The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Choose Home initiative

The VA is holding a Webinar on the Choose Home Initiative on April 25 at 2 pm EST. You can Register for participation. It’s free. The Ann Arbor VA Hospital is one of the potential pilot sites.

There is a short, 4-slide Overview of the Choose Home Initiative. I converted it to a pdf file for people that don’t have powerpoint.

What follows is the information we got from the Administration for Community Living which is partnering with the VA in promoting this webinar:

“We’d like to make you aware of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Choose Home initiative and the opportunity to work closely together to serve Veterans and their Caregivers. The Choose Home initiative is a VA Secretary priority aimed at allowing more Veterans and their families and Caregivers to choose to receive the necessary VA and community services to stay at home instead of entering a long-term nursing home placement. VA is at the pilot implementation phase that is focused on increasing the VA’s precision in identifying Veterans most in need of community services and streamlining the referral, assessment, and care coordination aspects of their care. Findings and best practices identified from this pilot are intended to serve as the basis for a VA-wide implementation….

You are invited to attend an informational webinar with representatives from the VA on Thursday, April 25, 2019, from 2-3 pm EST. Click here to register for the webinar.

ACL is partnering with the VA to support the roll-out of the Choose Home pilot. We see opportunity in the Choose Home initiative to demonstrate the important role that Aging & Disability Network Agencies fulfill in facilitating the development of person-centered plans, navigating the maze of home and community-based services and programs and connecting people to the services they need to remain in their homes. We also know that we may be serving the same people and by collaborating and partnering we can provide them the most robust support.

There are 21 VA Medical Centers participating in the Choose Home pilot. There are approximately 2,300 Veterans that may be part of the Choose Home initiative. We know that there are approximately 241 Aging and Disability Network Agencies (State Units on Aging, Area Agencies on Aging, Centers for Independent Living, Tribal Organizations, University Centers for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities, State Assistive Technology Act programs, State Lifespan Respite programs, State Health Insurance programs and State Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) programs that serve people living in the 21 VAMC service areas.

As VAMC’s are ready to collaborate with Aging & Disability Network Agencies, we want to be ready to connect them to the Aging and Disability Network Agencies that serve the same service area where the Veterans that will be served through the Choose Home pilot reside. You’re receiving this email because your Aging & Disability Network Agency serves people living in the service area of one or more of the 21 VAMCs. If we receive an inquiry from the VAMC serving Veterans in your service area, would you be interested in collaborating with the VAMC? If so, can we give the VAMC your contact information? “

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