Dementia Services

Dementia Services provides assistance across the Commonwealth to persons with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, and their caregivers. The primary role of Dementia Services is to monitor the development and implementation of Virginia's Dementia State Plan by coordinating, facilitating, and supporting the activities of the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission. Additional functions include:

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Dementia Services Coordinator

The Dementia Services Coordinator position was established in *2013 in response to Goal 1, Objective A of Virginia's first Dementia State Plan, published in 2011.

"Create a position and obtain specific funding to hire a full time Dementia Services Coordinator (DSC) to coordinate the services provided to persons with Alzheimer's disease and Related Dementia working in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Commission."

This position oversees Virginia's dementia-capability by recommending policy and coordinating statewide data collection, research and analysis; and training and awareness efforts in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission:

  1. The DSC shall disseminate information on systems, services and related activities for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, to the medical and healthcare community, academic community, primary family caregivers, advocacy associations, and the general public.
  2. The DSC shall coordinate services and activities of state and local agencies, service providers, advocacy groups, first responders and law enforcement, as well as other entities throughout the state that engage the person with dementia and caregivers, specifically the Alzheimer's Association, Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), and Adult Protective Services (APS).
  3. The DSC shall coordinate and provide support for Commission activities.
  4. The DSC shall continue to identify interdisciplinary memory assessment centers, share information about them with consumers, and provide professional development opportunities for center staff.

Requests for information or collaboration can be directed to:

Devin M. Bowers, MPH
Dementia Services Coordinator
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
Community Based Services Division
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Henrico, VA 23229
Phone: (804) 662 - 9154
Email: devin.bowers@dars.virginia.gov

* Devin Bowers would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank Charlotte Arbogast, Virginia's first Dementia Services Coordinator. Her hard work, dedication, and many accomplishments laid a vital foundation for changing and improving dementia services in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission

The Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) Commission was established in 1982. The 15 appointed members, who advise the Governor and General Assembly, meet quarterly and prepare an annual report with recommendations and activities. In addition, the ADRD Commission produces Virginia's Dementia State Plan and works to implement the five goals of the plan through the activities of three work groups. All ADRD Commission and work group meetings are open to the public and can be found on the Commonwealth Calendar. For additional information, including a list of current members, the ADRD Commission's annual report, notice of upcoming meetings, agendas, and minutes from past meetings, please click here.

Coordinated Care Work Group
Goal 1: Coordinate Quality Dementia Services in the Commonwealth to Ensure Dementia-Capability
Goal 4: Provide Access to Quality Coordinated Care for Individuals with Dementia in the Most Integrated Setting

Training Work Group
Goal 3: Increase Awareness and Create Dementia Specific Training

Data and Research Work Group
Goal 2: Use Dementia Related Data to Improve Public Health
Goal 5: Expand Resources for Dementia Specific Translational Research and Evidence-Based Practices

2011 - 2015 Dementia State Plan: Virginia's Response to the Needs of Individuals with Dementia and their Caregivers

2015 - 2019 Dementia State Plan: Virginia's Response to the Needs of Individuals with Dementia and their Caregivers

AlzPossible

The Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) Commission co-sponsors a website (www.alzpossible.org) that is accessible to Virginia citizens who wish to learn more about the Commonwealth's commitment to those affected by Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, and their caregivers. This website contains information which can assist both family members and community service providers, including free educational webinars, links to resources, data on dementia, and dementia care best practices.

AlzPossible also hosts a current listing of identified interdisciplinary memory assessment centers in Virginia and surrounding states. Visit the website to find the nearest center to you, if seeking care for yourself, a client, patient, or loved one experiencing memory issues.

Federal Grants

The Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services currently administers three federal grants awarded by the Administration for Community Living.

Funding Opportunity: Alzheimer's Disease Supportive Services Program
Funding Period: September 2014 - August 2017
Project Title: A Dementia-Capable Virginia: Expanding No Wrong Door and Implementing NYUCI
Total Approved Budget: $702,725

The goal of this project is to establish Virginia as a dementia-capable state. This is being achieved through the implementation of training for the No Wrong Door Network and implementation of the New York University Caregiver Intervention (NYUCI). For more information on the No Wrong Door Network training, visit the section on Dementia Capable Training. The NYUCI, an evidenced-based program implemented in the Charlottesville and Williamsburg areas, provides caregivers of persons with cognitive impairment six FREE counseling sessions. Virginia's adaptation of the program is known as the Family Access to Memory Impairment and Loss Information, Engagement and Supports (FAMILIES) program. View the fliers below for additional information and eligibility requirements. Partners include the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health (CEALH), University of Virginia Memory and Aging Care Clinic, Central and Western Virginia and Southeastern Virginia Chapters of the Alzheimer's Association, Jefferson Area Board for Aging, and the Peninsula Area Agency on Aging.

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Funding Opportunity: Alzheimer's Disease Initiative: Specialized Supportive Services Project
Funding Period: September 2015 - August 2018
Project Title: A Dementia-Capable Virginia: Virginia Dementia Specialized Supportive Services Project
Total Approved Budget: $1,297,051

The goal of this project is to enhance Virginia's dementia-capability by providing efficient, effective coordination of services and promote education and well-being for persons with dementia and their caregivers. This is being achieved through the implementation of a Care Coordination Program (CCP) and the Effective Strategies Program (ESP). The CCP provides care management and coordination in addition to resources for persons newly diagnosed with cognitive impairment. The ESP is an educational workshop that educates participants about dementia and teaches them skills to cope with and manage their disease. For additional information please review the materials provided below. Partners include the University of Virginia Memory and Aging Care Clinic and the Jefferson Area Board for Aging.

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Funding Opportunity: Alzheimer's Disease Supportive Services Program
Funding Period: September 2016 – February 2018
Project Title: A Dementia-Capable Virginia: Expanding FAMILIES
Total Approved Budget: $510,020

The goal of this project is to expand access to the FAMILIES program statewide. Telehealth resources will be used to expand delivery of the program to rural areas and availability of in-person participation will be increased in certain regions. View the fliers below for additional information and eligibility requirements. Partners include the University of Virginia Memory and Aging Care Clinic and Center for Telehealth: Office of Telemedicine, Greater Richmond Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Senior Connections, Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health, Southeastern Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia, Bay Rivers Telehealth Alliance, Bay Aging, and Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia.

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Williamsburg Flier

Questions or requests for additional information can be directed to:

Devin M. Bowers, MPH
Dementia Services Coordinator
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
Community Based Services Division
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Henrico, VA 23229
Phone: (804) 662 - 9154
Email: devin.bowers@dars.virginia.gov

Dementia Capable Training

As part of an ongoing Administration for Community Living (ACL) grant for the Alzheimer's Disease Supportive Services Program (ADSSP), the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) is expanding and standardizing dementia knowledge within the No Wrong Door (NWD) network. Below you will find information on available virtual and written training materials for Information and Referral Specialists, Options Counselors, and Care Transition Coaches. Staff are encouraged to review the letter introducing the initiative as well as the training materials and resources before they take the short quiz through the link provided in the letter. Once complete, DARS will issue each completer a certificate on Dementia-Capability. Further, once an entire agency's I & R, OC, or Care Transition Coach staff complete the training and accompanying quizzes, DARS will issue an agency-wide certificate on Dementia-Capability.

The trainings that are outlined under this grant initiative serve as a minimum standard for being dementia-capable. However, staff are welcome to complete trainings from other organizations and providers, either in-person or online, in lieu of the trainings outlined under this grant. In this case, staff would still need to complete the role-specific quizzes to receive the DARS certification and recognition. We also ask that staff identify the external trainings they completed so that DARS can track them for grant reporting.

Any questions on this initiative should be directed to Devin Bowers, Dementia Services Coordinator at DARS at (804) 662-9154 or devin.bowers@dars.virginia.gov.

The supplementary documents that are mentioned in the letters and instructions can be found below:

Data Collection and Monitoring

Since 2012, the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) has been working with staff from other Virginia Health and Human Resources (HHR) agencies to compile available data on individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and their caregivers. In July of 2013, DARS created a Dementia Services Coordinator to focus on the day-to-day implementation of Virginia's Dementia State Plan which, among other goals, emphasizes improved data collection and analysis. Working with a team of experts from state HHR agencies, the Virginia Center on Aging, the Virginia Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission, and the Alzheimer's Association, DARS identified data collection sources that may provide information about the prevalence of dementia and its service delivery impact on state agencies. The report below presents the final results of that data collection and analysis. DARS would like to thank all the state agencies, experts and advocates who contributed to the development of the report. Any questions about the report should be directed to Devin Bowers with DARS at (804) 662-9154 or devin.bowers@dars.virginia.gov. This report will be updated periodically.

Dementia and Cognitive Impairment: Interagency Collaborative Data Collection Efforts (published December 2, 2014)

Please visit AlzPossible for additional dementia data resources.

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