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ACL Releases Online Learning Tool: Building Respect for LGBT Older Adults

Source: Administration for Community Living

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living (ACL) is proud to announce the release of an online learning tool: Building Respect for LGBT Older Adults. The tool is designed to increase awareness of the issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals living in long term care (LTC) facilities.

There are approximately 1.5 million adults over the age of 65 who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. By 2030, those estimates are expected to rise to nearly 3 million. Estimates indicate that there are hundreds of thousands of older adults who are transgender.

Unfortunately, research shows many older LGBT adults do not feel safe discussing their sexuality in LTC facilities. “As people who work with seniors every day, it’s our job to ensure that everyone has the same protections and rights as their neighbors, friends and families,” noted Kathy Greenlee, assistant secretary for aging and administrator of ACL.

“This training tool will play an important role in educating a wide audience of care providers about the needs of LGBT seniors. It can help improve the quality of care given to this vulnerable population,” said Hilary Meyer, director of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. “Helping to create a more welcoming environment for our LGBT populations will benefit everybody.” Read more at ACL’s website.

Information Alert: ACL / CMS / VHA Funding Opportunity Announcement

NCIL is pleased to share the following Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) from John Wren, Deputy Administrator for Disability and Aging Policy at the Administration for Community Living, on behalf of the U.S. Administration for Community Living, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Veterans Health Administration.

Funding Opportunity Announcement

I am pleased to share with you a copy of a Funding Opportunity Announcement that was jointly issued today by the U.S. Administration for Community Living, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Veterans Health Administration to assist states in the planning of a No Wrong Door (NWD) System that will make it easier for all populations in need of LTSS to learn about and access the services and supports they need. While most states have already developed programs to improve consumer access to LTSS using various federal grants and authorities, including Aging and Disability Resource Center grants, Money Follows the Person grants, and the Balancing Incentive Program, few states have developed statewide systems that reflect the functional and operational capacity of the NWD System described in this FOA.

Specifically, funds under this FOA are being made available to support state-led 12-month planning projects to identify the actions the state would need to take to successfully implement a NWD System as described in this FOA. The following state agencies must be involved as full partners in co-leading this planning process: the State Medicaid Agency, the State Unit on Aging, and the state agencies that serve or represent the interests of individuals with physical disabilities, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and individuals with behavioral health needs. The planning process must meaningfully involve key external stakeholders including consumers, their advocates, Area Agencies on Aging, Centers for Independent Living, local Medicaid agencies, and local organizations that serve or represent the interests of individuals with physical disabilities, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and behavioral health needs. The main “deliverable” a funded state will have to provide to the 3 federal partners at the end of the 12-month planning period is a detailed 3-year plan the state will use, pending the availability of additional federal support, to begin transforming the multiple access programs and functions administered across its various LTSS programs into a single statewide NWD System of Access to LTSS for All Populations and All Payers.  [Read more…]

Request for Proposals: Bi-Annual Summit on Aging and Independence

Every two years, Western New York Independent Living (WNYIL – the parent organization of Western New York Independent Living Family of Agencies) hosts a Summit on Aging and Independence to bring educators, researchers, human service providers, caregivers, and speakers together to educate, inform and discuss the current issues, topics, research, and barriers and successes in care for individuals who are 55+ and / or have a disability. This event includes workshops, a keynote speaker, and a two-day information / vendor fair.

Logo - Summit on Aging and IndependenceThis year’s theme is Aging, Independence, Culture in an Evolving World.

  • April 30, 2014: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; entertainment and keynote at 6:00 p.m.
  • May 1, 2014: 8:30 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Niagara Falls Conference Center, Niagara Falls, New York.

WNYIL hereby requests proposals to present at the Summit. To apply, please fill out the Proposal Form, save it to your desktop, and email it to Yvette Lucas at Hard copies can be delivered to: WNYIL, Inc. / Attn: Yvette Lucas – Summit on Aging / 3108 Main St. / Buffalo, New York 14214.

Please forward this on to anyone who might be interested in applying. For more information on attending, presenting, sponsoring or exhibiting, please contact Yvette Lucas at 716-836-0822 ext. 146 or by email at

An Update from the NCIL ADRC Task Force

Julia Sain (of Disability Rights and Resources in Charlotte, North Carolina) and Mary Margaret Moore (of the Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann in Salem, Massachusetts) Co-Chair the NCIL Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Task Force. In early 2013, the Task Force conducted a survey on status of relationships between CILS / SILCs and Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) in ADRCs. The results of the Task Force’s survey were very informative and will be shared at the workshop The CIL / SILC Role in ADRCs: Best Practices and Next Steps, which will take place Wednesday, July 24, at the 2013 Annual Conference on Independent Living.

The ADRC Task Force has provided input to NCIL staff on Administration for Community Living (ACL) contract items and is working collaboratively with ACL in preparation for another workshop, ADRCs: The No Wrong Door Network, taking place on Friday, July 25 at the 2013 Annual Conference on Independent Living,

The ADRC Task Force is committed to advocating for the ‘D’ in ADRC and ensuring the voice of the disability community is an equal partner. The Task Force is open to new members and the Co-Chairs encourage NCIL members to become a part of it. The Task Force meets at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on the 1st Wednesday of each month. Contact Julia Sain at and Mary Margaret Moore at for further information.

NCIL Partners with Administration for Community Living to Expand Disability and Aging Partnerships

NCIL is excited to announce our continuing partnership with the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to promote and expand disability and aging partnerships. Collaboration is essential if people with disabilities and the aging are to acquire needed services. Cooperation between disability and aging organizations should be nourished and supported by all agencies committed to successful community alliances. Since CILs and aging service providers provide complimentary services, and given the current economic climate, it is more important than ever to efficiently utilize existing resources while avoiding duplication of services and ensuring sustainability. In an effort to understand and develop more substantial relationships with the aging community, NCIL recognizes the need to educate Centers and give them the tools they need to succeed.

Through this project, NCIL will consult with many of its member CILs to develop practices that will improve collaboration with the aging community. There are still many CILs that have not participated in discussions to this end. NCIL is most interested in engaging these untapped resources and providing outreach to an even broader target base while ensuring sustainability of existing collaborative efforts.  [Read more…]

Free Webinar: Putting your Aging and Disability Partnerships to Work for your Bottom Line (Advanced)

Federal and state funders and private foundations are looking more favorably than ever on organizations with strong community partnerships because they know that a network of organizations can help their dollars reach farther and have a wider impact than one organization alone. You’ve done the hard work to create strong partnerships across aging and disability networks in your community. This training, hosted by ADRC-TAE will tell you how you can build on those partnerships to take advantage of new funding opportunities, expand funding from existing sources, and share resources with partners on grant writing and business development.

When: October 16, 2012; 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT  [Read more…]

Training Archive Now Available: Developing Partnerships: Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Money Follows the Person, and Centers for Independent Living

The Administration on Aging and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have a partnership to lead transformation of long term services and supports systems through initiatives such as the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) and Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstrations. This webinar, held July 12, 2012, explored the role of Centers for Independent Living and highlights state innovations in ADRC/MFP/CIL Partnerships.  [Read more…]

New Funding Opportunity: Aging and Disability Resource Center Program

Source: Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS)

[In late April], Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the release of $25 million in funding authorized by the Affordable Care Act to help States strengthen and expand their ability to help seniors and people with disabilities access home and community-based long-term services and supports. Under this initiative, which is jointly supported by Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), funding will be available to help States support or improve their Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs).  [Read more…]