IN: Nursing Facility outreach and transition
The State of Maryland was chosen by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to participate in the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration, which was authorized by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 as an opportunity for states to rebalance long-term care systems. Maryland has the opportunity to address the institutional bias in long-term care by improving the availability and quality of community-based services while providing people in institutions information about the option to be served in the community.
SMIL and Independence Now, Inc. Have joined forces and contracted with the Department of Health and Mental hygiene to provide outreach to Medicaid eligible residents of nursing facilities. Trained Peer Outreach Partners (Partners) under contract with Independence Now, Inc. will be visiting Medicaid-eligible nursing facility residents in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and informing those specific residents that there are resources that could allow them to live in the community if they choose to do so. In addition all residents will be provided information about their local CIL.
Each month Independence Now hosts a Social Hour at Nursing Facilities in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. We share snacks, games, and conversation in hopes of connecting younger residents with supportive people in the community. If you, your organization, business, church, or friends would like to be a part of this event, please contact us.
Volunteer Mentor Project
Volunteer Mentors are people with disabilities, or people with experience relating to disabilities, who are matched with young nursing facility residents wishing to move out into the community. Mentors will provide knowledge and understanding while creating a meaningful and supportive relationship during this transitional process.
Mentors call their Mentee biweekly and plan one social outing each month. If you are interested in becoming a Mentor, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (301) 277-2839.