Doin' the Diversion Dance from Rehab to Community: One Center's Approach to Early Intervention in Rehab Facilities: September 29, 2016

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act created a new 5th core service for Centers for Independent Living (CILs). This new core services is actually a package of services related to community living for people with disabilities. One key piece of the new service directs CILs to "provide assistance to individuals with significant disabilities who are at risk of entering institutions so that the individuals may remain in the community.” While the conversations around these services are relatively nascent, there are likely myriad ways to achieve this new directive – in fact, most CILs have been doing this work for years. But it’s still important to have this discussion, learn about best practices from around the country, and innovate to provide the best services possible to keep people in the community. Ability360 in Phoenix, Arizona – addresses nursing home diversion by reaching out to individuals new to their disabilities while they’re still in rehab facilities in the Phoenix area. They’ll share how they built and funded the program, how it works, and real-world examples and success stories from the program. After completing this webinar, you will have tools and resources that will enable you to: • Describe how CILs can use the new 5th core service of transition and diversion to assist patients in rehabilitation facilities to re-locate to the setting of their choice. • Describe best practices in setting up, funding, and implementing a successful outreach program to people in rehab facilities • Identify strategies to develop relationships and regional linkages that connect rehab patients to CILs and other resources • Describe helpful online tools and resources available to consumers to assist them after they return home post-rehab