Washington State Study on the Value of T-Care
Expanding Eligibility for the Family Caregiver Support Program in SFY 2012: Updated Findings
Bridget Lavelle, PhD David Mancuso, PhD Alice Huber, PhD Barbara E.M. Felver, MES, MPA
The 2011 WA State Legislature increased the state funding for the Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP) in State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2012 by $3.45 million dollars. The expansion allowed FCSP to broaden its reach to family caregivers with a wider range of caregiver burdens, as identified by an evidence-based screening tool, the Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral System (TCARE®). A legislatively mandated evaluation of the expansion, completed by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) in November 2012, demonstrated promising findings. Using data from the short follow-up period available at that time, WSIPP found that the expansion was associated with delayed use of Medicaid long-term care
services (LTC). This report revisits the question of how the FCSP expansion affected the use of Medicaid LTC, now that care receivers’ outcomes have been observed for a longer period of time.
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