The Center for People With Disabilities
Veterans Independence Program
About Veterans Independence Program (VIP)
Veterans Independence Program (VIP) is a program funded by the VA that follows the guidelines of the VA’s Veteran-Directed Home and Community Based Services (VD- HCBS)
VIP allows you, as a Veteran, to receive services in your home and community while managing your own service plan and budget.
You, or a representative, manage your flexible budget to pay for goods and services.
VIP helps veterans of all ages who need nonmedical supports and services, and assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing and getting dressed, or important activities, such as fixing meals and taking medicines. VIP also assists family and friends who need support to better support their veterans.
VIP helps you live independently, in your own home, and not in nursing care.
How Is Eligibility for VIP Determined?
The goal of VIP is to allow you to remain in your own home rather than have to move into a nursing facility to receive the care you need.
Your VA Medical Center will determine whether or not you meet the eligibility requirements for VIP based on their functional criteria assessment.
What Does CPWD Do?
While you, the veteran, are the sole decision maker in terms of your needs, goals, who you hire and how much they are paid (within the appropriate limits), we at CPWD are here to help you achieve your independent living goals by supporting you in the following ways:
Conducting a person-centered needs assessment of your current needs and goals and future goals
Guiding you through the process of using VIP
Assisting you in creating a spending plan with your budget from the VA that supports your needs and goals
Providing referrals or opportunities for additional independent living resources that might help you
Supporting you in managing that caregiver
Supporting you in hiring a caregiver
How Will I Benefit From VIP?
You will be in charge of your support services. You will be able to choose supports and services that fit your assessed needs. With VIP, you will manage a budget for your services. You’ll be able to:
Create your own Participant Spending Plan (PSP)
Choose your personal care assistants – including family members – and pay them (if personal care is part of your plan)
Choose where and when the services are provided
Save for needed equipment or vehicle and residential modification
What Should I Do Next?
If you are interested in VIP, here are the following next steps for you to take:
1 Contact your VA and get a referral from your VA doctor or social worker
2Let us know you want to be part of the Veterans Independence Program. Contact CPWD by email or phone: