See below for I&R/A news and updates.
AIRS 2019 Conference: Call for Sessions Now Open!
The call for sessions is now open for the 2019 AIRS I&R Training and Education Conference, which will be held in Atlanta, Georgia from June 2-5, 2019. Tracks include:
- 2-1-1 Track
- Aging and Disability Track
- Disaster Track
- I&R Management Track
- I&R Service Delivery Track
- Serving the Military Track
- Resource Database Track
- Technology Track
- For Everyone Track
The Aging and Disability conference track is coordinated by NASUAD's 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. There are many potential topics of interest to programs serving older adults, people with disabilities, and caregivers. Ideas include: provision of enhanced I&R/A services; person-centered approaches in I&R/A services; motivational interviewing and other counseling techniques; Medicaid and Medicare-related topics; transportation; working with health care entities; partnerships across I&R sectors; problem-solving around unmet needs; housing and homelessness; identifying and assisting individuals with mental health needs; diversity and inclusion; sustainability strategies; consumer access systems (ADRC/No Wrong Door); measuring quality and outcomes; engaging consumers through online tools and resources; and disaster-related I&R/A services.
Click here to view the call for proposals with more details about the submission process.The deadline for proposal submissions is February 22, 2019.
AIRS I&R Training and Education Conference Materials Available Online
The 40th Annual AIRS I&R Training and Education Conference was held June 3 to 6, 2018, in Dallas, Texas. The Symposium offered a pre-conference National I&R/A Summit for aging and disability professionals, a full complement of conference workshops, and an Aging and Disability Luncheon. Conference workshops featured national, state and local professionals from across the country discussing initiatives and innovations in aging and disability I&R/A programs. NASUAD has now posted information about the pre-conference summit, the luncheon, and the aging and disability track workshops on its website.
Click here to view workshop descriptions and access materials including slide presentations and handouts.
National I&R Center Publishes Technology in Practice Profiles
NASUAD’s National Information and Referral Support Center has published a set of promising practice profiles stemming from the Technology in Practice: Contest to Identify Promising Practices in the Use of Technology in Aging and Disability I&R/A Programs. The contest was designed to identify promising practices in the use of technology in information and referral/assistance (I&R/A) programs serving older adults, people with disabilities, and family and friend caregivers. The Technology in Practice profiles showcase the work of the contest award winners – Resources for Seniors, Inc.; the University of Massachusetts Medical School; and the Eldercare Locator. The profiles describe the projects, innovations, and partnerships that have allowed each of the award winners to leverage information technology to improve I&R/A services.
Click here to view the profiles.
Monthly Technical Assistance Webinars
Click here to view recent and upcoming I&R technical assistance webinars coordinated by the National I&R Support Center.
Presentations from the National Aging and Disability Symposium and Aging and Disability Workshops at the 2017 AIRS Conference
The 2017 Pre-Conference Summit included an interactive training on motivational interviewing for aging and disability professionals.
Click here for the agenda, presentations, and the aging and disability workshop presentations.
Accountable Health Communities Opportunity
The Accountable Health Communities (AHC) initiative is a new model under the Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center that seeks to address the gap between clinical care and community services by testing whether systematically identifying and addressing the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries’ through screening, referral, and community navigation services will impact health care costs and reduce health care utilization. Over a five year period, the model will provide support to community bridge organizations to test promising service delivery approaches aimed at linking beneficiaries with community services that may address their health-related social needs.
For aging and disability I&R/A agencies interested in learning more about this initiative, visit the CMS Innovation Center at https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/ahcm.
Report on Challenges and Opportunities within the Information and Referral/Assistance Networks
The National Information and Referral Support Center, administered by NASUAD, in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), shared findings from the aging and disability I&R/A field in the report The Changing Landscape of Aging and Disability Information and Referral/Assistance: 2015 Survey of Aging and Disability I&R/A Agencies. This report captures the current state of I&R/A service provision, including trends and developments, challenges and opportunities, and promising practices, through survey responses provided by representatives from state agencies on aging and disability, Area Agencies on Aging, Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Centers for Independent Living, non-profit human service organizations and national organizations. Key themes to emerge from the survey data are:
Theme 1: Funding and Sustainability are Significant Concerns among Aging and Disability I&R/A Agencies;
Theme 2: Partnerships and Networks Continue to Evolve to Serve Both Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities;
Theme 3: A Changing Environment and Expanding Roles Provide New Opportunities and Challenges for I&R/A Agencies;
Theme 4: Quality Matters to Effective I&R/A Service Delivery; and
Theme 5: The Use of Technology has Increased, but There Remains Room for Growth.
Survey findings underscore that aging and disability I&R/A agencies are operating in a time of change. In a policy, fiscal, and service delivery environment that presents both challenges and potential opportunities, aging and disability I&R/A agencies must continue to cultivate partnerships and leverage innovations that enhance and modernize the provision of I&R/A services.