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The Governor's Commission on Community-Based Alternatives released the five year goals and objectives in July 17 2007 the Tatnall Building in Dover, DE.

Obtain a copy of the report:
Download a copy of A Path Forward and the current timeline or call (302) 831-3632 for a hard copy.

GOAL 1: Assure a sufficient number of safe, affordable, integrated, and accessible housing options for individuals with disabilities.

Objective A: Establish a coordinated system to develop, administer, and implement housing programs for people with disabilities through a streamlined voucher process to be used by Public Housing Authorities within a statewide housing plan.
Objective B: Create a directory of rental opportunities.
Objective C: Maintain stock of vouchers and affordable housing units.
Objective D: Create new housing options.
Objective E: Include input of people with disabilities in Delaware State Housing Authority needs assessment.
Objective F: Increase access to homeownership.
Objective G: Develop and implement Division of Services for Aging & Adults with Physical Disabilities housing options.
Objective H: Ensure range of in-home services and supports including Personal Attendant Services (PAS); in-home medical, nonmedical, and personal care needs; and behavioral health services.

GOAL 2: Implement Money Follows the Person (MFP) program.

Objective A: Secure funding for MFP program.
Objective B: Advocate for Community Ombudsman.
Objective C: Pass S.R. 26.
Objective D: Advocate for MFP legislation.

GOAL 3: Implement Medicaid Buy-In program.

Objective A. Implement Medicaid Buy-In. Actions includes following recommendations from the Building a Medicaid Buy-In and Employment Supports Infrastructure in Delaware


GOAL 4: Ensure that reliable transportation services and choice are available.

Objective A: Develop accessible taxi service.
Objective B: Expand fixed route service.
Objective C: Provide additional paratransit services.
Objective D: Provide non-medical emergency transport.
Objective E: Develop same-day paratransit services.
Objective F: Provide driver education.
Objective G: Provide repair services.
Objective H: Promote accessible car/van pooling.
Objective I: Dedicate funding sufficient to meet demand.
Objective J: Enhance personal vehicle ownership programs.
Objective K: Review motorist signage policy.
Objective L: Develop employer-sponsored transportation.
Objective M: Ensure that destinations are accessible and appropriate
Objective N: Enforce Transit Oriented Development.

GOAL 5: Develop a comprehensive, flexible, consumer driven health care service system that would more effectively facilitate community living.

Objective A: Provide affordable health and dental insurance.
Objective B: Develop a mandate for commercial insurance to provide coverage based on functional
Objective C: Determine rates for proposed mandates through independent contracts.
Objective D: Provide coverage for audiological services, aides, and equipment.
Objective E: Create statewide insurance purchasing pool.
Objective F: Provide Medicaid dental to people with disabilities over 21 years of age.
Objective G: Reform Worker’s Compensation legislation to be consistent with State Council for Persons with Disabilities recommendations.
Objective H: Require insurers to cover “name brand” drugs.
Objective I: Expand funding for and access to Personal Attendant Services (PAS).
Objective J: Develop PAS contingency plans.
Objective K: Expand pool of PAS workers.
Objective L: Expand access to family support services.
Objective M: Implement a marketing program for community-based healthcare.
Objective N: Train healthcare providers on disability needs and cross-disability community-based
Objective O: Develop “one-stop” medical service program.
Objective P: Enhance and expand non-residential community-based alternatives.
Objective Q: Foster statewide focus on grant opportunities.
Objective T: Revise eligibility criteria to reflect need.

GOAL 6: Ensure fiscal and human resources necessary to develop and retain a professional workforce.

Objective A: Ensure fair and adequate compensation and benefits for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) by setting state and regionally-competitive starting wages and benefits with wage increase structures.
Objective B: Create strategies to build DSP workforce.
Objective C: Create strategies to fund DSP workforce.
Objective D: Establish minimum requirements for Direct Support Professionals.
Objective E: Implement standardized certification process recognized across agencies.
Objective F: Establish a career lattice for DSPs, including specializations.
Objective G: Establish and promote a professional association for DSPs.

GOAL 7: Develop common assessment domains for eligibility and care planning.

Objective A: Develop assessment and discharge protocols to identify and provide for support needs.
Objective B: Develop a tool assessing housing needs, support needs, preferences, and risk of
homelessness allowing for living in the most integrated setting.
Objective C: Expand use of Homeless Management Information Strategies (HMIS) for individuals with disabilities.
Objective D: Establish a discharge planning workgroup.
Objective E: Improve discharge planning for the homeless.
Objective F: Require that Public Housing Authorities develop policies allowing youth in State care
access to housing waiting lists prior to their 18th birthday.
Objective G: In line with Breaking the Cycle: Delaware’s Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness And Reduce Long-Term Homelessness, include “Recommendation 3: Improve Discharge and Transition Planning to Prevent Homelessness Following Transition Between the Children’s System of Care and the Adult System and Discharge or Release from Hospitalization, Institutionalization and Incarceration”.
Objective H: Develop an information technology platform for a common assessment tool.
Objective I: Create tools to enhance self-management skills.
Objective J: Promote the development of a model for consumer self-management to incorporate into
person-centered planning and self-directed care programs.
Objective K: Enhance consumer access to tools critical to self-management on the internet.
Objective L:. Build capacity for State to categorize consumers by key descriptors.
Objective M: Implement performance management within state agencies through performance-based
budgeting and an annual review of benefits.

GOAL 8: State will provide funds and resources for long-term support for all individuals with disabilities to maintain employment.

Objective A: Achieve an annual rate of increase of 3% for obtaining and retaining jobs.
Objective B: Coordinate agency employment efforts.
Objective C: Ensure that the State of Delaware hires individuals with disabilities.
Objective D: Increase the number of employers providing opportunities for hire to persons with disabilities.
Objective E: Seek Delaware Workforce Investment Board funds to support employment goals.

GOAL 9: Effectively treat mental illness as a medical condition requiring the same quality of care as physical illness.

Objective A: Create acceptance of mental illness as a biologically-based neurological disorder that is possible to treat in a community-based setting.
Objective B: Improve access to mental health services for both acute care (hospitalization) and long-
term care in the community.
Objective C: Divert people with mental illness from the criminal justice system.
Objective D: Guarantee availability of medications.

GOAL 10: Expand infrastructure to accommodate medically, emotionally, and mentally fragile children transitioning to the adult service system.

Objective A: Expand the First State School model.
Objective B: Secure grant to fund transitionfrom pediatric services to adult community-based alternatives.
Objective C: Mandate that Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Services for Children, Youth, and Families, and Department of Education develop a strategic plan to keep children in-state when in the child’s best interest.
Objective D: Provide services according to functional need.
Objective E: Increase Delaware provider capacity to better serve children and their families.


For the detailed plans that include action steps and current activities, download the current timeline or visit the Subcommittee pages.


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