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LSA Washington – October 4, 2011

A regular publication from the LSA Public Policy Office

Speak to Your Legislators Now!

The time is now for us as the Lutheran social ministry network to reach out to our members of Congress to make sure they understand the significant impact of the services and the supports we provide to low income families across this country.  Legislators need to consider LSA members as part of the efforts to spark job creation as well. Between the 2012 federal budget appropriations process and the deficit reduction conversation taking place through the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the "Super Committee"), this is a critical time to educate, inform and advocate as faith based organizations and nonprofit employers. 

We ask that you set up meetings with your congressional delegations, invite your legislators to site visits and reach out through your advocacy networks.  Other groups are already talking to the Super Committee specifically about how they would like to see deficit reduction happen including the US Mayors, the Chamber of Commerce, and Conference of State Legislators.  Please let us know as you continue your advocacy and relationship-building by contacting Meg Cooch at mcooch@lutheranservices.org and Bob Francis at rfrancis@lutheranservices.org.

Grant Opportunity for Those Working on Financial Security of Older Adults

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), through its National Neighbors Silver program, is seeking grant applications from community-based organizations dedicated to safeguarding the financial security of older adults. Successful grantees will achieve this goal through a multi-pronged approach, including community organizing, financial training and education, wealth preservation and more. The full Request for Proposals (RFP) is available on the NCRC website; applications are due November 4, 2011.

To learn about successful  grant writing and hear about the National Neighbors Silver funding opportunity, join a NCRC training webinar on October 11 at 1:00 pm (EST). We will provide guidance on the components of a successful fundraising proposal and offer an overview of the National Neighbors Silver opportunity. Led by NCRC's Director of Development, Bea Trapasso Dermer, this webinar will cover:

  • - Creating a logic model (more and more commonly used by government and foundation reviewers)
    - Highlighting your organization’s capacity and aptitude for leveraging resource
    - Building collaborative partnerships that increase funding potential
    - Crafting measurable results and demonstrating your organization’s capacity for success

We will also provide some insight into the National Neighbors Silver RFP review process, and have some of our 2011 recipients talk about their work.

All NCRC members are invited to attend, and to submit their questions regarding the National Neighbors Silver RFP ahead of time to nns@ncrc.org.

To register, visit: http://nnsrfp.eventbrite.com  For more information on the National Neighbors Silver Program and the Request for Proposal, visit www.ncrc.org.

Stakeholder Call TODAY about Real Choice System Change Grants for Affordable Housing

From HHS and HUD: Please join Henry Claypool, Director of the Office on Disability at HHS, and Ben Metcalf, from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, for a conference call on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at 2:00pm to discuss Support for States to build sustainable partnerships for housing. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the award of $1,980,000 in grants to six states to develop sustainable partnerships with State Housing Agencies. These Real Choice System Change Grants will result in long-term strategies to provide permanent and affordable rental housing for people with disabilities who receive Medicaid services. 

WHO:                   Henry Claypool, HHS Office on Disability
                              Ben Metcalf, US Department of Housing and Urban Development

WHEN:                 Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. ET

DIAL IN:              800-369-3334
 
PASSCODE:         HHS

A replay of the call will be available by calling 866-475-8043. No pass code is necessary.

For more information about the Real Choice System Change program, visit http://www.cms.gov/CommunityServices/30_RCSC.asp.

Webinar on Balancing Incentive Payments Program

The Friday Morning Collaborative is a coalition of national aging and disability organizations working together to protect and strengthen Medicaid home and community based services (of which LSA and LSA-DN are a part).  With support from The SCAN Foundation, the coalition is hosting ongoing webinars to provide information and resources to state advocates.  We invite you to join the following webinar:

Balancing Incentive Payments Program
Friday, October 7, 2:00 – 3:30PM ET

The Affordable Care Act provides $3 billion in new resources to assist states with transforming their long-term services and supports systems to improve access to home and community-based services. Effective October 1, 2011 eligible states can submit applications for the Balancing Incentive Payments Program. On this webinar, CMS staff will provide details about this exciting new opportunity and the application process. Leading researchers will also share recent findings on state service systems that underscore opportunities for system change within the context of challenging state budgets.

Speakers:
Anne Montgomery (Invited) (Senate Special Committee on Aging –Senator Kohl)
Effie George (CMS, Disabled and Elderly Health Programs)
David Braddock (Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, University of Colorado)
Enid Kasner (AARP Public Policy Institute)

Space is limited, so please register early and share lines when possible.  The webinar will also be recorded and made available for viewing following the event.  To register, please go to the following link: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/oc0cunahmuqa.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Offers Grant Opportunity

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute's (PCORI) first major funding opportunity will support approximately 40 projects that inform national priorities and advance methodology for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research. The purpose of the program is to inform PCORI’s ongoing development and enhancement of national priorities for patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), support the collection of preliminary data that can provide a platform for an evolving research agenda, and support the identification of research methodology to advance PCOR. All application materials can be downloaded from the “Funding Opportunities” section of PCORI’s website, www.pcori.org 
 
PCORI intends to commit up to $26 million under this program – $13 million per year for two years – in support of approximately 40 awards. Support may be requested for up to $250,000 in direct costs per year. For this program, PCORI is interested in the development of research methods, patient-oriented outcomes instruments, patient-provider communication and other decision-making strategies, building collaborative research teams with stakeholders, translating research findings into clinical practice, stakeholder engagement, and research agenda setting strategies that can be used in future comparative effectiveness research.
 
Contact: Erica Fischer, GolinHarris (703-522-0497 or efischer@golinharris.com).

Plethora of New Resources Available

Check out the important new resources below.

Nonprofit VOTE Unveils Voter Registration Toolkit
The new toolkit from Nonprofit VOTE - available in both English and Spanish - describes the role nonprofits can play in registering voters.  It come with the following: 
 
- Basic Principles for Agency-Based Voter Registration. This outline is accompanied by an easy-to-use checklist to help you plan and conduct registration activities.
- A "Register to Vote" poster, available in either English or Spanish, to help you publicize your registration efforts.
- Seven Reasons Your Nonprofit Should Register Voters.  This handout describes how voter registration benefits your organization, your clients, and your community.
- An online guide to voter registration for all 50 states.  Find eligibility information and registration deadlines, check your registration status or download a registration form.

Download the toolkit and associated materials directly from the Nonprofit VOTE website or order a print copy.

State Medicaid Updates Available from NASUAD
The National Association of States United for Aging and Disability (NASUAD) is putting out state Medicaid updates. HERE is the August edition, in which they track state Medicaid Reform Proposals.

Kaiser Issues New Report on Medicaid Managed Care
The Kaiser Family Foundation has issued a recent report on all 50 states and their moves to Medicaid Managed Care.  Watch the briefing HERE.  Check out your state HERE

Interactive Maps of New Poverty Data Available
Half in Ten has organized the new census data into an interactive map of poverty data by congressional district.  See the map HERE.

The map compares the 2010 data to 2007 to show the impact of the Great Recession on every congressional district across the country (and where the change was statistically significant). There are break-outs by gender and child poverty with racial and ethnic disparities to come soon. This can be a helpful tool in educating members of Congress about the need among their own constituents and how the Great Recession has eroded the middle-class in their district.
 
Half in Ten has also put out a map with the state data that includes break-outs by gender, race, and child poverty HERE.

 
 
 
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