Caregiver Action Network (CAN)

Caregiver Action Network (CAN) (formerly known as the National Caregiver Association) is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family […]

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MAP Facilitators Resource Center

Making a Plan Peer Center Orientations These orientations were presented to West County Community Services (WCCS) participating Peer Centers in Spring 2022, preceding the launch of the MAP Program within those peer centers. 1. All Staff Orientation: Empowering Peers – Care Wishes Known & Honored General Orientation for All Staff about advance care planning with

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Peer Support Specialist Certification (SB 803) This website tracks implementation of Senate Bill (SB) 803 (Beall, Chapter 150, Statues of 2020) chaptered into law September 2020, requiring DHCS to seek federal approval to establish Peer Specialist as a provider type and to provide distinct peer support services under the SMHS and DMC-ODS programs. While services provided by peers can currently

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MAP Orientations & Resources

This section has videos for Peer Community Orientations to Advance Care Planning with Mental Health in Mind. In addition to videos for 5 minute, 15 minute and 1 hour orientations, PowerPoints are included along with adaptations for Peer Family/Friends versions. This section also includes Trusted Helper Guidelines, an Advance Care Planning Facilitator’s Job Description and

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Making a Plan Toolkit

The Making A Plan Toolkit includes a Workbook, a Forms booklet, and the companion piece titled: Mental Health Supportive Care Plan. In addition to helping you express health care wishes, the Making a Plan Toolkit can help clarify what to do with your important possessions if seriously ill or at the ending of life. Please

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Addressing the Needs of Medicaid Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) has compiled this compendium of resources aimed at lessening the impact of COVID-19 on Medicaid populations, particularly those at highest risk. This library, Addressing the Needs of Medicaid Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic, which assembles key guidance, reference materials and tools, will grow and evolve over time. Sections

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The Vital Importance of Advance Care Planning Amid COVID-19. If not now, when?

Judy Thomas, JD, Chief Executive Officer of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC), presents how to proceed with clients served in the COVID-19 crisis in a CCCC Blog post titled, “If Not Now, When?” April 1, 2020 . Differences between the Advance Health Care Directive and Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

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Vital Talk

Vital Talk has been at the forefront of improving serious illness communication a few decades now. Communications tools created by an accomplished faculty empower clinicians to communicate about serious illness empathetically and effectively, enabling them to feel less burnout in the process. In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Vital Talk created a “COVID Ready Communication

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COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources contributed by members of the nationwide Supportive Care Coalition (SCC). These resources address the palliative care program needs emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic and are regularly updated. Includes recording for webinars re: Implications for Clinical Practice, Bioethics, Long Term Care Challenges, numerous links to hospice and palliative care websites with resources of value.

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Health Care Decisions Aids

At this link you can find Health Care Decision Aids specific to: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Artificial Hydration, Tube Feeding, and Ventilator published by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of CA. These helpful booklets explain the complex topics of life-sustaining treatments in consumer-friendly language with neutral, evidence-based information. During the COVID Crisis digital versions of these

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