Proceedings from Groundbreaking Policy Conference Released
SAN FRANCISCO -- Family Caregiver Alliance has released the Proceedings from its invitational state policy conference held October 29-30, 1999.
The conference, entitled Family Caregivers: Partners in Long-Term Care, featured a wide array of policy discussions that:
- increased the visibility of issues affecting the growing numbers of family and informal caregivers;
- informed state policy-makers about their critical role in supporting and strengthening family caregivers; and
- encouraged states to replicate model caregiver support programs or develop strategies to strengthen the role of family caregivers in long-term care.
The conference included a mix of plenary sessions, breakout workshops and facilitated work groups, all of which are represented in the Proceedings.
Presenters included: Robyn I. Stone, Dr. P.H., Executive Director, Institute for Policy Research on Long-Term Care, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging; Stephen McConnell, Ph.D., Vice President of Public Policy, Alzheimer's Association; Jeannette Takamura, Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Aging, Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Richard Browdie, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Aging; Stephen Mayberg, Ph.D., Director, California Department of Mental Health; Andrew Scharlach, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley and other well-known experts in long-term care.
Representative Barbara Boyd (Ohio), Representative Lawrence Emerton (New Hampshire), Assemblywoman Lynne Leach (California), and Assemblywoman Carol Murphy (New Jersey) gave their perspectives in the legislative panel.
Day two of the conference consisted of action-oriented work groups focusing on strategies for policy development and legislation at the state level.
Funding for the conference was provided by the Archstone Foundation, Pfizer and Eisai, AARP, and the California Department of Mental Health.
According to FCA's Lynn Friss Feinberg, both days of the conference were an "exhilarating combination of information and energy that sparked innovative thought and action" among the legislators and policy experts who were present. "We're excited to see that several states have already begun work on new caregiver initiatives, inspired by the conference," she said.
The Proceedings are available for $30.00 per copy from Family Caregiver Alliance, 180 Montgomery Street, Ste. 1100, San Francisco, CA 94104. The companion volume, which was released at the conference, is a Survey of Fifteen States' Caregiver Support Programs. It is also available from FCA for $30.00.
Family Caregiver Alliance, founded in 1977, is a nationally recognized information center on long-term care and the lead agency in California's statewide system of Caregiver Resource Centers.
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