Pillar I: Understanding Disability-Competent Care and Disabilities

The Disability-Competent Care (DCC) model focuses on the individual needs of the participant, respecting the participant’s choices, and eliminating medical and institutional bias when providing care. DCC is a participant-centered model, delivered by an interdisciplinary team (IDT), focusing on supporting individuals to achieve maximum function. The model intentionally places a high emphasis on the treatment of the participant as a whole person instead of solely focusing on the participant’s disability (clinical diagnosis). This concept is integral throughout the DCC model and represents a key difference in both practices and application when compared to the Medical model. 

Understanding each participant’s unique disability and functional impact is a preliminary, but crucial, step in putting the DCC model to practice. Furthermore, providers must understand each participant's demographics, health disparities among populations, and common facts about Medicare-Medicaid enrollees.

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Understanding The Pillar

Explore these resources to better understand the concepts behind disability-competent care.

DCC In Action

Leverage these resources to understand how disability-competent care is applied in practice.

Other Applications Of The Pillar

The concepts of the DCC model have other applications as well, including supporting adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Adults with ASD have complex care needs that can be addressed through the application of DCC concepts. Click on the following resources to learn more and access resources on how to improve care for adults with ASD that are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.