Funded under Medicaid’s Money Follows the Person (MFP) program, New Editions contract - Housing Capacity Building Initiative for Community Living Project - was announced in June 2010 by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sebelius. The Secretary lauded the project’s vision to assist older adults and those with chronic conditions to find appropriate housing to live more independent lives. This technical assistance project joins the departments of HHS and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) MFP Rebalancing Demonstration, to assist federal, state and local agencies and community partners to create a sustainable, collaborative system between housing and human services agencies — particularly aimed at those people transitioning from nursing homes and other restrictive settings or at risk of institutionalization to live in the community.

New Editions and housing and community long term services expert subcontractors, Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc. (TAC), Advocates for Human Potential (AHP), and others provide:

  • Interviews of key agency personnel to identify knowledge gaps and barriers between housing and human services agencies
  • Federal and state training activities based information garnered from the interviews and recognizing unique needs
  • Regional meetings to promote knowledge sharing, collaboration and partnership development
  • Pilot activities offering local-level agencies and local community leaders the opportunity to work closely together on a defined project for housing and supportive services
  • Dissemination of resources and promising to continue to foster relationships between housing and human services agencies in the future.

New Editions provides technical and logistical support for a national expert panel composed to assist the NIH Rehabilitation Medicine Department develop a holistic definition of adults with chronic health care needs that can be used in national surveys and clinical settings. We are assisting the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Section of the NIH Rehabilitation Medicine Department in an important initiative to provide the field with a new focal point for measurement, surveillance and service—a non-categorical, holistic definition of adults who require ongoing medical, functional or mental health services or supports in order to maximize their well-being and participation.

Experts will help develop a formal, population-level definition of adults with chronic health care needs, define key subgroups and develop screening questions for inclusion in national surveys and clinical settings. We will enlist the expert team of scientists, identify and manage relevant research articles, design and maintain an interactive website for panel members, convene regularly scheduled teleconferences and manage one in-person meeting per year.

The Center of Excellence for Disability Research (CEDR) conducts research to identify and evaluate effective services, supports, and models of coordinated care and/or integrated care for persons with disabilities. CEDR is also organizing a national conference in March 2013 to share the results of these studies, along with those of other researchers, and discuss strategies for providing effective services and care models to all people with disabilities.

Under a subcontract with Mathematica Policy Research, New Editions coordinated the Center’s technical expert panel meetings and a major national conference in 2011. We managed website development and assisted with the dissemination of research findings.

Like all Americans, adults with disabilities seek affordable and effective care that maximizes their well-being and independence. The Center’s research findings and publications will help consumers, family members, other caregivers, providers, and policy makers identify effective strategies for promoting and maintaining the health and quality of life of individuals with disabilities.

New Editions provides Section 508 support to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to develop a remediation strategy to achieve Section 508 compliance. This includes assessing the current environment and recommending appropriate tools to help NASS implement compliance auditing and remediation. In addition, we are developing processes for continuous monitoring and Section 508 audits in the software development lifecycle. New Editions is also providing training for NASS staff members on Section 508 standards the use of assessment tools.