NC General Assembly Publishes Final Report on Overnight Respite Services
Session Law 2011-104 authorized the Department of Health and Human Services to pilot an overnight respite program in four facilities that provide adult day care and directed the Program Evaluation Division to evaluate its success. Stakeholders perceive the pilot as successful, but only one of the facilities consistently provided overnight respite. PED found the legislative mandate for the pilot and its implementation by DHHS only met two of ten recommended components of a well-designed pilot program. In addition, the legislative prohibition against using state or Medicaid funding for the pilot hindered its effectiveness. Furthermore, no organization affiliated with respite care maintains data on the need for the service. The General Assembly should allow the pilot program authorizing overnight respite at adult day care facilities to expire on June 1, 2015, and require state agencies and institutions initiating pilot projects to adhere to standards established by UNC's School of Government. Access the report: http://www.ncleg.net/PED/Reports/2014/Respite.html
NC Hosts 2014 National Adult Day Services Conference
October 9-11, 2014
Featuring Key Note Speeches by Senator Roy Afflerbach, Ret. and Jeffery B. Klein and Lisa Johnson, RN, BSN, CHPN
Visit www.nadsa.org for complete conference details.
Senior Adults and People with Disabilities Matter!
NCADSA members, adult day services participants and their family care providers convened at the NC General Assembly on Tuesday, June 2 to speak out against the Senate Budget that proposes funding and services for vulnerable people who may be forced into more expensive care alternatives outside their homes. NCADSA is one of about 30 members of the NC Coalition on Aging. Over 100 advocates showed solidarity and spoke up at the event. People who could not attend in person were asked to call and email their legislators.
Representative Hollo, Co-Chair of Health and Human Services Appropriations, talks with Adult Life Programs Executive Diretor Mark Bumgarner about maintaining funding and services for seniors and people with disabilities.
AARP Volunteer Tom Murdock talks with Representative Beverly Earle about the critical role she plays in helping maintain funding and services for seniors and people with disabilities.
Primary messages included maintaining Home and Community Care Block Grant funding and maintaining optional Medicaid services for the aged, blind and disabled. This proposed elimination of optional services for the approximately 375,000 aged blind, and disabled adults on Medicaid will have major consequences for the health of these individuals. Paying for these services on the front end prevents more expensive expenditures on the back end such as emergency room and nursing home care.
North Carolina Constituents Participate in National Adult Day Services Event on Capitol Hill
Chip Cromartie, Teresa Johnson and Garman Troup joined about 45 other supporters of adult day services from 22 states to speak up for adult day services at our nation's Capitol on April 8, 2014. The NC Adult Day Services Association is a partner supporting the efforts of the National Adult Day Services Association to advance the development, accessibility and utilization of adult day services.
NCADSA Selected for Wake Forest University Business Solutions Partnership
The visibility of adult day services in North Carolina will receive a tremendous boost, thanks to the Wake Forest University School of Business. The North Carolina Adult Day Services Association (NCADSA) has been selected to work with Divya Parameshwaran and Jason Webster, second-year MBA students, who will serve as consultants to NCADSA on the creation of a statewide marketing plan for adult day services. Teresa Johnson, NCADSA Executive Director, attended the kick-off dinner at the beautiful new Wake Forest University School of Business in Farrell Hall on Monday, October 21, 2013. "We are excited about the impact this project can have on North Carolina. The statewide plan has the potential for replication nationwide."
Wake Forest Business Solutions is a student consulting program which is overseen by members of the School of Business faculty. Wake Forest Business Solutions (formerly Management Consulting Practicum), an integral part of the curriculum of the School of Business since 1971, has won enthusiastic support from several hundred organizations for whom projects have been completed—both in the United States and abroad. NCADSA will receive hundreds of hours of free consulting time, worth thousands of dollars, for the project. The students will present their project work in March 2014. Posted October 21, 2013.
Expansion of Project C.A.R.E. should not come at the expense of Vital Home and Community Care Block Grant (HCCBG) Services
The Senate’s proposed $2.9M cut to the HCCBG represents 11% of the state dollars in the HCCBG. Sequester cuts to the HCCBG came to $2M. An estimated 1,500 older adults are expected to lose service in State Fiscal Year 2014. There is anticipated to be a 7.5% ($989,000) reduction in Social Services Block Grant funding. That will reduce support to Adult Protective Services, the State Adult Day Care Fund and result in an estimated $137,000 cut to the HCCBG. Cuts at the local level are prevalent, about 60% of HCCBG service providers have experienced county, municipal and/or United Way cuts. More than 15,000, vulnerable older adults are currently waiting for HCCBG services. The HCCBG has the infrastructure to provide valuable supports to individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. Currently 6,000 HCCBG service recipients have memory disorders. HCCBG offers more flexibility with regard to the services that can be provided than does Project C.A.R.E.
Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and their families need supports. Project C.A.R.E. has been on the Legislative Agenda’s of many aging interest entities, but the proposed Senate budget could pit friend against friend. If Project C.A.R.E. is to be expanded, it should be with new money. If Project Care is expanded it should be done in conjunction within the existing infrastructure of the AAA’s Family Caregiver Support Program and include adequate funding for implementation (AAA, local service providers), not just for direct respite care services. Contact your legislators today to keep adult day services as an option for North Carolina's seniors.
CarePartners in Asheville, NC, Recognizes Veterans
Watch the brief footage by WLOS television
November 15, 2012
Campaign for Better Care NC: Produced by NC Justice Center
In December, Nicole Dozier sat down with Margaret Toman and her mother, Lou Longest, to discuss how adult day care has improved both of their lives. Watch the video here: http://youtu.be/oy6MCWetJBY
Adult Day Services Director Recognized by Congresswoman Renee Elmers
Local Media Matters as Governor's Budget threatens to sever an adult lifeline
North Carolina newspapers are featuring the stories of adult day services. Read the articles here:
Winston-Salem Journal, Winston-Salem, NC (April 25, 2011)
News & Observer, Raleigh, NC (April 24, 2011)
Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, NC (April 24, 2011)
News & Observer, Raleigh, NC (March 30, 2011)
MetLife Mature Market Institute Releases National Study of Adult Day Services
Clients Served in Adult Day Services Nearly Doubles as Medical and Social Services Increase Among Centers
Representative Kissell visits Coltrane LIFE Center in Concord
Represenative Kissell visited Coltrane LIFE Center in June. Susan Caudle expressed NCADSA's appreciation to Rep. Kissell for being the first North Carolina Congressman to co-sponsor H.R. 3043 Medicare Adult Day Services Act. Although the Bill did not pass, we are hopeful that a revision of the Bill will be reintroduced.