I & R Monthly Call Archives

December 10 2013: Resources for People with Alzheimer's and Related Dementias and Their Caregivers

The December technical assistance call included an overview of the National Alzheimer's Call Center, as well as their numerous available on-line resources.  Presenters focused on various special populations such as aging parents of adult children with physical and developmental disabilities where dementia may be affecting the parent and/or adult child with disabilities, and younger people with dementia. Amy Wiatr-Rodriguez, Aging Services Program Specialist at the Administration for Community Living (ACL) provided a brief overview of ACL-supported dementia resources; and Ruth Drew, Director of Family and Information Services at the Alzheimer's Association presented on the Call Center.

Powerpoint Presentation - Administration for Community Living
Powerpoint Presentation - Alzheimer's Association
Audio Recording of the Call

November 7, 2013: Veteran Mental Health Needs: Facts, Services, and Resources

This call was on access to mental health services and supports for both older and younger veterans, and was aimed at I&R professionals who come into contact with older adults, veterans of any age and their caregivers. Presenter David Greaves is the Mental Health and Clinical Neuroscience Division Director at Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Portland, Oregon, and presented at the 2013 AIRS Conference.

PowerPoint Presentation
Audio Recording of the Call

October 17, 2013: Health Insurance Marketplace 101, and Q&A

The Support Center hosted a Health Insurance Marketplace webinar presented by the CMS Division of Training, on Thursday, October 17, from 2:30-4:00 p.m. ET. The CMS Division of Training team will provide a high-level overview of how the Marketplace works, what it means for consumers and individuals, who is eligible to enroll, and how programs for people with limited incomes work. Presenters answered questions an I&R specialist need to know within ADRCs, AAAs, SHIPs, state agencies, or other I&R setting.

Click here to access CMS Marketplace training materials.
Click here to view Health Insurance Marketplace 101; Presenter Slides and Speaker Notes.

October 3, 2013: Community Partnerships and Services for Veterans with Disabilities

This call reviewed creative and collaborative methods of providing services for veterans within their communities. The basis of the presentation is a community needs assessment in Prince William County Virginia on programs and services that were developed for veterans in their communities, which reaches beyond the Veterans Directed Home and Community Based Services (VDHCBS) program, and can be duplicated in other communities. Presenter Barbara Diehl, MSW, CIRS-A, is a VDHCBS Program Service Coordinator for the Prince William Area Agency on Aging, in Woodbridge, VA. This presentation was adapted from a workshop session presented by Ms. Diehl at the 2013 AIRS Conference.

PowerPoint Presentation
Audio Recording of the Call

September 5, 2013: Collaboration Among the Aging, Disability, and Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities (DD/ID) Systems

This call highlighted the successful collaboration among the aging, physical disability and Developmental /Intellectual Disability (DD/ID) systems in Connecticut starting with the development of effective state-level partnerships, and proceeding through specific state and local strategies used to transition from specialized services based on population, to more generalized services offered by AAAs, CILs and DD/ID agencies. Presenters Bob Gorman, Community Choices Counselor at Independence Northwest (a Center for Independent Living in Connecticut), and Siobhan Morgan, Director of Waiver Services at Connecticut's Department of Developmental Services, offered insight into Connecticut's challenges and successes of Aging, Disability and DD/ID system collaboration and partnerships.

Aging, Disability and DD/ID Presentation
Audio Recording of the Call

July 15, 2013: Affordable Care Act: What to Expect for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

This call was on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and how it relates to older adults, younger adults with disabilities, and their caregivers. Leslie Fried, Director of Policy and Programs with NCOA, will review ACA background, updates and benchmarks on Health Insurance Marketplaces, Medicaid Expansion, and how the law affects I&R clients with Medicare, Medicaid, and those without insurance.

ACA Presentation
Audio Recording of the Call

June 12, 2013: Disaster Preparedness for the National Aging and Disability I&R/A Network

The June call addressed disaster preparedness for the national aging and disability I&R/A network, lessons learned from New Jersey's experience with Hurricane Sandy, and new disaster preparation and response initiatives that were developed by New Jersey in response to the storm. The presenter for the June call will be Joseph Amaroso (CIRS-A), Director of New Jersey's Division of Disability Services and the Access and Functional Need Coordinator for Individuals with Disabilities and Medical Needs.

Disaster Preparation Presentation
Audio Recording of the Call

May 2, 2013: National Mobility Management Strategies

The May call was on National Mobility Management initiatives and how the Network is using them to enhance transportation I&R/A services. My Ride Dallas, a Transportation Options Counseling initiative will be reviewed as a state example. Presenters included Lynn Winchell-Mendy, Technical Assistance Associate with the National Center on Senior Transportation at n4a, Angela Brown, Transportation Specialist with the Eldercare Locator at n4a, and Mary Grinsfelder, Mobility Manager, from My Ride Dallas, Community Council of Greater Dallas/Area Agency on Aging of Dallas County
Mobility Management Presentation – n4a 
MY RIDE Dallas Presentation – Area Agency on Aging of Dalla County 
Audio Recording of the Call

April 11, 2013: Intellectual Disabilities: Communication, Services and Supports

The April call was on communication with, and services/supports for people with intellectual disabilities. Presenters from Vermont's Green Mountain Self-Advocates including Karen Topper, state coordinator; Max Borrows, peer leader/outreach coordinator; and Nicole LeBlanc, peer leader/advocacy coordinator, discussed how to make information more accessible to people with disabilities and will describe barriers they face accessing services and supports. Further, presenters will provide a brief overview of what is meant by "intellectual ability" and share strategies to promote supportive decision-making with the goal of maximizing self-determination.

Intellectual Disabilities Presentation 
Audio Recording of the Call

March 14, 2012: Nutritional Needs of Older Adults and Available Resources

In celebration of March, National Nutrition Month, the March I&R/A Support Center call featured Linda Netterville, the Meals On Wheels Association of America's Vice President for Grants Management, who will discuss the nutritional needs of older adults and the services that are available within the community to meet these needs. She will also provide an overview of the National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging (NRC), which is designed to assist the national aging network in the implementation of the nutrition portions of the Older Americans Act. The NRC is a cooperative initiative of the Administration on Aging and the Meals On Wheels Association of America. 

Nutritional Needs of Older Adults Presentation
Audio Recording of the Call

February 14, 2013: Mental Health Part II: Advocacy, Coalitions and State Examples of Aging/Disability/MH Resource Crossover

This was the second of two mental health related monthly calls. Presenter Kimberly Williams, Director or the Center for Policy, Advocacy, and Education at the Mental Health, discussed mental health advocacy, coalition building, consumer perspective/voice, resources, changes to the copay rules; and several presenters from Massachusetts provided examples of successful Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) and Mental Health Initiatives which highlighted state programs that combine both aging/disability and mental health services and resources. Presenters on Massachusetts ADRC & Mental Health Initiatives were: Rachel Weiner, Director of the State Options Counseling Program; June Cowen, Executive Director, Northeast Independent Living Program, Inc./ Northeast Recovery Learning Community, Merrimack Valley ADRC; Nicole Ignachuck, Staff Development Manager, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley; Carol Suleski, Director of New Program Initiatives, Greater Lynn Senior Services; and Dottie Davies, Director of Clinical Programs, Greater Lynn Senior Services.

Mental Health Advocacy, Coalition and Resources Presentation 
ADRC/Mental Health Initiatives Presentation 
Audio Recording of the Call

January 9, 2013: Mental Health Overview and Resources

This presentation reviewed general information about the distinction between Mental Illness and Behavioral Health, common mental health problems that affect older adults and people with disabilities, and Mental Health resources for community professionals. The concept of Mental Health First Aid was reviewed in depth. This was the first of two mental health related monthly calls. Co-presenters included Marian Scheinholtz, Public Health Advisor in the Center for Mental Health Services at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA); and David Truzman, the Public Education Manager at the Mental Health Association of New York City.

Behavioral Health Overview Presentation
Mental Health First Aid Presentation 
Audio Recording of the Call

November 6, 2012: Disability Rights Part II: Independent Living

This presentation focused on the history of the Independent Living movement, disability laws, and promising practices for working with people who have disabilities in the work place. Presenter Ericka Reil is an Information, Referral and Assistance Specialist at the Vermont Center for Independent Living.

PowerPoint Presentation
Audio Recording of the Call

October 4, 2012: Disability Rights Part I: History, Advocacy and Resources

This presentation focused on key disability resources, and the history of the U.S. Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System and Client Assistance Program (CAP), using Disability Rights Florida as an example of one of the country's largest P&As. Presenters from Disability Rights Florida included Linda. J.W. Rollins, Mental Health Coordinator with the intake unit; Ann Robinson, the Intake Manager, grant coordinator and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor; and Paul Finch, Intake Coordinator.

PowerPoint Presentation
Notes

September 6, 2012: Economic Security Initiative

This presentation reviewed key details about the Economic Security Initiative (ESI) which was launched by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) in 2009, in response to the growing crisis among older adults resulting from the economic downturn. Through the Initiative, NCOA works with 20 community organizations to assist older adults in getting back on a path to economic security. The following co-presenters, both NCOA staff and grantees, reviewed resources and findings from NCOA's Economic Security Initiative (ESI): Brandy Bauer, Communications Manager, Economic Security at the National Council on Aging; Maribeth Stein, Outreach Specialist at AgeOptions in Chicago, IL; and Karen Jackson heads the Economic Security Initiative at Aurora Family Service in Milwaukee, WI.

Presentation
Notes

August 2, 2012: Economic Security: National Neighbors Silver

This presentation reviewed the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC)'s National Neighbors Silver, a multi-year campaign to empower, organize and support older adults with economic security through banking in their communities. Working with the banking industry, aging network and housing experts, National Neighbors Silver offers a platform for policy and program solutions to build economic security and preserve wealth for an aging America. Presenter, Sarah Meek, is a program manager with the National Neighbors Silver campaign at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC).

Presentation
Notes

July 5, 2012: Legal Resource Support for Aging and Disability Networks

Co-presenter Omar Valverde, an Aging Services Specialist for the Administration for Community Living (ACL), reviewed legal resource support specific to the Aging and Disability Networks. Mr. Valverde oversees legal assistance programs for ACL's Office of Elder Rights, including the National Legal Resource Center (NLRC), and the Model Approaches to Statewide Legal Assistance Projects under Title IV of the OAA. Co-presenter David Godfrey, an attorney at the American Bar Association, provided additional detail on the National Legal Resource Center. 

Presentation
Notes

June 7, 2012: Mapping Community Resources to Improve Access to Public Benefits for Seniors

This presentation explored different ways to think about the steps needed to help clients get and keep the public benefits for which they are eligible. It also helped participants think more strategically about community partnerships with other organizations and agencies, and presented a framework for identifying the gaps community resources while discussing examples of the kinds of partnerships, both traditional and creative, that can be used to fill those gaps. Presenter, Josh Wertheimer, is a Program Associate at the National Council on Aging (NCOA).

Presentation
Notes

May 3, 2012: Economic Security Database

This presentation reviewed the Economic Security Database, developed by Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), which is a new online tool providing localized information on how much families and elders need to make ends meet. Specifically, The Basic Economic Security Tables™ (BEST) Index and the Elder Economic Security Standard™ Index (Elder Index) measure the incomes workers and retired elders need to achieve economic security. The BEST and Elder Indexes present local expenses, savings requirements and economic security incomes by family type, and at the city, county and state levels. The BEST and Elder Indexes are comprehensive definitions of, and blueprints for, economic security. Presenter Matt Unrath, is the National Program Director at Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW).

Presentation
Notes

April 5, 2012: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Presenter Lura Barber, Policy Analyst and Project Manager for SNAP, pension rights, and online benefits application systems at the National Council on Aging (NCOA), presented on SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp Program) and improving access to this important benefit. The presentation included a detailed explanation of SNAP, data points on how the population of older adults compares to the rest of the population on food needs, unique benefits access challenges faced by older adults, and how the Aging services network can help seniors access SNAP and other federal benefits.

Presentation
Notes

March 15, 2012: LGBT in ADRC

This presentation detailed the unique challenges of accessing home care services faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults, as well as resources available through the new National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. Also reviewed were the results of a survey aimed to increase the Center's understanding of the extent to which ADRCs have worked to ensure their services are "LGBT-friendly"; have engaged in special LGBT outreach activities; and/or worked to identify community organizations and service providers in their resource databases that are notably "LGBT-friendly". Co-presenters were Hilary Meyer from the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging and Carrie Blakeway from the ADRC Technical Assistance Exchange.

Presentation
Survey Results from ADRC Technical Assistance Exchange

February 2, 2012: Affordable Care Act Update for the Aging and Disability Network

This presentation focused on programs, services and changes associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Participants learned about new services and funding opportunities offered by the ACA as well as connections between familiar programs (i.e. Medicare) and the ACA. The presentation included current information on: Care Transitions, Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs), Money Follows the Person (MFP), Minimum Data Set (MDS) Section Q, Partnership for Patients, Options Counseling, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and more. Presenter Abigail Morgan works with the Administration on Aging's Office of Policy, Analysis and Development.

Presentation
Notes

January 5, 2012

Notes - Intro to 2012: AIRS Conference, Monthly Call Topics

November 17, 2011

Basic Training for Enrolling in NASUAD’s Online Training

September 8, 2011

Slides - National Center for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment Notes –National Center for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment

August 4, 2011

The New Enhanced Eldercare Locator -- Improving the Connection to Local Aging Resources

July 7, 2011

Enhancing the Capacity of the I&R System to Serve America's Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Aging Population

May 5, 2011

The Role of I&R in Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC)