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JFS LA { Wellness Transition Project at Cedars Sinai  

 Beginning 3 years ago Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles began a partnership with Cedars Sinai Medical Center to provide a behavior health service navigation program for older adults. The goal was to link patients, aged 55 and older, with psychiatric diagnoses to mental health services, providers, and agencies in the community.

As of May 1, 2016 more than 263 clients have been referred to JFS through The Wellness Transition Project. Within months of the program beginning, analysis found a significant drop in both likelihood and average rate of 30 day readmission to emergency departments. Due to the overwhelming success of this one-of-a-kind program, it has just been renewed for its third year. JFS has made a name for itself at Cedars Sinai and the program is getting wider attention from other medical centers and hospitals including California Hospital to focus on working with the homeless.

For more information on the Wellness Transition Project please reach out to Vivian Sauer, Director of Quality Management and Program Development,  or Sauntrie Aberllera, Service Navigator.


Medicaid Managed Care Rule

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Join the Disability and Aging Collaborative (DAC) for an overview of new federal regulations, as well as an analysis of relevant provisions, including enrollment, network adequacy, stakeholder engagement, beneficiary support system, and quality. This webinar will provide resources to state aging and disability advocates working on Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) issues.

June 22nd, 2pm ET

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Capitalizing on Health Information Technology Opportunities

Join JFNA for the first in our Strategic Health Resource Center Webinar Series. Greater utilization of Health Information Technology (HIT) and data exchange represents the bedrock of our nation's efforts to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care for all. Through the use of electronic health records, JFNA's network of non-profit health providers - such as our family service agencies -- will be able to strengthen their efforts to coordinate patient health care with other providers in their communities. The webinar will feature leaders discussing the importance of HIT legislation and regulation from the provider, software developer, and advocacy perspectives.

June 22, 3pm ET

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Times of Transformation Web Seminar: The Changing LTSS Environment for the Aging and Disability Networks


Health and long-term services and supports (LTSS) systems are changing quickly, as are the roles of community-based organizations in those systems. Join ACL and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to learn about new efforts to integrate care for people with Medicare and Medicaid, and how aging and disability organizations can participate.

This web seminar will highlight the trends, opportunities and challenges facing community-based organizations working to help older adults and people with disabilities live successfully at home and in the community.

The web series will feature presentations by: Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administrator, ACL; Tim Engelhardt, Director, Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office, CMS; Sandy Markwood, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Area Agencies on Agings (n4a)  

June 29th, 1pm ET
June 17, 2016  
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Engaging with Aging Conference 
September 18th-20th | Montreal, Quebec 


Join the Jewish Federations of Canada for an exciting opportunity for professionals and lay leaders to collaborate with colleagues and peers from across Canada on topics relevant to those invested in improving the lives of seniors. Learn more here.
Funding Opportunity for SNAP Outreach to Older Adults  ncoa logo
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is offering funding through the Senior SNAP Enrollment Initiative, a national program that fights senior hunger by supporting efforts by community-based organizations and agencies to assist older adults in applying for and enrolling in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Awards of up to $50,000 are available. An informational webinar will take place June 22nd and letters of intent are due July 6th . Learn more here.
June is LGBTQ Pride Month, Share Your Pride
June is LGBTQ Pride Month. AJFCA and our partner Keshet want to make sure your agency has everything you need to celebrate Pride Month. You'll find an entire Jewish guide to celebrating LGBTQ pride on their resource page, with sermon ideas, graphics for sharing on social media, signs for marching at Pride, event listings from all around the country, and more. Take a minute and let us know how you're celebrating Pride so we can share your commitment with the Jewish community and let the world know how we stand for LGBTQ equality and inclusion. Please direct questions to Catherine Bell, Keshet's National Program Director.
5 Steps Any Organization Can Take To Make Their Business More Inclusive For Employees With Disabilities
5 Steps Any Organization Can Take To Make Their Business More Inclusive For Employees With Disabilities, May 14, 2016, Access Anything Blog Spot
Did you know that over 70% of people with disabilities in the U.S. are unemployed? For a community that represents 20% of the entire American population, people with disabilities are far underrepresented in the workplace and is a reflection of one of the biggest problems we face in today's society.Want to know how businesses could make their workplace environment more inclusive for employees with disabilities? Well now you can. Learn how to make your organization more inclusive for employees with disabilities.
National Human Services Assembly Executive Leadership Certificate Program
The Executive Leadership Certificate Program (ELCP) - through a unique partnership between the National Human Services Assembly (NHSA), the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Innovation at Arizona State University, and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs Executive Education at Indiana University-provides the foundation of knowledge a new or potential CEO needs to hit the ground running. It does so in a peer learning environment with an efficient combination of in-person and online sessions to accommodate working professionals. The expertise of the two universities, coupled with the peer cohort, makes the program uniquely valuable for new and promising leaders in the sector. Learn more here.
New Resources Available on StrongNonprofits.org Website 
Leaders of nonprofits may sometimes feel as if they're playing the proverbial game of Whack-a-Mole, racing to meet immediate funding needs with little time to devote to the organization's long-term prospects. To help, in 2013 Wallace created a section of their website -Strongnonprofits.org  - with free resources to help nonprofits strengthen their financial management. The site, co-designed with FMA, a consulting firm specializing in nonprofit financial management, is built especially for nonprofits in the afterschool sector, but is useful to others as well.
Board Webinar: Management or Governance: Whose Job Is What?  board of directors
Nonprofit Boards of Directors have the ultimate responsibility for their organizations. But the chief executive is, or should be, responsible for day to day management and in doing so, the chief executive must have the ability to make decisions and act autonomously. Challenges can arise when there is a lack of clarity about the difference between Governance (the Board's job) and Management (the chief executive's job) and specifically, where does one end and the other begin? How does the Board empower the chief executive to make decisions, manage the organization and use his or her judgement while still holding them accountable? Learn about the differences between Governance and Management, how to identify the roles of the Board and the chief executive, how the Board can fulfill its fiduciary responsibility of holding the chief executive accountable without intruding into the management of the organization and what tools are available to manage this important relationship.
Presenter:  Dr. Dennis Morrison, Chief Clinical Officer, Netsmart

Management or Governance
Thursday, June 30th - 2pm ET - REGISTER HERE
Annual Foundation Center Renewal   foundation center
AJFCA will be renewing the annual Foundation Center subscription. If you are interested please email Zahava by Friday, July 1st. Invoices will be emailed in late July. Service will begin in mid-August. We will be attempting to keep the subscription fee close to this past year's amount of $390. For more information regarding the Foundation Center click here or contact Megan.
Outside the Box Fundraising: Unique Initiatives in Our Changing Environment  fundraising success
AJFCA is pleased to bring this 2016 Annual Conference session to the network via webinar! From online to in-store Miami, Houston and Philadelphia have developed unique fundraising initiatives that can thrive in our ever changing environment. Learn more about three very different ways to raise dollars that can be replicated in your community. Learn more here.
Outside the Box Fundraising
Tuesday, July 5th - 2pm ET - REGISTER HERE
Upcoming Summits Hosted by AJFCA
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6 Effective Characteristics of Effective Boards  board source
Effective boards understand and take into consideration the culture and norms of the organizations they govern. They adapt to the unique characteristics and culture of the organization and its staff. They rely on the organization's mission, values, and traditions as guides for their decisions. They act so as to exemplify and reinforce its core values and commitments. Learn more here.
In Search of Sustainable Funding: Is Diversity of Sources Really the Answer? NPQ
Funding is a constant and pressing concern for nonprofit organizations across the United States. It is surprising, therefore, how little information exists about patterns in funding at a level below that of broad domains (such as youth services) or the sector overall. Such information could be of enormous use to both practitioners and funders, because it could provide guidance about what tends to happen in the financing of specific types of nonprofits and the consequences of those tendencies. Continue reading here.
Join AJFCA in Detroit for Service Unites
Jennie Beckman is presenting on the panel: How to Seed Volunteerism as a Core Strategy for Community Engagement at the 2016 Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service in Detroit, MI  June 27th-29th.

The presentation will cover:
  • Integrating volunteer engagement into your agency's strategic plan and using service to better deliver on your social mission
  • Moving the needle on deepening the volunteer experience
  • Inspiring buy-in from staff and leaders while building momentum for change in complex networks
Please contact Jennie for more information.
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