Disability and Aging Supports

The Agency of Human Services envisions a Vermont where our aging population and those with disabilities have the support to pursue opportunity and live with dignity. AHS delivers programs that support these populations to live and thrive within preferred settings.   

Vision for Vermont
Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living
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What We Do

The Support and Services at Home (SASH) program allows seniors and persons with disabilities to maintain independent living situations. The program is supported by the Department for Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living.

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SFY21 PROGRAM BUDGET  
Primary Appropriation # 3460070000
SFY21 Appropriation $$$ $6,152,980
Portion ($$$) of Appropriation Dedicated to Program $6,152,980
TOTAL PROGRAM BUDGET SFY21 $6,152,980
   
   
SFY21 PROGRAM ACTUALS  
FUND: GC (Code: 20405) $5,673,007
TOTAL ACTUAL SFY21 $5,673,007
What We Do

The Vermont Traumatic Brain Injury Program supports Vermonters with a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, diverting or helping them return from hospitals and rehabilitation facilities to a community-based setting. This program is focused on rehabilitation and driven by participant choice, supporting individuals to achieve their optimum level of independence and to return to work.

Who We Serve

The Vermont Traumatic Brain Injury Program serves Medicaid eligible Vermonters with a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury.

How We Impact

The Vermont Traumatic Brain Injury Program helps Medicaid eligible Vermonters with moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries to achieve their optimum level of independence and to return to work.

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The Older Americans Act (OAA) Nutrition Services Program promotes the health and well being of older adults through access to nutritious meals, social contacts, nutrition screening, nutrition education, nutrition counseling and other services.

Who We Serve

Persons eligible for the OAA Nutrition Services Home Delivered Meals Program are age 60 or over who are unable to leave home without considerable difficulty and/or assistance; and experience a physical or mental condition making them unable to obtain food or prepare meals on a temporary or permanent basis.  Also eligible are the spouse, regardless of age, of an eligible person, and individuals under age 60 years of age, with a disability, who reside with an eligible person.

Preference is given to individuals who live in rural communities, are low-income, minority, limited English proficiency and at risk for institutional care.

How We Impact

Nutrition plays an important role in promoting good health and preventing disease.  For many older adults nutrition is integral to the management of chronic conditions and recovery from illness or hospitalization.  Participants in the Nutrition Services Program receive home delivered meals that provide at least 1/3 of the daily Recommended Dietary Allowances and follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 

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Each Area Agency on Aging receives an annual $53,000 grant award.  The grant term is two years. 

MCO investment expenditures; includes indirect allocations to GC MCO (per DAIL business office):

SFY2022plan  SFY2021   SFY2020   SFY 2019   SFY2018   SFY2017   SFY2016 

$280,000         $194,042    $257,440    $207,002    $278,305    $277,257    $276,830   

 

What We Do

Vermont's Area Agencies on Aging build a coordinated response to self-neglect through a variety of activities.  These include raising awareness, providing education, training and case management to individuals considered self-neglecting. 

Who We Serve

Adults, 60 years and older, who can be described as self-neglecting.

How We Impact

The Area Agencies on Aging respond to self-neglect referrals and provide case management services to those who are identified as self-neglecting.  Case managers work with individuals who are self-neglecting to develop goals identified by the individual and by use of a risk and safety evaluation tool.  Goals may be related to food, shelter, medical/mental/financial health or in other areas.  To help achieve these goals community partners and resources are accessed and leveraged.  Where resources don't exist, the Area Agencies on Aging work to build awareness and capacity.

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Home Share Now Grants:

SFY2019     SFY2018    SFY2017    SFY2016

$147,223    $147,223   $147,223   $147,223  

MCO Investment Expenditures for both homesharing programs: includes indirect allocations to GC MCO (per DAIL business office):  

SFY2019 Plan   SFY2018 est.    SFY2017 actual  SFY2016 actual

$342,000          $341,000          $340,882           $339,966

What We Do

Home Share Now facilitates mutually beneficial homeshare matches.  Home Share Now’s matching process includes in-person interviews, housing and personal references, employment verification, background screenings, facilitated introductions, a trial period, and written agreements.  Home Share Now provides conflict coaching, problem solving, facilitation, written agreements, and mediation for the duration of the match.  As of October 31, 2019, Home Share Now is closing.  Consumers of Home Share Now will have the option to continue to receive services through HomeShare Vermont's expanded service area.

Who We Serve

Home Share Now serves Vermonters in Washington and Orange Counties and a few outlying towns. Most people sharing their homes (hosts) are seniors or persons with disabilities, and many people looking for housing (guests) are financially challenged by market rents or are in a housing transition. 

How We Impact

Home Share Now:

  • Helps make housing more affordable for Vermonters   
  • Helps older Vermonters and Vermonters with disabilities stay in their own homes
  • Helps improve the quality of life for homesharing participants, who report that they feel safer, less lonely, eat better, and feel healthier
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HomeShare VT grants:

SFY2022    SFY2021    SFY2020    SFY2019     SFY2018    SFY2017    SFY2016

$280,000    $280,000    $279,163    $179,940     $179,940    $179,940    $179,940

MCO Investment Expenditures for homesharing programs: includes indirect allocations to GC MCO (per DAIL business office):  

SFY2022 plan SFY2021    SFY2020    SFY2019    SFY2018    SFY2017   SFY2016  

$342,000         $290,034    $308,442    $300,494    $345,105    $340,882   $339,966

 

What We Do

HomeShare Vermont provides screening, matching and ongoing support services for older Vermonters and Vermonters with disabilities who wish to continue living in their own homes (hosts), pairing them with others (guests) who are looking for affordable housing.  These matches allow people to remain at home and to receive help with yard work, light chores, homemaking services, transportation, or companionship in exchange for reduced rent from the guest. 

Who We Serve

HomeShare Vermont serves Vermonters who are looking to share housing for mutual benefit. Most people sharing their homes (hosts) are older Vermonters or Vermonters with disabilities.  People looking for housing (guests) are financially challenged by market rents or are in housing transitions.  HomeShare Vermont serves Chittenden, Addison, Franklin, Grand Isle, Washington, Orange, and Lamoille Counties. 

How We Impact

HomeShare Vermont:

  • Helps make housing more affordable for Vermonters
  • Helps older Vermonters and Vermonters with disabilities live in their own homes
  • Helps improve the quality of life for homesharing participants, who report that they feel safer, less lonely, eat better, and feel healthier 
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