The Community Living Program (CLP) is Hawaii’s Participant Direction program which assists the participant to learn to prioritize and direct their own Long Term Services and Supports. CLP is a unique program for eligible seniors 60 and over, who wish to remain in their own home and have high needs that are not fulfilled by traditional home and community based services. In general participants living in out-lying areas where traditional supports and services are scarce or unavailable have been given precedence, as well as those who have unique challenges in accessing their home care needs.
With the direction and assistance of the CLP Coach, the participant will create a limited monthly budget (spending plan) that the participant can use to hire employees or vendors that provide a service that relates to the client’s health and safety. Family members can be hired (paid caregiver), but have to pass a background check. (Prohibited offenses include felonies that involve drugs, domestic abuse and government fraud.) The employees can only be part-time (19 hours or less per week) and are not covered by health insurance.
Overall, the CLP program allows the participant to:
1. Decide what services and items they need and want.
2. Hire, train, and manage those who will assist them.
3. Schedule their services or make their purchases.
4. Decide what is working well, what isn’t, and make changes to their support plan.