FY 2002 nursing facility transition grantees: Final report
Starting in FY 2001, Congress began funding the Real Choice Systems Change Grants for Community Living program (hereafter Systems Change Grants) to help states increase access to and the availability of home and community services and to improve their quality. The second round of 3-year grants was awarded September 30, 2002, and included two types of Nursing Facility Transition (NFT) grants: State Programs and Independent Living Partnerships (ILP). A total of 16 NFT grants were awarded: 11 NFT State Program grants to state agencies and 5 ILP grants to Independent Living Centers.
The long-term care system is heavily tilted toward institutional care even though most people with disabilities prefer to live in the community. States, with the help of the federal government, are pursuing a number of strategies, including nursing facility transition programs, to create a more balanced system. Once fully implemented, nursing facility transition programs identify people in nursing homes who want to return to community living and help them to do so. The NFT grants either directly established and operated nursing facility transition programs or helped to establish the infrastructure necessary for such programs.
This report, which describes the activities and experiences of the FY 2002 Nursing Facility Transition Grantees, is the third in a series of final reports that RTI is preparing to document the outcomes of the Systems Change Grants.