NOVEMBER 16, 2010
Veterans of all ages with disabilities will gain additional support in 28 states under a new program designed to help them live independently, with more choice and control over the services they receive in their homes. Through a contract with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS) will provide training and assistance to VA Medical Centers that are implementing participant-directed services for Veterans.
"We are proud to be a part of helping America's Veterans maintain their independence and preserve their quality of life," said Kevin J. Mahoney, PhD, director of the NRCPDS and a professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at Boston College.The NRCPDS at Boston College is the only national center of its kind that helps people of all ages and disabilities get the support they need to live as independently as possible. The Center provides research, policy, training and assistance for participant-directed programs. In addition, NRCPDS has a National Participant Network that works with these programs to ensure that they are designed and implemented with the needs and preferences of the individual at their core. The Center will offer a wide variety of training and technical assistance to staff at VA Medical Centers for the benefit of Veterans in the VD-HCBS Programs.
Roughly 7.8 million of our nation's 23 million Veterans are enrolled in the VA for health care. In addition to the growing aging Veteran population who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, the number of young and severely injured Veterans returning from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan who need support at home continues to rise.