Veteran-Directed Home and Community-Based Services
The Veteran-Directed Home and Community-Based Services (VD-HCBS) Program serves Veterans of any age who are determined by the Veterans Administration to be at risk of institutional placement. Veterans manage their own flexible spending budgets for their personal care services – deciding for themselves what mix of goods and services will best meet their needs, hiring and supervising their own workers, including family and friends, and purchasing items or services that will help them live more independently. This approach is known as “participant direction”.
VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) purchase these services on behalf of Veterans from State Units on Aging (SUA), Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), and Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC), known collectively as Aging Network Agencies.
Through a contract with the Veterans Health Administration, the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS) provides program policy support to the VHA Central Office as well as training and assistance to VA Medical Centers that are implementing participant-directed services for Veterans.
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