Hawaii Community Care Foster Family Home Program: A Nursing Home Alternative
Hawaii's Community Care Foster Family Home Program (CCFFH) is sometimes informally referred to as Hawaii’s Adult Foster Care Program. This, along with the transition of the program from Hawaii’s Department of Human Services to Hawaii’s Department of Health, Office of Health Care Assurance, has created confusion, with some people thinking that these are two separate programs. To further add to the confusion, the Department of Health contracts with CommunityTies of America, Inc. to certify the CCFFH homes and license the Case Management Agencies (CMA) in which applicants must go through in order to apply for the program.
CCFFH is a program for Medicaid recipients, which helps to pay for nursing home level care outside of the nursing home environment. (Private pay individuals can also be accepted into this program.) Instead of living in institutions, program participants live in foster family homes. These types of homes provide care for up to three persons, providing a family-like environment for the aging, rather than institutional nursing home settings. As of 2017, there are more than 1,000 CCFFH’s throughout the islands of Hawaii.
In order for residents of Hawaii to live in certified CCFFH’s and receive financial assistance from the government, there are certain eligibility requirements they must meet.
- First, candidates must be receiving Supplemental Security Income, abbreviated as SSI, if they are eligible.
- If an applicant is not already receiving Long-Term Care Medicaid, one must apply for assistance. To be eligible in 2017, residents are limited to an annual income of $18,434 (133% of the Federal Poverty Level in Hawaii) and $2,000 in countable assets. Married applicants with one spouse entering a Foster Family Home are subject to different, higher limits, which allow the healthy spouse to afford to live independently. Learn more.
- The applicant must need the level of care typically provided in a nursing home, which must be validated by a physician. A physical examination by a doctor is also necessary in the month preceding acceptance into the program, or within seven days following acceptance.
- The applicant must be placed in care by a Case Management Agency and continue to receive case management services by the agency.
- Finally, the care recipient cannot be related to the foster family.
Benefits and Services
Community Care Foster Family Homes provide personal care, assistance with the activities of daily living (mobility, bathing, toileting, etc.), room and board, 24-hour supervision, and homemaker services (preparation of meals, laundry, shopping, etc.), for their residents. Depending on the Home, recreational activities, transportation assistance, administering of medications, and other services may be offered as well. Case management services are also provided via a Case Management Agency.
How to Apply / Learn More
Hawai'i residents, aged 65 and older, who have not applied for long term care Medicaid can do so online, in person at a benefits office or by calling 877-628-5076.
To apply for the CCFFH program, one must go through a Case Management Agency (CMA), either by contacting them directly or going through a referral. For a list of CMA’s across Hawaii, click here. CMA’s can also help applicants apply for Long-Term Care Medicaid.
Make note, each CCFFH and CMA is independently contracted with various Medicaid Health Plans of their choosing. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that both are in the provider network for one’s health plan.