Barren River Veteran Directed Home & Community Based Services

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) have formed a partnership to develop Veterans Directed Home and Community Based Services (VDHCBS) programs to enhance home-based supports for veterans. The purpose of the Veteran Directed Home and Community Based Service program is to provide services based off personal needs to the eligible veterans in their own home, which will help to maintain his/her safety, health, and welfare. The program allows the veteran to elect and employ their own caregiver. The VDHCBS program includes a functional assessment, home-based services, options counseling, support services, and financial management services. The VDHCBS program does not duplicate any services already provided by the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center (VAMC).

Who Qualifies?

To qualify for the Barren River VDHCBS Program, you must first:

  • Be enrolled to receive primary care at Tennessee Valley Healthcare Systems, which is a Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC)
  • Meet the eligibility criteria for home and community-based services as determined by the VAMC.
  • Be able to direct your own services or appoint someone on your behalf (Representative) to direct your own services and supports.
  • Be referred to the BRADD by the VAMC.

Potential Services (not limited to)

The Barren River Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living (AAAIL) provides assistance for arranging self-directed services based upon the needs and preferences of the participating veterans and/or their authorized representative.  AAAIL provides or arranges for the following (but is not limited to) VDHCBS program services: 

  • Assessment and Reassessment
  • Options Counseling and Support Services including care management
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS).  Some examples include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Personal care (e.g. physical or verbal assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, grooming, transferring)
  • Homemaker (e.g. Cleaning, laundry, meal planning &preparation, shopping)
  • Adult Day Care Assisting Technology (e.g. emergency response system, electronic pill minder)
  • Caregiver Support (e.g. counseling, training)
  • Respite Care
  • Financial Management Services
  • Environmental Supports (e.g. yard care, snow removal, extensive cleaning)
  • Other goods and services needed to remain safely in the community (e.g. small appliances, grab bars, ramp, lift chair, etc.)


Ashley Pennington, Medicaid Wavier Coordinator or Michelle Hines, Associate Director of Aging Services, at 270-782-9223 or 1-800-395-7654.

You may also call the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 270-782-9223 or 1-800-395-7654.