The Partnerships for Person-Centered and Participant-Directed Long-Term Services and Supports (Partnerships) Project, funded by the New York Community Trust, July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2015 (with the option to apply for a third year of funding), represents an academic-practice partnership between the CSWE Gero-Ed Center and the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS) at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.
- The Partnerships Project prepares BSW and MSW students with person-centered (PC) and participant-directed (PD) competencies and evaluates the outcomes of such education.
- It targets the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) and social work programs in the Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) eight Enhanced ADRC Options Counseling states (Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin).
- In addition, the project works with the Visiting Nurse Services CHOICE Health Plans in New York City (VNSNY) and the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in NYC. The population size and diversity of NYC elders and persons with disabilities and the lack of a NYC ADRC provide a distinctive opportunity to pilot a program with utility for other states and social work programs in need of PC or PD training and curricular resources for serving diverse populations. Combined, the eight states and NYC give the project the capacity for nationwide impact and sustainability.
- This project builds upon the GeroRich Program’s and Gero-Ed Center’s successful utilization of the planned change model of curricular and organizational change, which garners key stakeholder support, conducts thorough curriculum assessments to determine courses targeted for infusion, and tests strategies to infuse and sustain new competencies and content in required courses.
- The project also utilizes the NRCPDS’s extensive PC/PD training resources and national collaborations with the Aging and Disability (A/D) Network.
View the project goals and primary activities and the participating social work programs and their partner agencies.
Person-Centered and Participant-Directed Social Work Competencies
Project staff developed Person-Centered and Participant-Directed competencies in relation to eight (8) CSWE Educational Policies. Download the list of Person-Centered and Participant-Directed Social Work Competencies.