Congratulations to Amanda J., nominee of the Servant’s Heart Award!
Taken from DHS Facebook Page
Department of Human Services Commissioner Crittenden surprised GGS Board member, Amanda James, with the good news that she had been nominated for the Servant’s Heart Award. The Servant’s Heart Award, presented by the Georgia Children’s Cabinet, sets to recognize people who are making differences in their local communities through volunteerism. The award helps reflect the meaning behind First Lady Sandra Deal’s platform, “With a Servant’s Heart,” which is her commitment to reach all Georgians to spread awareness about the importance of volunteerism. Amanda has been invited on a personal tour of the Governor's mansion and will receive a commendation from the First Lady.
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Pictured below, Amanda J., DHS Commissioner Robyn Crittenden and DAS Director Dr. James Bulot.
Appropriations Bill Including $350 Million for Alzheimer's Research
The Alzheimer's Association, the leading advocate for federal Alzheimer's disease research funding and leading provider of caregiver support, celebrates the announcement from House and Senate appropriations leaders that details their intention to pass the largest increase in history for Alzheimer's research funding — $350 million — in the FY2016 budget. Read more here.
Innovative Housing & Community Support for Adults with Autism Prize Challenge
Currently, more than 3 million individuals in the US are living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and around 500,000 of these individuals will be entering adulthood over the next ten years. Autism Speaks is inviting people from around the world, from any background to submit innovative, breakthrough ideas in the following three home and residential support solutions:
- For individuals who require 24/7 support
- For individuals who require daily support
- For individuals who require weekly support
Learn more about the contest, prize and details by clicking here.
GGS Board Member, Ann Williams, Receives National Advocacy Award
Ann Williams has been selected as the recipient for the Janet Tulloch Memorial Advocacy Award for the 2015 Consumer Voice Leadership Awards. This award was established in 2000 after the death of Janet Tulloch, a nursing home resident, author, committed advocate and long-time member of the Consumer Voice’s Board of Directors. It honors a citizen advocate, family caregiver, or long-term care consumer who has worked directly with and for consumers to improve the lives of long- term care consumers.
Federal Strategy Needed to Help Ensure Efficient and Effective Delivery of Home and Community-Based Services and Supports
Five federal agencies within four departments fund home and community-based services and supports that older adults often require to continue living independently in their own homes and communities. The Administration on Aging (AoA) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Transportation (DOT), and Agriculture (USDA) provide funds, often through state agencies, to local governments and community-based organizations. Read more here.
Lasting Impact for Healthcare Workers: Reflections from Jennifer Craft Morgan
We encounter many inspiring individuals through our work at The Hitachi Foundation. As part of our 30th year reflections, we are reconnecting with those from our network who continue to make a difference in their communities.
This week, we share insights from Jennifer Craft Morgan, lead evaluator for the Jobs to Careers initiative – a collaboration between The Hitachi Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (with additional support from the U.S. Department of Labor). Jobs to Careers (J2C) used work-based learning strategies to train over 800 front-line workers, the majority of whom achieved pay increases, professional credentials, or college credits.
- See more here.