AGING SERVICES: The Connecticut Veteran's Directed Home and Community Based Services Program

The Connecticut Veteranís Directed Home & Community Based Services Program
What is the VDHCBS Program?

The VDHCBS Program is a consumer directed home and community based services program designed to keep veterans in their communities. Veterans served through this program have the opportunity to self-direct their own care and receive services in their home from the caregiver of their choice.  The VDHCBS program is considered an innovative VA service option that has the potential to be integrated into the permanent menu of federal VA service offerings nationwide. 
Who is operating the program in CT?

VDHCBS is a partnership between SDA, the VA CT Healthcare System and the five CT Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs). All clients served through the VDHCBS program must enter through and be pre-screened by the VAMC (Veteranís Medical Center)  If appropriate the VAMC will refer the client to the appropriate Area Agency on Aging for further assessment and service coordination.
The five AAAs work with a fiscal management service to coordinate payroll for personal care attendants (PCAs) hired by clients, assist with management of individualized budgets and assist clients with employer related paperwork such as tax forms. 
Where is VDHCBS Program Available?

Currently the VDHCBS program is available statewide.
Who Qualifies for the VDHCBS Program?

Veterans of any age who:
  • Reside in Connecticut; 
  • Need home and community based services to remain at home and out of an institution;
  • Wish to self-direct their home and community based services;
  • Are willing and able to serve as an employer and hire, fire and manage their own personal care assistant (or have a representative able to fulfill these tasks);
  • Are determined good candidates for this program based on assessments conducted by the VA and the Area Agencies on Aging.
What Services will the VDHCBS Provide?

VDHCBS will provide veterans the opportunity to self- direct their own care.  Through this program, veterans employ their own Personal Care Assistants. A fiscal intermediary helps to manage their individualized care plans and corresponding budgets.
Veterans will be able to utilize PCAs of their choosing and/or go through a licensed agency to receive services that include but are not limited to the following:
  • Personal Care (e.g. physical or verbal assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, grooming, transferring)
  • Community Inclusion
  • Homemaker (e.g. cleaning, laundry, meal planning & preparation, shopping)
  • Adult Day Care
  • Assistive Technology (e.g. emergency response system, electronic pill minder)
  • Home-Delivered Meals 
  • Caregiver Support (e.g. counseling, training)
  • Respite Care
  • Environmental Support (e.g. yard care, snow removal, extensive cleaning)
  • Other goods and services needed to remain safely in the community (e.g. small appliances, grab bars, ramp, lift chair, etc. & some non-traditional services such as life skills training, supervision at a job site etc).  
Veterans in the VDHCBS program will also receive:
  • An Assessment
  • Options Counseling/Support Services (including care management)
  • Fiscal Management Services
How Does One Get More Information about the VDHCBS Program?

Veterans already connected with the VA health care system can talk to their VA health care provider. 
Any veteran seeking additional information on the program may also contact the Area Agency on Aging serving their town:
For additional information and/or questions please contact Patricia Richardson -VDHCBS Program Liaison at (860)424-5698 or

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