from the The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an online training course and a series of resources that offer strategies and information on self-direction, strengthening the direct service workforce (DSW) in rural areas, and strategies emerging from CMS’ 2021 DSW State Medicaid Learning Collaborative. Each resource is described below.
The online training, Recruiting, Selecting, and Retaining Direct Service Workers to Provide Self-directed Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS), provides guidance and information for people who self-direct, or wish to self-direct, their HCBS, as well as others interested in information on finding, hiring, and retaining direct service workers. The interactive training is free to access.
Strengthening the Direct Service Workforce in Rural Areas summarizes the challenges of ensuring an adequate DSW in rural areas and strategies that state Medicaid and partner agencies and rural stakeholders can use to deliver high-quality HCBS.
The Self-direction Briefing Paper Series is designed for policymakers and stakeholders to inform conversation and policy regarding HCBS self-direction and the DSW.
Emerging Strategies for States: DSW Learning Collaborative Summary summarizes themes, challenges, and strategies from state Medicaid and partner agencies participating in CMS’ 2021 DSW State Medicaid Learning Collaborative.
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