counseling focuses on people who are considering moving into an ICF.
Before someone moves into the ICF, the County Board will explain the
similarities and differences between an ICF and an HCBS waiver, and help
determine which type of service may best meet an individual's needs.
More information about pre-admissions counseling, including a short video, the Pre-admission counseling job aid, and a form and additional guidance, is available on the training page of DODD's website.
important to note that the final decision about where to live is up to
the individual and their family – the pre-admission counseling process
simply ensures that people are aware of all of the options available.
counseling focuses on people who currently are living in an ICF.
Similar to pre-admissions counseling, options counseling seeks to inform
individuals and families about their options.
DODD has contracted
with CareStar to provide options counseling. CareStar will be
conducting a number of ICF options counseling general education sessions
throughout the state to explain what an Intermediate Care Facility
(ICF) and a Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver are, and the
differences between the two. The sessions can be beneficial to
Individuals who currently live in or are considering moving into an ICF
and their families as well as anyone else interested in learning more. Watch a recent Webinar on Options counseling.
The sessions are part of the efforts in the FY2016-17 Executive Budget
designed to ensure individuals and families are aware of all of the
options available to them.
*If you are having trouble viewing the above webinar download the latest version of flash player here.
Visits CareStar’s website
for the schedule
of General Education sessions. They also will be shared in Pipeline Weekly and
on the DODD Calendar.
There is no cost to attend. If you have questions or would like to register for
a session, contact Wendy Wiseman at firstname.lastname@example.org
also will reach out to individuals who currently are living in an ICF
and are on the waiting list for an HCBS waiver. There are approximately
2,500 ICF residents who on the waiting list, but it's not known if they
are still interesting in enrolling on a waiver. CareStar will talk with
many of these individuals and their family or guardian one-on-one to see
if they are still interested in moving from an ICF to an HCBS waiver.
CareStar will prioritize their visits in attempt to meet first with
individuals who have been on the waiting list the longest. The visits
will begin in the next several months.
DODD will track the
number of individuals who participate in both pre-admissions and options
counseling, and whether they choose an ICF or community-based services.
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