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August 2010

Enhanced Community Living
Providing Existing Services in a New Way

Effective statewide Sept. 1, a new service, Enhanced Community Living (ECL), will be available under the PASSPORT Medicaid Waiver program. The service promotes aging in place by offering tenants of multi-family, affordable housing communities on site access to a range of interventions that will help meet established health goals and proactively manage chronic health conditions.

Enhanced Community Living

ECL services are personalized, consumer-focused and outcome-based. The goals are to help a consumer to remain in his or her home longer, to reduce the need of nursing home usage and to decrease inappropriate or avoidable hospitalizations or emergency room use. An ECL consumer can expect to be an active participant in goal setting and management of the person's chronic health conditions. The consumer will have access to services multiple times a day, for shorter time periods, and the services will be delivered by a designated team of nurses and direct care staff.

ECL is different from other PASSPORT services, specifically personal care and assisted living. Personal care services focus on providing hands-on assistance, in scheduled amounts of time, to compensate for functional deficits in activities of daily living (ADLs). Assisted Living service provides 24-hour access to staff and services in a licensed setting.

When a PASSPORT consumer chooses the ECL service, a case manager will work with the consumer to develop a care plan to meet the consumer's health goals. The consumer is an active participant in setting the goals and is engaged in managing his or her own health care. ECL provides necessary services, such as personal care, daily wellness checks and chronic disease education, in a more flexible format for smaller amounts of time.

ECL is available to PASSPORT waiver participants who reside in an eligible, multi-family affordable housing community, being served by a PASSPORT ECL provider. Not every multi-family affordable housing community in the state will have a provider who is serving the building. In addition, the consumer must have assessed needs that can be met with ECL.

If a PASSPORT waiver participant is interested in the ECL service, the individual should contact his case manager, who will complete an assessment of the waiver participant's needs.

Contact your PASSPORT Administrative Agency at 1-866-243-5678 more information about Enhanced Community Living service in your area.

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