Idaho's Hospital Discharge Planning Project

Sunday, May 27, 2018


Project Title: Idaho Hospital Discharge Model Grant
Grant Project Period: 10/01/2008 to 09/30/2011
Applicant Organization: Idaho State University, Institute of Rural Health
Principal Investigator: Russell C. Spearman, M.Ed. & Debra Larsen Ph.D.
Contract Person: Dianne K. Horrocks
Address: 921 S. 8th Ave, Stop 8046, Pocatello, Idaho 83209-8046
Phone Number: (208) 282-2592
Fax Number: (208) 282-4723
E-mail Address:
World Wide Web address:

Real Choice Systems Change Grants for 2008
CFDA 93.779


All Idaho counties but one are designated as both a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) and a Mental Health Professional Shortage Area (MHPSA) by HRSA, and all counties of Idaho are classified as having Medically Underserved Areas (MUA) and Medically Underserved Populations (MUP). This grant proposes to address specific needs related to discharge planning in rural and underserved areas and increase statewide resources for Person-Centered Hospital Discharge Planning for both consumers and professionals.

PROJECT GOALS AND TARGET POPULATION: The Idaho Real Choices Person-Centered Hospital Discharge Planning (IRC-PCHDP) project targets increasing resources to successful PCHDP for individuals of any age with physical disabilities or chronic illnesses. The goals of this project include (1) developing a sustainable PCHDP model for rural and underserved areas and (2) enhancing systems of PCHDP information exchange statewide.

In order to develop a sustainable PCHDP model useful to all Idahoans, the project will develop a PCHDP model for rural and underserved areas which will include a strong focus on informal support networks. The collaborators will then develop training guidelines, implement training for hospital dischargers, and support implementation in the hospital setting. The project will also collect appropriate data to assess the effectiveness of the model based on consumer feedback, provider feedback, and cost effectiveness analyses.

Enhanced systems of information exchange will also be developed by the project. The initial focus will be on increasing the transparency and quality of information regarding discharge planning on existing statewide web-based resources. Systems will also be enhanced by providing new statewide quarterly webinars on PCHDP issues for providers, consumers, and community members.

COLLABORATION: The IRC-PCHDP project will utilize community based participatory research principles in developing the Resource Assistance Partnership (RAP). The RAP will consist of representatives from key stakeholder groups: organizations, state agencies, hospital discharge workers, informal community network members, consumers, and Idaho State University (ISU) faculty/staff. The RAP will act in an advisory capacity throughout the project providing specific input regarding the key components of the PCHDP model, recruitment of participating consumers and hospitals, PCHDP training content, and web-based state resource development.