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Forums on Community-Based Alternatives

DIRECT Action organizes annual training seminars and speakouts for people with disabilities to come together to discuss community-based alternatives to nursing homes. Many participants are nursing home residents seeking housing and services to enable them to transition back to the community. Staff from home health agencies, nursing homes, and DC Medicaid also attend. Trainings also focus on the needs and issues raised by people once they move into their own homes. In addition to these annual citywide trainings, DIRECT Action visits nursing homes and hospitals to discuss community-based options with individuals and with groups of residents and staff.


Erica Nash, Presenter in the training.Bryant Lawson, a consumer and participant in the training.Kevin Moates, a consumer and participant in the training.

Photos by Robert Kairy

This training was held in October 2006 at NRH to demonstrate for consumers and policymakers how people with disabilities direct their care. The training was videotaped for future use.

This training was organized & conducted by DIRECT Action on June 2, 2003 at NRH for DC nursing home residents and people at risk of nursing home placement to discuss community-based options.

It featured Bobby Coward and two former nursing home residents -- Angela Miller and Mikel Elmore -- who spoke about the steps necessary to locate and apply for accessible subsidized housing and home-based attendant services and supports available under the DC Medicaid State Plan and the Elderly and Physical Disabilities (EPD) Home & Community-based Medicaid Waiver.

Group shot from training.Angie Miller speaking to the group.Mikel Elmore speaking.Bobby Coward speaking.

Photos by Tom Olin

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