Nursing Facility Discharge Briefs
The Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) contracted with the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare’s Center for Research on Aging and Disability Options (CRADO) to conduct a study about nursing facility (NF) residents using Medicaid with mental health diagnoses who have discharged to the community. The purpose of this study was to provide KDADS with detailed information on strategies that have been utilized in Kansas to successfully discharge NF residents who use Medicaid and have mental health diagnoses. Results of the study can be found in the report, Increasing Nursing Facility Discharge for Older Kansans who use Medicaid and have Mental Health Diagnosis. (pdf)
Based on our research findings, five Discharge Briefs were designed to help older persons who use Medicaid and have mental health diagnoses transition from the NF to the community. Staff members of NFs who have helped older persons with diagnoses of anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia successfully discharge from the NF to the community suggested and use the discharge strategies discussed in these briefs. We developed these Discharge Briefs in consultation with representatives from KDADS, who requested that these briefs also be designed for use by residents and their informal support persons rather than only NF and community professionals, as a way to ensure residents’ involvement throughout the discharge process. A representative from a Consumer-Run-Organization (CRO) in Kansas also reviewed these briefs, finding the information to be “right on target” for helping persons with mental health diagnoses successfully discharge to the community. These briefs can be printed, copied, and disseminated to relevant individuals.