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Utah Aging & Disability Resource Connection Newsletter


July 2012

Happy 4th of July!

Held since 1785, the Bristol Fourth of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island, is the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States.



This week marks the thirteenth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C., where the Supreme Court recognized that the civil rights of people with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are violated when they are unnecessarily segregated from the rest of society.  The promise of Olmstead is that people with disabilities will have the opportunity to live like people without disabilities – to have friends, work, be part of a family, and participate in community activities.  

The Department of Justice presents "Faces of Olmstead" depicting some of the thousands of people whose lives have been impacted by the Olmstead decision and the Department’s enforcement efforts. 


Upcoming Events

RESCHEDULED Webinar: Developing Partnerships: Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Money Follows the Person, and Centers for Independent Living 

The Administration on Aging and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have a partnership to lead transformation of long term services and supports systems through initiatives such as the ADRC and Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstrations. This webinar explores the role of Centers for Independent Living (CIL) and highlights state innovations in ADRC/MFP/CIL Partnerships. CIL administrators and staff are especially encouraged to take part in this discussion hosted by the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL).

       *July 12, 2012, 3:00-4:30 PM ET         

*Call-in:(800) 683-4564 Passcode: 866844          



Options Counseling


Participant-Directed Services – Publically funded LTSS that are planned, budgeted and directly controlled by an individual (with help of representatives, if desired) based on the individual’s preferences, strengths, and needs. Participant-directed services maximize independence and the ability to live in the setting of the individual’s choice. 

Participant-directed Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) plan –After a person is enrolled in publically funded long-term services and supports program (for example, Medicaid waiver), the LTSS is the plan that outlines the frequency and type of services and supports (both formal and informal) to meet personal goals. It is used as referral channel and to activate service and also as quality assurance plan to ensure goals and preferences are met. Options counselors can assist the individual in developing this plan.

Action  Plan – A plan outlining goals, action steps, timelines, resources needed, responsible parties, and referrals made in the Options Counseling (OC) process that are needed by the individual and/or counselor to attain supports that meet the goals and preferences of the individual.  This plan is time-limited and is directed and developed by the individual with support from the Options Counselor as needed.  A copy of the action steps plan may be kept by both the Options Counselor and the individual as both may have action items to complete, and it may serve as a guide for the Options Counselor in following up with the individual as well.   The action steps plan is the deliverable after OC process is complete. It outlines the steps individual will take to address the presenting goal or intention. It is driven by the individual and for the individual. 

The ADRC Administrative Office has moved. The new location is at:

University of Utah
College of Nursing
10 S 2000 E, Rm. 3525

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Utah's ADRC can help you find the information you need to access community resources and services for seniors and persons with disabilities of all ages. To learn more about the ADRC, visit our website! 




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