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National Evaluation of the Demonstration to Improve the Recruitment and Retention of the Direct Service Community Workforce

In 2005 CMS funded a national evaluation by a consortium led by the RAND Corporation to study the implementation and outcomes of ten funded initiatives. These initiatives were meant to improve the recruitment and retention of the Direct Service Community Workforce. Review the report and listen to a recorded webinar where the author's present their findings.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52084

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Campaign for Quality Care: Dementia Care Practice Recommendations in a Home Setting

The Alzheimer's Association, through its Campaign for Quality Care, recently released Dementia Care Practice Recommendations for Professionals Working in a Home Setting. This report is Phase 4 of the Campaign and it covers the topics covered in Phases 1-3. The evidence-based recommendations in Phases 1-3 covered good dementia care, food and fluid consumption, pain management, social engagement, wandering, falls, physical restraints, and end-of-life-care practices and issues.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52083

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Arizona Links Options Counselor Online Tool

Looking for ways to help consumers start planning their futures? Review this self-guided program. The Arizona ADRC has completed and implemented an online Options Counselor module, as part of the state's main ADRC web site. The Options Counselor content was crafted through the cooperation of a multi-organization committee. The site function and design was developed and implemented by the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Aging and Adult Services.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52056

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Community Guide Certificate Training Program

A certificate-based instructional program designed to teach participants the basic roles and responsibilities of being a Community Guide; one who works with an individual with a disability to help with the process of self-directing services and supports. Use this guide as you designs your program as one way to approach training and enabling members of your community to better provide these desired services.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52048

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Safe at Home? Developing Effective Criminal Background Checks and Other Screening Policies for Home Care Workers

States increasingly require criminal background checks for home care workers to protect vulnerable adults from harm. While 46 states mandate some type of background check for Medicaid-funded workers, there is no uniform protocol for screening and disqualifying candidates. Developing sound policies and practices is challenging due to costs, database problems & time constraints. The paper offers an up-to-date assessment of practices, policy considerations & research and guidance on moving forward.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52038

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Nursing Home Diversion Project Narrative and Work Plan – Connecticut

Planning documents show how Connecticut will use a Cash & Counseling model to provide flexible service choices to keep people out of institutions. The narrative gives details such as the state’s current rebalancing status, goals and objectives, approach, challenges, service options, training and eligibility. The work plan details “Choices at Home” key tasks, lead person and time frame associated with each major objective.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51956

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Federal and State Family Caregiving Legislation: Trends in 2007 – 2008

Recognizing caregivers' needs, many federal and state lawmakers have spent the past several years introducing legislation to provide supports to caregiving families. Unfortunately, fiscal crises and other pressing social concerns have meant that few of these proposals have actually passed or been enacted. Trends in caregiver legislation introduced in 2007 and 2008 are summarized and those that have been successful are highlighted.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51943

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Analysis of the California In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Plus Waiver Demonstration Program

Via IHSS Plus, participants are able to receive certain expanded in-home services as part of Medi-Cal. Before, payments for these services were not matched by a federal contribution and were administered through a separate program. The analysis looks at implementation and service use in 2005, compares recipients’ outcomes and institutionalization rates to those in the original IHSS program, and complements the State’s evaluation and other research on paying family caregivers.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51928

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Evaluation Report: Personal Care Assistance - Minnesota

Minnesota’s Legislative Auditor investigates the state of the personal care workforce and the regulation of these services and presents recommendations for improvement. Information is provided on eligibility and access as well as the demographics of people that are assessed for or receiving personal care services. Program traits examined include regulation, expenditure trends, fiscal integrity, and quality. Family caregivers are looked at in the final section.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51915

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Next Step in Care: Transition Guides and Checklists for Family Caregivers & Professionals

Help family caregivers better manage transitions in care with these guides. Available in English and Spanish, they help determine what issues to consider, how to seek assistance, how to manage medications, and how to better communicate with physicians and other health care professionals. The site, developed by United Hospital Fund, has resources for professionals as well.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51882

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