This inventory lists resources for health and social service professionals interested in enhancing their outreach and support for older Veterans and other older adults who have or are at risk for behavioral health conditions. It covers resources on topics including post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide prevention, long term services and supports, and more.
by Ginia Bellafante
“Last fall, a special investigator for the United Nations presented a report to the General Assembly on the global housing crisis, pointing out that a quarter of the world’s urban population now live in ‘informal settlements’ or encampments, increasingly in the most affluent countries. The fact-finding mission took the investigator to cities like Mumbai, Belgrade and Mexico City, where she found rodent infestations, children playing on garbage heaps ‘as if they were trampolines’ and people living in shacks or in damp abandoned buildings full of exposed wires.
“At the invitation of academics and advocates, she also went to to San Francisco, where the median home price is $1.6 million.
“There she witnessed equally deplorable conditions. Crucial to the report’s assessment was the finding that the city’s resistance to providing help and basic necessities in the encampments there qualified as ‘cruel and inhuman treatment,’ which was in line with violations of international standards of human rights.”
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by TARA BAHRAMPOUR, The Washington Post
“Mary Gerace has lived here since 1963 and loves it. But at 73, she worries that someday she may become too frail to stay in the rent-controlled third-floor walk-up apartment where she has lived for 42 years. Then, she fears, she won’t be able to afford to remain in the city.
“‘I’m fine now, thank goodness, but a surprise fall or a serious illness could change that,’ said Ms. Gerace, who retired three years ago from working in human resources at a small company. The low rent on her apartment, which she shares with her brother, enables her to own a car, eat out sometimes, and take occasional day trips.
“But local senior housing facilities she has looked into cost many times more than what she now pays, and far more than her savings would cover. ‘As I look around the Washington area, I realize that I’m going to have to look outside of here,’ possibly to another region of the U.S., she said.
“In the next decade, the number of seniors who are middle-income is projected to soar, and a large share of them will be unable to afford housing and care, according to a recent study published in the journal Health Affairs.”
by Michael A. Incze
“What Is Osteoarthritis?
“Arthritis is a painful condition that affects joints. Infection, inflammation, and years of wear and tear can all cause different types of arthritis. Wear and tear, called ‘osteoarthritis,’ is the most common type in middle-aged and older adults. In osteoarthritis of the knees, the protective padding (cartilage) in the knee joint has worn away. This causes pain at the knee joint with standing or movement.
“Why Do I Have Arthritis of the Knees?
“Osteoarthritis is very common. Nearly 1 in 5 adults older than 45 years has knee osteoarthritis. Risk factors include being older than 45 years, prior knee injury, obesity, female sex, arthritis in family members, and/or physically demanding occupations.”
Community HealthChoices (CHC) is Pennsylvania’s mandatory managed care program for individuals who are dually-eligible for Medicare and Medicaid and individuals 21 years of age or older with physical disabilities. Managed care is new for long-term services and supports, but Pennsylvania has provided physical and behavioral health care through a managed care model for many years.
This transition will create questions. Please reference the attached fact sheet for information about how care providers will work with CHC’s managed care organizations to deliver quality care to CHC Participants.
CHC is live in the Southwest and Southeast, and we are preparing for implementation in the remainder of the state on January 1, 2020. Make sure you and your coworkers have the information you need about CHC. Take our 30-minute online training here.
If you have other questions about CHC, view our comprehensive question and answer document online here.
A listserv has been established for ongoing updates on the CHC program. It is titled OLTL-COMMUNITY-HEALTHCHOICES, please visit the ListServ Archives page
The Department of Human Services is partnering with the University of Pittsburgh Child Welfare Resource Center to recruit for the Pennsylvania Citizen Review Panels (CRP).
The CRPs are groups of volunteer citizens who are tasked with examining policies, procedures, and practices of state and local agencies and making recommendations to the Department of Human Services regarding changes or implementations that will improve the child welfare system in PA.
CRPs partner with state and local?children and youth agencies and rely on maintaining respectful and positive relationships with these agencies to complete their work.
To watch a video about Pennsylvania’s CRPs and to learn more, including their mission, vision, function, and members visit the website at
We are currently working to recruit additional members to all three panels in the Northeast, South Central, and Southwest regions.
The recruitment period will remain open until June 15th.
An online application can be accessed through the “Join” page on the CRP website.
Referral information can be sent to the CAPTA Program Development Specialist, Kari Coccagna, firstname.lastname@example.org or at (717) 795-9048.
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“Judy, 79, is a New Jersey woman who was defrauded out of nearly $200,000.”
by David Brancaccio
“Judy is 79 but reads as 15 years younger. She hops the high step into her mid-sized SUV, hits the button for public radio (not just for my sake) and expertly pilots through the streets of her seaside town.
“The plan is to visit one of the scenes of the crime, the gift card rack at a local Walmart.
“Department store gift cards are a favorite money transfer device of fraudsters. Over a two-week period, just after Thanksgiving 2017, Judy got caught in an elaborate scam that cost her close to $200,000. That is a fortune to most of us, and it was a fortune for Judy.
“Judy is a registered nurse, skilled in the operating room. Well into what most would consider their retirement years, she still does fill-in nursing work. She goes to exercise classes a few times a week.”
“‘I look back and I can’t imagine what I was thinking,’ Judy said.”
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