Special Projects and Initiatives

Companion Aide Pilot

The purpose of the Companion Aide Pilot Project is to provide assistance to nursing facilities in advancing culture change with a focus on person-centered dementia care. For more information CLICK HERE.

Federal HCBS Regulations Assessment and Implementation Project

On January 10, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued final regulations regarding home- and community-based settings (HCBS). The rule supports enhanced quality in HCBS programs, outlines person-centered planning practices, and reflects CMS’s intent to ensure that individuals receiving Medicaid funded services have full access to the benefits of community living and are able to receive services in the most integrated setting. For more information CLICK HERE.

ICD10 Implementation Project

The International Classification Diseases (ICD) is a coding system used to specify diagnosis and related procedures when billing for related medical services. Nation-wide, codes were updated to the ICO-10 version effective October 2015. For more information CLICK HERE.

Governor's Commission On Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD)

The Vermont Legislature established the Governor’s Commission on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders in 1991. Since its inception, the Commission has provided leadership on a number of public policy matters specific to the needs and concerns of people affected by Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia (ADRD). For more information CLICK HERE.

Money Follows the Person Grant Project

In 2011, DAIL was awarded a five year $17.9 million “Money Follows the Person” (MFP) grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to help people living in nursing facilities overcome barriers to moving to their preferred community-based setting. For more information CLICK HERE.

Section Q

The Minimum Data Set (MDS) is a federally mandated quarterly assessment administered to all nursing home residents. The MDS has questions in Section Q of the tool that can connect long-term residents with opportunities to live in the most integrated setting and assist the state in meeting its non-discrimination requirements under Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Specifically, Section Q of the MDS provides a process that, if followed correctly, gives the resident a direct voice in expressing preference and gives the facility means to assist residents in locating and transitioning to the most integrated setting. In Vermont, nursng facilities have partnered with the Aging & Disabilties Resource Connections to make Section Q referrals for options counseling and transition assistance. For more information CLICK HERE.

Substance Abuse Treatment Coordination Initiative

January 2015, the Agency of Human Services initiated a coordinated approach to serving Vermonters with substance abuse problems across all departments. AHS recognizes the substantial burden that substance abuse has on individuals seeking AHS services, particularly those who need multiple services and therefore enter the AHS system through different doors. If we can intervene early and better serve Vermonters dealing with substance abuse issues, then other outcomes will improve. For more information CLICK HERE.


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Megan Tierney-Ward, Division Director
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Waterbury, VT 05671-2070
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Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living
under the Agency of Human Services