Welcome to My Place CT. We provide more options for long-term care so people can live where they choose. All the services and support necessary are here—all in one place—to help meet individual needs. What can we do for you? Empower you with knowledge, so you can make informed choices. Connect you to your community’s resources. And support you across the continuum of care. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place.
A history of making long-term care accessible
Our country has worked over the past 30 years to ensure people with disabilities can choose where and how they receive their care. In Connecticut, the most recent advance in this effort is My Place CT, which helps serve the needs of older adults as well as people with disabilities. Here is a snapshot of how we got there.
- 1981 Social Security Act Section 1915(c) waivers are one of many options available to states to allow the provision of long-term care services in the home and community under the Medicaid Program. Under an HCBS Waiver program, states can offer a variety of services that can provide a combination of standard medical and non-medical services. Standard services include but are not limited to case management (i.e. supports and service coordination), homemaker, home health aide, personal care, adult day health services, habilitation (both day and residential), and respite care. States can also propose “other” types of services that may assist in diverting and/or transitioning individuals from institutional settings into their homes and community.
- In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted to eliminate the isolation and segregation endured by people with disabilities.
- In 1999, the Olmsted decision worked to make it possible for people with disabilities to live in the community and receive services in an integrated, rather than segregated setting. In 2009, the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice launched an aggressive effort to enforce the Olmsted decision by partnering with the Department of Health and Human Services. In fact, President Obama issued a proclamation launching the “Year of Community Living,” and directed the Administration to redouble its enforcement efforts.
- In 2007, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) awarded grant funding for Money Follows the Person, with a focus on rebalancing, which allows states the opportunity to help remove barriers for people with disabilities who chose to receive services in the home.
- In 2010, the Affordable Care Act helped to strengthen the access to health care to all individuals and increase education for everyone about health care services for everyone.
- In 2013, Connecticut worked to create a health exchange that allows people access to health care in the state through both private and public coverage options.
- In 2013, Connecticut launches My Place CT, a complement to the health exchange specific to long-term care options in the state.