Formerly IGSW News | VOLUME 20 | MARCH-APRIL 2013

From the Director

Center Will Develop National Training and
Certification Program for Options Counselors

By Scott Miyake Geron

ScottHere at the Center, we are still getting comfortable with our new name, our new business cards and door signs have not yet arrived—but we have been busy.

The most exciting development is that the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL) has just awarded a contract to us to serve as one of the leading organizations in a major new workforce initiative of ACL and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The initiative will help older adults and people with disabilities gain access to long-term-living services and supports and will improve outcomes for consumers and service providers.

Using our expertise in creating validated, skill-based online training, we will develop a national training program for ACL "options counselors," who are set to play a key role in Aging and Disability Resource Centers across the country. We will be working with eight states in a three-year demonstration, leading to creation of a national curriculum and certification program. A national roll-out of the program is scheduled for 2015.

The ACL has stated that the Options Counseling Program will be a key tool for states to use in "rebalancing" their long-term services and supports systems toward community-based services and away from institutional care. The systems will be "more person-centered, more efficient, and more supportive of community living." We are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this effort.

Scott Miyake Geron, Ph.D., is director of the Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research and an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Boston University.

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