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Information for Care Managers in Waiver Counties

Where the state Family Care program has not been implemented, County Human Service departments operate the Community Option Program (COP). The Community Options Program helps people who need long term care to stay in their own homes and communities. Its purpose is to provide cost-effective alternatives to expensive care in institutions and nursing homes. Elderly people and people with serious long-term disabilities receive funds and assistance to find services they are not able to get through other programs. Community Options care managers know what services are available in the community, and learn what families and friends are able to do. A care manager will talk to residents and family members about how to arrange the services and supports the person would need avoid going to a nursing home or to return back to the community from a nursing home.

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Last Revised: April 11, 2013