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Insights: BetterJobsBetterCare Newsletter- Fall 2005

The BJBC quarterly newsletter contains two stories on building a stronger workforce. “Capturing the Training Needs of Direct Care Workers” describes preliminary findings from a study in which direct-care workers and supervisors are surveyed about how effective their training has been and what else they need to provide quality care. “Matching Direct Care Workers with the Families Who Need Them” describes the searchable web-based registries in several states that bring people together.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/50817

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Adult Service Agencies’ Summaries - Utah

How has Utah used it's MIG grant to better serve its disabled population? The Mission of the Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD) is to provide long-term supports and services. This handout summaries the agencies' goals, application requirements, services, eligibility and includes a separate section geared specifically to the blind and visually impaired. Written for potential clients, it can also provide a detailed outline of how any state could structure their own program.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52336

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CMCS Informational Bulletin: Medicaid Administrative Funding Availability for Long Term Care Ombudsman Program Expenditures

This bulletin reviews policy when Medicaid funding is available for certain administrative costs related to activities conducted by state Long Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) programs that benefit the state's Medicaid program. It also summarizes the basic requirements for Medicaid administrative claiming of LTCO program activities and provides a link where states and LTCO programs can find more information regarding specific program activities that may be eligible for Medicaid administrative funding.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53410

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Managed Long-Term Services and Supports: 2012 Report to the President

This report provides background on MLTSS to brief the intellectual and developmental disability community, as well as the President and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, on managed care and changes in LTSS administration so that they may take action and influence outcomes. The report also contains a number of recommendations related to disability stakeholder engagement, choice and self-determination, consumer protections and rights and quality measurement.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53399

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A Profile of Older Americans: 2012

This annual summary uses information from the US Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Care Statistics, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics to display the demographic shift, as well as the health, geographic distribution and economic changes of those over 65 in the United States. This report found that 13.3 percent of the population is 65 and older, but this demographic is expected to grow to 21 percent by 2040. Changes from previous summaries are analyzed and projections are made.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53380

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How Many Disability Beneficiaries Forgo Cash Benefits Because of Work? Evidence from a New Measure

In recent years, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has placed a greater emphasis on increasing employment among people who receive federal disability benefits while also reducing their reliance on those benefits. SSA’s efforts have led to a growing interest among policymakers in exactly how many disability beneficiaries forgo cash benefits because they are working and how long they are able to remain off cash benefits. This brief summarizes findings from a longer report.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53111

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2011 Executive Summary: Idaho's Personal Assistant Survey Results

The survey focused only on the Personal Assistant Workforce employed through the Center’s for Independent Living (CIL) Fiscal Intermediary (FI) programs at Disability Action Center Northwest (DACNW), Living Independence Network Corporation (LINC), and Living Independently For Everyone (LIFE). The major focus of this survey was to gather ideas and responses from personal assistants on ways to improve the retention rate in the FI In-home Personal Assistant (PAS) Workforce.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53090

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The Economic Security Database

Wider Opportunities for Women’s (WOW) database provides information on how much it costs for families & older adults to cover their most basic expenses: housing, food, and transportation. The Basic Economic Security Tables (BEST) Index and the Elder Economic Security Standard Index (Elder Index) measure the incomes workers & retired adults need to achieve economic security. Both measures use comprehensive definitions of economic security, presented at the state, county & city levels.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53056

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Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Program: Outcome and Evaluation Reports

Two reports look at costs, services, characteristics, and impacts of the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance program, which aims to inform beneficiaries with disabilities about work incentive programs, help them increase employment, and reduce their dependence on benefits. The program is serving a select group of beneficiaries who are actively working, seeking employment, using the SSA work incentive provisions, and leaving the disability rolls at relatively high rates.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/53006


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