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The Alzheimer’s Association invites you to become an Alzheimer advocate. Join us and speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.

What is an advocate?  Alzheimer advocates play an important role in improving the quality of care and quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families by working to improve dementia care and services; improve access to community-based care; improve quality care in residential settings; and expand funding for research and public programs serving people with dementia.

As an advocate, you will:

  • Receive regular updates about current legislative and public policy issues.
  • Stay on top of policy and legislative issues through alerts and updates.
  • Make calls or write to legislators to forward public policy priorities to improve quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s.

Add your voice to ours — become an advocate today.

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Upcoming Special Events

Join Us!

Sacramento Advocacy Day, Wednesday, March 27, 2012

Washington, DC Public Policy Forum, April 22-24, 2012

Registration and scholarship information will be available in January. For more information please contact Barbra McLendon at barbra.mclendon@alz.org.

California advocacy

Adult Day Health Care Saved from Elimination

New ADHC-Like Program to be Implemented in Early 2012

Information has begun to emerge regarding this week’s announcement that a settlement had been reached in the lawsuit to save the Adult Day Health Care program. Per the settlement, a new ADHC-like program will be created, called the Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS) program. Below are some key pieces of information regarding the settlement agreement and the new program.

Settlement Agreement:

An agreement was reached between the plaintiffs and the Administration earlier this week.

  • Those currently in ADHC will be transitioned into the new program, which will be funded through the 1115 Medi-Cal waiver.
  • The Legislature cannot change any aspects of the agreement.
  • There will be a hearing on January 24, 2012, at which time the final approval of the settlement agreement will occur.
  • All current recipients of ADHC services will be transitioned out of the program by February 29, 2012.
  • On March 1, 2012, the new CBAS program will officially begin to serve those deemed eligible.

Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS) Program

  • This new program has no enrollment cap, and will be provided by Medi-Cal managed care plans.
  • If there is no Medi-Cal managed care plan available in a county, it will be offered as a fee-for-service program.
  • Eligibility: To be eligible for this program, individuals must meet certain nursing facility levels of care, which includes people who need intermittent skilled nursing services to maintain their health.
  • In addition, anybody who currently receives Multipurpose Senior Services (MSSP) will be automatically eligible, as will anybody who receives at least 195 hours per month of In-Home Supportive Services care.
  • There is explicit eligibility language that will ensure those with moderate to advanced dementia will be eligible.
  • There will be an assessment process conducted jointly between current ADHC centers and state health workers; if somebody is deemed ineligible they will have the right to an appeal .

These are the critical details that we have at this time. Additional information regarding the settlement will be released within the next week. This settlement is a huge victory for families as they continue to provide the best services possible to their loved ones living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

Thank You!

Kudos to all of our advocates!  Thank you for the many emails and phone call so many of you made as well as a big thanks to those who attended our ADHC protest rally at the end of October.  Your actions really did make a difference.     

 

California State Plan Update

The California State Alzheimer's Advisory Committee has been working since Fall 2009 to develop a plan for addressing the myriad and growing needs of individuals with dementia and their families.  As a part of the plan development process, community meetings have been held across the state to gather input from individuals with dementia, family caregivers, and professionals.  The goal of this effort is to create a plan that will guide California toward developing programs, services and policies that support individuals and families in their efforts to lead as high a quality of life as is possible for as long as possible.

For in depth information on activities related to the development of the CA State Plan Click HERE

For an update on recent activities, Click HERE to read the Alzheimer's Disease State Plan Digest.

For more information, please see the California Legislative Update.

Additional Links

• California Public Policy Platform
• Find your elected officials

Online Resources

• State of California
• California Department of Health Care Services
• California Department of Public Health
• California Department of Aging
• California Department of Mental Health and Social Services
• California Secretary of State (Register to Vote Here!)

Federal advocacy