Connections to Community Living is a Department of Health Services (DHS), Division of Medicaid Services initiative to help support choice to live in the community for individuals living in institutional settings. The main goal of DHS is making community living a success by integrating long-term services and supports with health care and housing while building on the promise of equality and full participation for all.
Project goals for this initiative are to:
- Ensure that individuals living in nursing homes are aware of the supports and options available to live in less restrictive settings in the community;
- Increase relocation of people residing in nursing homes for both short-term rehabilitation and longer-term stays to home and community based settings;
- Reduce Medicaid expenditures by assisting individuals living in nursing homes to live in more cost-effective home and community based settings, where appropriate; and
- Increase participation in the Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration and enable the state to claim enhanced MFP match.
Some counties have been identified as areas with large numbers of Medicaid-funded nursing home residents (PDF). In those areas DHS will assign Community Living Specialists (CLS) to assist the aging and disability resource centers (ADRC) with outreach and information to nursing home residents and nursing homes staff.