Physical Disabilities & Aging

December 11, 12, 13, 14, & 15*, 2023
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern Time
*Optional 5th half day on December 15th for those wanting to become an NTG Affiliated Regional Trainer. See below for more information.

The National Task Group’s (NTG) evidence-informed Dementia Capable Care of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia is offered online as a four (4) half-day “foundation” workshop or a five (5) half-day “Train-the-Trainer” workshop. It is based on the NTG’s evidence-informed national model Education and Training Curriculum on Dementia and Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities and is held at various locations across the United States and Canada.

2 Day Foundation Workshop | $275

Target Audience: The workshop is appropriate for any staff with direct or ancillary care responsibilities of older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in both disability-related, health care, and aging-related agencies.

Description: This highly interactive and evidence-informed workshop covers the basic concepts of care of an adult with ID and dementia.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to Aging & ID
  • Understanding Dementia in Adults with ID
  • What is Dementia? How Does it Present Differently in Adults with ID?
  • Early Detection and Screening for Dementia in ID
  • Obtaining a a Diagnosis
  • Health Care Advocacy for Adults with ID and Dementia
  • Understanding Challenging Behaviors in Adults with ID and Dementia
  • Non-pharmacologic Interventions for Behavior
  • Communication Tips & Strategies
  • Adapting the Physical Environment
  • Dementia Capable Residences
  • Stage-based Considerations

NTG Affiliated Regional Trainer (Train-the-Trainer) Workshop | $475

The first four (4) half-days of the workshop cover the topics outlined above in the Foundation Workshop.

A final half-day is added and is devoted to understanding and delivering the full NTG Dementia Capable Care Curriculum. NTG Affiliated Trainers are authorized to use NTG branded and copyrighted training materials to train within their own organization or to conduct training for outside agencies and organizations. Affiliated trainers have access to greatly expanded topic modules, trainer manual, free NTG continuing education webinars, and are mentored by NTG Master Trainers. Following completion of the workshop participants are required to successfully complete an online test of knowledge before they will be awarded a certificate of completion and receive NTG branded and copyrighted training materials.

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The goal of DRMA is to ensure access to Medicaid/CHIP assistance for survivors of major disasters and public health emergencies who have to evacuate across state lines.

Along Senator Casey (PA) Co-Sponsors in the Senate are: Blumenthal (CT), Welch (VT), Van Hollen (MD), Gillibrand (NY), Warren (MA), Brown (OH), Sanders (VT), Fetterman (PA), Schatz (HI), and Duckworth (IL).

Along Congressman Panetta (CA) and Takano (CA), Co-Sponsors in the House are: Tokuda (HI), Crockett (TX), Blunt Rochester (DE), Holmes Norton (DC), Soto (FL), and Moore (WI).

Read the one-pager on DRMA here.

You can join the hundreds of organizational and individual endorsers.

More than 90 million people nationwide benefit from Medicaid and CHIP, and they’re at risk of losing it when the next disaster strikes! Contact your representatives and ask them to support the Disaster Relief Medicaid Act.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released two reports focused on Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS). The reports are the Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports Annual Expenditures Report, Federal Fiscal Year 2020, and the Medicaid Section 1915 (c) Waiver Programs Annual Expenditures and Beneficiaries Report.

These reports provide information on the LTSS rebalancing trends and patterns in expenditures for different home and community-based services (HCBS) and institutional care, both nationally and across states.

From June through August 2023, the Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) held Listen and Learn Sessions across Pennsylvania. There were a total of sixteen in-person sessions and three virtual sessions where Community HealthChoices (CHC), OBRA, Act 150, and Living Independence for the Elderly (LIFE) participants, family members, and community members were able to offer input on how OLTL could improve its programs.

A summary of the input provided is now available and can be viewed here.

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RCPA held a golf fundraiser for the RCPA Political Action Committee (RCPA PAC) on Monday, October 9, 2023. This successful event raised much-needed funds for our legislative activities, and we would like to thank all the generous golfers who participated and contributed. Congratulations to our winners! In addition, we would like to thank our sponsors:

Tournament Sponsor:

  • Expert County Care Management

Lunch Sponsors:

  • Brier Dlugolecki Strategies
  • Novak Strategic Advisors

Beverage Hole Sponsors:

  • Comprehensive Financial Associates/PA Pension Planners
  • Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Prize Sponsors:

  • Qualifacts
  • Salisbury Behavioral Health, a division of RHA Health Services

Hole Sponsors:

  • Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy
  • Christopher S. Lucas & Associates
  • Embolden WC Trust
  • Firetree, Ltd
  • Hearten Workers’ Comp Program
  • Pinnacle Treatment Centers, Inc.
  • Step By Step, Inc.
  • Threshold Rehabilitation Services, Inc.

Your support is always appreciated. We encourage anyone interested to make a personal contribution to the RCPA PAC. For your convenience, you can now make an online contribution. Thank you again for your participation and support, and congratulations to our golf winners!

Your participation in the RCPA-PAC is completely voluntary, and you may contribute as much or as little as you choose. Donations are not tax-deductible and will be used for political purposes. You may choose not to participate without fear of reprisal. You will not be favored or disadvantaged by reason of the amount of your contribution or decision not to contribute.

The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) has released the agenda and details to register for the November 1, 2023, Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) Subcommittee meeting. The mission of the MLTSS Subcommittee is to be a resource to the Medical Assistance Advisory Committee (MAAC), enabling the Committee to advise the Department of Human Services (DHS) and OLTL on issues regarding access to services and quality of service.

The meeting will be held in person at the PA Department of Education Honors Suite, 1st floor, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126 and also via webcast. The call information is below:

Conference line 1-914-614-3221 PIN: 807353414#
Webinar Link

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