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Innovation Grants

The NRCPDS has awarded grant funding to four organizations with innovative ideas that transcend the basic individual budget, participant-directed service model (known as Cash & Counseling). Our thanks to The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for supporting this initiative.

Read the profiles of each of these 18-month Innovation Grants via links below. We will update these profiles quarterly with details on each grantee's progress.

• Co-op Innovation: Participant-directed programs give people the opportunity to hire their own workers. This Innovation grantee looks at how a co-op of workers might function to support a group of program participants.
View Vermont's Project

• Managed Care Innovation: As participant direction expands as a model, it is important to examine how it can work in a managed care setting. This category includes one Innovation grantee.
View Massachusetts' Project

• Peer-to-Peer Innovations: Peer-to-peer support has been part of programs serving people with disabilities in the past. These two Innovation grantees look at different models for providing peer-to-peer support in participant-directed programs.

View Michigan's Project

View Georgia's Project

Background on the Innovation Grants

Prior to becoming the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services, the Center served as the National Program Office for the Cash & Counseling demonstration project.  In this role, our team of programmatic experts and researchers at the Center provided oversight and assistance to the 15 Cash & Counseling grantee programs.  This successful decade-long effort helped establish an exemplar model of participant direction that has since served as a model for new initiatives such as the VD-HCBS project.

In recognition of the need to continue developing the model and test new ideas for participant direction, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded the NRCPDS with $500,000 to fund the development of new innovations in participant direction, beyond the Cash & Counseling model.

The four Innovation grantees were chosen through a competitive process for their proposed projects that the NRCPDS identified as having the most potential to meaningfully impact the development and expansion of participant direction.

At the conclusion of the Innovation grant period in September 2012, the NRCPDS will share a selection of tools and resources developed by the grantees in an effort to support the expansion of participant direction nationwide.