NASUAD Publications

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\HCBS Conference 2009 – Agenda and Presentations The 25th Annual Home and Community Based Services Conference was held in Denver in September, 2009. Administrators, researchers, educators and providers met to learn about policies, research, and new waiver and technical assistance and training opportunities. The full range of HCBS issues was covered including CMS and AoA tracks, Medicaid basics, creativity in wavier design, balancing long term services, nursing home diversion issues and quality management strategies.
The Economic Crisis and Its Impact on State Aging Programs: Results of All-State Survey The findings from a fourth economic survey of the state units on aging conducted in May 09 revealed that despite the funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, 60% of states must reduce their agencies' budgets for FY10. While ARRA funding allowed states to maintain food and nutrition programs, over 20% of states indicated they will cut back services and programs include Older Americans Act, disability, Medicaid, and home- and community-based services and supports.
The Economic Crisis and Its Impact on State Aging Programs In FY09, 27 states expect budget shortfalls at the same time that HCBS and other services administered by State Units on Aging nationwide experience increased demand. NASUA surveyed 44 states and the District of Columbia about their strategies for coping with this situation. These include creating or increasing waiting lists, cutting budgets, reduced staffing and travel, and adjusting program elements such as eligibility.
\HCBS Conference 2008 – Agenda and Presentations The 24th Annual Home and Community Based Services Conference was held in Boston in October, 2008. Administrators, researchers, educators and providers met to learn about policies, research, and new waiver and technical assistance and training opportunities. The full range of HCBS issues was covered including Medicaid basics, creativity in wavier design, balancing long term services, nursing home diversion issues and quality management strategies.
Project 2020: Building on the Promise of Home and Community-Based Services The goal of this coordinated national campaign from n4a & NASUA is to provide the resources to implement consumer-centered and cost effective long-term care strategies authorized in the 2006 reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. Empower the Aging Services Network to implement these strategies through a three-pronged program encompassing person centered access to information, evidence-based disease management and health promotion activities, and enhanced home and community-based services.
More Can Be Done: Involvement of Older Consumers in the Design, Implementation and Oversight of Home and Community Based Services This paper explores the role of older participants in planning, developing and overseeing home and community based service (HCBS) programs. It seeks to help State Units on Aging and others in the aging network identify concrete steps they can take to support the role of these older individuals as public policy advocates. The report addresses the extent of older HCBS participants' current involvement, the barriers to success, and the strategies being used to attain participation.
Long-Term Support Options Counseling: Decision Support in Aging and Disability Resource Centers This paper presents the perspective that options counseling is a pivotal function of Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) and its essential elements are counseling and decision support. The diverse array of definitions currently in use runs the risk of diminishing the importance of options counseling, which is a key function of a comprehensive long-term care system.
The 22nd National HCBS Conference and 2006 Minnesota Age and Disabilities Odyssey - Presentations This conference offered substantive opportunities to learn about national and state initiatives, policy directions and grant programs that shape the current landscape of home and community based services. Conference participants learned about national initiatives and innovations in Minnesota's home and community based services in general sessions, workshops and poster sessions. View the agenda and download more than 110 presentations from the Season of Change in Home and Community Support event.
Inclusion/Exclusion Policy Development Guide for Aging Information & Referral/Assistance Are you struggling with what should and should not be included in an I&R resource database? NASUA has put together a compilation of suggestions, experiences, and ideas from the field related to establishing a database. The paper also addresses specific elements of designs and policy development.
HCBS Waiver Conference 2005 - Presentations Held in May 2005 this national conference was designed to meet the unique training needs of waiver program operators. This year’s conference, titled "The Sun Shines Brighter at Home," offered substantive opportunities to learn about the national initiatives, policy directions and grant programs that shape the current environment. The attached agenda has links to all of the presentation overheads.

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