Cash & Counseling

The Foundation's Cash & Counseling program was designed to provide an expansion of a proven model of consumer-directed supportive services to more states, allowing thousands more older adults and people with disabilities to have choice and control over the care they receive.Independent Choices: Enhancing Consumer Direction for People with Disabilities is designed to test an innovative approach to providing long-term care services: offering clients the choice of cash allowances for personal assistance services instead of case-managed service benefits. The Cash and Counseling Demonstration and Evaluation, one of the interventions in this multi-component strategy, will support the implementation and evaluation of state programs that use this approach. This project will offer participants cash payments to purchase services in lieu of the traditional case management service. The target population will include three groups: frail elderly, adults with disabilities, and children and young adults with developmental disabilities. Approximately 6,220 participating consumers will be randomly assigned to either an experimental or control group. The experimental group will receive a cash benefit with which to pay the long-term care providers of their choice; the control group will receive the traditional service delivery.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $159,582.00

Awarded on: 12/13/1996

Time frame: 1/1/1997 - 8/31/1998

Grant Number: 30840


State of Florida Department of Elder Affairs

4040 Esplanade Way, Suite 152
Tallahassee, 32399-7000


Kerry Schoolfield
Project Director