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January 2017 NYSCRC Newsletter
Welcome to the NYS Caregiving and Respite Coalition Monthly Newsletter.

Coalition Sustainability - We Need Your Input
The New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition  is funded under a time limited federal grant. NYSCRC is developing a long term sustainability plan.  We are beginning this process by seeking your ideas for sustainability and your thoughts about NYSCRC membership.  We welcome your feedback. Please follow the link to a short sustainability survey, and help us to continue to build the Coalition.
Home Health Care Crisis Campaign Launched
Mercy Care  of the Adirondacks serves as catalyst and facilitator of the  Caregiving Working Group of Essex and Franklin Counties.  Mercy Care for the Adirondacks, Franklin County Office for  the Aging and New York State Wide Senior Action Council  have launched a new Campaign to address the Home Health  Care Crisis in the Adirondacks due to a lack of an adequate  home health aide workforce. They are building a coalition of  supporters within and beyond the Adirondacks to advocate  for home and community based services in the Adirondacks  so that people might age in place more successfully.

Legislative Corner
In December the National Respite Coalition and its National Organization Partners submitted a Transition Brief on Lifespan Respite to the Presidential Transition Team.

You can read thBrief Here

In January a new Administration will take the reins at the White House and the Executive Branch. In an effort to educate the incoming leadership, a brief on the background and success of the Lifespan Respite Program was submitted on behalf of the NRC and 36 national organizations. They also came together to lay out our recommendations for supporting Lifespan Respite in the first 100 days of the new Administration and the next Congress.
The National Respite Coalition and its partners in the Lifespan Respite Task Force, along with our bipartisan Congressional champions, will continue to voice support for Lifespan Respite in the coming year.
We need your help to make it happen!   

Action you can take today!

Us e your own voice! Power lies in a chorus
 of support!
You can communicate directly with the incoming Administration. To share your story about respite and to voice your support for the Lifespan Respite Program directly to the new Administration:
You can also write directly to the President-Elect and Vice President-Elect at:
Presidential Transition Headquarters
1800 F Street, NW, Room G117
Washington, DC 20270-0117
For more information, a suggested message, and talking points, visit the National Respite Coalition website

Train the Trainer Courses

NYS Caregiving and Respite Coalition is committed to assisting communities in growing a volunteer respite workforce. The Coalition offers "Train the Trainer" Courses for the REST Program. It is our goal to train leaders throughout the state in order to increase respite program opportunities for caregivers.  Some counties are eligible for support through specific grants.   REST Training Schedule
click here for schedule of class
New Respite Volunteers in Western NY
In December, we welcomed 9 new volunteers at the Parma Baptist Church in Western NY.   Parma Baptist Church received a NYSCRC mini grant to implement a monthly Drop In Respite Center for caregivers. We look forward to hearing more on the progress of this initiative!  Welcome new volunteers!
Western New York
Alzheimer's Caregiver Partnership

This Partnership of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, The Alzheimer's Association of WNY, and the following Counties Offices for Aging: Allegany, Cattauraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara and Wyoming along with the Pride Center of WNY, were one of the nine grantees for the Alzheimer's demonstration grant from the Department of Health. in 2016.  At a recent community gathering, the discussion was centered on how we give a seat to everyone at the table, in a variety of ways, in order to effect serious change for caregivers of people Alzheimer's/dementia  related conditions.  Ann Marie Doetterl - Executive Director of Catholic Charities believes that community partnerships are the key and poignantly stated "Together, we can do this and make history."  

The WNYACP partnership recently sponsored a REST workshop for 13 Trainers, giving the partnership the ability to train many volunteer respite providers in their community.  In addition, they are supporting faith based communities who express an interest in developing drop in respite centers.  WNYACP provides training, $500 for start up costs and materials, policies and procedures, a complete package to get them started. We applaud the example of WNYACP  as the Coalition works to educate an army of respite volunteers throughout New York State.

Visit www.wnyacp.org  for more information on caregiver supports and services in Western New York.

If you would like to see the great work of your organization highlighted in the NYSCRC newsletter, contact Doris Green

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