When discharging an adult with a disability from the acute care setting in which they received treatment or were quarantined for COVID-19 illness, implementing the CMIST Framework using person-centered principles can help you facilitate the individual’s return home to the most integrated setting of their choice. Examples of promising practices for person-centered discharge planning using the CMIST Framework are outlined in the table below. This is not an exhaustive list of care coordination practices. It is unlikely that every consideration described below will apply to an individual’s discharge plan. For individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who use decision-making supports, the discharge planning process should include input from their support system.
Your discharge planning process should:
Ensure they have access to appropriate medications or other therapeutics, including DME, as individuals with underlying chronic conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Connect them with programs for home-delivered meals and/or groceries. For examples of programs, please see
Information on Federal Programs to Sustain Nutrition for At-risk Individuals
Ensure the service animal remains with the individual throughout the discharge process and upon returning home. For more information on accommodating service animals, please see
Understanding How to Accommodate Service Animals in Healthcare Facilities
Discharge Planning & Care Coordination During COVID-19