The official name of this project is “Development of Methods and Training for Assessing Personal Experience Outcomes for Adults with Developmental or Physical Disabilities and Frail Elders in Wisconsin’s Medicaid-Funded HCBS And Managed Long-Term Care Programs.” For every day use, we have re-named this the PEONIES project. PEONIES stands for Personal Experience Outcomes iNtegrated Interiew and Evaluation System.

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Project Purpose

This project is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. Its purpose is to develop a way of measuring and using Personal Experience Outcomes for people receiving long-term care services in the community. Through this project, we will develop ways of interviewing people to learn about the outcomes they want in their lives. This information can be used for many purposes. Some of these purposes are:

Project Accomplishments

Current Project Activities

Currently, external quality reviewers from Wisconsin’s EQRO, Metastar, are using PEONIES as part of the annual review process for Family Care and Wisconsin Partnership Programs. Beginning in fall of 2011, members in Wisconsin’s self directed program, IRIS, will also be interviewed by Metastar interviewers. PEONIES staff continue to:

In addition to validation activities, we are developing two informational webcasts to provide background information to people interested in PEONIES. One webcast will provide detailed information about the 12 personal experience outcome areas: what each area means, the breadth of issues that can be included in each area, and challenges to identifying the outcomes in each area. A second webcast will provide information about some basic interviewing techniques. The PEONIES approach requires high level interviewing skills. The webcast will provide information about general skills that must be mastered before learning the PEONIES approach.