Submitted by Shannon Gahs, Associate Director, DE Government Affairs (GAO)
The Governor’s Commission on Building Access to Community-based Services, Health Committee, determined its new agenda last week. With support of representatives from Family Voices and Family SHADE, the committee will work on ensuring that all Delawareans eligible for community-based services know what they qualify for and how to access care. At the suggestion of a representative from Nemours A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children and me, the committee will also be working to ensure that all Delawareans, especially children, have access to quality home health care.
Submitted by Tara Montague, Manager, Client and Family Advocacy, NJ and Rick Hynick, Director, Client and Family Advocacy
Client and Family Advocacy Manager Tara Montague has been busy visiting service offices with Government Affairs Office (GAO) Director Louise Lindenmeier to talk about client and family advocacy and the Hearts for Home Care program. So far, we’ve managed to visit with nine offices with more being scheduled every day.
Additionally, on January 27, GAO Director Rick Hynick had the pleasure of meeting with Kim Minor, Pennsylvania’s Northeast Regional Coordinator for the Special Kids Network (SKN). SKN helps to identify services for children and families who care for individuals with physical, developmental, behavioral, and emotional needs. Supporting families in overcoming their challenges by utilizing community support services is a large part of what SKN accomplishes on a daily basis. SKN will be working with BAYADA by promoting home care advocacy as they will be attending and taking part in our community home care support group meetings.
Overall, our offices are excited about having our clients be more involved in our advocacy efforts and supporting our legislative visits.