What is Community Care Services Program (CCSP)?
The Community Care Services Program (CCSP) helps people who are elderly and/or functionally impaired to continue living in their homes and communities. For elderly and/or functionally impaired people, CCSP offers community-based care as an alternative to nursing home placement.
The Division of Aging Services, a part of the Georgia Department of Human Services, administers CCSP.
Who is eligible for these services?
CCSP offers community-based services to persons who:
- Meet the functionally impaired criteria when assessed by a local assessment team. The assessment team works with individuals and their families in developing plans of care which are approved by the individual’s physicians.
- Would otherwise be moving into a nursing home.
- Are eligible or potentially eligible for Medicaid.
- Can be provided appropriate community services within state costs limits.
The assessment teams helps an individual determine appropriateness for the program. A local case manager links eligible persons to community services.
What services are available?
Emergency Response System (ERS)
An in-home electronic support system which provides two-way verbal and electronic communication to a geographically and social isolated individual. ERS provides the individual a means of communication and monitoring 24 hours a day.
Home Delivered Meals (HDM)
Meals that provide at least one-third of the recommended daily nutritional requirements. To receive HDM, an individual must receive another CCSP service.
Respite Care (RC)
Non-skilled, temporary relief for the primary care givers responsible for the full-time care of a person who is frail and/or impaired.
Personal Support Services (PSS)
A range of supportive services provided in the individual’s home. Personal Support Services provide light housekeeping and basic personal care.
Home Health Services (HHS)
Skilled services and medical social services provided by a certified, licensed home health agency. Home Health Services include nursing services; physical, speech, and occupational therapies; home health aides; and medical social services to individuals who meet the homebound criteria.
Adult Day Health (ADH)
A variety of health, therapeutic, and social service activities provided in a group setting. The services promote an individual’s medical stability and abilities for self-care. Services include nursing care; occupational, speech, and physical therapies; personal care; dietary services; and social work services.
Alternative Living Services (ALS)
State licensed residential settings that provide 24-hour supervision and health-related support services to persons unable to remain in their homes. Personal care homes enrolled in the ALS program are “home like.”
Residents must be able to move about with minimal human assistance and respond to emergency.
Eligible persons may receive a combination of CCSP services. To achieve cost-effective service delivery in CCSP, case managers seek needed services from other community organizations. If you would like to know if you are eligible for any of the services CCSP offers, call 855-266-4283.
Caregiver Support Upon request, a certified caregiver specialist visits the CCSP client’s primary caregiver in the home. Together they design a plan that supports the caregiver’s desired lifestyle. Plans can include, but are not limited to, resource referrals, personal time activities, stress reduction, family and friend inclusion, caregiver support groups, legal and financial considerations. There are no fees for this service.
Most Commonly Asked Questions:
Q: I am a Medicaid recipient who needs a CCSP service to continue living in the community. What should I do?
A: Contact the local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) to ask about the Community Care Services Program. Call 855-266-4283.
Q: How do I know if CCSP is best for me?
A: The assessment team completes an assessment of your health needs. The team involves you, your physician, and your family in the assessment process and recommends a care plan to you. If you wish to participate in the program, a case manager arranges services and evaluates your condition on a regular basis to make appropriate changes in services.
Q: I am not a Medicaid recipient, but I have limited income and assets and need services. Am I eligible to participate in CCSP?
A: Contact the local Area Agency on Aging for help in determining your eligibility.
Q: How much do CCSP services cost?
A: Some individuals pay a fee for services, while others do not.
Q: How long will I be eligible to receive CCSP?
A: As long as you meet eligibility and service criteria. However, you may choose to participate or cancel services at anytime.