Annual Report 2010
ILCNSCA received in late FY'10 and early FY'11 federal ARRA funds which are being used for expanding our web resources as well as improving our Community Education and Outreach capacity along with improvements in our human resources procedures. A key aspect for these funds is the marketing of the All People Accessible Business Project, APAB.
ILCNSCA depends on federal and state funds as its main source of revenue. We will provide services based upon those revenues to the best of our ability during '10 and '11 and into the future. Your support financially and emotionally is appreciated. Your advocacy with us to ensure that those with disabilities, especially those who have been economically marginalized and culturally excluded, receive access to services and supports for basic survival needs in the Community First agenda of our current governor as set forth in the Commonwealth's Community First Olmstead Plan. Despite the current economic downturn, we are hopeful that the Commonwealth will continue to implement the necessary shifts in whatever revenues are received to fully stop the institutional bias and reshape services and supports to a Community First system. We will be there, with you, to ensure that this happens.
In line with the Olmstead Plan and our mission ILCNSCA will continue to provide during '10 our mandated core services of information and referral, peer counseling, skills training and advocacy in line with our values:
- Consumer control,
- Dignity of Risk.
We will continue to implement, as funding allows, the Options program, formerly known as the Long Term Care Options Program, to insure there is informed choices by all who are considering nursing home placement or are in nursing homes and want to explore returning to the community.
We see the need in '10 for continued systems advocacy and linkage to options for affordable and accessible housing on the North Shore and Cape Ann for those at risk of homelessness, those in nursing homes who want to live more independently in the community, and partnering with our housing authorities to improve access to housing vouchers. Most importantly, we see systems advocacy as a means to prevent cuts to Personal Care Assistance Services, MassHealth services, and housing.
We will continue to work even more closely with our Aging and Disability Resource Consortium of the Greater North Shore (ADRCGNS) partners in serving more seniors and veterans.
ILCNSCA looks forward to increasing membership in '10, establishing more individual and workshop meeting room opportunities throughout our service area by collaborating with our ADRCGNS senior service agency partners, implementing the All People Accessible Business expansion of the RASP. We hope to see our work with local advocates on the appointments to the City of Lynn Disability Commission come to fruition, and hear that appointments might be made as soon as November 1, 2010.
We will continue advocating for additional subsidized and alternative housing/living opportunities for our brothers and sisters through additional partnerships for set asides with Local Housing Authorities such as we have with the Lynn Housing and Neighborhood Development, and smooth transition to employment for those with disabilities who choose to manage the risk of transitioning from benefits to salary. Now that the Governor has designated Massachusetts a Model Employer for People with Disabilities, we hope to assist our consumers to find employment that fits their skills and talents, despite the current economic climate.
We are continuing to work in '11 on increased affordable and accessible transportation options with North Shore Elder Services, Greater Lynn Senior Services, Elder Services Plan of the North Shore and the North Shore Career Center, Beverly Council on Aging, as part of our ADRC of GNS new task force, Greater North Shore On the Move (GNS OTM). Three projects under this collaboration have already been identified and more to come.
The following is a list of our FY'11 priorities:
- APAB marketing and additional surveyor recruitment and training
- ADRC GNA expansion of Options to our entire area
- Access to Housing through targeted workshops and advocacy
- Access to Transportation through workshops and collaboration with ADRC GNS partners
- Community Education on HRA and collaboration with Commonwealth on its dual eligible project
- Continued Assistive Technology access as an access site for the AT Loan and mini loan programs and targeted workshops and collaboration with MCB on their AT resources
- Improved referral resources for public on our web site
- Community education through our Legislative Breakfast
- Social and recreational activities
ILCNSCA invites any and all to work with us on these priorities along with our ongoing commitment to assist people in FY'11 to leave an institution and live in the community. Your participation as a member of ILCNSCA, volunteer staff as part of the All People Accessible Business (APAB) project, recipient of our services, involvement in our education and advocacy visits to elected officials, participation in social events, and attending our annual Legislative Breakfast, annual BBQ, and annual meeting is appreciated.
We have weathered tough economic times during our 23 year history and I am confident we will find our way to continue strongly. Thank you for your help in '10 and we hope that '11 is a better year for all.
Mary Margaret Moore
October 20, 2010