May 13, 2016
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Registration for the 2016 HCBS Conference is Open! 
Join us for the National Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference held in Washington, DC, August 29 - September 1. The Conference offers a unique blend of policy, program, and practice issues for professionals interested in home and community based services for individuals of all abilities and in all settings. Quickly becoming the "go-to" conference for learning in the expanding field of HCBS and long-term services and supports, the Conference allows states to share best practices, present unique partnerships, and recognize the work of their peers. 

The National HCBS Conference will include federal, state, and local policymakers and those who administer, manage, and deliver waiver and other HCBS programs. The Conference always sees a strong presence from U.S. Health and Human Services ranging from the Administration for Community Living including (AoA, Office of Disability, and AIDD) to CMS, HRSA, SAMHSA, Office of Developmental Disabilities, and other federal agencies.

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The Iowa Conference on Aging & Disabilities is Just 10 Days Away! 
NASUAD is proud to be sponsoring a National Aging and Disabilities Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, May 23-May 26. This conference will draw speakers from over 30 states. Participants will join us from federal, state government, and local organizations. This is an opportunity to meet service providers, advocacy groups, state staff, managed care organizations, CMS officials, and national association staff to share questions, opportunities, and ideas in thoughtful discussions. Still not sure if this conference is for you? Listen to Terry Rich, Plenary speaker on the topic, Dare to Dream: Dare to Act: Unlock Your Ideas to Greater Success, explain why you should join us in Iowa. 

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Register for the 2016 AIRS I&R Conference
Join us for the 38th annual AIRS I&R Training and Education Conference! Register today as rates go up to full price on May 16. The Conference will be held May 22-25, 2016, in St. Louis, Missouri. The National I&R Support Center welcomes aging and disability I&R/A professionals to be part of the National Aging and Disability Information and Referral Symposium held during the AIRS Conference. The Symposium offers a pre-conference National I&R/A Summit for aging and disability professionals, an Aging and Disability Luncheon, and a full complement of workshops throughout the conference. This year's pre-conference summit will have a special focus on person centered thinking and practices featuring an interactive presentation from Michael Smull, a national expert on person centered systems and a partner in Support Development Associates (SDA), and Shawn Terrell with the Administration for Community Living. Symposium workshop sessions will feature national, state, and local professionals presenting on key topics impacting aging and disability I&R/A programs such as quality assurance and customer satisfaction, aging caregivers, innovations in transportation services, transition for youth with disabilities, and resources for serving diverse consumers. For a full list of conference workshops and registration information,
visit AIRS

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HCBS Clearinghouse E-Clips
This section of  Friday Update highlights reports that have been added to the HCBS Clearinghouse within the past week. Visit for more information.
Policy & Research Needs to Maximize Independence & Community Living 
On October 6, 2015, a public workshop was convened by the Institute of Medicine and the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education to learn about the supports that are needed for community living and maximizing independence. The workshop included stakeholder members from the federal government, industry, academia, and nonprofit
organizations. The National Academies of Sciences,
Engineering, and Medicine published a summary of the workshop that includes the policy and research that is needed to support independent living in the community. 
Some of the challenges include: insufficient workforce, insufficient funding, and lack of evidence demonstrating effectiveness or value.

Click here to access the publication.
From the Administration
Administration for Community Living
ACL Releases Final Rule on NIDILRR 
On Wednesday, May 11, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) published a final rule that implements the transfer of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) from the Department of Education to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), allowed by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. Additionally the final rule: "Incorporates feedback on the WIOA transfer from NIDLRR stakeholders; streamlines prior NIDILRR program regulations issued by the Department of Education and aligns the regulations with the current statute and HHS policies; defines the stages of research funded by NIDILRR and requires applicants to identify which stage(s) of research they propose to undertake." The final regulations will remain in effect until Friday, July 1, 2016
Click here to view the final rule.
ACL Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Transportation Priority 
It is well known that transportation is a key factor to living independently, but many people with disabilities lack adequate access. The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) of the Administration for Community Living (ACL) is proposing to fund research to improve accessible transportation for people with disabilities by: "Meeting the diverse needs of travelers with mobility, vision, hearing and cognitive disabilities; and
providing travelers with the ability to plan and execute on-demand trips at any time and from any location." ACL is seeking comments on this proposed priority from the public. Comments must be sent to Marlene Spencer, at and include the phrase "Proposed Priority for Transportation DRRP" in the subject line of your electronic message. Comments must be submitted on or before May 20, 2016

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Federal Communications Commission 
Webinar: Blaze a New Trail Online: Resources for Seniors 
In honor of Older Americans Month, Federal agency partners are hosting a webinar to address digital literacy and broadband adoption issues affecting seniors and to share resources. Contributors include representatives from the Department of Education, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Telecommunications Information Administration, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the non-profit organization, EveryoneOn. Please contact Ben Bruno by Monday, May 16, 2016 at  12:00 p.m. ET if you would like to request live closed captions for the event. The webinar will take place on Thursday, May 19, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m

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From Other Organizations
AARP Public Policy Institute
Blog on Eldercare and the Workplace 
The AARP Public Policy Institute released a blog post written by Lynn Friss Feinberg, senior strategic policy advisor, about caregiving and the workplace. Eldercare primarily concerns older workers and their employers, right? Think again. This new blog illustrates who is juggling paid work and caregiving roles. The data may surprise you.
Click here to view the blog.
Barriers and Supports to Employment for State Vocational Rehabilitation Clients
Mathematica's Center for Studying Disability Policy is hosting a policy forum and live webinar on the topic of barriers and supports to employment for state vocational rehabilitation clients. Individuals with a disability are less likely to find and keep jobs than people without disabilities are. Some people with disabilities, however, have more success with employment than their peers do. To better understand the factors that may explain these disparities, the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) sponsored the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) at the Kessler Foundation. Panelists for the event include: Debra Brucker, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire; Angie Jaszczak, Mathematica; Joe Marrone, Public Policy Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Frank Martin, Mathematica; and Purvi Seval, Mathematica. This event will take place on Thursday, June 9, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET.

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National Aging and Disability Transportation Center 
New Website for National Aging and Disability Transportation Center 
The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) has a new website. The NADTC website is the Federal Transit Administration's newest technical assistance website. The website features: "an information clearinghouse of publications, a list of upcoming training events, news & blog, and resources on grant opportunities. Users will be able to register for webinars and courses and find information on mobility options such as transit, taxi, and shared ride services."

Click here to view the website.
National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs 
Webinar: How You Can Address Senior Malnutrition
The National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) is hosting a webinar on addressing senior malnutrition. This webinar will discuss the relationships between nutrition and healthy aging, particularly the importance of combating senior malnutrition in order to allow older adults to live healthy, independent lives. Both community providers and clinical providers will talk about the work they do to provide proper nutrition for older adults. The webinar will also detail what you can do to address this issue in your own practice, agency and/or community. Panelists for this webinar include:  Bob Blancato, DefeatMalnutrition.Today; NANASP; Jeanne Blankenship, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Becky Blum, Chautauqua County Office for the Aging; Kris Mogensen, Brigham and Women's Hospital; A.S.P.E.N.; Meredith Ponder, DefeatMalnutrition.Today; NANASP; and Lisa Zullig, God's Love We Deliver. The webinar will take place on Thursday, May 19, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

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Jobs & Internships 
AARP Public Policy Institute Seeks Policy Research Senior Analyst 
The AARP Public Policy Institute is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Policy Research Senior Analyst. The analyst is responsible for conducting research and analyzing state-level and national data to identify issues, trends, and opportunities to improve access, affordability, delivery and quality; performing research that leads to publications on public policy and support management decision-making; supporting Livable Communities initiatives, including the Livability Index and related events and products; supporting activities including research, communications, strategy, project/event planning and implementation; as well as other duties. Qualified applicants must have a minimum of a Master's degree in Planning, Public Policy, other Social Science, or a related discipline, and experience in policy development and research; strong verbal and written communication skills; some experience in communications is preferred, especially with new technologies and social media; ability to work effectively with all levels and across multiple departments. Additionally, advanced proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel are required; experience with Geographical Information Systems or Statistical Analysis packages is preferred.

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AARP Public Policy Institute Seeks Senior Methods Advisor
The AARP Public Policy Institute is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Senior Methods Advisor. The advisor is responsible for conducting quantitative data analysis related to livable communities and the long-term care needs of older adult; providing guidance, oversight, and technical assistance to Senior Policy Advisors with regard to data manipulation, statistical analysis and computer programming; conducting and contributing to public policy analyses and original research using complex programming, data manipulation, and computer modeling; conducting analytical work using large public use data files as well as smaller data sets; developing procedures and programs for data analysis and presenting data in tabular, graphical, and narrative formats; ensuring that appropriate methodological and statistical procedures are used in policy documents and analyses; identifying, developing, and documenting data requirements, data validations and analysis; as well as other duties. Qualified applicants will have a minimum of a Master's degree in Public Policy, Economics, Statistics, or a related discipline, and 3-5 years of related experience using large government data sets and conducting analyses that require complex data manipulation and programming with statistical software packages; knowledge and experience in using spreadsheet software and statistical computing packages; excellent code writing abilities in SAS, SPSS or similar programs; and familiarity with JavaScript and database systems (e.g. SQL, PostgreSQL or node.js) is a plus. 

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Funding Opportunities 
Disability & Rehabilitation Research Projects Program: Employment of People with Disabilities-Development
The Administration for Community Living released the development grant opportunity for the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project Program (DRRP): Employment of Individuals with Disabilities. The purpose of NIDILRR's Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) which are funded through the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, is to plan and conduct research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities, including international activities, to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities, and to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Rehabilitation Act). Under this particular DRRP priority, applicants must propose a development project that is aimed at improving the employment outcomes of individuals with disabilities. In carrying out a development project under this program, a grantee must use knowledge and understanding gained from research to create materials, devices, systems, or methods beneficial to the target population, including design and development of protypes and processes. Please note that this will be the Funding Opportunity for field-initiated DRRP development projects in the employment domain. NIDILRR plans to make two field-initated DRRP awards in the employment domain. NIDILRR's field-initiated DRRP awards in the employment domain may include research projects, development projects, or both, depending on the ranking of applications provided by the peer review panel. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. 

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Rides to Wellness Demonstration & Innovative Coordinated Access Grants 
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of approximately $5.3 million of funding from two programs to support the Rides to Wellness Demonstration and Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility Grants (R2W Demonstration Grants). The goal of the competitive R2W Demonstration Grants is to find and test promising, replicable public transportation healthcare access solutions that support the following goals: increased access to care, improved health outcomes and reduced healthcare costs. Eligible applicants include: States, Tribes, and designated or direct recipients for funds under 49 U.S.C. 5307, 5310 or 5311. Proposers must serve as the lead agency of a local consortium that includes stakeholders from the transportation, healthcare, human service or other sectors. Members of this consortium are eligible as subrecipients. Further, proposers must demonstrate that the proposed project was planned through an inclusive process with the involvement of the transportation, healthcare and human service industries. Eligible projects must have implementation ready capital and operating projects that enhance access, such as: mobility management; health and transportation provider partnerships; technology; and other actions that drive change. These R2W Demonstration Grants will develop best practice solutions that other communities can replicate. All applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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State Grants to Enhance Adult Protective Services 
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) released a grant opportunity for states to enhance Adult Protective Services. This demonstration is designed to provide states funding to strengthen their APS systems statewide, to include improvement in practice, services, and data collection and reporting, as well as their technical ability to interface with ACL's National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS). Eligible applicants are the state government offices that administer the state's adult protective services and/or elder protective services program. Recipients of an award under this program in FY 2015 are NOT eligible to apply for funding under this opportunity. Foreign entities are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement. All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Click here to view the full posting. 
Building the Business Capacity of Senior Nutrition Programs Learning Collaborative Grants 
The National Resource Center for Nutrition and Aging has announced the availability of funding for eight (8) community-based Older Americans Act (OAA) Nutrition Programs interested in strengthening their business capacity. The first Business Acumen Learning Collaborative was announced August 2015.
The Senior Nutrition Program Business Acumen Learning Collaborative is designed to help funded OAA nutrition programs strengthen their business capacity and align service capabilities to prepare to negotiate contracts with healthcare entities, either directly or as a part of a community-based network and to help improve the sustainability of their programs. This initiative provides funding, via eight (8) $10,000 mini-grant awards, and technical assistance, both in-person and through a variety of other learning activities. Eligible applicants are OAA Nutrition Programs that currently receive funding from the Older Americans Act for Title III Part C - Nutrition Services or Title VI Grants for Native Americans to provide meals and other nutrition services to older adults in their community. The applicant organization can be either a public organization or private, non-profit organization. This initiative is funded in part by a cooperative agreement between the US Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services and Meals on Wheels America. 
Interested applicants are encouraged to attend the Applicant Informational webinar on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. All requirements stated in the Request for Applications must be met in order for an application to be considered. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM ET on Friday, June 3, 2016. 

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