SoCal Regional Coalitions Publish Newsletters
The California Collaborative for Long-Term Service and Supports (LTSS) is part of the Community of Constituents Initiative, which is a statewide movement of more than 700 member organizations with an additional 850 affiliated members working together to transform the system of care so that all Californians can age with dignity, choice, and independence. Members include community-based organizations, aging and disability service and advocacy groups, as well as consumer and provider organizations. These represent millions of Californians at the local, regional, and state levels working to improve the health care and supportive services for older adults and people with disabilities.
The Regional Coalitions are an essential part of the Collaborative and are engaged at the ground level. The eight Southern California Regional Coalitions began newsletters to provide coalition members, affiliated organizations, and stakeholders with periodic updates. The newsletters are shared on a biannual basis, highlighting achievements, news, and upcoming activities.
Here are highlights from the eight Southern California Regional Coalitions’ spring 2017 newsletters.
Central Valley Long Term Support and Services Coalition (CVLTSS)
The Coalition is promoting service coordination for dependent adults through multidisciplinary approaches to the development of programs that directly support workers handling older adult abuse cases. It includes members from protective agencies, social services agencies, legal services, senior services, private attorneys, and advocates. CVLTSS’ May 2017 meeting will engage a potential partner, Central California Legal Services, Inc., whose mission is to assist consumers through the health care system through advocacy for and education to consumers. CVLTSS is also in discussion with the Independent Living Workgroup of Kern County on efforts to improve health and quality of life for older adults and people with disabilities in the San Joaquin Valley.
Independent Living Workgroup of Kern County
The Independent Living Workgroup of Kern County is participating in outreach to improve quality of life for older adults and people with disabilities. The Workgroup aims to support the Health Homes and Whole Person Care Pilots as they are developed and implemented locally. They will also be participating in the annual Elder Abuse Conference hosted by Kern County Aging and Adult Services. The Workgroup is in discussion, too, with the Central Valley Long Term Support and Services Coalition on efforts to improve health and quality of life for older adults and people with disabilities in the San Joaquin Valley.
Inland Empire LTSS Coalition
In 2016, the Coalition strategized to increase member participation and engage new partners. This included a partnership with the Loma Linda University Institute for Health Policy Leadership. The Institute is providing policy training for Coalition members and supporting the development of policy-focused products and activities to help advance the Coalition’s mission. The Coalition developed a Public Policy Committee and finalized its policy agenda. Key elements of the agenda are to build awareness about Cal MediConnect; improve access to services and assistive technology; and advocate for Home and Community-Based Services for older adults and individuals with disabilities.
Los Angeles Aging Advocacy Coalition (LAAAC)
LAAAC is working in three areas to improve effectiveness and build capacity: increased member engagement; transparency and shared decision-making; and maximized advocacy communications. LAAAC, along with LeadingAge California, hosted an affordable housing conference to educate about the need for older adult affordable housing. Through the conference, a Policy Action Team was established, which will focus on working with policy makers to develop innovative solutions. Planning for the 2017 LAAAC Summit on Aging has begun; it will be at the USC Tutor Center Ballroom on June 2. Finally, LAAAC continues to work on advancing the policy agenda through various meetings with key elected officials and local stakeholders.
Orange County Aging Services Collaborative (OCASC)
In 2016, OCASC surveyed and collected over 700 OC Senior Living Needs surveys from older adults who voiced their opinions on their wants, needs, and concerns they have as they age in Orange County. In partnership with Orange County Advance Care Planning Partners, Alzheimer’s Orange County, and St. Jude Senior Services, the Collaborative successfully trained and certified over 60 Advance Care Planning (ACP) Community Instructors to help the elevate individuals having end-of-life conversations with their loved ones and health care providers. ACP Workshops are being held throughout the county. In addition, OCASC hosted their 3rd Annual Leadership Forum on Aging in April and explored aging policy on the federal, state, and local levels, including the Orange County Strategic Plan for Aging Initiative.
San Diego Long Term Care Integration Project (LTCIP)
LTCIP in San Diego is busy preparing for potential changes to the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI), including the impact on local services and In-Home Supportive Services program recipients. In March, San Diego concluded its Community-based Care Transitions Program, having served over 58,000 Medicare beneficiaries and reduced the 30-day, all-cause readmission rate from 16.2 percent to 9.9 percent. Last fall, Aging and Independence Services was awarded a $1 million grant to improve the dementia-capability of the local service system, including screening, respite care, and training for all families. They will partner with Alzheimer’s San Diego to increase respite care options and train families on managing difficult behavioral symptoms of dementia. Best practices from the project will be made available to community partners throughout the county and state.
Santa Barbara County Adult & Aging Network (AAN)
AAN is focusing on identifying and exploring coalition priorities in order to begin developing a policy agenda and communication plan. Affordable and accessible housing, mental health services, caregiver support, and workforce development have emerged as top concerns, along with the need to increase the level of basic services to meet the needs of a growing older adult population. AAN is also reaching out to a new health care collaborative that is beginning to mobilize efforts to improve population health and whole person care. In the quest to build bridges between medical and social services, AAN is in talks with the Santa Barbara County Care Coordination Collaborative, a newly formed group led by local health care organizations and with a variety of participants from other health and human service organizations.
Ventura Hospital to Home Alliance
The Alliance consists of a unique body of health care providers whose mission is to work together as collaborators instead of competitors in order to improve quality health care across the continuum. The Alliance provided public testimony at the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s Public Hearing regarding the need for behavioral health services for older adults; support for the Dementia Friendly Ventura County Initiative; and integration of LTSS community care coordination into the overall health care continuum. Also, the Camarillo Health Care District, the Alliance’s CBO representative, has been selected as an Early Adopter of the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) LTSS Case Management Accreditation.
To sign-up for any of these newsletters, please contact Kali Peterson at KPeterson@TheSCANFoundation.org.