The Louisiana Supported Living Network is a state-wide association, representing more than 300 private community providers. Combined we support more than 20,000 older adults and people with disabilities.
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To support older adults and people with disabilities in enjoying life conditions and opportunities at least as good as those of respected citizens.
To support inclusion and personal community memberships.
To build a capable and stable workforce.
DoJ Campaign to Expand Services
The Network is working closely with the federal Department of Justice to promote litigation vs the State re the illegal confinement of 4000 people with severe mental illness in nursing facilities. DoJ is demanding community support and services for all 4000 people. This will represent minimally a $2.5 billion expansion of in-home support.
The Network organizes Quarterly Membership Meetings which feature state and national level officials. The Network annually presents four full-day training workshops to member agencies on best practices in support design and management.
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Summary of Quarterly Membership Meeting
Our quarterly gathering was marked by the participation and presentation of informed and committed actors, including:
Drew Murray, long time legislative analyst for the House Health and Welfare Committee.
Kim Jones Executive Director of the Louisiana Advocacy Center.
Jackie Blaney, (picture 3) co-coordinator of the Network and Director of Independent Living Inc., an in-home support agency established in 1987.
Drew Murray (picture 1)
Drew is a remarkably talented legislative analyst who really cares about the impact of legislation on the “least of these.” In the past he has met with the Network to craft key bills focused on addressing our workforce crisis. He is also an essential and knowledgeable informant re the workings of the legislature and the roles and priorities of current legislators His presentation was both practical and inspiring.
Kim Jones (picture 2)
Kim is a relative newcomer to leadership in the disabilities community. She explained the role of the Advocacy Center as a federally mandated and funded protection and advocacy organization. The Network knows the AC as the litigator of suits that increased the access to in-home support by 1300% for LA Seniors from 1992 to the present. Kim has “fire in the belly” (my highest compliment) and will collaborate with the Network in taking on our workforce crisis and addressing re balancing of our nursing home dominated system.
Jackie Blaney and the Electronic Visit Verification Panel
OAAS, OCDD, Medicaid and Statistical Resources Inc comprised a Panel on the newly introduced Electronic Visit Verification system. Jackie Blaney facilitated the Panel as Panel members fielded many questions from participants.
The EVV Panel:
Julie Foster Hagan, Deputy Secretary, OCDD
Robin Wagner, Deputy Secretary, OAAS
Steven Buco, ,Director, SRI
Daniel Buco, Technical Assistance, SRI
Brian Bennett, Medicaid Manager
Angela Tyson, Manager, ILI
Johnice Whitehead, Director, Country Roads Resources
Jackie Blaney, Director, ILI
Daniel Buco at SRI was especially helpful in responding to questions.
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