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Attendant Services Program

The Attendant Services Program supports independent living for adults with disabilities who need physical assistance with daily activities. This is a "Consumer Directed Personal Care" Program. Program participants hire, train, supervise, and schedule their personal care attendant(s). The program participant is the employer, and the attendant's hourly wage is funded by the program.

 

 


 

Services Include

Attendant Services Program offers the following services:

  • Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
    Assistance with daily living activities such as dressing, bathing, grooming, toileting, transferring, mobility, range of motion exercises, positioning and eating.
  • Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs)
    Assistance with instrumental activities such as meal preparation, medication management, care of adaptive and health equipment, management of finances and mail, shopping, and cleaning.

 

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Eligibility

To be eligible for Attendant Services Program the person must:

  • Be a Vermont Resident
  • Be at least 18 years old, and
  • Have a disability and need physical assistance with instrumental and daily living activities in order to live in their homes;
    1. General Fund Personal Services
      Have a disability.
      Need physical assistance with at least one activity of daily living or meal preparation.
      Have Medicaid.
    2. General Fund PDAC - Participant Directed Attendant Care
      Have a permanent and severe disability.
      Need physical assistance with at least two activities of daily living, and be able to direct your own personal care services. Apply and be found ineligible for services from other Medicaid-funded personal care or attendant care programs.
    3. Medicaid PDAC - Participant Directed Attendant Care
      Have a permanent and severe disability.
      Need physical assistance with at least two activities of daily living, and be able to direct own personal care services.
      Be willing to hire an attendant other than a spouse or civil union partner; and
      Have Medicaid.

 

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Applying for Services

Complete an Attendant Service Program Application.

Attendant Services Program and Patient Share Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Applications are available at;

  • Any office of the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living, including regional offices of Vocational Rehabilitation.
  • Rehabilitation center, nursing homes, and hospital discharge units.

 

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Provider of Services

The list below gives a brief description of Attendant Services Program service providers.

  • The participant in the program (or a designee under Personal Services) hires, trains, supervises and schedules his or her personal care attendant.
  • The participant is the employer. There is no cost to the participant. The program pays an hourly wage to the attendants.
  • Any legal worker may be employed except a spouse or civil union partner under the Medicaid PDAC program.
  • An attendant who has a substantiated history of abuse, neglect or exploitation will not be paid under this program.

 

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Program Contacts

For information about Attendant Services Program:

  • Attendant Services Program: (802) 871-3043

 

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Policies and Guidelines

Listing of Attendant Services Program Policies and Guidelines:

  • Attendant Services Program Employer Handbook
    Informational handbook to assist in all aspects of Attendant Services Program (ASP); intent of ASP, roles and responsibilities, employer eligibility/certification, employer consider, services/covered activities, and more.

 

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Publications

Attendant Services Program Publications:

  • Consumer Satisfaction Survey Reports

 

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Forms

Attendant Services Program Forms:

 

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Boards and Committees

Attendant Services Program Boards and Committees:

  • Eligibility Committee
    The Eligibility Committee is a peer evaluation committee that will confirm eligibility for the Attendant Services program. The Committee also establishes the award amount in hours per day for attendant service.

 

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Legislation, Statutes and Regulations

Attendant Services Program Legislation, Statutes and Regulations:

  • Attendant Services Program Regulations (February 2013)
    Regulations for Policy to foster the development of services to assist older persons and persons with disabilities to live independently.
  • Attendant Services Program - Proposed Changes to Regulations (December 2012)
    The Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR) will consider Attendant Services Program Regulations on Thursday, December 13, 2012, 10:00a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Room 11 of the State House.  LCAR agenda and ASP documents are provided below for your information.  Please contact Megan Tierney-Ward, Program Manager, with questions, 802-871-3047 or email megan.tierney-ward@state.vt.us
  1. LCAR Cover Letter Secretary Racine
  2. LCAR Final Proposed Rule Cover Sheet
  3. LCAR Adopting Page
  4. LCAR Economic Impact Statement
  5. LCAR Public Input Statement
  6. LCAR DRAFT ASP Regulations - clean copy - Revised 1/7/2013
  7. LCAR Draft ASP Regulations - with tracked changes - Revised 1/7/2013
  8. LCAR ICAR Approval
  9. LCAR Responsiveness Summary
  10. LCAR Agenda - Meeting updated to 1/17/2013
  11. LCAR - NEW - Memo of changes made since 12/13/2012

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