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Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)- Alerting the Whole Community: Removing Barriers to Alerting Accessibility

IPAWS is a modernization and integration of the nation’s alert and warning infrastructure. This paper serves to demonstrate how IPAWS addresses the challenges of reaching the whole community, including the 25% of our population who might need assistance. It offers evidence that while IPAWS doesn't solve all of the challenges, it can certainly mitigate them, particularly with greater stakeholder engagement and public awareness. Emerging technologies that could improve accessibility are reviewed.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51983

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Access for All Customers: Universal Strategies for One-Stop Career Centers

One-Stop Career Centers serve a diverse range of customers. These include individuals with a variety of educational and work backgrounds, as well as individuals with a wide range of disabilities and support needs. An effective way to serve this broad customer pool is to provide One-Stop services according to the principles of what is known as “universal design,” using common strategies that benefit many groups. This brief discusses the benefits of One-Stop services in detail.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51920

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Arkansas State Plan on Aging 2008-2011

The Older Americans Act (OAA) requires states to submit a Plan on Aging every 1-4 years focused on reforming long-term care to help keep older people independent. Arkansas presents information on their organization, programs, goals, funding, and people served. Their plan covers areas including Cash & Counseling, Money Follows the Person, transportation planning, disaster preparedness, and others.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51782

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Choices in Living – Arkansas Resource Center Website

This website directs people on how to find information related to aging and disabilities resources in AK using the phone or email. A list of topics for which one can find information is included, as well as documents about services eligibility. Also included here are directions to using the program that were written as a column in the publication "Aging Arkansas."

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51781

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Rising Demand for Long-Term Services and Supports for Elderly People

This report provides a summary of how long-term services and supports (LTSS) are financed and describes factors that contribute to uncertainty of the future costs for LTSS, including changes in how LTSS will be delivered. Three projections of future LTSS spending for senior populations under different scenarios are offered. These scenarios differ based on projecting the number of people with varying functional limitations and the resulting need for varying degrees of LTSS.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51763

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Introducing and Supporting Peer Providers in Traditional Mental Health Provider Networks: Policy Issue #2

This second brief, which is part 2 of a 3 part series, provides information on approaches policymakers may consider as they establish and support peer providers in traditional mental health provider agencies and networks. It discusses approaches to introducing the concept of peer providers to agencies, strategies for addressing staff attitudes regarding peer providers, supervising peer providers, liability and risk management, and other pressing issues for agencies that employ peer providers.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51739

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System and Impact Research and Technical Assistance for CMS FY2005, FY2006, and FY2007 Real Choice Systems Change (RCSC) Grants: Annual Report

This report presents findings from Oct ‘05 – Oct ‘07, which includes the first nine months of strategic planning for the FY05 and FY06 Systems Transformation (ST) Grants and the subsequent initial 15-months of implementation (through Oct ‘07) for the FY05 ST Grants. The report focuses primarily on documenting grantees' experiences during the start-up period and grantees' progress during early implementation and suggests early trends and findings.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51652

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Systems Transformation Grant News and Highlights Website – Arkansas

Arkansas was one of 10 states awarded funds from the CMS to improve home and community based services. The project has many goals including developing and implementing a statewide one stop system for long term care services and options. The website lists their other objectives, their strategic plan, and also has the premiere edition of their newsletter. Review the information about this collaborative effort between consumers, stakeholders, and state policy makers.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51635

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Real Choice System Change Grant Program: Fifth Year Report - Progress and Challenges of the FY 2004 Grantees (October 1, 2005 – September 30, 2006)

This report describes grant activities (accomplishments and progress) in three major LTC systems areas: Access to LTC Services and Supports, Services, Supports, and Housing, Administrative and Monitoring Infrastructure. The report also provides illustrative examples of the challenges Grantees have faced as they implement grant activities, and consumers’ roles in the implementation and evaluation of these activities.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51263

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