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National Resource Directory for Veterans Website

The U.S. Department of Labor has joined with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to launch a Web-based directory to help wounded warriors identify resources available to assist them in transitioning back to civilian life. The National Resource Directory encompasses more than 10,000 services and resources, including information on benefits and compensation, education, training and employment, family ad caregiver support, health, housing and transportation, service and resources.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51793

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The Green House® Project

What is a Green House home? It is an alternative residence for elders that need skilled nursing care. The architecture and services create small, homey environments that stress privacy, autonomy, support, and enjoyment. Visit the homepage to learn about the concept and efforts to replicate nationally. See “Research and Resources” and “Regulation and Legislation” for information on outcomes related to Green Houses and relevant state and federal policy.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51778

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Increasing Home Access: Designing for Visitability

Visitability is a movement that seeks to eliminate certain barriers to aging independently by promoting accessible home design. The authors examine different types of visitability initiatives, challenges to implementation, and opportunities for further acceptance. The design parameters needed for visitability include a zero-step entrance, wide doorways, and at least one half bathroom on the main floor.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51769

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Going from Good to Great: Livable Communities Surveys in Ohio

Is your area a livable community? You can use this survey and accompanying reports as a model for finding out. AARP defines a livable community as one that allows people to maintain their independence and quality of life as they age and retire. Aspects that make a community livable include mobility, community supports, and affordable housing. Residents age 45 years and older in two OH counties were surveyed to measure whether these things are truly available in their communities.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51766

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The State of 21st Century Financial Incentives for Americans with Disabilities

This report offers recommendations to increase opportunities for people with disabilities to become fully involved in the economic mainstream of society. It presents research findings in key areas such as education and health care. It also describes selected state-level innovations affecting asset development and wealth accumulation. Finally, the report makes policy recommendations for securing meaningful employment, career advancement, and benefits needed for daily living and accommodations.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51726

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What Does It Take? Improving Housing Choices for Medicaid-Eligible Mississippians Needing Long-Term Care

This report and executive summary were completed for Project BRIDGE, an Integrating Long-Term Supports with Affordable Housing grant from CMS. Individuals with disabilities desiring to live independently in Mississippi are hindered by the state’s scarcity of both affordable, accessible housing and the community-based services. The report outlines the issues and offers recommendations for creating community housing arrangements. Review the policy, program and research suggestions.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51702

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Choose, Get, Keep Integrated Housing

This guide is a supplement to ABCs of Nursing Home Transition: An Orientation Manual for New Transition Facilitators. The two guides are meant to be used together. This second guide, gives greater detail on one of the most challenging aspects to the transition process—locating and securing housing that meets the individual’s needs and preferences so that the transition can be completed. The Appendix offers tools for housing specialist and consumers including checklists and how-to fact sheets.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51697

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Enduring Changes of the FY 2001 and FY 2002 Nursing Facility Transition Grantees

This publication provides a summary overview of the accomplishments and enduring changes brought about by all of the Systems Change NFT Grantees Despite bringing about many enduring systems improvements, Grantees reported that many transition barriers remain. Grantees made recommendations to help states address continuing barriers to nursing facility transition and diversion so that no one need live in a nursing home simply because sufficient community services and supports are unavailable.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51688

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Affordable Housing Financing and Subsidies: Resources for Programs Serving Workers with Disabilities

The first in a series on housing issues, this brief provides an overview of various federal and state housing financing programs that can be used to support low income workers with disabilities. The brief also summarizes the related nature of housing and employment services and the impacts of the current housing market on employees with disabilities. The series is meant to provide information to MIG grantees and help them create linkages with agencies providing direct housing services.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51662

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System and Impact Research and Technical Assistance for CMS FY2005, FY2006, and FY2007 Real Choice Systems Change (RCSC) Grants: Annual Report

This report presents findings from Oct ‘05 – Oct ‘07, which includes the first nine months of strategic planning for the FY05 and FY06 Systems Transformation (ST) Grants and the subsequent initial 15-months of implementation (through Oct ‘07) for the FY05 ST Grants. The report focuses primarily on documenting grantees' experiences during the start-up period and grantees' progress during early implementation and suggests early trends and findings.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51652


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