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>> to reduce the risk of covid-19 transmission at public meetings. orderly, the act has strict rules. the governor's executive order has suspended those rules, the executive order does require that we continue to notice meetings in advance. the department has met all of the applicable notice requirements. members of the public may attend this meeting through, and they may offer public comment by calling the published public comment phone number. i would like to welcome the members of the public and staff who are watching us live on sfgovtv. the commission asks and thanks you for your patience during these unprecedented times. we ask the public to have patience and expect delays and gaps during the
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meeting, particularly during public comment. all panelists and presenters are asked to mute themselves while waiting to presenter. i would especially like the people in the background who are making this completely possible. justin sico, and the sfgov staff who make this all happen. so thank you very much for that. secretary, could you please take the roll. >> thank you, president. commissioners, say present when i call your name. >> vice president janet spears? >> present. >> clerk: commissioner sasha bitne? >> here.
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[roll call] >> i would like to start by making a motion to remove from our agenda item "g," that will be presented at the may meeting. do i have a motion from commissioner for that? >> any move. >> commissioners, a second? >> second. >> from commissioner carrington, can we please take the roll? [roll call]
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>> we'll move on to communications then. >> the next item three is communications. we would like to provide further instructions for the public comment process. public comment will be available on each item on this agenda and during general public comment. both channel 26 and are streaming the number across the stream. each speaker will be allowed three minutes to speak. comments or opportunities to speak during the public comment period are available via phone call. during each public comment period, the callers will be instructed to call 415-655-0001, access code i.d. 1877956431, ##. when connected, you will hear the meeting discussions, but you will be muted and in listening mode only. when your item of interest comes up, dial *3.
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the best practices are to call from a quiet location, speak clearly and slowly and turn down your television or radio. you will have three minutes to speak. you will be in fomed by informey the moderator when you have 30seconds. after 30 seconds, you will be muted and placed back into listening mode. and public comment can be submitted by e-mail. if you submit public comment via e-mail, it will be forwarded to the commission and will be included as part of the official docket. are there any communications at this point? okay. we'll move on. >> okay. thank you very much. commissioners, your next item is agenda item 4, approving the minutes of wednesday, march 3, 2021, dos commission meeting. are there any comments or questions from the commission regarding the march 3, 2021 dos
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commission meeting minutes? okay, seeing none, is there anyone from the public who wishes to comment on this item? >> moderate, please open the phone lines for public comment. we will allow some time for the public to enter the cue. justin, do we have any callers in this cue? >> ma'am secretary, there are no callers in the cue. >> great. okay. thanks a lot of then do we have a motion to approve the minutes of the march 3, 2021, das commission meeting? from commissioner long? and a second from -- >> second. >> -- from commissioner jones. ma'am secretary, could you please take the roll call?
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[roll call] >> the vote is unanimous. >> great, thank you so much. commissioners, item 5 is the executive director's report, and i would like to welcome shari mcfaddon to our meeting. >> president, thank you. good morning, commissioners. as usual, i'll start with the federal level. i don't have a huge amount of information today, but you may have read that biden is calling on congress to put in the -- in the infrastructure bill to put $400 billion to expanding access to quality affordable home and community-based care for the aging and people with disabilities.
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it will help hundreds of thousands of americans obtain the long-term services and supports they need, while offering care giving workers a long, overdue raise, and an opportunity to organize or join a union or collectively bargain. so this is obviously very, very big. it has a long way to go before it passes, but we haven't seen anything like this in i don't know how long. and so this is something that is certainly going to take a lot of advocacy at the county level and at the state level and at regional levels, and multi-state levels. i think it is just -- it is really an opportunity, and yet we know that there will probably be a lot of reasons that it's going to face challenges. so it is very exciting that it is out there, though, and especially this early in this administration. it would expand general access to long-term care services under medicaid.
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the president believes more people should have the opportunity to receive care at home. in a supportive community from loved ones. the plan will expand access to home and community-based services and extend the long-standing money that supports innovations in the delivery of long-term care. it will also put into place an infrastructure to create good middle class jobs with a free and clear choice to join a union. and the home and community-based services expansion can support well-paying care giving jobs that include benefits and the ability to collectively bargain, building state infrastructure to improve the quality of services and to support workers. this will improve wages and quality of life for essential home health workers and yield economic benefits for low income communities and communities of color. so that is, again, super exciting on one level, and then it also will just take -- it will be a big lift to get this to pass, or at least to partially
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pass. the other thing that is happening is at the national level -- not national level, but with our national association of area agencies and aging, they've got a several day forum coming up that they generally have in washington, d.c. and i actually don't have the dates right in front of me right now, but i will ask bridget to send that out because since it is virtual, we actually can send commissioners, if commissioners are interested, and we can send some advisory council measures. i'll ask her to send it out today or tomorrow so that people have it, and you can let bridget know if you're interested in attending. and then at the state level, there continues to be activity related to the master plan. right now the big items are in the budget and legislative items, which you'll hear about when you hear the legislative report. the other thing is that
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the state is kind of putting together a group of -- a set of work groups that will help drive the master plan forward. so we'll be hearing mour a more about those. the first one they set up was the equity work group that is going to look at equity in aging across the state. but they will be setting up other ones as well, and we should be hearing about those, and the members will be from each of those groups. and then -- so that's really it, well, state-wide, the other thing that is happening, again, there is a one-day workshop -- i'm sorry, a one-day conference, i guess you would call it, on april 22nd, that is led by the california association of area agencies on aging in partnership with the -- sorry. every time one of these acronyms, i'm like what
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does that stand for again? the california federation of independent living center, so it is a joint presentation, like the one that we had back in december, when we had a one-day conference then. that's another one if commissioners are interested, you can sign up and attend. it is just the one day. so if you're interested, bridget can send out the information, and then you can let her know if you're interested in attending. so that is also happening. and then locally, we're looking at a couple of different things. one is really looking at our place with respect to api hate, the violence that has been happening and thinking about ways that we as a department can support work that fights that. so one is we are collaborating with the d.a. victim services commission, self-help for the elderly, and our two elderly contractors, and
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asian islander pacific outreach, to conduct outreach to older adults about street safety. we're in the process of developing some materials that are accessible and translated to educate olders adults about what they can do to increase their safety, such as wearing a money belt. and, also, the mayor announced two weeks ago, i believe, that the city is doing a number of things. and one piece of it by das is the expansion of a program we're calling the senior escort program. this is not the one we used to have. it is a new one. it is a critical part of education and outreach to api communities, and is really encouraging victims to report both the verbal and physical assaults. so we're working with the district attorney's
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victims' services commission. they have a hot line to report hate crime incidents. i can give the phone number if that is helpful. 628-652-4311. and then just to go back to the senior escort program, that's a program where with the partnership right now with self-help for the elderly, where there are escorts available, when people call in, who can go out and walk people to appointments and things that they need to do. so we're going to track the need there. and if we need to increase that program, and increase the funding for that program, we will do that. and just the vaccine
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program. cindy koffman has been working with the department of public health to ensure that older people and people with disabilities have access to the vaccine. and so right now there are some community-based events that are coming up at lighthouse for the blind on fridays through may 7th. there is a vaccine site, it was initially for blind and low-vision folks, but now it is open to all people with disabilities and their care-givers. university of the pacific has kind of variable dates for their clinics. and so there is a schedule, but originally that was for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, but now it is open to all people with disabilities. the appointments are booked online, and the people can value the vacs call center. and the university of san francisco in partnership of kaiser, has a clinic
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from the 12th through the 29th of april, also open for all people with disabilities, and people can book their appointments through the call center. you don't have to be a kaiser member to participate. we just want to make sure that people are accessing these sites that have been designated for people with disabilities. we really were concerned about people having to fight through the lines in the regular booking system with everybody else, especially as on april 15th when it kind of opens up to everyone 16 and older. so it is great that d.p.h. and das has worked on that. and then we're continuing to work with d.p.h. on mobile vacs and ensuring that older adults are getting the vaccine as well. >> great.
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>> and i also just wanted to put in front of you -- we talked about this a little bit -- well, let me back up a little bit. the other thing we're working on right now is reopening. and thinking about not only our own reopening, which we're talking about, when do our offices open up? what is that going to look like? are we going to have people in several days a week? have we going to continue to have mobile work and teleconferencing? and that's an ongoing work. and we're doing that not only as das, but how to do it in our services agency, trying to make sure we're all on the same page. because we don't want to be telling staff one thing when our partner organizations are saying something different, unless it makes sense, which in some cases it does, depending on the work function. we're also thinking about this reopening as part of the entire city family. so we'll be continuing to talk about what that looks like. the other reopening that
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we're talking about is how we support our organizations that do cong congregate work to reopen, what that means, how we make sure that people are safe. so we have come up with some reopening check-lists, and we're working with or non-profit providers to figure out what this is all going to look like in the next few months. probably everybody has noticed that the colored tier system is going to go away, and basically california, you know, if all goes well -- california -- at least governor newsom will be saying that things are opening up in the summer. and so that will happen in san francisco as long as our health director feels that is safe, but we're working on that now. the other thing that we did this last month is we had our racial equity townhall meeting. that was our second one. our first one was last january. and it is really great. we got to hear from a
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number of staff who are working together on racial equity work. as i mentioned to you before, the first part of this work is really focused on our internal practices, our h.r. practices, and things like that. it is really great to see staff getting so engaged and involved and excited about this work. last year i think we mostly had the talking heads, the department heads, and things like that, and this time we really had staff from different levels from our organization from the human services agency, talking about what racial equity means, what the work is going to be and what the work has already been, and so that was super exciting. and the last thing is it is kind of a call-out to you. i mentioned this before, but i'm going to mention again: this spring das will be hosting listening sessions with older adults, adults with disabilities, veterans, and care-givers, as well as our service providers and other community stakeholders to better
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understand the needs of our black, indigenous, and people of color consumers. the purpose is to identify areas of need within these communities, particularly in the context of their engagement, or not, with our services. we hope this will deepen our understanding of the consumer experiences within our services. and we're going to use the findings from this research to develop recommendations regarding our allocation of resources, our collaboration, our outreach, and other actions that reinforce equity. so our staff have already begun this work, and i'm really excited that we have a number of staff who are really excited to do this work. we have different work groups. and i call them kind of like vertical teams because we have people at all levels of our organization involved, and they're supported by our planning team at h.s.a.
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i feel really great about the work that we're going to do. the people on these groups have come up with some great ideas and questions and ways to outreach. and our planning team is really helping to ask the right questions and figure out how we collect the data and how we get to a deep understanding of the needs in the community. so we're really hoping that you all can help us connect with organizations and individuals that we may not already have ties to. each of you is a san franciscan. each of you is part of a community, either a work community or friend community, families, etc. and so i'm just hoping putting out an ask to you do help us with this process -- we're going to have these focus groups come up, and people who are involved in the focus groups will get a stipend. and we really want to hear from as many consumers as possible. and we want to hear from organizations we don't
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know about. with your permission, a d.c. from the planning unit will be reaching out directly to each of you to have a conversation and find out what -- how you might help in this process and how you might link us to some of the folks in your communities who could help give us the information that we need. and so i think that concludes my report, president knudson. >> okay. great. thank you very much. i'm sure -- thank you for figuring out a very good way to get us involved in this. it will be very specific and concrete. we should all be prepared for a call. so with a list of people that we think might be terrific that should be listened to. so i think that is something that we've all wanted to do, so we're eager to help. so thank you for setting that up. and then so many items in just a month, so thank you so much for stepping up
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around the violence against the asian community, especially in the elder community. and i was very pleased to see that later in this meeting we'll be approving, hopefully, funding for escorts. again, i felt very pleased and proud that we're a part of that effort. i also would say you gave the number out, but people can also call the hudd number, and there are other easy ways to connect. i'm so grateful that our vaccine turnout, people heard what was needed in the disability community, and that that is being addressed. so thanks for that. we'd like to hear from other commissioners. any questions or comments at this time? [audio is breaking up]
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>> i'll go with commissioner -- >> can you hear me? >> yes. >> this is commissioner barr. >> i can hear you. welcome to the meeting. and i can see you. [audio is breaking up] >> okay. welcome. all right. then i think we had commissioner bitner wanted to speak and then commissioner jones. go ahead, commissioner bitner. >> yes. i've been listening.[speaking th interpreter] i've been really happy to see the seniors have gotten vaccinated. and i'm wondering if we have any numbers for
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younger with disabilities. >> commissioner bitner, that is a great question. and i don't have the answer yet. but if i get it in the course of this meeting, i will share it with all of you. >> i'm very curious.[speaking th interpreter] i'm very curious. thank you. >> thank you. >> commissioner jones. >> yes. i just want to (inaudible word). i want to express my appreciation for the work in addressing the api. [audio is breaking up] >> and also the work that is being done to address
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this issue. so thank you for your leadership in this. in terms of the vaccine, i just have a question. you mentioned that you have community events, and there are a number of different organizations or agencies are sponsoring events, as well as the mobile act. is there a place where other people have access to all of that information? where do they find out where to go and how to set up appointments and so forth? from my perspective, it seems to be a lot of going on, but there doesn't seem to be like a centralpoint centrt or coordinated effort to let people know where all of this is going on. >> so we've been trying to keep all of the information on the sfgov website. if you go to the sfgov website, and go to covid, there is a number -- there are a number of links on
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there. and the city is really trying to keep it up to date and keep the communication going through the joint information center at the covid command center as much as possible. and also partner with our community agencies so that people get the word out. but, yeah, it's hard. i've gone on there a number of times, and i find that it is not always quite up to date. there are things that are happening this week, for instance, that may not be on there yet. but they are trying really hard to keep it up to date. i just got a text to go back to commissioner bitner's question real quickly. we've been hearing that many people with disabilities have been vaccinated, commissioner. and we've heard through the call center when people schedule, as well as from the independent living resource center and lighthouse, that those resources have been very, very well used, but we,
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unfortunately, don't have good numbers. so, again -- and commissioner jones, to go back to your question, people can go into the sfgov website and access there. they can access the vacs call center. and that generally has the most up-to-date information. >> okay. thank you. >> commissioner wong. >> okay. i forgot to unmute myself. [laughter] >> directors, you mentioned it is a new senior escort. what are the requirements and eligibility is there, and what kind of escort
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services are they providing? >> it is really people who are older who are concerned about going out and about by themselves. and they can call the number. and self-help has a couple of staff people who are available to walk someone -- for instance, walk them to the bank, walk them to the grocery store or to an appointment. in addition to that, the mayor's office is working very closely with self-help to build up the volunteer capacity of that program so it is not just the paid staff people, but there are also volunteers who can help support that effort. the other thing that we're doing is we're looking and trying to track where more needs are outside of chinatown. initially we started it just in chinatown, but we know there is an issue across the city, in the tenderloin and a number of other neighborhoods. so we're trying to see how it works and see if we can
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get the kinks out of this system. and we may be working with self-help or other organizations to expand this across the city. >> so currently self-help is the exclusive partnership with us -- >> with us right now, yes. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> okay, any other commissioners' questions or comments for the executive director? okay. i think we can move on. thank you so much. thank you for just a month's work, and this is quite a few things, so thank you. >> thank you. >> we'll move along to employee recognition. if you can call that agenda item. >> item 6 is the das employee recognition. executive director mcfaddon and the das commission will honor shari from the (inaudible
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word). >> bridget, do you know if teresa is on? >> she was. >> there you are. >> good morning. >> how you doing? >> i'm doing fine. i'm pretty good this morning. >> that's great. >> so, teresa, it is exciting that you are employee of the month for the month of april, 2021. and i know, you know -- i have heard such good things about you, and i've seen you in action a few times, and i know you're a leader not just in h.h.s., but in das as a whole.
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and you've really stepped up, and you've done great and innovative ways to serve clients, and also you're a leader within the team that you work with. and in addition to that, you've really taken on a lot of the racial equity work and are a leader there. so i'm going to read would your co-workers and colleagues have said about you because they know you better than i do. i want to thank you in advance for all of the great work wour doing for das. employee of the month april, theresa rey. threes sha has many years of experience supporting individuals and families across generations. prior to working at i.h.h.s., she worked with children youth and families. at the non-profit edgewood, she worked with children in crisis before going on to work with at-risk teens in the san francisco unified school
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district. theresa provides assessment and supportive services to older adults and people with disabilities who need home care to remain safely at home. she has demonstrated her ability to work with complex cases, treating her clients with compassion, dignity, and respect. she has a natural way of building trust withher clients. she assists clients to connect with other community resources, while empowering clients to advocate for themselves. at a home visit, we saw how theresa used her social work skills and sense of humor to connect with a family that was new to i.h.h.s. she was clearing struggling due to a worsening health condition. at the end of the meeting, she made sure the client did not underreport her needs and had the family laughing and claiming she made her day. over the years, theresa has participated in a
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number of program work groups. most recently, she joined the racial equity work group to assist with guiding the racial equity work, and implementing changes within the agency to further advance racial equity. we're so honored to have her as part of the i.h.h.s. team. theresa, congratulations, and thank you so much for all of your hard work. and congratulations on being our employee of the month for april 2021." do you want to say anything? >> wow! that was a lot. i didn't plan on saying anything, but it feels good to know that people have recognized my work. i want to thank you all of you because all of my co-workers or part of this, and i feel like i'm accepting this award not
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just for myself, but for them, too, because we all do hard work. and sometimes it goes unnoticed, but i am glad that it has been noticed, and i do thank you. and i appreciate this employee of the month. it makes me feel good because at the end of my day, what matters to me is my clients. and i like to go in and try to make a difference. i want to help people have a better life. i want to thank you and i appreciate everything. >> if i can just jump in on behalf of the commission, theresa, thank you so much for your work. we love this part of the meeting every month, to hear about the employees. and i cannot think of a
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better decision but to do this this month when president biden has introduced such an historic change and attitude around and hopefully new beginnings -- just new improvements for i.h.h.s. workers. and as we advocate for this, we will think about what we just learned today, about you and what you've done. so thank you very much on behalf of the commission for your work. we're very pleased that you got the award this month. >> thank you. and i'm so glad that we are looking at making changes because it is well-needed. it needed to happen a long time ago, but it's here. and now it is time for us to work together and come together and make the changes. >> all right. well, thank you very much. >> thank you.
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>> i think we can move on to our advisory council reporter. >> commissioners, item 7 is the advisory council report, presented by ms. diane lorne. >> good morning commissioners and director mcfaddon. i have three reports, and it is rather lengthy. i'm just going to highlight key points and then i'll submit, as i always do, to bridget the detail behind it. at last month's meeting, i reported on the connector program, and commissioner carrington asked if there was one in her district. we did a follow-up and the one thing i wanted to point out is that basically if, according to the community living campaign's website, where they look for established
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connector programs, are those neighborhoods that don't have a senior center or community center within walking distance for a large number of their residents. so they're looking for churches, parks, one another's homes where they can establish those programs. so basically there is not one in commissioner carrington's district because there is a robust senior center. [audio is breaking up] >> i looked at who -- which districts have those programs, and they're looking to expand as things move forward. mid-town terrace and sunnyside have new programs coming on line, and they're looking at different models as things move forward. we unanimously approved the area plans -- the area agency plan for 2021-2024,
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this year's update, and i know that is before you today. we continue to work on membership. i'm hoping that this is the last month that i have to report that we've lost a member. josh halsted has decided not to seek reappointment due other pressing and competing commitments. so that is a commission appointment, so we'll be looking to refill that with your, hopefully, approval of your four members today. and that leaves us with three commission vacancies, and we're working really rapidly on those. we have some applications that are pending. our challenge is with the board of supervisors, so we will get letters out this week. and then shari had offered to help us, so i'll follow up with her as well, probably after this meeting. i have the e-mail
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practically ready to go. where we need help, district one, supervisor chan, and supervisor 5, a new opening there, and supervisor 7, and district 10, and i want to thank publicly commissioner carrington for helping us -- she reached out to some folks to see if there was anyone who was interested from district 10, and there was no one. and then district 11, supervisor safai, where we have an expired term. so the letters will be specific to those districts. in district 8, supervisor mandelman, the representative is working with the supervisor staff to be reappointed. so we're getting there. our report from the dignity fund meeting on march 15, the key points where planning to develop
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senior housing with the mayor's office of community development. i hope i got that definition right from the acronym. looking at about 1,000 housing units for seniors over seven years, and it will be done over multiple years. the funding is attached to tax revenue and to real estate development, and given these times that most probably will have an impact. the lgbtq adult survey that i reported on in the last couple of months, their target was to survey 500 people. they not only reached that goal, but they exceeded it, so thank you for your help there. the responding group with dr. adelman, the report was very diverse. the report will be reported out on the details in may. the their telehealth telehealthproject is in the firt
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stage, and they're looking for funding. this is coming under a covid-19 health pilot project. and they're looking at -- they have applied for some grants, and they have received some. and then they have applied to the city for grants as well. and this will help for telehealth business with the lgbtq community, senior community. our unhoused seniors ad hock group project gave their first project. they won't go into the details, but it is loot the ad hoc we did a few years ago, for informational purposes, and to enlighten the council. so they've completed a serious of interviews and reached out for data, and they have additional interviews planned. some of their momentum was curtailed by covid-19.
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and then we have a new coordinator in place to handle our site visits. as we said, we're planning a six-month virtual -- a test of the virtual site visit while all of the sites are physically not open. we're going to be looking at the list not only citywide but as districtwide, so the board representatives will be able to visit them. we've engaged our collaboration with das on the education committee that has kind of fell by the way side. with the covid and all. and we have our second meeting scheduled on monday to begin moving forward. and so we're excited about that. and we had one announcement, and that's our senior power in district 4, the connector program.
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they're opening up, in a sense, and using the san francisco -- the sunset wellness on mercontail avenue, and it basically will be a showcase of artists and other information, and masks are required. so we'll have a report next month. i'm going to go right into the joint leg committee. march was a bigger month as bills in january have fallen into place. we had 43 bills to review. we focused on those that are addressing the goals of the master plan. and they are -- and then the advisory council has asked that we track some
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bills on mental health issues. so i think one of the bills has already been -- i don't know if it has been filed, but that was a bill to extend the moratorium on evictions until june 30th of this year. so that has moved forward. a number of these are focusing on paid family leave, self-sufficiency, obviously telehealth, a telehealth patient bill of rights so that we can be sure that rights are maintained and then medi-cal eligibility is being examined. and this is one we're tracking. there is a whole self-sufficiency track that is being looked at.
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looking at elder independent adults, and one that will define elder adult -- an elder as a person who is 60 years of age or older. and a depend adult as a person as between 18 and 59. currently the existing law describes an elder as someone who is 65 years of age and older. and that gets confusing when you're looking at federal monies, state monies, and that can be confusing when you've got different requirements. so the definition of an independent adult, that parameter will change as well. that is, again, part of the master plan requirements. work on long-term care and long-term services and support, one bill would
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establish this -- this is a senate bill and an assembly bill with exactly the same wording, which is really unusual. and this would establish long-term -- long-term services and support benefits board. looking at changing protective orders for elder and dependent abuse, and it would be held in the probate or family division of the superior court. and that is moving through. again, the evictions changed. oh, one that we'll be monitoring closely is residential care facilities for the elderly, electronic monitoring. this is where someone would have cameras within the room, and the requirements for signage that the use of electronics either inside a resident's room by a
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resident or certain areas of a facility by the facility under specific conditions. and the bill spells all of these things out. so we'll be watching this one, and if you want more information, let me know. i think that -- this references something that director mcfaddon had mentioned -- [audio breaking up] >> -- the california commissions transition program, and this provides supervised services in coordination with money following the person during the transition period. again, this one is moving. this bill would sunset in january of 2029, but the repeal date could be
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extended. and the master plan is really looking at the next 10 years moving forward. so i think those -- oh, the other one that i wanted to point out was property taxation. but this would be an automatic clearing house for payments, which would allow -- would authorize a board of supervisors to adopt a resolution or ordinance to implement monthly property tax payment programs. so rather than paying as we do in san francisco in two payments, it would authorize the homeowner -- it would allow a homeowner to pay in monthly installments, their property taxes. and then there was some bills we didn't get to. one is on veterans' services notice. so we'll be talking more
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about that at our april 21st joint leg meeting. provider orientation -- so there were a number we just plain didn't get to due to the time constraints. and then -- so i'll make sure i focus on those first next month. it is quite a big year legislatively as we move forward. director mcfaddon did mention that the equity group that was formed for the master plan -- i wanted to point out, somewhat disappointedly, is that they do monthly seminars on the aging, and
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they're at the same time as the commission meeting. so i will do a little more research to see if those are posted online afterwards. i thought, oh, this would be interesting, and then, of course, we would all be double booked, so i'll keep you posted on that. i'm sorry? >> i think it is a good time to break in. vice president spears, did you have a question? >> i'm sorry. >> no. i really appreciate this so much. you mentioned a little bit about the telehealth bill of rights. are there any bills that are being tracked around -- i'm going to call it broadband in general -- are there any bills moving forward in that way? because broadband is the new electricity. and, you know, we're moving quickly towards telehealth for everything, and i'm just concerned about our elders who don't
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have broadband access to begin with. >> let me go back through the list, and then i will write a note that we can forward to you. one thing i was going to point out is like in mendocino county, they're working on a federal broadband program, a pilot program, for emergency services because, like in mendocino, the broadband services are so horrific -- not horrific, but they're challenging. so there is a program that way. but i will definitely look at that because it seems to me we looked at one earlier, and i don't know if it made the list. and if it didn't, we'll make -- i'll let cindy know that we need to look at that one. >> thank you so much. >> no problem.
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>> let me write it down or i will forget. so my last report is the tack report. the california commission on aging administers the a.a.a. council of california. and it represents the 33 areas on aging and advisory council throughout the state. and that's one of my responsibilities as president of the advisory council. so we had our meeting on march 9th. in our june meeting, which is targeted for the second week of june, we're going to be talking about shared housing which is something i know our housing team is looking at. we had a couple of presentations. one was on the master plan for aging. and it -- they talked about the five goals,
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which are housing, health re-imagined, inclusion and equity, not isolation, care giving that works, and affordable housing. and what amanda lorne, the project director of -- california's department of aging, she pointed out there is a two-year program that has started, and they're pairing with some programs already in place as a way to move things forward. so for housing for all ages and stages, they're working with san diego's beyond cars program, and that's looking at housing alternatives. under health re-imagined, they're partnering with the health plan on partnering for health care. inclusion and equity, not isolation, partnershiped
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with los angeles county on purpose full aging. and in care giving -- they're partnering with contra costa county on their health care pathway, and affordable housing, they're partnering with san francisco, project home key, and the covid expansion. so that was a big smile one, to be part of the goal. there are 23 strategies all in place, and i'm putting in my notes where you can get the details. they've put together a playbook for counties to use. focusing on engaging leaders' data, a step by step, just how to build out your plans for implementing some of the initiatives, or bringing
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the initiatives local, as we're doing with project home key. and they're developing, with among the 10 cabinet agencies that are impacted, they're developing some strong partnerships to implement the master plan, master plan on aging in the community, and doing it together with impact. one of the things that has been pointed out, pointed out by ms. lawrence and pointed also at other meetings, is that covid really -- and director mcfaddon has said the same thing, has changed so many discussions. the key thing there is to vaccinate all 58, and there is a website, they're working to combat mis- and disinformation,
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and creating materials with various languages with a context focused on cultural and multi-cultural approach. and $52 million has been awarded to 337 community-based organizations. and that was through march 9th, who are trusted messengers who can get the message out. and they gave us a covid-19 hotline. that's the california hotline. and also that number in the chat. each area agency does a report on what's gone on in the agency between now and the last meeting. and i'm only going to mention -- i have detailed some of the highlights, but one of the ones i thought was interesting on the vaccinations was eldorado county, who is
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using highway 50 and setting up mobile vaccination sites along the highway because it is throughout the county, and it is a point that everybody uses. and so that just struck me as something that was really, really good. and then another group using scouting to write over 10,000 letters and cards that they put in their grab and go meals. those are always one of the best parts of the meeting. >> thank you so much and for all of the work that you do, president lawrence, on those three committees. do we have any questions at all from commissioners or comments on any of those basically reports, on the advisory council report, legislative committee report, and the tack report? anything else from
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commissioners? and i just want to note that we get a really great -- ar minutes, any additional information that you put in there is also very, very helpful. as the commissioners get to understand what happens in these committees, if you're not already participating in them, this is also a chance to add in comments or questions, so this is our point of input as well. so thank you very much. >> i have one -- >> yes. >> they just got back to me, commissioner. >> okay. >> and there are several broadband bills -- that's hard to say -- and we will -- ie information on those. >> okay. it's infrastructure week as well here, right? [laughter] >> we understand how important it is. so thank you so much again. and i'll see you next month.
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i think we're going to move on to item 10 then. [please stand by]
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>> the final hundred thousand dollars that was budgeted to help the digital divide is now being allocated to adult day programs. so that would be adult health care models and we're probably looking at about $75,000 for devices. and about 50,$000 for technical support or connectivity support as well and then roughly around $10,000 for the evaluation
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process. so this is a pilot in collaboration with d.a.s.. and another $300,000 becomes available for the same project. and then secondarily our contracting process advocacy is complete. we worked with michael zog and the office of community partnerships on -- we have agreements on timing of the r.f.p. proposals, the contract complexity of the measures and reporting and new contract funding. so we had three meetings, the final meeting was on march 12th and we all have agreements on this with system strategies moving forward especially on the contract complexity and the reporting requirements that
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we're piloting for this next quarter to see how this works especially in the monitoring process, but it was a good process between o.c.p. and providers to get to some agreement on the contracting process. that could be challenging for providers and i'm sure it is for the contracting group as well. so we hope that we can find some efficiencies moving forward here. an update on the case study project that i mentioned last month, we are in the process again just to remind everybody, this is a case study project that will document the new service models that organizations adopted during the pandemic.
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and to highlight the successing and the new strategies that we had to adopt, some of the challenges and the efforts to inform community providers and government agencies both local and state level what we learned in adopting these new strategies and these new models of care during the pandemic. right now, we are in the interview process. so we have -- we've interviewed a couple of applicants already that we are working with the community living campaigns service program. so we are hoping to hire a service to coordinate this project. so, right now, we're at the beginning of our interview process. of course, access to the vaccine has been on everybody's
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mind. it's one of our collaborative efforts with d.a.s. and we all know that supply and location, transportation, assistance and some of the online registration have been barriers for our older adults and adults with disabilities to deal with. but currently, there's been a better fees on supply. call centers have really helped. mobile vaccinations, i'm sure you mentioned this and report mobile vaccination units that are helpful now and meeting seniors that don't have transportation or other assistance access and we continue to educate our participants throughout our programs on the vaccination efforts, the safety of the vaccines, where they can get
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them, what their needs are and an attempt to get the vaccine as well. i think lastly, what's on everybody's mind are the re-opening strategies that we're all trying to deal with. diane had mentioned that there's the c.b.a. webinar that conflicts with this meeting every month. so there's a c.b.r. webinar today with our sea bass partners that are discussing re-opening as we speak and that is taped and it is available, i know it is on the website and i can get that information for people that need it and want to view that. but, as far as what case is doing with this, we're going to convene a panel presentation and our case meeting on
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april twelveth next month with five panelists, three from the community providers and one from d.a.s., that would be cindy kauffman, the deputy city director and a panelist from the medical community and that's dr. jay luxenburg who is the chief medical officer on lock. so we hope to find that a rather informational panel and hopefully, we can answer some questions that the case membership has. i know we all have questions. i still have tons of questions and c.b.a. and c.b.a.s. is looking to open our services and there's still quite a bit to flush out there. so i think any information that we can have that is informative and help bring forth questions that people have are going to
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move this process along. so that's the case report. that concludes my report. >> commissioner: okay. thank you so much, mr. gallagher. are there any other questions or comments or inputs that commissioners might have for the case report? i don't see any. so thank you so much. and i want to just say it's so good to hear even the word "re-open" so i know it's going to be just as much work as it took to get us all through for all of these c.b.o.s that support us. but thank you for the work that's going to go into that and we'll be interested in it. >> you're welcome. it will be daunting but necessary. >> commissioner: yes. and a good thing. >> a good thing. >> commissioner: okay. and i don't think any other comments. so i think we're going to move on to item number 11. thank you so much.
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>> clerk: commissioners, item 11 is a report given by the d.a.s. committee nomination chair commissioner nelson lum. >> commissioner: president of the commission, the nomination committee met on march 22nd, and the -- this following action was taken. we voted to recommend the reappointment of the following people to the advisory council. dr. marcy adelman. allegra fortunati, louise hines, and anne warren. and, with that, i would like to make a motion for the reappointment of the four names i have mentioned. >> president: great. thank you for meeting and doing
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that work. commissioner lum, are there any questions or comments from the commission on these nominees? i know these are great nominees and we thank you for continuing to want to serve. anybody else want to make any comments? do we have anyone from the public who wishes to comment on agenda item 11? >> clerk: moderator, please open the phone line for public comment. we will allow some time for callers to submit their requests. >> secretary: justin, do we have any callers in the queue? >> madam secretary, we have two callers in the queue. >> secretary: thank you. >> hi. i'm the director of environmental justice advocacy.
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i've been listening to your commission meeting which i do from time to time and i think according to the brown act, you have to allow public comment on those action items. and, if you don't do that, then the meeting is illegal. so i see you're all over the place -- >> secretary: i'm sorry. this would only be for general public comment. your comment. this is -- now, we are asking for public comment for agenda item 11. >> okay. i'm going to wait patiently for general public comment -- >> secretary: okay. thank you. do we have the second? >> madam secretary, the second caller dropped off. so we have no more public
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comment. >> secretary: okay. thank you. >> president: great. we'll continue hearing no further public comment to speak on this item. we'll close public comment. is there a motion to reappoint to the d.a.s. advisory council dr. marcy adelman, allegra fortunati, louise hines, and anne warren? >> commissioner: i am seconding. >> president: you are correct. that's right. thanks for clarifying that. the motion from commissioner lum and then a second from our vice president spears. those individuals to the d.a.s. advisory council. we have a roll call vote to approve that from our secretary. >> secretary: [roll call]
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okay. [inaudible] >> president: okay. great. let's move on to general comment from the public. do you want to call that item? >> secretary: commissioners, item 12 is public comment a chance for members of the public to address issues that are not on the calendar. moderator, please open the phone for public comment. [inaudible]
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justin, do we have any callers in the queue? >> madam secretary, there are two callers in the queue. i am transferring now. >> secretary: thank you. >> caller, you may begin now. >> good morning, commissioners. my name's richard rothman. this is the first time i'm attending one of your meetings and it might be good to spell out what the acronyms are. it's hard following if one doesn't know what all these acronyms. you sound like you're just talking to yourself and you need to spell out the acronyms. what i came to talk about, i'm a senior citizen, i worked for the city 26 years and i see you have [inaudible] but i have two other items you need to take up. i don't know if you know the city wants to permitize, put in place permanently the shared spaces and as somebody who has
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mobility issues, i think this is going to take away parking even if there's a.d.a. parking and it's just going to make it harder for seniors to go to shopping or go to these restaurants if all the spaces in the streets are the restaurants. you know, this whole pandemic, i live in the outer richmond and it's just making it harder to live in the city, this whole pandemic. and, i think you should have a hearing on this and bring it up because this is really going to affect the senior citizens. and the other thing is the opening or the status of j.f.k., i don't know if you read today's paper about it. whether they should keep j.f.k. closed to cars and how this affects disability community. supervisor spears set up a committee to deal with this
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issue which she appointed me and there's still issues and i think that this commission that deals with senior services should be active and make sure that golden gate park if they close j.f.k. is acceptable to senior citizens. i'm concern about the conserve ensy of flowers, how that's going to be opened up and the parking in the garage. seniors have to pay $5 an hour to go park in the garage because there's no other parking. and so i think you should, you know, your commission should have a hearing and get the seniors involved in this because i don't want to be left out and sometimes i think m.t.a., you know, forgets about the senior citizens. your commission secretary has my e-mail. i'd be happy to send you -- >> caller, you have 30 seconds
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remaining. >> -- i'd be happy to send you the people you need to talk to from rec and park and m.t.a. to come and talk about this. we should be giving a report soon. i hope you'll add this to your long list of items you need to discuss. thank you, very much. >> thank you, caller. >> president: thank you. >> secretary, i'm transferring over the second caller. >> secretary: thank you. >> hello, caller. >> as i stated earlier, i'm the director of environmental justice advocacy. i've been an advocate in san francisco for 40 years. i have a suggestion. if ya'll can do the heavy lifting bringing 100 senior citizens for vaccination and we can have a quarter of a hundred
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senior citizens or we can have a quarter of 300 senior citizens. the days of the vaccination are friday, saturday, and monday. and, we can have the seniors instead of your just talking and talking and there's no action. i'm not saying that you haven't done some, but the senior citizens are dying and ya'll do not know about it. so we can do it at a location in the bayview. it's a beautiful location. you'll bring the seniors. somebody has to contact me so that i have a point person. you give me 50 names for friday, 50 names for saturday, 50 names for monday or you can up it to 100. and i will fulfill the obligation. i'm not into talking. i'm into action.
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some of ya'll know me and those who don't know me will get to know me. san francisco has let down the seniors. we have over 40% seniors. -- has let down the seniors and they have taken too much b.s. from the city. it is time for us to speak and i would say after every agenda item, a lot of seniors or whoever wants to speak to speak their mind. so this is a challenge for ya'll. i can vaccinate 300 seniors on friday, saturday, and monday. all under the san francisco general hospital, all the department of health. each one of them will be treated beautifully.
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we offer coffee, snacks. okay. i take that up on myself. so i want somebody to -- >> caller, you have 30 seconds. >> -- put operation in place. thank you very much. >> thank you, caller. madam secretary, there are no more callers in the queue. >> secretary: thank you, justin. >> president: move to old business then. >> madam secretary, there's an additional comment in the queue. just popped up. hello, caller. your three minutes begin now. >> good morning president and
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commissioners, director mcspadden and staff. thank you for your leadership and support in providing safety for seniors when they're traveling outside their homes for activities of daily living. as you might already know, there are crimes against the asian pacific islander community have escalated during the pandemic and created another level of fear for seniors when they go outside. especially now with more vaccinations and the city re-opening, we really need to support seniors accessing and connecting with services in their community safely. thank you very much for your continued support. >> thank you, caller. madam secretary, there are no more callers in the queue. >> secretary: thank you, justin. commissioners, this concludes
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the members of the public that wish to address you under general public comment. moving on to item 13. old business. please indicate if there's any old business that you would like to discuss. seeing none. we'll move on to the next item. >> president: great. thank you so much. commissioners, the next item of business is item 14 and this constitutes a consent agenda and is considered to be routine and will be acted upon by a single vote of the commission. there will be no separate discussion or presentation of this item unless a member of the commission or the public so request in which event, the matter will be removed from the consent calendar and considered as a second item. so are there any comments or questions from the commission regarding item 14, the consent
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agenda? seeing none. madam secretary, do we have anyone from the public who wishes to comment on agenda item 14. >> secretary: moderator, please open up the phone call. we'll allow callers to submit their requests. >> president: thank you. >> secretary: justin, are there any callers in the queue? >> madam secretary, there are no callers in the queue. >> secretary: thank you. >> president: then hearing no further requests to speak on the item. we will close public comment. is there a motion to approve the consent agenda. >> commissioner: so moved. >> president: from commissioner sklar and second from vice president spears. madam secretary, can you please do a roll call vote to approve item number 14.
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>> secretary: [roll call] >> president: commissioners, the next item is item number 15, new business and what we're going to do here is an informational review of fiscal year 2021 amendment plan and funding which is presented by alexander glisman. this does not require a vote and is presentation only. >> thank you. good morning commissioners and executive director mcspadden. my name is alex glisan.
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i'm here with you today to briefly review additional funding allocated through d.a.s. to the california aging amendment for the fisal care fiscal year 2021. each year, is
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so my report today will be fulfilled this requirement. c.l.f. provides homing community based using a two prong approach and then we have the goods and services the program serves adult san francisco residents with 2% of the federal poverty level. the individuals must be willing to live in the community with appropriate supports and they
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have to have a demonstrated need for this service or resource that will enable to live in the community and prevent that institutionalization. this whole program eligibility criteria is available in appendixa of the available plan. i i hope everyone has a copy. >> president: we do >> target includes individuals ready for the san francisco killed nursing facilities. individuals who are also at imminent risk of institutional placement, but they're willing and able to remain in the community with appropriate supports are also target population. the community program currently includes a p.g. housing fund that specifically provides housing subsidy to individuals conserved by a public guardian and meet c.l.f. criteria and
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also provides housing and subsidy support through willing corners. our contracted community partner that includes rental subsidy scattered sight housing units throughout san francisco. just a few noticeable highlighted reports. c.l.f. received a total of 125 new referrals. so this is a decrease from the prior period. this number is generally consistent with trends over the life of the program. most of these referrals, about 59% were eligible for c.l.f. as new referrals remain generally consistent. clients in the largest group at 40%. black or african american referrals are at 24%.
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latinx at about 9%. during this 6-month reporting period, c.l.f. served 344 clients in total. 70% of those are receiving the intensive case management and the purchase of equipment services through i.o.a. and then we have about 97 clients receiving that rental subsidy through brilliant corners. let's see. i think i also want to mention that during this period, c.l.f. continued to support that d.a.s. public guardian office through the p.g. fund which provides housing to meet both the public guardianship and c.l.f. criteria. there were four referrals during that six-month period, but a total of individuals
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served. c.l.f. through the rapid referred to the rapid transitions team during the july to september month. but the team has really helped over 50 individuals since it began in march. and then, for the annual plan, i just want to mention just a couple of highlights. the annual plan, we continue to work with brilliant corners to
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facilitate transition individuals from laguna honda to or other san francisco to the community. host a multi-disciplinary team meeting that includes d.a.s. and laguna honda. we will continue to support the animal bonding services for isolated lgbtq older adults and the adults with disabilities through shante projects for p.a.w.s. which often forego. so c.l.s. helps to increase the
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capacity for p.a.w.s. and for individuals who meet the criteria by funding, purchasing of tangible goods, and pet services like pet foods, supplies, and vet services. and that is it for the 6-month and the annual plan. >> president: okay. great. thank you very much as always for your report. those really do help us establish a benchmark. commissioners, do we have any comments or questions for ms. lapitan. seeing none. then we'll move on to the county veterans services. i don't know if tiffany's here.
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please kick us off with that ms. calf man. >> thank you so much knutzen. i am basically introducing. good morning commissioners and executive
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>> so since i really only have one slide in here, i will continue on and you will, alex, as you bring it up once you go to the first slide after the
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title page, then that would be perfect. so, commissioners, as you know veterans are eligible and engaged in many of the services that d.a.s. has to offer and some of these services like the county service veterans office are provided directly by the department while others are provided through partnerships in the community. and the slide that alex is about to bring up shows both of these types of services as well as some of the areas of focus that we have. they range from things like congregate meals and health promotion activities to more stabilizing types of services like money management. so to go through some of these i've asked alfred sims as well as tiffany kearney our analyst to tell you more about these
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programs and then answer some of the questions that you might have. i am providing the introduction since both of these programs for c.v.s.o. and d.a.s.v.s.. now i'm going to pause. >> hi, this is alex glisan here. i'm not able to share the presentation. the share button is grayed out for me. >> madam secretary, alex is the
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presenter, but it's not giving him the option to share for some reason. let me change it again. i believe this does the trick, alex. >> that looks like it did it. >> okay. alex has the ball. >> just a second. perfect. can you see the presentation now? >> yeah. and if you can go to the next slide, alex. >> yeah. sure. >> so this is what i was speaking of. we've got the d.a.s. veteran services including services that we connect with engagement and wellness type services as well as more stabilizing services. so part of what we want to do is i'm going to bring alex back to provide you with the detail
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of the c.v.s.o. budget that came out of february and he will in turn turn the presentation over to al and tiffany so they can talk to you about the c.v.s.o. and as well as the office of our community partners. so, alex, i'll turn it over to you. >> thanks, cindy. sorry, everyone, for the technical difficulties there. alex glisan budget analyst for d.a.s. here again. i've been asked today to kick things off with a few words about the current budget for the county veterans service office or the c.v.s.o. as we like to call it which is one of the many ways that d.a.s. serves veterans in san francisco. so as i hope we can see from the slide here, overall, the c.v.s.o. budget for the year is just over a million dollars.
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the vast majority which we will see goes for personnel cost for a seven-member team. when we talk about budgets, we always talk about two sides of the same coin, that is, budget sources, where these funds come from and budget uses on what services or goods do we spend funds. in the case of the c.v.s.o., the picture's pretty straight forward. if we look at our pie chart on the right, that's our -- excuse me, on our left, that's our sources chart. we can see 5% of the c.v.s.o. budget is provided through local, county, general fund dollars. another 12% comes to us as federal revenue. and then we have 12% from state veterans funding which we claim twice per year. federal state funds are of course, based to a great degree
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that the activities that c.v.s.o. staff perform on a daily basis with revenue being tied to health related assistance to veterans who are either medi-cal recipients or medi-cal applicants. the final slice of our sources pie on the left is the 11% we're receiving this year as part of a two-year grant from the state through the california department of veterans affair also known as cal vet. and that is what we have for our sources slide on the c.v.s.o. budget. a little bit of federal funding. few trafrjs of funding from the state. and local dollars. if we turn to our pie chart on the right is our uses chart. we'll see all of the cal grant funding goes to salaries and
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benefits. the cal vet grant supports a c.v.o. contract to provide legal claims assistance for veterans with mental health issues. al sims our lead at the c.v.s.o. over sees that contract and he'll tell you more about it in a moment. that in a nutshell is the c.v.s.o. budget. it may look small, but the work of this group touches many san francisco veterans. the c.v.s.o. is really only one aspect in the myriad of ways in which d.a.s. serves the veteran community. as you'll hear in tiffany's part of the presentation, many of those efforts flow through programs that technically reside in d.a.s. partnership. i'll now pass it over to al sims. >> hello commissioners.
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president knutze n. it's a pleasure to speak with how the vso utilizes this budget. i always like to point out at the beginning of any presentation is the fact that we bring more money in to the system than we take out in our budget. as you'll see here and click the animation please. as you'll see here, our current budget for our office is a little over a million dollars. if you click one more time, please. but our office generates more than $2 million in retro payments for nonpublic assistance back to the state. so we are actually a net net benefit even given the small budget that we have. we also generate money through retro payments from medi-cal and we serve approximately a 1,000 distinct veterans and claims services here in san
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francisco. next slide, please. now, part of the goal of our office is not just to connect our veterans to the federal resources so far as connecting them to their disability benefits, but also connect them to their resources they might not be aware of. one of those great resources is the federally funded v.a. health care. we work really close with the people at fort molly to ensure that all of our veterans who come into our office also are referred over to fort molly for health care. this causes them not to be a burden on our local health care system. we also help our veterans come back mental health treatment. we help them obtain housing through the federal vash program and supportive housing for veterans and families and we also connect them to nonprofit organizations in the community. some of those organizations we work really close with are the american region and as my
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colleague stated earlier, one of the ways we work with them is through a grant, the prop 63 grant where they contract out with us and they provide legal services for our veterans who have issues that may be beyond the professional capacity of my v.s.r.s because of mental health issues involved. and, one issue i really want to make really clear is that the reason why we're collocated at d.a.s., at the hub, is because we work really closely with intake and eligibility. we help them -- if we run into veterans who are not eligible for federal or state benefits, we ensure we connect them with our d.a.s. intake specialist to enroll them and find out if they're eligible for any resources available through the city or the county. and, one thing i want to point out about my staff, we do a lot of outreach in the community. and, as you can see, i heard someone mention diversity
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earlier, our staff reflects diversity completely. we've actually added two new staff members recently and they're both veterans from the local community with extensive experience working with our veterans. next slide, please. here in san francisco, and one of the reasons i decided to take this position is that i am totally committed to providing my service members military with world class service. due to the culture in san francisco, at times, the broader veteran community in the bay area founded not to be that veteran-friendly and one of the primary goals of my staff is to change that perception completely. as part of that goal, recently, i hired two new veteran service reps. both of them have experience working with the v.a. specifically on veterans claims, mental health and housing issues. we want our veterans to know that we are bringing veterans into our organization. now, we're over half of our organization are veterans and that we're committed to
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providing them with world class service. in two thousand twenty, our three veteran reps that were on duty at that time, processed 642 individual benefits claims. and, this may, you may not really grasp how large this is. those six hundred forty-two clients, my three reps, they act as a power of attorney for those clients for cases against the government for disability pensions. so these are really complex cases they're working on, so they have really huge workloads. during this time, they generated 244 medi-cal verifications and generated 254 medi-cal workload units. and, speaking out sought of plow shares to leverage their expertise and legal matters to ensure our veterans who are facing really difficult claims and are facing issues that may
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be beyond the scope of my veteran service reps even though they're trained extraordinarily due to continuous training, they're not lawyers. when my clients need lawyers, we send them over to plow shares through this prop 63 grant. we also work really closely with the housing agencies, hud, with the local hospital, the veterans hospital at fort molly to ensure that our veterans who are experience problems with housing but to temporary housing that are provided through special social work programs through the v.a.. and, last but not least, we also attend the veterans' justice court. we want veterans no matter where they are and what stage of life they're in to know they always have support from our team. we have the program specially
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designed for our programs. that they're willing to take some of the extraordinary measures to stay on that path. and that's really valuable to our veterans and we really work hard with the local superior court to do that. advocacy for our veterans is primary. next slide, please. and innovation. because we're such a small office, we're really looking at every opportunity to leverage current technologies for the betterment of our veterans. one of my first initiatives when i came on back in june was to help revamp our website, up-to-date links on that website and what i think is most innovative is that we made a virtual office. a veteran can access our website. he can schedule a virtual video appointment right from that link or with any one of my veteran service officers or with myself as the county
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veteran services officer. to manage this, we had two of our reps including myself trained to modify the website, to manage the virtual office, and all this was done at no extra cost to d.a.s.. next, i would like to introduce my partner tiffany kearney and she will describe not just working in the c.b.o., but working in the broader d.a.s. how we help our veterans. tiffany. >> thank you, al, for the introduction. i am a program analyst for d.a.s.. as mentioned by deputy director cindy kauffman earlier, d.a.s. provides services and programming for veterans either in partnership with community-based organizations or directly. d.a.s.'s office of community partnership is tribed with supporting community based
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organizations to provide services that address a wide range of needs across multiple and diverse populations of older adults, adults with disabilities and veterans. next slide, please. as noted in this current slide, over 2,000 veterans enrolled in d.a.s. o.c.t. services in fiscal year 19-20. representing about 5% of all d.a.s. clients. veterans accessed many of the programs offered by o.c.p. in fiscal year 19-20, there was a notable percentage of veterans at home with meals and counseling. in addition to our general programming that is inclusive of that trend, we offer programs and services that are
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specifically tailored for veterans and their needs. next slide, please. in the nutrition and wellness service area, we offer congregate meal programming at four veteran housing sites. this enables veterans to access congregate meal planning in familiar surroundings and among their peers if they choose to do so. next slide, please. in the community connection and engagement service area, o.c.p. provides two programs specifically designed to meet the needs of veterans living in the city through a partnership with source plow share. to provide effective and meaningful programming for
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veterans. the two programs on the slide both launched in january of 2018. next slide, please. both programs provide community and group activities. one-to-one assistance, social services and outreach. what is key in these programs is that our partnership with swords has allowed us to leverage their deep knowledge and understanding of the issues and obstacles that veterans face when accessing services to more effectively reach and engage vets in d.a.s. services. next slide, please. both programs have also been very successful. veterans who have participated in these programs report
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feeling more connected and better informed about other services in the community. veterans also report the program participation positively contributes to their quality of life and specifically in the supportive services and service connection program vets report that program participation helps support their independence and maintain permanent housing. both programs have continued to provide services during the pandemic just in modified ways to ensure the health and safety of the veterans and swords' staff. thank you very much for your time and attention. this concludes our presentation. if you have any questions, we are here to answer them. thank you. >> president: well, thank you, very much, all of you.
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this was an absolutely excellent presentation. this commission takes our obligation to veterans very, very seriously. it was enhanced most recently by the fact that we were asked by local voters in san francisco and in our charter now to make sure that we always have a commissioner who represents veterans and is a veteran and that is commissioner lum. so i just wanted to know if he wanted to ask any questions or make any comments first on this. most excellent presentation. hard for me to see people because we've still got the wonderful slides up. but here we go. commissioner lum, did you want to make any comments? >> commissioner: thank you, very much. again, thank you to the deputy directors cindy kauffman and your staff for such a wonderful
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presentation. one question i do have. first of all, will you be able to make these slides available to us? to commissioners? >> absolutely. i will send them to bridget. >> commissioner: thank you. and needless to say, when i spoke with the veteran community, the first question that came up is that out of a budget of approximately $430 million for d.a.s., that's only $1.1 million designated for veterans. so i -- if you have a better chart showing the percentage of veterans who are actually being helped because i understand the $1.1 million is predominantly for the county service office.
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you know, but veterans are also receiving benefits through other programs, but are they being tracked? >> so, commissioner, i'm going to answer that question, it's a really good question and we do serve veterans throughout all of our programs at d.a.s. and i think track that information in different ways for different programs. we can do the best we can to get that information for you. it's been a little bit difficult for us to always have a handle on it through our community based organizations, some people track it better than others and through our own programs, it's the same way, it can be a little bit inconsistent and we've been trying very hard to get better information about it. so we will continue to work on that and get you that information. but we do have all of our programs are open to veterans as well as to others.
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>> commissioner: thank you. >> president: any other comments or questions from other commissioners? commissioner jung. >> commissioner: yes. i just want to also say excellent presentation. very informative. it's been really helpful for me to better understand services that are being provided to the veterans and how well those services are being coordinated throughout the community. i just have one miner question, i guess towards mr. sims. in your part of the presentation, you talked about enrolling veterans in the federal funding v.a. health care programs and also, you talked about how staff has been able to process medi-cal claims.
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and i'm just wondering if you can clarify for me the relationship between the v.a. federal health care plan and medi-cal. >> so it's not a direct connection between v.a. health care and medi-cal. the v.a. health care plan is available to veterans who have a service connection of 0 or more. so when a veteran comes in to apply for disability insurance, he appoints us as the power of attorney in addition to applying for the financial benefits through the v.b.a., we submit a 1010ez to the hospital to apply for medical benefits also. that way we can ensure that the veteran is receiving the medical benefits even before they've been adjudicated having a service connected disability and the v.a. does provide a buffer time for veterans when we first get them enrolled and it also provides some exceptions for treatments during that period so that they don't get hit with a bill if
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they don't qualify for service connection. so we definitely make an affirmative effort to register all of our clients into v.a. health care. on the medi-cal, what we do there is we work closely with eligibility to verify if the veterans are receiving medi-cal and by doing these verifications, we can save the medi-cal money. so we -- they ask us, "is this person receiving health care through the v.a.?" we reply "yes" and that way it saves money and they're not required to enroll in other health care under the affordable care act. >> commissioner: great. that's really helpful. thank you. >> no problem. >> commissioner: great presentation by the way. >> president: any other commissioners? questions?
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comments. >> commissioner: yes. i have a question. >> president: please, go ahead, ms. carington. >> commissioner: you were just speaking to the medicare. to what extent does the medicare cover the disabilities for the veterans? >> we don't have anything directly to do with the medi-cal. what we do is if the veteran is receiving health care through the v.a. so that they don't have to apply for additional health care. so we don't have anything directly to do with the type of health care they receive from medi-cal. >> commissioner: okay. so as far as that goes, does medi-cal cover the extensive medical problems or issues that the veterans have or do they need to go to another carrier to provide the extensive care that they need? >> ma'am, i would absolutely be the wrong person for that question because i don't know
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the intricacies of the medi-cal program. i can say that veterans enrolled in the v.a. health care have a connected rating over 30% receive comprehensive medical care through the system. >> commissioner: okay. thank you. >> president: any other questions from the commissioners? all right. and then any -- beyond the many take-aways from this excellent presentation, it was good to hear that you're so embedded in our h.u.d. benefits. part of how we provide benefits and so anybody that got out of this presentation or question we often talked to members of the community how do i get hooked up. if we just give them that benefits number they can get connected with you. is that correct? or one d.a.s. number would begin that process for a veteran? >> that's absolutely correct. we work really closely with intake and eligibility at the h.u.b.. so if they call in to the
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h.u.b., we will definitely get it. >> president: okay. that's probably going to happen even more after this presentation. i think we will move on and let some of these people get to lunch. thank you so much for all the time and effort that went into this. we really appreciate it and i think it's going to make a big difference. so i'm going to go to next agenda items a through j. and the first one is item a, review and approval of the fiscal year 2021 area plan update for the california department of aging and our director shireen mcspadden. >> good afternoon,
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commissioners. i'll keep this briefing hearing fiscal plan update. we presented on this to you last monthment for your review and feedback. and as advisory council president, i noted we presented to them in actually over their last two meetings and at their last meeting, they did unanimously approve the plan. that's it. that's it. so just seeking your approval of the plan. >> president: thank you very much and, of course, we have an opportunity for the commissioners to ask any additional comments or questions, but we have already heard a presentation before on this issue. i don't see any questions there. then, madam secretary, do we have anyone from the public who wishes to comment on agenda item a? >> secretary: moderator, please open the phone lines for
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public comment on agenda item a. we'll allow some time for callers to enter the queue. justin, are there any callers in the queue? >> madam secretary, there are no callers in the queue. >> secretary: thank you. >> president: great. thank you. hearing no further request to speak on the item. we will close public comment. is there a motion from our commissioners to pass agenda item a? >> commissioner: so moved. >> president: second from commissioner jung. madam secretary, please take a roll call vote. >> secretary: [roll call]
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the vote is unanimous. >> president: great. thank you so much. congratulations on getting this through. >> thank you all so much. >> president: all right. commissioners, the next item is b and also requires a vote by the commission. the department of disability and aging services request authorization to renew the existing grant agreements with multiple providers for the pro vision of intergenerational programming for older adults and adults with disabilities for the time period beginning july 1st, 2021, and ending june 30th, 2023, in the combined amount of $1,332,964 and i believe we still have tiffany kearney here who will present the item. welcome. >> thank you. and now it's good afternoon, commissioners and executive director mcspadden.
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i am the program analyst for the six inner generational grants listed in agenda item b and we're asking the commission to approve their renewals. the department first presented these grants to the commission in february of 2019. each of the grantees launched an inner generational program. and for about 15 months, they delivered their programming as planned bringing together older adults and adults with disabilities with a generation other than their own to foster mutually beneficial interactions and promote community building. then in march of 2020, each of the grantees needed to change their program model because of covid-19. they faced challenges common to all of our community partners when thinking about how to provide services and programming safely during the
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pandemic. our inner generational partners were thoughtful and creative in determining a path forward during the first few months of the pandemic. and, within a short period of time, they were able to redesign their program offerings to accommodate social distancing using technology and online platforms such as zoom and low-tech options such as telephones and pen and paper. they also achieved many of the programattic goals such as developing friendships and relationships which for many participants has been especially important during this time of mandated social distancing and sheltering in place. i'm going to highlight one or two of the things that each of the inner generational community partners are currently doing to give you a sense of how they have been able to adapt.
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bayview senior services is providing creative arts activities such as painting, dancing, and story telling using virtual platforms in collaboration with schools and youth programs. they also have an inner generational blog on their website that show cases students interviewing older adults. kimochi expanded their inner generational tech program that merges college students with older adults to provide weekly support sessions and those older adults have been able to utilize their acquired tech skills to connect with youth groups and participate in other inner generational activities. lighthouse launched a virtual program called "sensing the seasons." lighthouse brings together their clients who
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belong to multiple generations using zoom to participate in this nation-based education series. mission neighborhood center provides their inner generational music, cooking, and tech support classes on virtual platforms. in addition, they recognize that some of their clients who live in multi-inner generational households were experiencing additional family stresses and began offering family support through inner generational group sessions with professional facilitators. openhouse has been piloting a new software designed to connect older adults and younger folks to apply technical support such as grocery deliveries and prescription pick-ups in addition to providing the more traditional, social, and
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emotional support for participants mentoring across generations program. is sequoia living to be a virtual program to focus on meeting the tech training needs of residents living in housing sites. they are able to provide training in multiple languages including cantanese, russian, and spanish languages. loner tablets for residents who are interested in the program, but lack the necessary tools to engage in virtual programming. although, we are not exactly sure how or when re-opening and in-person programming will resume, each of the grantees are committed to ongoing
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programatic from their clients. and the department is confident that the grantees will continue to be successful as the environment continues to evolve. thank you again for your time and attention and i'm happy to answer any questions you may have about these programs at this time. >> president: thank you, very much, ms. kearney and i think it's great. i remember hearing about this program when i first started rolling it out in 2019. it's very gratifying and thank you for the solid examples. that was not in the report we had. so i was very curious about what we ended up doing especially during our time to have the pandemic. and i would expect some of these might end up being success stories, the virtual platform, i have actually helped some people get connected that may not have been, but so good to hear that
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a lot of it went to helping people get connected with the technology. again, i think we'll have a lot of long-term effects. this is great to know. any other comments or questions from our other commissioners on this program which is so exciting? commissioner jung. >> commissioner: thank you, ms. kearney for the excellent report. i also echo president knutzen. it sounds really wonderful and really helpful and just the whole concept of inner generation work. you know, i'm very supportive. there's so much that needs to be learned and so much that can be taught. i just have two questions. you might of already answered them. i noticed this was one question
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specifically regarding the mission neighborhood center. i noticed in the area plan update that they were actually awarded an innovation achievement award by the national orientation of various agencies. i was wondering if you can tell me more about the programs that received that award. >> sure. that actually was this program. the mission neighborhood center, their inner generational program is called "weaving hearts" and the weaving hearts program is what received that award and that was the cooking class. they actually put together a couple inner generational cooking cook books and also the music class which was learn one teach one and also the tech
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components. so it's those three components that did win that award. i probably should of mentioned that. but that one did and we are super proud of them and honestly, some proud of all the inner generational providers how incredibly amazing they've been to pivot their programming, you know, they've been very nimble and agile and just trying to get it all right. i've been really inspired by their work. >> president: i also agree. thank you. the other question i had as with all the contracts, there was a target population that.
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i'm just wondering. is there any population in this particular grant? >> we can get that information. i don't have it off the top of my head, but definitely i can get that information to you. do you want it across all the grants. just a general idea. you know, i'm not wanting you to spend a lot of time to do that, but i was just wondering, is there a range are we covering all the different populations here in san francisco. >> sure. we can get that to you for sure. >> commissioner: great. thank you. >> president: i just wanted to say thank you very much for this report. i was one of the things i was
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most interested in and this is very helpful and the examples were extremely helpful of what's happening to the programs and i like commissioner jung, i look forward to the break-out in who this serves in the program. >> sure. pleasure. >> we need a break-out. by age group. so like and [inaudible] . >> can you repeat that? i'm sorry. >> we need to do the break-out.
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can you include younger people with disabilities. it sounds like a great set of programs. >> yes, of course. we will do that. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> president: thank you, commissioner bittner. we have a lot of interest in this program. madam secretary, do we have anyone from the public who wishes to comment on agenda item b? you need to unmute. >> secretary: sorry. please open the phone line for public comment. justin, are there any callers in the queue? >> madam secretary, there are no callers in the queue?
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>> thank you. >> president: great. then hearing no further public comment. do we have a motion to approve agenda item b? three seconds and three motions. i'm going to say vice president spears and a second from commissioner jung. madam secretary, can you please take a roll call vote to approve agenda item b. >> secretary: [roll call] . >> president: great. thank you so much. commissioners, the next item is c and also requires a vote by the commission.
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it's requested authorization to remove the existing grant agreement with self-help for the elderly for the pro vision of work support program for older adults, and younger adults with disabilities in the amount of $468,560 for a total amount not to exceed. welcome for the presentation. thank you. >> thank you. good afternoon the commission
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approved it and since then, self-help for the elderly has
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provided who provide care to older adults. the training program includes multibut increased preand post evaluations and their outreach has been through primarily through social media and word of mouth. the program was in compliant with all standards with no corrective action needed. i request your approval to enter into this contract. >> president: great. thank you so much. any other questions or comments from commissioners? commissioner jung.
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>>. >> commissioner: hi. thank you for the presentation. i just have two questions. one has to do with recruitment. do you know what self-help does in terms of recruiting for this program? >> they -- in terms of how they do it? yes. >> yeah. so previously, they would attend various job fairs and when they can do live various job fairs and other situations where job seekers may be looking for opportunities. over the last year, they've done a lot of social media posting and various platforms especially those that cater to the a.p.i. population. they also have depended a lot on word of mouth from other
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graduates and other people in the community and as things have started to ramp up a little bit more, they are trying to find virtual job fairs and opportunities to recruit people. >> commissioner: okay. thank you. my second question is do you have any information regarding placement after completed? >> i can get you detailed information, but the graduates over the course of the grant are working in various settings. i.h.s.f., a number of individuals work for other private home care agencies or home health care agencies, they were working in adult day health care previously, but those programs have not been operating, but i expect once they will do well again.
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and the same in i'm happy to provide specific information if interested in that. i just want to get a general and in terms of place why don't i get that out to bridget. >> is that readily available? >>? >> yes. i can get it for you. generally, people are employed.
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>> president: okay. are there any other questions on item c? >> commissioner: i have a question. >> president: go ahead. >> commissioner: for the training, was there any difference between caring for older adult? do they train about caring for an older adult. as opposed to caring for a younger adult with a disability or is there anything about like the disability rights movement
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or the independent living movement? >> there's two parts. the first question is they're, they are trained in personal care in giving so that they talk about, you know, they learned about both older adults and adults with disabilities. in terms of your second question, it really is -- it's a sort of hands-on care training. so those other areas are not part of the specific planning program. they have specific training in health care. >> president: any other commissioners have questions on
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item c? then, do we have anyone from the public who wishes to comment on agenda item c? >> secretary: moderator, please open the phone line? are there any callers in the queue? >> the item closed is there a motion to approve agenda item c. commissioner bittner has moved and a second from commissioner lum. madam secretary, can you please take a roll call vote to approve item c?
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>> secretary: [roll call] the vote is unanimous. >> president: thank you so much. the next item is d and also requires a vote by the commission requesting authorization to renew the existing grant agreement with self-help for the elderly for the pro vision of a peer ambassador program for older adults and or adults with disabilities during the period of july 1st, 2021, through june 30, 2023; in the amount of $456,910 plus a 10% con tin
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jenseny. melissa mcgee is here to approve that item. >> okay. and i have one more after this. so, again, good afternoon. i'm seeking your approval to renew the existing grant agreement with self-help for the pro vision of the peer ambassador program. and i do want to mention, i do believe bridget was able to send an updated appendix a, the objective summary table under the item "older adults supported by escort service." when you originally received the number, it was incorrect and for the number fiscal year 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.
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there's an annual of clients served for a total of 570 for the year. >> president: and, we did receive that. so it looks fine. >> good. so the community needs assessment reveals that districts one, 2, 4, and 11 tend to have lower participation rates in d.a.s. services including limited. to address this issue, the [inaudible] assessment report included recommendations to conduct targeted outreach to increase community awareness, awareness of services and to include use of peer ambassadors to increase disability of existing d.a.s. programs and services through a word-of-mouth approach. in february, 2019, d.a.s. presented this grant to the commission for peer ambassador program. the commission approved it, and
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since then, self-help for the elderly has provided it in san francisco. the grantee hires peer ambassadors to deseminate information about d.a.s. programs and services to nonprofit and/or faith based organizations, businesses, health care providers, housing site coordinators and other individuals who are likely to have contact with or knowledge of the target population. each district has at least one dedicated ambassador. the peer ambassadors are older adults and/or adults with disabilities who live in the city. the peer investors work closely with and are trained by the d.a.s. intake unit and the community aging and disability resource centers known as a.d.r krvmentd cs.
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in this to this grant, self-help for the elderly will provide escort services to asian and pacific islander seniors for activities to ensure safety on the streets of san francisco. activities including but not limited to doctor and dental appointments, bank visits, vaccination sites, pop-up testing sites, social activities such as senior centers, grocery shopping, etc. the escort services will either be on a one-to-one basis or in groups. once the referral is received, staff will confirm date, time, meeting place, types of activities with seniors and will provide the escort service. staff will meet clients and accompany them to their activity. in case of an emergency, program staff who provide escort services will accompany the individual and report all
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emergencies or potential issues to the agent crime unit. just to go back a note, during the pandemic and the peer ambassador activities, they've continued to -- well, they've conducted wellness checks on clients. they've worked to connect compliants that are occurring virtually and the peer ambassadors are now also participating in sharing resource information, promoting services and resources via social media and attending virtual activities as they're opening up to be available. program monitoring for this grant was conducted in september 2020. the program was in compliance with all standards with no corrective action needed. i request your approval to enter into this contract. thank you. are there any questions or comments? >> president: any questions or comments from our other
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commissioners? commissioner jung. >> commissioner: i just have a question. are we looking at item 15d and 15e at the same time? >> no. d is the renewal for the grant. e will be the modification to the rest of this fiscal year. >> commissioner: okay. so we're doing d right now. >> president: yeah. we actually do them separately. >> commissioner: okay. thank you. >> president: anything else, commissioners? >> commissioner: i had a question. >> president: commissioner bittner. >> commissioner: what percentage of the people served and the ambassadors of younger
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people with disabilities are younger people with disabilities? >> let's see. current peer ambassadors, one is a younger person with a disability. >> commissioner: thank you. >> you're welcome. >> president: any other questions from commissioners? we'll move on to public comment. and we've brought this up during the director's report. just want to say thank you so much to the department as a whole for taking and moving ahead with a program like this and being so flexible and providing the service right now
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for the timeliness of this, and if anyone, if we as again, we're talking to people in the community, talking about this program, if they just called the benefits hub at d.a.s., they get connected. they don't have to be compliants self-help for the elderly currently. >> and, if i may just add, yes, we're going through d.a.s. intake as it's a brand new program. but self-help hopes to direct some and we're going to look at that over the next month or whatever. you can just call self-help directly and that just speeds up the process of that. >> president: okay. but that will be clear to anyone going to our general number be told what to do. that's perfect. >> absolutely. >> president: then, if we don't have any other comments from commissioners, is there
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public comment on this item. >> secretary: moderator, please open up the phone lines for public comment. are there any callers in the queue? >> there are no callers in the queue. >> secretary: thank you. >> president: great. hearing no further requests to speak on the item. is there a motion from the commissioners to approve agenda item d. >> commissioner: so moved. >> president: commissioner sklar and a second from commissioner lum. madam secretary, can you please take a roll call vote to approve item d. >> secretary: [roll call]
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the vote is unanimous. >> president: the next item is e and also requires a vote by the commission. a requesting authorization to modify the existing grant agreement with self help for the elderly for the pro vision of the peer ambassador program for older adults and 0 are adults with disabilities during the period of april 1, 2019, through june 30, 2021, in the additional amount of 30,$000 plus a 10% contingency for a total amount not to exceed of $315,767. >> thank you again. melissa mcgee again. i'm seeking your approval to
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modify the existing grant agreement. the purpose of this modification is to provide additional funding that will enable the program to provide escort services to seniors for actives to ensure safety on san francisco streets for the remainder of this fiscal year. self help for the elderly will provide escort for seniors to ensure safety. the escort services will either be on a one-to-one basis or in groups. escort service needs. once the referral is received, staff will confirm date, time, meeting place, types of activities and will provide escort services. staff will meet client and company them to their activity. again, program monitoring for this grant was conducted in september 2020. the program was in compliance with all standards and no corrective action needed and i request your approval to enter
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into this modification. >> president: great. okay. >> are there any questions? >> president: thank you. are there any questions from commissioners? seeing none. do we have any public comment on this item? >> secretary: monitor, please open the phone lines for public comment. we'll allow some time for callers to come on the line. justin, are there any callers in the queue? >> madam secretary, there are no callers in the queue. >> secretary: thank you. >> president: great. hearing no further requests to speak on the item, we will close public comment. is there a motion from our commissioners to approve agender item e? >> commissioner: motion to approve. >> president: moved by commissioner carington and a second by commissioner jung. madam secretary, can you take a
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roll care to approve item e. >> secretary: [roll call] the vote is unanimous. >> president: great. thank you so much. commissioners, the next item is f and will also require a vote by the commission. requesting authorize ization to modify the existing grant agreements with episcopal community services for the pro vision of nutrition services to older adults and adults with disabilities during the period of november 1, 2020, to
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june 30, 2021, in the additional amount $100,873 plus 10% contingency for a total amount not to exceed $307,151. and lauren mccasland is here to present. >> we're seeking your approval to modify the existing grants with the episcopal community services for older adults and adults with disabilities. the program improve the dietary intake by providing a hot, nutritious meal and helps participants remain. episcopal community services has been providing meals at the senior center for over 20 years. recently, they acquired the
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grenada hotel. this modification is to help episcopal community services establish a daily congregate dinner program at this site. i'm happy to answer any questions you have at this time. >> president: thank you. are there any comments or questions from the commission? all right. do we have any public comment on agenda item f. >> commissioner: i have a question. >> president: i'm sorry, commissioner jung. >> commissioner: just a question for clarification. it's for a dinner. so it's for residents? >> yes. due to the covid-19 pandemic, for the remainder of this fiscal year, it will be closed to the residents of the grenada hotel. >> commissioner: okay.
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thank you. >> president: any other comments or questions from commissioners? seeing none. do we have any public comment. >> secretary: moderator, please open the phone line for public comment. we'll allow some time for callers to submit their requests. justin, are there any callers in the queue? >> madam secretary, there are no callers in the queue. >> secretary: thank you. >> president: great. then hearing no further requests to speak on the item. we will close public comment. is there any a motion to approve agenda item f? >> commissioner: motion to approve. >> president: from commissioner carrington and a second from vice president spears. thank you. madam secretary, can you please take a roll call vote to approve item f. >> secretary: [roll call]
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the vote is unanimous. >> president: great. thank you so much. and to remember we moved agenda item g from the agenda until may. and we'll be moving to agenda item h which does require a vote by the commission. requesting authorization to renew the grant agreements with the multiple vendors for the pro vision of the volunteer visitor program during the period of july 1, 2021, to june 30, 2023, in the amount of $178,547 plus 10% contingency for a total amount not to
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exceed $196,431. and presenting today is hanna teferi. >> hi, good afternoon. office of community partnership. i'm here today to seek authorization to renew the volunteer visitor program agreement. the two agencies are lighthouse. the volunteer visitor program is available to all older adults and adults with disabilities the program is designed to socially connect with at least twice a month. the program aims to reduce social isolation and create a sense of connection to their community. volunteers show their interest
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on the grantee website. there is a minimum for a 6-month visit. many relationships continue on past that duration. participants and volunteers are screened for their interests, hobbies, and other relevantable factors that may find them a suitable match. the activity is up to the participant and the volunteer to design. examples include story sharing, discussing movies or books or arts and crafts. due to the coronavirus pandemic, visits are encouraged to be electronic either by phone or video conference which has been well received by both volunteers and participants. program monitoring was conducted last september 2020, and thank you for your consideration i am available for any questions.
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>> president: great. thank you. are there any xhens or questions from the commissioners. commissioner jung. >> commissioner: yes. i just center a question regarding the target population. do you have any information as to what population has been served by this
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they do have participants and volunteers across the city and county of san francisco. >> commissioner: very good. thank you. >> president: any other questions or comments from commissioners on this very important program? very good it's happening right now and good to hear about it.
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do we have any public comment on agenda item h? >> secretary: moderator please open the phone line for public comment on agenda item h. we'll allow some time for callers to submit their requests. justin, are there any callers in the queue? >> madam secretary, there are no callers in the queue. >> secretary: thank you. >> president: hearing no further requests to speak on the item. is there a motion from our commissioners to approve item h. from commissioner jung and a second from vice president spears. madam secretary, can you take a roll call vote to approve agenda item h for us. >> secretary: [roll call]
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the vote is unanimous. >> president: great. thank you so much. commissioners, the next item is i and it also requires a budget commission. it is requesting authorization to enter into a new grant agreement with on-lok day services for the pro vision of the health pro motion. during the period of july 1, 2021, to june 30, 2025, in the amount of $2,308,732 plus a 10% contingency for a total amount not to exceed $2,539,605 and staff lauren mccasland will
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present this item. >> level again. again, my name is lauren mccasland and i'm a nutritionist. for the pro vision of two health promotion programs. physical fitness and self-management of chronic health conditions. the purpose of these programs is to provide health promotion and disease prevention program focused on chronic health, education and self-management, physical fitness and fall prevention. the physical fitness and fall prevention grant includes ongoing physical fitness classes, a fall prevention course developed by the university of san francisco. and ongoing fall prevention maintenance classes. the classes help to reduce the risk of falls and injuries and improve fitness levels. the self-management and chronic health conditions grant includes two evidence-based programs. the programs are healthier living and diabetes empowerment education program. both programs are focused on
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education and tools to help participants better manage their chronic health conditions. participants learn skills such as creating behavior changed goals and helping manage their chronic diseases. until it is safe to open in-person programming, online will conduct these programs virtually. when in-person programming resumes, on-lok will conduct the program at locations throughout the city. i'm happy to answer any questions you have at this point. >> president: thank you. any questions or comments on agenda item i? seeing none. do we have any public comment? >> secretary: moderator, please open the phone line for public comment. we'll allow some time for callers to submit their
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requests. justin, are there any callers in the queue? >> madam secretary, there are no callers in the queue. >> secretary: thank you. >> president: okay. hearing no further requests to speak on the item. we will close public comment. is there a motion from the commissioners to approve agenda item i? i see commissioner jung moving and commissioner carrington seconding. madam secretary, can you please take a roll call vote to approve agenda item i. >> secretary: [roll call] the vote is unanimous.
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>> president: great. thank you so much. the next item is j and also requires a vote by the commission requesting the authorization to modify the existing grant with institute on aging for the pro vision of the community living fund program during the period of july 1, 2021, to june 30, 2023, in the amount of $9,788,758 plus 10% contingency for a total not to exceed $22,408,928. and staff fanny lapitan will present the item >> good afternoon. thank you, commissioners for having me. we are requesting the modify to existing contract. to continue it for two more years extending that grant through june 30th, 2023.
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i did touch on the community living fund's purpose and target population earlier today when i presented on the 6-month report and annual plan. so i just want to adjust a couple things. institute on aging and its subcontractors will provide coordinated case management with a culturally diverse staff of care managers who will be conducting the intake assessment, care planning, care implementation and really monitoring of the clients in the community. we know that case management is an integral part of long-term care services delivery and a case management is central to accessing the additional services through c.l.s.. the purchases services component can seal the gaps that are deemed necessary from the care manager but are not available through other means. so it really is used as a last
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resort when all other payment options have been exhausted. so purchases can include things like home care, home modifications, assistive devices, housing subsidies among other things. the program's goal is to successfully support community living and to reduce that unnecessary institutionization by providing older adults and younger adults with disabilities with options on how they receive assistance and support. since 2011, and the program monitoring review completed in august of last year shows that i.o.a. is in compliance with program requirements. the administer annual satisfactory survey program. results of that survey showed 96% of respondents were
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satisfied with the program overall. i think that's it. i'd be happy to answer any questions specific to this program if you like. >> president: okay. thank you so much. and you do keep us up to date on this and it is a very big contract today. so any questions or comments from our commissioners on this item? okay. and then is there any public comment on agenda item j? >> secretary: moderator, please open the phone line for public comment on agenda item j. we'll allow some time for callers to commit their requests. justin, are there any callers in the queue? >> madam secretary, there are no callers in the queue. >> secretary: thank you. >> president: okay. great. hearing no further requests on the item. we will close public comment. is there a motion from our commissioners to approve agenda item j? >> commissioner: so moved.
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>> president: i heard from commissioner bittner first and we'll say -- and commissioner sklar is a second then. madam secretary, can you please take a roll call vote to approve agenda item j. >> secretary: [roll call] the vote is unanimous. >> president: great. thank you so much, commissioners. now's the time that we call for announcements. are there any announcements from commissioners?
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hearing none. commissioner bittner has an announcement. >> president: okay. please. >> commissioner: tomorrow, senior and disability action is having a webinar and also helping people get appointments for vaccinations. i'll send to everyone.
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it's from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. tomorrow. thank you. >> president: okay. great. thank you very much and hearing no other communications from -- i don't think so. again, thank you so much, commissioners. and staff for all the work that goes into these meetings. every program is just so critical and important and timely and thank you for all the work that you're doing throughout the month and i'll start to say sunday we'll be together. we're going to work on that. yes. >> commissioner: i wanted to let you know, i heard all of the meetings. i was on two phones and i could not get you to hear me. so it must have been you guys
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because i used a land phone and a mobile phone and i heard everything from the roll call on and you could not hear me until i switched to my companion computer because you weren't hearing me. so i would like to go on record that i was almost on the entire meeting, but you guys couldn't hear me. >> president: okay. well i think it's working itself out. i was certainly aware, we certainly could hear your votes and motions. so, thank you. >> commissioner: [inaudible] >> president: right. but thank you so much for the work that's gone into making sure you're present. we really appreciate that. >> commissioner: thank you for what you've all done and mau rthank you for being patient with me. >> president: not at all. we appreciate your input. we'll adjourn this meeting. let everyone get some lunch. and we'll see you next month and i'm sure everyone will continue the good work we're doing through the next month. thank you. >> thank you everyone. take care.
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>> chair haney: this meeting will come to order. this is the april 7, 2021 budget and finance committee committing. i am matt haney, chair of the committee. i am joined by vice chair ahsha