ERIC Number: ED265453
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Community Options Program: An Evaluation of Early Implementation Experience.
Wisconsin State Dept. of Health and Social Services, Madison.
This document contains a preliminary report on the implementation of Wisconsin's Community Options Program (COP), a program designed both to divert persons from entering nursing homes and to deinstitutionalize current nursing home residents who can be effectively served by community-based alternatives. The introduction of this report provides a description of the program and information on the eight counties which are operating programs, funding, and methods used to prepare the report. Part I of this report focuses on the policies and procedures developed in each of the volunteer counties and on county staff and community representatives' opinions regarding program operations. Information on program context, operations, indirect effects, and agency assessment of initial implementation is presented for each county individually. The section concludes with a summary of programs in the eight counties. Part II evaluates COP county efforts to target program services to the type of clients described in the legislation and guidelines for the program, and describes the type, amount, and cost of services provided to clients in the initial months of program operation. Also presented are findings from two client telephone surveys conducted to determine why some clients preferred nursing home care to community services and to assess client satisfaction with COP assessments and community services. Part III contains conclusions and recommendations focusing on future implementation of COPs. A bibliography and 63 data tables are included. Appendices include data collection instruments, statutory language, summaries of other community options programs, level of care definitions, and community services definitions. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Health and Social Services, Madison.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin