CMS FUNDS STATE EFFORTS TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF HOME-BASED ALTERNATIVES TO INSTITUTIONAL CARE
Seven states today will receive a share of over $8 million in federal grants to increase awareness of home- and community-based long-term care options for people leaving hospitals who otherwise may enter a traditional nursing home, CMS Acting Administrator Kerry Weems announced.
The $8.3 million in grants are part of the Real Choice Systems Change (RCSC) grant program, which is designed to help states and territories rebalance their long-term support programs to help people with chronic illness or disabilities reside in their homes and participate in community life.
Over $7 million of today’s awards will be used to develop person-centered hospital discharge planning models. These new models for the discharge planning process will place greater emphasis on involving patients and their families in after-care plans, including exploring home-based alternatives to institutional care.
Of the states receiving awards today,
An additional $574,613 will supplement grants that were awarded in fiscal year 2007 to
“These awards are a clear sign of the continued commitment of this administration to increase opportunities for home and community-based long-term care services so that individuals who want to stay in their own homes and in their own communities can do so,” Weems said.
Since 2001, CMS has awarded 314 Real Choices grants, totaling approximately $284 million to 50 states, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the
STATES RECEIVING AWARDS