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Registration Is Live for ADHC Reopening and Rebuilding Virtual Education Series!

Registration Is Live for ADHC Reopening and Rebuilding Virtual Education Series!

The Adult Day Health Care Council (ADHCC) welcomes all nursing homes and adult day health care (ADHC) programs to its series of virtual educational sessions to strengthen and rebuild ADHC programs post-COVID-19. Closures have had a severe impact on ADHC programs, with program staff needing replacement and registrant populations requiring a full rebuild. Closures still persist, with over 70 programs still closed since the State authorized reopening in April 2021.

ADHCC's program content for this series is pertinent to all ADHC programs – those open and continuing to rebuild, those in the process of reopening after COVID-19, and those considering reopening. 

Register here!

Why You Should Attend:

This series is intended not only to help ADHC programs reopen and rebuild, but also to address the continuing challenges programs face in rebuilding census. While some of these issues may be solved by advocacy at the state level, much of the challenge entails establishing best practices to hire and retain strong staff for programs, building connections to potential registrant populations, and reconnecting with partners in the community. All of our ADHC programs continue to rebuild and grow and will benefit from this content.

In addition, the State will soon be making available American Rescue Plan Act Enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (eFMAP) funding for ADHC programs already open or in the process of reopening. Programs not in the process of reopening will not be eligible to receive the funding.

ADHCC encourages members and non-members to engage in this series of educational sessions to jumpstart the process of reopening so that your program can receive the eFMAP funding. Spending options will likely be direct payments to programs for staffing, purchase of vehicles, technology, transportation, and other items. The Department of Health (DOH) is slated to introduce this spending program in late spring, with distributions to be allocated in the fall.

Who Should Attend:

Current ADHC directors and staff, nursing home administrators, and potential ADHC program staff are welcome to attend.

What You Will Learn:

This educational series will focus on various aspects of reopening and rebuilding ADHC programs back to their pre-COVID-19 vibrancy. Attendees will learn about current reopening requirements, current COVID-19 management and infection control practices, the logistical details of reopening a program, new and existing referral sources and marketing strategies, strategies to tackle workforce concerns and transportation challenges, and implementation of the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Rule’s requirements for person-centered care planning and community integration. ADHCC board members will be presenting the sessions and providing an on-the-ground perspective and approach for attendees.

Sessions will be recorded, and slides and resources will be provided to attendees. Presentations will be meeting-style so that members can discuss issues and ask questions.

Cost of the Program:

$139 for ADHCC members

$189 for non-members

Session 1

ADHC Reopening and Rebuilding – Tues., April 25th, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Learn about new American Rescue Plan Act grant funding slated to be distributed to ADHC programs in 2023. We will also review what plans and policies ADHC programs must provide to DOH for reopening, current COVID-19 management and protocols, essential steps to rebuilding, a look at the revised Part 425 regulations for ADHC, and the logistical nuts and bolts of reopening your ADHC space.

Session 2

Person-Centered Care: It’s a Culture Change  Thurs., April 27th, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

ADHC programs have taken the lead for years in assisting their registrants with the care and services they need. Now, we must reframe this practice according to the HCBS Rule and move to a person-centered care approach. Using changes in our language and communication, we will help staff reframe how to talk, plan with, and assist registrants to obtain the care and services they need and desire. We will also spend time walking through some traditional care plans and compare them to the new person-centered service plan (PCSP) approach, also touching upon facilitating and achieving community integration of registrants.

Session 3

Strategies for ADHC Workforce Recruitment & Retention – Tues., May 2nd, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. ** With a Bonus Segment on Transportation

ADHC programs have the challenging task of reopening and rebuilding from scratch and doing so during a health care workforce crisis. Learn more about how to recruit and retain your staff and keep them with your program, including employing hiring strategies and incentives. We will also discuss some creative options for staffing your program as it slowly builds to a more sustainable level. Presenters will also review current ADHC transportation methods and some of the challenges we have been experiencing with a brainstorming session from members.

Session 4

Building Back Census – New and Old Referral Sources and Helpful Marketing Strategies – Thurs., May 4th, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Join us for a review of standard and new referral sources for ADHC programs. COVID-19 has created some opportunities to serve new registrant populations. We will also review new ways to create partnerships and connect with other providers and entities who can help build your program.

Contact: Meg Everett, meverett@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8871