Step 5: Planning
After choosing your LTSS model, it's time to carefully look at how its implementation will be shaped by the many factors that go along with community health planning and care.
Strategic planning can:
- Give you a clear understanding of your community's current situation
- Help you anticipate problems
- Build on your community's current strengths
Strategic Planning Process
The steps below describe the strategic planning process.
Understand Your LTSS Model
- Review program requirements (financing, certification, staffing, etc.)
- Identify where you'll get funding for:
- Creation or improvement of your program
- Ongoing program costs
- Review requirements for certification through third party payers (e.g., Medicaid)
- Figure out how much financial help you'll receive from your tribe
- Identify things that may affect your program
- Use information from your SWOT analysis or do another SWOT analysis, especially if anything about your situation has changed significantly (see Conducting a SWOT Analysis)
- Find out if protocols within your tribe will require you to do anything else. (For example, conducting a needs assessment or hiring staff may require that a tribal resolution be passed first)
- Develop action items from your analysis
- Find opportunities to take advantage of current resources. (For example, can a new program share overhead costs with an existing tribal clinic?)
Watch Leveraging Resources for LTSS to learn more about how to maximize resources you may already have.
Prepare for Implementation
- Create a plan for implementation and choose timelines for each task you need to complete
- Line up your internal and external resources
- Look at the action items from your SWOT analysis and decide what you need to do first
- Figure out which tribal protocols or processes you need to follow. (For example, do you need to work with your tribe to revise or create codes that deal with elder abuse?)
- Find out what is needed to work with resources outside your tribe. (For example, do you need a Memorandum of Understanding to work with a state agency?)
- Reach out to key contacts within your tribe, community, county, and state
- Review your current needs and think about possible future needs. What are your training or funding needs, and who can you work with to help meet those needs?
- See how most states are working with their tribes to support tribal LTSS programs
After you have created a plan and addressed internal and external factors, your LTSS plan is ready to implement. Proceed to Step 6.