The COVID-19 pandemic created many challenges for people with disabilities and older adults, as well as for the disability and aging networks. But leaders rose to the challenge -- as innovators and inventors, partners and problem-solvers -- and states and ID/DD providers successfully implemented 1915(c) waiver Appendix K strategies and other creative approaches to ensure continuity in HCBS and overall health and safety. Through the pandemic, we discovered opportunities to rethink and redesign home and community-based services.
Administration for Community Living
ACL's National Paralysis Resource Center (managed by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation) has announced a new funding opportunity for community-based organizations that serve people living with any type of paralysis. Applications are due Thursday, October 22.
The Administration for Community Living has partnered with the CDC, HRSA, and National Institute on Aging for a webinar series on aging. As part of this series, they are hosting an upcoming webinar on how social isolation and loneliness affect older adults’ health and well-being. Specific focus will be placed on how COVID-19 has impacted older adults and the effects of health disparities. This webinar will also discuss social isolation and loneliness in the context of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
The Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is hosting an upcoming virtual meeting. This is the third meeting of the Advisory Council. The meeting is open to the public, and registration is not required to attend. The webinar link will be posted on the SRG webpage prior to the meeting.
This webinar will highlight unique solutions to address social isolation in older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar will provide updated ACL guidance and resources to support Aging networks. Participants will hear from presenters about innovative local initiatives to combat social isolation during the pandemic, including a Wellness Recovery Action Plan to help older adults stay healthy and connected to their communities; and a partnership deploying the real-time, practical use of the Upstream Social Isolation Risk Screener by AAAs in Maryland.
ACL is partnering with DHHS, ONC, and Mission Analytics to conduct a three-part webinar series on how the pandemic may present opportunities to rethink and redesign HCBS. This first webinar will focus on Supported Employment Services. Presenters will review Appendix K approaches in ID/DD waivers, service delivery strategies, and potential changes to payment structures. Future webinars will discuss Day Services and Transportation.
The RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council is meeting for the fifth time on August 12, 2002. This full council virtual meeting is also open for public access. The agenda will be posted on the RAISE webpage prior to the meeting. The webinar link will be live for access at 12:15 on the day of the meeting.
ACL is hosting a webinar to provide more information about their recently launched Social Care Referrals Challenge Competition. This challenge is designed to encourage state and community leaders in the aging and disability network, health care systems, health plans and health IT vendors to integrate medical and social care through optimizing interoperable and scalable technology platforms. This challenge consists of three stages, with prizes totaling $500,000. The webinar will discuss how you can participate in Phase 1.
ACL’s Adult Protective Services Technical Assistance Resource Center is hosting a webinar to present the updates and revisions to the Voluntary Consensus Guidelines for State APS Systems. The purpose of the guidelines is to assist states in developing effective APS systems. The webinar will present ACL’s process of updating the guidelines, updates and revisions made to the guidelines, and findings from research done in conjunction with updating the guidelines.
This webinar will be held on Tuesday, July 21 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm ET.