Conducting an environmental scan of self-direction in adult behavioral-health services and supports

Under this grant, the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (the Center ) will conduct an environmental scan to determine the feasibility of deploying the Cash & Counseling model for people receiving behavioral-health supports and services. Cash & Counseling is a Medicaid program that uses a budget authority to allow people with disabilities, including older adults, the option of managing a flexible budget and deciding what mix of goods and services best meets their personal-care needs. This project will include four deliverables: (1) an issue brief synthesizing current literature, practices and policies pertaining to a budget-authority model for behavioral-health consumers; (2) results of surveys and interviews with directors of state mental health programs; (3) results of interviews with and focus groups of other key stakeholders; and (4) a final report synthesizing findings and making recommendations for future work.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $299,999.00

Awarded on: 8/16/2011

Time frame: 9/1/2011 - 2/28/2013

Grant Number: 69082


Boston College

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Chestnut Hill, 02467-3800


Kevin J. Mahoney
Project Director