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What's New . . . February 24, 2020
DHCS' Behavioral Health Organizational Change
FEB 20, 2020 | Ca. Dept. of Health Care Services (DHCS)
DHCS Executive Staff Org Chart 2020
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) recently completed a departmental reorganization of our Behavioral Health (formerly known as Mental Health/Substance Use Disorder) functions. Specifically, as of July 1, 2019, the divisions under the former Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services, now known as Behavioral Health, reorganized and formed new divisions: Community Services and Licensing and Certification (under Behavioral Health); Medi-Cal Behavioral Health (under Health Care Programs); and Local Governmental Financing (under Health Care Programs’ Health Care Financing). The purpose of the reorganization was to preserve the unique policy/program area of Behavioral Health while better integrating it with the Department’s overall health care system to improve outcomes and increase efficiencies department-wide.
Over the last few months, as we’ve worked to advance the Administration’s bold agenda to address complex social services problems such as homelessness with significant initiatives and investments in Medi-Cal Healthier California for All and Behavioral Health, it has become clear that additional organizational integration of DHCS’ Behavioral Health functions would simplify departmental operations and improve programmatic outcomes. Therefore, effective immediately, Behavioral Health Deputy Director Kelly Pfeifer will report to Chief Deputy Director for Health Care Programs and State Medicaid Director Jacey Cooper. Additionally, the Medi-Cal Behavioral Health Division will move under Behavioral Health. Behavioral Health’s Community Services Division and Licensing and Certification Division will continue to report to Dr. Pfeifer. These changes bring all behavioral health program functions together in support of our efforts to fully integrate the critical services they support into the larger health care system.
HERE is the current organizational chart reflecting these changes for reference. Together, we will build a healthy California for all.
Environmental Infection Control for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
FEB 19, 2020 | Ca. Dept. of Public Health (CDPH) | AFL 20-14
Healthcare facilities should have environmental infection control procedures in place to prevent infections from spreading during healthcare delivery. Environmental infection control procedures, such as waste management, laundry, food service, and environmental cleaning, should align with the CDC’s Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Confirmed 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) or Persons Under Investigation for 2019-nCoV in Health Care Settings.
Click HERE to read the entire AFL 20-14
Master Plan for Aging
Webinar Wednesdays: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Response
FEB 14, 2020 | CA Dept. of Aging (CDA)
You are invited to join the California Department of Aging and our partners for “Webinar Wednesdays” -- an informative and interactive series of webinars addressing a variety of aging-related topics that will inform the development of the Master Plan for Aging.
Information to join our webinar is listed below.
- Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Response
- February 19, 2020
- 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PST
- Click the link to join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/373485314
- Toll-Free Phone: (888) 788-0099
- Webinar ID: 373 485 314
2019 Novel Coronavirus Interim Guidance for Risk Assessment and Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure
FEB 10, 2020 | Ca. Dept. of Public Health (CDPH) | AFL 20-13
On February 8, 2020, the CDC released interim guidance to assist health facilities with assessment of risk, monitoring, and work restriction decisions for HCP with potential exposure to 2019-nCoV. Healthcare facilities should review the CDC’s Interim U.S. Guidance for Risk assessment and Public Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure in a Healthcare Setting to Patients with 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
Click HERE to read the entire AFL 20-13
Stakeholder Survey on Person-Centered Practices
FEB 4, 2020 | Ca. Dept. of Developmental Services (DSS) | SURVEY LINKS
The Department of Developmental Services is partnering with Support Development Associates (SDA) to develop training on person-centered thinking and practices. Knowledge of the principles of person-centered practices and the ability to apply such principles is important for the successful implementation of the Self-Determination Program and meeting the HCBS settings requirements outlined in the January 2014 federal regulations. SDA is compiling information from California stakeholders to inform our understanding of the current state of person-centered practices in California. This information will be used to develop and facilitate trainings throughout the state in the coming months.
All service providers, individuals receiving services, and those who support them are encouraged to complete the Stakeholder Survey below by Friday, February 21st, 2020. The survey will take approximately 3 - 5 minutes and your input is greatly appreciated.
Stakeholder survey links:
Information regarding this survey and the links has been posted to the Department’s WEBSITE.
Federal Programs Division
CA Department of Developmental Services
PUBLIC CHARGE RULE – A TIME FOR TRUTH, COMPASSION, AND OUTREACH
FEB 3, 2020 | The ARC - California | BLOG
It’s not a secret that people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families often encounter challenges fighting for safety, health, inclusion, and opportunity. Now, as a result of a Supreme Court ruling, there exists a new challenge for some and a perceived threat for many.
Last Monday, January 27, the U.S. Supreme Court voted to let the Trump administration enforce the “public charge” rule, a regulation that is meant to reduce the number of immigrants who use social benefit programs. This means that individuals with I/DD, 21+ years old, who would possibly rely on Medicaid funded services – such as regional center services, SSI/SSP, housing assistance, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – would have an added roadblock to receive a green card or visa. As a movement of people with I/DD and their families committed to eliminating roadblocks for our community, The Arc finds solidarity with all of our brothers and sisters worldwide and has actively opposed this new rule.
This rule, however, has an additional and equally concerning threat: legal immigrant families in California reducing their use of these critical supports and services because they are concerned the rule applies to them. At this point we must fight this “chilling effect” and use our advocacy efforts to bring information and truth to our friends, families, neighbors, and clients that could perceive this threat.
Read the FULL BLOG POST, including steps you can take.
IMPORTANT NOTICE – National Core Indicator Adult Family Survey is Open
FEB 3, 2020 | The ARC - California | SURVEY
The National Core Indicators (NCI) Survey is used by the California Department of Developmental Disabilities to assess performance in services and supports provided to people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD). California has used the NCI surveys for the last 10 and each year they rotate surveys to include; adults, children and families/guardian. The surveys are conducted by the State Council on Developmental Disabilities and are very important to understanding the needs of people with IDD, and their families, in the state.
The surveys ask questions about various aspects of life including, but not limited to; where you live, employment, relationships, involvement in the community, health, safety, respect, rights access to different services/supports and satisfaction related to the services and supports received. The Adult Family Survey (AFS) and the Family Guardian Survey (FGS) were sent out in November/December 2019 and will remain open and available to fill out until June 2020.
If you have a family member 18 year or older who is receiving at least one Regional Center Service, other than case management, you have the opportunity to let California know how you feel about the services as well as how they can be improved upon. Given all the mail and information we receive it is easy to overlook these surveys so if you have not seen one come n the mail or have not had the opportunity to take the survey online you can find out more information about how to take the survey HERE
Updated 2019 Novel Coronavirus Information (2019-nCoV), Including Patient Under Investigation (PUI) Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
JAN 31, 2020 | Ca. Dept. of Public Health (CDPH) | AFL 20-11
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared 2019-nCoV a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. China has reported a 26 percent increase of 2019-nCOV cases since January 30, 2020. Over 7,000 new cases worldwide have been reported within the past week. The CDC is taking progressive action to protect the public and decrease impact on the United States (US). The risk to the American public
is still considered to be low.
Updated 2019-nCoV Information
- 2019-nCoV can be spread through person-to-person transmission
- Recent report from Germany confirms that the disease can be transmitted from an asymptomatic individual
- Screening with current laboratory tests is not effective in recognizing those who are incubating 2019-nCoV asymptomatically
- A negative result does not mean someone will not start to show symptoms or contract 2019-nCoV
- CDC does not recommend the use of face masks for the general public
For additional information, see the CDC 2019 Novel Coronavirus webpage.
Click HERE to read the entire AFL 20-11
Cal Duals Coordinated Care Initiative
Monthly Update: January 2020
JAN 31, 2019 | Cal Duals
January 2020 is now available
Governor Newsom Announces Appointment 1.30.20
JAN 30, 2020 | Office of the Governor - Gavin Newsom | ANNOUNCEMENT
SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointment:
Bradley P. Gilbert, 63, of Irvine, has been appointed director of the California Department of Health Care Services. Gilbert has been a retired annuitant at the Inland Empire Health Plan since 2019, where he has held several positions since 1996, including medical director, chief medical officer and chief executive officer. He was director of public health at the County of Riverside Health Services Agency Department of Public Health from 1993 to 1996. Gilbert was director of public health at the San Mateo County Department of Health Services Division of Public Health. He is a board member of the California Healthcare Foundation, Planned Parenthood and Manifest Medex. Gilbert earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $215,124. Gilbert is a Democrat.
Read the FULL ANNOUNCMENT for details.
Health Update and Interim Guidance – 2019 Novel Coronavirus (nCoV)
JAN 23, 2020 | CA Dept. of Public Health (CDPH) | AFL 20-09
An outbreak of pneumonia of unknown etiology in Wuhan, China was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) on December 31, 2019, and a novel coronavirus was soon identified as the cause. On January 21, 2020, CDC announced the first U.S. case in a traveler who had returned from Wuhan.
PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE AFL 20-09 TO LEARN MORE, including:
- What is known
- What is not yet known
- Recommendations for Healthcare Facilities
- Criteria for a Person Under Investigation (PUI) for 2019-nCoV
- Infection Control Guidance for 2019-nCoV Infection
- Laboratory Biosafety for 2019-nCoV Infection
2019-nCoV Update Teleconference CDPH is holding a teleconference with providers to discuss 2019-nCoV to discuss the status of this outbreak. Healthcare facilities and providers are encouraged to attend.
The teleconference will be held:
- Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020
- Time: 12:00 P.M.
- Dial-in: 1-844-867-6167
- Access Code: 2633697
If you have any questions regarding the infection prevention and control of 2019-nCoV, please contact the CDPH Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program at email@example.com.
Governor Newsom Announces Appointments 1.17.20
JAN 17, 2020 | CA Dept. of Aging (CDA) | ANNOUNCEMENT
SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:
Jacey K. Cooper, 37, of Sacramento, has been appointed state Medicaid director and chief deputy director of health care programs at the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).
Read the FULL ANNOUNCEMENT for details.
Resources to Build Programs and Skills in Generalist Palliative Care
JAN 16, 2020 | California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) | FULL Publication
All people with serious illness should have access to palliative care, beginning early in their illness and delivered in conjunction with disease-oriented treatments. Palliative care focuses on improving quality of life for people with serious illness and their families, including managing physical symptoms, addressing psychological and spiritual concerns, and ensuring that care aligns with the patient’s needs and values.
While access to care delivered by palliative care specialists with advanced training and certification has grown substantially, the needs of people with serious illness outstrip the supply of specialty palliative care services. This points to the need for “generalist” or “primary” palliative care — the integration of key palliative care processes into standard care provided by all clinicians who care for seriously ill patients, such as primary care providers, hospitalists, oncologists, surgeons, nurses, social workers, and chaplains. Generalist palliative care ensures that all seriously ill patients can access supportive services and reserves the limited resource of specialty palliative care for the most complex needs.
CHCF’s “Resources for Generalist Palliative Care” includes a guide to educational and quality-improvement programs, as well as detailed instructions and tools to conduct a needs assessment and to plan projects that integrate generalist palliative care into routine care across a range of settings.
A Chart Of All Of California’s State And City Paid Sick Leave Laws
JAN 16, 2020 | JDSupra | CHART
It’s hard work keeping up with all nine of California’s state and municipal Paid Sick Leave Laws. But Tyreen Torner has done more than kept up. She’s compiled all of their various requirements in this handy chart. Maybe you prefer looking up the requirements yourself, which is fine. We’re not here to judge. However, if you’re looking for an easy tool to determine whether the various requirements apply, we’ve got you covered.
Please see full Publication for more information.
California Department of Aging Launches EngAGE CA to expand public engagement in development of Governor Newsom’s 2020 Master Plan for Aging
JAN 14, 2020 | CA Dept. of Aging (CDA)
EngageCA.org invites Californians to share their vision for building an age- and disability-friendly California.
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Aging (CDA) announced the launch today of an updated engagement campaign, EngageCA.org, that encourages Californians to share their vision for a new Master Plan for Aging that will promote an age friendly California.
With the state’s 65-and-older population projected to grow to 8.6 million people by 2030, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order last summer calling for the development of a Master Plan for Aging by October 2020. The Governor’s newly released proposal for the 2020-21 budget underscores the urgent need for this effort—noting that the state’s demographics are changing rapidly, with the ratio of older adults to younger adults expected to nearly double in the next 10 years. For the first time ever, the Administration is also projecting the state’s population could stop growing in the next forty years.
Click HERE to read the full announcement
Your Donations Help!
Three (3) great opportunities to further support Adult Day Services:
- CAADS | State Advocacy Fund
- ALE | Nina M. Nolcox Scholarship Fund
Learn more and DONATE today -- thank you!
California Association for Adult Day Services, a 501 (c) 6 non-profit grassroots-driven organization, advocates for the growth and development of adult day services in California and nationally. Centers in membership with CAADS provide innovative day programs that support individuals with physical or mental disabilities and older adults with Alzheimer's disease and their families.
Learn more about CAADS
The Alliance for Leadership and Education (A.L.E.) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit arm of CAADS. Its mission is to advance innovation and quality in Adult Day Service through research and analysis, education and training, and leadership for the benefit of consumers and their caregivers.
Lydia Missaelides, MHA
Executive Director of the Alliance for Leadership and Education
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NATIONAL ADULT DAY SERVICES ASSOCIATION (NADSA)
CAADS is a proud member of the National Adult Day Services Association.
California representatives currently serving on the NADSA Board of Directors:
Corinne Jan, RN, PHN (NADSA Chair)
CEO, Family Bridges
Kathleen Kolenda (NADSA Treasurer)
Vice President, Adult Day Services Easterseals Southern California
Amanda Sillars, MSW, LCSW
CEO, Total ADHC Solutions, Inc.
CARING FOR A VETERAN?
For help, call the VA Caregiver Support Line (toll-free):
For more Information and Resources visit their WEBSITE
Mon - Fri 8 AM - 11 PM (EST) || Sat 10:30 AM - 6 PM (EST)
TO REPORT FRAUD AND ABUSE
Call DHCS Medi-Cal Fraud Hotline:
The call is free and you can remain anonymous.
TO FILE A COMPLAINT AGAINST A HEALTH CARE FACILITY LICENSED BY THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Use the California Department of Public Health's Cal Health Find website
call, write, fax the Center for Health Care Quality,
Licensing and Certification District Office nearest you.
FREE FRAUD PREVENTION EDUCATION
The California Senior Medicare Patrol offers free fraud prevention education throughout the state.
To schedule a presentation, call 855-613-7080
See the SMP/Medicare fraud section at www.cahealthadvocates.org, for more information on ways to protect yourself from healthcare fraud and how to detect it.
If you come across any suspicious activity,
PLEASE REPORT IT AT
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California Association for Adult Day Services
1107 9th Street, Suite 701 || Sacramento, CA 95814–3610
T: (916) 552-7400 || F: (866) 725-3123