Older Veteran Behavioral Health Resource Inventory: New VA Resource Aims to Address Unique Needs of Veterans
The Older Veteran Behavioral Health Resource Inventory provides an overview of resources for health and social service professionals interested in enhancing their outreach and support for older veterans who have or are at risk for behavioral health conditions.
The inventory, as well as other useful resources for professionals working with veterans, are available through the VA Community Provider Toolkit .
This resource was created as part of a partnership on meeting the mental health needs of aging veterans. This partnership included the:
- Veteran Benefits Administration (VBA)
- Administration for Community Living (ACL)
- Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
- Office of Minority Health (OMH)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- National Council on Aging (NCOA)
Beat the Heat this SummerStay safe as summer heats up. Prepare yourself for the high temperatures.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sickness from the heat occurs when your body cannot compensate and properly cool you off. However, heat-related illness and death are preventable.
Before the next heat wave, or outdoor activity, follow these protective actions from the CDC and stay cool this summer:
Stay in an air-conditioned location as much as possible.
Drink plenty of fluids, even if you do not feel thirsty.
Take several breaks from the heat, especially midday when the sun is hottest.
Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing, and sunscreen. Remember that you should reapply sunscreen as indicated on the package.
Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
Check on friends or neighbors during extremely hot days and have someone do the same for you.
Never leave children or pets in cars.
Check the local news for health and safety updates.
Find more information on extreme heat preparedness at www.ready.gov/heat .
October 04, 2017
President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
On September 29, President Trump signed an executive order continuing the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) through September 30, 2019.
PCPID is a federal advisory committee which promotes policies and initiatives that support independence and lifelong inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in their respective communities. The committee includes representatives from several federal agencies and 18 citizen members.
Appointments to the vacant positions on the Committee are expected to be made over the coming months, with the first meeting of the new membership announced shortly thereafter.
October 4, 2017
ACL Awards Disaster Assistance Grants in Texas and Florida
ACL has awarded two grants totaling $485,558 to assist with recovery efforts in Texas and Florida following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission received $300,000, and the Florida Department of Elder Affairs received $185,558. Both are one-year grants.
The grants are provided under the Older Americans Act, which authorizes limited funding of state units on aging (SUAs) and approved tribal organizations to help offset the costs of meeting critical needs of older adults in recovery efforts following national disasters. To receive the funding, eligible organizations must submit an application to the Administration for Community Living. ACL will be working with Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to coordinate their applications in the coming weeks.
In Texas and Florida, the grants will be used as follows:
In Texas, funding will be distributed to eight Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) in affected areas to help fund additional staff, overtime costs, and purchasing services and supports for people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The project anticipates more than 8,000 older adults will be helped through case management, advocacy and benefits counseling, as well as the purchase of services such as prescriptions, meals, transportation, gift cards for basic home and personal necessities, health maintenance, and other support based on assessment of needs. The President issued a disaster declaration covering 39 of 254 counties in Texas due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey, which included massive flooding.
Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) will use the $185,558 to assist AAAs in meeting the needs of older adults affected by Hurricane Irma, which hit Florida on Sept. 4, 2017. The state will use the funds for gap-filling services such as replacement of shelf-stable meals, which were depleted immediately following the storm and provision of emergency medications, transportation services, repair assistance, and the like; In addition, the grant will support outreach and case management, including assisting elders in accessing disaster services; legal aid services to help older adults deal with insurance companies and contractors, and overtime costs AAA staff. All 67 counties in Florida are included in the disaster declaration, and all 11 of the state’s AAAs will receive assistance through this grant.