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Two Recently Released Reports from HMPRG's Center for Long-Term Care Reform

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
October 6, 2009

The Determination of Need (DON) Study: A Response to Legislative Mandate PA 95-565

InJanuary, 2008, the Center  was asked by the Department to assist inresponding to legislative mandate, PA 95-565.  Advocates for theelderly were concerned that the service package available to people age60 and older through the Illinois Department on Aging is less robustthan that offered through the Department of Human Services for peoplewith disabilities who are under age 60.  The Center (principal authors - HMPRG's Phyllis Mitzen, Marianne Brennan  and Rebecca Finer, HMPRG consultant Martha Holstein) collaborated withthe Center for Research on Health and Aging at the University ofIllinois at Chicago which provided the statistical analysis of IDoA’sCommunity Care Program and the Home Services Program.  The Center, inaddition to coordinating the project, provided an analysis of aging anddisabilities services in six best-practice states: Arizona, Minnesota,Ohio, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. The Study is the first indepth analysis of the Community Care Program since it’s inception in1982. The Determination of Need, Service Cost Maximum Study, submitted to IDOA in June, 2009, was broadly distributed by the Department and appears on HMPRG’s web site.  Read and Download the report

Home Again Report: Final report to theIllinois Department on Aging (IDoA) on the Enhanced Transition HomeAgain Program (Home Again)

HomeAgain Report: Final report to the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA)(principal authors HMPRG's Phyllis Mitzen, Marianne Brennan, HMPRG consultant Martha Holstein)  on the Enhanced Transition Home Again Program (Home Again).  In July,2005, the IDoA initiated a transition demonstration project—HomeAgain—in six pilot areas in the state. As outlined in IDoA’s Requestfor Information, the purpose of the Home Again program is to “assist[senior] nursing facility residents who want and are able, to return totheir homes and communities.” Assistance is provided through enhancedsupports, including one-time transition costs, an expanded array ofon-going services, and dedicated transition case management. At the endof the first two years, the program had assessed 532 clients andtransitioned 209 back into the community. This final report provides adescriptive analysis of program implementation and outcomes of HomeAgain.Read and download the report