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Funding Opportunity: ADRC Critical Relief Funds for COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Source: Administration for Community Living (ACL)

ACL is announcing a $50 million funding opportunity to support efforts by Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 emergency.

The novel coronavirus has disproportionately affected older adults and people with disabilities. This funding will support ADRCs in their work connecting these populations to community resources, ensuring coordination across state and local agencies, and addressing pressing needs resulting from the pandemic including social isolation, food insecurity, and access to personal care services.

The funding is the result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act signed into law last month. All states and territories are eligible for funding and encouraged to apply. Funding will be distributed based on population estimates of individuals who are age 60 and older and individuals of all ages who have disabilities.

ACL will host a conference call on the funding opportunity April 9, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Join the informational call:

ACL has created a Q&A on emergency ADRC funding (PDF). The Q&A will be updated after the call and posted on along with a recording of the call.

Call for Sessions Now Open for the 2020 HCBS Conference!

ADvancing States is pleased to announce the opening of its Call for Sessions for the 2020 Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Conference, August 31- September 3, 2020 in Washington, DC.

For the last 35 years, the HCBS Conference has convened state and federal agencies around improving systems that deliver long-term services and supports (LTSS) for all ages and abilities. The HCBS Conference attracts more than 1,500 attendees from over 50 states and territories and highlights best practices from across the country in home and community-based services.

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IL-NET Presents… A National Webinar: Fueling Business Acumen – How CILs are Securing Contracts with Health Plans and Payers

Many CILs are seeking to expand their services by contracting and partnering with health plans, managed care organizations, and other payers. But how do you build these relationships, and why are these contracts important to meeting the needs of the disability community? Join us for a panel discussion with CILs who are leading the way in working with health plans and payers to learn more about how they got to “the table”, what services are of interest to health plans and payers, and about the growth and financial support their CILs have experienced through contracting with health plans and payers.

Registration Fee: This event is free-of-charge.

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A Message from the National I&R Support Center: AIRS Annual I&R Conference Call for Proposals

Dear Aging and Disability I&R Professionals, 

The Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) has released the call for proposals for the 2020 Annual Information and Referral (I&R) Training and Education Conference. The annual I&R conference is being held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 7-10, 2020. AIRS is seeking workshops addressing the breadth of I&R service delivery.  

The Aging and Disability conference track offers a unique opportunity to share developments and effective practices in serving older adults, persons with disabilities, and caregivers with I&R colleagues across the country. This track is coordinated by ADvancing States’ I&R Support Center, which strongly encourages aging and disability I&R agencies of all types to review the call for proposals and consider a submission.

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Free Webinar – Growth and Development: Capitalize on New Business Opportunities

Many organizations want to expand their businesses and work with new partners or payers. To do so, an organization must first understand its current financial health, understand the true cost of services and use that information to prepare for contract discussions. Preparing for a contract with a managed care organization is a unique scenario that requires additional consideration and preparation. To be successful, you need to understand your potential payers and partners, develop a value proposition, get in the door, and negotiate a contract that meets both yours and the payers’ needs.

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Free Webinar – Holding the Course: Stabilizing Business Operations

Business is inherently risky. To start a business, you have to identify a need, build a plan, invest time and resources and work diligently to make sure that it is successful. The same is true when you manage your business. Nothing stays exactly the same. To improve or adjust to an evolving environment, you may need to change who you work with or how you deliver services. Any modification to how you do business such as development or adjustment to a business strategy involves some level of risk. The trick is to decide what kind and how much risk you can accept in order to move your business forward.

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Free Webinar! Step 2: Plan – Use Business Intelligence to Build Your Strategic Plan

In Step 1: Prepare, of the Disability Network Business Strategies Roadmap, the HCBS Business Acumen Center guided community-based organizations (CBO) through the environmental scan and strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis process. After taking a look at their external and internal environments, many CBOs find that the business environment that they work in today is more complex than it has been in the past. In Step 2: Plan of the Disability Network Business Strategies Roadmap, they describe how to analyze the information you collected and provide recommendations on how to organize and prioritize that information in a strategic plan that will help your organization achieve its goals.

Join them on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Eastern as Erica Lindquist, Senior Director of Business Acumen at the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities and Donna Martin, Director for State Partnerships & Special Projects at the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) describes the tools the HCBS Business Development Learning Collaborative used to move from data collection to strategy development.

Register online.

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Free Webinar: The State of the States in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Please join the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) and the I&R Support Center for a webinar on Status and Trends in Public Financing of Supports and Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  

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Free Webinar: Findings from the 2018 National Survey of I&R/A Agencies

NASUAD Logo - National Association of States United for Aging and DisabilitiesNASUAD, in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), surveyed aging and disability Information & Referral/Assistance (I&R/A) agencies nationwide in 2018 to learn about important trends and developments in the field. The survey looked at a variety of key topics, including referrals and service needs; partnerships and system building; technology; quality, training and certification; financing and sustainability; and changing inquirer demographics. Join us for this webinar to hear about the themes and findings that emerged from the survey. From serving more individuals with complex needs to assisting inquirers in new ways, I&R/A programs are operating on the front lines of a changing service delivery system.

Real-time captioning will be provided for this webinar.

Our presenters are Nanette Relave, Senior Director of the National Information & Referral Support Center, NASUAD, and Lindsay Baran, Policy Analyst, NCIL.

Free Webinar – Improve Quality: Improve Relationships

How one organization developed clinical systems to improve outcomes for individuals and relationships with payers.

NASUAD Logo - National Association of States United for Aging and DisabilitiesUnited Disabilities Services provides direct services to over 5000 clients annually with a network of programs that are designed to foster independence, self-sufficiency, and community integration. Their Home and Community Based (HCBS) service coordination department provides services to approximately 2,000 clients annually and recently achieved NCQA Case Management LTSS Accreditation. The HCBS department is dedicated to advancing the abilities that empower individuals to live independently and safely at home. They are guided by a mission to provide quality services in the home and community that enhance the independence and enrich the lives of seniors and individuals with disabilities. The highest priority amongst those served through the HCBS department is to remain in their home. To facilitate this they developed a Quality Management Program that incorporates multiple measures to reduce preventable hospitalizations by identifying and mitigating high risk factors. This work has driven their business practice and created synergy with other professionals in their community.  [Read more…]