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CMS Technical Assistance Database

A new database showcases the efforts of many of the TA providers serving CMS’ grantees. The database allows users to see the wide range of activities that support and enrich the grantees under the New Freedom Initiative. The database contains important information regarding existing and upcoming research products, conferences, and significant meetings as well as a wide variety of toolkits, surveys, and policy briefs, intended to be of interested to the disability and long-term care community.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51169

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A Social Marketing Approach to Challenging Stigma

This article is aimed at developing tools to help human service providers form partnerships to address and prevent stigmatization of people with disabilities. The Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health (ISU-IRH) developed two anti-stigma social marketing campaigns that incorporated methods to empower people, campaign design and distribution, and methodology for evaluating the effectiveness of the campaign.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51129

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Real Choice Systems Change Grants for Community Living: Idaho

This presentation gives a brief overview of Idaho’s Real Choice grant and Money Follows the Person grant. The goals of the project were to: reduce the stigmatization of people with disabilities, complete and economic analysis of the current Medicaid system, community development, and to complete and effectiveness study. Review their key activities, methodology, and evaluation.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51128

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NewsCLIPS: Money Follows the Person - Fall 2006

HCBS.org News CLIPS highlights the important work of Real Choice Systems Change Grantees. In each issue, we examine a topic related to home and community-based care by providing an overview of recent papers and publications. The Fall issues provides an overview of the reports available on Money Follows the Person, a program that allows states to rebalance their long-term care support systems to support people in community-based alternatives rather than institutional settings.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51082

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Family Caregiver Alliance Website

A public voice for caregivers, the Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) offers information education, services, research and advocacy programs to support and sustain the vital work of families caring for loved ones. The website offers fact sheets, audio archives, referrals, newsletters, issue briefs and reports. A newly updated resource map called Caregiving Across the States allows state administrators, policy makers, and caregivers to access state-by-state data from an interactive database.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51066

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Medicaid at a Turning Point: Results From a 50-State Survey on State Budgets and Medicaid Policy Actions for Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007

The annual 50-state survey of Medicaid officials finds an improved economy combined with the implementation of the new Medicare prescription drug benefit has contributed to the lowest rate of Medicaid spending growth in a decade and the fourth consecutive year in which Medicaid spending growth has slowed. Review the news release, read the report, or listen to conference materials and view the presentation slides.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51051

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State Training and Education Policies and Statistics (STEPS) Clearinghouse

This site offers a unique mix of quantitative and qualitative policy information to assist advocates, researchers, and policymakers interested in improving implementation of federal workforce policies. Data is presented in state by state summaries and interactive databases for Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Pell Grants, Perkins Vocational & Technical Education, Adult Education & Family Literacy, and Wagner-Peyser/Employment Service programs.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51048

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ADRC National Vision and State Models Presentation

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) Conference was held in August 2006 in Chicago. A one day session focused on Aging and Disability Resource Centers. The day was broken into three sections: an AoA/CMS Overview, State Profiles from Ohio, Indiana, Iowa and Illinois and an audience consultation session. Review the overview slides and the state summaries which explore Single Point of Entry and navigating the long-term care systems maze.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51033

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NewsCLIPS: Independence Plus- Summer 2006

HCBS.org News CLIPS highlights the important work of Real Choice Systems Change Grantees. In this issue, we have interviewed 3 grantees (Tracy Warren from Idaho, Abby Hulme from Montana and Diane King from Colorado) to discuss the implementation of their Independence Plus Programs. Learn more about outreach and enrollment techniques, consumer involvement, on-line training tools, peer consultants, and improving emergency back up procedures.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51009

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