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Medi-Cal Home and Community-Based Services and CalAIM Updates

When: Thursday, April 22, 2021, 10:00 a.m. PT - 11:30 a.m. PT

Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) describe a wide variety of programs that provide long-term services and supports to older adults and people with disabilities enrolled in Medi-Cal to receive care in their homes and communities rather than in institutional settings like nursing homes. 

This webinar will provide an overview of financial and functional eligibility for Medi-Cal Home and Community-Based (HCBS) programs, an overview of the type of HCBS waiver and state-based programs available in California, and discuss the gaps in coverage and services that lead to inequities in who has access to services in their homes and communities. 

We will conclude the webinar with an update on California’s efforts to update its 1115 waiver and more broadly re-design the Medi-Cal program, an initiative known as CalAIM.

Who should participate:
Aging, disability, and legal advocates, community-based providers, local government partners, and others advocating on behalf of low-income older adults and people with disabilities.     

Presenters:
Claire Ramsey, Justice in Aging, cramsey@justiceinaging.org
Elizabeth Zirker, Disability Rights California, Elizabeth.Zirker@disabilityrightsca.org
Micki Nozaki, Senior Medicare Patrol mnozaki@cahealthadvocates.org

NOTE: Capacity for this session is limited to 1,000 participants, and all participants will have the option of accessing audio through the computer or by phone. Closed captioning will be available. Please be sure to log onto the webinar a few minutes early in order to secure your place for the live presentation on Zoom. The presentation will be recorded and available for later viewing.  

This webinar is jointly presented by Justice in Aging, Senior Medicare Patrol, and Disability Rights California.   


CDA's Older Americans Act State Plan Public Hearings

The California Department of Aging (CDA) is developing California's next Older Americans Act (OAA) State Plan and is seeking robust and diverse public input on the plan through upcoming remote hearings and online surveys. All information about the OAA State Plan is posted on our website.

California’s OAA State Plan for 2021-2025 will guide the Older Americans Act programs and funding and will align CDA’s OAA goals with Area Plans submitted by the 33 Area Agencies on Aging, the Governor’s Master Plan for Aging, and CDA’s Strategic Plan. OAA State Plans are due from CDA, as California’s designated unit on aging, to the Administration for Community Living every four years. The plan currently in development will be effective from October 1, 2021 through 2025.  The OAA State Plan draft report and a summary power point are posted on the webpage, for public review.
 
CDA, in partnership with the California Commission on Aging (CCoA), will hold two virtual public hearings and offer a survey and email box during April to gather input on the draft 2021-25 Older Americans Act State Plan. CDA and CCoA are interested in receiving input from older adults, people with disabilities, family and friend caregivers, and agencies, advocates, and allies that work with these individuals, as well as the general public. Please share this information with your networks, so a broad range of public comment can be provided and incorporated into the final OAA plan.

There are three ways to provide your comments:

Provide input during one of the two public hearings (the two hearings will cover the same information) – information below

Send your input via this short survey

Email questions and comments to oaastateplan@aging.ca.gov


Virtual Hearing #1
Monday, April 26, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Android device:

Please click this URL to join. https://zoom.us/j/92694092281?pwd=ME5lSEN2dTlDbWdVcU84TUJjei9VQT09

Passcode: 587332

 
Or join by phone (toll free)

888-788-0099

Webinar ID: 926 9409 2281

Passcode: 587332

Save-the-Date:  Virtual Hearing #2 on Thursday, April 29, 2021, 9:00 - 10:30 am


Tips to Boost Emotional Health During the Pandemic

Wednesday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon (PT)

COVID-19 has caused serious hardships and heartbreak for families across the country. Many family caregivers have been particularly hard hit, with the weight of a global pandemic added to their already significant caregiving responsibilities. This webinar will discuss how caregivers can add or modify existing self-care practices to help them better manage during these difficult times.

Objectives:

-Learn facts about the pandemic and its impact on mental health

-Get information on how to adapt pre-COVID selfcare routines to work today

-Understand the benefits of mindfulness

Presenter: Tiffany Pippen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and practicing Psychotherapist with over a decade of experience working with children and families around issues of anxiety, depression, trauma, and family caregiving challenges. She provides a warm, culturally-competent environment where you are safe and can feel safe to express your thoughts and feelings, free from judgment and criticism.

Cost: No charge

Registration: Click here


Building Capacity in the Direct Service Workforce: Moving Forward from the Summit

Date: April 28, 2021

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST

Dear Colleague:

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invites you to attend an upcoming webinar to advance learning and recommendations from the intensive on Quality Jobs Equal Quality Care: Building Capacity in the Direct Care Workforce that was held at Advancing States’ HCBS Conference on December 3, 2020.

The direct service workforce (DSW) plays an integral role in efforts to rebalance long-term services and supports systems from institutional to community-based services.  Direct service workers provide fundamental and essential support for many people, contribute to overall health care quality, and promote community inclusion and independence.

Many stakeholders can help to build the capacity of the DSW, but state Medicaid agencies are uniquely positioned to lead changes in the DSW.  This webinar will highlight capacity building strategies shared by states during the HCBS Conference intensive.  The webinar is open to the public and will focus on strategies for state Medicaid agencies, state agency partners, managed care plans, and home and community based services providers.

By the end of this interactive webinar, participants will:

Learn more about DSW challenges, approaches, and promising practices related to implementing person-centered care, coordinating care across settings and systems, and encouraging professional development.

Hear directly from state Medicaid agencies about promising practices supporting capacity building in the DSW.

Provide feedback through interactive polling and discussion on the recommendations identified by participants of the HCBS Conference intensive.

Learn more about an upcoming learning collaborative and other future DSW learning opportunities for state Medicaid agencies.

Featured Facilitators

Michelle Reynolds, PhD, University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC), Director of Individual Advocacy and Family Support, UMKC Institute for Human Development

Erika Robbins, Vice President, The Lewin Group

Barbara Kleist, Program Manager, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota

Please register here: https://hcbsspecialprojects.adobeconnect.com/dswwebinarevent/event/registration.html

Please contact HCBS-learning@lewin.com with any questions.



CDA's Older Americans Act State Plan Public Hearings

The California Department of Aging (CDA) is developing California's next Older Americans Act (OAA) State Plan and is seeking robust and diverse public input on the plan through upcoming remote hearings and online surveys. All information about the OAA State Plan is posted on our website.

California’s OAA State Plan for 2021-2025 will guide the Older Americans Act programs and funding and will align CDA’s OAA goals with Area Plans submitted by the 33 Area Agencies on Aging, the Governor’s Master Plan for Aging, and CDA’s Strategic Plan. OAA State Plans are due from CDA, as California’s designated unit on aging, to the Administration for Community Living every four years. The plan currently in development will be effective from October 1, 2021 through 2025.  The OAA State Plan draft report and a summary power point are posted on the webpage, for public review.
 
CDA, in partnership with the California Commission on Aging (CCoA), will hold two virtual public hearings and offer a survey and email box during April to gather input on the draft 2021-25 Older Americans Act State Plan. CDA and CCoA are interested in receiving input from older adults, people with disabilities, family and friend caregivers, and agencies, advocates, and allies that work with these individuals, as well as the general public. Please share this information with your networks, so a broad range of public comment can be provided and incorporated into the final OAA plan.

There are three ways to provide your comments:

Provide input during one of the two public hearings (the two hearings will cover the same information) – information below

Send your input via this short survey

Email questions and comments to oaastateplan@aging.ca.gov


Virtual Hearing #2
Thursday, April 29, 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Android device:

Please click this URL to join. https://zoom.us/j/98778693882?pwd=Y3BsMmlYaTBERTB1ZC9uYWtNSmw4UT09

Passcode: 395242

Or join by phone (toll free)
• 888-788-0099
• Webinar ID: 987 7869 3882
• Passcode: 395242


New Opportunities and New Dangers for Adult Day

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

1:00 pm EDT/ 12:00 noon CDT / 1:00 am MDT / 10:00 am PDT

New opportunities arise with every change of Presidential administration and congressional leadership. They are tucked in among the massive confusion of personnel changes, new policy initiatives, executive orders, and media briefings. Join NADSA’s Public Policy Advisor Roy Afflerbach as he unpacks some of the changes that can provide opportunities and some of the dangers for adult day with a dive into Congressional reorganization, the American Recovery Act, the American Jobs Act, and initiatives undertaken by organizations with which NADSA collaborates or competes.

About the presenter: Sen. Roy Afflerbach is a retired Pennsylvania State Senator and CEO of The Afflerbach Group, LLC. He has five decades of public policy experience. Senator Afflerbach serves as NADSA’s public policy advisor and represents NADSA on several national age-related organizations. In the Pennsylvania Senate, he served as Democratic Chairman of the Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee, the Banking and Insurance Committee, and the Local Government Committee.

 

REGISTER TODAY


Ensuring Equity in Aging: Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias: Culturally Responsive Services, Support, and Care

May 5, 2021, 10-11 am

The next Ensuring Equity in Aging webinar will focus on responsive services, supports, and care for older adults with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias. Our panelists will share resources and best practices for ensuring that patients and clients, as well as their loved ones and caregivers, receive culturally responsive and sensitive support and care

This webinar will feature the following panelists

Daniel Gaytan, Public Policy & Advocacy Manager, Alzheimer's Association, Orange County

Victoria Jump, Executive Director, Ventura County Area Agency on Aging

Valeria Ochoa, Community Educator, Southern Caregiver Resource Center


We will also hear directly from two Alzheimer’s Association volunteer advocates on their experiences navigating care and services:

Yolanda Rogers, San Diego

Florence Lam, Dublin

Time will be reserved for Q&A. Closed captioning and ASL interpreting will be available.
 

Register for this webinar here.


Strengthening Managed Care to Better Serve California’s Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

California’s two million Medi-Cal Seniors and Persons with Disabilities (SPDs) can face significant challenges getting the medical and long-term services and supports they need. Reform elements in the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative have the potential to increase system integration and coordination of care for all SPDs — those with Medi-Cal only, and those who qualify for Medicare and Medi-Cal (dually eligible enrollees). 

A new issue brief from the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) and Chapman Consulting builds on interviews with Medi-Cal managed care plans and other stakeholders to highlight challenges and opportunities regarding implementation of the proposed reforms. It also identifies key success factors for care innovation and integration, and opportunities to advance capacity for an integrated system of medical and long-term services and supports for all SPDs.

Webinar: To build on this issue brief, in partnership with CHCS and Chapman Consulting, CHCF is sponsoring a webinar on Tuesday, May 11, 11:15 AM-12:30 PM (PT): "Looking Forward: Examining Long-Term Services and Supports Integration and Opportunities to Strengthen Coordination Under CalAIM." Webinar panelists, including long-term services and supports (LTSS) and Medi-Cal managed care plan (MCP) representatives, will discuss experiences developing partnerships under the Coordinated Care Initiative, and will describe lessons around: (1) developing MCP and LTSS partnerships, including contracting; (2) addressing barriers and leveraging opportunities to expand access to home- and community-based services; and (3) elevating strategies to support data sharing and improve care coordination. The target audience for this webinar includes MCPs, LTSS providers, advocates, and other key MCP partners with an expected role in advancing SPD-focused reforms.

Register for the webinar. (Note: The registration page uses Eastern Time due to the location of CHCS.)


Multi-Faceted Leadership: Adult Day Business and Operations

May 20, 2021

1:00 pm EDT/ 12:00 noon CDT / 1:00 am MDT / 10:00 am PDT

Whether managing one center or multiple centers in different states, multi-faceted leadership demands are high. This webinar provides a leadership framework that includes priorities on three levels: 1) 5000-foot view: attention to federal & state interface; 2) continuous monitoring of the business for alignment with key performance indicators and survivability; and 3) monitoring and adjusting day-to-day operations in an evolving COVID environment to align with continuous quality improvement.

Objectives of this session include:

·     Highlight lessons learned from operating single centers and multiple centers in 10+ states

·     Strategies for managing competing demands with external stakeholders and operations

·     Tips on building a collaborative team aligned to organizational goals

·     Continuous Quality Improvement: tips, functions, member satisfaction, efficiency/effectiveness of workflows and staffing

·     Forecasting trends: in healthcare, payers, in state & federal legislation/ regulations

·     Value of data driven focus: collection, outcomes, implication for both business and operations

About the Presenters: Matt Donnelly is the Vice President of Operations at Active Day. He has held several positions in the company over the past several years, including Director of Acquisition & Integration, Acquisition & Integration Manager and Business Development Analyst. Matt holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Temple University. 

Laura Altenbaumer is the Regional Director for Active Day in Illinois and Indiana for the last four years. Before working in Adult Day Services, she worked with non-profit agencies serving adults with intellectual disabilities in Illinois in both residential and day program sites for 15 years. She serves on the Illinois Adult Day Association Executive Board as Secretary and Membership Chair and as the Vice President for the Indiana Association of Adult Day Services.

 

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RECORDINGS OF PAST EVENTS


Ensuring Equity in Aging Webinar Series

Did you miss a webinar? All webinar recordings, presentations, and transcripts are posted to CDA's Equity in Aging Resource Center

February 3, 2021 - Culturally Informed Policy & Programs for Black Elders

January 6, 2021 - The Culture of LGBT Older Adults

December 2, 2020 - Culturally Informed Policy & Programs: With and For People with Disabilities

November 4, 2020 - Culturally Informed Care: Honoring Native Elders


Free Webinar: HCBS 101—Access to Home & Community-Based Care for Older Adults

RECORDED MAR 16, 2021

Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) is an umbrella term that describes a wide variety of programs states operate to provide long-term services and supports to people in their homes and communities, as opposed to nursing facilities and other institutions. Medicaid is the largest payer of HCBS, but the services and populations it covers vary from state to state. This variation, which is due in part to the fact that federal law does not require states to provide HCBS, also leads to disparate access and quality for older adults and people with disabilities, particularly for people of color, depending on where they live.  

This webinar, HCBS 101: Access to Home & Community-Based Care for Older Adults, will provide an overview of the HCBS infrastructure and gaps in coverage and services for low-income older adults. We will also talk about some of the potential solutions to improving HCBS that are gaining traction in Congress and the Administration. 

Watch the recording

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