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1 Innovation in Practice: California Community Choices Karol Swartzlander August 24, 2011

2 Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: Indeed its the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

3 Choices Project Overview January 2007- September 2011 Mission- to increase consumer access to home and community-based LTSS and divert persons with disabilities and older adults from unnecessary institutionalization through development of Californias LTSS infrastructure

4 Choices Project Vision California will have replicable and sustainable models that empower individuals through enhanced opportunities for choice and independence.

5 Environmental Scan 2007-2011 Ongoing and Proliferating Budget Crisis Significant Cuts to LTSS State Staff Furloughs State Hiring Freeze New Administration – January 2011

6 Four Primary Project Deliverables Established two Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) Programs Launched the CalCareNet pilot website Commissioned two reports to inform policy makers, state department officials and stakeholders (Financing Report 2009, Data Warehouse Report – forthcoming)

7 #1 - Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) Partnerships Rethinking Service Delivery AREA AGENCY ON AGING + INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTER

8 #2 – CalCareNet Website Pilot website that serves as a one-stop shop for information about LTSS Promotes informed decisions about LTSS through education and search tools to find providers Important business solution for increased consumer demand for online access to information 24/7

9 #3 LTC Financing Study Home and Community-based Long- Term Care: Recommendations to improve Access for Californians, November 2009 Robert Mollica, EdD, and LeslieHendrickson, PhD

10 #4 – Data Warehouse Study The Power of Integrated Information: Benefits and Challenges of Developing a Long Term Care Data Warehouse in California, forthcoming 2011 David Zingmond, MD, PhD; Kathleen Wilber, PhD; Sutep Laohavanich, MS; and Panayiotis Pelargos, BA

11 Additional Significant Outputs California ADRC website ADRC Implementation Guide Care Transition Implementation Guide Numerous products and materials developed by the local ADRC network CalCareNet Marketing Materials CalCareNet Usability Study & Report

12 Additional Significant Outputs Secured a total of four new ADRC grants worth $1.4 million. Strengthened two additional ADRC In process under new 2010 grants Strengthen options counseling and care transition services Develop infrastructure to expand ADRC service statewide Pilot the use of technology in care transitions

13 Project Wrap Up CalCareNet Feasibility Study Formal Release and Distribution of the Data Warehouse Study Report Evaluation Report Final Project Report

14 Next Steps Launch Options Counseling grant Continue to Support ADRC CTI Efforts Promote ADRC model as a bridge between health and social service supports. Put a stronger focus on consumer friendly language.

15 Next Steps Develop a strategic plan for statewide implementation of ADRCs – in partnership with the State Independent Living Council Continue to disseminate Choices products Continue to promote both the mission and vision established by the Choices Advisory Committee.

16 Karol Swartzlander Project Director, California Community Choices

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