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OPINION: The Closure of Schools and the Decline of Child Abuse Reporting Due to COVID-19 — A Perspective from Five Social Workers

OPINION: The Closure of Schools and the Decline of Child Abuse Reporting Due to COVID-19 — A Perspective from Five Social Workers

By: Rosie Wolfrum, Edlin Vazquez, Maria Fonseca, Ivonne Martinez, and Adriana Sandoval

With the recent news that LAUSD will not be returning to in-person classes in the fall, many parents and advocates are concerned about children’s learning loss and how to provide childcare for many parents who still have to work to support their children. ..Read More…

Open Bridges: CalAIM and the Use of In Lieu of Services Offers Hope For Thousands of the Elderly Who Could Benefit From Skilled Nursing Facility Diversion/Transition.

By Jason Bloome

California is currently requesting stakeholder input for their CalAIM proposal, an ambitious undertaking which will streamline the delivery of Medicare and Medi-Cal services with the ultimate goal of transitioning the state to Managed Long Term Support and Services (MLTSS).  One component of CalAIM, the use of In Lieu of Services (ILOS), will ..Read More…

50,000 and a Swift Passage: Will Congress Continue the Money Follows the Person Program?

By Jason Bloome

Money Follows the Person (MFP), a federal program first launched in 2007, allocated $1.75 billion dollars over five years to fund state programs to transition participants from skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to home and community-based services (HCBS). In 2011 Congress extended the program and increased the program’s allocation to $4 billion. Forty-four ..Read More…

The Graying Population: Governor Newsom Calls for a Master Plan on Aging for California

By Jason Bloome

A gray tidal wave is looming on the horizon for California. Approximately 7.8 million seniors (65+) call our state home. By 2060, the number of elderly in California is expected to grow 3 times as fast as the general population. From 2010 to 2060, in more than half the counties, there will ..Read More…

A Puzzle With Missing Pieces

MLTSS cannot succeed in California without integrating assisted living facilities.

By Jason Bloome

Managed Long Term Support and Services (MLTSS) programs are quickly expanding throughout the nation. More than 24 states have MLTSS programs which consist of State Medicaid Agencies providing capitated payments to managed care organizations (MCOs) for the provision of LTSS, often in ..Read More…

A Silent Crisis

 

 Very few options exist in California for low-income families who care for the elderly with Alzheimer’s who could “wander”.

By Jason Bloome

Seniors are the fastest growing demographic age group in California. California’s Department of Finance predicts between now and 2026 the number of seniors 65 and older will grow by 2.6 million: ..Read More…

A Broken Hammer and Bent Nails: Better Tools are Needed for Nursing Home Transition to Succeed in California

 

By Jason Bloome

Of the approximate 100,000 patients on long-term Medi-Cal in California skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), at least 11,000 have low level care needs that could be met by community-based residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFEs) according to a legislative analysis.

The number of patients unnecessarily institutionalized could be closer ..Read More…

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away: Do We Have Enough Programming to Reduce Child Mortality?

 

By Tina Ho, Alheli Mercado, Eunice Ofalla, Tammy Van

The death of a child is a painful loss that affects family, friends and an entire community.

According to the United Nations (2008), nearly 2 million American children die every year due to conditions that could be prevented or treated with access to ..Read More…

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