2History of the State Veterans Home System After the Civil War, a large number of indigent and injured soldiers had no place to live.Like-minded concerned citizens banded together to create “Old Soldiers’ Homes”.1864: First State Home established in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.August 7, 1888: First federal aid made available to veterans residing within state homes.Origin of Federal Per Diem ProgramApproximately $ per veteran annually.
3History continued1930: The V.A. was established. State programs were expanded, including an increase in per diem payments.1952: The National Association of State Veterans Homes (NASVH) was founded.The state homes joined forces to promote legislation at the national level.Problems and experiences common to all state homes were able to be discussed and plans developed to address those concerns.
4More History… 1964: The State Home Construction Grant was initiated. State Veterans Homes may apply for grants that assist the states with construction costs for construction of new State Veterans Homes and for significant renovations of existing facilities.The grant assumes 65% of the cost of the project. The state must contribute the remaining 35%.February 24, 1986: A memorandum of understanding between the V.A. and NASVH was signed, formalizing the mutual goal of providing quality care to veterans.
5Even More History…1988: President Reagan signed legislation creating a new federal Cabinet-level Department of Veterans Affairs to replace the Veterans Administration.In both its old and new forms, the VA drew its mission statement from President Abraham Lincoln’s eloquent second inaugural address. The specific phrase quoted is: “...to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan.”
6SVH’s and the VAThe U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs oversees the State Veteran Home program through the Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care.The VA assures Congress that their appropriations will be used accordingly to ensure that quality care is provided in the state homes.This is accomplished via inspections, audits, and record reviews conducted by the VA medical center of jurisdiction.
7State Veterans Home Program 2013 State Veterans Homes are the largest provider of long-term care to veterans.Provide approximately 7 million days of nursing home care and 1.5 million days of domiciliary care.There are 146 State Veteran Homes across all 50 States and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico.Totaling more than 30,000 beds.
8NASVH’s MembershipThe association’s membership is comprised of the administrators and staff representing the state operated Veterans Homes throughout the 50 states of the union, its districts and commonwealths.NASVH works closely with the Federal government, state governments, service organizations and any other entity that directly or indirectly affects the care of services provided to America's Heroes.Constitution and Bylaws are included in your handout.
9NASVH’s Mission“The National Association of State Veterans Homes' primary mission is to ensure that each and every eligible U.S. veteran receives the benefits, services, long term health care and respect which they have earned by their service and sacrifice. The organization also ensures that no veteran is in need or distress and that the level of care and services provided by state veterans homes meets or exceeds the highest standards available.”
10NASVH Officers and their Duties President: one year termExecutive head of the associationChairs the executive committee, the association’s winter and summer conferencesAppoints committee chairsActs as the official representativeCurrent President:Brad Slagle, AdministratorD.J. Jacobetti Home For Veterans, Marquette, MI
11Officers and Duties First Vice President: one year term Eric Jordan Director of Operations, Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board
12Officers and Duties Second Vice President: one year term Bill Peterson, AdministratorDelaware Veterans Home, Milford, DE
13Officers and Duties Secretary/Treasurer: three year term Custodian of the fundsCustodian of all official documents and contractsKeeps records of all meetings and proceedingsJason McArthur and Business Mgr. Jack Tarter, WYOregon Veterans Home, The Dalles, OR
14Officers and Duties Judge Advocate/Historian: three year term Advises on protocol and legal matters of NASVHInterprets Constitution and BylawsCompiles records, maintains history of NASVHLourdes “Alfie” Alvarado-RamosWashington State Department of Veteran Affairs
15Officers and Duties Legislative Officer: three year term Responsible for the Legislative agendaMonitors current & proposed legislation related to the association.Recommends appropriate actionsWorks with and educates others involved in similar legislative effortsIs a member of Joint Liaison CommitteeFred Sganga, Executive DirectorLong Island State Veterans Home, Stony Brook, NY
16Officers and Duties R. Roy Griffith Joint Liaison Chairperson: three year termOversees the business & activities of the Joint Liaison CommitteeMaintains the MOU with the VAPursues NASVH’s legislative agenda with congressional members, their staff & other stakeholdersRecommends and encourages support of NASVH’s initiatives from Dept. of V.A. leadershipR. Roy GriffithOklahoma Veterans Home, Talihina, OK
17Officers and their Duties: Regional Directors NORTHEAST REGION - Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.Melissa Jackson (802)Vermont State Veterans Home
18Officers and their Duties: Regional Directors NORTH CENTRAL REGION – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin.Steve Dunkin(620) ext. 201Kansas State Veterans Home at Winfield
19Regional DirectorsSOUTHERN REGION - Alabama, Arkansas, Canal Zone, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virgin Islands and Virginia.Kim Justice(334)Alabama State Veterans Homes
20Regional Directors Van Moore (503) 428-5232 WESTERN REGION - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.Van Moore (503)Oregon State Veterans Home
21Standing Committees BUDGET, FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE: Chair: Terry Wilkerson, Oklahoma SVHFiduciary oversight of the fiscal affairs of the AssociationChair of this Committee is appointed by the PresidentServes a three-year termComposed of the Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, and three other members
22Constitution, Bylaws and Resolution Committee Chair: Kelley Kash, CEOMaine Veterans’ HomesMaintains current and workable Constitution and BylawsEnsures that the Association operates within the Constitution and BylawsPrepares and presents any recommended changes to the Constitution and/or Bylaws to the membership at the Summer or Winter ConferenceDefines the actions that the Association should consider undertaking by promulgating, evaluating and preparing in written form, resolutions for consideration and action by the membership at the Association’s Summer and Winter Conferences.The Chair of this Committee shall be appointed by the President and serve for a three-year term.The Committee shall be composed of the Chair and at least three members.
23Education Committee Chair: Jonathan Spier, Long Island SVH Responsible for organizing and coordinating all educational programsUses internal and external resources, at its discretion, to provide the Association’s members with a relevant, high quality and timely CEU earning curriculumCommittee chair will be responsible for planning all educational offerings in conjunction with the President and Executive CommitteeThe Chair of this Committee is appointed by the President and serves a three-year termComposed of the Chair and three members
24Executive CommitteeComposed of the President (Chair), First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Chairs of the Association’s Standing Committees, Joint Liaison Committee Chair, Legislative Officer, Judge Advocate/Historian, and the four (4) Regional DirectorsResponsible for the policy-making and strategic planning of the AssociationOther members include: past Presidents who are currently administrators of a State Veterans Home or who have served as an administrator of same and are still an active member of the AssociationCommunicates monthly via conference callAll official actions taken by this Committee require a simple majority vote
25Home Enhancement Committee Chair: Colleen Rundell, Arizona SVHInitiates and implements programs which promote new State Veterans Homes or new programs which enhance the quality of life of veterans residing in existing State Veterans HomesAssists states through the process of developing, constructing and certifying new State Veterans HomesDevelops and implements initiatives with other related organizations to conduct joint programs which are mutually beneficial to both organizationsResearches, identifies and develops grant or gift income which further promotes the quality of life and optimal care of veterans living in State HomesDevelops and implements a public relations program for the AssociationThe Chair is appointed by the President and serves for a three-year periodComposed of the Chair and three members
26Joint Liaison Committee Chair: R. Roy Griffith, Oklahoma State Veterans HomeProposes and promotes legislative and related initiatives in the best interest of the veterans of the United States and the State Veterans Home programServes as the liaison to the U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsImplements and upholds the MOU between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Association of State Veterans HomesCommunicates and meets with State and Federal officials, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Congress, to present and pursue related goals and objectives of the AssociationMaintains close working relationships with veterans service organizations and other related groups sharing pursuits of mutual interestImplements, recommends, and encourages support of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs initiatives when those initiatives are in concert with Association objectives; analyzes proposed legislation to determine probable impact on the State Veterans Home program, and educates concerned parties relative to this legislation’s effectsPlans and coordinates the Association’s Winter ConferenceComposed of the Chair, Legislative Officer, and three other members – all of whom shall be past Presidents
27NASDVA Liaison Committee Composed of the President of the Association (Chair), immediate Past President, and two other Past PresidentsServes as a liaison between the National Association of State Veterans Homes (NASVH) and the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA)Works with NASDVA to develop and implement activities and programs which are mutually beneficial to both organizationsThe Chair or designee shall represent the Association at appropriate meetings or proceedings conducted by or in concert with NASDVA
28Networking Committee Chair: Gary Yun, Ohio SVH, Sandusky, OH Responsible for facilitating communications within the Association and with related external partiesDevelops, implements and maintains communication networks including web site, , newsletter, directory, bulletin board and other meansResponsible for establishing and maintaining both internal and external communications linksThe Chair of this Committee shall be appointed by the President and shall serve for a three-year termThis Committee shall be composed of the Chair and three members
29Nominating Committee Chair: Fred Sganga, Long Island SVH Develops and presents a slate of officers for the Association. The Committee shall prepare and present its recommendations to the membership for approval at the Association’s Summer ConferenceThis Committee shall make every effort to select recommended officers on a regional and rotational basisComposed of the Immediate Past President (Chair), and three other past presidents appointed by the standing President
30Summer Conference Committee Chair: Sharon Mattia, Maryland SVHPlans the Association’s Summer Conference; locates conference meeting sites; coordinates the event with the host state and siteEstablishes, plans, and negotiates the Conference particulars including date, time, hotels and activitiesWorks with other Association Committees during the planning processThe Chair of this Committee shall be appointed by the President and shall serve for a three-year termThis Committee shall be composed of the Chair and three members
31NASVH Dues Best Bargain in town! Flat $900 per SVH Invoice sent in September by Jack Tarter for the following calendar year.Prompt payment appreciated!!!
32NASVH Conferences Two yearly conferences Our conferences allow for: Winter Conference always in Washington D.C.Summer Conference - rotating location2014 South Carolina2015 Sandusky, OhioOur conferences allow for:Continuing Education CreditsNetworkingLearning Best PracticesLeadership Development
33Check Us Out @ NASVH Website www.NASVH.org Complete listing of SVHs NASVH LeadershipVA Contact InformationRegulationsNASVH ResolutionsConference PresentationsEmployment OpportunitiesTimely & Pertinent Information
34NASVH Directory Complete listing of all SVHs Great Resource Hard Copy Updated AnnuallyYou are responsible for updating content!(Including your most current photo…)
35Survival Tips for the State Veterans Home Administrator Know the key players at VA Central Office and your VA of jurisdiction. New VA website for State HomesGet to know your Senate and House Representatives as well as State RepresentativesKnow their staff and develop relationshipInvite them to your Home often.Keep them informed!Know your regulations. All of them.(Federal, State, & local)Know what a sentinel event is and how to report it.
36More Survival Tips… We are not all the same. Governance & Sponsorships vary.Be proactive in managing media involving your Home.Your Regional Director is your new best friend.Don’t underestimate the importance of the hospitality suite.Get Involved in NASVH!!!Ask questions. We are here to help!!!