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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Considerations for the Disability Community

AUCD recently released an FAQ document to support state and local disability leaders advocate for the role of individuals with disabilities in the allocation and distribution plans for a COVID-19 vaccine. The FAQ includes information on the approval, manufacturing, allocation, and distribution processes for a COVID-19 vaccine, AUCD network vaccine resources, and links to addition federal, state, and local public health resources.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72253

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Aging and Disability Resource Center/No Wrong Door Functions: A Leading Indicator in the 2020 LTSS State Scorecard

ACL and the Lewin Group released a report highlighting key takeaways from the AARP 2020 LTSS State Scorecard on state efforts in establishing high-performing ADRC/NWD systems. The report compares current data with results from the 2017 LTSS State Scorecard. The report provides scores based on five domains in ADRC/NWD system functions. The report also shares promising practices/lessons learned from five states – Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts, Ohio, and South Dakota.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72240

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Five Competency Domains for Staff Who Facilitate Person-Centered Planning

This resource was developed for human service agency leadership whose role is directing the organization and delivery of services and supports. The five competency domains include: Strengths-Based, Culturally Informed, Whole Person-Focused; Cultivating Connections Inside the System and Out; Rights, Choice, and Control; Partnership, Teamwork, Communication, and Facilitation; and Documentation, Implementation, and Monitoring.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72237

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Person-Centered Practices Self-Assessment

This resource aims to help human service agencies in states, tribes, and territories to measure their progress in developing person-centered systems. The Self-Assessment was designed to be used by staff at all levels. The Self-Assessment measures progress in eight different domains: Leadership; Person-Centered Culture; Eligibility & Service Access; Person-Centered Service Planning & Monitoring; Finance; Workforce Capacity and Capabilities; Collaboration & Partnership; and Quality & Innovation

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72236

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Caregivers in Crisis: Caregiving in the Time of COVID-19

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) recently released a report with the results of a survey of caregivers nationwide. RCI surveyed caregivers through its partner network and 422 provided responses in the summer of 2020. The study sought to explore the direct experience of caregiver stress since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey includes data on financial stressors, medical stressors, isolation, and other factors affecting caregiver stress in the pandemic.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72210

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State Actions Addressing COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities

NGA recently published a policy memo including a detailed table that provides an overview of state actions to address COVID-19 in long-term care facilities. The table includes notable actions from states with helpful links to relevant guidance and resources for each state. Updates on additional state actions and examples will be added to the table regularly and states are encouraged to contact NGA with changes.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72172

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Emergency Support for Nursing Homes and Elder Justice Reform Act of 2020

This week, the Senate Finance Committee released the language and summaries of legislation to help nursing home efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. The Act would call on nursing homes to ensure that a portion Federal relief funds, made available on or after July 1, for responding to COVID-19 would be used for personal protective equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 testing in long-term care facilities. The Act also has language for expanding resources for elder justice activities.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72073

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Analysis of State Efforts to Comply with Fair Labor Standards Act Protections to Home Care Workers

This report looks at the changes states implemented to their Medicaid or other publicly-funded consumer directed home care programs in order to comply with the 2013 FLSA Home Care Rule. The report includes perspectives from various stakeholders and describes issues raised in interviews. It provides an overview of early implementation efforts, an environmental scan of state policies and procedures, and a case study examination of states with well-documented hardship exceptions.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71892

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Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Direct Care Workforce: Key Considerations for Long-Term Services and Supports Providers

This brief focuses on how providers can recruit and retain a direct care workforce. Considerations include inclusive hiring practices, cultivating an organizational environment of inclusivity, and providing appropriate training. Companion briefs in this series discuss direct care worker training and organizational cultural competence.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71800

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Training Culturally Competent Direct Care Workers: Key Considerations for Long-Term Services and Supports Providers

This brief highlights how providers can train their workforce in cultural competency. Key recommendations include establishing formal policies, focusing on the elements most relevant for LTSS, using adult learner-centered methods of training, and identifying which programs work best for your organization's setting. Additional briefs in this series focus on organizational cultural competence and recruiting and retaining a diverse direct care workforce.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71799

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