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Network of Care Is Qualified Expenditure in Latest SAMHSA Guidelines

05/18/2021

On the eve of our 20th anniversary, the Network of Care is honored to be recognized by SAMHSA as a qualified expenditure in its recent guidelines for the American Rescue Plan’s $1.5 billion Mental Health Block Grant (MHBG) appropriation.

On the eve of our 20th anniversary, the Network of Care is honored to be recognized by SAMHSA as a qualified expenditure in its recent guidelines for the American Rescue Plan’s $1.5 billion Mental Health Block Grant (MHBG) appropriation.

In this four-year grant, SAMHSA explicitly encourages states to use MHBG funding for infrastructure development, as long as the intent of the infrastructure supports or benefits persons with serious mental illness or severe emotional disturbance (SMI-SED). The Network of Care assists persons with SMI-SED in finding treatment, support, awareness, education and other resources necessary for recovery:

Consider digital platforms, such as Network of Care, which facilitate access to behavioral health services for persons with SMI-SED (Please see page 2, bullet #7).

If you are interested in learning more about how the Network of Care can help your local jurisdiction during these challenging times, please contact Pam Frank at (415) 257-2407 or pam@trilogyir.com


Network of Care Expands Its Reach in Wisconsin

08/24/2022

After years of serving multiple counties in Wisconsin with our Behavioral Health program, Sawyer County follows in Racine County’s footsteps by contracting with the Network of Care to bring our Children and Family Services program to their local area.

After years of serving multiple counties in Wisconsin with our Behavioral Health program, Sawyer County follows in Racine County’s footsteps by contracting with the Network of Care to bring our Children and Family Services program to their local area. The Network of Care for Children and Family Services program helps counties reach families in need by providing fast and easy access to comprehensive community services, information, support, and assistance on a localized level. This one-stop information resource includes a Service Directory, Referral Application, Suicide Prevention Resources and Support, Opioid-Dependence Content (scroll down), and much more. This program is not only a guide for children and families, but also a resource for agencies working with families and children ages 0-18. And we are SAMHSA-qualified for American Rescue Plan funding. To learn more about how this program can help families in your local community, please contact Pam Frank at (415) 257-2407 or pam@trilogyir.com.  Kind regards, Pam Pamela F. Frank, Executive Vice President Trilogy Integrated Resources, LLC | Network of Care General: (415) 458-5900 Direct: (415) 257-2407 www.networkofcare.org Watch NOC in Action


Network of Care for Unhoused Persons Program Selected for Statewide Deployment in Texas

8/9/2022

Texas, the second largest state in the nation has chosen the largest network of government-sponsored web sites in the country to spearhead its efforts to combat homelessness.

The Network of Care is poised to assist stakeholders in Texas in supporting the unhoused population by emphasizing community mental-health and substance-use services. The Network of Care for Unhoused Persons program will bring together resources from across the state to ensure that communities have access to all resources available at the local level to better serve the unhoused population. This web site is scheduled to launch by the end of the year, and will serve as a national model for state and local authorities seeking to improve the lives of their unhoused populations. To learn more about how this breakthrough program can serve your local community, please contact Pam Frank at (415) 257-2407 or pam@trilogyir.com.  


New Texting Service Gets Tarrant County Families Closer to Help

4/28/2021

The user-friendly service puts answers in residents' hands.

Help is now just a text away for Tarrant County residents searching for critical resources. A new texting service launches Wednesday to make it easier for families to find the help they need - close to home. "This has been a long time in coming and we're actually very, very excited about starting up and getting it going," said Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley in an interview with NBC 5. With TXT 4 Tarrant Cares, you text the word FIND to 6-7-6-2-9 for a guided search to access resources for a variety of topics like food or rental assistance, counseling services and help with substance abuse or domestic violence. The information is available in English and Spanish. "It's going to come up with, 'OK, what are you searching for? Are you searching for food assistance? What are you searching for?' And they'll indicate what subject they're looking for," Whitley explained. "You'll put in a ZIP code and be able to find the agency nearest to you that can help provide assistance in whatever way you're looking for." TXT 4 Tarrant Cares is associated with Tarrant Cares, a decade-old online information service connecting families to solutions. The need for the new service came from feedback by a local task force chaired by Cook Children’s Medical Center that studied the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). These experiences include exposure to abuse or neglect, family violence, mental illness, or any experiences that can disrupt a child’s development and lead to chronic health conditions. The ACEs Task Force worked with more than 60 partners and advisers in developing community recommendations to prevent and reduce adversities in children prenatally to age 5, to improve their health, safety and school readiness. Findings by the task force determined that getting help into the hands of local families most at risk of ACEs meant creating a more efficient and effective way for those families to access critical resources. “Texting is probably one of the best ways to communicate resources and information because people feel more comfortable texting than they do picking up the phone,” said Roderick F. Miles, a member of the ACEs Task Force and executive administrator in the Office of Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks in a news release. “Our vision is to keep people from falling through the cracks and we do that by creating space for them to advocate for themselves and be their own navigators, their own social workers-and then they become advocates for other people and help them navigate through the process as well.” TXT4 Tarrant Cares does not provide emergency response or the full range of service offerings provided by 211. A resource navigator can still be reached by calling 211 and information about services can be accessed online at www.tarrantcares.org. Individuals needing immediate assistance from first responders should still contact 911.


Texas Panhandle Launches the Network of Care Portal

02/10/2021

The Panhandle Behavioral Health Alliance, which supports 26 counties in northwest Texas, has launched the Network of Care for Behavioral Health program to provide comprehensive behavioral-health resources to its service area.

The Panhandle Behavioral Health Alliance, which supports 26 counties in northwest Texas, has launched the Network of Care for Behavioral Health program to provide comprehensive behavioral-health resources to its service area.   The Texas Panhandle Network of Care (known as the Panhandle Mental Health Guide) “will serve a very large geographic region in Texas that is mostly rural and remote,” said Sridevi Veeramachaneni, executive director of the Panhandle Behavioral Health Alliance, which sponsors and implements the website. “It is our hope that this tool will shift our culture towards early intervention and improve ‘warm hand-offs’ and continuity of care. The access to providers and information will be a lifeline to many people who desperately need services in our mostly rural and remote region.”   The web-based portal includes a database of local programs and services; quick access to local emergency and crisis-intervention programs; as well as a library of more than 30,000 articles, fact sheets and interactive tools.   The Texas Panhandle joins the national Network of Care, which has more than 500 customized, community-based websites in 26 states. During the past two decades, the Network of Care has served more than 30 million people nationwide through its online offerings, which are replicated and custom-designed for any county or state.   For more information about the Network of Care, please contact Pam Frank at pam@trilogyir.com or (415) 458-5900.


Network of Care for Behavioral Health Comes to Portage County, Wis.

12/15/2020

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The United Way of Portage County has contracted with the Network of Care to bring its locally customized Mental Health program to Portage County.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The United Way of Portage County has contracted with the Network of Care to bring its locally customized Mental Health program to Portage County. This new online resource provides a comprehensive, searchable directory to help Portage County residents find information on behavioral health services and treatment in their community. Other program features include a learning center, library, job search, legislative advocacy and personal health record. If you would like to learn more about the Network of Care, please contact Pam Frank at pam@trilogyir.com or (415) 257-2407.


Texas Panhandle Joins the Network of Care

12/08/2020

AMARILLO, Texas – The Panhandle Behavioral Health Alliance has selected the Network of Care for Behavioral Health program to serve its 21-county membership.

AMARILLO, Texas – The Panhandle Behavioral Health Alliance has selected the Network of Care for Behavioral Health program to serve its 21-county membership.   Originally developed almost 20 years ago, the Network of Care provides a fully comprehensive, locally customized portal that currently serves 28 states and more than 500 counties. The Network of Care offers a single online hub that connects, informs and educates everyone involved in a person’s health and wellbeing, from social workers and family members to the individual themselves, about every health-related resource available in their local jurisdiction.   If you would like to learn more about the Network of Care, please contact Pam Frank at pam@trilogyir.com or (415) 257-2407.


Network of Care for Behavioral Health Program Approved by State of Oklahoma

06/23/2020

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has approved the Network of Care for Behavioral Health portal to provide comprehensive behavioral-health resources to all Oklahomans statewide.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has approved the Network of Care for Behavioral Health portal to provide comprehensive behavioral-health resources to all Oklahomans statewide. The web-based portal includes a database of local programs and services; quick access to local emergency and crisis-intervention programs, as well as a library of more than 30,000 articles, fact sheets and interactive tools. The Oklahoma Network of Care will join the national Network of Care, which has more than 500 customized, community-based websites in 28 states. During the past decade, Network of Care has served more than 30 million people nationwide through its online offerings, which are replicated and custom-designed for any state. For more information about the Network of Care, please contact Pamela Frank at pam@trilogyir.com or (415) 458-5900.


Where to Find Free Mental Health Resources around Boston

05/04/2020

Finding the right therapist can be hard. And if you need help right now, it can be even harder and more frustrating to go through the process of setting up initial evaluations and appointments—especially virtually. Now, more than ever, with social distancing guidelines and the imminent threat of a deadly virus, your mental health might be taking a toll. It might be even harder to take care of yourself because the very practices you once used to cope, like exercise, shopping, or socializing with friends, hardly look like they once did.

Finding the right therapist can be hard. And if you need help right now, it can be even harder and more frustrating to go through the process of setting up initial evaluations and appointments—especially virtually. Now, more than ever, with social distancing guidelines and the imminent threat of a deadly virus, your mental health might be taking a toll. It might be even harder to take care of yourself because the very practices you once used to cope, like exercise, shopping, or socializing with friends, hardly look like they once did. So, we thought we’d help you get started. If you’re struggling to summon the energy to begin the process of finding a therapist, here’s a list of free mental health resources around Boston, ranging from helplines to social support groups to tips and advice on dealing with anxiety and what social media accounts might be helpful to follow. If you’re looking for a clinician to talk with through teletherapy, it can help for the search to be a little more directed, and some of these resources can guide you in that endeavor as well. Try to keep your head up, and don’t put off reaching out for help—that first step can be hard, but your mental health is worth it. Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Collectively, we’re all under some extra stress right now, whether you’re conscious of it or not. The Department of Health has an extensive list of resources to aid anyone who is struggling right now that was created specifically for the coronavirus crisis. There are tips for healthy coping, advice for how to combat isolation and loneliness, activities for kids, and telephone peer support groups. There are also resources and support for survivors of domestic violence and a list of news and social media accounts to follow. National Alliance on Mental Illness Massachusetts NAMI Massachusetts is a nonprofit organization that works to provide education and support programs, as well as taking part in advocacy efforts. Through their website, you can find peer support, look for a provider, and browse other resources, some of which are particularly geared toward young people. If you’re looking for a therapist to talk to, this is a great website to compare which providers take your insurance, and it also provides links to services that can refer you to appropriate counselors or social workers in Massachusetts. In addition, on the second and fourth Thursday of every month, they host a free Support@Home meeting via Zoom that includes a short wellness presentation followed by a facilitated group conversation. Network of Care Massachusetts Besides just providing a way for patients to get help from a provider, Network of Care Massachusetts has also created an extensive COVID-19 mental health PDF that includes information on self-care and coping strategies during the pandemic, working from home tips, and mindfulness and meditation resources. The COVID-19 information hub they compiled also includes information specific to food assistance, housing and shelter, and unemployment. It is also kept updated with government regulations from Governor Charlie Baker. The Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline If you or someone you know struggles with substance abuse, this time can be extra difficult. The Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline is available for adults and youth struggling with addiction. The call line is available 24/7 at 800-327-5050, and you can also search for providers and recovery community activities. Included on their COVID-19 resources page is information on how substances can impact immune systems and lead to increased risk of contracting the virus. The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics There are approximately 1,400 free and charitable clinics and pharmacies across the nation, and around Boston, there are a few to choose from. The closest ones are in Malden, Wellesley, and Sudbury. Luckily, most clinics have transitioned to online teletherapy services for virtual care. Included on their website is information regarding how to take care of yourself and others during coronavirus, as well as information on how to download the mindfulness app Headspace for free if you are a healthcare worker. Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry The hospital has compiled a long list of resources for those struggling with mental health. There are resources for general coping, specific mental health conditions, and activities families and children can do together to reduce stress and anxiety. For health care providers, there are even specially developed resources to highlight the mental health needs specific to what they’re going through. If you, or a family member, are experiencing a mental health crisis call the Emergency Services Program/Mobile Crisis Intervention hotline at 1-877-382-1609.


Rural program connects community with mental health services during pandemic

04/27/2020

(WKOW) -- As the coronavirus pandemic continues, closing down businesses and keeping people inside, experts say they have growing concerns about mental health.

(WKOW) -- As the coronavirus pandemic continues, closing down businesses and keeping people inside, experts say they have growing concerns about mental health. Bridget Mouchon-Humphrey, program manager for the Southwestern Wisconsin Behavioral Health Partnership, says the group of stakeholders is hoping more people will reach out for services. The partnership runs a website helping people find resources for mental health care and substance use disorders in rural areas. It covers Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette and Richland counties. "This was a group that formed around this idea that we can really make some changes to how we access behavioral health resources in our community and how we can really increase what's available for people in our community," Mouchon-Humphrey told 27 News. Mental health care providers have reported a drop in people using telehealth services right now, during this stressful time. The team has also seen, anecdotally, an increase in overdoses in southwestern Wisconsin and across the state, which is believed could be connected with the stresses of the pandemic. "We're very concerned because people don't have access in the first place to a whole lot of recovery support in rural areas," she said. "So many things have changed with COVID that there is some concern that there's going to be an increase in overdoses and other problems for people who are trying to be in recovery." The site offers tips on how to manage anxiety over COVID-19, while also providing data on the coronavirus in the area. Farmers are coping with some of the most stressors right now, as dairy farms continue closing and farmers are left with no one to sell their products to as the nation shuts down. "Across ag sectors, everybody is really stressed right now," said Chris Frakes, project director for the Rural and Farm Resiliency Project. Dairy farmers, for example, were expecting 2020 to be a turnaround year after suffering big losses in milk prices and sales. But the coronavirus put an end to that comeback. Wisconsin's Farm Center has taken 82 requests from farmers to get vouchers for counseling services from January through April 18. That's almost as many as were requested for the entire year of 2018, at 89. Vouchers were at the highest all decade in 2019, when farmers requested 182. "The Farm Center really does a nice job of trying to screen so that the therapist [the farmer is] referred to has some ag background, or some knowledge of the realities of life on the farm, and the stressors on a farm, and that's really important for the farmer, when they need to speak to a therapist, that knows what they're going through," Frakes said. The partnership program is also working on mental health outreach. Normally, the groups hold community events or trainings, but those have been put on hold. The advocates are instead reaching out directly to farmers who they know may need some help. But they've also seen farmers step up in big ways to help others in the community by donating their products, even as they're struggling. "There's also the evidence of resiliency, where people are figuring out how can we match an excess in product with where there's real need and how do we make those connections work to support the well being of the whole community," Frakes said. Visit the program's network of care site or Facebook page if you need information or help accessing care where you live.


Network of Care Online Tool Launches to Improve Access to Behavioral Health Services Across Massachusetts

3/16/2020 12:00:00 AM

BOSTON (March 16, 2020) – The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation – together with funding partners MetroWest Health Foundation and the C.F. Adams Charitable Trust – today announced the launch of Network of Care Massachusetts, a comprehensive online resource to help anyone find behavioral health resources and treatment in their community.

BOSTON (March 16, 2020) – The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation – together with funding partners MetroWest Health Foundation and the C.F. Adams Charitable Trust – today announced the launch of Network of Care Massachusetts, a comprehensive online resource to help anyone find behavioral health resources and treatment in their community.   About 1 in 5 people in Massachusetts have a mental health or substance use condition, and although these conditions are prevalent, many people struggle to find the services and supports they need.  The Network of Care Massachusetts website (massachusetts.networkofcare.org) helps consumers and caregivers navigate a complex system by providing information about varied behavioral health resources.  It features an extensive library of health information and a directory of 5,000 mental health, substance use and related social service agencies and programs from Boston to the Berkshires.   “Massachusetts is home to hundreds of programs that deliver high-quality behavioral health and social services, and Network of Care Massachusetts will allow us to provide information about these services in one place that is publicly available to all who need it,” said Audrey Shelto, president of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.   The Foundation received a special three-year investment from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts to support this initiative, and together the three funding partners chose the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health to manage the build and customization of Network of Care Massachusetts.  The project was developed through a comprehensive stakeholder process across the public and private sectors, in close coordination with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services and state agencies.   Consumers and professionals can use the tool to search for resources based on a specific need or condition – such as depression, alcoholism, food or housing – or by the service they are looking for, such as emergency mental health services, alcohol detox, food pantries or rental assistance.  Users can narrow their search by ZIP code to find the services closest to them.   “This is a terrific new resource for individuals and families seeking help with a range of behavioral health challenges,” said Bruce Bird, president and CEO of Vinfen, a nonprofit, community-based provider of comprehensive services for adolescents and adults with mental health conditions and disabilities.  “It will also be extremely useful to our staff who often struggle to find the right resources for people who reach out to us for services which are not provided by Vinfen or are provided in a different part of the state.”   Network of Care is a national web platform operated by Trilogy Integrated Resources, LLC, a San Rafael, Calif.-based organization that has successfully implemented human service online networks in more than 500 sites in 26 states.   “This one-stop, accessible online tool ensures there is ‘no wrong door’ to a search for accurate information about the behavioral health service system and state agency benefits in Massachusetts,” said Danna Mauch, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health.  “Whether you are an individual, family member or care coordinator, our overall goal is to increase access points for anyone seeking care and taking the first step to navigate the care system.”   About the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation   The mission of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation is to expand access to health care for low-income and vulnerable individuals and families in the Commonwealth.  The Foundation was founded in 2001 with an initial endowment from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.  It operates separately from the company and is governed by its own Board of Directors.


Introducing Massachusetts Network of Care - A Comprehensive Behavioral Health Directory

03/16/2020

A new online resource provides a comprehensive, searchable directory to help Massachusetts residents find information on behavioral health services and treatment in their communities. Network of Care Massachusetts includes a directory of over 5,000 programs and organizations across the Commonwealth, searchable by keyword and zip code.

A new online resource provides a comprehensive, searchable directory to help Massachusetts residents find information on behavioral health services and treatment in their communities. Network of Care Massachusetts includes a directory of over 5,000 programs and organizations across the Commonwealth, searchable by keyword and zip code. For each listing, users can find a program description and contact information, as well as information on populations served, relevant eligibility and fee information, and more. Learn more at www.massachusetts.networkofcare.org Let Network of Care Massachusetts help you take the first step in locating mental health, substance use, and related social services in your community to support good health and recovery. Network of Care Massachusetts, launched on March 16, 2020, is funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, MetroWest Health Foundation and the C.F. Adams Charitable Trust; managed by the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health; and guided by a 16-member Steering Committee with representation from diverse stakeholders across the behavioral health community.


Racine County, Wis., Launches New Website for Mental Health Resources

02/10/2020

RACINE, Wis. – Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave announced the launch of a new Network of Care for Children and Family Services website that will serve as a central hub for information on mental health resources and services available within Racine County.

RACINE, Wis. – Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave announced the launch of a new Network of Care for Children and Family Services website that will serve as a central hub for information on mental health resources and services available within Racine County. The website, which also can be found at RacineCountyFamilyResources.com, provides a community directory of behavioral and mental health providers, advocacy tools, a library with more than 30,000 articles about physical and behavioral health, and the ability for users to create a personal folder to save information on services and supports. In addition to mental health, RacineCountyFamilyResources.com has information on a variety of other services for children and families, and it serves as a resource for agencies working with families and children. The site was created in partnership between the Racine County Human Services Department and the Improving Children’s Mental Health through School and Community Partnerships project. “The launch of this website is an important step forward in improving access to mental health care for Racine County residents,” County Executive Delagrave said. Since taking office in 2015, County Executive Delagrave has prioritized improving mental health services. Over the last four years, the County has increased the number of people served in its outpatient mental health clinic by 600 percent and has expanded mental health services to children by over 400 percent. “While our work is far from finished, I am tremendously proud of the strides we have made together as a community,” Delagrave said. “I speak on behalf of everyone involved in mental health care in Racine County that our work is just beginning, and that we are committed to an even higher quality of service, greater access to care, and further reducing stigma.” The Improving Children’s Mental Health through School and Community Partnerships Project is part of an initiative funded by the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment, an eight-year project focused on improving the social emotional health of elementary school students. For more information about the Network of Care, please contact Pamela Frank at Pam@trilogyir.com or (415) 458-5900.


Network of Care for Veterans Program Approved by Florida State Legislature

11/8/2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Legislature has approved the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans and Their Families portal to provide comprehensive resources to Florida’s veteran community. The web-based portal includes a database of local programs and services; quick access to local emergency and crisis-intervention programs, as well as a library of more than 30,000 articles, fact sheets and interactive tools.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Legislature has approved the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans and Their Families portal to provide comprehensive resources to Florida’s veteran community. The web-based portal includes a database of local programs and services; quick access to local emergency and crisis-intervention programs, as well as a library of more than 30,000 articles, fact sheets and interactive tools. The Florida Network of Care for Veterans program joins the Florida Network of Care for Behavioral Health, already online statewide. Together these portals are a part of the national Network of Care that has almost 600 customized, community-based websites in 27 states. During the past decade, Network of Care has served more than 30 million people nationwide through its online offerings, which are replicated and custom-designed for any state. For more information about the Network of Care, please contact Pamela Frank at Pam@trilogyir.com or (415) 458-5900.


Nantucket, Mass., Launches Network of Care Suite of Seven Websites

9/11/2019

NANTUCKET, Mass. – The Town of Nantucket has launched multiple Network of Care outreach platforms https://nantucket.ma.networkofcare.org/ for health and human services.

NANTUCKET, Mass. – The Town of Nantucket has launched multiple Network of Care outreach platforms for health and human services. These locally customized Web portals have been developed for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities; Behavioral Health; Children, Youth and Families; Developmental Disabilities; Domestic Violence; Public Health Assessment and Wellness, and Service Members, Veterans & Their Families. Each website provides a comprehensive, one-stop shop of services; programs; health information; news; support; networking, and much more. For more information or to schedule a Web demo, please contact Pam Frank at Pam@trilogyir.com or (415) 458-5900.


Orange County, Calif., Launches Network of Care for Prisoner Reentry Program

07/02/2019

SANTA ANA, Calif. — The Orange County Health Care Agency launched the Network of Care for Reentry Services website to provide comprehensive resources to formerly incarcerated persons and their families throughout the county. The web-based portal includes a database of local programs and services; quick access to local emergency and crisis-intervention programs, as well as a library of more than 30,000 articles, fact sheets and interactive tools.

SANTA ANA, Calif. — The Orange County Health Care Agency launched the Network of Care for Reentry Services website to provide comprehensive resources to formerly incarcerated persons and their families throughout the county. The web-based portal includes a database of local programs and services; quick access to local emergency and crisis-intervention programs, as well as a library of more than 30,000 articles, fact sheets and interactive tools. The Network of Care for Reentry Services program is part of the national Network of Care that has almost 600 customized, community-based websites in 27 states. During the past decade, Network of Care has served more than 30 million people nationwide through its online offerings, which are replicated and custom-designed for any state. For more information about the Network of Care, please contact Pamela Frank at Pam@trilogyir.com or (415) 458-5900.


Tazewell County (Ill.) Health Department Comes Aboard the Network of Care Platform

04/26/2019

Tazewell County, Ill. – The Tazewell County Health Department has joined the Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness program.

Tazewell County, Ill. – The Tazewell County Health Department has joined the Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness program. The Network of Care is a powerful vehicle for improving community health through its ability to integrate health indicators, data, and information in a user-friendly portal. The Network of Care platform includes 170 state-of-the-art, local health indicators set in a dashboard environment that is continuously updated. Additional tools for needs assessment; public-health accreditation; consumer-health information; and model practices are paired to the indicators to improve the quality of community health. If you have any questions or would like a more in-depth demonstration of how the Network of Care works, please contact Pam Frank anytime at Pam@trilogyir.com or 415-458-5900.


David Santiago: My Florida Network of Care for Behavioral Health — A lifeline in times of need | Opinion

3/7/2019

FLORIDA (Mar. 7, 2019) - Over the past year, we have unfortunately seen many Florida families impacted by heart-wrenching tragedies. What each of these tragedies has shown us is the need for a greater emphasis on connecting Floridians with the services they need.

Over the past year, we have unfortunately seen many Florida families impacted by heart-wrenching tragedies. What each of these tragedies has shown us is the need for a greater emphasis on connecting Floridians with the services they need. If you have ever cared for a loved one facing a behavioral health concern, you have probably seen firsthand how challenging it can be to know what to do, where to begin, where to go next. The system can be very confusing and frustrating to understand and navigate due to the fragmented way crisis or behavioral health services have developed, coupled with the lack of a single, easily accessible place to find what you need when you need it. Here in Florida, we are working to change that, which is why I fought for funding to establish the My Florida Network of Care for Behavioral Health community website. The site, which is housed at the Florida Department of Children and Families, was recently introduced to behavioral health providers across the state and is now available to the general public. The Network of Care program puts vital information about local services and crisis intervention programs at a person’s fingertips. The result is that a person or family can much more easily get the right help at the right time. Network of Care was developed to help Floridians struggling with mental health and substance use issues quickly locate local programs and services to make informed choices about what they need. The web-based portal also provides quick access to local emergency and crisis intervention programs, as well as a library of more than 30,000 articles, fact sheets and interactive tools. The portal is also free of charge and commercial-free. In 2003, former President George W. Bush’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health recommended states consider Trilogy IR’s portal which offered a cost-effective, easy-to-use gateway for connecting people to services in their communities. Since its launch, Network of Care is now operating in almost 30 states and has served more than 30 million people nationwide through its online offerings. And to ensure that this resource remains available to Floridians, I have filed legislation again this year to continue funding Network of Care. HB 2645 has already passed out of one committee and I look forward to seeing it through the legislative process. My colleague Rep. David Smith has also filed similar legislation, HB 3271, authorizing funding for the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs to expand the Network of Care to veterans, military service members and their families. The expanded portal would provide information about local, state and federal military programs and services, online messaging boards and support groups, employment databases for returning service members. For more information visit myflorida.networkofcare.org.


Lawmakers seek funding for veterans services database

3/1/2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) -- One out of three veterans in Florida don’t use all the benefits they’re entitled to, leaving tens of millions of dollars in veterans benefits unclaimed, but some lawmakers are seeking funding for a new website that would make it easier for service members past and present to find out what they qualify for.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) -- One out of three veterans in Florida don’t use all the benefits they’re entitled to, leaving tens of millions of dollars in veterans benefits unclaimed, but some lawmakers are seeking funding for a new website that would make it easier for service members past and present to find out what they qualify for. The bill seeks a $130,000 appropriation to expand Florida’s Network of Care Database to offer information about veterans services and benefits. “And that's veterans specific. So it has very particular information from DOD, Reserve Affairs, the VA,” said Bruce Bronzan, President of Trilogy Integrated Resources, the company that would be contracted to host the database. "It makes it much easier for veterans to readjust to coming home and to be able to find a way to move forward in their lives.” The Florida Network of Care already offers a website for mental health services, broken down by region. If the new legislation passes, a similar site will launch that will tell veterans what benefits, jobs and services are offered in their part of the state. “From anywhere you're at you can, you know I need emergency financial assistance, I'm at risk, they're turning my power off and I'm getting kicked out of my house. They hit a button. It takes them directly to Project Vet Relief. And they go there to Project Vet Relief, they get money to stay in their home, they don't become homeless,” said Retired Navy Commander and Veterans Advocate Dennis Baker. "So there's a lot of prevention here, but mostly it's just a one stop shop.” And supporters say when veterans use their benefits, everyone is better off. “It's going to bring Federal VA dollars into the area. It's going to free up Medicaid, state Medicaid money for others people, that can use that money for a better use. To help them recover from the hurricane, that's just an example,” said Baker. If the funding is approved by the legislature it will take roughly four months for the site to be completed, putting the launch data somewhere around the end of this year. So far the bill hasn’t been scheduled for any committee hearing in the House. The Senate companion has not been filed yet, but that is expected to change.


Douglas County (Ore.) Health Department Launches the Network of Care Platform

02/25/2019

ROSEBURG, Oregon (Feb. 25, 2019) – The Douglas County Health Department has launched the Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness program. More than 260 counties in 19 states across the country now have the Network of Care for Public Health.

ROSEBURG, Oregon (Feb. 25, 2019) – The Douglas County Health Department has launched the Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness program. More than 260 counties in 19 states across the country now have the Network of Care for Public Health. The Network of Care is a powerful vehicle for improving community health through its ability to integrate health indicators, data, and information in a user-friendly portal. The Network of Care platform includes 170 state-of-the-art local health indicators set in a dashboard environment that is continuously updated. Additional tools for needs assessment; public-health accreditation; consumer-health information; and model practices are paired to the indicators to improve the quality of community health. If you have any questions or would like a more in-depth demonstration of how the Network of Care works, please contact Eric Butler at EButler@trilogyir.com or 415-458-5900.


Trilogy IR Launches Network of Care for Behavioral Health in Florida

02/25/2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Trilogy Integrated Resources has launched the Florida Network of Care for Behavioral Health portal to provide comprehensive resources to Florida families who are struggling with mental health and substance use issues. The web-based portal includes a database of local programs and services, quick access to local emergency and crisis intervention programs, as well as a library of more than 30,000 articles, fact sheets and interactive tools.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Trilogy Integrated Resources has launched the Florida Network of Care for Behavioral Health portal to provide comprehensive resources to Florida families who are struggling with mental health and substance use issues. The web-based portal includes a database of local programs and services, quick access to local emergency and crisis intervention programs, as well as a library of more than 30,000 articles, fact sheets and interactive tools. Florida state lawmakers, under the leadership of Representative David Santiago, threw their support behind the portal after the state experienced multiple tragedies that grabbed national headlines and highlighted the need for more behavioral health resources. “If you have ever cared for a loved one facing a behavioral health concern, you have probably seen firsthand how challenging it can be to know what to do, where to begin, where to go next,” said Bruce Bronzan, President of Trilogy IR. “Network of Care offers a single place where all information can easily be found about services, support, advocacy, recovery tools and more. The Network of Care has a strong emphasis on personal knowledge and empowerment, early intervention, prevention and general physical health or wellness. It combines best-in-class information from around the country with a comprehensive collection of all local services and support.” Florida Network of Care for Behavioral Health is part of the national Network of Care that has more than 700 customized, community-based websites in 30 states. During the past decade, Trilogy’s Network of Care has served more than 30 million people nationwide through its online offerings, which are replicated and custom-designed for any state. Network of Care was founded by Bronzan and Afshin Khosravi, CEO of Trilogy IR, to ensure "No Wrong Door" exists for those in need of social services and provide fast and easy access to comprehensive community services, information, support and assistance on a localized level to millions of people nationwide. It was recommended to all states by former President George W. Bush’s 2003 New Freedom Commission on Mental Health and is considered a cost-effective, easy-to-use gateway for connecting people to services in their communities. For more information about Trilogy IR, please contact Eric Butler or visit http://www.trilogyir.com.


Lawmakers push ‘Network of Care’ for veterans, behavioral health patients

February 21, 2019

FLORIDA (Feb. 21, 2019) - The Legislature last year funded the creation of an online portal aimed at helping Floridians with mental health illnesses or substance abuse problems.

The Legislature last year funded the creation of an online portal aimed at helping Floridians with mental health illnesses or substance abuse problems. Now, lawmakers ahead of the 2019 Legislative Session are getting the word out that they want to continue that program, known as the Network of Care Behavioral Health site, and expand it to veterans, military service members and their families. State Rep. David Santiago, a Deltona Republican, is requesting $262,650 to continue the Network of Care program launched last year. It’s administered by the Department of Children and Families. “It is my sincere hope that by dedicating more resources to the website, we can connect Floridians with the services they need in real-time and help address the mental health and substance use problems that are destroying families,” said Santiago, who sponsored the original launch of the program. The site provides users with local programs and services, along with access to emergency help. It also offers extensive literature — more than 30,000 articles — to those suffering behavioral health illnesses. Santiago’s bill (HB 2645) on Thursday picked up support from the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee. State Rep. David Smith, meanwhile, is championing a bill this year that would take the same program and apply it to Florida’s veteran community. Smith’s bill (HB 3271) seeks $135,000 for the Florida Department of Veteran Affairs to administer the Network of Care. “Whether they need help finding a job or treatment for PTSD, this network would provide access to comprehensive services and information all in one place,” said Smith, a Winter Park Republican. Retired Naval Commander Dennis Baker, president of Florida Veterans Foundation, supports the legislation. He said it could, among other things, help veterans get access to emergency financial assistance. “The portal would take you to the provider,” Baker said, noting providers like Project: Vet Relief. The Network of Care is a product of Trilogy Integrated Resources. A news release from Santiago’s office credited the product with helping “more than 30 million people nationwide through its online offerings, which are replicated and custom-designed for any state.”


Network of Care Websites for Behavior Health and Veterans Launched in South Puget Sound, Wash.

01/29/2019

Tacoma, Wash. (Jan. 29, 2019) – In partnership with CHI Franciscan and MultiCare, Wellfound Behavioral Health Hospital has launched two Network of Care websites, Behavioral Health and Veterans, Service Members, and Their Families, for Kitsap, Pierce and South King counties.

Tacoma, Wash. (Jan. 29, 2019) – In partnership with CHI Franciscan and MultiCare, Wellfound Behavioral Health Hospital has launched two Network of Care websites, Behavioral Health and Veterans, Service Members, and Their Families, for Kitsap, Pierce and South King counties. A locally customized Internet portal, the highly acclaimed Network of Care is now in nearly 500 counties in 28 states. The program’s emphasis on easy accessibility of service and support information for consumers, their families, and caregivers has made it the most widely used local outreach tool for early intervention in the country. If you have any questions or would like a more in-depth demonstration of how the Network of Care works, please contact Eric Butler at ebutler@trilogyir.com or (415) 458-5900.


The Network of Care for Public Health Goes Live in Denver

Aug 21, 2018

DENVER, Colo. (Aug. 21, 2018) The Area Agency on Aging at the Denver Regional Council of Governments has launched the Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness program.

DENVER, Colo. (Aug. 21, 2018) The Area Agency on Aging at the Denver Regional Council of Governments has launched the Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness program.This public-health Web site provides more than 170 state-of-the-art local health indicators within a dashboard environment that is continuously updated. Additional tools for needs assessment; public-health accreditation; consumer-health information, and model practices are paired to the indicators to improve the quality of community health in the Denver area. Now more than 260 counties in 16 states have the Network of Care for Public Health. For more information, please feel free to contact Pam Khosravi at Pam@trilogyir.com or (415) 458-5900.


Douglas County, Ore., Joins More Than 260 Counties in 18 States with the Network of Care for Public Health

May 17, 2018

ROSEBURG, Ore. (May 17, 2018) – The Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness provides state-of-the-art, online tools for needs assessment, public-health accreditation, consumer health information, and model practices from throughout the country.

ROSEBURG, Ore. (May 17, 2018) – The Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness provides state-of-the-art, online tools for needs assessment, public-health accreditation, consumer health information, and model practices from throughout the country. With 170 locally customized Health Indicators set in a continuously updated dashboard environment, you can optimize your decision-making at the push of a button to improve the quality of health in your community as more than 260 counties in 18 states already have, most recently Douglas County, Ore. The Network of Care can be easily, rapidly, and inexpensively customized to any local or state jurisdiction. Here is a short demo of the project. If you have any questions or would like a more in-depth demonstration of how the Network of Care works, please contact Eric Butler at any time at ebutler@trilogyir.com or (415) 458-5900.


San Juan Basin in Southwest Colorado Launches Network of Care for Seniors

May 1, 2018

DURANGO, Colo. (May 1, 2018) – The San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging has launched the award-winning Network of Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities.

DURANGO, Colo. (May 1, 2018) – The San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging has launched the award-winning Network of Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities.The Network of Care has evolved into a state-of-the-art solution for Aging & Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) and Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) with a comprehensive suite of features:• The program has a Referral Application that is ADRC-compliant.• It can easily generate reports and assist with individual care planning.• Referrals can be automatically stored in the Personal Health Record.• This platform is free to any AAA that has the Network of Care.The Network of Care has been adopted by many counties across the nation and multiple states, such as New Mexico and Nebraska, have deployed the project statewide.“The Network of Care is a big deal for our rural corner of the state, here in southwest Colorado,” said Christina Knoell, executive director of the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging. “I can’t fully express how excited the stakeholders, partners and I are that we are finally getting the Network of Care to disseminate information and resources to our five-county area residents…We will be able to direct people to the services they need so they will be cared for. The online resource database the Network of Care offers will help our front-line staff empower people, so they stay independent and make informed choices. That is a pretty cool thing!”If you have any questions or would like a more in-depth demonstration of how the Network of Care works, please contact Eric Butler at EButler@trilogyir.com or 415-458-5900.


Network of Care outreach for behavior health expands in Wisconsin — Brown County joins Connection N.E.W. Mental Health website

11/13/2017

GREEN BAY, Wis. (Nov. 13, 2017) – In the latest expansion of the Network of Care for Behavioral Health, the tri-county http://MyConnectionNEW.org in Northeast Wisconsin soon will grow to include Brown County.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (Nov. 13, 2017) – In the latest expansion of the Network of Care for Behavioral Health, the tri-county http://MyConnectionNEW.org in Northeast Wisconsin soon will grow to include Brown County. “Connections for Mental Wellness is excited to partner with The Connection N.E.W Mental Health and Trilogy Integrated Resources to include mental-health and substance-abuse access and service information for Brown County to the http://MyConnectionNEW.org site,” said Rebecca Fairman, executive director of Connections for Mental Wellness. “With the addition of the Brown County educational resources and mental-health and substance-abuse providers, users will have access to a more comprehensive list of available resources within Northeast Wisconsin, enabling them to make better informed decisions regarding their own care. “The breadth of this online tool will help individuals find the care, resources and education they need, while alleviating the frustration of navigating a sometimes overly complicated and confusing system of care,” Fairman said. “All information regarding local and regional services can be viewed online and will allow users to assess the availability of services in a location that works best for them.” “Our tri-county community is thrilled to have the addition of Brown County to our Network of Care site,” said Beth Clay, executive director of N.E.W. Mental Health Connection. “This will be of enormous benefit to our community's consumers and families who we know cross county lines to find and receive mental healthcare. “This is a celebration of what regional partnership and collaboration looks like and is a testament to how user-friendly and valuable the Network of Care website is,” Clay added. “We hope all counties in Northeast Wisconsin will join with us in using Trilogy's solution for mental-health service navigation." The Network of Care is now in almost 30 states and more than 700 regions. If you’d like a more in-depth demonstration of how the Network of Care works, please contact Eric Butler at (415) 458-5900 or ebutler@trilogyir.com.


Tarrant County, Texas’ innovative program for prisoner reentry – the Network of Care

FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 31, 2017) – Tarrant County, Texas, developed the entire suite of Network of Care websites and named it Tarrant Cares. Tarrant Cares includes an innovative website for reentry services that assists a vulnerable population of ex-offenders – a huge benefit to Tarrant County and to those individuals seeking help, say county officials.

FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 31, 2017) – Tarrant County, Texas, developed the entire suite of Network of Care websites and named it Tarrant Cares. Tarrant Cares includes an innovative website for reentry services that assists a vulnerable population of ex-offenders – a huge benefit to Tarrant County and to those individuals seeking help, say county officials. In recent years, a directory of Tarrant County reentry services was established, but that resource guide was basic and needed to be improved, said Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley. That’s when Tarrant Cares stepped forward. “Now when you look at Reentry on Tarrant Cares, you can find a lot of different and additional resources,” Whitley said. “The database is more relevant and useful.” The Tarrant Cares project has proven to be an invaluable resource for Tarrant County since it began in 2010. The websites are a fast and easy way to access comprehensive community services, information, support, advocacy, news and assistance on the most local level. It’s a great database that enables consumers to quickly find local programs and services. “The Reentry module is one more way to build and strengthen a great resource,” Whitley said. “This takes it to a much higher level.” “In 2013, reentry service providers in Tarrant County began looking for a solution for an online directory of reentry-specific resources in the community,” said Roddy Youree, chief operating Officer of Cornerstone Assistance Network. “After designing and implementing our own simple directory, we learned that Tarrant Cares, our local Trilogy Network of Care system, was considering a ‘reentry module’ for the current resource directory. “Building upon the success of Tarrant Cares, we knew that Trilogy's customer service would be outstanding, and they did not disappoint. After being customized to our needs, the directory was launched and is now providing valuable data to the reentry community about organizations and the services they offer, in categories that are useful to all those involved in reentry, including case managers, probation officers, social workers, chaplains, family members, and most importantly, ex-offenders themselves. “On behalf of Cornerstone Assistance Network and the many other reentry service providers in Tarrant County, we say ‘thank you’ to Trilogy and Tarrant Cares for the great work that you do.” Here is a short YouTube demo on the Network of Care for Prisoner Reentry. If you’d like a more in-depth demonstration of how the Network of Care works, please contact Eric Butler at (415) 458-5900 or ebutler@trilogyir.com.


Pennsylvania shines in promoting new Veterans outreach

Oct 2, 2017

PITTSBURGH, PA. (Oct. 2, 2017) – The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania recently adopted the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families in each of its counties. This highly successful Web-based program, launched in California and Maryland, has spread to many states across the country.

PITTSBURGH, PA. (Oct. 2, 2017) – The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania recently adopted the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families in each of its counties. This highly successful Web-based program, launched in California and Maryland, has spread to many states across the country. The Network of Care is a locally customized Web portal that brings together all pertinent information for service members, veterans and their families from every source – federal, state and local. This one-stop shop makes it far easier for veterans to find available programs and services, support, networking, news and quite a bit more.In addition to the governor’s statewide press event to launch the Network of Care in November 2016, many members of the Legislature are hosting local launch events to better inform their constituents of this valuable service.The latest event, held Sept. 13 at the Southwestern Veterans’ Center in Pittsburgh, was hosted by State Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-40), with State Sen. Jay Costa (D-43) also in attendance. The Network of Care currently serves 638 communities in 27 states and can be easily replicated anywhere in the country. Here is a short YouTube demo on the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families. For more information or to schedule a Web demo, please contact Eric Butler at EButler@trilogyir.com or (415) 458-5900.


Website for Seniors Launches Tuesday

Jul 19, 2017

FAIRFIELD — Solano County will launch a senior-specific website on Tuesday to provide information on issues relevant to the aging population, their families and their caregivers.

FAIRFIELD — Solano County will launch a senior-specific website on Tuesday to provide information on issues relevant to the aging population, their families and their caregivers.SolanoCares4Seniors.org includes a directory of local services, a social events calendar and a library of educational resources – all designed to enhance the public’s understanding of specific health issues and provide tips for healthy living.The website includes service listings for Alzheimer’s, housing, transportation, health care and much more. Users have access to daily news clippings, pending legislation and means to contact local officials.“The community has been looking forward to a resource that accommodates our seniors, and SolanoCares4Seniors does just that,” Supervisor Jim Spering said in a statement announcing the resource. “The website streamlines the search for trustworthy information by giving people the power to access programs, services and resources in their community.”It was developed in collaboration with the Senior Coalition of Solano County and the Area Agency on Aging.“Our ultimate goal is to direct seniors to the information they need quickly and efficiently,” Dr. Bela Matyas, Solano County public health officer, added in the statement. “We know that searching for relevant and trustworthy information can sometimes be overwhelming. This website consolidates all of the resources seniors need by offering a vast array of support for our older population, their families and caregivers.”For more information, contact Shai Davis, senior health education specialist at 784-8679 and KBDavis@SolanoCounty.com.


Network of Care for Service Information and Needs Assessment Launched

July 10, 2017

JACKSON, Wyo. (July 10, 2017) — Healthy Teton County has launched the Network of Care, a comprehensive online platform that provides an up-to-date directory of community health-care resources and social services.

JACKSON, Wyo. (July 10, 2017) — Healthy Teton County has launched the Network of Care, a comprehensive online platform that provides an up-to-date directory of community health-care resources and social services. The goal of this project is to improve access to care, increase coordination between providers, and reduce duplication of services. When accessing the site, people will also be able to access a state-of-the-art dashboard of more than 170 community health statistics customized for Teton County. This remarkable feature lets policy makers and the community alike better assess the health needs of the community and thus more accurately plan for improvement. The dashboard is regularly updated.In 2015, the Healthy Teton County (HTC) Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) identified Access to Healthcare as the primary health need in Teton County. HTC is a community health initiative led by Teton County Public Health and St. John’s Medical Center, with participation from over 25 local organizations.HTC also created action groups and implementation plans for all of the top ten identified health issues in Teton County. The HTC Access to Healthcare Action Group identified a well-informed and interconnected healthcare network as one essential step to improving access to healthcare.“It’s very exciting to see this year-long project completed,” stated Public Health Director Jodie Pond. “This web-based resource will be extremely easy to access and provide up-to-date health and social-service information for the community.”The new Network of Care website essentially serves, for the first time, as a one-stop shop for both health data and services in Teton County.The Network of Care is easily customized to any jurisdiction. If you have any questions or would like a more in-depth demonstration of how the Network of Care works, please contact Bruce Bronzan at BBronzan@trilogyir.com or (415) 458-5900.


Veterans’ outreach formally adopted by Nebraska Legislature

July 3, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. (July 3, 2017) – A budget measure to formally adopt the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families statewide has been passed by the Nebraska Legislature and signed by Gov. Pete Ricketts.

LINCOLN, Neb. (July 3, 2017) – A budget measure to formally adopt the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families statewide has been passed by the Nebraska Legislature and signed by Gov. Pete Ricketts.The Network of Care was initiated by the Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors (NALHD) as a two-year pilot with a grant from the Veterans Administration.The state’s action makes the Network of Care available in every county.   Douglas County Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson, a leader in the Network of Care project, praised the effort. “This remarkable Web-based program finally makes it easy for veterans and their families to find all services, programs, support and much more,” Borgeson said. “It is a great addition to the support we need to give our service members when they come home.”The Network of Care Web portal is free to the public and commercial-free as well. This one-stop shop includes news; crisis intervention information; employment opportunities; networking, Personal Health Records and much more.If you would like to learn more about the Network of Care, please contact Bruce Bronzan at BBronzan@trilogyir.com or (415) 459-5900.


Network of Care Aims to Help Veterans Across Pennsylvania

May 31, 2017

POTTSVILLE -- The click of a mouse can now help veterans in Schuylkill County ease back into civilian life. State lawmakers joined Pottsville Career Link to show off a website called "Network of Care" designed specifically for veterans.

 POTTSVILLE -- The click of a mouse can now help veterans in Schuylkill County ease back into civilian life. State lawmakers joined Pottsville Career Link to show off a website called "Network of Care" designed specifically for veterans."There's no better time than I think the week following Memorial Day to remind every veteran in this region that are a lot of services and they are readily accessible," said Sen. David Argall, R-29th District."Network of Care"  doesn't require a login, but a quick search shows all the job opportunities and other services available in Schuylkill County at places including the VA, the Department of Defense and the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs."In Schuylkill County, we have one of the largest concentration of veterans anywhere in the Commonwealth and this is the kind of the information they at their finger tips so they can find someone to give them the assistance they need," said Rep. Neal Goodman, D-123rd District.Tim Dowd of Frackville is a former Marine and says Career Link already helps veterans transition from military to civilian life."They guide the veterans to help themselves build resumes and try to help them with their interviews," said Dowd.Now, he's grateful to have the Network of Care as one more avenue to help find the right opportunity."It depends on the person like what bills they have they are just looking for a better paying job," said Dowd.For more information visit: Network of Care.  


New website to help those struggling with mental illness

May 10, 2017

MENASHA (WLUK) -- A website just launched, to help people struggling with mental illness.The site rolled out just in time to honor May, as it is national Mental Health Awareness Month.

AAMENASHA (WLUK) -- A website just launched, to help people struggling with mental illness.The site rolled out just in time to honor May, as it is national Mental Health Awareness Month.The website is only a few days old."The kind of marketplace that's available on the website has never been available to the public before," explained Beth Clay, the executive director of the Northeast Wisconsin or NEW Mental Health connection.myconnectionNEW.org is billed as a 'one stop shop' for mental health and substance abuse information and resources in Outagamie, Winnebago and Calumet Counties.Clay told us there are links to more than 300 services and that's the tip of the iceberg."Everything from learning about something, to screening, to actually finding, getting connected directly to services. There's even an insurance link where you can link directly to your company to start to browse what's covered," Clay described.There's a full mental health library describing conditions and medications and an ability to create an encrypted personal mental health record.The website draws heavily from United Way's 211 program, but offers information from 100 additional services."Over 50 agencies came together to brainstorm this project," Clay told FOX 11 News.That includes police agencies.There are eight in the Fox Valley taking their own steps to honor Mental Health Awareness Month."Almost every agency here has at least one squad car with the decals on it. Officers are wearing green ribbons," explained Fox Crossing police officer Jason Weber.Most of the departments also have green ribbons in their lobbies you can take and wear to show support for mental health awareness."A lot of our calls really revolve around that, you know, behavioral-type issues, mental health," Weber told FOX 11.Weber told us police can be a first line of defense when someone is struggling with mental health."We want people to recognize that and call, because the ultimate goal is to prevent it," he said.Clay told us the hope is that these resources get people help as fast as possible."We're excited about just the hope it's gonna keep alive for people," she said.The NEW Mental Health Connection has an event to officially roll out the website tomorrow.It starts at 7:30 in the morning at Fox Valley Technical College.To visit the new website click the link here.


Fox Valley mental health resource website launches

May 10, 2017

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WBAY-TV) MyconnectionNEW.org has been in the making since 2010 and Thursday at Fox Valley Tech, Northeast Wisconsin Mental Health connection in collaboration with United Way Fox Cities 211; the site finally launched.

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WBAY-TV) MyconnectionNEW.org has been in the making since 2010 and Thursday at Fox Valley Tech, Northeast Wisconsin Mental Health connection in collaboration with United Way Fox Cities 211; the site finally launched."The desire to keep people from falling through the cracks or having them lose hope along their journey to find the right services," said Beth Clay of N.E.W. Mental Health Connection.The website has a database of resources for mental health and substance abuse services in Calumet, Outagamie, and Winnebago counties.The development of the site is funded through the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.Menasha police and executive director of the statewide text HOPELINE say the site is a proactive approach for mental health."If people can access services make appointments, manage their healthcare if they can do that easier then they'll do it sooner," said John Wallschlaeger of Menasha Police Department."It's really going to be a nice one stop tool that says, 'hey, I'm struggling with this or I need help here' and they can find it in their area," said Barb Bigalke, Director of the Hopeline.And to a parent who had a hard time finding the right resource for her son with migraines, she believes this website will help other parents like her."And having this being anonymous and being able to research it on your own, it's fantastic," said Kristen Bergstrom of Neenah.She along with police and mental health professionals in the Fox Valley believe this is another step forward in continuing the mental health conversation.


Kids in Crisis | Need mental health help? There's a site for that

May 10, 2017

NEENAH - When Jen Zenzick lost her sister to suicide, Zenzick was left with questions she'd never get answers to. Among them: What if help had been only a click away? Would things be different?

NEENAH - When Jen Zenzick lost her sister to suicide, Zenzick was left with questions she'd never get answers to. Among them: What if help had been only a click away? Would things be different?The two decades passed since then do not make the questions any less urgent, especially as Zenzick notes the alarming suicide rates in her Fox Valley community. She hopes a new website launching Thursday will make all the difference for those struggling now. She was one of the beta testers."My sister was in a deep, dark place and if she would have been able to have something like this, maybe she could have reached out to someone," Zenzick said.Though Zenzick's sister was seeing a counselor, it was kept quiet because of the stigma surrounding mental illness. The new website has a big red "need help now" button — one of many tools Zenzick thinks will make it easier for struggling people to reach help independently.The website was created by a coalition of providers and advocates in the Fox Cities with the goal of helping youth and adults determine what kind of mental health support they might need, and showing them how to find it in Outagamie, Calumet and Winnebago counties. The site is available now at myconnectionnew.org.The coalition — called the Northeast Wisconsin (N.E.W.) Mental Health Connection — launched the website after years of seeking a way to improve access to care and identify service gaps. USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin's Kids in Crisis series found that youth around the state are reporting high rates of hopelessness and dying by suicide while support is hard to come by."We really took the (Kids in Crisis) recommendations at the end of last year as marching orders," said Beth Clay, director of the Connection. "We can't wait for the state to do it, or for something to happen nationally. If we want change in our community, we have to do it locally."In a trip to the Connection's new website, a user can take a survey to learn about mental health challenges they might be dealing with. In another click, visitors can read articles about the conditions, and reach counselors immediately via crisis lines.For more long-term support, users can find counselors, psychiatrists and other professionals that best match their needs, take their insurance, serve their age group and are sensitive to other considerations such as a language, culture and sexual orientation.The database of providers was seeded with information from United Way's 2-1-1 program, a 24-hour helpline that connects people with a variety of social services. But it also includes for-profit providers, and it allows providers to update their own information online."We knew there was a need to showcase a more robust platform to find new resources for the community," said Lisa Smith, who manages the Fox Cities' 2-1-1 program. "If folks can't find what they need, they can still dial 2-1-1."And organizers will be watching for just that. Without seeing the identities of individual users, the Connection will be able to see how people navigate the website, what they search for — and which searches return zero results.Smith already knows where there's one major gap: providers who are willing to take patients on Medicaid. The site may help to identify other shortage areas as well.The website was developed by Trilogy, a company in California that used a federal grant to develop a template for health care websites. The Connection paid Trilogy $30,000 to develop the localized site with a grant from the Basic Needs Giving Partnership Fund of the Community Foundation for Fox Valley Region. That fund is supported by the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs, the J.J. Keller Foundation and other community partners.There is an ongoing cost of $30,000 per year to maintain the site, which the Connection hopes to fund through grants or membership fees.The Connection will be unveiling the website and kicking off Mental Health Awareness Month Thursday morning in Appleton.


Agencies join together to kick off May Mental Health Awareness Month

May 5, 2017

The Northeast Wisconsin Mental Health Connection and its members will host the 5th annual Mental Health Awareness Month kick-off event in Appleton on Thursday, May 11.

The Northeast Wisconsin Mental Health Connection and its members will host the 5th annual Mental Health Awareness Month kick-off event in Appleton on Thursday, May 11.The Connection is excited to unveil its new mental health and substance abuse service navigation website – www.MyConnectionNEW.org – at the event. The event will feature a tour of the new website, a one-stop resource for residents of Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties to connect to mental health providers, services and supports. Our community will welcome Kathy Sterbenc, Vice President of Trilogy Integrated Resources, to conduct the tour. Trilogy, the creator of the Network of Care Web sites, is a company dedicated to improving information and communication in the health and social service fields at the community level.The public event is planned for 7:30 – 9 a.m., Thursday, May 11 at Fox Valley Technical College, 1825 N. Bluemound Drive, Appleton. The event will be held in Room C190 ABC near Entrance 15.“This website is a great example of what we can do when we tackle systems issues – like access to mental health care – together,” said Beth Clay, executive director of The Connection. “Our community won’t sit back and wait for solutions to flow from state or national government. We are interested in solving the urgent, local, real-life struggles of our community members. Knowing what services are available for mental health and substance abuse services is one major step towards alleviating the access to care struggle.”The website, which was created through the collaboration of The Connection member agencies, in partnership with United Way Fox Cities 2-1-1, and funded by the Basic Needs Giving Partnership of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, also features a searchable library of mental health information, web links to local, state and national resources, and access to anonymous mental health screening tools.The kickoff program will also feature short presentations from community leaders and mental health supporters as we proclaim our community’s commitment to raise awareness about mental illness, promote mental health for all, and stand up against stigma.This is the fifth year that The Connection and member agencies have joined efforts to coordinate the event, with a goal of improving the community’s mental health literacy, breaking down stigma, and creating a supportive and caring community for families and individuals affected by mental illness.About N.E.W. Mental Health ConnectionThe Northeast Wisconsin Mental Health Connection is a nonprofit membership organization that exists to improve the mental health system of care in Northeast Wisconsin. Using a framework of collective impact, The Connection works to bring cross-sector organizations together to focus on a common agenda that results in long-lasting change.


Gov. Wolf Launches Network of Care Sites for Veterans, Active Military and Their Families Across Pennsylvania

Nov 10, 2016

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Adjutant General Anthony Carrelli and Secretary of Human Services Ted Dallas to announce the launch of the Network of Care site for veterans, military members and their families, which seeks to centralize services and benefits available to them.

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Adjutant General Anthony Carrelli and Secretary of Human Services Ted Dallas to announce the launch of the Network of Care site for veterans, military members and their families, which seeks to centralize services and benefits available to them. “I am proud to be here to announce the creation of a valuable new service that seeks to enhance and improve our outreach to Pennsylvania veterans, service members and their families,” Governor Wolf said. “The Pennsylvania Network of Care will streamline information about support and resources together in one place for our veterans. It will significantly reduce the confusion and complexity faced by our brave men and women and their families when looking for the services that they have earned by making the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. And it ensures that they have access to the support they need when returning home from duty.” The Pennsylvania Network of Care provides information that is accessible by computer or mobile device and can be accessed by visiting http://veterans.networkofcare.org and selecting Pennsylvania and a county. The website allows veterans to find services in all 67 counties. The Network of Care is a highly interactive, locally based Web portal that can be used by service members; military families, veterans, and those who support them (such as community-based organizations and local and state governments) to quickly access a wide variety of important information relating to local, state and national social services. A sample of the comprehensive, local information that will be provided for each county in Pennsylvania includes: Crisis intervention and emergency services; All services by category and location, regardless of how they are funded; A state-of-the-art Library of all conditions, injuries, medications, treatments, assessment tools and online recovery programs; A remarkable Job Board that can drill down to jobs by category that are reserved for veterans in a given county; Peer support and advocacy; Social networking; News from all over the country, updated daily; Personal Health Records; Community Calendars; More than 80 language translations. The Network of Care for Veterans, Service Members & Their Families is provided in partnership with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors; the National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors; Mental Health America, and many others. It was developed in cooperation with the National Association of Counties. At the state level, the Network of Care is coordinated and funded by the Department of Human Services.


How Counties Use the Network of Care to Reach Out to Constituents

July 26, 2016

Here's a wonderful example of how one county uses the Network of Care to reach the people it serves. This promo card comes from Worcester County, Md. 

Here's a wonderful example of how one county uses the Network of Care to reach the people it serves. This promo card comes from Worcester County, Md. 


Department of Health launches 'Network of Care' website

Mar 23, 2016

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The Florida Department of Health in Indian River has launched an innovative, local-delivery web portal to enhance health decision-making by providing community stakeholders, families and individuals with key health data and resources in an easy-to-read format.

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The Florida Department of Health in Indian River has launched an innovative, local-delivery web portal to enhance health decision-making by providing community stakeholders, families and individuals with key health data and resources in an easy-to-read format.The Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness for the Florida Department of Health in Indian River County The web site, http://IndianRiver.FL.networkofcare.org/ provides a directory of all health services; a leading health library and encyclopedia; social networking; legislative tools; nationwide news; personal health records, and much more.Working in collaboration with community partners such as the Indian River County School District and the United Way, the Indian River Network of Care was designed to include content that will measure and monitor the county’s health status.“I am very excited to launch the Network of Care for Indian River County. This easy to use platform provides tremendous accessibility for health indicators, including a special focus on children. It provides a wonderful springboard from our Community Health Improvement Planning process,” said Miranda Hawker, Florida Department of Health in Indian River Administrator.Stakeholders have access to local Health Indicators, Model Practices from around the nation, and local collaboration tools. The site integrates statistics from National Data Warehouse and other sources into a collection of more than 100 local health and quality-of-life indicators specific to Indian River County.Further content is also available including news, reports, services, and legislation, all specifically related to the topic of concern. The system also automatically brings a vetted library of “best practices” from around the nation. This “best practices” library describes how different communities with the same problem have worked toward positive change.Service providers can share public-health challenges and ideas by embracing the Network of Care’s communication tools, such as the Social Network of Care and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free web sites in the "For Providers" section.The Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness is a partnership between the National Association of City and County Health Officials and Trilogy Integrated Resources.To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through dynamic translation software and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. The Network of Care also is available in multiple languages.Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Behavioral Health; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Prisoner Reentry, and the Network of Care for Veterans, Service Members & Their Families.Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 25 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at (415) 458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


Cabarrus Health Alliance and Cabarrus County Partners Launch Network of Care Site

Feb 05, 2016

Community-based website will improve access to services and health decision-making for residents.

Feb. 4, 2016 — This morning, the Cabarrus Health Alliance in partnership with Cabarrus County government and Department of Human Services (DHS) launched an innovative, online-line web portal to enhance health decision-making by providing community stakeholders, families and individuals with key health information and resources in an easy-to-read format. The Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness (www.cabarrusnetworkofcare.org) provides a directory of all health services; a leading health library and encyclopedia; social networking; legislative tools; nationwide news; personal health records; and much more. “Working with Trilogy to develop the Network of Care for Cabarrus County residents was a top priority for our Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant. Through our continued work to improve the health of residents, we identified a need to improve access and knowledge of community resources. This site is a one-stop shop for residents to find the services and information they need to live a healthier life,” said Dr. William Pilkington, Cabarrus Health Alliance CEO and Health Director. Community members and stakeholders have access to local Health Indicators, Model Practices from around the nation, and local collaboration tools. The site integrates statistics from National Data Warehouse and other sources into a collection of more than 100 local health and quality-of-life indicators specific to Cabarrus County. Further content is also available, including news; reports; and services, all specifically related to the topic of concern. The system also automatically brings a vetted library of “best practices” from around the nation. This “best practices” library describes how different communities with the same problem have worked toward positive change. Service providers can share public-health challenges and ideas by embracing the Network of Care’s communication tools, such as the Social Network of Care and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.The Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness is a partnership between the National Association of City and County Health Officials and Trilogy Integrated Resources. To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through dynamic translation software and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. The Network of Care also is available in multiple languages. Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including: Network of Care for Seniors & People with DisabilitiesNetwork of Care for Behavioral HealthNetwork of Care for Kids (ages 0-5)Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18)Network of Care for Developmental DisabilitiesNetwork of Care for Domestic ViolenceNetwork of Care for Prisoner ReentryNetwork of Care for Veterans, Service Members & Their FamiliesTrilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 25 states via the Network of Care. For more information, about the Network of Care platform please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com. To learn how the site will be utilized to support the health and wellness of Cabarrus County residents please contact Jenn West at 704-920-1337 or Jennifer.west@cabarrushealth.org.


Healthy Communities Coalition Partners Launch Network of Care for Public Health for Montgomery, 7 Other Kentucky Counties

Jan 26, 2016

Montgomery County Healthy Communities Coalition partners have launched an innovative, free, online web portal to enhance health decision-making by providing community stakeholders, families and individuals with key health information and resources in an easy-to-read format.

Montgomery County Healthy Communities Coalition partners have launched an innovative, free, online web portal to enhance health decision-making by providing community stakeholders, families and individuals with key health information and resources in an easy-to-read format.   According to Public Health Director Jan Chamness, “The Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness site presents the most up-to-date health data at your fingertips. Through our contined work to improve the health of residents, we identified a need to improve access to and knowledge of local health data and information.”  Community members and stakeholders now have access to local health indicators, model practices from around the nation and local collaboration tools from one site.  The site integrates statistics from multiple sources into a collection of more than 100 local health and quality-of-life indicators specific to Montgomery and surrounding counties.  The system also brings a vetted library of “best practices” from around the nation.  This “best practices” library describes how different communities with the same problem have worked toward positive change. But this is not all.  The site also contains a community calendar, comprehensive and searchable health information on nearly any conceivable topic and state and federal legislative tools.  The Network of Care user has the ability to research medications, health conditions, and to create a personal health record to organize and store personal health information for themselves and family members.  The site offers all of this information in multiple languages.   The Network of Care site serves multiple purposes and audiences.  In addition to the many features that would appeal to the average community member accessing the site for personal use, those looking to do research, grant writing or in-depth analysis will find everything they require.  The Montgomery County Health Department, along with Saint Joseph Mount Sterling and Sterling Health Solutions sponsor the Network of Care site.  The site contains health data for Montgomery and seven other counties which cover the service area of the site sponsors.  All three organizations are members of the Healthy Communities Coalition. The site can be accessed through a link on the health department website homepage at www.montgomerycountyhealth.com.  A link to the website is also available on the homepages of the Saint Joseph Mount Sterling and Sterling Health Solutions websites.  To access the site directly visit http://montgomery.ky.networkofcare.org/ph.  The Healthy Communities Coalition is comprised of local leaders in healthcare, government, area businesses, civic organizations and citizens interested in improving the health of our community.   The Coalition meets quarterly at the Montgomery County  Health Department.  Information on the Coalition can be accessed from the Network of Care homepage.  


Need help during winter weather? Check the (Cabarrus County, N.C.) Network of Care for Public Health

Jan 21, 2016

With the dropping temperatures and the snow clouds rolling in, heat is a necessity for safety. Those in need of heating assistance now have a new venue to search for services.

With the dropping temperatures and the snow clouds rolling in, heat is a necessity for safety. Those in need of heating assistance now have a new venue to search for services. The Cabarrus Health Alliance has launched the Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness, an innovative, online web portal that will provide families and individuals with key health information as well as comprehensive list of services and resources in an easy-to-read format.  Marcella Beam, public information officer for the alliance, said the website will be extremely beneficial to the community, especially with the threat of winter weather. “It has the benefit of being able to put information on there about emergency situations, how to prepare, keeping your pipes warm and how people can apply for heat assistance,” Beam said. The site, www.cabarrusnetworkofcare.org, has a disaster preparedness link which includes advice on how to be ready for earthquakes, natural disasters, floods, hurricanes, winter storms and many other occurrences. The winter storm section urges people to be prepared by having sufficient heating fuel, emergency heating equipment and what to eat when stuck inside. “It is the perfect timing right now for us to launch the site because of the hazardous weather but the site can be used anytime people need something that is a personal emergency,” Beam said.  The services link on the site takes the user to information and locations of places that can help them with rehabilitation loans, home purchase counseling, housing expense, senior housing, housing authorities and emergency shelters. Those that click on emergency shelters are given phone numbers and addresses to places like the American Red Cross, Cabarrus County Emergency Management and Charlotte Emergency Housing. “The goal is to allow people to find services for their own emergency,” Beam said. “If they need food assistance, they can learn where food pantries are. If they need heating assistance, it will take them directly to a link.” The Network of Care also has a mobile app that shows users the locations of services near them. The site is a result of a Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant the alliance received. “Through our continued work to improve the health of residents, we identified a need to improve access and knowledge of community resources. This site is a one-stop shop for residents to find the services and information they need to live a healthier life,” said Dr. William Pilkington, Cabarrus Health Alliance CEO and health director.The alliance worked with Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC, the leading information provider in the field of social services, to create the site. Community members and stakeholders have access to local health indicators, model practices from around the nation and local collaboration tools. The site integrates statistics from National Data Warehouse and other sources into a collection of more than 100 local health and quality-of-life indicators specific to Cabarrus County. Further content is also available, including news, reports and services, all specifically related to the topic of concern. The system also automatically brings a vetted library of “best practices” from around the nation. This “best practices” library describes how different communities with the same problem have worked toward positive change. Beam said the alliance also sought community input when creating this new tool. She said they wanted to make it as user-friendly as possible. “We brought in some community members and community partners and had them look at it. We are partnering with Cabarrus County government and Department of Human Services, which are two huge initiates in the community that regularly work with population that are in need of services,” Beam said. Greg Stewart, who works with the alliance and previously with the mental health department of social services, said he believes this website is something the community has needed for a long time.“It’s great to be able to have a one-stop place to find things. This is a really big deal because it is hard to get all that information in one place,” Stewart said. “As a professional and as a community activist, it’s great to see this finally coming to fruition. I can see a number of professionals and regular community folks being able to go on and get information.” The health alliance is planning an official launch of its Network of Care on Thursday, Feb. 4 but the site is already up and running for anyone who needs assistance during the winter storm. “I’ve lived in the community for a long time and there are a lot of needs. It’s hard for everyone to have access to all information that is going on and it makes a struggle that much more frustrating when you are having a hard time,” Stewart said. “I think this site is really going to help the community.”


Website offers help for foster families

Dec 07, 2015

Foster parents in Ventura County now have an online resource to help them meet the needs of the children in their care. The Network of Care for Foster Care portal links users to a number of public and private services in the county through a browsable search engine.

Foster parents in Ventura County now have an online resource to help them meet the needs of the children in their care. The Network of Care for Foster Care portal links users to a number of public and private services in the county through a browsable search engine.The website lists programs and services for foster parents as well as for children aging out of the foster care system.Among the information and referral sources available at ventura.networkofcare.org are those for children with learning disabilities, weight issues and diabetes.The website’s library features articles on child care, behavioral health, parenting and school readiness and other topics said Bruce Bronzan of Trilogy Integrated Resources, a Northern Californiabased consulting firm that created the website under contract with the county.Links to low-cost insurance programs for uninsured children are also included.An online tool allows parents to track pending legislation that affects foster children. It also provides an easy way to email state and federal lawmakers, Bronzan said.The website complements the Ventura County Foster Health Link, a program that debuted in June 2014, said Jennie Pittman, human services agency spokesperson.Foster Health Link is a secure website that provides medical records of children and makes the information available to physicians, parents and foster care officials. Access to the site is controlled by the county.Children in foster care typically have more complex healthcare needs than their non-foster peers; they often change homes and caregivers frequently, county health officials said.Ventura County Foster Health Link makes it easier to share important information among caregivers, caseworkers and health providers within Ventura County, said Barry Zimmerman, director of Ventura County Human Services Agency.There were about 940 foster children living in Ventura County as of Jan. 1 of this year, according to the most recent statistics from the county.


Ventura County Launches Breakthrough Program for Foster-Care Management

Nov 23, 2015

Ventura County, Calif., just launched a new and highly innovative care-management program for foster-care children that centers on creative use of the Internet.

Ventura County, Calif., just launched a new and highly innovative care-management program for foster-care children that centers on creative use of the Internet.The Network of Care for Foster Care, developed in partnership with the Network of Care project of Trilogy Integrated Resources, has two main components.First, a public-facing Network of Care Web portal consolidates all public and private services in the county into an easy-to-use search engine. It then provides key information to the foster child and his foster family, such as programs and services for foster parenting, transition-age youth, ADHD, adoption services, weight/fitness, diabetes management and more. The Library features a huge array of state-of-the-art articles on child care, behavioral health, parenting, school readiness, wellness and much more.Second, and most important, is the Foster Health Link – a Personal Health Record provided for each foster child in Ventura County. Here, Ventura County officials and the Network of Care team created a way to store all important personal information for an individual child in a fully secure record that the county can choose to share with a caregiver, foster parent or other county personnel. The result is a virtual way to share critical information among all those involved with the care of a foster child.Because this record is within a fully secure online environment, with access controlled by the county, the Foster Health Link can serve as a virtual-care management tool that transcends both agency boundaries and geography.“The ability to bring diverse information systems together into one simple and easy tool is wonderful and so beneficial to foster parents and, ultimately, for the care of foster children,” said Barry Zimmerman, director of the Ventura County Human Services Agency. “Additionally, to equip the tool with a knowledge bank and Service Directory through the Network of Care enriches the tool beyond making it meaningful and practical. Trilogy masterfully took our vision and made it a reality!”The Network of Care for Foster Care can be replicated to any jurisdiction in the country. If you have any questions or would like a more in-depth demonstration of how the Network of Care works, please contact Bruce Bronzan at Bruce@trilogyir.com or (415) 458-5900.


Healthy Choices Healthy Communities Launches Network of Care in Boyd and Greenup Counties, Ky.

Nov 04, 2015

GREENUP, Ky. – Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities (HCHC), the coalition whose mission is improving community wellbeing, has launched a free online health resource: the HCHC Network of Care.

GREENUP, Ky. – Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities (HCHC), the coalition whose mission is improving community wellbeing, has launched a free online health resource: the HCHC Network of Care.The Network of Care is now the definitive online health resource for Boyd and Greenup counties. Accessible from the HCHC website (healthychoiceshealthycommunities.com), the Network of Care subsite contains comprehensive and searchable health information on nearly any conceivable topic. The Network of Care user has the ability to research medications, utilize tools to help diagnose medical symptoms, link to both local and state health resources, access personal health calculators to determine Body Mass Index and other important health numbers and much more.“The site presents the most up-to-date health data at your fingertips,” said Greenup County Health Department director Chris Crum. The health department, along with the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department, King’s Daughters Medical Center and Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital sponsored the Network of Care site. All four organizations are members of the HCHC coalition.The HCHC Network of Care site serves multiple purposes and audiences. In addition to the many features that would appeal to the average community member accessing the site for personal use, those looking to do research or in-depth analysis will find everything they require. “The Network of Care is a local grant writer’s dream,” Crum said. “For anyone interested in or in need of data, the site offers the most comprehensive health information, research and demographics available for Boyd and Greenup counties.” HCHC is comprised of 46 members throughout the Tri-State including health providers, restaurateurs, grocers, educators, civic organizations and area businesses. For more information concerning HCHC or to reach the HCHC Network of Care site, visit healthychoiceshealthycommunities.com. Connect with HCHC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/healthychoiceshealthycommunities. 


New Web Sites Offer Easy Access to Domestic Violence, Public Health and Re-entry Data and Services

Nov 04, 2015

SAN DIEGO – The County of San Diego has launched three innovative Web portals to make accessing local and national health and safety data and resources easier. The portals, hosted by Network of Care, provide directories of local public health, domestic violence and re-entry services. They also have resource libraries and encyclopedias, social networking, policy documents and news updates.

SAN DIEGO – The County of San Diego has launched three innovative Web portals to make accessing local and national health and safety data and resources easier. The portals, hosted by Network of Care, provide directories of local public health, domestic violence and re-entry services. They also have resource libraries and encyclopedias, social networking, policy documents and news updates.To access the new portals, visit LiveWellSD.org and click on the “Individuals & Families,” and “Policy Experts” buttons on the home page to access the local Network of Care sites.  Visitors can also check out all six San Diego County portals by visiting http://sandiego.networkofcare.org/. “Our Network of Care sites give our local community members and partnering organizations access to the latest information and best practices about priority areas for health, safety and well-being,” said Health and Human Services Agency Director Nick Macchione.  “Educating residents and providers by making data and resources accessible is an important part of Live Well San Diego, our County vision for healthy, safe and thriving communities.”The portals provide information about model practices from around the nation and local collaboration tools. The sites integrate statistics from the National Data Warehouse and other sources into a collection of more than 100 local health, safety and quality-of-life indicators specific to the San Diego region. Service providers can share challenges and ideas by using the Network of Care’s communication tools, such as the Social Network of Care and community calendars. The three new sites round out a comprehensive package of local Web portals that also includes service members and veterans, Aging & Independence Services, and Behavioral Health Services.The Network of Care is a partnership between the National Association of City and County Health Officials and Trilogy Integrated Resources.To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care’s users, the sites’ innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through dynamic translation software and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. The Network of Care sites are also accessible in multiple languages. 


Foster Care App Designed for Easy Access to Health Records

Oct. 28, 2015

VENTURA, Calif. (KABC) -- A local agency created a system designed to keep foster parents better informed about the children in their care.

VENTURA, Calif. (KABC) -- A local agency created a system designed to keep foster parents better informed about the children in their care.The Ventura County Human Services Agency launched Foster Health Link to give foster parents instant access to medical records like immunizations, allergies, medical conditions and much more.Watch Mayde Gomez's full report by clicking the link below. http://abc7.com/family/foster-care-app-designed-for-easy-access-to-health-records/1055932/#videoplayer 


Foster parents get vital online tool to check children's records

Oct. 16, 2015

VENTURA, Calif. - Foster parents searching for records on the health conditions and education of the children in their care can now get them quickly through an online tool, officials said Tuesday.

VENTURA, Calif. - Foster parents searching for records on the health conditions and education of the children in their care can now getthem quickly through an online tool, officials said Tuesday.The Foster Health Link allows foster parents in Ventura County to look up information on immunizations, allergies, medical conditionsand medications, medical and dental exams, plus information on schooling. They may log on through a computer or mobile device.Human Services Agency Director Barry Zimmerman, who explained the system to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, said he knows of no other system like it in the state.Zimmerman said other systems may allow professionals access to the information, but this one is unique because it makes healthinformation directly available to foster parents.“Foster parents are front and center in nurturing vulnerable children, and they deserve access to information that gives them the best care possible,” Zimmerman said.Antony Brennan, a foster parent from Ventura, choked up as he told the board how much it meant to have the information available online and not have to wade through a stack of paperwork.“You have no idea what it means to a foster parent trying to take care of kids,” he told the board.The system went live on July 1. It cost $212,000, with two-thirds of the money coming from public sources and one-third from privatesources.The system also contains links to an online resource library containing articles, medical definitions and other information to help foster parents understand the health needs of children in their care.Previously foster parents received health information about foster children primarily through paper documents delivered to their homes by social workers, officials said. Updates to the paper documents lagged, leaving foster parents with questions about issues such as vaccination schedules and allergies, officials said.


Network of Care now offers help to service members, veterans and families

Aug. 24, 2015

Help for veterans and service members in Nebraska is now just a few clicks away, thanks to a new program called Network of Care.

Help for veterans and service members in Nebraska is now just a few clicks away, thanks to a new program called Network of Care. The national Network of Care project is something that Douglas County Commissioner and Board Chair Mary Ann Borgeson has been working on for some time. Nebraska is one of less than 10 states that have developed programs under the Network of Care banner to make resources for different needs easily accessible. “I am thrilled to be on the cutting edge of this technology and these enhanced services that we will be providing our citizens. Anything that creates efficiencies and ease of finding information is a win-win for the taxpayer,” Borgeson said. Nebraska has had the Network of Care for Behavioral Health for some time and added Public Health about five years ago. The latest addition is the Network of Care for Veterans, Service Members & Their Families.  “This new version is quite unique in that it specifically addresses the many needs of our service members returning from combat,” Com-missioner Borgeson explained. “It is a web-based portal that is customized regionally, making it far easier for our veterans to find all services and support available to them.” Included on the website are federal, county, local, nonprofit and grassroots programs for mental health, employment, housing, military services, veterans services and much more.  Every county in Nebraska is now included on the website so that service members, veterans and their families can pinpoint the services located near them.  The Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families includes a secure, online, personalized health care folder where individuals can store their health data, as well as most information they select on the website. Working together, approved doctors, social workers, and family members can access the folder so they can share information, update results and stay organized. Built-in social networking features including groups, blogs, media, forums and wikis for veterans and their families to reach out and connect with their community. There is also an online library of resources available and a directory of services. The network can be translated into 50 languages. The website also helps service members and veterans stay on top of pending legislation on the state and federal level that can affect their lives. A bill tracker lets site visitors follow state bills under consideration during the current session, while a built-in email tool makes it simple for concerned citizens to contact elected representatives regarding matters that impact service members, veterans and their families. To access the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families, go to networkofcare.org, click on the category, Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families, choose your state and region (e.g. Omaha metro) and then select the topic that you are seeking.  Commissioner Borgeson said that Nebraska will be adding another Network of Care, for Seniors & People with Disabilities, in the next few months. She said Nebraska hopes to have all the topics on the site eventually. Those include: Kids, Children & Families, Foster Children, 211/Resource Book, Developmental Disabilities, Domestic Violence and Prisoner Reentry/Corrections.  The Network of Care was piloted in Maryland and California and been very successful around the country. The website for all states is networkof care.org. “Now, thanks to our local public health officers,” Borgeson said, “we are fortunate enough to have it in Nebraska.”


Bexar County, Texas, offers new Web site for veterans

May 22,2015

An important new tool in assisting our returning service members is now at work in Bexar County, Texas – the Network of Care for Veterans, Service Members & Their Families. 

An important new tool in assisting our returning service members is now at work in Bexar County, Texas – the Network of Care for Veterans, Service Members & Their Families. Under the leadership of Leon Evans, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Health Care Services’ Mental Health and Substance Abuse Authority, the Network of Care offers a highly customized Web portal that is a one-stop shop for all programs, agencies, support and more. Now, a veteran can go to a single place to find all aspects of assistance, regardless of how they are funded or what bureaucracy they fall into.“The mission of our Veterans Services is to work in collaboration with other Veteran Service Organizations in San Antonio/Bexar County, Texas, to eradicate homelessness by 2016, as well as support services through collaborative community connections,” said Valerie Sullivan, Interim Veterans Program Administrator for the CHCS. “The Center for Health Care Services’ Veterans Services Team is really proud to offer this completely unique Network of Care program to our returning service members and veterans who are currently experiencing homelessness.”Bexar County and its leaders have a deep respect for the special needs of veterans. The Network of Care works like a “collaborative” in making it easy to find the right service at the right time. The Network of Care provides easy ways to find all services, support, jobs, links, news, medical information, networking, record storage, online assessment and recovery programs and much more.The Network of Care is now easily replicated to any local or state jurisdiction. If you have any questions or would like a more in-depth demonstration of how the Network of Care works, please contact me directly at Bronzan@trilogyir.com or (415) 458-5900.


Solano County, California launches Network of Care Website

May 21, 2015

Solano County residents can now establish, view and access their own health records as part of Health and Social Service’s new Network of Care, putting the consumer in charge of their own health management, county officials announced.

Solano County residents can now establish, view and access their own health records as part of Health and Social Service’s new Network of Care, putting the consumer in charge of their own health management, county officials announced.To maximize user experience, the county’s new Network of Care online portal, www.solanocares.org, combines some of the most commonly accessed resources, including health, economic and social services, into a single website, they said. The website provides self-help and agency resources in all areas of social, health and economic services and interventions, they said.The streamlined approach gives users more control over their health and economic situation while allowing county staff to focus on providing high-quality care, officials said.“We need a broad initiative to move Solano’s economy forward and our board has already committed resources to linking our residents to needed services that support our economic development,” Solano County District 2 Supervisor Linda Seifert said in a statement. “The county’s new Network of Care website will be one of those resources where clients use self-help tools and a service directory to advance their career and access the services that help them do that.”Besides counseling and an online community through event calendars, group spaces and public forums, residents may now establish their Personal Health Records (PHR), which can be accessed by physicians in clinical and emergency situations, officials said.This should significantly improve continuity of care for patients, they said. PHRs are maintained with strict confidentiality and do not interface with electronic health records, officials said.The Network of Care is the result of a partnership between Health and Social Service staff and community-based organizations and key stakeholder groups like seniors, employment placement facilities, primary care clinics, libraries and assisted living facilities, all of which provided input in the client portal’s customization, formatting and layout, they said. It was also the result of a contract the county entered into last year with Trilogy Integrated Resources, LLC for website’s expansion and maintenance.Before the network’s launch, finding information on county economic and health care services was challenging, officials said.“Today, clients can seamlessly access all relevant program resources without having to click through numerous Health and Social Services websites,” they said. “Content is updated regularly and is easy to maintain.”For information, contact Stephan Betz, Deputy Director, Solano County Health and Social Services at, (707) 784-8207 or sjbetz@solanocounty.com.


Solano County launches Network of Care website

May 19, 2015

Residents of Solano County can now establish, view and access their own health records as part of Health and Social Service’s new Network of Care, www.solanocares.org, putting the consumer in charge of their own health management.

In an effort to maximize user experience, the county’s new Network of Care online portal combines some of the most commonly accessed resources, including health, economic and social services, all into a single website. The website provides self-help and agency resources in all areas of social, health and economic services and interventions. The streamlined approach gives users more control over their health and economic situation while allowing county staff to focus on providing high-quality care.“We need a broad initiative to move Solano’s economy forward and our board has already committed resources to linking our residents to needed services that support our economic development,” said Solano County Supervisor Linda Seifert. “The county’s new Network of Care website will be one of those resources where clients use self-help tools and a service directory to advance their career and access the services that help them do that.”In addition to counseling components and an online community through event calendars, group spaces and public forums, residents may now establish their very Personal Health Records (PHR). PHRs can be accessed by physicians in clinical and emergency situations, significantly improving continuity of care for patients. PHRs are maintained with strict confidentiality and do not interface with electronic health records.Prior to the launch of the Network of Care, Health and Social Service staff met and partnered with community-based organizations and key stakeholder groups to propose a viable business operations plan, including seniors, employment placement facilities, primary care clinics, libraries and assisted-living facilities, all to ensure maximum accessibility to services. Together, the community provided input in the customization, formatting and layout of the client portal.“Seniors told us at our summit meetings on Senior Issues that they need easily accessible information, resources and self-help tools in one convenient location,” said Solano County Supervisor Jim Spering. “We have created the county’s Network of Care website to provide them what they asked for, because they deserve the support from all of us to thrive in their later years.”Services on the Network of Care include Seniors and People with Disabilities, Mental Health, Children and Family Services, Developmental Disabilities, Domestic Violence, Public Health, Reentry Services, and services for Veterans and their families.Prior to the Network’s launch, finding information on county economic and health care services was challenging. Today, clients can seamlessly access all relevant program resources without having to click through numerous Health and Social Services websites. Content is updated regularly and is easy to maintain.In June 2014, the county entered into a contract with Trilogy Integrated Resources, LLC, for the expansion and maintenance of the Network of Care website. Trilogy, along with support from Health and Social Services and Information Technology staff, will continue to provide content to the information portal while promoting it to Solano County residents.The Solano County Board of Supervisors received a presentation on the launch of the Network of Care at the April 28 Board meeting, receiving broad support from all districts.Questions about the Network of Care can be directed to Stephan Betz, deputy director of Solano County Health and Social Services at 784-8207 and sjbetz@solanocounty.com.


Connecting the Dots for Veterans

April 28, 2015

Just four days after coming home to Northeast Philadelphia from Iraq in 2003, Tim Wynn got into a bar fight. The Marine was arrested for the first time in his life.

Just four days after coming home to Northeast Philadelphia from Iraq in 2003, Tim Wynn got into a bar fight. The Marine was arrested for the first time in his life.That wasn't even the worst of it."I can remember, my mother and my girlfriend at the time, now my wife, they didn't know what to do," he said. It took five years and six more arrests before he began court-ordered treatment for the PTSD that he didn't know he had.His homecoming might have been easier if he could have had access to a new website for Philadelphia-area veterans that went live Monday.It has 200,000 pages of searchable local resources - legal clinics, housing, job openings specifically for veterans - and tens of thousands more about medical conditions, insurance, and veterans organizations. There are 30,000 pages on assistive devices alone. A diagram of a human lets you click on body parts to begin seeking information about what might be wrong. A keyword search for bills in Harrisburg - "disability" finds 25 bills - allows you to e-mail legislators involved in the effort.The site is the first local version of www.networkofcare.org for veterans in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Philadelphia hosts sibling sites for inmates released from prison; every Pennsylvania county has one for people with mental health questions.They were built by Trilogy Integrated Resources L.L.C., a San Rafael, Calif., company that began the local-links concept in its home state more than a decade ago. The early adopters spent millions of dollars developing the sites, Bruce Bronzan, president of Trilogy, said at a City Hall news conference, at which he demonstrated the veterans' website Monday. The local host, the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilty Services, paid a $10,000 setup fee; maintenance costs were waived.Even caseworkers would not otherwise have access to many of the links on the site, Bronzan said. Veterans don't know that many of the services are out there."How does somebody find things when they don't even know that they exist to look for?" Bronzan said.Organizations that work with veterans sounded sold."This website is going to be huge for us in Philadelphia," said Amanda Rondon, local captain for Team Red White and Blue, a nonprofit whose mission, according to its website, is "to enrich the lives of America's veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity."Others said the site would fill in the gaps that exist between services for veterans. Some said they expected it to be particularly useful for Vietnam veterans, because they served at a time when help was particularly scarce."Pride gets in the way" of simply walking into a VA hospital and saying you need help, said Wynn, the Iraq War veteran, who now works as a certified peer specialist for the city's behavioral health department.A website is different."I can't stress how important this is," said Wynn, 35. "In the privacy of your own home, you'll say, 'Well, let me take a look.' "


HOME LINES: Montgomery County Tennessee's Website for Veterans Will Make Difference

April 27, 2015

In case you missed the announcement last week, I thought I’d write a little bit about this new Montgomery County Veterans Network of Care website that was launched on the 24th of this month.

In case you missed the announcement last week, I thought I’d write a little bit about this new Montgomery County Veterans Network of Care website that was launched on the 24th of this month.This is another feather in the cap of our new County Mayor, Jim Durrett, who would quickly deflect and say the site is the result of the hard work of others, because that’s the kind of guy he is. But, I can tell you, because I’ve been watching, that this mayor is going to be the best civilian partner/leader active duty and veteran service members could have hoped for during the upcoming years.Mayor Durrett and his wife, Mary, have had a close and active relationship with the military, Fort Campbell in particular, for many, many years, and the community is already benefiting from that relationship. This is not a “photo op” or lip service couple—they walk their talk—which is evidenced by the fact that this website is up and running only four short months into Durrett’s tenure.A visit to http://montgomery.tn.networkofcare.org will show the visitors how committed Durrett and his staff are to ensuring that our service men and women and their families have access to as much assistance and information as possible. The statistics tout more than 20,000 pages of related information—most available within “three clicks” of the home page. More stats—there are already 195 service providers you are able to connect to through this site.I have perused the site and am impressed with the variety of information they have gathered there, but I must admit they had me at “large print.” Any website that provides the option of choosing to view its contents in a larger font is speaking my language. You will also see, just above the “large print” option, the option to choose the language in which you would prefer to view the content. Talk about being user-friendly!Another extremely user-friendly option is the ability to update or add information to the site. If there is one thing I’ve learned about folks in the military, they are not stingy with their knowledge. If they know of a resource that might be helpful or, alternatively, have found a “dead end” when pursuing an answer to a question, they will gladly share that information with you.The folks at Montgomery County, along with the website developer, recognize this trait and will be making use of it by providing a link where users can make suggestions for new information to be added to the site, as well as updating existing information.Don’t worry, they’re not going to be publishing the recommendations (aka complaints) of every Joe that contacts them. They will check the information provided for validity and accuracy before adding it to the site. I just appreciate that they’ve got this option built into the site at the beginning. It is intended as place to go for information, but they allow for interactions with the intended user; very progressive.I also like that you have the ability to set up your own folder of information on a secure site linked to this website. They refer to it as your Personal Healthcare Record, and it allows you to store medical information for yourself and family members. The access to this folder is encrypted and you have the option of using your CAC (Common Access Card) to sign in.The beauty of this particular option is that all of your vital health information, such as medication prescriptions and dosages, is only a smartphone away. Brilliant!There is so much more available on this easy-to-use, yet innovative site. I hope you take the time to visit it and make use of the information they’ve gathered for you.


Montgomery County, Tenn., Unveils Veterans Website

April 24, 2015

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett proudly introduced the Veterans Network of Care website at an unveiling ceremony in Civic Hall on Friday. The room was filled with dignitaries from Montgomery County and Fort Campbell, including U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett proudly introduced the Veterans Network of Care website at an unveiling ceremony in Civic Hall on Friday. The room was filled with dignitaries from Montgomery County and Fort Campbell, including U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn."After I was fortunate enough to be elected county mayor," said Durrett, "one of the first things that we talked about as a staff, was building something to help our veterans."A brick-and-mortar approach would have been expensive, and would have taken lots of manpower. As fate would have it, after sharing the idea with colleagues, a connection was made with Bruce Bronzan, president of Trilogy Integrated Resources."During his demonstration," said Durrett, "I fell in love with this site. Within minutes we came to an agreement. That's how hooked I was on this, and that is how much it means to me to be able to provide a service to the men and women who have served our country and who currently serve today."Blackburn was next to take the podium. She applauded the efforts of Durrett and his staff."What citizens and taxpayers like to see is their elected officials seeing a problem, defining that problem and then finding a way to solve that problem," said Blackburn. "That is what Mayor Durrett and his staff have done, by bringing forward this aggregator site which will bring together the resources that are necessary for our men and women in uniform and our government to be able to access the services that they need."Not only is this good for the veterans, it is good for their families, because it is a ready resource for them. This site is built to link you to other entities and additional information. It is so responsive to the needs of so many in this community," she said.Blackburn was pleased, not only with the finished project, but also with the way the goal was achieved."We are thrilled that Montgomery County said 'we are not waiting on someone else to do this,'" said Blackburn. "They weren't going to wait on federal funding or state funding, they were simply going to solve this problem. And they have done that in the right way, on an effective time line and to the benefit of the citizens of this county. I congratulate you and thank you for letting me stop in with you this afternoon."Command Sgt. Maj. Gabriel Espinoza, Jr., expressed what certainly must be a goal of many in Clarksville-Montgomery County."I'm fired up that we are doing stuff for veterans," said Espinoza. "This is something that is deep in my heart. I like to take care of soldiers and retirees and veterans. I'm so glad the relationship within our community continues to grow. We continue to forge great relations between Montgomery County and Fort Campbell and the veterans and retirees we all serve. We want our soldiers and their families to come to Fort Campbell and love it here. So much so, even if they have to move away, they ask and fight to come back to Fort Campbell, and ultimately retire in this community."Espinoza sees the new website helping soldiers with employment, education and other services."Our community helps exemplify our vision of the best soldier and family experience at Fort Campbell," Espinoza said. "We have to reach out to those who have suffered physically and/or mentally. We have many programs that care for our soldiers, but they don't have that support system once they are out of the service."The Veterans Network of Care site will assist veterans and retirees with a one-stop shop of programs and services. This will help us achieve our goal of having soldiers who are ending their tour of duty, choose to stay here. Our relationship is truly strategic, unique and exceptional. We are supported like no other. This program is one of many initiatives that exemplifies our common culture, vision and purpose in protecting our country while sharing an interdependent commitment to each other."According to Durrett, the site already has 195 different service providers that will attend to the needs of veterans and their family members. The site has more than 20,000 pages of info at your fingertips 24/7, 365 days a year, the majority of which are only three clicks away from the home page.Bronzan was complimentary of Durrett and his team as well, before giving a brief tour of the site and its functionality."This has to be the best group of people we have worked with during the past 18 years," said Bronzan. "In that time we have built over 600 websites, but these guys brought a creative energy that was different. They believe in what they are doing, they are passionate about it. They know they are helping people and it comes from their heart. We were struck by this ... you have to be very proud of what had been organized and developed before we ever came on the scene. They set the stage, created a perfect match and together we have built the richest site that we have in this country, for veterans."


Montgomery County, Tenn., Creates Veterans Network of Care

April 20, 2015

Montgomery County government has created the Veterans Network of Care, a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with veterans' issues.

Montgomery County government has created the Veterans Network of Care, a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with veterans' issues.A kick-off event is scheduled for 2 p.m. April 24 at the William O. Beach Civic Hall at 350 Pageant Lane, Clarksville. For more information, call 931-648-8482.The Network of Care empowers veterans, service members, their families and service providers by providing online access to comprehensive services available within Clarksville/Montgomery County/Fort Campbell area.The Network of Care for veterans, service members and their families is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry.Regardless of where veterans, service members and their families begin their search for assistance and services, the Network of Care for veterans, service members and their families ensures they will find what they need. The Network of Care provides a comprehensive service directory, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. The Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about crisis intervention, employment, education and reintegration points of contact, as well as daily news articles from around the nation concerning veterans' issues.The new website will enable veterans, service members and their families to educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials; and better manage their affairs, interactions and important records.To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care's users, the site's innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through adaptive technologies. The Network of Care also provides key information in multiple languages.According to County Mayor Jim Durrett, "We envisioned a central location for all the resources needed by our local veteran and military population, but instead of one made of bricks and mortar, it's web-based. I am thrilled that we could create this to help our local heroes. We appreciate them and know they will find this website helpful."Trilogy Integrated Resources, LLC, of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for veterans, service members and their families and all of the other Network of Care websites. Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, serves 25 states via the Network of Care.


Dakota County (Neb.) Health Department launches Network of Care website

March 19, 2015

The Dakota County Health Department, in partnership with Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors, launched the Network of Care website on April 1 to provide an array of health care information and tools for the community to utilize. 

The Dakota County Health Department, in partnership with Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors, launched the Network of Care website on April 1 to provide an array of health care information and tools for the community to utilize. “Network of Care is really a website designated to help the community gain better access to health care and health care information. It is there to aid the community and it is a valuable resource that people can take advantage of,” said Tiffany Paulson, director of the Dakota County Health Department. “It is a huge driver not only in health care but in the state of Nebraska to have health care collaboration and to provide the community the most amount of information about their health as possible, and Network of Care offers a wealth of resources for the community to use.”The website can be accessed by clicking on the Network of Care logo on the bottom of Dakota County Health Department website or by visiting http://dakota.ne.networkofcare.org.  Network of care features an array of information and tools regarding health care. It provides information about community health services, laws, related news, personal health record and a variety of other tools.“This website is really beneficial for the entire community,” said Paulson. “It is beneficial for health professionals because it allows you to go on and look at health indicators that are present in the county. It gives members of the community a good resource to go on and research medical conditions, medications and medical services available. It really is a wealth of knowledge.” The information provided is collected from a variety of sources to get the most well rounded and accurate data. The website offers article links providing information on heath care safety, vaccinations, preparedness, and environmental health, amongst other topics. The website also provides a medication library where individuals can research prescriptions and information on medical procedures. It also has several interactive tools to better direct individuals with their health care. Individuals can set up their own personal health record account to record their health care history. The secured tool allows the registered user to record their medications, emergency contacts and allergies and grant access to their heath care professionals to view it. “The heath indicators is one of the really neat aspects of this website for the community to utilize,” said Paulson. “For us it is really useful because we can look at things on a larger scale. It gives us access to information to help us evaluate our community personally for things we can improve on. Model practices help us all the time because we can look at what other communities are doing to impact certain drivers in the community and then possibly use that model practice with our own take on it and implement it here in Dakota County.”“This website is giving the community access to the necessary tools in order to help direct them with their health care. We want people to know that it is out there and they have access to it. It is a good resource to use,” said Paulson. According to Paulson, this website is meant to be used as a medical resource. It does not replace medical advice and treatments from a family practice or doctor. For more information regarding Network of Care, contact the Dakota County Health Department. 


DHMH Launches New State Health Improvement Process Website on Network of Care Platform

May 21, 2014

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has launched the new State Health Improvement Process (SHIP) website hosted by Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC on the Network of Care platform at http://dhmh.maryland.gov/ship/.

Baltimore, MD (May 21, 2014) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has launched the new State Health Improvement Process (SHIP) website hosted by Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC on the Network of Care platform at http://dhmh.maryland.gov/ship/. The goal of the SHIP is to provide a framework for accountability, local action, and public engagement in order to advance the health of Maryland residents. Through the use of statewide and local level data, the SHIP has encouraged the development of Local Health Improvement Coalitions (LHICs). These coalitions are led by local health officers and provide a forum for county health departments, nonprofit hospitals, and community-based organizations to analyze and prioritize community health needs. “With the launch of? this new platform, we are furthering our commitment to improve the health of every woman, man and child in our state,” said Governor Martin O'Malley. “The SHIP program is an important part of our efforts to expand access to care and reduce health disparities in our communities. The enhancement of this program through the Trilogy application will provide resources directly to those in our local communities who need them most. Together, we can improve health outcomes and a better quality of life for more Marylanders.?"? Network of Care is a powerful vehicle for improving community health through its ability to integrate many aspects, such as health indicators, data and information, in a user-friendly portal. This new Web-based platform hosts the state-level SHIP website and each of Maryland’s 24 county websites, which can be managed and customized by local health officers to meet the needs of their communities and support their LHIC efforts. "Marylanders can use this tool to find out about the health of their communities, and public-private health coalitions across the state can communicate with the public on their activities and progress," said Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, DHMH Secretary. Some of the key features and benefits of the Network of Care platform include: A complete, continuously updated array of health indicators, in addition to the 41 SHIP measures, that enable policy makers to assess needs, evaluate local impact and refine strategy. Statewide, interactive geo-mapping that compares all SHIP measures by county. Integration of National Association of County and City Health Officials evidence-based best practices and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention interventions from around the country that have been shown to improve outcomes on various health measures. Sharing of health indicator data via a widget that local hospitals can use to meet the Internal Revenue Service's requirements in the most cost-effective way possible. Supplying policy makers with data that is required to fulfill the needs assessment portion of Public Health Accreditation. Keeping the public informed of the latest developments via SHIP’s social networking platforms, SHIP newsletter, upcoming events and upcoming webinars. A library that contains over 30,000 articles, fact sheets, and reports produced by leading experts and organizations in the health care field and a links section to websites for state and national nonprofits and government organizations related to public health, disease prevention and treatment. To access the site, go to http://dhmh.maryland.gov/ship/ and click on the “View SHIP site by county” dropdown menu to toggle through each of the 24 county sites. The site is best viewed on Internet Explorer. For more information, or to schedule a Webcast demo of the Network of Care for Public Health Assessment & Wellness, please contact Bruce Bronzan at Bronzan@trilogyir.com or 415-458-5900.


Oakland County, Mich., Launches the Network of Care for Public Health

April 28, 2014

Public health leaders in Oakland County, Mich., are the latest to deploy the award-winning Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness – a Web-based platform that converts analysis of all health data into customized community health indicators. This groundbreaking tool is especially valuable for assessment, health planning, and public-health accreditation.

WATERFORD, Mich. – Public health leaders in Oakland County, Mich., are the latest to deploy the award-winning Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness – a Web-based platform that converts analysis of all health data into customized community health indicators. This groundbreaking tool is especially valuable for assessment, health planning, and public-health accreditation. The Network of Care program was developed in partnership with the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the National Association of Counties. It can be easily replicated in any county or state in the country. Watch this brief video to learn more about the Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness.


Ohio Launches Network of Care for Public Health Assessment & Wellness

Feb. 21, 2014

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH), local health departments and their stakeholders, will now have access to local and state public health indicators, model practices and local collaboration tools from around the nation. The site integrates statistics from national, state and other sources into a collection of more health and quality-of-life indicators specific for each health jurisdictions and the state of Ohio. Indicators also include Healthy People 2020 targets1, historical data per counties and evidence-based intervention.

Columbus, Ohio, May 21, 2014 – Tuesday, Ohio launched an innovative, local-delivery public health dashboard to enhance health decision-making. This will help provide community stakeholders, providers, payers, families and individuals with key public health data and resources in an easy-to-read format. www.odh.ohio.gov The Ohio Department of Health (ODH), local health departments and their stakeholders, will now have access to local and state public health indicators, model practices and local collaboration tools from around the nation. The site integrates statistics from national, state and other sources into a collection of more health and quality-of-life indicators specific for each health jurisdictions and the state of Ohio. Indicators also include Healthy People 2020 targets1, historical data per counties and evidence-based intervention. “Network of Care will give Ohio a dynamic and integrated platform to track key public health indicators at the state and local levels,” said ODH Interim Director Lance Himes. Local health departments can now share public-health challenges, ideas and successes by embracing the Network of Care’s communication tools, such as the Social Network of Care and community calendars. Local health departments will also be given access to update their unique sites with local assessment, planning and initiatives. This platform will give Ohio the ability to align, track and integrate state and local public health efforts. “The Association of Ohio Health Commissioners applauds the leadership shown by the Ohio Department of Health in making Network of Care a reality in Ohio,” said Medina County Health Commissioner and AOHC President Krista Wasowski. “This new data tool will allow local communities to focus their efforts on areas of greatest need, and to more efficiently use limited health assessment funds.” To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through dynamic translation software and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. The Network of Care also is available in multiple languages. For more information, please contact: Ohio Department of Health at (614) 644-8562 or www.odh.ohio.gov Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC at (415) 458-5900 or www.networkofcare.org Association of Ohio Health Commissioners at (614) 781-9556


New site for Montana veterans up and running

Feb. 5, 2014

Veterans have a new online tool to find health, employment, benefit and other resources tailored specifically to Montana veterans.

Veterans have a new online tool to find health, employment, benefit and other resources tailored specifically to Montana veterans. The site, Montana Network of Care, is part of a national platform and has been offering mental and behavioral health resources for several years. The new component focuses on veterans and their families and was funded by a federal grant. Deb Matteucci, the mental health services bureau chief for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, said the site is designed to be a one-stop shop for Montana veterans and their families to access resources available to them in their areas. It’s focused on bringing health care resources to rural veterans to lessen long drives across Montana if there’s an available service in their area. Matteucci said her department received a federal grant for nearly $1 million in 2010 to increase access to health care for rural veterans with a focus on mental health resources. The state recently received another grant to extend the project until August 2016. Along with state agencies and veterans groups, Matteucci and her team spent the last three years training and educating health care providers, law enforcement and raising awareness of the needs of rural veterans. During their work, they heard that veterans knew resources were out there but didn’t necessarily know how to find them, Matteucci said. She said when they started the project, less than 50 percent of combat veterans weren’t enrolled in programs through the Department of Veterans Affairs, meaning they’d often see the same providers civilians would. Matteucci and her team spent time training and educating health care providers statewide about veterans’ needs and the care they might need related to combat injuries or stresses and to recognize signs of those injuries. They also worked with health care providers to do health assessments and better referrals if the veteran needed specialty care through the VA. Combat veterans sometimes exhibit behavior connected to their service that can get them in trouble with the law, so Matteucci said they also trained first responders to recognize the signs of possible post-traumatic stress disorder or other service-connected issues and divert them from the criminal justice system whenever possible and get them in touch with resources they might need instead. Telehealth is also a component of their project since access to health care for rural veterans is often dependent on transportation. “There are tremendous distances between providers, we can minimize that with telehealth and when they have a need, to be able to find someone who could help in the area,” Matteucci said.


Ventura County, Calif., Adopts the Network of Care to Better Serve Children and Families

Feb. 4, 2014

Barry Zimmerman, director of the Ventura County Human Services Agency, announced that the county has deployed the award-winning program called theNetwork of Care for Children and Family Services. This is a highly customized, local Web portal that serves more like a “virtual community” or one-stop shop for health and social-service issues for children and families in the area.

VENTURA, Calif. – Barry Zimmerman, director of the Ventura County Human Services Agency, announced that the county has deployed the award-winning program called the Network of Care for Children and Family Services. This is a highly customized, local Web portal that serves more like a “virtual community” or one-stop shop for health and social-service issues for children and families in the area. “We are very pleased to make this new tool available to our staff and clients,” Zimmerman said. “Social workers using mobile devices in the field can now quickly identify community services and work with families on next steps for accessing services – even email a link with directions. With the Network of Care, we can help families get the information they need to take an important step toward getting stronger.” The Network of Care program was piloted in California and has been replicated throughout the country due to its ease of implementation and user-friendly format.


New website launches to help Montana veterans

Feb. 4, 2014

Lieutenant Governor John Walsh announced the launch of a new website to help military personnel transition to civilian life.

GREAT FALLS - Lieutenant Governor John Walsh announced the launch of a new website to help military personnel transition to civilian life. Deb Matteucci, Adult Mental Health Service Bureau Chief, said "Veterans were struggling, they were in crisis and not having opportunities to access the programs that they needed." According to Montana Veteran Affairs, Montana has tens of thousands of military veterans, and thousands of active duty members. Resources are available for them, but Matteucci said not many know help is out there. "If you are in one of the larger communities you can find services fairly well, but if you're in a small rural community, if you're in northeast Montana, if you're up along the Hi Line it gets pretty difficult to find those services," she said. Now, the new "Network Of Care" website is hoping to change that. Over the last three years, the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services has been creating a platform for all retired and active military and their families. Walsh said, "This will allow our veterans and our families to go to one location to find out all the services that are available to them. You know previously they may have to go to several different sites, so this will link all those sites into this one location." The website provides links to resources for housing, education, employment opportunities, and mental health services. Matteucci said, "Having the general health care community understand veterans' health needs was very important. We did a lot of training, on post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries and other combat related illness and injuries." Thirteen other states are currently using the Network Of Care platform, and have deemed it successful. Now the bureau wants to offer advance search options, especially for rural communities. "We wanted to make it searchable by county, because of the large land mass that is Montana, that having services available that you could search for in your community," explained Matteucci. Click here to visit the website.


Chenango County, NY, and Barnstable County, Mass., Adopt the Network of Care for Public Health

Jan. 31, 2014

Public-health leaders in Chenango County, N.Y., and Barnstable County, Mass., are the latest to deploy the award-winning Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness – a Web-based platform that converts analysis of all health data into customized community health indicators. This groundbreaking tool is especially valuable for assessment, health planning, and public-health accreditation.

Public-health leaders in Chenango County, N.Y., and Barnstable County, Mass., are the latest to deploy the award-winning Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness – a Web-based platform that converts analysis of all health data into customized community health indicators. This groundbreaking tool is especially valuable for assessment, health planning, and public-health accreditation. “As the first Network of Care Web site in Massachusetts, Barnstable County Department of Human Services is on the forefront of advancing access to a wide variety of information about health and wellness,” said Beth Albert, Director of Health in Barnstable County, where the new site launched on Jan. 31, 2014. “The new Health and Wellness Web site is a clearinghouse of health indicators, model practices and informational tools for individuals, families, and organizations. “The launch of the Web site comes on the heels of the recently announced Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund award to Barnstable County to build a Prevention Self-Management Network,” Albert added. “We are pleased to be able to provide these resources to our community with the goal of improving health outcomes for our residents and creating a healthy, connected Cape Cod.” Tina Utley Edwards, executive director of the Chenango Health Network, also heralded the Dec. 2, 2013, launch of the program in her community. “Chenango Health Network and local community partners such as Chenango County Public Health Department, UHS-Chenango Memorial Hospital, Area Agency on Aging and Chenango Hospice & Palliative Care, to name a few, will be using our new Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness site as a tool for future planning and program implementation,” Edwards said. “I expect that we will be adding more information, data and resources to the site as we become familiar with all its possibilities.” The Network of Care program was developed in partnership with the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the National Association of Counties. It can be easily replicated in any county or state in the country. Watch this brief video to learn more about the Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness.


Meyer: Network of Care website provides straight facts

Dec. 14 2013

Thanks to the Larimer County Office on Aging, Adult Resources for Care and Help, or ARCH, there is a good resource available. In Larimer County, the Network of Care website is a perfect place for seniors, people with disabilities, caregivers, families and service providers to research a variety of pertinent topics.

LARIMER, CO. - Dec. 14 2013 In this age of overwhelming information coming from all directions, it’s nice to know where to go to get quick, straightforward facts. Thanks to the Larimer County Office on Aging, Adult Resources for Care and Help, or ARCH, there is a good resource available. In Larimer County, the Network of Care website is a perfect place for seniors, people with disabilities, caregivers, families and service providers to research a variety of pertinent topics. Network of Care was created with a California Department of Aging innovation grant specifically for the Aging and Disability Resource Centers, or ADRC. In Colorado, those resource centers are listed as ARCH. For individuals 18 years or older who have a disability, and individuals 60 years or older, ARCH helps explore options for staying as independent as possible. ARCH offers accurate, unbiased information on services, programs and resources that serve older adults, veterans and adults with disabilities. These services are available via telephone, email, a home visit, or by appointment at the ARCH office, whichever is more convenient to the individual seeking help. ARCH staff may be reached at (970) 498-7750 or ARCH@larimer.org. Because the mission of ARCH is to be a resource of information and connect people to resources, it became apparent that information should also be available online since more and more people want to do their own research and problem solving. That was the thought behind the creation of the Network of Care website. The website, www.LCOA.networkorcare.org, is a searchable, interactive site that houses a library of information on the expanse of topics that are of interest to seniors, adults with disabilities and their caregivers. For example, it includes articles on medications, what they look like, possible side effects and how they should be used. Key health articles are available along with information on medical tests and what they can reveal. Also provided are articles on fall prevention, abuse prevention and updated explanations about Medicare. In addition, users can find ways to get connected to national groups, discover tips on choosing skilled nursing care, assisted living communities, or home health care. Caregiver information is readily available. Updates on current legislation and contacts to legislative representatives are both easy to find. A really nice feature is the Community Announcements section where you can find what is going on in the community. Any organization with an event, class or other type of gathering can email the announcements or fliers to ARCH@Larimer.org and that information will then be posted on the site. The Special Needs registry describes who should use it, how it can be of help and how to get registered. You can also set up a password-protected personal health record, or PHR, to organize and store important medical and health care-related information. These PHRs can be for yourself, your family members or any one for whom you provide care. It’s a great way to gather all of the pertinent information and store it in one place. Contact Lynda Meyer with the Office on Aging at (970) 498-7750.


New Website to Promote and Measure Community Health Improvement in Eau Claire County, Wis.

Nov. 18, 2013

Eau Claire County now has a new tool that will help monitor the health and wellness of our community.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Eau Claire County now has a new tool that will help monitor the health and wellness of our community.It is a new health website that was created as a resource and a one-stop-shop for all the health data in the county.Eau Claire Healthy Communities Network of Care site has all of the local health data, such as prevalence of disease, like diabetes or cancer, or risk factors like obesity rates.The site’s goal is to improve the health of people in Eau Claire County, by informing individuals, non-profits, educational institutions and lawmakers about health issues in their own backyard.“Really, what we're hoping for is a place that we as a community can go to and say what do we see from the data, what can we do about that, and how can we work together to make a difference?” said Eau Claire City County Health Department Director, Lieske Giese.The website shows data from rates of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, to rates of obesity and number of fast-food restaurants in our area.UW Extension's Nutrition Education Program is one of many that benefit from the new tool.“I really love how it compares county data, to state data, to national data; it helps us know where we rank in all of those, so we can compare and look at priorities, which I think is important when you're deciding where to move forward first,” said Wisconsin Nutrition Program Coordinator Nancy Coffey.Linda Bohacek, a dental hygienist subcontracted by the health department says all the data collected in one spot will help her keep an eye on unhealthy trends, and be proactive about changing them.“If we see deficit in oral health status, let’s say the children in our community, I can go to other states, other programs nationwide and find out what worked for this community and then apply it here, “explained Bohacek.And Giese says knowledge is power that can help improve health, habits and even laws.“We have community groups engaging right now and looking at that data, and moving some ideas forward around priority health issues and that's all captured on the cite as well, for people to say, I want to be involved in this, I want to make a difference here in Eau Claire,” added Giese.The website has been in the works for nearly two years and is a collaboration between the Eau Claire City County Health Department, Marshfield clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System and the United Way of Greater Chippewa Valley.The five organizations also received a 200-thousand dollar grant from the Medical College of Wisconsin to improve information and communication about health throughout Eau Claire County.


Safety Net of Care Sought for Troops, Vets

Nov. 12, 2013

A new coalition of health care providers and nonprofit organizations across the Pikes Peak region aims to ensure that soldiers, veterans or their families don’t slip through the cracks when seeking medical and behavioral health care.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A new coalition of health care providers and nonprofit organizations across the Pikes Peak region aims to ensure that soldiers, veterans or their families don’t slip through the cracks when seeking medical and behavioral health care. The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments announced this week the creation of the Peak Military Care Network week — vowing to increase collaboration between the nonprofits, care providers and the military to make care more accessible. The effort is the latest step by the council to deal with the expansion of Fort Carson. Previous efforts included the push to expand streets and highways around the post. “It’s something that’s been needed for quite some time, to be perfectly honest with you,” said Ed Anderson, a retired lieutenant general and president of the National Homeland Defense Foundation, which helped establish the program. “But the time for it right now is particularly crucial.” The network’s creation comes after troop levels at Fort Carson doubled in recent years to about 26,000. That put an increasing strain on local health care providers already dealing with an increasing number of soldiers battling the medical and mental effects of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A 2,700-soldier combat aviation brigade is expected to further increase the post’s population in the coming years. Another concern is plans by the Defense Department to scale back the Army’s forces as more troops leave Afghanistan — leaving an influx of combat veterans out of the Army but in need of care. The announcement of the care program marked the beginning of a “beta,” or test version, said Kate Hatten, the council’s military impact planning program manager. The council established a website in 2011 called the Network of Care, which featured resources for families new to the area or looking for medical treatment. The new program, though, is intended to go a step further by gathering nonprofits, agencies and health care providers into a coalition bounded by memorandums of understanding. Each would then work to direct patients they can’t treat to the agency or organization that offers the right services. Nonprofits and agencies are being asked to join the program, Hatten said, though she did not specify how many have signed on. On Wednesday, Hatten told the council of governments during a 2013 budget planning session that she secured a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to fund the program. The two-year grant, which was awarded earlier this month, totaled about $195,000, said Chris Clayton, a spokeswoman for the foundation. Hatten was unsure how long the program would remain in a testing stage — noting that progress in the next few months would dictate when its “beta” label is dropped. “This is a community that’s really been interested in supporting the military for a while, and there have been lots of efforts to do that — a lot of good-hearted, well-intentioned people,” Hatten said. “It just hasn’t really been that coordinated over time.”


Colorado’s Alpine Area Agency on Aging is latest to join Network of Care

Sept. 11, 2013

The Alpine Area Agency on Aging, representing the Colorado counties of Eagle, Grand, Jackson, Pitkin and Summit, launched its Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities on Sept. 11, announced AAA Program Director Jean Hammes.

FRISCO, Colo. – The Alpine Area Agency on Aging, representing the Colorado counties of Eagle, Grand, Jackson, Pitkin and Summit, launched its Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities on Sept. 11, announced AAA Program Director Jean Hammes. This added to the rapidly growing list of counties and AAAs around the country that are taking advantage of the Network of Care program. “Obtaining information and assistance is becoming increasingly overwhelming,” Hammes said. “This Network of Care site consolidates not only our region’s resource information, but it also offers a vast array of other important health and social supports. We are excited about this invaluable tool and look forward to introducing it to the community.” The Network of Care project was piloted by the California Department of Aging and quickly spread around the country. These community-based Web portals are essentially the ultimate one-stop shop for information, services, support, networking, news, Personal Health Records and much more for individuals and their families.


1st Judicial District Launches First Online Prisoner Reentry Resource

Aug. 22, 2013

The Legal Intelligencer – the oldest law journal in the United States – published an article Aug. 22 recognizing Philadelphia’s First Judicial District for its recent launch of the Network of Care for Prisoner Reentry.

The Legal Intelligencer – the oldest law journal in the United States – published an article Aug. 22 recognizing Philadelphia’s First Judicial District for its recent launch of the Network of Care for Prisoner Reentry. Read on: PHILADELPHIA – When Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ramy Djerassi started to preside over criminal cases, he wanted to refer ex-prisoners on probation or parole to reliable resources that could help them with their problems after their release back to society. The trial judge said he had a "constant frustration that I just didn't know enough" to be able to make those referrals. And when probation/parole officers carry 300 cases, the officers alone can't be relied upon to make the referrals, Djerassi said. The referrals are key to help probationers and parolees succeed in not going back to prison or jail, Djerassi said. Ex-prisoners often face obstacles that can result in violations of their probation/parole and then potentially being re-incarcerated, Djerassi said. For example, if an ex-prisoner is not abiding by his or her conditions of release by not going to mental health treatment, it might be because he or she does not have identification or he or she does not have insurance, Djerassi said. Now, due to Djerassi and several other people, not only has the first reentry benchbook for judges been developed, but the resource is available to anyone online to help directly connect the formerly incarcerated to social services. According to Mason Barnett, the development director of the Pennsylvania Prison Society, the resource: will be publicly accessible to ex-prisoners, their loved ones and social-service providers and case managers; gathers into one place information that doesn't exist anywhere else; and has innovative components such as for ex-prisoners to maintain private personal health records on the website and to become involved with legislative advocacy on issues that affect them. "It's a one-stop shop for reentry needs that really has not existed at all," Barnett said. "The whole re-entry thing is hot," Djerassi said. "About 60 days before release to about 90 days after release, that's where you can capture a lot of people who fall through the cracks for stupid reasons — often not their own fault." "This is really landmark. Philadelphia can really become a national model," said Ann Schwartzman, policy and program director for the prison society. Initially, Djerassi and other judges envisioned a benchbook to have a list of resources that judges could refer to while on the bench for issues such as housing, substance abuse treatment, job training, domestic abuse and medical treatment. Djerassi had interns research re-entry resources, and they discovered that many organizations, including the prison society, had independently developed information for inmates re-entering society after being imprisoned. The organizations and their resources were "in silos not talking to each other," Djerassi said. Due to the fact that providers change so often, the only way for the resource to stay valuable and current was for it to go online, he said. Djerassi's former secretary and a graduate of law school this spring, Rosemary Auge, found the ultimate conduit to take the information online: Trilogy Integrated Resources, which has created databases of resources for people with mental health needs around the country, including in Pennsylvania. Afshin Khosravi, Trilogy's chief executive officer, said 12 years ago he was dealing with fragmentation in funding in the field of aging, and he started a pilot in California in which all of the providers were collated in an online resource. Trilogy's work has expanded to create online databases of services for mental health, children, foster children, veterans and people with developmental disabilities. "The issues are the same. The system is fragmented and it's impossible for people to navigate," he said. The re-entry resource is the first one that Trilogy has succeeded to bring to fruition in the country after two other efforts failed, Khosravi said. In Philadelphia, judges, officials from the local mental health department, probation officials, social workers and case managers, and other agencies have come together, he said. Khosravi said he "saw for the first time the entire community coming together to tackle this issue." "A prisoner that comes out of prison, their actual real-life needs far exceed that of the court order," Khosravi said. The aim of the website is for it to be used by case managers and social workers to make referrals for their clients, for the site to be highly trusted by the community and to be adaptable so new client portals can be added, Khosravi said. The site is being hosted by the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services for which Trilogy already created a website of mental health resources, and the site will be partly managed by the prison society. A total of 16 stakeholders have been involved, Schwartzman said. Trilogy combined the hard-copy resources of the prison society, the Philadelphia Adult Probation and Parole Department and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania's re-entry court, Auge said. The data will be driven by the agencies as they input their information, but records that have not been updated for six months will lead to Trilogy starting an automatic query to that agency to at least confirm their data, Barnett and Schwartzman said. Iskar Smith, a prison society intern from Wheaton College who worked directly with providers to get the database up and running, said that information can quickly get out-of-date, but allowing providers to update their website presence due to changes in information, as criteria to get services from those providers changes or as grants become available, will keep the resource relevant. "It changes with the recidivism community," Smith said. It's a way for families to get information before their loved ones get out of jail or prison,” Schwartzman said, “and it's a way for ex-prisoners to find resources in their part of a big city.” The website is slated to be officially launched this month or next month, Schwartzman said, and the preliminary site can be found at http://philadelphia.pa.networkofcare.org/ps. Amaris Elliott-Engel can be contacted at 215-557-2354 or aelliott-engel@alm.com . Follow her on Twitter @AmarisTLI .


New Nebraska Network of Care Offers Interactive Health Information

Aug. 9, 2013

KOLN/KGIN (Channel 10/11) in Lincoln/Grand Island, Neb., aired a segment about the newly launched Nebraska Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness. Read on below – or click the video screen to hear Teresa Anderson, president of the Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors, explain why the Network of Care is critical to “guide the work” of public-health policy makers throughout her state.

KOLN/KGIN (Channel 10/11) in Lincoln/Grand Island, Neb., aired a segment about the newly launched Nebraska Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness. Read on below – or click the video screen to hear Teresa Anderson, president of the Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors, explain why the Network of Care is critical to “guide the work” of public-health policy makers throughout her state. Watch TV segment now. South Heartland District Health Department, as a member of the Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors, has launched a new interactive supplemental website that will provide tools for the public, the media, health care providers and policymakers in making solid decisions regarding health. Created as a joint endeavor by several national agencies, the Network of Care for Public Health and Wellness is designed to provide the most up-to-date health information in one easy-to-use website. The website includes county level statistics about key health indicators, wellness education, information about health issues and medical care, news, and links to local and national support groups. It also provides information about state and federal legislative bills on various health topics, allowing the public to easily contact their representatives about issues of concern. “An individual or organization can, for instance, look up an indicator, such as diabetes and find out if the health district or county statistics for this disease are better or worse than those in other areas of the state or nation,” says SHDHD Executive Director Michele Bever. “If they find there is concern about their county’s incidence of diabetes, they can then look up risk factors, such as obesity and physical inactivity for their county on the same site. Having all of the information can help healthcare organizations, policymakers and others to develop priorities and direct resources to effectively impact the top health concerns for their communities.” Continuing to use diabetes as an example, individuals who may have the disease can also easily research the latest treatment options, find news releases and articles by trusted experts on the topic, locate a support group, and establish and manage their own online personal health record. This is just one example of how the Network of Care can be utilized. Non-profit hospitals, now required by the IRS to complete community needs assessments, will find the information valuable to their endeavors. “The Network of Care will provide us with a ready source – a complete and current site where we can go, and where others in the community can go – to get current statistics and numbers to guide their work,” said Teresa Anderson, President of the Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors. “It will allow us to display local, state and nationally acquired data in an easily understood and immediately accessible manner.”


Nebraska Launches Network of Care for Public Health

Aug. 8, 2013

Nebraska will launch its Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness today to serve policy makers and residents statewide.

Nebraska will launch its Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness today to serve policy makers and residents statewide. This innovative project, a partnership between NACCHO, NACo and Trilogy, has been rapidly spreading across the country. The Network of Care effort customizes population health data from all around the nation into more than 150 community Health Indicators at the county level. It then ties each indicator to approved model practices. This is seen as a boon to health planning, policy, and public health accreditation. “The Network of Care will provide us with a ready source – a complete and current site where we can go, and where others in the community can go – to get current statistics and numbers to guide their work,” said Teresa Anderson, director of the Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors. “It will allow us to display local, state and nationally acquired data in an easily understood and immediately accessible manner. The Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors is excited to work with our local health department members to bring this to Nebraska.” Said Shannon Vanderheiden, executive director of the West Central District Health Department, “One of the immediate benefits that we see in implementing the Network of Care is that it will provide individuals, families and organizations in our district with a one-stop tool to help them find up-to-date information and resources that are easy to understand and utilize.” “We are excited to be able to offer this Web-based health data system for the people and agencies in the Two Rivers Public Health Department district,” added TRPHD Director Terry Krohn. “The TRPHD Network of Care will provide access to information and resources that will assist local communities and organizations in improving and protecting the health of the people that we serve.”


Nevada Launches Network of Care for Public Health Statewide

June 27, 2013

The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health launched its Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness today to serve policy makers and residents statewide.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health launched its Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness today to serve policy makers and residents statewide. This innovative project, a partnership between NACCHO, NACo and Trilogy, has been rapidly spreading across the country. The Network of Care effort customizes population health data from all around the nation into more than 150 community Health Indicators at the county level. It then ties each indicator to approved model practices. This is seen as a boon to health planning, policy, and public health accreditation. “The Network of Care Web site provides an individualized and interactive resource that has been supported by the National Association of Counties from development,” said Jeffrey Fontaine, executive director of the Nevada Association of Counties. “We are excited to know that this valuable resource will be offered to citizens in all Nevada counties!” “The State of Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health has a goal of providing transparent health data that is accessible and useful to anyone in Nevada and the Network of Care website does just that!” added Richard Whitley, administrator of the Nevada DPBH.


Judicial District in Philadelphia Launches Network of Care for Prisoner Reentry

April 24, 2013

The Network of Care, which has been widely successful across the nation in the behavioral-health field, has made a logical jump into the criminal-justice system. The goal: to assist in better managing persons with behavioral-health issues as they return to society. The result is a new portal that can easily be used by the court/probation system to refer persons into needed treatment and recovery programs.

PHILADELPHIA -- In response to requests from courts, probation officers and behavioral- health program directors, the Network of Care has just added a brand-new offering – the Network of Care for Prisoner Reentry. The Network of Care, which has been widely successful across the nation in the behavioral-health field, has made a logical jump into the criminal-justice system. The goal: to assist in better managing persons with behavioral-health issues as they return to society. The result is a new portal that can easily be used by the court/probation system to refer persons into needed treatment and recovery programs. With a comprehensive Service Directory fully integrated into an online referral program, a judge, case manager or probation officer can, in seconds, find the right service in the right location. This system also enables referral agencies to notify the court as individuals begin or complete programs. Additionally, all referral information and more can be stored easily in a Personal Health Record, which can be used for enhanced care management when more than one agency or care worker is involved. “The (Network of Care) Prisoner Reentry Network is an important tool for people reentering; their families; probation officers; corrections staff; the courts, and social-service providers,” said Ann Schwartzman, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Prison Society. “It provides current, up-to-date information at your fingertips. It is a resource that was developed by a coalition of key stakeholders, but it has gone beyond the original design with additional research articles, access to pending legislation, and over 600 agency listings. The Prison Society is proud to be a founder and sponsor of  this innovative initiative.” William DiMascio, former executive director of the Pennsylvania Prison Society, agreed. “This Network of Care for Prisoner Reentry represents a major breakthrough in the way people in need and service providers can access critical services in a timely fashion. We are delighted to join the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services and Trilogy to be a part of such an important innovation!” Said Trilogy CEO Afshin Khosravi, “Here is a way to use existing technology creatively to reduce recidivism and improve the lives of folks coming back into society who have behavioral-health issues. In the end, it helps the community and all of us.”


Garrett County Health Department Launches The Network of Care For Public Health Assessment and Wellness

Feb. 28, 2013

Garrett County has launched an innovative, local-delivery Web portal to enhance health decision-making by providing community stakeholders, families and individuals with key health data and resources in an easy-to-read format. The Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness (www.networkofcare.org) provides a directory of all health services; a leading health library and encyclopedia; social networking; legislative tools; nationwide news; personal health records, and much more.

OAKLAND, MD. – Feb. 28, 2013 – Garrett County has launched an innovative, local-delivery Web portal to enhance health decision-making by providing community stakeholders, families and individuals with key health data and resources in an easy-to-read format. The Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness (www.networkofcare.org) provides a directory of all health services; a leading health library and encyclopedia; social networking; legislative tools; nationwide news; personal health records, and much more. Stakeholders have access to local Health Indicators, Model Practices from around the nation, and local collaboration tools. The site integrates statistics from National Data Warehouse and other sources into a collection of more than 100 local health and quality-of-life indicators specific to Garrett County’s service area. Further content is also available, including news; reports; services, and legislation, all specifically related to the topic of concern. The system also automatically brings a vetted library of “best practices” from around the nation. This “best practices” library describes how different communities with the same problem have worked toward positive change. Service providers can share public-health challenges and ideas by embracing the Network of Care’s communication tools, such as the Social Network of Care and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section. The Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness is a partnership between the National Association of Counties; the National Association of City and County Health Officials, and Trilogy Integrated Resources. To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through dynamic translation software and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. The Network of Care also is available in multiple languages. Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Behavioral Health; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services, and the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families. Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 25 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


Trilogy—Changing the Way We Look at Community Health Data

January 23, 2013

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Hawai’I Governor Lauds Network of Care in State of the Union Address

January 22, 2013

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 HONOLULU—Mister Speaker, Madame President, former Governors, distinguished justices of the courts, representatives of our Congressional Delegation, members of the Hawaii State Legislature, other elected officials, honored guests, family and friends. Aloha. My friends, politics isn’t a hobby or a past time. At its center, politics is community, and we as office holders are obliged to address our efforts to the greater good of the larger community. At its heart, politics is about doing good and relieving suffering. If politics is done right, it is all about making life better for people. In Mahayana Buddhism, we are admonished to renounce all evil, practice all good, and save the many beings. But when politics gets reduced to slogans and bumper stickers – what is right; what is good? What is wisdom and virtue to one, is grounds for accusation and denunciation to another. Observation can quickly become doctrine, and demands for fidelity to the true faith come even more rapidly. In secular political terms, the Party Line is established and with today’s cyber-technology, internet-hysteria often takes on a life of its own. Perspective gives way to prosecution or even persecution. We can do better than what we have lately witnessed. The level of discourse in our public policy discussion stands in need of elevation. Today it seems everyone’s motivation is suspect. An opposing view is likely to be judged that of a fool or a tool of special interests. One’s position is not merely faulty or misguided, it is characterized as the work of someone consciously plotting to destroy the environment, or stealing public benefit for private gain, or willfully corrupting the good and welfare of the community. This is not the model of dialogue and exchange that we want or need in Hawaii. The virus of absolutism now infecting the Congress of the United States appears to be seeping into Hawaii – whether it is the use of public lands, dealing with gun violence, determining who may marry, or decreeing how we are to be born or die. Even caring for the sick or preparing young children for life are opportunities for mocking dismissal or patronizing skepticism. This absolutist attitude eliminates the human dimension from political discourse. The absolutist has answers for everything and questions about little or nothing. I think perhaps it may be time to step back a bit and take a few deep breaths. In the wake of Senator Akaka’s request that we let a sense of Aloha enter our lives more deeply, could we not try a little harder to practice Aloha with each other. Could we not express some generosity of spirit for each other – both in our deliberation and in our decision making? As I set about organizing my thoughts for today and reflected on the political atmosphere, I concluded what we confront today is a situation of political Jeopardy. In the game of Jeopardy, everyone already has the answers; the challenge is to figure out and frame the right questions. We are so busy telling each other what the answer is, so certain we already know what needs to be done, that we can ignore the questions behind our pronouncements. My thought is irrespective of what we are for or against, we cannot allow ourselves to pre-empt the raising of pressing questions we need to comprehend and address lest we lose our way before we even begin to understand where we need to go or what path to take. We need look no further than the question of unfunded liabilities. How do we address recurring needs like paying for healthcare benefits and exploding pension deficits and the means to finance them on a recurring basis? How do we make use of our resources and assets, both public and private, with continuing investment security in the future? The Public Land Development Corporation is but one example of an attempt to answer the struggle to come out of the worst recession in memory. What we cannot do is allow controversy over the answer to this or any other challenge to pre-empt asking or facing up to the questions before us. And then there is the greatest unfunded liability question of all – the failure to address early childhood development and education in Hawaii. Leaving our keiki unprepared for elementary school puts them at  a crippling disadvantage in terms of being able to meet the demands the future will make on them. These questions and the questions which follow require us to embrace our island values and steward our precious island home to become more self-sufficient, more self-resilient, more self-sustaining. We must move from the status quo and provide for future generations of Hawaii. Therefore, our primary and priority initiatives need to be aimed at preparing ourselves as we assess the demands of the 21st century. We need to look at state government and the budget; our energy goals, our economy, and our kupuna and our keiki. First, the question of the state budget. Unlike some of the fiscal uncertainties and core fundamental economic issues facing our federal government, our state stands on a solid financial footing and has a stable financial outlook. Two years ago, our administration had just taken office amidst an extremely difficult fiscal and economic outlook. As a state, we faced a daunting $1.3 billion potential budget shortfall for Fiscal Biennium 2011-13. But, as a result of our collaborative efforts, shared sacrifice and judicious administrative action, the year-end general fund balances for FY 2011 was $126 million, and for FY 2012 $275 million. For this year, which ends in approximately 5 months, we are again looking at a healthy positive balance. I want to thank the Legislature for your collaboration. Thank you to the public, our taxpayers, and businesses for weathering these difficult times. Thank you to those state employees, who agreed to labor savings and additional payments for health benefits. There was no way we could have balanced our budget and achieved today’s fiscally favorable outlook without the commitment of all those public workers. Because of that sacrifice, we were able to support our workforce and avoid massive public worker layoffs. We have maintained our pension benefits for our retirees. The question is will we be able to secure these benefits for todays and future workers. For the record: This is not Wisconsin. This is not Michigan. This Administration is not going to abandon collective bargaining, but neither will it bankrupt the future for all by buying some temporary solution that does not address the fundamental fiscal issues we cannot escape. Because we did what needed to be done, we were able to restore critical public services such as agriculture, elevator inspections, vector control, and restaurant inspectors. We achieved unprecedented success in earning a high bond rating and being able to finance state construction at impressively low interest rates. That means our tax dollars stretch farther in improving the state’s infrastructure and in creating the jobs that come with capital improvements. It is for these reasons that we have now turned a fiscal corner.  As of July 1, 2013, the 5 percent pay reductions will end for state workers, and full pay will be restored. Good faith collective bargaining negotiations are essential if we are move toward a resolution that is fair to everyone. Fair to our employees who create public value every day, fair to our taxpayers, and fair to future generations. Tourism numbers and profits are on a steady rise, construction is vigorous and growing and unemployment is back down to the low rates that we enjoyed before the recession. The recent bond sale of more than $800 million, along with historic low interest rates at 2.6 percent, is a positive indicator that the bond raters, the marketplace and its investors, consider Hawaii’s fiscal condition to be sound. The question is, will we continue to invest in the economy via construction and repair/maintenance projects and public private ventures. Not only is this important to ensure that communities, schools and our residents continue to have much needed infrastructure, buildings and improvements, but we can do so at historic low interests rates, saving the state millions of dollars in debt service. More importantly, these projects could mean that the state not only will be investing back into our economy, but through partnerships generate needed revenue not otherwise available.  I have asked Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui to take a lead role in working to expedite addressing this opportunity. I welcome the new Lieutenant Governor here today as my partner. Formerly President of the Hawaii State Senate, he is a valued addition to this Administration. He is exactly the sort of young and able public servant/leader that Hawaii needs. He is taking the place of another young and capable leader, Brian Schatz, our new Senior United States Senator. Senator Schatz joins a congressional team with our vigorous senior Representative Colleen Hanabusa in the House of Representatives and Senator Akaka’s dedicated and committed successor, Senator Maize Hirono. A team that for the first time in the fifty-three year history of the State of Hawaii, will not have Senator Daniel Inouye at its helm. For many of us, we have never known a time when Senator Inouye was not the center of our political life. But while his physical presence may no longer be with us, the spirit of his example of public service sets an unmatched standard we can only aspire toward.  Senator Schatz joins another young leader in Congress -Tulsi Gabbard, like Senator Inouye a war veteran – but of this generation. With these bright and energetic young people, Hawaii looks to its future. They understand we can only continue to get good bond ratings and sell them at record low rates by continuing to practice sound fiscal management. As such, a primary budgetary priority is to recapitalize the Hawaii Hurricane Relief Fund and the Rainy Day Fund. When my administration began, we were forced to borrow from both the Hurricane Relief Fund and the Rainy Day Fund. Now that our fiscal house is in order, it’s time to pay back those debts. Bond raters look to these reserves, and the levels to which they have been restored. Therefore, to keep our favorable ratings and attract investors, we must recapitalize these funds. But, we must also deal with the question of the looming cloud of current liability obligations that have not been paid for and that will wreak havoc upon our state’s future fiscal stability. During the last few years of the recession while staring in the face of obligations to retirees, other states and cities nationwide have blinked and have either slashed retirement benefits that were previously earned or declared bankruptcy. That is why I am asking the Legislature to start paying toward our Other Post-Employment Benefits. This is the “OPEB” debt. To pay down this liability would require the state to put up more than $500 million every year for 30 years. This is a number impossible to meet all at once.  I am therefore proposing to address this liability by budgeting $100 million starting this next fiscal year, with plans to continue to pursue payment in coming years. Next, the question of energy. When we consider long-term financial stability and talk about controlling our own destiny, energy is at the top of the list. Two weeks ago today, Tesoro Corporation announced it would be closing its refinery here in Hawaii. That means about 200 people will soon be out of work. Our Department of Labor and Industrial Relations stands ready to assist with job assistance for those who need it. It also means that Hawaii only has one refinery to process oil for our state’s energy needs, and that we will be importing the rest of our fuel. We face greater exposure to the events occurring elsewhere in the world that affect our fuel pipeline – whether in the Middle East, Asia, on the seas, or at Mainland refineries and ports. Therefore, I am establishing the Hawaii Refinery Task Force, a collaboration of government, energy industries and utilities – 27 interested stakeholders from various levels of government and private sector – to immediately work on short-term and long-term findings and recommendations prompted by Tesoro’s closure. Reducing our dependence on imported oil will take an equal commitment from all of us. Our new energy future, one that allows Hawaii to utilize and rely upon its fortunate circumstances and geography for renewable energy, is a long but necessary journey. We have already taken several proactive and affirmative steps down that road. But along the way, we are facing financing hurdles and policy obstacles that require us to look not only at renewable energies, but current alternative energy sources that are available now. One of those is Liquefied Natural Gas or LNG. This is a resource that would allow us to purchase fuel from American sources, and not be reliant upon foreign sources, friendly or otherwise. LNG will reduce energy costs, and reduce our carbon footprint because the resource is abundant, available, and the technology exists for us to use it now. Our state, our residents, our constituents, our businesses and communities need relief. To do nothing puts everyone in the state at risk. Empty rhetoric and magical thinking avoids the question. The data is clear; embarking on a path to LNG will result in long-term avoided costs – whether those costs are mandated improvements to utility facilities or imported low-sulfur fossil fuels at exponentially growing prices. The energy storm is on Hawaii’s horizon. Will we take the necessary steps to weather it? I ask the Legislature to move forward with us. There is no time to lose. Likewise, there is a false controversy over renewable energy tax credits, and the interim administrative rules that were adopted. Reasonable limitations and controls upon expenditures, including any tax credits, have been critical to financial/fiscal management and our stable financial outlook. But more importantly, the lack of clarity and confusion by some gaming the system, created an uneven playing field for the renewable energy companies. It placed taxpayers, and even their expert accountants, in uncomfortable situations of not knowing whether they were following the tax law correctly. This resulted in the unsustainable growth of the tax credit. Therefore, I have asked my Department of Taxation to work with the Legislature to find the appropriate balance, and the proper amendments to the tax credit so that we can make the law fair for everyone, and maintain a sustainable incentive for the long-term. Still, the problem with our reliance on a tax credit incentive is that it principally helps those with the capital means to pay upfront for a system, a cost typically in the thousands of dollars. We need to find an approach that allows all responsible residents to take advantage of Hawaii’s renewable energy options, save money, and contribute to moving us off of fossil fuels. To that end, the Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism will propose a sensible and fiscally sound financing mechanism that will allow residents, businesses and organizations, to take advantage of renewable energy options. By utilizing moneys deposited in a special fund to provide capitalization, we will provide a periodic payment system that can be assessed through a customer’s electric utility bill that will amortize the costs of the system over a sustained period, allowing more of us to take advantage of renewable energy in our homes, our businesses, our churches and our communities.  No longer will a photovoltaic system be only available to those who can afford the significant initial investment. Instead, this program will allow users to take advantage now, and pay for it over the long run while deriving the immediate benefits. If we are going to move forward on energy security and self-sufficiency, then we must also have the ability and resources to invest in these initiatives. It is for this reason that I will be proposing that we redistribute the funding from the barrel tax, as well as making this law permanent, so that the monies no longer go into the general fund, but go to the initially intended purposes of energy diversification and food safety and security. As we strive to be more self-sufficient and decrease our dependence on imported foods, we must give local farmers the tools that they need to overcome the challenges that face their industry. To this end, we will aggressively promote state agency purchases of local agricultural products so that farmers know that there is a consistent and regular market for their goods. We will also increase access to capital for farmers and ranchers by expanding the state Department of Agriculture’s loan programs.  We are supporting the goals of the Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council and, I note, efforts by Kamehameha Schools to expand cattle ranching on Oahu’s North Shore. An integral component to nurturing Hawaii’s agriculture industry is the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, or CTAHR. Under the vigorous leadership of its new dean, Dr. Maria Gallo, CTAHR is poised to meet critical research and extension needs if given the support. If we are going to nurture and expand our local agriculture – if we are going to be talking about how we meet the challenges of the 21st century and ensure that we perpetuate “our” Hawaii, its natural beauty and environment – the question is what must we do keep our watershed areas protected. The Department of Land and Natural Resources Watershed Initiative remains a top priority. Our forests can capture and collect up to 50 percent more water than through rainfall alone. When forests disappear, Hawaii shrinks its source of water. In the last 200 years, more than half of Hawaii’s forests have been lost. The longer we wait to take significant action, the higher the cost will be to reverse the damage, thereby threatening water supplies for future generations. I thank the Legislature for providing funding last session. But what we need is a sustainable and ongoing source of funding. I will be asking the Legislature to look at alternative methods of funding this critical initiative. One is an increase in the conveyance tax, but limited to high-end property transactions – properties valued at more than $2 million. The bill would generate an estimated $10 million for watershed protection. The other approach is to look at a 10-cent fee for single-use checkout bags to go into the natural area reserve fund. This could generate an estimated $15 million. Just as we need clean water to drink, our coral reefs depend on water free of silt, chemicals and debris to survive. The Department of Health – Environmental Health Administration will be proposing new measures to control polluted runoff, protect our streams, keep our reef environment from harm. What about innovation? While the hospitality industry is fortunate to have Hawaii to rely upon; while the US Military derives clear advantages from our location, and while construction is rebounding, we must look to diversify our economy in order to grow our economic base. To this end, I will be proposing the HI Growth Initiative, a state investment program focused on building an innovation ecosystem that supports entrepreneurial high growth businesses and creates high wage jobs for our people. We intend to provide $20 million of state investment capital that will focus on the critical building blocks of research commercialization, entrepreneur mentoring and the mobilization of startup investment capital. This comprehensive investment program represents a commitment to reinvigorate state efforts to fuel an innovation economy. The HI Growth Initiative will engage with the private sector to startup and grow creative and innovative companies. This initiative will help keep our established industries competitive and create new areas of opportunities to allow our young people to pursue their dreams here in Hawaii. We have examples of that entrepreneurial talent with us today. Dr. Jeffrey Yu is CEO of Kineticor. His company is commercializing research done at the Queens Medical Center and the University of Hawaii. Kineticor has developed an innovative system that compensates for patient movement during an MRI. This will increase the efficiency of performing MRIs, reducing health care costs considerably. Tina Fitch, from Maui, created a company that became a leading provider of software to the travel industry. She’s now leading a new software startup, umicam.  Importantly, she also mentors other Hawaii startups to inspire and motivate the next generation of entrepreneurs. Skai Ventures, a company established by kamaaina, including Ellary Kim and Mark Mugi-ishi, has created 5 companies that employ more than 200 people. For example, TruTag Technologies has successfully developed a way to easily authenticate real prescription drugs from counterfeits, and is now looking to expand the manufacturing of its products in Hawaii. There are also grassroots and farming entrepreneurs who want to work the land, improve their communities, and put their neighbors to work. They will be crucial contributors to our economy and to our food-sustainability. An outstanding example of the synergy of communities and agricultural food self-sufficiency can be seen in the Veterans to Farmers program in Waimea. It is designed to combine classroom and on-farm education by creating operating farms. The program teaches lessees to build and manage greenhouses that grow produce ready for market while still working another full-time job. The Department of Agriculture, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Department of Hawaiian Homelands, University of Hawaii Hilo, and the County of Hawaii are all working together to bolster this new agricultural venture and keep Hawaii dollars and workers in the state. Here with us today are the local leaders responsible for this vision and for helping their neighbors to put their hands in Waimea’s healing soil. Mike and Tricia Hodson are the owners of Wow Farm. Mike, Tricia, and their partner David Ruf have spent endless hours creating this innovative program to help their community, their neighbors and veterans to build a future in farming. I am committing $3.5 million in my fiscal year 2013 budget to building the community agriculture park that is central to the program. This program is already changing lives, we are fortunate today to have Ramona Noa here with us. Ramona is one of the 14 new farmers, and has expressed a desire to build a legacy for her family with her new farm. I had the great honor of handing her the first diploma she has ever received, though she has long since earned one in our hearts. Our veterans not only deserve these opportunities, but they deserve our respect and our support for their sacrifices. Just look around you, one out of every ten people in Hawaii is a veteran. It is vitally important for us to take care of them. In August 2012, we launched the Hawaii Network of Care website, a state of the art way to make it easy for our veterans to find all services and support. We created the Hawaii Military Veterans Women’s Task Force to address the fastest growing group affecting almost 12,000 women veterans here in Hawaii. And we also formed a Veterans Treatment Court, partnering with our State Judiciary and Veteran Affairs counterparts to help tie in critical treatment, counseling, and follow-up, while helping promote low recidivism rates for repeat offenders. In the future we will partner with the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation to explore an additional veterans’ home on Oahu, and develop multi-service Veterans Centers in Kahului, Maui; Lihue, Kauai; and in Kona, Hawaii. These veterans deserve our full support to recognize and appreciate all that they have done for our communities, our state and our country. Another group, just as important and affecting every one of our families, is our kupuna. As we look to the future, we must never forget where we came from, and to whom we owe our gratitude. Those that came before us, sacrificed to help build our state, and create the foundation upon which we stand today. To those that have long contributed to our society, we owe much, and we should not ignore their needs. I will be asking the Legislature to increase the Kupuna Care budget by $4.2 million and make it permanent. Senior advocates should not have to come back year after year to secure their funding. By being part of the permanent base for the Department of Health and the Executive Office on Aging, we can allow programs to properly plan and rely upon a steady stream of funding. This should be seen as an investment that will pay immediate dividends as the aging population of Hawaii both grows in numbers and lives longer. Many of Hawaii’s residents are the products of plantation-era workers – people who worked and toiled in the fields, earning the bare minimum in order to afford a better opportunity for their families. Today, there still exists a hard-working sector of our society that deserves continued recognition. These are the working-class residents who earn the minimum wage. The minimum wage, currently at $7.25


Wicomico County Launches the Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness – A Community-Based Web Site to Enhance Health Decision-Making

December 4, 2012

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 SALISBURY, Md.– The Wicomico County Health Department has launched an innovative, local-delivery Web portal to enhance health decision-making by providing community stakeholders, families and individuals with key health data and resources in an easy-to-read format. The Wicomico County Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness www.wicomicohealth.networkofcare.org provides a directory of all health services; a leading health library and encyclopedia; social networking; legislative tools; nationwide news; personal health records, and much more. Service providers can share public-health challenges and ideas by embracing Wicomico County’s Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness communication tools, such as the Social Network of Care and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in Build Your Own Site section. The Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness is a partnership between the National Association of Counties; the National Association of City and County Health Officials, and Trilogy Integrated Resources, in collaboration with the Healthy Communities Institute. To increase accessibility and accommodate Wicomico County's Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. Wicomico County Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness also is available in multiple languages. Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services; the Network of Care for Mental/Behavioral Health and the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families. Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, serves 25 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com. st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;}


SEN. BENNET: Let's Provide Jobs for Our Newest Veterans

November 10, 2012

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 GUEST COLUMNIST The war in Iraq is coming to a close. We will withdraw all 50,000 remaining troops from Iraq by the end of the year and have already started drawing down combat troops from Afghanistan. In Colorado, that means approximately 400 Fort Carson soldiers will come home from Iraq in December alone. Some will join the 400,000 veterans already living in Colorado and begin to make a life for themselves and their families in communities across the state. As the nation faces an influx of returning troops and new veterans, we need to be ready. Our newest veterans are returning home to a savage economy and communities that may not understand the challenges of their reintegration. These soldiers are some of the most highly skilled workers in the country, yet exiting service members face unique challenges that make finding employment difficult upon their return home. Employers are often unfamiliar with the transferable skills they bring to the table. But these skills are exactly what the civilian workforce should value most: leadership, decisiveness, the ability to assess risks and to work well in a team. Despite the skills our veterans have to offer, the unemployment rate for veterans climbed from 9.8 percent in August of this year to 12.1 percent in October — about 3 percentage points higher than their non-veteran peers. Last year, the unemployment rate for young veterans ages 18 to 24 spiked to 21.1 percent. It’s time to look for new, innovative ways to connect them to the careers and support they have earned. The American people want to help recognize the enormous sacrifice of our veterans and military families, who have borne the full burden of our safety and the nation’s defense. Less than 1 percent of the current U.S. population serves in the military. In other words, 1 percent of Americans shoulder 100 percent of the responsibility of keeping our country safe. And it falls to all of us — as individuals, as communities, as Americans — to ensure the incredible sacrifice of America’s returning war fighters is properly honored with the support and respect veterans deserve. In many ways, Colorado has done better than other states to support military families and veterans. Our unemployment rate for veterans is lower than the national average, and our state has done much to organize communities around services for veterans. We have a new model that is leading the way. The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) developed a Network of Care website that provides a centralized, Web-based information resource for military families and veterans. The website is only one component of a larger strategic planning initiative that attempts to bring community leaders, military installations, local businesses and nonprofit service providers together to provide a community-based system of care. Without this type of collaboration, in some communities, veterans can fall through the cracks in the systems that support them. This week, I introduced a bill to bring this Colorado-based innovation to the rest of the country. The bill would create a National Veterans Foundation to support communities attempting to work together on a “blueprint” model like Colorado Springs. There are many public and private organizations that provide services, but veterans often have trouble navigating them due to gaps and overlap. The foundation would fill the gaps by helping communities align and leverage services. Rather than creating a new bureaucracy or entity to take the place of existing organizations supporting veterans, the foundation would better utilize the public and private resources that already exist at no cost to the taxpayer. The foundation would provide the technical expertise communities need to help with strategic planning and better connect them to resources — both existing public resources and new private partners. Such a foundation could also provide analytical support and map resources for veterans across the country to determine where we are doing things well and where we must improve. As we prepare to bring our men and women home from Iraq by the end of the year, this year’s Veterans Day has a special significance. It is time for all of us to do everything we can to better serve the one percent of brave Americans who have done everything that has been asked of them. Michael F. Bennet (D) is a United States senator for Colorado. 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AAA Launches Network of Care

October 24, 2012

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 For senior citizens overwhelmed with a blitz of disjointed information, a new Web site is a digital oasis designed to ease the headache caused by confusion. Launched Oct. 17 by the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging, the Web site, Network of Care, releases information with the touch of a mouse click. “The Network of Care is a robust Internet Web site that allows users to have information about the region, including local and national resources for health care as well as legislative matters,” said Guy Dutra-Silveira, director of the AAA. “I think people are impressed with the capability of the site and the first page lists how to use the site.” Receptive to information relayed via the Internet, Laurel Ledford hooked up to the site immediately. Ledford is the chief caretaker for her father, Richard Denton, 75, who has dementia as well as a prostate condition. From an article she discovered on the website, the Ledfords' lives just got a bit easier. “The article talks about a new blood test to determine whether prostate symptoms are cancerous,” Ledford said. “My father has an elevated level of symptoms, a marker for prostate cancer.” Before she read the article, Ledford was prepared to take her father in for a checkup. “The procedure they do to determine if cancer is present is very painful and I did not want to put my father through that,” she said. Buoyed by the information, Ledford feels released from worry. “I didn't know about the test; we only see the doctor every six months,” she said. “What if something happened within that six months? I'd feel negligent but, because of this article, I'll be able to have a good conversation with the doctor.” Admittedly, Ledford's days are packed. In addition to being the chief caretaker of her father, she and her husband, Steve, have three children, David, 21, who has special needs, and two youngsters, 10 and 7. “The Web site has great help for caregivers and support groups as well as information about social functions for your elderly parents,” she said. “I think it's helpful for most people to have outlets for the caregiver and the loved one.” For her, the Web site, at http://pikespeak.co.networkofcare.org/aging, is a lifesaver. “I'm a one-stop shopper, not the type of person who will drive across town for a deal,” she said. “I don't like to jump around, so the Web site is helpful because I have small children and the site helps consolidate all the information.” The site, a resource for disabled adults as well as senior citizens, offers a continuum of care. “The network helps our clients access services and information,” said Mary Barrowman, president and chief executive officer of Prospect Home Care & Hospice. “Before the launch, the information was piecemeal.” For the computer-intimidated, the AAA office accommodates. “If a senior citizen wants help with the website, they can come to our office and we'll help,” Dutra-Silveira said. /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;}


PPACG Launches Web Site for Seniors

October 23, 2012

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 More senior citizens are turning towards the Internet seeking information about medical treatments, products, services and other important information. Baby boomers are accessing the Web for this type of information. According to research from the PEW Internet and American Life Project nearly half of seniors go online. As of April 2012 adults 65 and over are using the Internet or sending email. The Pikes Peak Area of Council of Governments was hearing feedback from seniors that they were having trouble finding reliable information on the Internet. This was of concern to the PPACG so they decided to do something about that. On Oct. 17 they launched a model program called the Network of Care for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities. Colorado is one of four states to pilot this program. The Network of Care website gives seniors access to local services for Alzheimer's, caregiver support, housing and transportation. They can find articles in the healthcare library; obtain Rx assistance, find support groups and have access to a database of more than 21,000 products. Seniors can even store important information in the personal health record folders. The user can even change the language on the website. “They've made every attempt to make it as easy as possible,” Guy Dutra-Silveira, director of PPACG's aging program, said. “It's user friendly.” Dallas Jamison, senior policy and communications advisor for PPACG, said the web can be overwhelming to seniors but the information that Network Care provides is credible and customized to the Pikes Peak Region. The information is regularly verified. PPACG hosted a launch party for the website on Oct. 17 with a complete hands-on demonstration. Jamison several seniors were in attendance. “We've gotten such great feedback from people,” Jamison said. “It's truly an amazing service,” Dutra-Silveira added. Dutra-Silveira is hoping the website is a success with local seniors. Boulder went live with the website three years ago and Denver started in one year ago. Boulder receives approximately four million hits a quarter on their Network of Care site. To access the website go to http://pikespeak.co.networkofcare.org/aging/.


Idaho Launches NACo's Public Health Assessment and Wellness Tool

October 22, 2012

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Idaho has become the first state to launch NACo’s Network of Care for Public Health (NOCPH), a public health needs assessment tool, in each of its health districts and counties. The NOCPH provides elected policy makers and other community stakeholders with easy-to-use information about where their communities stand regarding key health indicators, using the best population-based health data available. The Network of Care provides a state-of-the-art set of community health indicators in 170 categories, all customized for each health district and county. It also provides interactive geo-mapping across the state, comparing counties and indicators. The Network of Care was launched in September during the Idaho Association of Counties’ annual conference. “This is really a fantastic new program, tailor-made for public health departments,” said Carol Moehrle, district director of public health for the Idaho North Central District in Lewiston and past president of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). “We can now have a living report card built from all population health data sources on virtually every topic in health. Combined with model practices, trends and extensive supporting material, it makes an ideal platform for community health needs assessment and community planning.” County Health Rankings information and Healthy People 2020 goals are integrated into the platform, and heavy use is made of information available in HHS’ Health Information Data Warehouse. Data from other state and local sources is also used. The data is matched with suggested interventions and model practices to make it easier for local leaders to effect positive change. GIS technology is used to provide geographic overlays that allow analysis and comparisons to be made within and among jurisdictions. All of the information is then placed into a local Web portal in a format that is easy to use and understand. Linda Langston, NACo’s first vice president, was on hand for the event. “Idaho is a true leader,” Langston said. “This joint effort between NACo, NACCHO and Trilogy is remarkable work that virtually every county can use immediately. The fact that it can be replicated to any county at a very low cost makes it a complete winner. I truly expect to see this as a national platform of local health information in the near future.” NOCPH is a project developed in partnership among NACo, NACCHO and Trilogy Integrated Resources. The concept was refined and improved through comments, ideas and suggestions made via the Community Health Data Initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This program is available to any county and state in the country, and can be quickly and affordably replicated. You can learn more about the Network of Care program by visiting NACo’s YouTube page www.youtube.com/user/NACoVideo. To schedule a webcast demonstration, please contact Bruce Bronzan at (415) 458-5900 or bronzan@trilogyir.com. st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;}


Network of Care Web Site for Calaveras County Families Launched

October 19, 2012

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 First 5 Calaveras announces the launch of a newly expanded Web site for families in Calaveras County. The local Network of Care Web site (www.calaveras.networkofcare.org) now includes a health library, encyclopedia, and local resource and service information for persons of all ages. The Web site is designed for easy access to health and social service news at the local, state and national level, in addition to social network tools and a directory of local services. “We encourage the public to check the expanded site to find high quality information to keep kids healthy and strengthen families”, said Karen Pekarcik, Executive Director of First 5 Calaveras. The expanded Web site helps meet the challenge for families to find information, resources and services they need. In addition, the Web site provides access to a comprehensive, high quality health library where anyone can look up specific health topics and get up to date information. The expansion of the Network of Care site to address broad health and social needs is endorsed for all communities by the National Association of City and County Health Officials. The Network of Care Web site has been available in Calaveras County through the Calaveras County Behavioral Health Services Department, with a focus on mental health and veteran’s services. The expansion represents a commitment by First 5 Calaveras to address the information needs of families with children of any age while increasing access to resources and information for the entire Calaveras Community. The site is complimented by the addition of tri-county resources through links to the Infonettc.org Web site providing Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne county resources. “In our community, we have young parents caring for aging family members and grandparents caring for infants”, stated Pekarcik. The benefits to families of access to information for all ages and needs led to the decision by First 5 Calaveras to lead the expansion of the Network of Care Web site in Calaveras County. The site offers significant benefits to local service agencies also. “As the County’s population changes and agency services change, the Web site supports keeping the community informed through updated service information and tools such as a community calendar and message boards”, said Colleen Tracy, Health Services Agency Director and First 5 Calaveras Commission Chair. Service providers can build their own Web sites in the For Providers section. The Calaveras Network of Care Web site (www.calaveras.networkofcare.org) includes nine components: Kids 0-5 years Children and Families 0-18 years Service Members, Veterans and Their Families Mental/Behavioral Health Developmental Disabilities Seniors and People with Disabilities Public Health Assessment and Wellness Domestic Violence Probation Services “This is the first community on-line access to such comprehensive local, state and national information,” Pekarcik added. First 5 Calaveras has contracted with The Resource Connection Food Bank to provide on-site demonstrations for community agencies and organizations. “We know family needs vary. I anticipate that community partners will be excited to use Calaveras Network of Care to enhance services to community members they serve.” For more information on the new Calaveras Network of Care Web site, contact First 5 Calaveras at (209) 754-6914 or at kpekarcik@co.calaveras.ca.us. First 5 Calaveras is a local organization funded by a dedicated tobacco tax for the purposes of promoting, supporting, and improving the early development of children from the prenatal stage to five years of age. This is accomplished through integrated and comprehensive programs emphasizing community awareness, education, nurturing, child care, social services, health services and research. st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;}


One-Stop Site Helps Boomers Care for Elderly Parents

October 19, 2012

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Laurel Ledford cares for her 75-year-old father in her home. At times, it has been overwhelming trying to find a doctor and services, she says. A search for information can take hours a day, she adds. This week, the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging launched a Network of Care Seniors and People with Disabilities website. The idea is to put all services available for seniors and people with disabilities on one website, said Guy Dutra-Silveira, PPACG director. The goal, he said, is to save people time and frustration and be a one-stop site on searches for information on Medicare, types of medication, treatments and assistive devices for seniors and for people with disabilities. The site also offers users a place to keep health-care records, which could be assessable by the family doctor. “It’s a system that is user-friendly,” he said. “It is extremely robust. In addition to local information about the three counties we serve — El Paso, Teller and Park — it holds information useful to people on subjects about health, diseases and it’s kept up to date.” Ledford, who has medical power of attorney for her father, says she’s always nervous about the responsibility of being her father’s medical care giver and wants to ensure she is making the right health care decisions for him. She’s been worried about possible prostate cancer in her father due to his age and all the required exams needed to determine it. The first time she went to the Network of Care site, she found an article about elevated Prostate-Specific Antigen levels and new blood tests that can determine if levels are too high, without the more invasive exams. (High PSA is a sign to look for in prostate cancer.) “It’s great,” she said. “I can cut to the chase and get to the issues that affect my dad.” Colorado is one of four states that use the Network of Care website. Funding for the program comes from the Older American Act and Older Coloradans Act, Dutra-Silveira says. Boulder set up its site three years ago. Last year, the site had more than 1 million hits. Boulder found that the site was being used primarily by caregivers, even those who live out of state. “This way, a person in California can get information for their folks without delay,” Dutra-Silveira said. The website is operated in partnership with Pikes Peak 211, Silver Key and the Independence Center. Dutra-Silveira says information about transportation, health care, prescription assistance and abuse prevention will continually be updated on the site. The website will especially be useful to people who wish to stay in their homes, instead of moving to an assisted living complex or retirement community, Dutra-Silveira says. “The growth of the aging population will present challenges,” he said. “If we can give them information and services to help them stay in their own homes, it will be less expensive and keep the person where they have a better quality of life.” st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;}


Expanded Health Web Site Provides Information for All Ages

October 19, 2012

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 A newly expanded web site for families in Calaveras County is now up and running, according to First 5 Calaveras. The local Network of Care website includes a health library, encyclopedia and local resource and service information for persons of all ages. The site is designed for easy access to health and social service news at the local, state and national level, in addition to social network tools and a directory of local services. “We encourage the public to check the expanded site to find high quality information to keep kids healthy and strengthen families,” said Karen Pekarcik, executive director of First 5 Calaveras. The expansion of the Network of Care site to address broad health and social needs is endorsed for all communities by the National Association of City and County Health Officials. The Network of Care website has been available in Calaveras County through the Calaveras County Behavioral Health Services Department, with a focus on mental health and veterans services. The expansion represents a commitment by First 5 Calaveras to address the information needs of families with children of any age while increasing access to resources and information for the entire Calaveras Community. The site is complemented by the addition of tri-county resources through links to the Infonettc.org website providing Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne county resources. The site offers significant benefits to local service agencies also. “As the county’s population changes and agency services change, the web site supports keeping the community informed through updated service information and tools such as a community calendar and message boards”, said Colleen Tracy, Health Services Agency director and First 5 Calaveras Commission chairwoman. Service providers can build their own web sites in the For Providers section. “This is the first community on line access to such comprehensive local, state and national information,” Pekarcik added. First 5 Calaveras is a local organization funded by a dedicated tobacco tax for the purposes of promoting, supporting, and improving the early development of children from the prenatal stage to five years of age. This is accomplished through integrated and comprehensive programs emphasizing community awareness, education, nurturing, child care, social services, health services and research. For more information on the new Calaveras Network of Care website, contact First 5 Calaveras at (209) 754-6914 or at kpekarcik@co.calaveras.ca.us. Visit the site at calaveras.networkofcare.org st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;}


First 5 Calaveras Launches Community-Based Web Sites for Seniors & People with Disabilities; Kids; Children, Youth & Families; Developmental Disabilities; Domestic Violence; Public Health Assessment and Wellness and Probation Services

October 18, 2012

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 SAN ANDREAS, Calif. – First 5 Calaveras has launched seven breakthrough Web solutions (http://calaveras.networkofcare.org) to serve county residents, with new Network of Care Web sites for Seniors & People with Disabilities; Kids (0-5); Children, Youth & Families; Developmental Disabilities; Domestic Violence; Probation Services; and Public Health Assessment and Wellness. These sites join Calaveras County’s two existing Network of Care sites – for Behavioral Health and Service Members, Veterans & Their Families. The Network of Care (www.networkorcare.org) helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records.  The Calaveras County Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities (www.calaveras.networkofcare.org/aging) offers solutions for seniors, people with disabilities, and caregivers a multilingual, community-based Web site that provides comprehensive long-term care services, information and education that is significant to the seniors and persons with disabilities who live in Calaveras County. The goal is to help the community age with dignity. The Kids (0-5) and Children, Youth & Families sites serve families with children ages 0-5 as well as youth and teens. The site for Developmental Disabilities provides information for individuals, families and agencies concerned with developmental disabilities. The Domestic Violence site empowers those experiencing domestic violence, their families and friends access to comprehensive services. Public Health Assessment and Wellness offers enhanced decision-making on health issues, while Probation Services provides information on the county’s probation system. The Network of Care provides a comprehensive Service Directory for each site. The Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning aging and disabilities. To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level. The site is fully ADA-compliant and is available in multiple languages. Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve consumers, by embracing the Network of Care’s communication tools such as the Social Network platform, message boards and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the Build Your Own Site section. Trilogy Integrated Resources Inc. of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care. Trilogy is the leading information provider in the field of social services. For more information, please contact Trilogy at (415) 458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com. st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;}


Network of Care Site for Seniors and People with Disabilities Launched

October 17, 2012

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The purpose of the site is to provide an easy-to-use Web site to meet the increasing demand for information and services for seniors and adults living with disabilities.

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 There is a new Web resource for the elderly and disabled living in the Pikes Peak Region.  It is called The Network of Care, and caters to those living in El Paso, Teller and Park counties. The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments said the purpose of the site is to provide an easy-to-use Web site to meet the increasing demand for information and services for seniors and adults living with disabilities. The site provides information about treatments, medicines, doctor referrals, transportation, support groups, current headlines, social networking, legislative information and initiatives, and more, all in one spot. “This is a system that has been being developed and evolving over 15 years specifically to make it more user-friendly,” said Guy Dutra-Silveira, director of Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments. Dutra-Silveira said they expect the site to attract a lot of attention, citing a similar site launched in the Boulder community.  He said the Boulder site has seen around 4 million hits every quarter, and he said he anticipates the Pikes Peak Region site will see similar results. “Google is a wonderful thing, but Google often presents you with challenges: knowing what’s really pertinent, what information is valid that you can count on,” said Mary Ann Sundberg. Sundberg was involved with testing the site and providing feedback before its public launch. “I would recommend it to anyone that wants to find specific information that they can count on,” she said. The Web site address is http://www.pikespeak.co.networkofcare.org/aging. To view a video demonstration of the site, click here. st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;}


Web Site Helps the Vulnerable

October 17, 2012

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Maybe, it was because she had done this before. But when 65-year-old Mary Ann Sundberg found out she had breast cancer — again — she was determined to be smart about how she fought it. The Old Colorado City resident asked a lot of questions of her 22 caregivers at Memorial Health System. Unfortunately, rather than clarifying her choices, Sundberg found the glut of information confused her further. And her old pal, the Internet, wasn't always trustworthy in clearing it all up. "You can get in on some real weird stuff that hasn't been validated by anyone," she says. Now, the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments hopes to eliminate some of the confusion for seniors and people with disabilities, and their caregivers. At its free Network of Care for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities website (pikespeak.co.networkofcare.org), you can find information, pre-screened for accuracy and specific to location, about doctors, diseases, housing, transportation and more. The PPACG's Area Agency on Aging has spent about $28,000 to launch the site, which is already used in four other states, and in Boulder and Denver. "For the citizen, I'm hoping that it's going to cut down their search for information," says PPACG's Guy Dutra-Silveira. "I'm hoping it will be a place they can go in the middle of the night to get information for their mom or dad or themselves." Sundberg, thankfully, doesn't need the site today; she's recovered, again, from cancer. But she's glad it's there. "With it being specific to seniors or caregivers of seniors or disabled people," she says, "it would weed out a lot of the other garbage that you go through when you just go to the Internet." st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;}


Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments Unveils Community-Based Web Site for Seniors, People with Disabilities, Caregivers and Service Providers

October 17, 2012

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The Network of Care (www.networkorcare.org) empowers seniors and people with disabilities and makes in-home care easier with online access to comprehensive services available within the Pikes Peak region. (www.pikespeak.co.networkofcare.org/aging). st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;}

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) has launched a breakthrough solution for seniors, people with disabilities, caregivers and service providers called the Pikes Peak Area Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities (www.pikespeak.co.networkofcare.org/aging), a multilingual, community-based Web site that provides comprehensive long-term care services, information and education that is significant to the thousands of seniors and persons with disabilities who live in El Paso, Teller and Park counties. Sponsored by the PPACG, the Network of Care helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records.  The goal is to help the community age with dignity. The Network of Care provides a comprehensive Service Directory of over 1,800 service providers in the Pikes Peak Area. The Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning aging and disabilities. To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. The Network of Care also is available in multiple languages. Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve seniors, by embracing the Network of Care’s communication tools such as the social networking platform, message boards and community calendars.  Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the Build Your Own Site section. Trilogy Integrated Resources Inc. of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities and all of the other Network of Care Web products, including the Network of Care for Behavioral Health, currently serving communities in 25 states; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness; the Network of Care for Probation Services, and the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families. Trilogy is the leading information provider in the field of social services. For more information, please contact Trilogy at (415) 458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com. st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;}


Web Site Creates One-Stop-Shopping Experience for Seniors, Disabled

October 16, 2012

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The Network of Care’s Pikes Peak Area Seniors & People with Disabilities’ Web site is a gold mine of information, referrals and resources on a broad variety of subjects, including health care, financial assistance, transportation and housing, grieving and stress. /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;}

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Faced with seven months of chemo and radiation for breast cancer, Mary Ann Sundberg had so many questions about her condition, treatment and Medicare coverage that she figured she’d turn to that vast repository of information: the Internet. It was like falling into a deep sea when all she really wanted was a wading pool. “At the same time I was going through cancer treatments, I was trying to deal with becoming as knowledgeable as possible, and struggling to find sites I felt were validated, because there’s just a lot of garbage out there,” she said. She believes a new website that officially launches Wednesday would have been a godsend. Called the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities, the site is a gold mine of information, referrals and resources on a broad variety of subjects, including health care, financial assistance, transportation and housing, grieving and stress. It also features message boards, a social networking site, a link to clinical trials and — Sundberg’s favorite – a place to create a personalized medical record. “I like to think of it as working in a couple of ways: For each community — in our case, El Paso, Park and Teller counties —  we put information specific to our region in the system,” said Guy Dutra-Silveira, director of the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging, which is launching the site. “But at the same time, the Network of Care gathers information on, say, Alzheimer’s Disease or diabetes or any number of health issues that it gathers nationally and makes available on our local website. So it’s the best of both worlds.” A San Diego company, Trilogy Integrated Resources, developed the Network of Care as a one-stop-shopping service for targeted populations. PPACG already operates one for members of the military and veterans. The one for seniors and disabled adults is operating in four states, including Colorado, where Boulder has had it going for about three years. “I think they get a million hits a quarter,” he said. The Area Agency on Aging did a soft launch of the site, http://pikespeak.co.networkofcare.org/aging, and has been gauging the response from users like Sundberg. “I wish I’d had it seven months ago,” said the 65-year-old, whose cancer treatments recently ended. “It kind of eliminates all those other things that you have to sort through when you’re looking for something, and it’s just so easy to get into. I feel much more confident with their website that what I’m looking at, someone has validated.” PPACG Area Agency on Aging is holding a launch ceremony from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, where the public can watch a demonstration of the site and try it out on a bank of computers. The office is at 14. S. Chestnut Street. Light refreshments will be available. st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;}


Idaho Health Districts Launch Network of Care Web Portal

September 23, 2012

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 BOISE, Idaho—Idaho's seven public health districts are about to plug into what they call a first-in-the-nation Web portal to serve individuals, families and caregivers concerned with community health. The Network of Care program will serve as a clearinghouse for lawmakers, public health leaders and stakeholders to glean the latest data on Idaho's quality of care. The site will feature as many as 170 health indicators, by county. "Since limited resources are a challenge for many local and governmental agencies, having access to the data can help local public health leaders and other policy makers direct their resources to areas that will target specific health issues in their jurisdiction," said Russ Duke, director of Central District Health Department, which includes Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley counties. The portal will provide a library of resources in multiple languages. st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;}


Idaho Public Health Districts Unveil Statewide Network of Care for Public Health

September 22, 2012

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Idaho will soon become the first state to adopt the Network of Care for Public Health. Idaho’s seven Public Health Districts are funding this community-based Web portal program as a resource for individuals, families, and agencies concerned with community health. The Network of Care program provides Idaho’s public health leaders, policy makers, and stakeholders with the best possible information to make decisions to improve the quality of health for the state’s residents. The site features science based health education provided by Healthwise; directly links to state and federal lawmakers; and provides health data indicators by county from the national County Health Rankings, and Healthy People 2020. These indicators are categorized by Idaho’s seven public health districts, as well as by county, to help local leaders focus their efforts to improve health at the heart of the problem. “Since limited resources are a challenge for many local and governmental agencies, having access to this data can help local public health leaders and other policy makers direct their resources to areas that will target specific health issues in their jurisdictions,” said Russ Duke, Director of Central District Health Department. This program offers the following features: * It provides as many as 170 customized Local Health Indicators for each county. * In many cases, it shows specific dimensions within an indicator to more accurately identify problem areas and targets.      Indicators often contain time trends as well. * Indicators are automatically compared to Healthy People 2020 goals and to Idaho’s state averages * Indicators include model practices from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), along with recommended interventions for positive change from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each indicator has a wide variety of information on prevention, testing, treatment, and key decision points as well as interactive self-assessment tools, forums, and news from around the country. “This web portal provides a vast library of resources, in multiple languages, for individuals and families to utilize as a resource to improve their health,” said Bruce Krosch, District Director of Southwest District Health. “As Idaho’s Public Health Districts strive to create healthier communities, this is one more tool to help us accomplish this goal,” he said. To learn more, visit Idaho’s Network of Care Sites. Data is available by county or by each of the state’s seven health districts, as listed below.  PHD1 - Panhandle Health District Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, & Shoshone Counties   PHD2 - Public Health – Idaho North Central District Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis, & Nez Perce Counties   PHD3 - Southwest District Health Adams, Canyon, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, & Washington Counties   PHD4 - Central District Health Department Ada, Boise, Elmore, & Valley Counties   PHD5 - South Central Public Health District Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, & Twin Falls Counties   PHD6 - Southeastern Idaho Public Health Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Butte, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, & Power Counties   PHD7 - Eastern Idaho Public Health District Bonneville, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, & Teton Counties st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;}


Idaho Public Health Districts Unveil Statewide Network of Care for Public Health

September 20, 2012

NCDHD N CENTRAL DISTRICT HEAL 11.9999 Web portal makes health and wellness resources readily available for community leaders and individuals statewide. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;}

NCDHD N CENTRAL DISTRICT HEAL 11.9999 LEWISTON, IDAHO—Idaho will soon become the first state to adopt the Network of Care for Public Health statewide. Idaho’s Public Health Districts are funding this community-based Web portal program, which is a resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with community health. The Network of Care program will provide Idaho’s public health leaders, policy makers, and stakeholders with the best possible information to make decisions to improve the quality of health for the state’s residents. The site features science based health education provided by “Healthwise,” direct links to state and federal lawmakers, health data which includes county indicators as well as indicators from the national County Health Rankings and Healthy People 2020 goals. These indicators are broken out by Idaho’s seven public health districts as well as by county and can help local leaders focus their efforts to improve health at the heart of the problem. This extraordinary program offers the following features: • It provides as many as 170 customized Local Health Indicators for each county. • In many cases, it shows specific dimensions within an indicator to more accurately identify problem areas and targets. Indicators often contain time trends as well. • Indicators are automatically compared to Healthy People 2020 goals and to Idaho’s state averages. • Indicators include model practices from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), along with recommended interventions for positive change from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Since limited resources are a challenge for many local and governmental agencies, having access to this data can help local public health leaders and other policy makers direct their resources to areas that will target specific health issues and create healthier populations in their jurisdictions,” said Carol Moehrle, Director of Public Health – Idaho North Central District. In addition, the Network of Care web portal provides a vast library of resources for individuals and families to help them improve their health. Each indicator has a wide variety of information on prevention, testing, treatment, and key decision points as well as interactive self-assessment tools, forums, and news from around the country. In addition, the Network of Care web portal can be viewed in multiple languages. Idaho’s Public Health Districts strive to create healthier communities. Making the Network of Care for Public Health available to Idaho’s residents and policy makers provides one more tool that can be used to help accomplish this goal. To learn more, visit Idaho’s Network of Care Sites at: http://idaho.networkofcare.org. Again, data is available by county or by each of the state’s seven health districts. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;}


Idaho Launches the Award-Winning Network of Care for Public Health Statewide

September 18, 2012

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 SUN VALLEY, Idaho—Idaho just launched the remarkable Public Health Needs Assessment tool called the Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness statewide in every one of its health districts and counties. The Network of Care provides a state-of-the-art set of Community Health Indicators in 170 categories, all customized for each health district and county. It also provides interactive geo-mapping across the state, comparing county by county and indicator by indicator. The Network of Care was launched Sept. 18 during a statewide meeting of county elected officials and health officials in Sun Valley. “This is really a fantastic new program, tailor-made for public health departments,” said Carol Moehrle, district director of public health for the Idaho North Central District in Lewiston. “We can now have a living report card built from all population health data sources on virtually every topic in health. This, combined with Model Practices, trends, and a wide variety of supporting material, makes an ideal platform for Community Health needs assessment and community planning.” Moehrle is also past president of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The Network of Care offers the best-in-class information on early intervention, prevention and health education in the country. Both the Health Indicator data and the wellness information are continuously updated for each district and county. Linda Langston, first vice president of the National Association of Counties (NACo), was on hand for the event. “Idaho is a true leader,” said Langston. “This joint effort between NACo, NACCHO and Trilogy is remarkable work that virtually every county can use immediately. The fact that it can be replicated to any county at a very low cost makes it a complete winner. I truly expect to see this as a national platform of local health information in the near future.” This remarkable program is available to any county and state in the country and can be quickly and affordably replicated. For more information about the Network of Care or to schedule a Webcast demonstration, please contact Bruce Bronzan at (415) 458-5900 or bronzan@trilogyir.com. st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;}


Network of Care Website for Calaveras County Families Launched

August 30, 2012

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} The Calaveras Network of Care (www.calaveras.networkofcare.org) empowers community online access to comprehensive services available within Calaveras County. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;}

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} San Andreas, Calif.  – First 5 Calaveras announces the launch of a newly expanded Web site for families in Calaveras County. The local Network of Care website (www.calaveras.networkofcare.org) now includes a health library, encyclopedia, and local resource and service information for persons of all ages. The Web site is designed for easy access to health and social service news at the local, state and national level, in addition to social network tools and a directory of local services. “We encourage the public to check the expanded site to find high quality information to keep kids healthy and strengthen families”, said Karen Pekarcik, Executive Director of First 5 Calaveras. The expanded web site helps meet the challenge for families to find information, resources and services they need. In addition, the web site provides access to a comprehensive, high quality health library where anyone can look up specific health topics and get up to date information. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} The expansion of the Network of Care site to address broad health and social needs is endorsed for all communities by the National Association of City and County Health Officials. The Network of Care website has been available in Calaveras County through the Calaveras County Behavioral Health Services Department, with a focus on mental health and veteran’s services. The expansion represents a commitment by First 5 Calaveras to address the information needs of families with children of any age while increasing access to resources and information for the entire Calaveras Community.  The site is complimented by the addition of tri-county resources through links to the Infonettc.org website providing Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne county resources. 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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} The site offers significant benefits to local service agencies also.  “As the County’s population changes and agency services change, the web site supports keeping the community informed through updated service information and tools such as a community calendar and message boards”, said Colleen Tracy, Health Services Agency Director and First 5 Calaveras Commission Chair.  Service providers can build their own web sites in the For Providers section. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} The Calaveras Network of Care Web site (www.calaveras.networkofcare.org) includes nine components: * Seniors and People with Disabilities * Mental/Behavioral Health * Kids 0-5 years * Children and Families 0-18 years * Developmental Disabilities * Domestic Violence * Public Health Assessment and Wellness * Probation Services * Service Members, Veterans and Their Families “This is the first community on line access to such comprehensive local, state and national information,” Pekarcik added. First 5 Calaveras is a local organization funded by a dedicated tobacco tax for the purposes of promoting, supporting, and improving the early development of children from the prenatal stage to five years of age. This is accomplished through integrated and comprehensive programs emphasizing community awareness, education, nurturing, child care, social services, health services and research. 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Network of Care for Veterans, Families Comes to Hawaii

August 27, 2012

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} HONOLULU—Hawaii recently adopted the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans and their Families as a resource for military veterans returning from war or other service to the country. The Aloha State joins California, Maryland, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Colorado which have already established sites. The Network of Care (NOC) is a project of NACo in partnership with Trilogy Integrated Resources. Regardless of where veterans, service members and their families begin their search for assistance and services, the NOC ensures they will find what they need by providing a comprehensive directory of the service providers, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. “We in Hawaii care very much about those who have served their country and have come home,” said Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D). “We have established, with the Network of Care, a state-of-the-art way to reach out to them and to make it easy to find all services, information and support. “What used to be fragmented and confusing is now in one place and easy to use. We are bringing a rich variety of support tools, including a remarkable jobs board, directly to our service members and veterans.” The Network of Care provides service members and their families with comprehensive information to help them reintegrate into their communities upon return from active duty. The site uses advanced Internet communication technology to deliver community-based Web portals that integrate and share virtually all pertinent information from federal agencies and organizations, states and local grassroots services. Website features are accessible by professionals who are service providers to military members and their families. “We are really excited to bring the Network of Care to Hawaii,” said Maj. Gen. Darryll D.M. Wong, the state’s adjutant general. “This remarkable program will be a great service, especially to our soldiers who are transitioning back to civilian life. It is a most helpful tool that complements our total Military Force services with local services — and makes it easy to find everything. This is a wonderful step forward.” The NOC directory can search all services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and National Guard. It also features a continuously updated jobs board for all government, Fortune 1000 companies and veterans-preferred job openings. In addition, it provides access to crisis intervention and emergency services including all emergency shelters. A sophisticated reintegration and outreach email platform has been developed to incorporate the NOC tools for direct, personal outreach to military personnel returning from deployment. “Now that our military personnel are returning in greater and greater numbers, it is so important to serve them properly when they get home,” said Ron Han, director of Hawaii’s Office of Veterans Services. “The Network of Care is just in a league of its own. Jobs, services, support groups, personal health records, news, social networking — it is amazing, and it is a critical one-stop shop for them and their families.” For more information about the Network of Care for Military Service, Veterans and their Families, visit http://veterans.trilogyir.com or contact Jim Sawyer, NACo Financial Services Corporation, at 202.661.8868 or jsawyer@naco.org or Bruce Bronzan, president, Trilogy Integrated Resources at (415) 458-5900 or bbronzan@trilogyir.com.


'Network of Care' for Hawai’i's Military Members Launched

August 23, 2012

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Hawaii's Leaders Praise State's New Network of Care for Veterans

August 16, 2012

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Maj. Gen. Darryll D.M. Wong, Adjutant General of Hawai'i (left); L. Tammy Duckworth, former Assistant Secretary of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Gov. Neil Abercrombie salute after placing a wreath upon Memorial Plaza at the Hawai'i State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe. HONOLULU —Hawai‘i became the most recent state to adopt the Network of Care program statewide. A large and enthusiastic group assembled Aug. 16 in Honolulu to launch the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families. In addition to veterans from as far back as World War II, Hawai‘i Gov. Neil Abercrombie was joined at the dais by Maj. Gen. Darryll D.M. Wong, Adjutant General for the State of Hawai'i, and Ron Han, Director of the Hawai'i Office of Veterans Services, along with many others. All three were excited to finally deliver this state-of-the-art, one-stopshop to their veterans and service members. Watch one of the many TV news reports about the launch event. Gov. Abercrombie said this project was an example of how the State of Hawai‘i is using Internet communication technology to better serve its citizens. "We in Hawai'i care very much about those who have served their country and have come home," said Abercrombie. “With the Network of Care, we can now reach out to them and make it easy to find all services, information and support. What used to be fragmented and confusing is now in one place and easy to use. We are bringing a rich variety of support tools, including a remarkable jobs board, directly to our service members and veterans. "This is a huge step forward in serving our returning military members, our veterans, and their families," Abercrombie added. "Gen. Wong, Director Han, Sharlene Chun-Lum and others have helped us do something very significant. I hope, eventually, all states can provide such a remarkable service." "We are really excited to bring the Network of Care to Hawai'i," said Gen. Wong. "This remarkable program will be a great service, especially to our soldiers who are transitioning back to civilian life. With this tool, our returning service members can easily and quickly find virtually everything they and their families need in one single place. It is a most helpful tool that complements our total Military Force services with local services – and makes it easy to find everything. This is a wonderful step forward!" "Now that our military personnel are returning in greater and greater numbers, it is so important to serve them properly when they get home," said Han. "The Network of Care is just in a league of its own. Jobs, services, support groups, Personal Health Records, news, social networking – itis amazing, and it is a critical one-stop shop for them and their families. We are very happy that we will be able to help them in such an efficient and meaningful way."


Hawai'i Launches Hawai'i Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families Statewide

August 16, 2012

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} HONOLULU – The Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grant and the Hawai‘i Department of Health has launched a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with veterans’ issues. The Hawai’i Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families (www.Hawaii.NetworkofCare.org) is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is “No Wrong Door” for those navigating the system of veterans’ services. Regardless of where veterans, service members, and their families begin their search for assistance and services, the Hawai’i Network of Care ensures they will find what they need. The Hawai’i Network of Care provides a comprehensive Service Directory of all service providers in Hawai’i, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.  The Hawai’i Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about crisis intervention, employment, education, and reintegration points of contact, as well as daily news articles from around the nation concerning veterans’ issues. The new Web site will enable veterans, service members, and their families to educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their affairs, interactions and important records. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The Network of Care also provides key information in multiple languages. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} Trilogy Integrated Resources, Inc., of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families, and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Behavioral Health; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness; and the Network of Care for Probation Services. Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 25 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


Santa Clara County Public Health Department Unveils Community-Based Web Site for Seniors, People with Disabilities, Caregivers and Service Providers

January 31, 2012

The Network of Care ( Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 www.networkorcare.org) empowers seniors and people with disabilities and makes in-home care easier with online access to comprehensive services available within Santa Clara County ( Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} www.santaclara.networkofcare.org/aging).

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has launched a breakthrough solution for seniors, people with disabilities, caregivers and service providers called the Santa Clara County Network of Care of for Seniors & People with Disabilities ( Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} www.santaclara.networkofcare.org/aging), a multilingual, community-based Web site that provides comprehensive long-term care services, information and education that is significant to the thousands of seniors and persons with disabilities who live in our county. Sponsored by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, the Network of Care helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records.  The goal is to help the community age with dignity. The Network of Care provides a comprehensive Service Directory of over 500 service providers in Santa Clara County, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.  The Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning aging and disabilities. To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. The Network of Care also is available in multiple languages. Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve seniors, by embracing the Network of Care’s communication tools such as message boards and community calendars.  Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section. Trilogy Integrated Resources Inc. of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities and all of the other Network of Care Web products, including the Network of Care for Behavioral Health, currently serving communities in 25 states; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Healthy Communities; the Network of Care for Probation Services, and the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families. Trilogy is the leading information provider in the field of social services. For more information, please contact Trilogy at (415) 458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


Santa Clara County Launches the Network of Care for Healthy Communities – A Community-Based Web Site to Enhance Health Decision-Making

January 31, 2012

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has launched an innovative, local-delivery Web portal to enhance health decision-making by providing community stakeholders, families and individuals with key health data and resources in an easy-to-read format. The Santa Clara County Network of Care for Healthy Communities ( Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} www.santaclara.networkofcare.org/ph) provides a directory of all health services; a leading health library and encyclopedia; social networking; legislative tools; nationwide news; personal health records, and much more. Service providers can share public-health challenges and ideas by embracing Santa Clara County’s Network of Care for Healthy Communities communication tools, such as the Social Network of Care and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section. The Network of Care for Healthy Communities is a partnership between the National Association of Counties; the National Association of City and County Health Officials, and Trilogy Integrated Resources, in collaboration with the Healthy Communities Institute. To increase accessibility and accommodate Santa Clara County's Network of Care for Healthy Communities users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. Santa Clara County Network of Care for Healthy Communities also is available in multiple languages. Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Healthy Communities and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services; the Network of Care for Mental/Behavioral Health and the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families. Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, serves 25 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


New Plan to Help Vets Find Work After War

December 27, 2011

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} Thousands of American troops are returning home from overseas. Those whose military service is ending will be entering the civilian job market at a time when employment is tough for anyone to find. "Our troops are coming home and we need to be ready," Sen. Michael Bennet says. He has proposed legislation to create a National Veterans Foundation that would operate much like the National Parks Foundation already does. "Rather than creating a new bureaucracy or entity to take the place of existing organizations supporting veterans, the foundation would better utilize the public and private resources that already exist at no cost to the taxpayer," according to the Colo. Democrat. Bennet says the need was great even before the decision to end U.S. involvement in Iraq and reduce the number of troops serving in Afghanistan. "The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans in 2010 was 11.5 percent and for young veterans, 18 to 24 years old, it even spiked to 21.1 percent." And he adds, "Recent estimates indicate that veterans comprise about one quarter of the total adult homeless population."A new foundation would not replace the many existing organizations that already offer help to veterans. Rather, it would create a kind of clearinghouse of information to make it easier for veterans to find help that already exists. "Without this type of collaboration," Bennet says, "in some communities, veterans can fall through the cracks in the systems that support them." Bennet says a working model for the foundation already exists in Colorado Springs, a city home to five major military installations. Retired Air Force Major Gen. G. Wesley Clark (not to be confused with retired U.S. Army General Wesley K. Clark who ran for President in 2004) says the Colorado Springs region is a community that understands the needs of America's veterans. "Well I think it's important to understand up front that in the United States approximately only 1 percent (of the population) have served in the military. This community we have probably 25 percent who have served or are still serving in the military." The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments recently created a web-based Network of Care. Sallie Clark, who chairs the PPACG, says the Network of Care gives veterans and their families in the area the ability, "To look in one place to get whatever service they need. Whether that's employment, whether that's dealing with mental health issues, whether that's working through family challenges when they come back from overseas." Charlotte Nal, whose husband David is a 1st Sgt. in the Army, says the site is invaluable for the area's veterans as well as the families of those still serving. "I think a national foundation would be excellent, especially for someone who can't have access to the site that's accessible here. It could be very important for them." Bennet's office says several Republicans are considering whether to cosponsor his bill to create the foundation, which would also work to educate the public about the need to provide service to those who have already served us. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} To view accompanying video: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/12/27/plan-to-help-vets-find-work-after-war/#ixzz1hrXXyYcu  


Curry County Launches Network of Care for Public Health – A Community-Based Web Site to Enhance Health Decision-Making

November 4, 2011

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} GOLD BEACH, Ore. – The Curry County Commission on Children & Families, with support from Curry County Health & Human Services and the Curry Health Network, has launched an innovative, local-delivery Web portal to enhance health decision-making by providing community stakeholders, families and individuals with key health data and resources in an easy-to-read format. The Curry County Network of Care for Public Health (http://curry.or.networkofcare.org/ph/home/index.cfm) provides a directory of all health services; a leading health library and encyclopedia; social networking; legislative tools; nationwide news; personal health records, and much more. Service providers can share public-health challenges and ideas by embracing Curry County’s Network of Care for Public Health communication tools, such as the Social Network of Care and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section. The Network of Care for Healthy Communities is a partnership between the National Association of Counties; the National Association of City and County Health Officials, and Trilogy Integrated Resources, in collaboration with the Healthy Communities Institute. To increase accessibility and accommodate Curry County's Network of Care for Healthy Communities users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. Curry County Network of Care for Public Health also is available in multiple languages. Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Public Health and Healthy Communities and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services; the Network of Care for Mental/Behavioral Health and the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families. Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, serves 25 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


Worcester County Health Department Launches Network of Care for Healthy Communities – A Community-Based Web Site to Enhance Health Decision-Making

November 1, 2011

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} SNOW HILL, Md. – The Worcester County Health Department has launched an innovative, local-delivery Web portal to enhance health decision-making by providing community stakeholders, families and individuals with key health data and resources in an easy-to-read format. The Worcester County Network of Care for Healthy Communities (http://worcester.md.networkofcare.org/ph/home/index.cfm) provides a directory of all health services; a leading health library and encyclopedia; social networking; legislative tools; nationwide news; personal health records, and much more. Stakeholders have access to local community health dashboards of indicators, promising practices from around the nation, and local collaboration tools. The site provides a Community Dashboard of more than 90 local health and quality-of-life indicators specific to Worcester County. For example, for a topic such as obesity, users can view current county values; trending and comparison to national targets; ranking compared to other areas in the state; and related GIS maps from Health Landscape. Further content is also available, including news; reports; services, and legislation, all specifically related to the topic of concern. The system also automatically brings a vetted library of “best practices” from around the nation. This “best practices” library describes how different communities with the same problem have worked toward positive change. Service providers can share public-health challenges and ideas by embracing Worcester County’s Network of Care for Healthy Communities communication tools, such as the Social Network of Care and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section. The Network of Care for Healthy Communities is a partnership between the National Association of Counties; the National Association of City and County Health Officials, and Trilogy Integrated Resources, in collaboration with the Healthy Communities Institute. To increase accessibility and accommodate Worcester County's Network of Care for Healthy Communities users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. Worcester County's Network of Care for Healthy Communities also is available in multiple languages. Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Healthy Communities and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services; the Network of Care for Mental/Behavioral Health and the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families. Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, serves 25 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


New User-Friendly Worcester County Network of Care for Healthy Communities Web Site Launched

November 1, 2011

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SNOW HILL, Md. – Today the Worcester County Health Department launched an innovative, Web portal to enhance health decision-making by providing community stakeholders, families and individuals with key local health data and resources in an easy-to-read format. The Worcester County Network of Care for Healthy Communities, http://WorcesterHealth.networkofcare.org, provides a directory of all health services, a leading health library and encyclopedia, social networking, legislative tools, nationwide news, personal health records, and much more. “The new Network of Care site gives the public easy access to health data, resources and tools,” said Health Officer Debbie Goeller. “Stakeholders and members of our community can use the site to view promising practices from around the nation, read health news and articles, or look up community services.” The site integrates local health data into more than 100 local health and quality-of-life indicators specific to Worcester County. For example, for a topic such as obesity, users can view current county values, trending and comparison to national targets, ranking compared to other areas in the state, and related GIS maps. “The data available will also assist the health department and other agencies as we apply for grants and develop programs to improve the health of Worcester County residents,” Goeller said. Further content is also available, including news, reports, services, and legislation, all specifically related to the topic of concern. The system also automatically brings a vetted library of best practices from around the nation. This best practices library describes how different communities with the same problem have worked toward positive change. Service providers can share public-health challenges and ideas by embracing the Network of Care’s communication tools, such as the Social Network of Care and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free websites in the For Providers section. The Network of Care for Healthy Communities is a partnership between the National Association of Counties; the National Association of City and County Health Officials, and Trilogy Integrated Resources, in collaboration with the Healthy Communities Institute. To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. The Network of Care also is available in multiple languages. For more information about the new Network of Care resource, please contact the Worcester County Health Department at 410-632-1100 ext. 1038.


Green Education On Line Introduces Their On Line Through Trilogy Integrated Resources

October 27, 2011

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New Online Service for Veterans

October 4, 2011

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} EVERETT, Wash. - Veterans navigating the thick and confusing web of resources available to them now have a one-stop shop online. Last week, Snohomish County launched a free Web site called Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families at Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} http://snohomish.wa.networkofcare.org/Veterans. The site provides a directory of resources, searchable libraries, social networking opportunities and ways to keep up with legislation pertinent to service members’ needs. The site also provides job listings for jobs specifically open to veterans and handpicked news articles. Snohomish County’s website is the only one of its kind in Washington. More than 30 people attended last week’s launch at the County Campus in Everett. The speakers included Mike Gregoire, husband of Gov. Chris Gregoire. People like Andy Leech, the Everett office director of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, said an online hub that organizes information like this one is sorely needed. Leech spends his day assisting active and retired military personnel with their needs and “I still find it challenging to find out where to go,” he said. “And if it’s difficult for me, imagine the challenge (for them).” The county’s human services department receives about 1,500 visits from military personnel seeking help each year, said Cammy Hart-Anderson, chemical dependency, mental health and veterans services division director. “There are more than 60,000 military personnel, active and retired, living in Snohomish County. About 3,000 are indigent or low-income,” Hart-Anderson said. “The site helps veterans find the information they need without having to make an appointment to meet face to face or to travel downtown to an office,” county human services department director Ken Stark said. “The site helps connect the latest generation of veterans past and present to services. They are less likely to join a local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter, so they could miss out,” Hart-Anderson said. The backbone of the site comes from the California-based company Trilogy Integrated Resources, which runs similar Web sites in California and Maryland. The Web site’s simplicity “belies how big it is,” Trilogy president Bruce Bronzan said. “Trilogy wants the site to be a portal for the military community,” Bronzan said, “and allows military personnel to keep their information private. A lot of veterans don’t want to go to Veterans Affairs offices, especially for mental health issues, or the office could be too far away,” Bronzan said. County Councilman John Koster brought the idea home with him after seeing a live demonstration at the National Association of Counties national conference in Portland. “It took about 90 days to get the idea online,” Stark said. “The site costs less than $40,000 a year to run, and the cost largely is for maintaining the database of services.”


Network Works to Ensure Former Warriors Can Fit Back In

October 2, 2011

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"Of those, 3,000 are indigent or low-income," said Cammy Hart-Anderson, a division manager of chemical dependency, mental health and veterans services with the county's Human Services Department. "A number of veterans clearly need mental health services," said Ken Stark, Human Services Department director. "A number need alcohol and drug services or are indigent. They have barriers to employment. Many are homeless or at risk of homelessness." Some simply want to talk with other veterans. Or they need help understanding benefits. Veterans in Snohomish County now have a comprehensive website to help them find local, state and federal information about benefits, counseling, housing, employment and other needs. The county's new Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families http://snohomish.wa.networkofcare.org/Veterans was unveiled Monday. "We're the first county in the state to have it," said Snohomish County Councilman John Koster, who first learned about similar one-stop information sites through his work with the National Association of Counties. Koster, president of the Washington Association of Counties, is a board member of the national group. The new local site was created by Trilogy Integrated Resources, Inc., a California company that has worked with other local and state governments to establish interactive, community-based websites. Through the National Association of Counties, Koster met Bruce Bronzan, co-founder and president of Triology. Koster said Bronzan, a former state lawmaker in California who served as associate dean of the medical school at University of California San Francisco, shared with him how the sites are working in other states. Network of Care programs now operate in counties in Oregon, California, Colorado, Texas and Maryland. "We are blessed with a great military presence in our state and county," Koster said Wednesday. "There are programs for veterans at the federal and state level, and many nonprofits. Now people can get it all in one place, and see what's there for veterans, active military and their families." Stark said the Network of Care site will cost about $35,000 a year. "Essentially we used a small amount of state funding combined with some sales tax," he said. Nationally, Stark said, some governments have Network of Care sites for other groups, including seniors. He hopes other counties in Washington will buy into the program so costs can be shared. Hart-Anderson said that for younger veterans, a social networking capability on the site should be a big plus. "They can talk to other veterans," she said. "That's nice because our younger veterans are not going to the VFW." Stark said it often takes a few years after veterans have left the military for them to seek services. "We're going to increasingly see newer veterans coming in over the next couple years," he said. "I'm happy about it," Steve Akers said about the site. Akers spent many years as a contract therapist with the state Department of Veterans Affairs, counseling veterans at his Everett office. He is retired, but his wife, Laurie Akers, continues that work. Steve Akers began working with veterans in 1980 at the Vet Center in Spokane. He has seen after-effects of military service through the decades. He believes younger veterans who won't come for face-to-face help will reach out for information online. "Most people are like that -- I'm back home, I've got living to do. You just keep going, get that job, and school and marriage. Soldiers with trauma tend to isolate and be off by themselves," Akers said. "This is an opportunity to open the door, get counseling, find out all the resources, and talk to their buddies. "These young people are incredibly dedicated human beings. When they come back, they want to fit in," Akers said. Stark said most veterans aren't going to search multiple websites and make calls and office visits. "This way it's all centralized, a single portal," he said. "I can't say we're going to provide one service to veterans and make them whole," Stark said. "What the Network of Care is, it's very, very useful. It's an incredibly effective tool. It just makes a lot of sense."


Snohomish County Unveils Veterans' Care Network

September 26, 2011

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} EVERETT, Wash. – Snohomish County unveiled Monday its new Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families Program, which is designed to bring together multiple services geared toward and dedicated to veterans and their families in a one-stop-shopping format.Through the Network of Care program, Snohomish County can now link veterans to everything from how and where they can find out what federal benefits they are eligible for to what state and local services might be available for employment, housing assistance, counseling, transportation or even childcare. “It has always been my office’s priority to increase resources for the women and men of Snohomish County who have served in the military,” said Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon. “We owe our veterans a debt of gratitude for their service as well as top-notch services. In Snohomish County, they can be sure they will receive it.” “We are excited to bring this web-based program to our community,” said Councilman John Koster, president of the Washington Association of Counties and board member of the National Association of Counties. “It is an excellent source to care for our men and women veterans returning from overseas. All the resources can be put in one easy place to access.” The National Association of Counties has been a driver behind the Network of Care, with existing programs already operating in counties in Texas, Colorado, California, Maryland and Oregon. Snohomish County is the first of Washington’s counties to use the system. Regardless of where veterans, service members and their families begin their search for assistance and services, the Network of Care ensures they will find what they need by providing a comprehensive directory of the service providers in Snohomish County and the region, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. Using a highly interactive web-portal format, the Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about crisis intervention, employment and education. The public service is a vehicle to bring together critical information for all aspects of the veterans’ community, which includes family members, active-duty personnel, reservists, members of the national Guard, employers, service providers and the community at large. To increase accessibility and accommodate all users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies as well as providing key information in multiple languages.


Snohomish County Division of Chemical Dependency, Mental Health & Veteran's Services Launches the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans and Their Families

September 26, 2011

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} EVERETT, Wash. – The Snohomish County Division of Chemical Dependency, Mental Health & Veteran's Services has launched a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with veterans’ issues. The Snohomish County Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families (http://snohomish.wa.networkofcare.org/Veterans/) is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is “No Wrong Door” for those navigating the system of veterans’ services. Regardless of where veterans, service members, and their families begin their search for assistance and services, the Snohomish County Network of Care ensures they will find what they need. The Snohomish County Network of Care provides a comprehensive Service Directory of all service providers in Snohomish County, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.  The Snohomish County Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about crisis intervention, employment, education, and reintegration points of contact, as well as daily news articles from around the nation concerning veterans’ issues. The new Web site will enable veterans, service members, and their families to educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their affairs, interactions and important records. To increase accessibility and accommodate the Snohomish County Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The Snohomish County Network of Care also provides key information in multiple languages. Trilogy Integrated Resources, Inc., of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families, and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Behavioral Health; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Healthy Communities; and the Network of Care for Probation Services. Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, serves 25 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


Allegany/Western Steuben Rural Health Network Launches Allegany County Network of Care for Healthy Communities – A Community-Based Web Site to Enhance Health Decision-Making

September 23, 2011

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} BELMONT, N.Y. – The Allegany/Western Steuben Rural Health Network has launched an innovative, local-delivery Web portal to enhance health decision-making by providing community stakeholders, families and individuals with key health data and resources in an easy-to-read format. The Allegany County Network of Care for Healthy Communities (http://allegany.ny.networkofcare.org/ph/) provides a directory of all health services; a leading health library and encyclopedia; social networking; legislative tools; nationwide news; personal health records, and much more. Stakeholders have access to local community health dashboards of indicators, promising practices from around the nation, and local collaboration tools. The site provides a Community Dashboard of more than 100 local health and quality-of-life indicators specific to Allegany County. For example, for a topic such as obesity, users can view current county values; trending and comparison to national targets; ranking compared to other areas in the state; and related GIS maps from Health Landscape. Further content is also available, including news; reports; services, and legislation, all specifically related to the topic of concern. The system also automatically brings a vetted library of “best practices” from around the nation. This “best practices” library describes how different communities with the same problem have worked toward positive change. Service providers can share public-health challenges and ideas by embracing Allegany County’s Network of Care for Healthy Communities communication tools, such as the Social Network of Care and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section. Allegany County Network of Care for Healthy Communities is a partnership between the National Association of Counties; the National Association of City and County Health Officials, and Trilogy Integrated Resources, in collaboration with the Healthy Communities Institute. To increase accessibility and accommodate the Allegany County Network of Care for Healthy Communities users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. Allegany County Network of Care for Healthy Communities also is available in multiple languages. Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Healthy Communities and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services; the Network of Care for Mental/Behavioral Health and the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families. Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, serves 25 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


Network of Care Featured at Three National Conferences

August 19, 2011

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} Multnomah County, OR – The National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Network of Care program has been featured at three national association conferences this summer. The Network of Care (NOC) is a highly interactive Web portal that consumers, community-based organizations, and local and state governments can use to quickly access a wide variety of important information relating to health and human services.Done in partnership with Trilogy Integrated Resources, the websites offer states, counties, local governments and nonprofit organizations affordable, easy-to-use Web-based solutions that deliver the right information to the right people at the right time. At NACo's Annual Conference in Multnomah County, Ore., two of the nine NOC Web portals were showcased: the Network of Care for Healthy Communities and the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans and their Families. The veterans Web portal provides troops and their families with critical, comprehensive information to help them reintegrate into their communities upon return from active duty. The site provides a wide variety of interactive functionality for education and networking. It also provides a user-friendly service directory that can search all services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, National Guard, the state, the county, local service providers and local grassroots organizations. The Healthy Communities Web portal was also featured at the annual conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), a national partner of NACo's Network of Care program. The module helps people find and access health information and resources including services, news, and a state-of-the-art library. The Web portal tracks more than 100 community health indicators; provides a constantly updated community needs assessment; helps communities plan health inter ventions based on best practices from around the country; provides informa tion to individuals and their families on virtually every health issue; and includes personal health records, advocacy, news, all local services and continuous updates from CDC. Another NACo partner, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), used its annual conference to highlight the Web portal for Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) that links consumers to ser vices in their county or Area Agency on Aging. ADRC also features a call center. The call center gives an agency the ability to record information about a client or caregiver; customize fields for data collection and reporting; provide direct referrals to service providers; and has complete and comprehensive reporting capabilities. The NOC was selected through a nationally solicited competitive bid process by Fairfax County, Va. acting as the lead public agency. Fairfax County issued a national request for proposal (RFP) for a comprehensive, integrated Web-based information and referral system and selected Trilogy to provide these services. Most public agencies can “piggyback” on a contract competitively bid by another public agency, eliminating the need to bid for the services themselves. For additional information about NACo's Network of Care program, please contact Jim Sawyer, NACo Financial Services Corporation, at (202) 661-8868 or jsawyer@naco.org or Jacqueline Zimmer at (415) 458-5900 or jzimmer@trilogyir.com. 


Napa County Health and Human Services Agency Launches NapaHealthMatters.org – A Community-Based Web Site to Enhance Health Decision-Making in Napa County, CA

August 18, 2011

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} NAPA, Calif. – Napa County Health and Human Services Agency has launched an innovative, local-delivery Web portal to enhance health decision-making by providing community stakeholders, families and individuals with key health data and resources in an easy-to-read format. The NapaHealthMatters.org (http://napa.networkofcare.org/ph/) provides a directory of all health services; a leading health library and encyclopedia; social networking; legislative tools; nationwide news; personal health records, and much more. Stakeholders have access to local community health dashboards of indicators, promising practices from around the nation, and local collaboration tools. The site integrates Community Health Data Initiative data into a Community Dashboard of more than 100 local health and quality-of-life indicators specific to Napa County. For example, for a topic such as obesity, users can view current county values; trending and comparison to national targets; ranking compared to other areas in the state; and related GIS maps from Health Landscape. Further content is also available, including news; reports; services, and legislation, all specifically related to the topic of concern. The system also automatically brings a vetted library of “best practices” from around the nation. This “best practices” library describes how different communities with the same problem have worked toward positive change. Service providers can share public-health challenges and ideas by embracing NapaHealthMatters.org’s communication tools, such as the Social Network of Care and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section. NapaHealthMatters.org is a partnership between the National Association of Counties; the National Association of City and County Health Officials, and Trilogy Integrated Resources, in collaboration with the Healthy Communities Institute. To increase accessibility and accommodate NapaHealthMatters.org users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. NapaHealthMatters.org also is available in multiple languages. Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Healthy Communities and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services; the Network of Care for Mental/Behavioral and the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families. Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, serves 25 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


Team San Diego Aging & Disability Resource Center Awarded the 2011 Trilogy

June 22, 2011

Honored by n4a for Leadership as Innovators in Aging Programs and recipients of a California Counties Innovation Award from the California State Association of Counties, San Diego Aging and Independent Services in partnership with George Mason University created and are sustaining these model programs using the advanced internet technology found in the Network of Care ADRC web site and creative service collaboration.The goal of TEAM SAN DIEGO is for multiple providers to work together to improve access to comprehensive and coordinated health and social programs for individuals with complex needs. It is anticipated that the improved care coordination will allow the chronically ill to remain independent in the community and reduce unnecessary emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and nursing home admissions. The purpose of the Tech4Impact Diffusion Grants Program is to encourage government organizations to accelerate adoption and diffusion of technologies that improve post-acute care transitions and result in fewer re-hospitalizations.To obtain more information about TEAM SAN DIEGO and Tech4Impact, you may go to: http://sandiego.networkofcare.org/aging/aboutus/article.cfm?id=301


Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments Launches the Network of Care for Veterans, Service Members, Their Families and Service Providers

May 5, 2011

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Linn County Public Health Launches the Network of Care for Healthy Communities – A Community-Based Web Site to Enhance Health Decision-Making in Linn County, Iowa

April 27, 2011

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Detroit-Wayne County, Mich., Unveils Community-Based Web Site for People with Mental Health Issues, Their Families and Service Providers

April 20, 2011

Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers people with mental health issues, their families and service providers by providing online access to comprehensive services available in Wayne County.

DETROIT, Mich. – The Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency has introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness. The Detroit-Wayne County Network of Care for Mental Health (http://wayne.mi.networkofcare.org/mh) is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is “No Wrong Door” for those navigating the system of behavioral health services, those working to avoid the need for formal services, and those ready to transition out of the behavioral health system.   To empower mental health clients and providers, the Detroit-Wayne County Network of Care for Mental Health helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records. The Detroit-Wayne County Network of Care for Mental Health provides a comprehensive Service Directory that includes more than 60 service providers, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. The Detroit-Wayne County Network of Care for Behavioral Health also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse. To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. The Network of Care also is available in multiple languages. Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve people, by embracing the Network of Care’s communication tools such as message boards, the Social Network of Care social networking platform and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section. Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Mental Health and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services; the Network of Care for Healthy Communities and the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families. Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, serves 25 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


County Government Works: TEAM San Diego – A Network of Care for the Most Vulnerable

April 14, 2011

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Ohio AAA8 Honors Meigs County Director, Opens Network of Care Web Site

April 5, 2011

Director of the Meigs County Council on Aging agency feted, announces new Southeast Ohio Network of Care web site, a resource for seniors and people with disabilities.

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TarrantCares.org Launches – Online Site Provides Local Services, Libraries and More

March 30, 2011

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley launched Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} http://www.tarrantcares.org today, giving residents a new online resource to find local services, health information and more. “Tarrant Cares provides a ‘no wrong door’ strategy that links consumers, family members, professionals and others to service providers in our community,” Judge Whitley said. Mental Health Connection of Tarrant County is coordinating development of TarrantCares.org, facilitating hundreds of individuals throughout the community who have worked for the past six months to develop the list of area resources. A key partner has been United Way’s 2-1-1. Tarrant Cares offers quick and easy online access to information about services, as well as the latest news, health information and educational materials for all age groups. Users will also find a password-protected area to create their own personal health records. Community members can provide feedback to the site, suggesting additions and improvement. There are nine categories within TarrantCares.org, each of which provides information for a specific group:   *        Adult and Juvenile Community Corrections *         Children and Families *         Domestic, Sexual and Other Violence *         Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities *         Mental/Behavioral Health *         Prenatal to Age 5 *         Public Health and Healthy Communities *         Seniors/Adults with Disabilities *         Veterans, Service Members and Their Families “Tarrant Cares will be a living site,” explained Judge Whitley. “This is truly a community resource that has been developed by the community and will continue to be guided by the community. I want to stress that no government dollars have been used for the development of Tarrant Cares. Instead, the collaborative efforts of volunteers from many agencies and organizations have provided the framework for this important resource. “We want to thank the donors for their generosity in funding Tarrant Cares and acknowledge the importance of their gifts to our community.” The donors are:   *         Texas Health Resources *         HCA *         Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth *         Bravo Health *         John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation *         Cook Children’s *         JPS Health Network *         MHMR of Tarrant County *         Methodist Mansfield Medical Center *         United Way of Tarrant County *         University of North Texas Health Science Center   To begin exploring all that the site has to offer, go to Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0pt 5.4pt 0pt 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0pt; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} http://www.tarrantcares.org


Network of Care Being Created to Aid Veterans

March 26, 2011

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OMAHA, Neb. – When a soldier is preparing for deployment and needs special military information to get ready, Network of Care can provide it. When that soldier’s wife needs to find someone to watch their children while she’s working and he’s deployed, Network of Care can provide a local listing of day cares. When that soldier returns home and may need to look for a new job, needs to debrief about the war experience or needs to address post-traumatic stress disorder, Network of Care can provide the direction to those services. Network of Care is a “highly interactive, county-based web portal that can be used by military service members, military families, veterans, and those who support them ... to quickly access a wide variety of important information relating to the local, state and national social services,” says a Network of Care fact sheet distributed by the National Association of County Officials. Trouble is — not every state has Network of Care. California piloted the website 10 years ago. Oregon and Maryland have since added it. Texas will go live in the coming months, said Hall County Supervisor Pam Lancaster, who is championing the effort for Nebraska and other states. When Lancaster was elected state president of the Nebraska Association of County Officials last year, the duties that came with the office included being involved in the National Association of County Officials. When national association President Glen Whitley announced two national initiatives — one promoting how county government works and the second being a veterans and military service task force — Lancaster knew immediately she wanted to serve on the military task force. “My priorities are God, family and country and my husband is a Vietnam vet, so this is a good fit,” she said. As the national association’s Veterans and Military Services Task Force began its work, it identified three key issues for all soldiers and veterans — education, employment and health care. As the chairwoman of a central and western Nebraska work force initiative, Lancaster chose to be on the employment committee of the task force. “The thing that we found that we do particularly well in Hall County and Nebraska is that our Workforce Development works very closely with our veterans service officer,” Lancaster said. That local relationship is so strong and so cooperative it was modeled as a best practice in a nationwide webinar that featured Hall County in January. Veterans Service Officer Don Shuda, who serves Hall, Howard, Nance and Sherman counties, helped lead the presentation with Bob Krall of Workforce Development. They described financial benefits available to veterans and the local “priority of service” for veterans in which employers give employment preference to a veteran. “These people are disciplined, they are ready to serve, they have served their country so they are ready to serve an employer well. They are great employees,” Lancaster said. “But some of them also need education and that can work through Workforce Development, too.” The webinar also addressed employment barriers, such as medical or mental health care, and retraining. “The problem is we don’t have a connect with all the young veterans coming back,” Lancaster said. “That’s the biggest thing that Don and Bob Krall see — we do reasonably well with older veterans seeking out assistance if they have needs, but the young veteran ... is just happy to be whole and home again. They don’t necessarily ask anything of their country.” Lancaster sees the Network of Care as a way to cure that access issue. She has talked to U.S. Sens. Ben Nelson and Mike Johanns about getting the website up and running in Nebraska. “We are finding that connecting with these young people is a huge problem,” Lancaster said. “People are falling through the cracks.”


Center for Technology and Aging's

February 15, 2011

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OAKLAND, CA -- The Center for Technology and Aging (www.techandaging.org) has awarded a total of $500,000 to California, Indiana, Rhode Island, Texas and Washington. The grants will enable each state, through their Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs), to gain more experience with and to evaluate the benefits of technologies that improve patients' transitions from hospitals to their homes or other settings. According to Medicare data, the United States has an 18% rate of hospital readmissions within 30 days of discharge and as many as 76% of these are preventable. It is estimated that as much as $25 billion could be saved each year if these unnecessary readmissions were avoided. The Technologies for Improving Post-Acute Care Transitions, Tech4Impact, grants were made in collaboration with an Administration on Aging (AoA) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initiative that helps older Americans and persons with disabilities manage their long-term care support services: "Implementing the Affordable Care Act: Making it Easier for Individuals to Navigate their Health and Long-Term Care through Person-Centered Systems of Information, Counseling and Access." In remarks today in Baltimore, MD, at the 2011 AoA and CMS grantee national meeting, Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said, "I want to thank the Center for sponsoring this innovative grant program that encourages ADRCs to expand the use of technologies that support their existing care transitions initiatives. I'm certain this public-private partnership will serve as a national model and will have a ripple effect across the nation for those seeking better transitional care solutions for their patients." "Better management of transitional care can dramatically improve an individual's quality of life, as well as avoid billions of dollars in unnecessary health care expenses," said David Lindeman, PhD, Executive Director of the Center for Technology and Aging. "It is a privilege to be a part of a national effort that encourages broader use of exciting, but underused technologies that enable clinicians and other caregivers to keep patients from being readmitted to hospitals unnecessarily." States will use the Tech4Impact funds to further expand technology use in ADRCs that are already implementing transitional care interventions. Two states are expanding use of technologies that enhance care transitions program evaluation and planning and three states are expanding use of technologies that better empower consumers in the care transitions process. California: This project enables patients to manage chronic conditions and locate resources via a personal health record (PHR) and Network of Care (NoC) online resources. The collaborators include: San Diego ADRC, Sharp Memorial Hospital, Trilogy Integrated Resources and the San Diego Futures Foundation. Indiana: This project will enhance and help evaluate the "Geriatric Resources for Assessment and Care of Elders," GRACE, model of care in order to improve the Veteran Administration's (VA) confidence in this model. The effort includes participation by the Indianapolis ADRC and VA Medical Center, the Indiana University School of Medicine, and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Division of Aging. Rhode Island (RI): This project seeks to reduce medication problems following a patient's hospital discharge by implementing an electronic health record (EHR) that is coupled with pharmacy services. Participants include the RI Department of Elderly Affairs and statewide ADRC, in collaboration with the University of RI College of Pharmacy, Rhodes to Independence, Quality Partners of RI, and ER Card. Texas: This project expands the Care Transitions Intervention (CTI) model evaluation process by modifying a single data collection and reporting system for CTI coaches in the Scott & White Healthcare system. The Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services will conduct project oversight and support activities, and the project will be implemented by several Texas ADRCs. Washington: This project expands the CTI model through the use of the web-based Shared Care Plan PHR platform used in Whatcom and Skagit Counties, and by creating a training curriculum for the Shared Care Plan. Participants include the Whatcom Health Information Network, and the Northwest Regional Council. Additional detail on each of these grants is available at www.techandaging.org. The Center for Technology and Aging (www.techandaging.org) supports more rapid adoption and diffusion of technologies that enhance independence and improve home and community-based care for older adults. Through grants, research, public policy involvement and development of practical tools and best practice guidelines, the Center serves as an independent, non-profit resource for improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of long-term care services. The Center was established with funding from The SCAN Foundation (www.thescanfoundation.org) and is affiliated with the Public Health Institute (www.phi.org) in Oakland, CA.


Oregon National Guard Launches Fort Oregon Network of Care Statewide

10/15/2010

Oregon National Guard introduces 36 county-based Web sites to meet the needs of its returning service members, their families, and service providers.

The State of Oregon has formally launched the Fort Oregon Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families in each of its 36 counties. The Fort Oregon launch was the feature presentation of a large statewide meeting on outreach and reintegration, with more than 200 persons in attendance. The Fort Oregon Web site was greeted with rave reviews by the many service members, veterans, and agencies in attendance. Participating in the launch were both of Oregon's U.S. senators. The event also was attended by U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore. "This Web site, Fort Oregon, is incredible," said U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. "Really, my jaw was dropping as they were going through the different features of the site. It has every possible aspect of services and information that are relevant to someone returning from overseas, coming back, trying to get their feet on the ground." "This is a chance to make sure that all of our soldiers know just how grateful we are for their contributions," said U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. "And with one stop, they can get the help that they deserve." Master Sgt. Thomas Hovie of the Oregon National Guard developed a terrific short film summarizing the event (above) and the Fort Oregon Network of Care. Bruce Bronzan, one of the co-founders of the Network of Care project, praised Brig. Gen. Mike Caldwell, deputy director of the Oregon National Guard, for putting together a great team to develop the Fort Oregon sites. "Oregon cares a great deal about the well-being of its returning service members and is being very aggressive in reaching out to them with the very best of information," Bronzan said. "It is an honor to work with the Guard leadership here." For more information, please contact Jacqueline Zimmer at jzimmer@trilogyir.com or (415) 458-5900.


Oregon National Guard Develops Fort Oregon Network of Care for Veterans, Service Members, Their Families and Service Providers

October 14, 2010

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon National Guard has launched a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with veterans’ issues. The Fort Oregon Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is “No Wrong Door” for those navigating the system of veterans’ services. Regardless of where veterans, service members, and their families begin their search for assistance and services, the Fort Oregon Network of Care ensures they will find what they need. The Fort Oregon Network of Care provides a comprehensive Service Directory of all service providers in Oregon, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.  The Fort Oregon Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about crisis intervention, employment, education, and reintegration points of contact, as well as daily news articles from around the nation concerning veterans’ issues. The new Web site will enable veterans, service members, and their families to educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their affairs, interactions and important records. To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The Network of Care also provides key information in multiple languages. Trilogy Integrated Resources, Inc., of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families, and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Behavioral Health; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Healthy Communities; and the Network of Care for Probation Services. Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 24 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


LRGVDC Unveils Community-Based Web Site for Seniors, People with Disabilities, Caregivers and Service Providers

October 8, 2010

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;}  WESLACO, Texas -- Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council (LRGVDC) today introduced a breakthrough solution for seniors, people with disabilities, caregivers and service providers called the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities, a multilingual, community-based Web site that provides comprehensive long-term care services, information and education that is significant to the thousands of seniors and persons with disabilities who live in our county. Sponsored by a Long-Term Care Innovation Grant from the California Department of Aging, the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities ( Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 www.networkofcare.org) is a pilot program for California and the nation.  To empower seniors and their caregivers, the Network of Care helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records.  The goal is to help the community age with dignity. The Network of Care provides a comprehensive Service Directory of over 200 service providers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.  The Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning aging and disabilities. To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. The Network of Care also is available in multiple languages. Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve seniors, by embracing the Network of Care’s communication tools such as message boards and community calendars.  Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section. Trilogy Integrated Resources Inc. of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities and all of the other Network of Care Web products, including the Network of Care for Behavioral Health, currently serving communities in 17 states; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Healthy Communities; the Network of Care for Probation Services, and the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families. Trilogy is the leading information provider in the field of social services. For more information, please contact Trilogy at (415) 458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com. For more information regarding the Lower Rio Grande Valley’s site, please contact Jose L. Gonzalez, Director of Area Agency on Aging, LRGVDC at Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} (956) 682-3481, Ext. 116.


Ohio’s Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc., Unveils Community-Based Web Site for Seniors, People with Disabilities, Caregivers and Service Providers

September 15, 2010

Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers seniors and people with disabilities and makes in-home care easier with online access to comprehensive services available in Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties.

 AKRON, Ohio – The Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc., today introduced a breakthrough solution for the elderly, people with disabilities, caregivers and service providers called Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities, a multilingual, community-based Web site that provides comprehensive long-term care services, information and education that is significant to the thousands of seniors and persons with disabilities who live in Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties. To empower seniors and their caregivers, the Network of Care helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records.  The goal is to help the community age with dignity. The Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the approximately 1,000 service providers in the Akron-Canton area, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. The Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning aging and disabilities. To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities’ users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities also is available in multiple languages. Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve seniors, by embracing the Network of Care’s communication tools such as the Social Network of Care social networking platform, message boards and community calendars.  Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section. Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Behavioral Health; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services; the Network of Care for Healthy Communities and the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families. Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 25 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


County Showcases Innovative Local Health Data Pilot to Obama Administration

June 11, 2010

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Innovations Inspired by Liberation of Data: Network of Care for Healthy Communities

June 3, 2010

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} WASHINGTON, D.C. — The air was electric. Voices buzzed in anticipation. I had never seen so many people in once place that were all excited about health data. I actually felt a bit giddy. That was the scene at yesterday's Community Health Data Forum at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. Following the liberation of several government health datasets in March, app developers dashed to see what they could build in 12 short weeks to visualize and make sense of the data. They showcased their solutions yesterday, and applauded HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' assertion that "government should be transparent, open, participatory." Here are the top 5 innovations I saw: 1. AnalyzeThe.US Palantir Technologies opened the session with a whirlwind demo of detailed visualizations. They looked at counties with the greatest child poverty and found a correlation with poor hospital coverage. Then they mined government documents to identify people who are involved in child health policy so they could inform them of the data findings to influence change. You can check it out at AnalyzeThe.Us - Palantir has made their visualization technology open to the public, for use with the government datasets. If you want to use it with your own data, you'll need to license the software. 2. Network of Care for Healthy Communities Sonoma County showed a powerful model they built to integrate government data into a community dashboard that gauges the health status of different communities based on metrics like obesity, public transportation, and vegetable consumption. Diving into obesity, you can see trend data, progress towards the Healthy People 2010 goal for that metric, and - the coolest thing of all in my opinion - a list of Promising Practices from across the country that have worked for obesity. Each practice includes contact information, updated every three days, so government officials and individuals can take immediate action towards improving their community. Sonoma County is looking for funding to expand this model to other counties around the country. 3. Asthmapolis    What do you get when you cross asthma inhalers with GPS-enabled tracking sensors? Asthma maps. Dr. David Van Sickle invented this health-technology mashup to let asthma patients track where and when they use their inhalers. Called the Spiroscout, it's a lightweight attachment to standard inhalers that records the time and location of inhaler use, then uploads the data via USB to the Asthmapolis website. Creating these "asthma maps" and sharing them with the greater asthma community can identify asthma hotspots and help patients and physicians improve the management of asthma. Brilliant. 4. Google fusion tables Roni Zeiger of Google Health showed how simple it is to use Google Labs' fusion tables feature to import multiple data sources, visualize them in charts and on maps, and share your visualizations. I was impressed with the ease, flow, and minimal number of clicks needed to create interesting results. 5. Community Clash Card Game This is a fun one - and it was the only game offering presented, created by meyouhealth, a HealthWays company. It's called Community Clash, and it got an amazing audience response. Here's how you play: You get 5 cards for your city showing metrics like how much people exercise, the smoking rate, and what percentage of people have high blood pressure. Your opponent gets 5 cards for their city. Your goal is to choose which metrics you want to show that will present your city in the best light. Your opponent does the same for their city, and then you Clash. The healthiest city wins! CommunityClash mashes up four datasets: community health data from HHS, Twitter data on relevant keywords, the Gallup/HealthWays Well-Being Index, and the HealthWays Well-Being Assessment. It's available as an online app and a physical card deck. On top of all these amazing demos, two competitions were mentioned to spur further innovation in using health data for public good: - the Apps for Healthy Kids Competition started by First Lady Michelle Obama is looking for apps that encourage kids or their parents to make healthy food choices and get moving. Deadline is June 30. - the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge, announced yesterday, will be a series of "code-a-thons" to build apps to analyze the rich, liberated government health datasets. Details to be announced soon. It's an exciting time to be working with health data!


Making Community Health Information as Useful as Weather Data

June 2, 2010

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} WASHINGTON, D.C. — The chief technology office of Health and Human Services, Todd Park, is fond of using the National Ocean and Oceanographic Association (NOAA) as a metaphor for the innovation that may be unlocked through releasing public data. NOAA data underpins Weather.com and nearly every commercial meteorological service in the United States. Park has been working closely with other government officials and the technology community to put community healthcare data into a parallel role as a catalyst for innovation. In other words, HHS is creating a framework for government to act as a platform through the Community Health Data Initiative. "The idea to make our community data as useful to the world as weather data or other types of data is to other parts of American life," said Park yesterday at a media briefing. "The real magic is that HHS put data out there on March 11 and the world responded. Innovators responded -- from Google to Microsoft to startups -- and have built amazing apps that HHS could never have built itself. That's built amazing value for citizens."It's clear that at HHS, as Tim O'Reilly observed in his post on NHIN Connect and open healthcare records, "there's some fresh thinking going on here, influenced by the best practices of open standards and rapid Internet development." This morning, Park will join HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and White House CTO Aneesh Chopra at the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Science, where they will host the Community Health Data Forum. For those unable to attend the event in person, the CHDI event will be streamed at HHS.gov/live and through this livestream. The agenda is available online. After the jump, you can get a sneak preview of some of the applications that will be going live today. Apps, games and platforms for open health data Yesterday's preview featured fascinating creations from the National Association of Counties (NACO), GE, Bing, Healthways and Google. Collectively, they hold promise for enabling citizens to make better health decisions and providers to make data-driven policy. Google Fusion Tables and health data Google's Fusion Tables are essentially a lightweight online database powered by Google's cloud that allow users to examine data, combine it and share. Instead of the "best place to live," users can search through community health data, mash it up with maps and see which regions are, for instance, the "best places to have chest pain." Using Fusion Tables and CHDI data, Dr. Ronnie Zieger, Google's chief health strategist (and a practicing doctor) showed at the media briefing how to filter for region and a certain value, like heart attack mortality. He called his particular mashup Hospital Finder, though the datasets could be adapted for may other users. Users can restrict a search to just hospitals with a "lower than" value, zoom in to maps or customize search results with metrics aggregated under "Heart friendly" or "People friendly" labels. Bing visualizes health data Earlier this year, Bing quietly began adding public health data provided by patient ratings immediately below search results for hospitals. The box also includes nearby facilities, ranked by distance, and the ability for searchers to share with their social networks. Bing's product managers say they'll be introducing a “virtual supermarket” program that lets policy makers identify "food deserts." A new app called Bing HealthMaps -- live today -- allows users to search using geolocated data and add overlays for the incidence of health conditions, like Diabetes or obesity. Bing will also integrate Oodle classifieds with health data, enabling searches to load rentals, school ratings and layer on different conditions. Network of Care for Healthy Communities Network of Care for Healthy Communities is a web-based portal that targets individuals and policy makers. The portal includes multiple components, including: * A service directory of every service that deals with health for a region, with more than 2,000 entries* A library with more than 50,000 volumes. Both the directory or library can be dropped with a click into a personal health record. * A selection of links, including nearly 20,000 health-related links from around the country. * A legislative section that includes every bill dealing with health in state legislature and in Congress The web portal could be adopted by other counties. For example, the template that's applied to Sonoma County can be replicated fairly easily. The portal is built upon a number of open source and proprietary applications. As it's also a service, there would be a cost associated with customization. General Electric commits to health apps GE launched Healthymagination.com in May of 2009, focusing on showing data to drive change. Infographics and visualizations, like those that show the cost of getting sick, have received hundreds of thousands of views with no promotion. An interactive health visualizer has been particularly popular. GE will be adding new apps that present more health data in aggregate, including community health rankings. An interactive map, for instance, provides visualization for regional public health data all across the United States. Social gaming for better health? A health game called Community Clash will marry public health data to game mechanics. Users can get their own "well-being score" and then share their results with friends. The game mashes up four data sources: CHDI, Twitter, Gallup polls and well-being assessments. In the future, the game's creators hope to build leader boards, encourage social comparison, and add geo-location and sentiment analysis. Open data as a means to healthier communities By releasing data and empowering the technology to build applications, HHS CTO Todd Park hopes to catalyze healthcare policy, delivery and services. The same evidence-based medicine that bids to make healthcare better could be applied on an even grander scale, and yet only for the cost of releasing good data. That's a bargain Park seems willing to make. "In less than 90 days, we've had a growing number of innovators team up to take ideas that originated on March 11 and then expand upon them to turn into beta applications," he said. Park formally announced the launch of an interim CHDI website, which is already accessible through HHS.gov/open under the "Connect with data" button. He also said that there will be a new HHS Health Indicators Warehouse, launching in December 2010, that will have Medicare community-level indicators. The Community Health Data Forum will kick off the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge (Health2challenge.org), which will extend through this fall. Over the next four months, the Challenge will host a series of code-a-thons and team competitions to build apps based upon CHDI data. "We're going to ask developers to submit the coolest apps they could use to improve the mission," said Park. Regional events will culminate in a final challenge during the fourth annual Health 2.0 Conference in San Francisco.


Montana DPHHS Network of Care Web Site Helps People Find Mental Health Services

May 3, 2010

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} — The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services would like the public to be aware of a Web site that is available to help people quickly and efficiently find mental health services in Montana.  The Network of Care for Behavioral Health website can be accessed at: http://montana.networkofcare.org/mh/legislate/calendar.cfm The website is a one-stop information tool for mental health resources. “Any time you can make it easier for people to find the resources they need without wasting a lot of time searching, that’s a step in the right direction,” Director Anna Whiting Sorrell said. “This website helps Montana families, individuals and agencies concerned with mental illness issues find critical information they need in a timely manner.” According to Whiting Sorrell, the service is free to all Montana citizens. “We’ve gotten tremendous feedback from people who have been utilizing this service,” Whiting Sorrell said. “Once additional Montana residents discover the website, I believe they’ll find it extremely helpful.”The site is operated and maintained by Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC through a contract with DPHHS. The site includes a comprehensive directory of mental health resources in Montana, a library of articles from the leading mental health experts, a directory of all public and private insurance options for mental health coverage, a federal and state legislative bill-tracking system and a section for providers. The site is unique to the state. “There is no one place where you can locate all these resources,” explains Marcia Armstrong of the Addictive and Mental Disorders Division for DPHHS. There is an abundance of information to choose from, Armstrong mentioned. Under the ‘Services’ button alone there are 24 categories available. One service is the ‘Care/Case Management’ where a total of 85 mental health service providers are listed. Another popular service is the ‘Outpatient Mental Health Care’ database that shows 124 providers.  The ‘Library’ contains over 30,000 articles, fact sheets and reports produced by leading experts and organizations in the field. The site also has a state and federal bill-tracking system used to track legislation on new laws that could affect people with mental illness. Yet another section is devoted to insurance and breaks down both low-cost insurance and private insurance and there’s a database for local, state and national ‘Support and Advocacy Groups’. And, finally, the site features a ‘My folder/WRAP’ (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) section that is a secure way for people with mental illness to post their personal information that can be accessed only by a trusted friend or relative. Armstrong says the website currently includes valuable information, but it is still evolving. “I know there are many providers who would like to have their information on the site, but have not yet done so,” Armstrong said. “I would encourage anyone who provides mental health services to add their information to the site.” Providers can easily add their information by going to the web site and clicking into the ‘Provider’ button. Before the information is uploaded, it is first screened by DPHHS staff. The website is not just for people with mental illness, but also family members as well. “In many cases, people are faced with trying to help a family member who is involved in a mental health crisis and they don’t know what to do, or where to turn for information,” Armstrong said. The site could also be a valuable resource for people being discharged from mental health facilities around the state. “Once people are discharged, they need to know where to go for services in their communities,” Armstrong said. In addition to Montana, several other states have similar Network of Care sites including Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Connecticut.  Originally, the Network of Care project was begun with an innovation grant from the State of California. Regardless of where individuals, families and agencies begin their search for assistance with behavioral health issues, the Network of Care for Behavioral Health ensures they will find what they need. Network of Care sites enable people to find the right service at the right time; educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their affairs, interactions and important records


Denver Launches Site Listing Help for Seniors

April 19, 2010

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DENVER – From finding wheelchairs to connecting with the right doctor, help for Denver's aging adults is now just a click away. The Denver Regional Council of Governments last week launched an online database listing service providers, medical and drug information, medical supply resources and numerous other links aging adults might need. "The website is really designed to connect seniors with services," said Chandra Matthews of DRCOG's Area Agency on Aging. Lists of services organized by region and topic allow users to find care options close to home. The website also lists events seniors and their families might want to attend, such as classes on caring for an Alzheimer's patient or tips for preventing falls. "Two hours after we launched we had people requesting that events be included on the website," Matthews said. Anyone can access the website, making it ideal for the families and caretakers of seniors, she said. "I'm really impressed with the site," said Howard Yeoman, executive director of The Senior Hub Inc., an organization that offers support services to older adults. Links to a symptom checker and explanations of diseases help educated patients and families about illnesses. Yeoman hopes the site will help people get to the doctor sooner and prevent hospital stays, he said. "Most people are physically and mentally healthier if their condition allows them to stay in their home."


Public Health Division of the Sonoma County Department of Health Services Launches Community-Based Web Site for Public Health and Health Communities

April 9, 2010

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Area Agency on Aging of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Unveils Community-Based Web Site for Seniors, People with Disabilities, Caregivers and Service Providers

April 9, 2010

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} McAllen, Texas –The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council today introduced a breakthrough solution for the elderly, people with disabilities, caregivers and service providers called Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities, a multilingual, community-based Web site that provides comprehensive long-term care services, information and education that is significant to the thousands of seniors and persons with disabilities who live in our county. To empower seniors and their caregivers, the Network of Care’s Lower Rio Grande Valley for Seniors & People with Disabilities serves Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy counties, and helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records.  The goal is to help the community age with dignity. The Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the approximately 470 service providers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. The Network of Care’s Lower Rio Grande Valley also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning aging and disabilities. To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities’ users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities also is available in multiple languages. Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve seniors, by embracing the Network of Care’s Lower Rio Grande Valley for Seniors & People with Disabilities’ communication tools such as the Social Network of Care social networking platform, message boards and community calendars.  Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section. Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Behavioral Health; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services; the Network of Care for Public Health and the Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members. Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 25 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


Denver Regional Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging Unveils Community-Based Web Site for Seniors, People with Disabilities, Caregivers and Service Providers

April 7, 2010

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} DENVER – The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Area Agency on Aging today introduced a breakthrough solution for the elderly, people with disabilities, caregivers and service providers called the Network of Care’s DRCOG Area Agency on Aging Seniors & People with Disabilities, a multilingual, community-based Web site that provides comprehensive long-term care services, information and education that is significant to the thousands of seniors and persons with disabilities who live in our county. To empower seniors and their caregivers, the Network of Care’s DRCOG Area Agency on Aging for Seniors & People with Disabilities’ site serves the greater Denver region, and helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records.  The goal is to help the community age with dignity. The Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the approximately 725 service providers in the greater Denver area, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. The Network of Care’s DRCOG Area Agency on Aging also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning aging and disabilities. To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities’ users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities also is available in multiple languages. Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve seniors, by embracing the Network of Care’s DRCOG Area Agency on Aging communication tools such as the Social Network of Care social networking platform, message boards and community calendars.  Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section. Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Behavioral Health; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services; the Network of Care for Public Health and the Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members. Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 25 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


Continuing Education at Alliant Announces Trilogy-Network of Care Partnership

March 29, 2010

Focus of the Alliant/Trilogy-Network of Care partnership is classes delivered over the internet to counties for convenient management and tracking of employee training requirements.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University today announced that its well-known Continuing Education program is now part of the Trilogy Network of Care for e-Learning. The CSPP Continuing Education classes are aimed at clinical counselors and social workers, family therapists, and psychologists and is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA), National Board of Certified Counselors NBCC), California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS), and the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).  While classroom-style CE on Alliant's six California campuses will be available through the Network of Care, the focus of the partnership is classes delivered over the Internet.  The CSPP Continuing Education program, chosen as the distance education partner of the California Psychological Association, provides the web classes, and Trilogy's Network of Care delivers them to Counties for convenient management and tracking of employee training requirements. The largest of the five schools and centers at Alliant, CSPP embodies Alliant's focus as a professional practice university in a multicultural and international context. CSPP has been recognized nationally and internationally for its expertise in and commitment to preparing professionals to work effectively with diverse and multicultural populations. The Continuing Education classes now available through Trilogy are especially engaging, featuring expert instructors narrating their slide presentations, organized as a series of brief topical segments.  There is no time expiration, so registered users can return a many times as needed.  A post-test is included with every class, which, when passed, enables users to print a valid Certificate of Completion.  Classes can also be delivered to Apple iPhones; please contact CE at Alliant for more information on iPhone delivery.


Clackamas County Department of Health, Housing & Human Services Unveils Community-Based Web Site for People with Mental Illness, Mental Retardation or Substance Abuse Issues, Their Families and Service Providers

March 15, 2010

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} OREGON CITY, Ore. – The Clackamas County Department of Health, Housing & Human Services has introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness.The Clackamas County Network of Care for Behavioral Health (http://clackamas.or.networkofcare.org/mh) is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is “No Wrong Door” for those navigating the system of behavioral health services, those working to avoid the need for formal services, and those ready to transition out of the behavioral health system.   To empower mental health clients and providers, the Clackamas County Network of Care for Behavioral Health helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records. The Clackamas County Network of Care for Behavioral Health provides a comprehensive Service Directory that includes more than 440 service providers, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. The Clackamas County Network of Care for Behavioral Health also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. The Network of Care also is available in multiple languages. Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve people, by embracing the Network of Care’s communication tools such as message boards, the Social Network of Care social networking platform and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section. Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Behavioral Health and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services; the Network of Care for Public Health and the Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members. Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 25 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


Web Site Offers Resources for Young, Old and Disabled People in Summit

March 8, 2010

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} FRISCO, Colo. — A website tailored to Summit County residents offers connections to a wide spectrum of information and services for families, seniors and disabled people. The latest version of www.SummitCARES.org  offers a bill tracker for following legislation through the state Capitol, safe online storage of medical records accessible by designated users, educational databases and more. At a public launch for the site Friday at the Summit County Community and Senior Center, Network of Care website representative Jacqueline Zimmer gave the audience a tour of the site through a projector. “This is like a giant filing cabinet,” she said of the medical record system, which includes categories for family history, health conditions, medical directives, etc. Access is totally customizable, and Zimmer said the site's security is on par with VeriSign to protect peoples' private information. “Nobody knows you have a personal health record unless you tell them,” she said. The site can be translated into a variety of languages including Spanish, French and Portuguese. Zimmer said the library — which includes a medication guide, symptom checker and more — has “no commercial activities,” and the website is advertising-free. The site is sponsored by Summit County government, The Summit Foundation and Summit School District in an effort to “achieve healthy outcomes,” according to Friday's slide show presentation. Information on child care, insurance and links to government programs are among the wealth of information on the website. Lee Zimmerman, executive director of The Summit Foundation and co-chair of Summit CARES (Community Accessing Resources Effectively), said the site offers opportunity for people to connect with many fine community resources. Summit County Community and Senior Center manager Kathryn Grohusky showed some statistics predicting a “silver tsunami” of residents over age 65 in Summit County through the coming years. About 6.5 percent of the county's 29,951 residents are over 65 — up from 3.3 percent in the 2000 census. By 2020, that number is projected to rise to 13.25 percent — at 5,142 of 38,788, according to Grohusky's presentation, which included data from the state at http://dola.colorado.gov.


Behavioral Health Site Launched in Maine’s Tri-County Area

November 9, 2009

New Tri-County Network of Care Web site supports self-care designed for people exploring physical and emotional wellness and for their providers.

LEWISTON, Maine – State and local system of care entities are pleased to announce the launch of Tri-County Network of Care, Monday, November 9th, 1-3 pm at St. Mary’s Lepage Conference Center, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston. The breakthrough, multi-lingual Web site is designed for people exploring physical and emotional wellness and for their providers. “This one-stop, community-based resource empowers youth and families,” says Doug Patrick, System Manager, Maine Children’s Behavioral Health Services, “by giving them a place to research their own issues, store and control access to their health information, and advocate directly with legislators.”  Tri-County Network of Care (www.tricounty.me.networkofcare.org)  features include:An easily searchable regional mental health service directory Confidential, HIPPA-compliant folders for family health informationSocial networking forums for peer-to-peer support The latest nationwide mental health news30,000 articles on mental illness, medications, recovery and moreAdvocacy and legislative information Providers can use the site’s message boards and community calendars to share challenges and ideas, as well as brainstorm system of care solutions in collaboration with other entities. The site is accessible regardless of literacy or income level through a text-only version and other adaptive technologies, including large print sizes. It is fully ADA-compliant and Bobby-approved and available in several languages, including French, Somali, Italian and Spanish.Tri-County Network of Care is sponsored by Children’s Behavioral Health, The Community Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families – Tri-County, and THRIVE System of Care Initiative. THRIVE System of Care Initiative (www.thriveinitiative.org ) helps providers and community organizations in Androscoggin,   Franklin and Oxford counties transform the way services are delivered to children, families of children, and to youth who are affected by serious emotional and behavioral challenges. Thrive trauma-informed trainings and technical assistance are family-driven, youth-guided and culturally and linguistically competent. Thrive is a partnership of Maine’s Children's Behavioral Health Services, Tri-County Mental Health Services, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in collaboration with local provider agencies.Trilogy Integrated Resources, Inc. (www.trilogyir.com) is dedicated to improving information and communication in the health and social service fields at the community level. Trilogy works primarily with state and county governments and other local human service entities to establish one-stop information places centered on highly interactive, community-based Web sites.


New Social Services Web Site Is ‘211 Supercharged’

October 16, 2009

Clark County of Ohio's new Network of Care for Families and Children Web site provides a resource for clients as the need for services grows and dollars to provide services shrink.

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — The old adage “do more with less” has taken on a literal meaning for social service officials in Clark County as the need for services grows and dollars to provide those services shrink.But administrators hope that the unveiling of a new Web site, Network of Care for Families and Children, can provide another resource for clients in need, Job and Family Services Director Bob Suver said Thursday, Oct. 15.At the very least, officials say the site offers a proactive way clients can research assistance in the area on their own — instead of waiting for someone to pick up the phone at agencies that are laying off workers.The Network of Care Web site was unveiled at the annual Social Services 101 workshop Thursday and was described by presenters as the “United Way 211, supercharged” and “211, beefed up.”The portal’s information was derived from United Way’s Clark and Champaign County 211 directory, which is a compilation of resources for emergency assistance, including food pantry and shelter information.“It does not replace 211,” said Cathy Appel, deputy director of JFS Family and Children Services Division.Network of Care ( is a central online location for not only 211’s information, but links for assistive devices, legislative articles on bills relating to children and family services, insurance information and more in a “one-stop shop on the Web, “ Appel said. The site can also be updated in real time.“I know that lately calling our office has been a little difficult,” Appel added. “So this is one way that you can get service immediately and accurate information in a timely manner.”Another aspect of the Network of Care Web site is that there is a secure link where users can store — and share if they wish — information regarding health issues, medical records and other personal information.Winkie Mitchell, a nurse at Rocking Horse Center, said the site, especially the health records option, could benefit the community as a whole.“This is quick access to information that we would have to follow up on,” she said. “I would make our clients aware of it.”To access the site, log on to http://clark.oh.networkofcare.org/family/home/index.cfm or visit www.clarkdjfs.org.


Clark County, Ohio, Unveils Community-Based Web Site for Children, Their Families and Service Providers

October 15, 2009

Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers children, their families and service providers by providing online access to comprehensive services available within Clark County, Ohio.

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Job & Family Services of Clark County introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies involved with children and youths ages 0-18.   The Clark County Network of Care for Families & Children (www.clark.oh.networkofcare.org) is a “No Wrong Door” online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. This site can greatly assist families in finding the best services for their children, from insurance coverage to local services. It’s a better way to connect the community that cares for our children.Regardless of where individuals, families and agencies begin their search for assistance with children’s issues, the Clark County Network of Care for Families & Children ensures they will find what they need. The new Web site will enable people to educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their children’s activities, interactions and important records.Clark County Network of Care for Families & Children provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the approximately 600 service providers in Clark County, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about child care, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning children’s issues.To increase accessibility and accommodate Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. Network of Care also is available in multiple languages. Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve people with mental illness, mental retardation and substance abuse, by embracing Network of Care’s communication tools such as message boards and community calendars.  Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Families & Children and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Mental/Behavioral Health; the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services; the Network of Care for Public Health and the Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members.Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 24 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


Foundation Launches Online Care Network for Kids' Behavioral Health

September 23, 2009

Network of Care Web site offers online information for individuals, families, and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness, and is the first project to come out of the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation’s Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative.

WILLIAMSBURG, VA. – Seventeen local nonprofits, part of The Greater Williamsburg Child Assessment Center, launched a new online service Wednesday to help meet the behavioral health needs of area children and teens. This is the first project to come out of the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation’s Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative, a group of community partners who created the GWCAC. They wanted to offer a single point of access to increase public awareness of all the programs and help available for kids, teens, and their families dealing with behavioral issues. The Network of Care’s Greater Williamsburg Behavioral Health Web site http://gwcac.va.networkofcare.org offers online information for individuals, families, and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness. It matches parents, educators and others seeking mental health services with local providers in the Triangle. There are 437 local services available on the site now, with more expected, according to Parker. Visitors will be able to ask questions online, too. WCHF’s Program Officer Paulette Parker says, “We have come into contact with so many families who don’t know where to turn for behavioral health services.  The system for services is difficult to navigate, and how and where to find information is just daunting for some families.”“This is a big issue right now in the community,” WCHF spokeswoman Diane Powers says. “Families have tight budgets, children have parents that face military deployments, and young people are really feeling the crunch.” The Web site is part of a national system designed by Trilogy Integrated Resources http://www.trilogyir.com/, and was tailored to fit the local community and focus on youth behavioral health services. The company has organized over 370 national behavioral health sites, which means the community will also have access to national information, says Parker. The national Network of Care offers a searchable database of articles, and a simple medical record storage feature that’s password protected. Representatives of 25 local agencies participated in the orientation on Wednesday.


California Veterans Care Effort Must Go National

July 31, 2009

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger touts the Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members' Web sites as an extraordinary collaboration between mental health and military communities that links vets and families suffering from the effects of war.

Over the next two years, more than 1.5 million men and women in our military will return from war in Iraq and Afghanistan. As those increasing numbers of troops come home, our nation must ask: Are we prepared to help our veterans transition back into civilian life? Returning from a battlefield overseas is not a simple change, because while our troops may leave the war, the effects of war do not leave them. And it’s not just the soldier, but the soldier’s family, co-workers and community who confront the remainders of war. The effects can be devastating. Some 300,000 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome. An estimated 40 percent of all homeless men are veterans. Last year, more of our Army veterans died committing suicide after returning home than were killed in combat. In California, we’re doing something simple but powerful for our veterans and their families. Through an extraordinary collaboration between our mental health and military communities, we have launched a program that links together all the various resources for veterans and created a one-stop shop for the people and families suffering from the effects of war. We call it the Network of Care. You see, there are an impressive number of different programs and resources for the returning soldier, but they are often hard to find or are completely invisible to the veteran in need. This is, in part, because of a separation that exists among the multiple agencies involved. There is the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, nongovernment national resources, state services, county services and local community-based programs — but all them exist within different bureaucracies, making it extremely hard for the average person to even know what resources exist. In California, as well as in Maryland, we built Networks of Care in every local community, using the Internet to bring virtually every service — public and private, federal and local — right to the fingertips of our veterans. It’s all on our Web site, www.cavets.networkofcare.org, where we take special efforts to make it known exactly where emergency crisis services are in each community, how to find shelter, how to hook up with jobs that are dedicated to veterans, and how to seek the personal assistance of the local veterans service officer. The continuously updated information on the site is not just about services, it also includes a knowledge bank on medical conditions, medications and treatments, as well as social networking, news and events, and more. It’s a place where veterans can seek help and information, but also where their voices can be heard. Like the voice of Chris Raschke, a veteran of the war in Iraq from San Rafael, Calif., who felt isolated and lost after returning home, but didn’t want to admit to a traditional counselor that he was having problems. Instead, he turned to social networking online. And there are nonprofits like Give an Hour, based in Bethesda, Md., which is using the Network of Care site in that state to build a system of volunteers who are capable of responding to the chronic mental health needs of our Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. Already through the Network of Care in California, we are finding innovative ways to help veterans. Tom Splitgerber in San Diego, for example, is helping veterans store their medical records on a secure Web site at no cost so that they will always have easy access to those valuable documents — no matter whether they move, change doctors, or misplace their files. This is just the beginning. Our goal is to use this platform as a backbone for far more aggressive and creative efforts to reach out to our veterans and help them transition back to civilian life. I am proud to say that California is leading the way in preparing for our veterans to return home from Iraq and Afghanistan. This is a model that must be replicated nationally. I urge every state to develop a Network of Care for its returning veterans, and for the federal government to help facilitate what should become a national network to ensure no veteran ever lacks the services and assistance he or she needs. Our military veterans have put their lives on the line to serve this country, to keep our communities safe, and to defend the ideals that have built our country and kept it strong. Ensuring these men and women have the tools and helping hands to transition back to rewarding lives at home is the least that we can do, and we must.


Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township, IL, Launches Network of Care for Behavioral Health Web Site

New Web site contains a comprehensive list of sources and information on mental health, substance abuse and developmental problems for local residents..

OAK PARK TOWNSHIP, IL – On July 14, Oak Park Township representatives launched a one-stop shop for all things related to mental health: a comprehensive Web site, Network of Care. "It ensures there is no wrong door for access," said Lisa DeVivo, executive director of the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township. The Community Health Board launched the new site at the 19th Century Club in Oak Park. The Web site contains a comprehensive list of sources and information mental health, substance abuse and developmental problems. While there is information available on the Internet about such issues, DeVivo said there was no single location making a search for information time-consuming and difficult. "Has anyone tried to google 'bipolar disorder' and get a thousand answers?" DeVivo said. "You won't have to anymore. You don't have to waste that time." All information on the Network of Care is peer-reviewed to ensure its accuracy and effectiveness. The Web site features, among other things, links and information for social service agencies, information on low-cost insurance, local and national events, news concerning mental health and a feature that lets users maintain personal health records online. The site is available in 13 languages, including American Sign Language. The mental health board launched the Web site in collaboration with the Association of Community Mental Health Authorities. The Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township is a publicly funded entity that promotes patient advocacy, funding and education. Such advocacy is important, especially in the current political climate that has many social service groups worried about funding, said Dr. Richard Carroll, president of the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township. "This is particularly an issue right now since our dysfunctional legislature has created some doubt with funding," Carroll said. The Network of Care is available in communities in 26 states, and it is the third of it's kind in Illinois. While its goal is to help people in the Oak Park Township area, the Network of Care has caught the attention of representatives in other areas that are looking for solutions for social ills such as substance abuse. "We were figuring out how to use this system in Chicago to help reduce some of our violence," said Dan Cantrell, an aide from U.S. Rep. Danny Davis' office. "It will be interesting to see how this unfolds." The Web site is available at www.cmhb.networkofcare.org. For more information, call (708) 358-8855.


Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Unveils Community-Based Web Site for People with Mental Illness, Mental Retardation or Substance Abuse Issues, Their Families and Service Providers

June 10, 2009

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Helena, Mont. –The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services today introduced a breakthrough solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness.  The Montana Network of Care for Behavioral Health (http://montana.networkofcare.org/mh) is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is “No Wrong Door” for those navigating the system of behavioral health services, those working to avoid the need for formal services, and those ready to transition out of the behavioral health system.   To empower mental health clients and providers, the Montana Network of Care for Behavioral Health helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records. The Montana Network of Care for Behavioral Health provides a comprehensive Service Directory that includes more than 630 service providers, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. The Montana Network of Care for Behavioral Health also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. The Network of Care also is available in multiple languages. Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve people, by embracing the Network of Care’s communication tools such as message boards, the Social Network of Care social networking platform and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section. Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Behavioral Health and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services; the Network of Care for Public Health and the Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members.   Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 22 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


Gov. Schwarzenegger Unveils Web Tool Connecting Veterans & Service Members to Employment, Education, Social & Medical Services

May 25, 2009

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today unveiled an innovative Web site connecting veterans, active duty personnel and their families with the social services, medical services, education and employment opportunities available in their local communities and throughout the state. The Veterans Network of Care Web site links private-sector service providers, non-profit service providers, county, state and national resources in one location - drilling down information to the local community level. “There has never been a more important time to find cost-effective ways to connect our veterans and military service members with the critical services they need,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “Our brave men and women in uniform risk their lives for our freedom and ask for very little in return, and we want them to know this remarkable resource is now here to serve them.” Veterans Network of Care was created through a partnership with County Mental Health Directors, the State Department of Mental Health, the California Department of Veterans Affairs, the County Veteran Service Officers and Trilogy. It was developed at no additional cost to taxpayers and is being supported as part of an on-going contract for the statewide Network of Care system that was started with a grant from Proposition 63. Through the Veterans Network of Care, California, along with Maryland, is one of only two states in the nation to provide a statewide internet based network of services with information tailored specifically for veterans, military personnel and their families. The Web site contains more than 15,000 web links and 250,000 pages of information. “This is the kind of innovative public-private partnership, one that brings technology, neighborhood services and direct care together, that allows us to better serve the residents of California,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. For more information, click on www.cavets.networkofcare.org.


Governor Schwarzenegger to Launch Veteran Services Web Portal

May 22, 2009

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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Announces Launch of Groundbreaking Tool to Help Veterans

May 22, 2009

On Friday, May 22, 2009, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will launch a revolutionary site he calls "our NETWORK OF CARE."  Network of Care is a state-of-the-art website that provides a direct link between members of the California military community in need of services and the specific organizations that can help them.  

On Friday, May 22, 2009, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will launch a revolutionary site he calls "our NETWORK OF CARE."  Network of Care is a state-of-the-art website that provides a direct link between members of the California military community in need of services and the specific organizations that can help them.www.veterans.networkofcare.org“The freedoms that we enjoy today are made possible by the courageous men and women of our armed forces.  Together, we must reach out to them as they return home, especially those who have suffered both physically and mentally.  So if you are a veteran, service member, or family member, this website is for you,” says Governor Schwarzenegger about Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members.With a click of a mouse, military community members can find immediate crisis counseling, emergency help with housing, and jobs specifically for veterans. WWW.VETS.NETWORKOFCARE.ORG is a critical new resource linking thousands of service providers with returning soldiers and their loved ones."There are a lot of great services available, but the people we are trying to serve don't know about us. It was clear to me immediately that NETWORK OF CARE is the tool that we need throughout the country where in -- ONE SPOT -- all organizations can come together to collaborate, and veterans and family members can go to understand what is available in their specific communities," says Barbara Romberg, Founder of Give an Hour, a provider of mental health services to veterans.Organizations like Give an Hour say this non-commercial site is the missing link that will assist veterans in their search for services.   As is evidenced by last week's tragic events outside a stress clinic in Baghdad, our community must make it a top priority to ensure that men and women of the Armed Forces have proper community support and the ability to find help quickly when they return home.California is the second state to launch Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members. Maryland was the first state to launch Network of Care on March 31, 2009 under the leadership of Iraq war veteran Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, who focuses on veterans affairs as one of his key policies.“Veterans often bring the war home when returning from duty and the transition to civilian life is more difficult because of the outdated systems they encounter when attempting to register for needed services,” said Chris Raschke, Veterans’ Outreach Liaison for Network of Care.   “With Network of Care, these returning service members now have a place to be heard, to communicate with others going through their experience, to interact with their local community, and find the help they need to move into post-military life.”With 1.5 million veterans expected to return home in the next two years, Network of Care is an essential bridge to information about health services and programs available to veterans in California: www.veterans.networkofcare.orgINTERVIEWEES ON HOUSE HEARING AND NETWORK OF CARE: Bruce Bronzan, Founder, Network of Care, 415-377-4194 or bbronzan@trilogyir.com Dr. Barbara Romberg, Ph.D., Founder, Give an Hour and a key expert on veteran mental health, (202) 244-5944 or bvromberg@giveanhour.org Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. Contact: Barbara Streeter, Press Office:  410-974-3901Chris Raschke, Veterans' Outreach Liaison, Network of Care, (707) 696-2925 or craschke@trilogyir.comFACT SHEETTo date, approximately 1.7 million U.S. troop s have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.Nearly a third of those deployed have come from the National Guard and Military Reserves.In a typical unit headed to Iraq, 60% are on their second, third or fourth deployment, each lasting approximately one year.According to a study by the Rand Corporation, approximately 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans report suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression. Only about half of those veterans sought help from a provider in the past year, and of these, fewer than half received minimally adequate treatment.Fifteen-month tours and repeated deployments are increasing the rate of suicide, divorce, and psychological problems, according to Pentagon data. There are an average of 18 suicides a day among America’s 25 million veterans, with more than one-fifth of those being committed by patients undergoing treatment by the VA. About one in every five married service members has filed for divorce since September 2001. MEDIA CONTACTS:Kirsten Maynardkirsten@santokiproductions.com415-350-4147


New Web Site Helps Veterans and Service Members Find Resources

May 21, 2009

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SAN RAMON, Calif.—Veterans and service members across California who struggle to locate mental health programs, a job, benefits information and other resources will now find a one-stop shop in cyberspace. Sponsored by county mental health agencies, a new Web site, www.veterans.networkofcare.org, aims to mend a fractured system for veterans who don't know where to turn. California is the second state, after Maryland, to get it. In 10 languages, the site allows them to search through a jobs database, join in social networking and create personal health records. It includes a symptom checker and a vast library of articles on veterans' issues. But its core is a county-specific, searchable database of resources in topics ranging from mental health programs to job training to sexual issues. Developed by San Rafael-based Trilogy Integrated Resources, the site is part of a larger project, called "Network of Care," to streamline the search for health and human services. The need for a site for veterans became clear, said Bruce Bronzan, a former Fresno-area state assemblyman who founded the project. "A very typical scenario is a soldier comes home, they don't have a job, they start to experience problems in their lives and they don't have anywhere to go. Many are reluctant to go to a VA service," said Bronzan. "This is the only place you can find everything, all federal services regardless of the department, all state and local services." Contra Costa was among 10 counties to provide seed money for the site. Donna Wigand, the county's mental health director, said she suspects the agency sees more and more veterans, but often they don't tell. "Technically, VA is supposed to provide ongoing care, including psychiatric, and that's not happening," she said. "I know they end up on our doorstep." Phil Munley, Contra Costa County veterans service officer, said the site should help Web-savvy veterans, but he cautioned that the county-run offices are the places to go for a one-on-one assessment of VA benefits and help filing claims. "It's legalistic and cumbersome," he said. "They need someone who is going to be able to break those letters down and explain what's going on."


Network of Care Web Site Aids in Returning Vets' Transitions

May 18, 2009

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} FROSTBURG, Md. — Members of the Maryland Veterans Behavioral Health Advisory Board and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown were briefed on the services provided by the Martinsburg (W.Va.) Veterans Affairs Medical Center when they met at Frostburg State University on Monday. Ann Brown, director of the Martinsburg center, presented information about transportation, the facility’s hours of operation, services and fee-basis centers. “We have volunteer vans which take patients from Cumberland, or Keyser (W.Va.), to Martinsburg if needed,” she said. Patients who have morning appointments and are capable of getting on and off the van on their own may ride the vans. However, Brown said the center is working on initiatives to improve transportation services. “All of the vans are run by volunteers,” she said. “But we are working on ways to raise the level of service with the vans.” Wilbert Forbes, deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, asked if the vans have ever had to address issues with a patient in a wheelchair. Ann Brown said no, but the medical center does provide beneficiary travel, funding for the patient to travel to the clinic. The mental health staff also works to get the patient to the medical center when a special mode is identified. The director also spoke about the Cumberland Community-Based Outpatient Clinic and the need to be open later during the week. Cumberland’s clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The new schedule will expand Tuesday and Wednesday hours to 8:30 p.m. She updated the board on the status of the transition of veterans being seen at Re-Entry Associates to the Cumberland clinic. “Our goal is to see all new referrals in 14 days of contact; 30 days for established and new patients with service-connected issues or non-service connected issues,” she said. “And we’re doing good; we’re at about 97 percent for seeing patients within this time frame.” Ann Brown believes the transition is going well. She said many of the veterans being seen at Re-Entry have post-traumatic stress disorder, which causes trust issues, but the transition is happening.“We got a list of about 150 names and all but 15 have integrated into the VA system,” she said. “We are working to continually build trust with the veterans making the transition. We know it’s going to take time (to build trust) but we are making the transition.” Although the Martinsburg center has dissolved its fee-basis arrangements with other medical facilities, which includes Re-Entry, officials there were surprised to find out Baltimore is still working with fee-basis contracts. “We didn’t know this was happening and we’re trying to find out what’s going on,” she said. Overall, the board and Lt. Gov. Brown seemed to be satisfied with the Martinsburg center and how the transition for new veterans into the VA system is going. The advisory’s work groups also reported on their efforts. Access and Transportation has looked into creating more satellite sites — outreach clinics that may help cut down travel time for veterans. The group said it submitted a proposal for an outreach clinic near Salisbury and is going to explore the option of an additional site in Garrett County. Child and Family has been identifying partners and stakeholders and ways to increase their sensitivity to veteran issues for private-sector health care providers, institutions for higher education and local law enforcement. One idea was to create a “gold seal” for organizations that are identified as veteran-friendly — those that have someone who knows how to work with veterans and understands the issues. Outreach and Education has been working to give veterans every opportunity to make the transition back from combat to reuniting them with their family, rejoining home communities and re-entry into the local economy. The group is working to provide connections with quality behavioral health care as well as establish two-way communication, encourage VA enrollment, and finding and connecting with special populations. Listening sessions for veterans and families and regional community education forums are part of the plan. Special Population works with homeless, incarcerated and women veterans. They are attempting to find the numbers of people in each subgroup and address how to eliminate, or decrease, these numbers. The board received a brief demonstration of the updates for the Network of Care by Bruce Bronzan, CEO of Trilogy and creator of the Web site. The free Web site provides access to information for veterans and their friends and families. “No matter where they return home to, they will be able to get the information they need,” Bronzan said. For more information, log on to www.networkofcare.org.


Nebraska Network of Care Provides Help for People with Mental Diseases

May 14, 2009

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National Council Partners with Trilogy to Offer New Web and Social Media Resources

May 11, 2009

The National Council has partnered with Trilogy and the Network of Care to give members priority access to a comprehensive array of cutting-edge web technologies — the interactive Network of Care web portal for your community and consumers, customized social networking platforms, and website design and development.

 The National Council has partnered with Trilogy and the Network of Care to give members priority access to a comprehensive array of cutting-edge web technologies — the interactive Network of Care web portal for your community and consumers, customized social networking platforms, and website design and development.Trilogy’s Network of Care is a comprehensive local web portal for behavioral health and social services. It has won numerous awards and was singled out by the President’s New Freedom Commission. It currently is in 30 states and nearly 500 communities nationwide. You can purchase a Network of Care portal branded to your organization that includes a Service Directory for all behavioral health and related services and support in your community, a library of information on more than 40,000 behavioral health articles, news headlines, legislative tracking and advocacy tools, and the ability for consumers to create and maintain personal health records online. Network of Care enable you to better serve your consumers and their families and to make an impact in your community. See examples of Network of Care sites at www.networkofcare.org.If you’re looking to build a new website or redesign and refresh your site, Trilogy can help. Check out some sites they built for other agencies. Caring From a Distance, American College of Mental Health Administration, California Institute of Mental Health, National Association of Behavioral Health Directors, Mental Health Association of California, Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on AgingTrilogy also has developed one of the most advanced social networking platforms in the nation and can help you learn about how social media is reshaping healthcare and what your organization can do to benefit from this revolution. http://community.networkofcare.org As social media starts to gain a foothold in behavioral health, the National Council is committed to helping members stay ahead. To learn more and discuss how Trilogy can meet your consumer and community education needs through powerful new web technologies, contact Meena Dayak at the National Council MeenaD@thenationalcouncil.org or Afshin Khosravi at Trilogy, Afshin@trilogyir.com.


Behavioral Health Consumers, Families and Advocates Are Invited to Presentations About Nebraska’s Network of Care

May 8, 2009

Network of Care's National Outreach and Training Manager Paul Cumming offers presentations on state's new behavioral health Web sites. 

Lincoln, Neb. – Paul Cumming is coming to Nebraska next week to talk about how Network of Care for Behavioral Health Web sites, available in 20 states including Nebraska , have been his recovery and advocacy tool. He will also walk participants through Nebraska ’s new, easy-to-use site. Cumming is the National Outreach and Training Manager for Network of Care for Trilogy Integrated Resources.“We want consumers and families to come hear this dynamic speaker talk about this revolutionary new Web-based approach to self-directed care and the positive impact Network of Care can have on their lives,” said Scot Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The following presentations are scheduled. It’s not necessary to register in advance. Monday, May 11, Lincoln : 9:00-10:30 a.m., Room 1507, State CapitolMonday, May 11, Omaha : 1:00-2:30 p.m., Region 6 Conference Room, 3801 HarneyTuesday, May 12, Norfolk : 9:00-10:30 a.m., Liberty Centre, 900 E Norfolk AveTuesday, May 12, Grand Island : 2:00-3:30 p.m., Home Federal Bank Southwest, Home Room, 3311 West Stolley Park Road


Maryland Launches Web Site For State's Veterans

May 7, 2009

Network of Care for Veterans and Service Members' Web site provides user-friendly navigation, up-to-date features and comprehensive information for Maryland veterans and their loved ones. 

 ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) has helped launched http://www.veterans.maryland.gov, a Web site to provide user-friendly navigation, up-to-date features and comprehensive information for Maryland veterans and their loved ones. The state's Commitment to Veterans program is an outreach and referral initiative designed to ensure "that no veteran falls through the cracks of a dated V.A. system," Brown said in a statement. The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs has also launched its newly redesigned Web site this week at http://www.mdva.state.md.us. The site features educational opportunities, veteran memorials information and an online version of its newsletter. Last month, a Maryland Veterans Network of Care portal was made available at http://www.networkofcare.org.


State Launches New Network of Care for Mental Health Web Site

April 23, 2009

The Network of Care (www.Hawaii.networkofcare.org) empowers people with mental illness, mental retardation or substance abuse issues, their families and service providers by providing online access to comprehensive services available for the State of Hawai`i.

HONOLULU – The State today launched an exciting easy-to-use web-based resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness. The Hawaii Network of Care for Behavioral/Mental Health at http://hawaii.networkofcare.org is the first online information place or portal that provides extensive information, communication, and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. The website creates the first comprehensive and up-to-date collection of all existing resources statewide for individuals seeking support for mental illness, mental retardation or substance abuse issues.“The Network of Care is an invaluable resource for people with mental illness in Hawai`i,” said said Health Director Chiyome Fukino, M.D. “This website provides a tremendous service to our citizens by helping people find the resources they need quickly without spending a lot of time searching. It also provides important assistance to service providers, by helping them to navigate a sometimes fragmented system. With the launching of The Network of Care, Hawai‘i leads the way in empowering people with mental illness to lead independent lives.“The launch of the Hawai‘i Network of Care is very timely. As we face tough economic times, it is vitally important that we increase access and knowledge of existing services. The website will also enable more people to connect with each other and communicate about their interests and concerns related to mental health,” Dr. Fukino added.The Hawai‘i Network of Care for Behavioral/Mental Health provides a comprehensive directory of the service providers in all four counties. The Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders; pending legislation and advocacy; as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning behavioral health, mental retardation and substance abuse. The site also features a personal folder for individuals, to store medical information or articles of interest.To increase accessibility and accommodate users, the Network of Care’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant and Bobby-approved. The Network of Care also is available in multiple languages.Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve people with mental illness, mental retardation and substance abuse, by embracing the Network of Care’s communication tools such as message boards and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free websites in the “For Providers” section.Hawai‘i is one of 19 states that will use the Network of Care technology created, developed and maintained by Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif. The Network of Care project was begun with an innovation grant from the State of California. Hawai‘i’s Network of Care for Behavioral/Mental Health, developed in partnership with the Department of Health, is a pilot program funded by the State’s Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grant.


Hawai’i Department of Health Unveils Community-Based Web Site for People with Mental Illness, Mental Retardation or Substance Abuse Issues, Their Families and Service Providers

April 23, 2009

Hawai’i Network of Care (www.hawaii.networkofcare.org) empowers people with mental illness, mental retardation or substance abuse issues, their families and service providers by providing online access to comprehensive services available within the state of Hawai’i

HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Department of Health introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness. The Hawai’i Network of Care for Behavioral Health (www.hawaii.networkofcare.org) is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is “No Wrong Door” for those navigating the system of behavioral health services, those working to avoid the need for formal services, and those ready to transition out of the behavioral health system. To empower mental health clients and providers, the Hawai'i Network of Care for Behavioral Health helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records. The Hawai’i Network of Care for Behavioral Health provides comprehensive Service Directories of the approximately 1,900 service providers in Hawai’i, Honolulu, Kaua’i and Maui counties, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.  Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse.To increase accessibility and accommodate Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. Network of Care also is available in multiple languages. Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve people with mental illness, mental retardation and substance abuse, by embracing Network of Care’s communication tools such as message boards and community calendars.  Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Behavioral Health and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services; the Network of Care for Public Health and the Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members. Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 24 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


McHenry County, Ill., Unveils Community-Based Web Sites for People with Mental Illness, Mental Retardation or Substance Abuse Issues, Their Families and Service Providers

April 7, 2009

Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers people with mental illness, mental retardation or substance abuse issues, their families and service provides by providing online access to comprehensive services available in McHenry County.

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. – The McHenry County Mental Health Board today introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness.  The McHenry County Network of Care for Behavioral Health (www.McHenryCountyNetworkofCare.org) is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is “No Wrong Door” for those navigating the system of behavioral health services, those working to avoid the need for formal services, and those ready to transition out of the behavioral health system. To empower mental health clients and providers, the McHenry County Network of Care for Behavioral Health helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records.The McHenry County Network of Care for Behavioral Health provides a comprehensive Service Directory that includes more than 230 service providers, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. The McHenry County Network of Care for Behavioral Health also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse.To increase accessibility and accommodate the McHenry County Network of Care for Behavioral Health's users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. The McHenry County Network of Care for Behavioral Health also is available in multiple languages.Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve people with mental illness, mental retardation and substance abuse, by embracing the McHenry County Network of Care for Behavioral Health's communication tools such as message boards and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Behavioral Health and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services; the Network of Care for Public Health and the Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members.Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 22 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


Maryland Launches Veterans Network of Care Portal

April 4, 2009

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;}  ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown on Tuesday, March 31, joined representatives of the public mental health industry and veterans affairs as Maryland became the first state in the nation to launch a “Network of Care” Website devoted to the state’s veterans. The Maryland Veterans Network of Care portal is an on-line resource that provides simple and fast access to information on local, state and national behavioral health services available to veterans. The portal is part of Network of Care online community. “We ask a great deal of our military families and our veterans and for that we owe them a debt of gratitude. When we saw men and women falling through the cracks of a large and out dated federal VA system, we didn’t point fingers. We chose to act,” Lt. Governor Brown said. “Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans initiative is a national model for what states can do to improve veteran services, especially behavioral health services. We are proud to be the first state in America to launch the Veterans Network of Care portal. We hope that other states follow our example and make veterans health a leading priority.” Last year, the O’Malley-Brown administration introduced to the General Assembly one of the most comprehensive veterans packages in the nation. The cornerstone of the package was the Veterans Behavioral Health Initiative that set aside $2.3 million for behavioral health services for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. The initiative provides funding for four regional resource coordinators who help direct behavioral health services to veterans in need.


Comprehensive Help Directory Rolls Out

April 3, 2009

Network of Care provides easy access to services, information for mental health, seniors, people with disabilities, and children, youth and families.

BOULDER, Colo. – On March 30, Boulder County and its community partners launched a new, comprehensive online resource to help connect members of the community with services and information.The Boulder County Network of Care provides a single entryway through which consumers and service providers can reach a breadth of services to meet their needs.Visitors can access the Network of Care at www.BoulderCountyHelp.org.The Network of Care was developed as part of an effort to address the Boulder County Human Services Strategic Plan’s goal of integrating and coordinating the delivery of human services in our community. Regardless of where visitors begin their search for assistance, the Network of Care helps them find what they need by ensuring that “Any Door Is The Right Door” for those seeking help.The site’s resources include a fast, comprehensive service directory; easy-to-use library; community message boards; and modules designed for specific audiences. Legislative and advocacy links provide a means to support the Human Services Strategic Plan’s call for increased advocacy for human services.


Web Site to Help Maryland War Vets Get Care

April 1, 2009

Unique Web site devoted to the states' veterans is a model Maryland officials say they want the rest of the country to adopt. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) }

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown launched a new program Tuesday to connect veterans with a variety of health programs. The Web site www.networkofcare.org  is an online resource that provides quick access to national, state and local services. Studies have revealed that one out of three veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffers from mental health problems, 11 News reporter David Collins said. "The need is undeniable. Many of our veterans are returning with wounds that are seen and unseen," said John Colmers, the state secretary of health and mental hygiene. Yet many veterans don't sign up for services through the Department of Veterans Affairs, and their families don't know where to turn for help. "In the veteran community in general, there are gaps in information regarding available resources," said state Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Wilbert Forbes. Brown, who has spent 25 years in the military, including a tour in Iraq, launched the new Web site to connect veterans to the help they need.


Web Site Helps Connect Maryland Veterans to Behavioral Services

April 1, 2009

Maryland launches one-stop Web site that connects veterans with behavioral health services statewide.

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland has launched a web site that connects veterans with behavioral health services, the first state in the U.S. to do so. After serving in Iraq, Chris Raschke faced some challenges just finding the resources available to him as a veteran. "I had no idea how to access my GI benefits. I had no idea where I could go to get the mental health help that I required." He said it took him hours and countless phone calls to find those services. But now, Raschke and million of other U.S. veterans can now turn to the network of care web site. "In 3 to 5 clicks, the veteran or their family can get the service that they're looking for in their local area, or the state or federal service that's out there for them," said Raschke. The portal is a one-stop-shop, bringing together information that veterans and their families can access 24/7. From a service directory to a social networking link, the site covers all the bases and lawmakers say it's about time they made this type of improvement. "These brave men and women who are returning to our community often return to us in need of care and unfortunately too many of them fall through the cracks of an outdated federal VA system," said Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. Returning veterans have injuries both seen and unseen. Studies show that they have higher rates of suicide than in the past.


Boulder County, Colo., and Partners Launch Comprehensive Network of Care Web Site

March 31, 2009

BoulderCountyHelp.org will provide easy access to a broad array of social services and information within the county.

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. – Boulder County’s Network of Care launched today, providing a comprehensive, interactive Web site that will help the public and providers access a breadth of information and countywide human services.The Network of Care site, www.BoulderCountyHelp.org, serves as a single portal to a wide variety of information organized into four modules: Seniors & People with Disabilities; Children, Youth & Families; Behavioral Health & Wellness; and a countywide Resource Book.  The site also provides an easy, one-click way to follow current legislature and contact your elected officials.The Network of Care was developed by Boulder County and its community partners as part of an effort to address the Boulder County Human Services Strategic Plan’s goal of integrating and coordinating the delivery of human services in our community. Regardless of where visitors begin their search for assistance, the Network of Care helps them find what they need by ensuring that "Any Door Is the Right Door" for those seeking help.


Maryland’s Lt. Governor Joins in Launching Network of Care Web Sites for Veterans

March 31, 2009

Maryland is first state in the nation to launch online program to connect veterans with behavioral health services.

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown today joined representatives of the public mental health industry and veterans affairs as Maryland became the first state in the nation to launch of a “Network of Care” Website devoted to the state’s veterans. Network of Care is an on-line resource that provides simple and fast access to information on local, state and national behavioral health services.“We ask a great deal of our military families and our veterans and for that we owe them a debt of gratitude. When we saw men and women falling through the cracks of a large and out dated federal VA system, we didn’t point fingers. We chose to act,” Lt. Governor Brown said. “Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans initiative is a national model for what states can do to improve veteran services, especially behavioral health services. We are proud to be the first state in America to launch the Network of Care program. We hope that other states follow our example and make veterans health a leading priority.”Last year, the O’Malley-Brown administration introduced to the General Assembly one of the most comprehensive veterans packages in the nation. The cornerstone of the package was the Veterans Behavioral Health Initiative that set aside $2.3 million for behavioral health services for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. The initiative provides funding for four regional resource coordinators who help direct behavioral health services to veterans in need. The administration introduced a bill this year that will expand the Veterans Behavioral Health Initiative to include all veterans.“Many veterans do not sign up for services through the VA, and their families don’t know where to turn for help,” said Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary John M. Colmers. “The veterans Network of Care portal is a comprehensive Web site that includes information to help veterans find and sign up for these services.”Studies show that as many as one out of three veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffers from mental health problems, including traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Of those veterans, more than two out of three do not receive the proper medical attention that is necessary. Other studies have found that today’s returning veterans have a significantly higher rate of suicide than veterans from previous conflicts. “Network of Care will serve as a bridge between federal, state and local services available for veterans.  As a unique, new outreach and information hub it will serve all of Maryland’s veterans regardless of their geographic location,” said Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary Wilbert Forbes.Found at http://www.mdveterans.networkofcare.org/, Maryland’s Network of Care for veterans builds on the success of the state’s Network of Care site which launched last year. It is hosted by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), with assistance from the state Mental Health Association, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Maryland, On Our Own of Maryland and the Maryland Association of Core Service Agencies. DHMH is in the fourth year of a five-year $13.7 million federal grant to implement transformation initiatives in mental health care.The original Network of Care site allows consumers to have a lead role in addressing their needs for behavioral health services, and also allows them to store medical records, advance directives and personal wellness plans in a password-protected personal folder. The site also contains a library of mental health articles, links to support and advocacy organizations, and reports on legislation.“This is a flexible system that can be updated within 24


Network of Care Web Site Can Help Those in Need in Nebraska

March 30, 2009

Network of Care site provides unprecedented access to information and resources for those dealing with mental illness and substance abuse issues in Nebraska.

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Division of Behavioral Health within the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new online service that serves as a collection of information and resources on behavioral health issues.The Network of Care site, available at http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/networkofcare, is an easy-to-use site available to help people improve their lives and find the right service at the right time. It is a comprehensive and interactive site providing information on mental health, substance abuse and gambling disorders.Until now, this information existed on a number of other websites. The Network of Care site gives users a single point of entry to access information, advocacy tools and a vast, easy-to-search library of resources that can help those dealing with mental illness and connect caregivers and service providers across our state.   The Network of Care site provides unprecedented access to information and resources for those dealing with mental illness and substance abuse issues in our state. It can help consumers and their families find the services they need, in addition to researching disorders and reaching out to a network of online users. Information collected on the site ranges from treatment resources and medications to links to insurance and service provider websites. It features a digital library with information on behavior


Governor of Nebraska Praises Network of Care

Mar 30, 2009

Governor Dave Heineman recently praised the Network of Care in a letter to fellow Nebraskans.

Network of Care Website Can Help Those in NeedBy Governor Dave HeinemanMarch 30, 2009Dear Fellow Nebraskans:The Division of Behavioral Health within the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new online service that serves a collection of information and resources on behavioral health issues.The Network of Care site, available at http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/networkofcare, is an easy-to-use site available to help people improve their lives and find the right service at the right time. It is a comprehensive and interactive site providing information on mental health, substance abuse and gambling disorders.Until now, this information existed on a number of other websites. The Network of Care site gives users a single point of entry to access information, advocacy tools and a vast, easy-to-search library of resources that can help those dealing with mental illness and connect caregivers and service providers across our state.   The Network of Care site provides unprecedented access to information and resources for those dealing with mental illness and substance abuse issues in our state. It can help consumers and their families find the services they need, in addition to researching disorders and reaching out to a network of online users. Information collected on the site ranges from treatment resources and medications to links to insurance and service provider websites. It features a digital library with information on behavioral health disorders and treatments, news articles and the latest research on mental health and substance abuse issues from around the world.The Network of Care website features a map linking to a comprehensive list of service providers, organized by the six Behavioral Health Regions in the state. Providers can also link their websites to the site.It helps users connect to one another and share their stories. Consumers can communicate directly with behavioral health officials and other users through both public and private message boards. It also provides a forum for providers to exchange ideas.One of the most helpful tools allows users to organize and store medical and health-related records in a secure and accessible way. This online record allows a person to create an assistance plan to give a family member, friend or emergency personnel the information needed to provide help and relief in the face of a crisis. Users can store information ranging from current medications and emergency contact information for doctors and health care professionals to details that help trusted individuals intervene in order to help a friend or loved one focus on getting better.In the days since it was launched, Nebraska’s Network of Care website has received positive response from consumers, families and providers. The site puts the information that can help consumers lead a more productive live within easy reach.  The vast resources of the Network of Care site help empower individuals and families to seek out the information they need in a field where treatments, research and service providers continue to expand. It is the latest example of how we are using online tools to put the information people need at their fingertips.


GAH Partner Network of Care Launches Site for Veterans

March 27, 2009

Give an Hour and Network of Care will be working to provide helpful information to veterans and their loved ones, making GAH better known and accessible throughout the nation.

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} A new national model of care for returning veterans is about to be launched in the state of Maryland.  The Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members, nearly three years in the making, will be launched on Tuesday, March 31. That will be followed by a similar launch in California as part of a two state national model for this service. This community-based Web portal (www.networkofcare.org) is a state-of-the-art “virtual community” for returning veterans and their families. It includes all local, state, and federal service programs, along with an outstanding knowledge base of articles and fact sheets. Network of Care also offers an advanced social networking platform, which Give an Hour will be utilizing; information on support groups; tools for legislative advocacy; daily nationwide news; and personal health records. Network of Care itself is a highly interactive, single information place where consumers, community-based organizations, and municipal government workers all can go to easily access a wide variety of important information. The resources available include a fast, comprehensive service directory; links to pertinent Web sites from across the nation; a comprehensive, easy-to-use library; a political advocacy tool; and community message boards. Network of Care was a joint venture among the states, their counties, and Trilogy Integrated Resources (another Give an Hour partner). The Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members has been jointly funded by the Maryland Lieutenant Governor’s Veterans Initiative, the California Mental Health Directors Association, and Trilogy Integrated Resources. It is completely free to the public.


State of Maryland Prepares for March 31 Launch of Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members

March 25, 2009

Maryland gets set to roll out community-based Web portal to aid returning veterans, service members and their families.

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} ANNAPOLIS, Md.— A new national model for care for returning veterans is about to be launched in the state of Maryland and California.  The Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members, nearly three years in the making, will be launched on Tuesday, March 31 in Maryland. That will be followed by a similar launch in California as part of a two state national model for this service. The Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) was a joint venture between the states, their counties, and Trilogy Integrated Resources. This community-based Web portal is a state-of-the-art “virtual community” for returning veterans and their families. It includes all local, state and federal service programs, along with an outstanding knowledgebase of articles and fact sheets. The Network of Care also offers an advanced social networking platform; information on support groups; legislative advocacy; daily nationwide news, and personal health records.  The Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members has been jointly funded by the California Mental Health Directors Association,  the Maryland Lieutenant Governor’s Veterans Initiative and Trilogy Integrated Resources. It is completely free to the public. The Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members was developed in conjunction with the community mental health leadership; veterans’ service officers, and a wide variety of veterans and mental health advocacy groups.


Nebraska Unveils Community-Based Web Sites for People with Mental Illness, Mental Retardation or Substance Abuse Issues, Their Families and Service Providers

March 18, 2009

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers people with mental illness, mental retardation or substance abuse issues, their families and service provides by providing online access to comprehensive services available in Nebraska.

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services’ Division of Behavioral Health today introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness. The Nebraska Network of Care for Behavioral Health (http://nebraska.networkofcare.org) is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is “No Wrong Door” for those navigating the system of behavioral health services, those working to avoid the need for formal services, and those ready to transition out of the behavioral health system. To empower mental health clients and providers, the Nebraska Network of Care for Behavioral Health helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records. The Nebraska Network of Care for Behavioral Health provides comprehensive Service Directories for six regions, including more than 600 service providers, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. The Nebraska Network of Care for Behavioral Health also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse. To increase accessibility and accommodate the Nebraska Network of Care for Behavioral Health's users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. The Nebraska Network of Care for Behavioral Health also is available in multiple languages. Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve people with mental illness, mental retardation and substance abuse, by embracing the Nebraska Network of Care for Behavioral Health's communication tools such as message boards and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section. Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Behavioral Health and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services; the Network of Care for Public Health and the Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members. Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 22 states via the Network of Care. For more information


Nebraska Health and Human Services Launches New Web Site for Behavioral Health

March 18, 2009

Web site unique to Nebraska covers mental health and substance abuse issues, as well as gambling and traumatic brain injury concerns.

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Department of Health and Human Services launched a new web site specifically for people with mental illness, their caregivers and service providers.The goal is to help people find services, connect with other users and share their stories."This web site is unique to Nebraska in that it covers both mental health and substance abuse issues on the behavioral health side and gambling and traumatic brain injury concerns. Especially for veterans involved in those issues," said Scot Adams, the director of the Division of Behavioral Health.The department says it will help users find the right services at the right time."[It has] resources for consumers and families and for professionals who want to help the consumers build a more healthy life," said Diana Waggoner, the executive director for The Kim Foundation.For users worried about their security, Jacqueline Zimmer, a representative for Trilogy Integrated Resources, the company that develops the websites, said there is no need to worry."It is a VeriSign secure server and we've never had anyone breech it," Zimmer said.This means the information users store will be safe.


Building a Network of Care

March 6, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO—Bruce Bronzan and Afshin Khosravi got together in 2000 to pursue a common goal — helping people make sense of the myriad government-sponsored programs geared toward aging and long-term medical care. The project had been something of a passion for the pair — Bronzan was a former state legislator who had become interested in health issues and Khosravi had been building web sites for nonprofit organizations — but as they started Trilogy Integrated Resources in 2001, it became personal. Bronzan’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Khosravi’s father had a fall and became paraplegic.“When it hit personally, it made it different. Now we were trying to figure out how to make these things work for our own families,” Bronzan said.Together with Alameda County, which had gotten a $2.5 million grant from the State of California, the pair made a web portal collecting information on the more than 1,000 agencies with more than 100 different funding streams in one place.Fast-forward eight years and now the pair’s San Rafael-based company runs web sites for more than 400 counties in 30 states through their web portal, networkofcare.org. Trilogy IR has expanded to cover mental/behavioral health, children and families, developmental disabilities, domestic violence, public health and probation services, in addition to the aging and long-term care. The company has 28 employees.The sites allow patients to look up exactly what services they qualify for and find the contact information and addresses for the doctors and case managers they would need to reach. Patients can also look up medication to see the conditions they target as well as the side effects, store their own medical records electronically and contact legislators or other government officials to lobby for more coverage.The company’s growth has translated to its finances. Trilogy IR’s revenue grew 76 percent from 2006 to 2008 to $5.8 million, and the founders say they’ve been profitable for nearly all of Trilogy IR’s existence.The company charges counties a setup fee and then a monthly fee. The fees are calculated based on the county’s population — a setup fee can start as low as $5,000 and rise to as much as $100,000 (for Los Angeles County, the country’s most populous). The monthly fees range from $500 to $10,000, again depending on population.But Bronzan and Khosravi consider the sites a huge bargain since they provide services that would cost much more time and money if the counties were to go it alone.‘Incredible resource’Plus, the counties are not hosting the sites, nor are they maintaining them, which means they don’t have to incur the server and IT maintenance fees.Mark Refowitz, behavioral health director for Orange County, was the mental health director for San Diego County when it was the pilot county for Trilogy IR’s first mental/behavioral health site. He now uses the sites in Orange County and says that Trilogy provides a Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } necessary service at a modest price. “For such low cost it’s an incredible resource that you can provide to your community. It’s the one place where you can find everything,” he said. Refowitz said that even in a time of deficits and layoffs, he will keep the service because it’s become important, not just for the patients, but also for the doctors and case managers. “My medical director, who’s also an emergency room psychiatrist, talks to me all the time about when he’s sitting with a family in a crisis situation he’ll pull up the site and give them a listing of program choices,” he said. “Originally we thought it was just going to be clients.” But that’s one of the big challenges facing TrilogyIR. It’s going to be tough to continue to grow while counties have no money to spend. But some of the company’s current moves might help insulate it from the economy. The company is launching a site for veterans, particularly veterans coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan. Bronzan said that the move is gaining national attention, and it has another benefit since veterans programs have different sources of funding than other medical programs. Question of outside investors But the attention is bringing up another problem for TrilogyIR — whether to take on outside investors. Bronzan said that if enough counties express interest in launching a networkofcare site, the company may not be able to scale up quickly enough without quick access to cash. The company was funded originally by the two founders, and they were able to launch their first site because of the grant Alameda County got from the state. The founders have until now eschewed venture capital or other outside investment because they wanted to make sure their vision for the company was not tainted — they take no advertising, for example. But now that they are in a more stable financial condition, the founders said they would consider outside investment if it becomes absolutely necessary. But until then, TrilogyIR continues to grow. They’ve added three employees over the past three months, and they plan to add six more in 2009.  


Why New York City Needed A Comprehensive Web Site for Mental Illness

March 5, 2009

Former NAMI-NYC Metro president says new Network of Care Web site is “a virtual encyclopedia of mental health information custom made for New Yorkers.”

When our family was thrust into the world of mental illness, we felt like we had been cast into outer space. We moved from having a daughter with an eating disorder, like every other young woman in her class, to a child that was seriously and persistently mentally ill; from a child that was early decision to one of the Ivies to a child that was not well enough to attend college.We searched for information. We tried to understand the public mental health system and figure out whether our private insurance was sufficient. We spent hours on the phone, moving from one contact to another, saving our handwritten notes as though they were the Dead Sea Scrolls.Now that we are 12 years into this journey, the New York City community finally has a behavioral health web site to help families, consumers and providers. Go to www.nycnetworkofcare.org to see the site developed for New York City by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City, Inc. (NAMI-NYC Metro) through funds raised through the annual NAMI Walk. It is an online clearinghouse that provides critical information, communications and advocacy through a single point of entry. It ensures there is "No Wrong Door" for those navigating the system of behavioral health services.


NAMI-NYC Metro Unveils Community-Based Web Site for People with Mental Illness, Mental Retardation or Substance Abuse Issues, Their Families and Service Providers

February 19, 2009

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} MANHATTAN, N.Y. — New Yorkers now have access to a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with behavioral health issues. The New York City Network of Care for Behavioral Health is an online resource that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. The New York City Network of Care for Behavioral Health (www.NYCNetworkofCare.org) is funded by NAMI-NYC Metro. Regardless of where individuals, families and agencies begin their search for assistance with behavioral health issues, the Pennsylvania Network of Care ensures they will find what they need. The new Web sites will enable people to find the right service at the right time; educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their affairs, interactions and important records. The New York City Network of Care for Behavioral Health offers a comprehensive Service Directory of more than 3,300 service providers, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. The New York City Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning mental health and substance abuse. To increase accessibility and accommodate the New York City Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. Network of Care also is available in multiple languages. Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve people with mental illness and substance abuse, by embracing the New York City Network of Care’s communication tools such as message boards and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section. Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Behavioral Health and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services; the Network of Care for Public Health and the Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members. Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 22 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.  


NAMI-NYC Metro Gives New Yorkers the Most Comprehensive Mental Health Web Site in Effort to Help Transform Care

February 19, 2009

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} NEW YORK &mdash; A breakthrough Web solution for families, consumers and professionals concerned with mental illness and emotional wellness is now available to all New Yorkers.&nbsp; The New York City Network of Care for Behavioral Health (www.nycnetworkofcare.org) is an online clearinghouse that provides critical information, communications and advocacy through a single point of entry.&nbsp;&nbsp; It ensures there is &quot;No Wrong Door&quot; for those navigating the system of behavioral health services or those looking for more independent housing.&nbsp; The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City, Inc. (NAMI-NYC Metro) raised funds to develop the site for New York City through the annual NAMI Walk. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <!-- /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times


Mariposa County Launches Community-Based Web Sites for Public Health

January 30, 2009

This community&rsquo;s Network of Care for Public Health, developed in partnership with the Mariposa County Department of Human Services, is a pilot program for California and the nation.

MARIPOSA, Calif.&nbsp;&ndash; Mariposa County has introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with public health, environmental health, emergency medical services and community health. The Network of Care for Public Health is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is &ldquo;No Wrong Door&rdquo; for those navigating the system of public-health services.The Network of Care project (www.networkofcare.org) was begun with an innovation grant from the State of California. This community&rsquo;s Network of Care for Public Health, developed in partnership with the Mariposa County Department of Human Services, is a pilot program for California and the nation. Regardless of where individuals, families and agencies begin their search for assistance with public-health issues, the Network of Care for Public Health ensures they will find what they need. The new Web site will enable people to find the right service at the right time; educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their affairs, interactions and important records.


Central Valley Regional Center Unveils Community-Based Web Site for People with Developmental Disabilities, Their Families and Service Providers

January 30, 2009

Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers people with developmental disabilities, their families and service providers by providing online access to comprehensive services available within the Central Valley.

MARIPOSA, Calif. &ndash; The Central Valley Regional Center today introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with developmental disabilities. The Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities www.mariposa.ca.networkofcare.org is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is &ldquo;No Wrong Door&rdquo; for those navigating the system of developmental disability services. Regardless of where individuals, families and agencies begin their search for assistance with developmental disabilities, the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities ensures they will find resources and timely information specific to their needs. The new Web site will enable people to find the right service at the right time; educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their affairs, interactions and important records.The Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the multitude of service providers in Mariposa County, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.&nbsp;The Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific conditions, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning developmental disabilities.To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care&rsquo;s users, the site&rsquo;s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. The Network of Care also is available in multiple languages. Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve people with developmental disabilities by embracing the Network of Care&rsquo;s communication tools such as message boards and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section. Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., developed, produced and maintains the Network of Care, which is the largest online network of government-sponsored social services in the nation. In addition to the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities, Trilogy created and maintains the Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Mental/Behavioral Health; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children &amp; Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Public Health; the Network of Care for Probation Services and the Network of Care for Veterans &amp; Service Members.&nbsp;Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 22 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


Mountain Crisis Services of Mariposa County Unveils Community-Based Web Site for People Experiencing Domestic Violence, Their Families, Friends and Service Providers

January 30, 2009

Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers people experiencing domestic violence, their families and friends, and the agencies and programs that serve them, by providing online access to comprehensive services available within Mariposa County.

MARIPOSA, Calif. &ndash; Mountain Crisis Services of Mariposa County today introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with domestic violence. The Network of Care for Domestic Violence is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is &ldquo;No Wrong Door&rdquo; for those navigating the system of domestic violence services, whether they&rsquo;re seeking shelter, group or individual support, advocacy, or batterer intervention and prevention programs. Regardless of where individuals, families and agencies begin their search for assistance with domestic violence, the Network of Care ensures they will find what they need. The new Web site will enable people to find the right service at the right time; educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their affairs, interactions and important records.The Network of Care for Domestic Violence provides a comprehensive Service Directory of service providers in Mariposa County, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.


Mariposa County Department of Human Services Unveils Community-Based Web Site for Children, Their Families and Service Providers

January 30, 2009

Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers children, their families and service providers by providing online access to comprehensive services available within Mariposa County.

MARIPOSA, Calif. &ndash; The Mariposa County Department of Human Services has introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies involved with children and youths ages 0-18. The Network of Care for Children &amp; Family Services is a &ldquo;No Wrong Door&rdquo; online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. This site can greatly assist families in finding the best services for their children, from insurance coverage to local services. It&rsquo;s a better way to connect the community that cares for our children. To empower children, their families and service providers, the Network of Care for Children &amp; Family Services helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their children&rsquo;s activities, interactions and important records.The Network of Care for Children &amp; Family Services provides a comprehensive Service Directory of service providers in Mariposa County, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.&nbsp;The Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning aging and disabilities.


Mariposa County Launches Community-Based Web Site for Probation Services

January 30, 2009

The Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers the community by providing online access to comprehensive probation services available within Merced County.

&nbsp;MARIPOSA, Calif. &ndash; Mariposa County has introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with probation services. The Network of Care for Probation Services is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is &ldquo;No Wrong Door&rdquo; for those navigating the system of probation services.The Network of Care project (www.networkofcare.org) was begun with an innovation grant from the State of California. This community&rsquo;s Network of Care for Probation Services, developed in partnership with the Mariposa County Probation Department, is a pilot program for California and the nation. Regardless of where individuals, families and agencies begin their search for assistance with probation issues, the Network of Care for Probation Services ensures they will find what they need. The new Web site will enable people to find the right service at the right time; educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their affairs, interactions and important records.The Network of Care for Probation Services provides a comprehensive Service Directory of all of the probation-services providers in Merced County, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.


Network of Care an MHSA Information Sharing Success

December 24, 2008

Former California Assembly member Bruce Bronzan lauds Network of Care before Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission.

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } SACRAMENTO, Calif.&mdash; Is it possible to bring corporate technology into social services? In fact, it&nbsp; is &mdash; and that is just what former Assembly member Bruce Bronzan has done with an early Mental Health Services Act investment in his Trilogy Integrated Resources&rsquo; company, the Network of Care.&nbsp; The Network of Care is a public Web site based on a model of a virtual private network. Bronzan looked at companies, such as DuPont Corporation, which used such networks in the late 1990&rsquo;s.&nbsp; In a recent presentation before the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission&nbsp; (MHSOAC), Bronzan described his application of private networks to public problems in this way.&nbsp; &ldquo;We have a&nbsp;fragmented Health and Human Services in the United States because we&nbsp; have no national health care,&rdquo; said&nbsp; Bronzan.&nbsp; &ldquo;We have programs that are not connected,&rdquo; he said. Speaking figuratively, Bronzan said, &ldquo;We&nbsp;have 100 different funding streams&nbsp; going to Sacramento for aging and&nbsp; these go to 1000 different agencies.&rdquo;&nbsp; Bronzan wondered how to coordinate these funding streams and he&nbsp;came up with the Network of&nbsp; Care. The Network of Care has&nbsp;an extensive library as part of its service &mdash; all for free because it is a public service. The &ldquo;State&rdquo; choice on the&nbsp; site has all the bills in the California&nbsp; Legislature.&nbsp; Also included in the site&nbsp;are 50,000 publicly funded links.&nbsp; Lastly, visitors to the Network of&nbsp;Care can establish a Personal Health Record, or PHR, with a willing provider. Providers can deposit medical&nbsp;information in the PHR.&nbsp; The Web site was first piloted in San Diego County.&nbsp; Bronzan showed the network to the President&rsquo;s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. Not much later, Bronzan asked State Mental Health Director Stephen Mayberg to get involved and Mayberg decided to ask the MHSOAC to invest MHSA funds.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The MHSOAC approved the investment. The Network of Care now has&nbsp; two million users a year &mdash; not just hits,&nbsp; but users. Bronzan said, &ldquo;This has been an enormous success.&rdquo;&nbsp; The &ldquo;Net


Pennsylvania Unveils Community-Based Web Sites for People with Mental Illness, Mental Retardation or Substance Abuse Issues, Their Families and Service Providers

November 25, 2008

Pennsylvania Network of Care (www.pennsylvania.networkofcare.org) empowers people with mental illness and substance abuse issues, their families and service providers by providing online access to comprehensive services available within all of Pennsylvania&rsquo;s counties.

HARRISBURG, Pa. &mdash; Pennsylvanians now have access to a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with behavioral health issues. The Network of Care for Behavioral Health is an online resource that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. The Pennsylvania Network of Care (www.pennsylvania.networkofcare.org) is funded by the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP). Regardless of where individuals, families and agencies begin their search for assistance with behavioral health issues, the Pennsylvania Network of Care ensures they will find what they need. The new Web sites will enable people to find the right service at the right time; educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their affairs, interactions and important records.The Pennsylvania Network of Care for Behavioral Health offers a comprehensive Service Directory of the community-based service providers in each Pennsylvania county, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. Pennsylvania Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news.


Northern Virginia Network of Care Debuts in Fairfax

October 23, 2008

Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers people with mental illness, mental retardation or substance abuse issues, their families and service providers by providing online access to comprehensive services available within Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, and the City of Falls Church; Arlington County; the City of Alexandria; Arlington County; Loudoun County and Prince William County.

&nbsp;FAIRFAX, Va.&nbsp;&ndash; The Northern Virginia Network of Care for Behavioral Health today introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness. The Northern Virginia Network of Care for Behavioral Health (http://northernvirginia.networkofcare.org) is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is &ldquo;No Wrong Door&rdquo; for those navigating the system of behavioral health services, those working to avoid the need for formal services, and those ready to transition out of the behavioral health system.To empower mental health clients and providers, the Network of Care for Behavioral Health helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records.The Network of Care for Behavioral Health&nbsp;provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the approximately 2,400 service providers for the combined regions, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.&nbsp;The Network of Care for Behavioral Health&nbsp;also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse.To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care for&nbsp;Behavioral Health&#39;s users, the site&rsquo;s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. Network of Care for&nbsp;Behavioral Health also is available in multiple languages.Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve people with mental illness, mental retardation and substance abuse, by embracing the Network of Care for&nbsp;Behavioral Health&#39;s communication tools such as message boards and community calendars.&nbsp;Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Behavioral Health and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children &amp; Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services, the Network of Care for Public Health and the Network of Care for Veterans &amp; Service Members.Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 22 states via the Networ


Hanover Township, Ill., Unveils Community-Based Web Site for People with Mental Illness, Mental Retardation or Substance Abuse Issues, Their Families and Service Providers

October 15, 2008

Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers people with mental illness, mental retardation or substance abuse issues, their families and service providers by providing online access to comprehensive services available within Havover Township.

ELGIN, Ill.&nbsp;&ndash; The Hanover Township Mental Health Board today introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness. The Hanover Township Network of Care for Behavioral Health (http://hanover.il.networkofcare.org) is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is &ldquo;No Wrong Door&rdquo; for those navigating the system of behavioral health services, those working to avoid the need for formal services, and those ready to transition out of the behavioral health system.To empower mental health clients and providers, the Network of Care for Behavioral Health helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records.The Network of Care for Behavioral Health&nbsp;provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the approximately service 210 providers in Hanover Township, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.


Maryland Network of Care: What Is It and How Can I Learn How to Use It?

September 22, 2008

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} BALTIMORE&mdash;The Maryland Network of Care for Behavioral Health (http://maryland.networkofcare.org) is an interactive community-based information highway that can put you on the road to all the essentials you will need to find supports in your community for mental health. Do not be intimidated, it is very easy to use, and more than likely there is someone at your On Our Own Wellness and Recovery Center who has been trained and can help you navigate your way around the Network of Care (NOC) via the World Wide Web.&nbsp; &nbsp; Network of Care was conceptualized by two men, Bruce Bronzan and Afshin Khosravi, but before the idea was born these two men were doing amazing work in their respected fields. Mr. Bronzan has an impressive background in health, human services and substance abuse, and is a former member of the California State Legislature, chairing the Health Committee for 10 years. Mr. Khosravi has enjoyed a career of building highly interactive community-based websites that serve organizations for disadvantaged populations. These two men teamed up to spearhead Trilogy Integrated Resources Inc., which eventually collaborated with the California Department of Mental Health and the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, funded by a state grant, to launch Network of Care in San Diego County in April 2003. Trilogy&rsquo;s effort to expand communication in the health and social services field has brought Network of Care to currently 21 states and 454 counties around the country. The NOC is expanding rapidly with 200 more sites coming online within the next three months.&nbsp; &nbsp; Maryland&rsquo;s statewide launch of Network of Care went public at the On Our Own of Maryland Annual Conference May 30, 2008. In an effort to show Maryland consumers how to utilize all the advantages of NOC, Paul Cumming, Trilogy&rsquo;s National Outreach and Training Manager, traveled around the OOOMD Consumer Network in July 2008 giving presentations on how to steer the system. I was lucky enough to take part in the statewide campaign with Paul, and by mid-travel I could not help but be so enthused by the network&rsquo;s fast undertaking of the new mental health technology.&nbsp; &nbsp; Paul stated to me, &ldquo;I am so impressed with On Our Own, from the type of leadership and support provided, including business consulting for the regional consumer organizations right up to the fantastic annual conference. This has been my best week of work since joining the NOC in 2005. Maryland is for sure a leader in the consumer movement in our country. By bringing in the NOC, consumers will have a fast, easy to use tool for so many aspects of our lived experience. With the internet, we gain success and power over our illnesses and strength in advocacy goals. I look forward to many, many interactions with the folks in Maryland.&rdquo;&nbsp; &nbsp; If you were not fortunate enough to view one of Paul&rsquo;s presentations it is easy enough to check out the website yourself and access valuable mental health information. Just go the website www.networkofcare.org, click on Mental/Behavioral Health, find your state and county and then start surfing. Each channel of NOC is represented with a gold circular marker to start you off in your search. &nbsp; The first marker takes you to community supports that will assist you in locating available resources in your area. The second is a library of over 40,000 articles on 400 topics surrounding current health and mental health areas of interest. The third is a legislative advocacy tool that can be used to lobby political legislation and view county and state representative contact information. &nbsp; The fourth, fifth and sixth channel markers will connect you other relevant health links, local insurance providers, and more support and advocacy resources. Finally the last marker can help those with Wellness and Recovery Action Plans (WRAP) to further legitimize their mental health care with easy access, retrieval, and updates to their WRAPs. &nbsp; If you are still feeling intimidated, the live demos for each section can walk you through step by step on how to use each resource channel. There are still more advantages within the NOC that can allow you to view local community calendar events, develop personal medical health libraries to share with trusted family, friends, and doctors, create discharge, relapse and crisis plans, and even print out emergency cards with all your pertinent information to keep with you.&nbsp; &nbsp; The most important thing to remember is that you, the users, are the driving and building forces behind this information highway. There are ways for you to add, update, and delete information in the NOC and all information is peer-reviewed and county-approved. This way you are keeping local resources current and available for all users. Also, you will want to find out who your Network of Care point person is for your region or county and inform them of any content additions, corrections or questions you may have.&nbsp;To find out that information, simply email the Network of Care at info@trilogyir.com. &nbsp; &nbsp; Finally, I want to give a big thanks to Paul Cumming and all of the OOOMD members who have participated in expanding Network of Care here in Maryland. Your efforts to educate and inspire others to check out just how much information can be accessed at your fingertips is one of the many reasons we are leading the path for mental health consumers everywhere.&nbsp; &nbsp; To get in touch directly with Paul, as he works on the road, call him at:&nbsp;(619) 318-9079 or email him at pcumming@trilogyir.com. &nbsp; Elaine Carroll, the author of this article, can be reached at elaine@onourownmd.org.


A Slow Journey Toward PHRs

August 20, 2008

Network of Care&#39;s &quot;My Folder&quot; feature proves to be a valuable personal health records (PHRs) tool for behavioral health consumers.

&nbsp;CLEVELAND &ndash; As the behavioral healthcare field embraces electronic medical records (EMRs), it is beginning to understand the potential value of personal health records (PHRs) compiled and controlled by patients themselves. Like an EMR, a PHR contains a list of providers, medications, and test results, but it also might contain patient notes on the effectiveness of treatment plans and links to publications and organizations important to the individual. A PHR would be much more likely to contain a comprehensive record of all the providers an individual has seen than an EMR, a provider-owned and -managed record of health-related information on an individual. Because behavioral health data are sensitive, many in the field stress that consumer control over who can access the record is essential. Besides dozens of smaller players, software behemoths Microsoft and Google are each developing platforms for PHRs, and some experts believe PHRs could have an even greater impact in behavioral healthcare than in primary care.&ldquo;All of the recovery models being developed now want to get the consumer involved in the care process,&rdquo; says Kevin Scalia, executive vice- president for corporate development at Netsmart Technologies, which develops enterprise software products for health and human services providers and payers. Scalia also is the new chair of the Software and Technology Vendors&#39; Association (SATVA).PHRs, Scalia says, have the potential to be a great tool for providers developing treatment plans that involve patients keeping a journal or providing feedback. &ldquo;Providers may want them to record what happens when they first wake up,&rdquo; explains Scalia &ldquo;That could be part of the intervention.&rdquo;PHRs are becoming popular because consumers are seeking to be more engaged in their own care. From his own experience with mental illness, Paul Cumming can explain why PHRs are valuable to behavioral health patients.&ldquo;It&#39;s hard for it to be a shared decision if we don&#39;t have our own information,&rdquo; says Cumming, a San Diego resident who has struggled with bipolar disorder for years. &ldquo;I like not being dependent on the doctor&#39;s chart.&rdquo; Now that he uses a PHR, before seeing a doctor he can check his own records to see, for example, when he started and stopped taking a certain medication. &ldquo;The information from another system&#39;s electronic medical record may or may not have made it into the doctor&#39;s system for this appointment,&rdquo; he explains. &ldquo;I like to accumulate my own [information]. Often you can&#39;t remember that information off the top of your head.&rdquo;Consumers&#39; Personal SpaceCumming is part of a new generation of patients eager to take an active role in their care. As a consumer advocate, he became involved in the design of what may be the first PHR targeting behavioral health. Called My Folder, the record is part of the Network of Care for Behavioral Health (http://www.networkofcare.org), a series of Web sites for community mental health agencies developed seven years ago by Trilogy Integrated Resources, LLC. In fact, Cumming was so enthusiastic and articulate about the system&#39;s value that Trilogy hired him to be its national outreach and training coordinator.


Summit County, Colo., Unveils Community-Based Web Site for Children, Their Families and Service Providers

August 19, 2008

Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers children, their families and service providers by providing online access to comprehensive services available within Summit County.

FRISCO, Colo. &ndash; Summit County today introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies involved with children and youths ages 0-18. The Network of Care for Children, Families &amp; Youth www.summit.co.networkofcare.org is a &ldquo;No Wrong Door&rdquo; online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. This site can greatly assist families in finding the best services for their children, from insurance coverage to local services. It&rsquo;s a better way to connect the community that cares for our children. The site is provided by the CARE Network of Summit County.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Regardless of where individuals, families and agencies begin their search for assistance with children&rsquo;s issues, the Network of Care for Children, Families &amp; Youth ensures they will find what they need. The new Web site will enable people to educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their children&rsquo;s activities, interactions and important records. &nbsp;The Network of Care for Children, Families &amp; Youth provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the approximately 70 service providers in Summit County, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. The Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about child care, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning children&rsquo;s issues. &nbsp;To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care&rsquo;s users, the site&rsquo;s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. The Network of Care also is available in multiple languages. Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve children, by embracing the Network of Care&rsquo;s communication tools such as message boards and chat rooms.&nbsp; Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.


Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority (NARBHA) Unveils Community-Based Web Site for People with Mental Illness, Mental Retardation or Substance Abuse Issues, Their Families and Service Providers

July 1, 2008

Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers people with mental illness, mental retardation or substance abuse issues, their families and service providers by providing online access to comprehensive services available within Coconino, Navajo, Yavapai, Apache and Mohave counties.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.&nbsp;&ndash; The Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority (NARBHA) today introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness. NARBHA&#39;s provider network serves culturally diverse populations in Coconino, Navajo, Yavapai, Apache and Mohave counties, and is the first Web site of its kind in the state of Arizona.The Northern Arizona Network of Care for Behavioral Health http://narbha.networkofcare.org/mh/home/index.cfm is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is &ldquo;No Wrong Door&rdquo; for those navigating the system of behavioral health services, those working to avoid the need for formal services, and those ready to transition out of the behavioral health system.To empower mental health clients and providers, the Network of Care for Behavioral Health helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records.The Network of Care for&nbsp;Behavioral Health&nbsp;provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the approximately 110 service providers in Coconino, Navajo, Yavapai, Apache and Mohave counties, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.&nbsp;The Network of Care for Behavioral Health&nbsp;also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse.To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care for&nbsp;Behavioral Health&#39;s users, the site&rsquo;s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. Network of Care for&nbsp;Behavioral Health also is available in multiple languages.


Pitkin County, Colo., Unveils Community-Based Health and Human Services Web Sites for Seniors and People With Disabilities, and Children and Family Services

June 4, 2008

Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers seniors and people with disabilities and youth and families and those who serve them with online access to comprehensive services available within Pitkin County.

ASPEN, Colo. &ndash; Pitkin County today introduces a breakthrough solution for seniors and people with disabilities, and children and families and those who serve them with two Web-based resources called the Pitkin County Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities and the Pitkin County Network of Care for Children &amp; Family Services.The multilingual, community-based Web sites provide current, comprehensive information and resources on health and human services, all readily accessible to consumers, community-based organizations and municipal government workers. The resources in this &ldquo;virtual community&rdquo; include a fast, comprehensive Service Directory; links to pertinent Web sites from across the nation; a comprehensive, easy-to-use Library; a political advocacy tool; community message boards and many other user-friendly features.This easy-to-use Web site provides an extensive directory to put people in touch with the right services at the right time. This unique, one-stop information tool enables you to keep personal records, create an online family meeting place, and communicate directly with elected officials to make your voice heard.The public is invited to join county officials and community leaders for the formal launch of the Pitkin County Network of Care Web sites, which will take place on Wednesday, June 4th, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Pitkin County Library meeting room (lower level).&nbsp; You will see a live demonstration at that time.&nbsp; At 1:30 pm, a special hour of training will be offered to those who want to get a more in-depth look at the site&rsquo;s capabilities in order to train others.&nbsp; Immediately following this, the launch party will begin.Network of Care began as a grant program for California-based organizations to develop creative solutions to, among other things, help constituents &ldquo;age in place&rdquo; &ndash; make greater use of services allowing them to stay in their own communities for as long as possible. Following the California launch in 2001, many other states and counties have collaborated to develop other topic-specific sites &ndash; for mental/behavioral health, young children (0 to 5), children and families with children 0 to 18, developmental disabilities, domestic violence, public health, and probation services.&ldquo;The Network of Care Web site directory provides a tremendous service to our citizens. Network of Care will help people find the resources they need without having to waste a lot of time searching. It also will provide invaluable assistance to service providers, helping to expand and improve upon our services and programs. This valuable resource will increase access and knowledge of existing services and will enable more people to communicate to each other about their interests and concerns related to health and wellness issues,&rdquo; said Pitkin County Health and Human Services Director, Nan Sundeen.


Maryland Unveils Network of Care for Behavioral Health Sites Statewide

May 30, 2008

Twelve Network of Care for Behavioral Health sites launched during annual conference of On Our Own of Maryland at Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort.

CUMBERLAND, MD. &ndash; The Maryland Network of Care for Behavioral Health (http://maryland.networkofcare.org) was launched statewide May 30 before an audience of almost 400 Maryland mental-health consumers during the On Our Own of Maryland Annual Conference at the Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort. The sites were unveiled during a news conference featuring Dr. Brian Hepburn, executive director of the Maryland Mental Health Administration, and Daryl Plevy, director of the Maryland Mental Health Transformation Grant, which funded the statewide rollout.The Network of Care for Behavioral Health is a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness. The Network of Care for Behavioral Health is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is &ldquo;No Wrong Door&rdquo; for those navigating the system of behavioral health services, those working to avoid the need for formal services, and those ready to transition out of the behavioral health system.Regardless of where individuals, families and agencies begin their search for assistance with behavioral health issues, the Network of Care for Behavioral Health ensures they will find what they need. The new Web site will enable people to find the right service at the right time; educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their affairs, interactions and important records.The Network of Care for Behavioral Health provides a comprehensive Service Directory for each of Maryland&rsquo;s 23 counties as well as the City of Baltimore, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. The Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning behavioral health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse.To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care&rsquo;s users, the site&rsquo;s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Network of Care also provides key mental-health information in multiple languages.Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve people with mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance abuse, by embracing the Network of Care&rsquo;s communication tools such as message boards and community calendars.&nbsp;Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.


Network of Care for Behavioral Health Short-Listed for Major International Award

May 19, 2008

Network of Care named a finalist for prestigious Stockholm Challenge Trophy&nbsp;honoring information and communication technologies

PROVIDENCE &ndash; The Rhode Island Network of Care for Behavioral Health, an online resource launched last June through a collaboration between the Rhode Island Quality Institute and several health care and community organizations, is getting international attention. The Web site is part of the national Network of Care, which has been named a finalist for the prestigious Stockholm Challenge Trophy, an international award that honors information and communication technologies that show convincing benefits to people and communities, wide impact and proof of future sustainability. The overall goal of the Stockholm Challenge is to help counteract social and economic disadvantage by promoting the use of information and communication technologies for development. The Network of Care is a network of community-based Web sites created by Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC in partnership with state and local organizations. Rhode Island became a part of it at the behest of U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, a leader in mental health advocacy in Congress.The Network of Care aims to ensure there is &ldquo;no wrong door&rdquo; through which you can enter to get what you need. It provides user-friendly libraries and vital information about health conditions, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily worldwide news articles on mental health issues. Consumers can store their information there securely and connect with others, providers can share challenges and ideas, and agencies can use private message boards to create their own Web sites. &ldquo;This network is a terrific example of how technology can put patients at the center of care, where they should be, and improve coordination,&rdquo; Kennedy said in a news release. &ldquo;Better information is the first step to better health, and that&rsquo;s what the Network of Care delivers.&rdquo; The Rhode Island site is sponsored by the Quality Institute in partnership with Blue Cross &amp; Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Bradley Hospital, Butler Hospital, Gateway Health Care Inc., Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, NRI Community Services, the Providence Center, Rhode Island Council of Community Mental Health Organizations, the Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corporation, Rhode Island Hospital and the Rhode Island Parent Information Network.The Stockholm Challenge jury will judge the entries based on whether they empower users; promote democratic governance and give users influence over and a measure of control of the services delivered by the project; support equal opportunity; are sustainable; make a demonstrable impact; demonstrate entrepreneurship; and can inspire others. The Network of Care is among 145 finalists from more than 50 countries. Awards are presented in six different categories: health, culture, economic development, education, environment, public administration. The winners of the Stockholm Challenge Award 2008 trophies will be revealed during a ceremony in Stockholm May 22.


Mule Town Family Network Unveils Community-Based Web Site for People with Mental Illness, Mental Retardation or Substance Abuse Issues, Their Families and Service Providers

May 8, 2008

Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers people with mental illness, mental retardation or substance abuse issues, their families and service providers by providing online access to comprehensive services available within Maury County.

COLUMBIA, Tenn.&nbsp;&ndash; The Mule Town Family Network today introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness. The Network of Care for Behavioral Health is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is &ldquo;No Wrong Door&rdquo; for those navigating the system of behavioral health services, those working to avoid the need for formal services, and those ready to transition out of the behavioral health system. To empower mental health clients and providers, Network of Care for Behavioral Health helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records.&nbsp; The Network of Care for&nbsp;Behavioral Health&nbsp;provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the approximately 160&nbsp;service providers in Butler County, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.&nbsp;Network of Care for Behavioral Health&nbsp;also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse.To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care for&nbsp;Behavioral Health&#39;s users, the site&rsquo;s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. Network of Care for&nbsp;Behavioral Health also is available in multiple languages.Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve seniors, by embracing Network of Care for&nbsp;for&nbsp;Behavioral Health&#39;s communication tools such as message boards and community calendars.&nbsp;Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care Behavioral Health and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children &amp; Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services and the Network of Care for Public Health.Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 20 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


Butler County Unveils Community-Based Web Site for People with Mental Illness, Mental Retardation or Substance Abuse Issues, Their Families and Service Providers

May 6, 2008

Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers people with mental illness, mental retardation or substance abuse issues, their families and service providers by providing online access to comprehensive services available within Butler County.

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio&nbsp;&ndash; The Butler County Mental Health Board today introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness. The Network of Care for Behavioral Health is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is &ldquo;No Wrong Door&rdquo; for those navigating the system of behavioral health services, those working to avoid the need for formal services, and those ready to transition out of the behavioral health system. To empower mental health clients and providers, Network of Care for Behavioral Health helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records.&nbsp; The Network of Care for&nbsp;Behavioral Health&nbsp;provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the approximately&nbsp;400 service providers in Butler County, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.&nbsp;Network of Care for Behavioral Health&nbsp;also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse.To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care for&nbsp;Behavioral Health&#39;s users, the site&rsquo;s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. Network of Care for&nbsp;Behavioral Health also is available in multiple languages.Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve seniors, by embracing Network of Care for&nbsp;for&nbsp;Behavioral Health&#39;s communication tools such as message boards and community calendars.&nbsp;Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care Behavioral Health and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children &amp; Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services and the Network of Care for Public Health.Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 20 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


Eagle County, Colo., Health & Human Services Unveils Community-Based Web Site for Seniors, People with Disabilities, Caregivers and Service Providers

April 29, 2008

Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers seniors and people with disabilities and makes in-home care easier with online access to comprehensive services available in Eagle County.

EAGLE, Colo. &ndash; Eagle County Health &amp; Human Services today introduced a breakthrough solution for the elderly, people with disabilities, caregivers and service providers called Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities, a multilingual, community-based Web site that provides comprehensive long-term care services, information and education that is significant to the thousands of seniors and persons with disabilities who live in our county.To empower seniors and their caregivers, Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records.&nbsp; The goal is to help the community age with dignity.The Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the approximately 70 service providers in Eagle County, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.&nbsp;Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning aging and disabilities.To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities&rsquo; users, the site&rsquo;s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities also is available in multiple languages.Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve seniors, by embracing Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities&rsquo; communication tools such as message boards and community calendars.&nbsp; Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Behavioral Health; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children &amp; Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services and the Network of Care for Public Health.Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 20 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


Eagle County, Colo., Health & Human Services Launches Community-Based Web Site for Children, Their Families and Service Providers

April 29, 2008

Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers children, their families and service providers by providing online access to comprehensive services available within Eagle County.

EAGLE, Colo. &ndash; Eagle County Health &amp; Human Services today introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies involved with children and youths ages 0-18. Network of Care for Children &amp; Family Services is a &ldquo;No Wrong Door&rdquo; online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. This site can greatly assist families in finding the best services for their children, from insurance coverage to local services. It&rsquo;s a better way to connect the community that cares for our children. To empower children, their families and service providers, the Network of Care for Children &amp; Family Services helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their children&rsquo;s activities, interactions and important records.The Network of Care for Children &amp; Family Services provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the approximately 70 service providers in Eagle County, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.&nbsp;Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning aging and disabilities.To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care for Children &amp; Family Services&rsquo; users, the site&rsquo;s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. Network of Care for Children &amp; Family Services also is available in multiple languages. Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve seniors, by embracing Network of Care for Children &amp; Family Services&rsquo; communication tools such as message boards and community calendars.&nbsp;Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Children &amp; Family Services, and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Behavioral Health; the Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services and the Network of Care for Public Health.Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 20 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


Web Site Offers Senior Wider Access to Services in OK

April 19, 2008

Network of Care Web site helps seniors and their caregivers find services in Oklahoma, Cleveland, Canadian and Logan counties.

Eldercare has launched a Web site designed to help more than 30,000 seniors in Oklahoma, Cleveland, Canadian and Logan counties find long-term services enabling them to remain in their homes and communities for as long as possible.&nbsp;The free Network of Care, overseen by the Areawide Aging Agency, is an internet-based system showing central Oklahoma seniors and their caregivers where to find adult care centers, exercise locations, mobile meals, prescription drug assistance, and volunteer opportunities.&nbsp;&nbsp;Also available at the Web site &mdash; www.networkofcare.org &mdash; are community calendars and message boards. Network of Care is available in multiple languages.&nbsp;&ldquo;As our senior population continues to grow it&rsquo;s vitally important we expand and improve upon services and services we provide to older adults and their caregivers,&rdquo; said Bob Rawlings, president of the Oklahoma State Council on Aging.&nbsp;The new resource will increase access to services and will enable more people to communicate with one another about their interests and concerns, he said&nbsp;In addition to a directory of hundreds of service providers, the network provides libraries and information about specific health disorders and medical disabilities.&nbsp;Rawlings said the Web site provides near-universal access to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site in fully ADA-compliant, according to Eldercare officials.Network of Care was developed by Trilogy Integrated Resources, in San Rafael, Calif.


Areawide Aging Agency Unveils Community-Based Web Site for Seniors, People with Disabilities, Caregivers and Service Providers

April 17, 2008

Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers seniors and people with disabilities and makes in-home care easier with online access to comprehensive services available in Oklahoma, Canadian, Cleveland and Logan counties.

OKLAHOMA CITY &ndash; Areawide Aging Agency, Inc., today introduced a breakthrough solution for the elderly, people with disabilities, caregivers and service providers called Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities, a multilingual, community-based Web site that provides comprehensive long-term care services, information and education that is significant to the thousands of seniors and persons with disabilities who live in our county.To empower seniors and their caregivers, Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records.&nbsp; The goal is to help the community age with dignity.The Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the approximately 1000 service providers in Oklahoma, Canadian, Cleveland and Logan counties, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.&nbsp; Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning aging and disabilities.To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities&rsquo; users, the site&rsquo;s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities also is available in multiple languages. Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve seniors, by embracing Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities&rsquo; communication tools such as message boards and community calendars.&nbsp; Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Behavioral Health; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children &amp; Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence, and the Network of Care for Probation Services and the Network of Care for Public Health.


Alamo Service Connection and Alamo AAA Unveil Community-Based Web Sites for Seniors and People with Disabilities in 12 Texas Counties

February 28, 2008

Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers seniors and people with disabilities and makes in-home care easier with online access to comprehensive services available in Atascosa, Bexar, Bandera, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall,&nbsp;Kerr, Medina and Wilson counties.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas &ndash; The Alamo Service Connection and Alamo Area Agency on Aging (AAA) today introduced a breakthrough solution for seniors, people with disabilities, caregivers and service providers called the Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities, a multilingual, community-based Web site that provides comprehensive long-term care services, information and education that is significant to the thousands of seniors and persons with disabilities who live in these counties. Bexar County&rsquo;s Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities (http://bexar.tx.networkofcare.org/aging/home/index.cfm) is provided by the Alamo Service Connection. The Alamo AAA Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities (http://atascosa.tx.networkofcare.org/aging/home/index.cfm) is provided the Alamo Area Agency on Aging and funded in part through the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.&nbsp;The Alamo AAA site serves the counties of Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall,&nbsp;Kerr, Medina and Wilson.&nbsp; To empower seniors and their caregivers, the Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records.&nbsp; The goal is to help the community age with dignity.The Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the approximately 2600 service providers in the combined counties, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.&nbsp; Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning aging and disabilities.To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities&rsquo; users, the site&rsquo;s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities also is available in multiple languages. Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve seniors, by embracing Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities&rsquo; communication tools such as message boards and community calendars.&nbsp; Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.


Merced County Launches Community-Based Web Sites for Public Health, Environmental Health, Emergency Medical Services, and Community Health

January 31, 2008

This community&rsquo;s Network of Care for Public Health, developed in partnership with the Merced County Health Department, is a pilot program for California and the nation.

MERCED, Calif.&nbsp;&ndash; Merced County has introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with public health, environmental health, emergency medical services and community health. The Network of Care for Public Health is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is &ldquo;No Wrong Door&rdquo; for those navigating the system of public-health services.The Network of Care project (www.networkofcare.org) was begun with an innovation grant from the State of California. This community&rsquo;s Network of Care for Public Health, developed in partnership with the Merced County Health Department, is a pilot program for California and the nation. Regardless of where individuals, families and agencies begin their search for assistance with public-health issues, the Network of Care for Public Health ensures they will find what they need. The new Web site will enable people to find the right service at the right time; educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their affairs, interactions and important records.The Network of Care for Public Health provides a comprehensive Service Directory of all of the public-health service providers in Merced County, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.&nbsp; The Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about public-health issues, pending legislation and online interactive forms, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning public health, environmental health, emergency medical services and community health.To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care&rsquo;s users, the site&rsquo;s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. The Network of Care also is available in multiple languages. Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve people, by embracing the Network of Care&rsquo;s communication tools such as message boards and community calendars.&nbsp; Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.


Merced County Launches Community-Based Web Site for Probation Services

January 31, 2008

The Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers the community by providing online access to comprehensive probation services available within Merced County.

MERCED, Calif. &ndash; Merced County has introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with probation services. The Network of Care for Probation Services is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is &ldquo;No Wrong Door&rdquo; for those navigating the system of probation services.The Network of Care project (www.networkofcare.org) was begun with an innovation grant from the State of California. This community&rsquo;s Network of Care for Probation Services, developed in partnership with the Merced County Probation Department, is a pilot program for California and the nation. Regardless of where individuals, families and agencies begin their search for assistance with probation issues, the Network of Care for Probation Services ensures they will find what they need. The new Web site will enable people to find the right service at the right time; educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their affairs, interactions and important records.The Network of Care for Probation Services provides a comprehensive Service Directory of all of the probation-services providers in Merced County, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.&nbsp; The Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about probation issues, pending legislation and online interactive forms, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning probation and criminal justice.To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care&rsquo;s users, the site&rsquo;s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. The Network of Care also is available in multiple languages.Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve people, by embracing the Network of Care&rsquo;s communication tools such as message boards and community calendars.&nbsp;Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Probation Services and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors &amp; People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Behavioral Health; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children &amp; Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence, and the Network of Care for Public Health.


Marin County Unveils Community-Based Web Site for Seniors, People with Disabilities, Caregivers and Service Providers

January 17, 2008

Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers seniors and people with disabilities and makes in-home care easier with online access to comprehensive services available within Marin County.

MILL VALLEY, Calif. &ndash; Marin County today introduced a breakthrough solution for the elderly, people with disabilities, caregivers and service providers called Network of Care, a multilingual, community-based Web site that provides comprehensive long-term care services, information and education that is significant to the thousands of seniors and persons with disabilities who live in Marin County.To empower seniors and their caregivers, the Network of Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities (http://networkofcare.org) helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records.&nbsp; The goal is to help the community age with dignity.The Network of Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the approximately 480 service providers in Marin County, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.&nbsp; Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning aging and disabilities.To increase accessibility and accommodate Network of Care&rsquo;s users, the site&rsquo;s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant and Bobby-approved. Network of Care also is available in multiple languages. Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve seniors, by embracing Network of Care&rsquo;s communication tools such as message boards and community calendars.&nbsp; Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Mental/Behavioral Health; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children &amp; Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities, and the Network of Care for Domestic Violence. Based on requests from across the nation, Trilogy is also developing Network of Care sites for public health and probation services.For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


Marin County Unveils Community-Based Web Site for Older Adults, People with Disabilities

January 9, 2008

Marin County will introduce a breakthrough Web site that provides comprehensive long-term care services, information and education significant to thousands of older adults and persons with disabilities who live in the county.

&nbsp;NOVATO, CALIF. &ndash; Network of Care (http://marin.networkofcare.org/aging) empowers older adults and people with disabilities and makes in-home care easier with online access to comprehensive services available within Marin County.Marin County will introduce a breakthrough solution for older adults, people with disabilities, caregivers and service providers called Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org/), a multilingual, community-based Web site that provides comprehensive long-term care services, information and education that is significant to the thousands of older adults and persons with disabilities who live in the county.This service is being offered through the Department of Health and Humans Services, Division of Aging.The site is fully ADA-compliant. Network of Care also is available in multiple languages. Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael created, developed and maintains Network of Care for Older Adults and People with Disabilities and all of the other California Network of Care Web sites, currently serving communities in 17 states.A live demonstration of the site will be held on January 17 at The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto in Mill Valley. The demonstration will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon.


Clark County, Wash., Launches Network of Care for Behavioral Health & Community Services Web Site

October 11, 2007

New Network of Care Behavioral Health &amp; Community Services Web site provides online access to comprehensive services available within Clark County.

VANCOUVER, Wash. &ndash; The Clark County Department of Community Services today introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness.The Network of Care for Behavioral Health &amp; Community Services (www.clark.wa.networkofcare.org) is an online resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, public health, weatherization and housing. The site provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is &ldquo;No Wrong Door&rdquo; for those navigating the system of behavioral health and community services.The launch, held at the Center for Community Health, featured comments from Clark County Commissioner Marc Boldt; Cheri Dolezal, Deputy Director, Department of Community Services; Sandy Gregoire, Parent Advocate, DSHS; Erin Peterschick, Coordinator, Washington State Mental Health Transformation Project; and Jim Rogers, Clark County Mental Health Advisory Board.The Network of Care for Behavioral Health &amp; Community Services provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the approximately 50 service providers in Clark County, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. The Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning behavioral health, mental retardation and substance abuse. To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care&rsquo;s users, the site&rsquo;s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant and Bobby-approved. Network of Care also is available in multiple languages.Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve people with mental illness, mental retardation and substance abuse, by embracing Network of Care&rsquo;s communication tools such as message boards and community calendars.&nbsp; Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section. Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Mental/Behavioral Health and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children &amp; Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities, and the Network of Care for Domestic Violence. Based on requests from across the nation, Trilogy is also developing Network of Care sites for public health and probation services.


Connecticut Launches Network of Care for Behavioral Health

October 10, 2007

Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers people with mental illness, mental retardation or substance abuse issues, their families and service providers by providing online access to comprehensive services available within the state of Connecticut.

Hartford, Conn. &ndash; The Connecticut Department of Mental Health &amp; Addiction Services (DMHAS), in recognizing October 7th &ndash; October 13th as Mental Illness Awareness Week in the United States, proudly announces the launch Connecticut&rsquo;s Network of Care website. This site is available at www.ct.networkofcare.org, and provides a one-stop, localized, online resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness.The Network of Care was designed specifically to improve access to services in Connecticut online by offering critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It makes available a vast array of services and information about community-based social services for people with mental illness and their families and service providers. &ldquo;The new Network of Care website provides an invaluable resource for the residents of the State of Connecticut &ndash; especially to those in our communities who are looking for help, referrals, support or services,&rdquo; said Lieutenant Governor Michael Fedele. &ldquo;I&rsquo;d like to say thank you to Commissioner Kirk, the Connecticut Mental Health Transformation Oversight Committee, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the dedicated staff at the Department of Mental Health &amp; Addiction Services for making this resource possible.&rdquo; Network of Care strives to be accessible to those with limited computer or Web experience, those with limited English proficiency, limited finances and/or physical disabilities. &ldquo;This is a powerful tool that promotes knowledge and information about mental health,&rdquo; stated DMHAS Commissioner Kirk. &ldquo;The Network of Care makes needed resources readily available for individuals and families who are dealing with the problems associated with mental illness. It also provides support and information for those interested in learning more about mental health and wellness.&rdquo; Connecticut&rsquo;s Network of Care is a result of legislation (Section 17a-453e, C. G. S.) and the Connecticut Mental Health Transformation Initiative, with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).Please visit the Network of Care at www.ct.networkofcare.org.


Web Site Consolidates Independent Living Resources

October 5, 2007

New Web site provides information for the elderly, people with disabilities and the caregivers and agencies that help them in Alaska.

Fairbanks, Alaska &ndash; &nbsp;new web site is up and running to provide information for the elderly, people with disabilities and the caregivers and agencies that help them in Alaska.Individuals will be able to look for services, find out about issues, and advocate to elected officials through the site.The Network of Care site includes a directory of approximately 300 service providers in Alaska, as well as libraries, information about specific disorders, news in the field, and legislation tracking.Network of Care publisher Kathy Sterbenc says, &ldquo;The Network of Care is designed to pull together all of the independent living resources in the state of Alaska into one place that is accessible to everyone, it&rsquo;s free and 24/7. It is funded by the state independent living counsel. The beauty of the network of care is that it pulls together different types of resources that were formerly scattered all over the place.&rdquo;The website can be found at alaska.networkofcare.org.


Web Site Details Social Services for People with Disabilities, Seniors

October 4, 2007

Network of Care empowers seniors and people with disabilities and makes in-home care easier with online access to comprehensive services available within the state of Alaska.

Fairbanks, Alaska &ndash; A new Web site is up and running to provide information for the elderly, people with disabilities and the caregivers and agencies that help them in Alaska.It&#39;s alaska.networkofcare.org. The Alaska Statewide Independent Living Council is heading up the project, paid for with a grant from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. Alaska&#39;s five Aging and Disability Resource Centers also are involved.Individuals will be able to look for services, find out about issues, and advocate to elected officials through the site.The Network of Care site includes a directory of approximately 300 service providers in Alaska, as well as libraries, information about specific disorders, news in the field, and legislation tracking.Service providers can build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section. They also can share ideas through a message board.The state independent living group contracted with a California company to create and maintain the network site. Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., also developed several similar sites across the country.Network of Care empowers seniors and people with disabilities and makes in-home care easier with online access to comprehensive services available within the state of Alaska.


Alaska State Independent Living Council Unveils Community-Based Web Site for People with Disabilities, Seniors, Caregivers and Service Providers

October 3, 2007

Alaska Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) introduces the Network of Care, a multilingual, community-based Web site providing comprehensive long-term care services, information and education significant to the thousands of seniors and persons with disabilities who live in their community.

Fairbanks, Alaska &ndash; The Alaska Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) today introduced a breakthrough solution for people with disabilities, the elderly, caregivers and service providers called Network of Care, a multilingual, community-based Web site that provides comprehensive long-term care services, information and education that is significant to the thousands of seniors and persons with disabilities who live in their community.Sponsored by a grant from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and in partnership with Alaska&rsquo;s five Aging and Disability Resource Centers, the Alaska SILC developed the &ldquo;Aging and Independence Network of Care&rdquo; site (http://alaska.networkofcare.org). The site will help empower persons with disabilities, seniors and their caregivers find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records. The Network of Care provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the approximately 300 service providers in Alaska, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. The Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning aging and disabilities. To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care&rsquo;s users, the sites innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the sites and other adaptive technologies. The sites are fully ADA-compliant and Bobby-approved. The Network of Care also is available in multiple languages. Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve persons with disabilities and seniors, by embracing the Network of Care&rsquo;s communication tools such as message boards and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains Alaska&rsquo;s Network of Care site and several similar sites across the country. The Alaska SILC contracted with Trilogy to create the Aging and Independence Network of Care site. The Alaska Statewide Independent Living Council is committed to promoting a philosophy of consumer control, peer support, self help, self determination, equal access, and individual and systems advocacy, in order to maximize leadership, empowerment, independence, productivity, and to support full inclusion and integration of individuals with disabilities into the mainstream of American society. For more information, please contact Patrick Reinhart at the Alaska SILC at 907-263-2092, or preinhart.silc@gci.net.


Registry Aims to Speed Aid to Elderly, Disabled

September 25, 2007

Voluntary listing would let emergency workers know where people in need live to speed evacuations during fires, earthquakes and other disasters.

Portland, Ore. &ndash; Disabled and elderly Multnomah County residents can now tell emergency workers where they live through a voluntary online registry designed to speed evacuations during fires, earthquakes and other disasters. &quot;The idea is to not let a Katrina happen here -- in other words, to know where people who are alone and at risk and are in need of evacuation live,&quot; said Mary Shortall, the county&#39;s division director for aging and disability services. Portland Mayor Tom Potter and Multnomah County Chairman Ted Wheeler visited the county Central Library on Monday to draw attention to the registry, which is a joint effort by the two governments. Officials hope 6,000 to 8,000 residents register within the next year. The county is home to 140,000 elderly or disabled residents. Potter said the magnitude 3.6 earthquake that shook the Willamette Valley on Sunday night provides an &quot;exclamation mark&quot; on the registry&#39;s need. xxxx &quot;We do know we&#39;re due for a large one,&quot; Potter said. xxxx City and county officials said the registry is voluntary for a reason. This isn&#39;t about government spying on people, they said.&quot;Going into it, we knew that would be an issue,&quot; said Nickole Cheron, the city&#39;s disability program coordinator, who is herself in a wheelchair. &quot;People with disabilities, the last thing you want to do is sign up on a government list. I signed up for it. I&#39;m in the registry. But if people don&#39;t feel comfortable with it, that&#39;s why it&#39;s voluntary.&quot;The Web-based registry takes information about the nature of each person&#39;s disability or physical limitation. Registrants can choose whether to disclose the medications they take, and whether to give names and phone numbers of emergency contacts. Those without access to a computer can register by calling either the county&#39;s senior help line or the city&#39;s Office of Neighborhood Involvement.Those who sign up must agree to share their information with the Portland, Gresham and Multnomah County offices of emergency management; the city of Portland&#39;s disability program; the county&#39;s department of human services; the county health department and 9-1-1. They can choose whether to release the information whenever there&#39;s an emergency at their address, or to limit its release to declared disasters.If residents elect to release information during routine emergencies, 9-1-1 dispatchers will relay it to police and other responders as they arrive at their address, said Michael Hardt, the county&#39;s emergency services coordinator. Registrants also can ask to receive updates on how to prepare themselves for emergencies.Hardt said the next step will be mapping the data so emergency responders know which neighborhoods are home to the most vulnerable residents, and get to those places first during a disaster. Wheeler said he wants to see the system available in several languages.Many other cities operate some form of a registry, but the city and county version is unique because the information is taken online, rather than by printing a paper form and mailing it.


Portland, Multnomah County Launch Registry to Help Most Vulnerable Prepare for Emergencies

September 24, 2007

Voluntary Emergency Registry links elderly and people with disabilities to the 911 system, public health authority and human services agencies to receive emergency preparedness information so they can develop their own disaster plans.

Portland, Ore. &ndash; Mayor Potter joined Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler on Monday (9/24) to launch a registry to help the most vulnerable &ndash; including the elderly and people with disabilities &ndash; prepare for emergencies. The population registry &ndash; called Voluntary Emergency Registry (VER) &ndash; is the nation&#39;s first on-line registry that automatically links into the 911 system, the public health authority and human services agencies as well as being available to emergency operations staff.The VER is a secure website that allows people to voluntarily add their names to a list that can be checked by emergency first responders and emergency operations personnel during a crisis; aids in 911 responses and provides a way for vulnerable residents to receive emergency preparedness information so they can develop their own disaster plans.Those most affected are people who need help evacuating from their homes during an emergency, or who would be unable to evacuate without special notification from emergency response personnel. The registry also includes people who are unable to remain at home without assistance following a disaster.According to Chair Wheeler, &ldquo;Signing on to the Voluntary Emergency Registry is an important step that seniors and people with disabilities can take to prepare for an emergency, whether it&rsquo;s a large-scale disaster or for emergencies occurring in the home.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Potter said, &ldquo;This is the first online vulnerable population registry in the United States that links to 911 and emergency operations personnel. Not only will it tell emergency responders where elderly or disabled people are located, it can deliver emergency information back to registrants in a disaster.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;The VER can be accessed through the Network of Care &ndash; www.oregon.networkofcare.org &ndash; a statewide website featuring resources detailed by county for the elderly and people with disabilities. Network of Care is a multilingual, comprehensive directory of services including information about assistive devices and an array of medical, financial, legal and caregiver information.People will be able to access the registry through their home computers or public access computers located in all Multnomah County Libraries.&nbsp;Those without internet access or needing special assistance to apply for the VER can call MultnomahCounty &rsquo;s Aging and Disability Services&rsquo; Helpline at 503-988-3646 or the City of Portland &rsquo;s Disability Program at 503-823-2036. &nbsp;


City of Portland and Multnomah County Launch Voluntary Emergency Registry

September 21, 2007

Voluntary Emergency Registry allows people to be checked by emergency first responders and emergency personnel during a crisis, aid in 911 responses, and provide a way for vulnerable residents to receive emergency preparedness information so they can develop their own disaster plans.

Portland, Ore. &ndash; Portland and Multnomah County are creating an online registry to identify and assist the elderly and people with disabilities during a disaster.The Voluntary Emergency Registry is a Web site allowing people to add their names to a list that can be checked by emergency first responders and emergency personnel during a crisis, aid in 911 responses, and provide a way to for vulnerable residents to receive emergency preparedness information so they can develop their own disaster plans.The Voluntary Emergency Registry automatically links into the 911 system, the public health authority and human services agencies as well as being available to emergency operations staff.The registry can be accessed through the Network of Care, oregon.networkofcare.org, a statewide Web site featuring resources detailed by county for the elderly and people with disabilities.People will be able to access the registry through their home computers or public access computers located in all Multnomah County Libraries. Those without Internet access or needing special assistance to apply for the registry can call Multnomah County&#39;s Aging and Disability Services&#39; Helpline at 503-988-3646 or the city of Portland&#39;s Disability Program at 503-823-2036.


Opinion - Cheers & Jeers

July 27, 2007

Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging elicits huzzahs for the Network of Care&rsquo;s new Web site that offers resources for Cleveland-area seniors and people with disabilities.

CLEVELAND &ndash; Cheers&hellip; to the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging for inaugurating cleveland.oh.networkofcare.org, a Web site designed to connect elderly and disabled people with links to all sorts of local, state, and national services under an umbrella organization called the Network of Care.


First Five Marin Unveils Community-Based Web Site for Children, Their Families and Service Providers

July 25, 2007

Network of Care (www.networkofcare.org) empowers children, their families and service providers by providing online access to comprehensive services available within Marin County.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – First Five Marin today introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies involved with children, especially kids ages 0-5. Network of Care for Kids is a “No Wrong Door” online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. This site can greatly assist families in finding the best services for their children, from insurance coverage to local services. It’s a better way to connect the community that cares for our children. Sponsored by an innovation grant from the State of California in partnership with First Five Marin, Network of Care for Kids (www.networkofcare.org) is a pilot program for California and the nation. Regardless of where individuals, families and agencies begin their search for assistance with children’s issues, Network of Care for Kids ensures they will find what they need. The new Web site will enable people to find the right service at the right time; educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their children’s activities, interactions and important records. Network of Care for Kids provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the approximately 150 service providers in Marin County, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about child care, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning children’s issues. To increase accessibility and accommodate Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant and Bobby-approved. Network of Care also is available in multiple languages. Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve children, by embracing Network of Care’s communication tools such as message boards and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section. Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains Network of Care for Kids and all of the other California Network of Care Web sites, including Network of Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities, currently serving one-third of California’s population and the entire State of Oregon; Network of Care for Mental/Behavioral Health, now serving counties in several states; Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18), and Network of Care for Domestic Violence. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.


Web Site Serving Seniors, Disabled in Greater Cleveland Area Offers List of Services, “Age Matters” Message Board

July 24, 2007

Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging launches comprehensive Web site for seniors and persons with disabilities.