Real Choices Program staff accept referrals from discharge planners for hospitalized individuals, over the age of 18, who are at risk for long-term placement. The Real Choices registered nurse provides information about available community resources and identifies barriers that prevent the client from returning to the community. Enrolled clients are either presently eligible for Maryland Medicaid, or who would be eligible within 180 days after a nursing facility placement. In addition to direct client assistance, the Real Choices nurse markets the program to the community, building awareness about home and community-based programs and provides education to the hospital and subacute facility staff. Questions pertaining to this program can be addressed by calling 410-838-1500.