a CIL Executive Director in Oklahoma... read more

October 27, 2020

Advocates in Wyoming are seeking to prevent budget cuts to home and community-based services as the state faces a $750 million budget deficit in the upcoming session. The Community Choices Waiver, which includes self-direction, is pointed to as... read more

October 26, 2020

This article details the Biden campaign’s proposed plan for long term care, including their... read more

October 21, 2020

This op-ed was written by Jessica Clark, who is happily enrolled in a self-direction program. She is sharing why she has chosen to vote for Joe Biden... read more

October 20, 2020

Advocates in Florida are concerned about proposed rules that would require support coordinators to ‘certify’ that individuals with disabilities have exhausted all other options for care before applying for the iBudget self-direction program. You... read more

October 19, 2020

This article discusses how the MI Choice program in Michigan, which includes self-direction... read more

October 15, 2020

One of ASD’s Stakeholder Members, Consumer Directed Choices, was recently featured in their local news. The... read more

October 5, 2020

Governor Newsom of California has vetoed a proposal that would have allowed family caregivers receiving payment via California’s In-Home Services and Supports self-direction program to be eligible for unemployment benefits. You can read the KQED... read more

September 29, 2020

This opinion piece in City Limits suggests that the Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Program in New York... read more

September 24, 2020

In this article from CBS Los Angeles, a mother is advocating that family... read more

September 20, 2020

A remembrance of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her contributions to the disability community, most notably providing the majority opinion in the Olmstead v. L.C. decision. This... read more

September 17, 2020

We are thrilled to announce that the fourth National Inventory of Self-Directed Programs for the 2020 AARP Long-Term Services & Supports State Scorecard Report will be released on Thursday, September 24th, 2020! 

Applied Self... read more

September 16, 2020

The pandemic has strained already short-staffed caregiving services, leaving seniors in southwest Colorado without much of the support they need to survive. This... read more

September 15, 2020

The executive director of the Home Care Alliance of MA responds to recent criticism in Massachusetts that only unionized workers have received extra support and pay during the pandemic. This rebuttal includes reference to how home care agencies... read more

September 14, 2020

This article in the Nevada Current explores the impact of the pandemic on worsening the home care workforce crisis... read more

September 10, 2020

The Senate did not pass the latest proposed coronavirus stimulus legislation which was widely panned by disability advocates because it did not address key issues such as enhanced funding for HCBS. This latest development increases the likelihood... read more

September 8, 2020

This report from PHI outlines the current state of the direct care workforce including key demographics, challenges to the... read more

September 8, 2020

Findings from a recent survey are summarized, including that 65... read more

September 3, 2020

This article in the Tahlequah Daily Press highlights ADvantage, a self-... read more

September 2, 2020

This article in the Post Star discusses how many nonprofits that serve... read more

September 1, 2020

This article in The 19th posits that the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on the homecare workforce and... read more

September 1, 2020

This Cal Matters opinion piece by a union executive director advocates for... read more

August 28, 2020

This article in Life Hacker draws upon recent coverage from AARP on the ability to pay family caregivers in self-... read more

August 26, 2020

This is a letter to the editor regarding New York’s self-direction program under the Home and Community-Based... read more

August 26, 2020

This next year will be pivotal for self-direction. We want to help our members advocate for the change they want to see with policymakers and funders.

We hope you will join us for an... read more

August 19, 2020

Applied Self-Direction is highlighting stories of individuals and families who are self-directing at home during the pandemic. You can read about Kevin's story... read more

August 18, 2020

We are thrilled to offer an online strategic communications course on advocating for self-direction in partnership with Andy Burness, founder of Burness, a DC-based firm focused on social change. Andy... read more

August 12, 2020

The Colorado news outlet, The Mountain Mail, wrote a feature on their local Veteran-Directed Care program, Veterans take... read more

August 5, 2020

The Next Avenue article, Where family caregivers can get financial assistance, provides advice to caregivers on how to get paid, including an in-... read more

August 4, 2020
Join the disability community in a call-in day on Tuesday, August 4th, to urge the Senate to include funding for home and community-based services (HCBS) in the coronavirus relief bill being negotiated. Contact your Senators to tell them #... read more
July 31, 2020

Earlier this week, the Senate released a new COVID-19 relief package, the HEALS Act,... read more

July 23, 2020

The Crescent News published the article, Self-... read more

July 23, 2020

In collaboration with Granite State Independent Living, Applied Self-Direction created a case study to better... read more

July 21, 2020

This amNewYork op-ed, Disability and dignity in the age of COVID-19, was written by Michele Kaplan, a disability advocate and... read more

July 17, 2020

Applied Self-Direction is highlighting stories of individuals and families who are self-directing at home during the pandemic. You can read about Tyler's story... read more

July 10, 2020

The New York Times wants to hear your questions about and experiences with disability and accessibility in the U.S.  In the article, Help... read more

July 10, 2020

New York was one of the first states to be hit by the COVID-19 pandemic with nearly half a million reported cases and over 30,000 deaths. Over 40 percent of those deaths have been in nursing home settings.

The Consumer... read more

June 15, 2020

The Partnership for Medicaid Home-Based Care is requesting support of legislative proposals that increase federal funding for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) and enhance... read more

June 9, 2020

US Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden released a disability plan which includes an aim around self-direction: "Affirming the right of people with disabilities to self-... read more

June 9, 2020

The Journal of Gerontological Social Work published the article commentary, Self-Direction of Home and Community-Based Services in the Time of COVID-19, written by our colleague Kevin J. Mahoney, Founding Director of the National... read more

May 26, 2020

The Boston Globe published the opinion piece, After COVID-19, a better way to support the elderly and people with disabilities, written by our colleague Kevin J. Mahoney, Founding Director of the National Resource Center for Participant-... read more

May 8, 2020

Applied Self-Direction partnered with AARP to publish the blog post, A Solution, with or without Pandemic: Let Individuals Hire Family for Care. The blog discusses the win-win of hiring family members as well as the short- and long-term... read more

March 6, 2020

"Self-directing participants are equipped to efficiently and effectively improve their wellbeing by addressing the underlying social determinants of health that are unique to that individual. In this way, self-direction breaks the mold of “... read more

January 23, 2020

Merle Edwards-Orr presented "Self-Direction and Pressing Issues in Aging" for the Health Management for Older Adults: Developing an Interdisciplinary Approach course at the Harvard Medical School. This course is led by a physician, a... read more

November 12, 2019

Kevin Mahoney, Ellen Mahoney, and Michelle Putnam recently published Self-Direction in Long Term Services and Supports: The Cash and Counseling Demonstration and Evaluation Ten Years On, a book assessing the impact of the original Cash... read more

October 22, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has strongly encouraged states to submit electronic visit verification (EVV) good faith effort extension requests by November 30, 2019. Many states have already submitted requests, 11 of... read more

August 28, 2019

Qualified providers and quality providers are not always synonymous. Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) may be given direction to utilize qualified providers, but guidance on what qualified really means may not be part of the conversation.  For... read more

August 1, 2019

Individual budgets are a key component of self-directed services, and assessment-informed budgets are used in the majority of states to allocate waiver funding for Home and Community-Based Services. The Human Services Research Institute (HSRI)... read more

July 31, 2019

As the number and variety of self-direction programs across the world continues to increase, it is enlightening to compare definitions and approaches. “Self-Direction Worldwide: Contrasting Beliefs and their Impact on Practice” by Lynn Breedlove... read more

July 25, 2019 to July 30, 2019

We are excited to share that James Toews has joined Applied Self-Direction to support our members and stakeholders as we advance self-direction. Prior to his work at Applied Self-Direction, James had a distinguished career in federal... read more

July 10, 2019

We are excited to announce that we will co-host a two-day learning experience ("Match") on International Advances in Self-Direction with the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI). The Match will be held on September 9-10 in Boston,... read more

July 9, 2019

The Center for Public Representation's re-designed Supported Decision-Making Website is now live! Supported decision-making (SDM) is an alternative to guardianship that allows an... read more

June 12, 2019

A new study led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System researchers finds that a program that gives Veterans flexible budgets for at-home caregivers is at least as effective as other... read more

May 22, 2019

The Boston College School of Social Work published an article on the Journal of Gerontological Social Work Special Issue on Self-Direction in Long-Term Services and Supports. The article highlights the role Kevin J. Mahoney, Professor Emeritus at... read more

April 4, 2019

We are excited to announce that the Journal of Gerontological Social Work has released a... read more

February 27, 2019

We are pleased to announce that we have joined the Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination (CPSD), an advocacy network whose mission is to push for major systemic reform of the nation’s disability laws and programs. The vision of CPSD is a... read more

February 7, 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will join us “live and in person” at the Self-Direction Conference! CMS will lead a plenary on Monday, April 29th to provide the latest updates on Electronic Visit Verification (EVV)... read more

February 5, 2019

Every year we receive numerous requests for financial support so that participants and family members can attend our conference. This year is no exception.

In response to these requests, we’re offering a “Sponsor a Participant” option... read more

January 24, 2019

Two new research articles on self-direction and behavioral health were recently published.

Mental Health Self-Directed Care... read more

December 21, 2018
Merle Edwards-Orr, as part of his continuing association with Boston College, works with a team from several VA Medical Centers and universities on an evaluation of the Veteran-Directed Care (VDC) program. He has been working with a team to examine... read more
October 15, 2018 to October 16, 2018

Merle Edwards-Orr, Senior Consultant at Applied Self-Direction, wrote a blog for AARP titled, Taking it to the... read more

September 4, 2018

Pyschology Today recently published an article, Can Addicts Change Through Self-Direction?. The article is available on their... read more

September 4, 2018

Citizen Network is working with the European SKILLS project to identify the extent to which self-directed support is being adopted in different countries around the world.

The project recently published a discussion paper offering: an... read more

August 10, 2018
Mollie Murphy, President of Applied Self-Direction, presented to the Missouri Council for In-Home Services members on the Fair Labor Standards Act Home Care Rule and self-direction compliance on August 10, 2018.
August 9, 2018

We are offering a new membership option for state agencies this year! The State Focus option includes 10 monthly calls with our membership team. Each call will be up to one hour. Your team can use these calls to problem-solve specific issues,... read more

July 31, 2018

The Reinventing Quality planning committee asked Applied Self-Direction to organize a session at their July 2018 Reinventing Quality Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The... read more

June 13, 2018

Mollie Murphy, President of Applied Self-Direction, presented to the Missouri Council for In-Home Services members on Fiscal/Employer Agent tax policies and procedures on June 13, 2018.... read more

June 6, 2018 to June 8, 2018

Mollie Murphy was a highlighted speaker at the The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) ... read more

May 17, 2018

What effect does self-direction have on functional outcomes like housing and employment?

To find out, HSRI researchers and colleagues,  including the NRCPDS Founding Director, Kevin J. Mahoney, looked at approximately four years’ worth of... read more

May 16, 2018

CMS has just released two major pieces of Electronic Visit Verficiation (EVV) guidance:  an informational bulletin and... read more

May 7, 2018

We are excited to announce that three representatives from the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Central Office will be leading a session on Electronic Visit Verification... read more

May 3, 2018

Refer an organization to FMSStakeholder, or ... read more

April 12, 2018

Merle Edwards-Orr, Senior Consultant at Applied Self-Direction, recently co-authored a report with AARP titled, ... read more

February 7, 2018

In January 2018, Applied Self-Direction released a Request for Information (RFI) to identify EVV vendors interested in serving self-direction programs. It is important that EVV systems in self-direction programs meet the unique needs of self-... read more

January 18, 2018

Applied Self-Direction is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to identify Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) vendors interested in serving self-direction programs. It is important that EVV systems in self-direction programs meet... read more

December 20, 2017

A new HSRI Research Brief summarizes the results of new research on self-direction... read more

July 28, 2017

The Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) and Applied Self-Direction, the new home for the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS), are pleased to announce the release of a new website,... read more

June 13, 2017

The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) and NHeLP jointly developed 50 state (and DC) specific fact sheets on... read more

June 1, 2017

The Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality released a new report, Building the Caring Economy: Workforce Investments to Expand Access to Affordable, High-Quality and Long-Term Care, proposing caregiving jobs investments to address... read more

May 16, 2017

The Kaiser Family Foundation recently released the issue brief, State Variation in Medicaid Per Enrollee Spending for Seniors and People with Disabilities, showing major variations in Medicaid spending across different states and and... read more

May 16, 2017

A new report describing Medicaid long-term services and supports (LTSS) expenditures is now available on the LTSS data page. The... read more

May 5, 2017

As part of our Membership Committee on Advancing Self Direction in a Changing Environment, we created leave-behind Self Direction... read more

May 5, 2017

For years, people who receive disability-related support services have used self direction to live independently in their communities. Now people with serious mental health conditions are using self direction to transform their lives. A new... read more

March 7, 2017

Questions for the Record “Hearing to Consider the Nomination of Seema Verma to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services” Before Senate Finance Committee is available... read more

February 14, 2017

The Kaiser Family Foundation recently published a report on whether a state's adoption of the ACA Medicaid expansion for low-income adults affects the size of its HCBS waiver waiting lists. The full report can be found... read more

February 10, 2017

The article, Dust Off: Veteran-directed care benefits everyone, was posted on TCPalm about the Veteran-Directed Home and Community-Based Services (VD-HCBS) program in West Palm Florida. You can access the full article... read more

January 20, 2017

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently posted new information on their website about Labor Costs for Direct Care Workers. The document explains a... read more

January 10, 2017

The Gerontological Society of America released a press release announcing their new issue of the Public Policy & Aging Report, Participant Self-Direction in Long-Term Supports and Services. The issue can be viewed... read more

December 19, 2016

In December 2016, the State Health Reform Assistance Network released an issues brief titled, Capping Federal Medicaid Funding: Key Financing Issues for States.

President-Elect Donald Trump and Republican congressional leadership... read more

December 13, 2016
On December 13, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an Informational Bulletin on Strengthening Program Integrity in Medicaid Personal Care Services. The bulletin is avilable online here: read more
November 10, 2016

Report: Travelling Hopefully: Best Practice in Self-Directed Support by Simon Duffy

South Australia has firmly committed itself... read more

November 9, 2016

On November 9, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking information and data on additional reforms and policy options that we can consider to accelerate the provision of home and... read more

October 26, 2016

The Public Policy & Aging Report, published quarterly, explores policy issues generated by the aging of American society. The January 2016 issue focuses on Self Direction in Long-Term Services and Supports and includes several... read more

October 25, 2016

Quartz website posted the article, The future of senior care could be paying your friends and family.This article serves as a great introduction to self direction and includes comments and quotes from the NRCPDS and several other... read more

August 30, 2016

The report, “Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration: Overview of State Grantee Progress, January to December 2015,” summarizes progress between January and December 2015 by the 44 MFP grantee states (including the District of Columbia) that... read more

August 24, 2016

This Open Forum describes a September 2015 international learning exchange meeting in which experts in self-direction and mental health from seven nations convened for sharing best practices, discussing challenges, and laying the groundwork for a... read more