ANCOR is pleased to announce that the Administration on Community Living (ACL) has awarded a grant to the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) to build business capacity in the aging and disability services networks.
ACL’s Administration on Disabilities awarded The National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) a “Business Acumen for Disability Organizations” grant of $750,000 per year for three years. Their project will:
· Develop baseline knowledge about current disability CBO involvement and ongoing needs to engage in development and implementation of integrated care systems;
· Provide training and technical assistance for the disability networks to build their capacity for operating effectively in integrated care systems;
· Convene and provide targeted technical assistance to 10-15 state teams using a learning collaborative model; and
· Engage with integrated care organizations, managed care plans, and other health care entities about the needs of consumers and the role of CBOs.
“Building the business capacity of disability service organizations and networks is important for providing home and community-based supports that are growing in demand,” said Aaron Bishop, Commissioner of the Administration on Disabilities.
NASUAD will partner with the American Association on Health and Disabilities, American Network of Community Options and Resources, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, MERCER, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, National Council on Independent Living, National Council on Aging, National Disability Rights Network, Community Living Policy Center at the University of California at San Francisco, and Research and Training Center at University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration. The team includes a variety of perspectives and experience on disability, along with NASUAD’s experience leading collaborative projects and providing training and technical assistance support.
A second grant, the new “Learning Collaboratives for Advanced Business Acumen Skills” grant was awarded to the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) and will provide more in-depth learning opportunities for CBOs. In coordination with other technical assistance providers and national resource centers, n4a will:
· Organize and conduct three to five topically-based learning collaboratives to address advanced business issues, such as continuous quality improvement, infrastructure and technology, generating and maintaining volume, data pooling, and more;
· Provide targeted technical assistance to networks of community-based aging and disability organizations; and
· Advance knowledge and capture insights through the learning collaborative to incorporate into future curriculum for national dissemination.
The grant maximum is $500,000 per year for three years. n4a brings deep expertise in building business capacity among CBOs, including their National Aging and Disability Business Institute. Partners in the project are the American Society on Aging, Evidence-Based Leadership Council, Independent Living Research Utilization, National Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels America, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, and Partners in Care Foundation.