April 26, 2013
In This Issue
*State Medicaid Integration Tracker April Edition Published
*National Volunteer Week and the PowerUP! Initiative
*Volunteers Matter: Excellence in Volunteer Services Award
*Infographic on Dual Eligibles
*Extended Deadline for Unleash the Power of Age in Your Community Challenge
*ACL Conference Call for workers in the field of aging
*Elder Justice Coordinating Council 2013 Spring Meeting
*Webinar Series on Expanding Oral Health Access for Older Adults
*AoA Profile of Older Americans: 2012
*Report on Titles of Financial Advisers Who Serve Older Adults
*CMS releases FAQs to address Affordable Care Act implementation questions
*CMS releases FAQs to address Affordable Care Act implementation questions
*HHS Issues SSBG Allocations to Reflect the Sequester
*HUD Updates CDBG Training Manual
*National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, April 27
*FEMA Calls for Awards Submissinos
*ODEP Issues Two Briefs on Retaining Aging Workers with Disabilities
*ODEP Issues Two Briefs on Retaining Aging Workers with Disabilities
*Institute of Medicine on Elder Abuse and its Prevention
*Senate Aging Committee Holds Hearing to Examine Efforts to Combat Alzheimer's Disease
*Senators Seek Support for Older Americans Act Funding
*Academy Health Annual Research Meeting
*Academy Health Annual Research Meeting
*Academy Health Annual Research Meeting
*AIRS Conference Registration Open
*New Report: Long-term Care: Perceptions, Experiences, and Attitudes of Americans 40 or Older
*Health Homes Information Resource Center Launched on Medicaid.gov
*May 3rd Facebook First Friday
*2013 National Lifespan Respite Conference Announces Call for Presentations
*MIPPA: What We've Learned, and What's Next
*Register for NCIL 2013 Annual Conference on Independent Living
*A National On-Location Training: Expanding CIL Capacity Through Community-Based Service Programs
*A National On-Location Training: Expanding CIL Capacity Through Community-Based Service Programs
*Webinar on Feel Good Bingo® for Older Adults
*Webinar on Feel Good Bingo® for Older Adults
*May is Healthy Vision Month
*2013 Lifespan Respite Care Program
*Health Care Fraud Prevention Program Expansion and SMP Capacity Building Grants
*AmeriCorps Funding Opportunities for Indian Tribes
*Administration for Community Living Seeks Supervisory IT Specialists
*Additional Job Opportunities

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State Medicaid Integration Tracker April 2013 Edition Published 

NASUAD has published the April 2013 Edition of the State Medicaid Integration Tracker.  The report is updated each month with information on the following state actions:

  • Managed care for people who receive Medicaid-funded long-term services and supports (LTSS)
  • State Demonstrations to Integrate Care for Dual Eligible Individuals and other Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Initiatives
  • Other LTSS Reform Activities including Balancing Incentive Program (BIP), Medicaid State Plan amendments under 1915(i), Communities First Choice Option under 1915(k), and Medicaid Health Homes

Click here to access NASUAD's State Medicaid Integration Tracker.

National Volunteer Week and the PowerUP! Initiative

This week was National Volunteer Week and a chance to thank and celebrate the outstanding contributions of the dedicated and passionate volunteers who help those who most need aging and disability services.  NASUAD, as a part of the Aging Network's Volunteer Collaborative, would like to thank all of volunteers in the Senior Medicare Patrol programs, Long-Term Care Ombudsmen offices, SHIP offices, and other aging and disability agencies across the nation for the important role they play in helping older adults to maintain healthy and independent lives.


The Aging Network's Volunteer Collaborative announced this week the rollout of its PowerUP! Initiative, which gives leaders in the aging and disability networks the strategies and tools they need to tap into the skills and passion of older adult volunteers. This initiative also supports older adult volunteers in engaging their own skills, health, and lifelong learning.


PowerUP! Intends to increase the ability of the aging and disability network to respond to resource challenges through researched and proven volunteer engagement resources including templates, tools and training for use by local organizations and programs.


Click here to learn more about the PowerUP! Initiative.

Volunteers Matter: Excellence in Volunteer Services Award

NASUAD, with funding from the Volunteer Collaborative, is proud to announce the 2013 Volunteers Matter: Excellence in Volunteer Services Awards. This initiative is designed to highlight successful state-run programs that are leading the way in the creative use of volunteers in the long-term services and supports network.  The award is open to programs that help older adults and persons with disabilities in the long-term services and supports system. Programs must be statewide in scope and operation.  Winning programs will demonstrate innovations in one or more of the following:

  • Promoting intergenerational interaction
  • Incorporating Baby Boomers as volunteers
  • Including Veterans as volunteers or recipients
  • Creative strategies for recruitment and retention of volunteers of varying backgrounds, ages and abilities 

Three awards will be given at the 2013 HCBS Conference.  Winners will receive:

  • A cash prize of $1,000 to be used to strengthen the winning volunteer program
  • An all-expenses paid trip to the 2013 HCBS conference, September 9-12 in Washington, D.C. where each winner will be recognized and highlight their program's success with the other winners in a joint workshop
  • A NASUAD press release highlighting the program along with recognition on the NASUAD website

Submissions will be accepted from January 31st through May 30th, 2013.  Winners will be notified in June, 2013 to prepare for formal announcement at the 2013 HCBS conference.    


Submit your organization's entry for the service award.

Click here for descriptions from the 2012 winning programs.   

Click here for a copy of the invitation to submit.

Infographic from recent report Two-Thirds of States Integrating Medicare and Medicaid Services for Dual Eligibles Released

AARP, NASUAD, and Health Management Associates released an infographic for the recently released report: "Two-Thirds of States Integrating Medicare and Medicaid Services for Dual Eligibles."  The new research from AARP,  NASUAD, and Health Management Associates finds that two-thirds of states either have or will launch new initiatives to better coordinate care for people who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid services over the next two years. To contain the growth of costs and improve care, many are moving to risk-based managed long-term services and supports models. This research finds that a number of states are exploring approaches to dual services integration outside of the CMS models.

Click here for the infographic and the report.

From the Administration
Administration for Community Living

Extended Deadline for the Unleash the Power of Age in Your Community Challenge

Remember that older American who encouraged others to explore a new life experience or inspired them to take the next step in a difficult challenge?  Acknowledge that service by nominating him or her for the Administration for Community Living (ACL) Unleash the Power of Age in Your Community Challenge in celebration of Older Americans Month (OAM).


The challenge invites organizations to recognize older Americans by nominating people 60 or older who are putting their talents and expertise toward inspirational achievements in their communities and beyond.  Nominees can be volunteers or paid professionals and can be engaged in a range of activities including civic engagement, creative arts and technology innovation.   


The deadline has been extended to next Monday, April 29th at 11:00 p.m. EDT


Click here to submit nomination.
Conference Call for those working in the field of aging, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or chronic disease

Presented by the Administration for Community Living, this conference call is part of the Alzheimer's Disease Supportive Services Program (ADSSP) Technical Assistance Call Series.  The presenter will be Denise Feil, MD, MPH, of the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. The purpose of these calls is to provide helpful, current, and applicable information for professionals who work with people with dementia and/or their caregivers.


The conference call will be held on May 9, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. EST.


Click here for Online Registration.

Phone Registration: (888) 869-1189 or (706) 643-5902 (Conference ID #32038899 when registering by phone) 


This call will also be recorded and posted on the Administration on Aging website under Resources and Useful Links (click here).

Elder Justice Coordinating Council Announces 2013 Spring Meeting

On October 11, 2012 HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius held the inaugural meeting of the Elder Justice Coordinating Council.  The Secretary was joined at the meeting by Attorney General Eric Holder, Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), and representatives of other member federal departments and agencies.  The meeting included four panels of nationally-recognized, non-federal government experts who presented testimony on issues of paramount importance in addressing elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. 


On May 13, 2013, Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administrator for Community Living Kathy Greenlee will be joined by Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West in convening the 2013 Spring Council meeting.  The agenda for this meeting is to present to the Coordinating Council recommendations for federal action to address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.  These recommendations are drawn from the expert testimony presented during the October 2012 meeting.  The meeting will be held 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Washington, DC, will be webcast live (URL will be available closer to the meeting date), and is open for the public to attend, although there will be no public comment period. 


If you are interested in attending in person or watching the live webcast, please RSVP as soon as possible to Mr. Brandon Bayton (brandon.bayton@kauffmaninc.com), at which time Mr. Bayton will provide the logistical details for participating in person or via the web.  Space for attending in person will be limited on a space-available basis. 


The Elder Justice Coordinating Council is a unique opportunity to demonstrate federal leadership and commitment to addressing the issues of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation that far too many seniors face every year. 


Click here for more information about the Council and the inaugural meeting.

Two-Part Webinar Series on Expanding Oral Health Access for Older Adults

Expanding Oral Health Access for Older Adults is a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) initiative involving the Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, HHS Health Resources Service Administration, and the HHS Office of Women's Health.  Older Adults and Oral Health: Inspiring Community-Based Partnerships for Healthy Mouths is the topic of the first of two webinars to be sponsored by this initiative.

The goal of this webinar is to describe the oral health status of older adults in the U.S., provide useful resources and highlight two innovative community approaches to improving oral health access for older adults.

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST

Click here to register for the online event.

AoA's  Profile of Older Americans: 2012 Is Now Available Online

 A Profile of Older Americans: 2012, is now available for download at www.aoa.gov.  The annual summary, a helpful statistical and research tool, is largely based on data from the US Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Care Statistics, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The updated Profile notes that in 2011, the older population - defined as persons 65 years or older - represented 13.3 percent of the population, but are expected to grow to be 21 percent of the population by 2040.  Additionally, the 85+ population is projected to triple from 5.7 million in 2011 to 14.1 million in 2040.


To download the 2012 Profile of Older Americans, please follow this link.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

CFPB Report Gives Clarity to Titles of Financial Advisers who Service Older Adults

On April 18, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) delivered to Congress and the US Securities and Exchange Commission the report Senior Designations for Financial Advisers: Reducing Consumer Confusion and Risks.


Prepared by the CFPB's Office for Older Americans, the report provides recommendations to help facilitate and improve the ability of older consumers to sort out and assess the numerous and varying "senior designation" titles that financial advisers use to market their services.  The report also includes a series of approaches that policymakers and regulators at the federal and state level could consider to address critical consumer protection issues and to help seniors navigate the complex financial marketplace.


In preparing the report, the CFPB Office for Older Americans heard frequently from industry representatives, state and federal regulators and consumer organizations that older consumers who often have little capacity to absorb and recover from financial losses, can be confused or misled by financial advisers touting senior designations, particularly in the area of financial health of older Americans.


Click here to access the report.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

FAQs to address Affordable Care Act implementation questions

On April 25, 2013, CMS issued the next in a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to address Affordable Care Act implementation questions. These FAQs address three main topics: availability of the 75 percent federal match for maintenance and operations, systems issues regarding communication between the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace and Medicaid, and further policy guidance regarding the use of section 1115 demonstrations.


Click here to access the FAQs.

CMS Statistics Tool for Chronic Conditions Revisited
CMS has developed a set of program statistics examining chronic conditions among beneficiaries in order to provide researchers and policymakers a better understanding of the burden of chronic conditions among beneficiaries and the implications for our health care system. These reports show that conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes are highly prevalent and, in addition, that most beneficiaries have multiple chronic conditions. These reports also highlight the use of health care services by beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions and Medicare spending associated with multiple chronic conditions.

Click here to access the website.

Department of Health and Human Services

HHS Issues SSBG Allocations to Reflect the Sequester

The Office of Community Services within The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within HHS updated the third and fourth quarter FY13 allocations of the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) funds to reflect sequestration. While the automatic spending cuts reduce SSBG funding for all of FY13 from $1.7 billion to $1.613 billion, because the first two FY13 SSBG quarterly allocations were issued before sequestration took effect, the full cut must be absorbed in the second half of the fiscal year.  As a result, downward adjustments of approximately 10 percent will have to be made in the third and fourth quarter allocations.


To download the revised allocations, please follow this link.

Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD Updates CDBG Training Manual

The Office of Block Grant Assistance within the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently revised the course training manual for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). The manual, "Basically CDBG," was developed to guide and assist CDBG grantees in the implementation of local Community Development Block Grant programs.  From national objectives and eligible activities to the details of administration, financial management, and other federal requirements, the manual is designed to serve as valuable resource for CDBG program practitioners.  The updated manual can be downloaded here.

Drug Enforcement Administration

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, April 27

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its national and community partners are giving the public a chance to prevent accidental overdose, abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., DEA and local partners will hold a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at sites nationwide. The service is free and anonymous, and in the four previous Take-Back events, more than 2 million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medications have been collected.


Click here for more information.

Federal Emergency Management Agency

FEMA Calls for 2013 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards Submissions

This week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that the application period for the 2013 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards is now open. These awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations, Citizen Corps Councils and programs working to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared for any disaster or emergency event.


To be considered for this year's Awards, all submissions must be received by June 5, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST, and are required to feature program activities taking place during the period of January 1, 2012 through June 5, 2013.  FEMA will review all entries and select the finalists.  A distinguished panel of judges from the emergency management industry will select a winner in each of the following categories:


  • Outstanding State Citizen Corps Council Initiatives 
  • Outstanding Local Citizen Corps Council Initiatives
  • Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team Initiatives
  • Outstanding Achievement in Youth Preparedness
  • Preparing the Whole Community
  • Awareness to Action
  • Community Preparedness Heroes

    Winners of the 2013 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards will be announced in Fall 2013. 


    Click here for information on the Awards and to download instructions for submitting an application.

    Federal Trade Commission

    Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Forum on Senior Identity Theft: A Problem in This Day and Age

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will bring together experts from government, private industry and public interest groups to discuss the unique challenges facing victims of senior identity theft. The forum will include panels on different types of senior identity theft - tax and government benefits, medical and long-term care. It will also explore the best consumer education and outreach techniques for reaching seniors.


    The forum will take place on May 7, 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ST.


    To pre-register, send e-mail to seniorIDtheft@ftc.gov.

    Access the Live Webcast link here.

    U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy

    ODEP Issues Two Briefs on Retaining Aging Workers with Disabilities

    The Office of Disability Employment Policy within the US Labor Department has issued two briefs summarizing assessments and recommendations from two 2012 ODEP- sponsored conferences that gathered experts on aging, disability, and employment to discuss the impact of aging on the national workforce and health care systems. The U.S Census Bureau projects that, by 2020, many of the 25 million baby boomers that make up more than 40 percent of the current U.S. labor force will exit, leaving many jobs unfilled and taking decades of accumulated knowledge with them. In addition, as the population ages, the demand for health care services will increase just as many health care workers are facing retirement.


    The briefs show that providing accommodations to aging workers with disabilities, chronic health problems, or reduced work capacity can help employers retain experienced staff who might otherwise leave the workforce prematurely. Said Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy, "By promoting workforce flexibility, harnessing widespread advances in assistive technology, and using other types of workplace accommodations, we can slow the mass exodus of older workers in health care and other industries, and continue to benefit from the knowledge and skills they bring."


    To read the issue briefs, click here.

    Institute of Medicine

    Elder Abuse and its Prevention

    On April 17-18, 2013, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) hosted a 2-day public workshop on global elder abuse and its prevention. The workshop explored the burden of elder abuse around the world, focusing on its impacts on individuals, families, communities, and societies. The workshop addressed occurrences and co-occurrences of different types of abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional, and financial, as well as neglect.


    Violence and related forms of abuse against elders is a global public health and human rights problem with far-reaching consequences, resulting in increased death, disability, and exploitation with collateral effects on well-being. Data suggest that at least 10 percent of elders in the United States are victims of elder maltreatment every year. In low-and middle income countries, the burden of violence is even higher. The workshop objective was to illuminate promising global and multisectoral approaches to the prevention of elder maltreatment.


    Click here for a webcast of the workshop. 

    From Congress

    Senate Aging Committee Holds Hearing to Examine Efforts to Combat Alzheimer's

    As public health officials, researchers, and advocates continue to  scramble to find effective treatments to combat Alzheimer's, the country's aging population -and the incidence of the disease - continues to grow. According to a March 2013 report from the Alzheimer's Association, the number of people over 65 with the Alzheimer's is expected to nearly triple by 2050, from five million today to 13.8 million. 


    The lack of effective treatments amid an increasing need has led Congress and the Administration to step up efforts to combat the disease.  Following Congress' passage of the National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA) in 2011, the Administration last May unveiled a national strategy aimed at preventing and treating Alzheimer's disease by 2025.  In addition to expanding research funding, the plan aims to improve the care and support Alzheimer's patients and their families receive.


    To examine these issues, on April 24, 2013, the Senate Special Committee on Aging convened a hearing, titled "The National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease: Are We On Track to 2025?" Witnesses included Ashley Campbell, who testified on behalf of her father, Country Music Hall of Famer Glenn Campbell, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011; Don Moulds, Acting Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation within HHS;  Ronald Petersen, Director of the Mayo Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging; and Michael D. Hurd, Director of the RAND Center for the Study of Aging.


    To view the hearing, please follow this link.

    Senators Seek Support for Older Americans Act Funding

    In a letter dated April 25, 2013, a group of two dozen senators called for a significant funding increase for Older Americans Act (OAA) programming.

    "There are few better investments than the cost-effective programs that millions of older adults depend on for a healthy and dignified life," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) chairman of the Senate Primary Care and Aging Subcommittee, and 23 other senators said in a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the Senate appropriations panel in charge of funding Older Americans Act programs.  


    The senators said that the funding levels would have to be increased by at least 12 percent to catch up with the growth in the senior population and increased cost of services in the last decade. "Despite this growing need, federal funding levels for nutrition, supportive services and caregiver supports have failed to keep pace with inflation or the growth in our aging population."  The letter also noted recent cuts in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and grants for innovation, research, and training. 


    The senators said investments in nutrition and other programs that help seniors stay healthy and live in their own homes save taxpayer dollars by reducing Medicare and Medicaid outlays for more expensive hospital and nursing home care.  


    Click here to view the letter. 

    From Other Organizations


    How to Improve Care and Lower Costs in Medicare: Promising Approaches

    Join AARP for a discussion of promising approaches to improving care and lowering Medicare costs. A panel of experts will discuss:

    • New ways to organize care that is better for consumers and for the Medicare program, such as use of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and medical homes.
    • Payment approaches that encourage health care practitioners to work together to provide better, more efficient care.
    • Practices that help reduce hospital readmission, improve patient safety, and improve transitional care. 
    • Building infrastructure (such as health information - HIT) to support these structural changes.
    • How we can enhance the value of prescription drugs across the health care system and Medicare.
    • Practices that promote optimal medication use. 

    Click here to register and for more information on AARP's Solutions Forum.

    Academy Health

    Academy Health Annual Research Meeting

    For 30 years, Academy Health's Annual Research Meeting (ARM) has been a forum for health services research, where more than 2,400 attendees gather to discuss health policy implications, sharpen research methods, and network with colleagues from around the world. The ARM program is designed for health services researchers, providers, key decision makers, clinicians, graduate students, and research analysts.


    The forum will take place on June 23-25, 2013, in Baltimore, MD.


    Click here for more information.

    Click here to register. Early Bird Ends April 26.

    ADRC-TAE Resource Center

    Webinar on President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities Report and Recommendations for MLTSS

    Sponsored by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, this webinar will provide an overview of Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS), explain key issues for individuals with ID/DD, and highlight recommendations contained in the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) report on MLTSS.


    The webinar will take place on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST.  


    Click here to register.

    Alliance for Information and Referral (AIRS)  

    AIRS Conference Registration Open
    The Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) Conference will be held June 2-5, in Portland, Oregon. In partnership with the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), NASUAD's I&R/A Support Center is coordinating the Aging and Disability Track for the AIRS Conference. Join us for the Aging and Disability Symposium including a pre-conference I&R/A Summit for Aging and Disability Professionals, and a full complement of workshops, panel discussions and lively conversation throughout the week.

    The Aging and Disability Pre-Conference Summit on Sunday June 2, 9a-3p, will be different from pre-conference gatherings in past years and will include:

    • A networking breakfast
    • A discussion focused on state-to-state interaction and technical assistance where participants will share their experiences and ask questions about current trends, new initiatives and upcoming national events in I&R/A service delivery.
    • The kick-off of the National I&R/A Support Center's Train-the-Trainer Initiative for the National coordination of CIRS-A (Certification for I&R Specialists in Aging) and Aging/Disability-related CRS (Certification for Resource Specialists) training. 

    There is no charge to attend this pre-conference event, though pre-registration is requested. Please contact Support Center coordinator, Sara Tribe at 202-898-2578 x305 or stribe@nasuad.org, to register, and to suggest topics that you would like to discuss at the Aging and Disability I&R/A Pre-Conference Summit.

    More Information about the Aging and Disability Symposium  

    Register for the AIRS Conference.

    The Associated Press - NORC Center for Public Affairs Research

    New Report: Long-term Care: Perceptions, Experiences, and Attitudes of Americans 40 or Older

    On April 24, 2013,The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released of a major survey report titled "Long-term Care: Perceptions, Experiences, and Attitudes among Americans 40 or older." The survey provides a new baseline of understanding about what Americans 40 years or older believe about their need for long-term care services, what such care would cost, and how such issues fit into their concerns about growing older. The survey reveals that while there is widespread concern among this population about the need for long-term care, little is being done to plan for it. Funding for the survey was provided by The SCAN Foundation.


    Click here to read the report.

    Center for Health Care Strategies

    New Health Homes Information Resource Center Launched on Medicaid.gov
    Health Homes resources previously provided by Integrated Care Resource Center (ICRC) are now moving to Medicaid.gov. 
    The new Health Home Information Resource Center on Medicaid.gov offers a variety of technical assistance services for states as well as a resource library of continuously updated materials. States may use the resource center to request one-on-one technical assistance, access peer-learning opportunities, and find resources to guide their health home design and implementation.
    Created under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid Health Homes (Section 2703) have been embraced by states as models providing comprehensive care coordination for Medicaid beneficiaries with chronic conditions. 


    Health home technical assistance activities are provided by Mathematica Policy Research and the Center for Health Care Strategies with support from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Technical assistance resources for integrating the care of Medicare-Medicaid enrollees ("dual eligibles") will remain part of ICRC.


    Click here for more information.

    Consumer Voice

    May 3rd Facebook First Friday

    The Consumer Voice is partnering with the Administration on Aging for May 3rd Facebook First Friday event. The online chat will focus on both the theme for Older American's Month, Unleash the Power of Age, as well as a discussion about the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. From 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. EST, special guest Louise Ryan, Ombudsman Program Specialist with the Administration on Aging, will give information about the Ombudsman Program and will also take questions from Facebook First Friday participants about ombudsman and the services they provide. Facebook First Friday is held on the first Friday of every month.


    Click here for more information.

    Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition

    2013 National Lifespan Respite Conference Announces Call for Presentations


    The Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition, in collaboration with the ARCH National Respite Network, will host the 2013 National Lifespan Respite Conference in Boston, MA on October 15-17, 2013. The theme for the conference is The Freedom Trail to Respite, reflecting the great historical backdrop of the beautiful city of Boston and acknowledging the significant role respite can play in providing improved quality of life for the nation's family caregivers.


    This conference is intended for everyone who supports family members and family caregivers of individuals across all ages throughout the Lifespan. Conference keynote speakers and breakout sessions will offer a multitude of opportunities to "connect the dots" between the Lifespan Respite Care Program and other respite programs and initiatives that support caregivers. The now open call for submissions is an opportunity for stakeholders to share innovative best practices related to respite care, and to give others the chance to benefit and learn from what others have accomplished.

    The Call for Presentations is now open. The deadline for proposal submissions is Friday May 17, 2013. To learn more about the conference, and to download the Call for Presentations and Presenter Application form, please follow this link.

    National Council on Aging (NCOA)

    MIPPA: What We've Learned, What's Next  

    The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) of 2008 brought significant changes and opportunities related to Medicare, especially for low-income beneficiaries.

    For three years, state aging organizations have used MIPPA funding to increase access to Medicare Part D among rural beneficiaries, help low-income people with Medicare access benefits that make Medicare affordable, and promote Medicare's free preventive and wellness services.

    In this webinar, sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a number of topics will be examined, including:

    • The achievements of MIPPA grantees, including who they've helped, and the return on investment of MIPPA grant dollars.
    • Lessons learned about the implementation of MIPPA activities, including the challenges that remain.
    • Trends occurring across the states, and how these may influence the future of MIPPA activities.

    Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST


    Click here to register.

    National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)

    Early bird registration for NCIL 2013 Annual Conference on Independent Living 

    Early bird registrations for NCIL's 2013 Annual Conference on Independent Living (July 24-27, 2013 in Washington, DC) must be received by Friday, April 26, 2013. Additional details are available on NCIL's conference webpage.

    National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS)

    NASDDDS Mid-Year Conference

    State developmental disabilities leaders know that supporting families is a vital component of a responsive and effective service system. The conference will provide opportunities to: gain practical ideas for state implementation strategies; have extensive exchanges with thought leaders from other countries and the U.S., and learn from states engaged in efforts to support families.


    The conference will take place on May 9-10, 2013, in Oklahoma City, OK.


    Click here for more information on the conference.

    Click here to register.

    New Community Opportunities Center

    A National On-Location Training: Expanding CIL Capacity Through Community-Based Service Programs

    The New Community Opportunities Center is offering a new three-day training opportunity for centers for independent living (CILs) to learn about how to expand their programs in Home and Community Based Services. It will also provide the latest information on the latest trends in federal programs and some of the most strategic prospects for CILs to be strong players in long-term services and supports.


    The training will take place on June 24 - 26, 2013, in Houston, TX.


    Click here to learn more about the training and register.

    Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE)

    Policy Report Released: Health Equality for LGBT Elders of Color

    SAGE released a policy report Health Equity and LGBT Elders of Color that examines health disparities faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older people of color.  The report offers policy solutions in ten areas where health and wellness can be improved for LGBT older people of color, a population that encompasses multiple groups diverse across race, ethnicity, culture, language of origin and more.


    Click here to review the report.

    Screening for Mental Health

    Webinar on Feel Good Bingo for Older Adults

    Screening for Mental Health (SMH), a national nonprofit organization, is pleased to announce the opportunity for you to be involved with Feel Good Bingo, a depression education program for older adults.  The program kit and webinar training is being made available at no cost.  

    Feel Good Bingo helps seniors start the conversation about the signs and symptoms of depression in a comfortable, social environment.  Instead of letters and numbers, each player's game card contains various icons depicting common symptoms of depression.  The game includes enough materials for 25 participants, including bingo game boards, bingo chips, screening forms, an educational flyer, facilitator cards and an implementation guide. 

    After the training, you will be able to identify the warning signs and symptoms of depression and suicide as it pertains to a population of older adults.  Also, you will be able to successfully implement and facilitate the Feel Good Bingo program.

    Webinar Training (Pick One):

    Thursday, May 2, 2013           

    Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST





    Tuesday, May 22, 2013

    1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST


    May Observances
    May is Healthy Vision Month

    Spread the word about the importance of eye health to seniors in your community. Many common eye diseases like diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration have no early warning signs, making regular checkups important. Poor vision is a risk factor for elder falls.

    Click here to get free tools to spread the word.
    Click here to see 6 steps to prevent falls.
    Funding Opportunities

    2013 Lifespan Respite Care Program: Building Integrated and Sustainable Lifespan Respite Care Programs

    Grant Title: 2013 Lifespan Respite Care Program: Building Integrated and Sustainable Lifespan Respite Care Programs

    Agency Issuing Grant: Administration for Community Living

    Eligible Applicants: State governments

    Close Date: May 20, 2013

    Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2013-ACL-AOA-LR-0048

    CDFA Number: 93.072

    Grant Amount: $1 million for 5 awards

    Description: This opportunity will fund up to five grants to those states originally funded in FYs 2009 and 2010, with a federal funding level of up to $250,000 per award for a project period of seventeen (17) months and twenty-nine (29) days, pending the availability of Federal funds.


    Click here for more info on this funding opportunity


    Applicants must apply for this grant through www.grants.gov

    Health Care Fraud Prevention Program Expansion and SMP Capacity Building Grants

    Grant Title: Health Care Fraud Prevention Program Expansion and SMP Capacity BuildingGrants

    Agency Issuing Grant: Administration for Community Living

    Eligible Applicants: Current SMP project grantees only

    Close Date: May 28, 2013

    Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2013-ACL-AOA-SP-0049

    CDFA Number: 93.048

    Grant Amount: $7.3 million for 54 awards

    Description: This opportunity seeks to expand the capacity of the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program to reach more Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers, with the message of fraud prevention and identification. Grant opportunities are being made available to the 54 current SMP project grantees.


    Click here for more info on this funding opportunity


    Applicants must apply for this grant through www.grants.gov

    AmeriCorps Funding Opportunities for Indian Tribes

    The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently announced that Indian Tribes now have the opportunity to apply for funding that would position them to identify ways that AmeriCorps members could help them tackle the unique challenges facing Native American communities.

    The AmeriCorps planning grants provide up to $75,000 for a one-year period to provide support to an Indian Tribe for the development of an AmeriCorps program that will engage AmeriCorps members in order to address pressing community problems. Planning grant recipients are expected to be better prepared to compete for an AmeriCorps program grant in the following grant cycle.


    Applications are due on May 30, 2013.

    Click here for more information and application guidelines.


    Technical Assistance Conference Calls

    AmeriCorps State and National is hosting conference calls (approximately 90 minutes in length) for potential grant applicants. Calls will be conducted in a standard format that includes a brief overview and a question and answer session. The best way to ensure that your question receives a response is to submit it at least 24 hours in advance of the call. Please send your questions to americorpsgrants@cns.gov.


    May 2nd at 2:00 p.m. EST


    Tfree: 800-678-0740
    Passcode: 6163


    May 7th at 2:00 p.m. EST

    Tfree: 866-388-5329
    Passcode: 6171


    May 16th at 2:00 p.m. EST


    Tfree: 866-505-6451
    Passcode: 6134

    Job Opportunities

    Administration for Community Living (ACL) Seeks Supervisory IT Specialists

    Administration for Community Living (ACL) has two job announcements:

    • Supervisory IT Specialist (Director, Office of Information Resources): This position is located in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Community Living, Center for Management and Budget, Office of Information Resources Management, Washington, DC. Click here for more information about this position.
    • Supervisory IT Specialist (Director, Office of Information Resources Management): This position is located in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Community Living, Center for Management and Budget, Office of Information Resources Management, Washington, DC.  Click here for more information about this position.

    Additional Job Opportunities


    To see more job postings, please visit the NASUAD website.