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UAlbany: “Public Health Live!” Free Webcast – Discussing Return to Community Living: Best Practices for MDS Section Q

The University at Albany School of Public Health will present its free, live webcast: “Public Health Live!” on March 21, 2019.

Topic: “Discussing Return to Community Living: Best Practices for MDS”
Time: 9:00 a.m – 10:00 a.m., ET


Suzanne de Beaumont, MPH
Project Director Open Doors Transition Center
New York Association on Independent Living

Robin Chiaravalle, LMSW
Director of Social Work, Warren Center Rehabilitation and Healthcare


Coordination, collaboration and knowledge of current supports and services are key to providing quality, cost effective health care. Federal requirements such as the Olmstead decision and 2016 guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services emphasize the importance of ensuring that individuals living in institutions have the opportunity to learn about community resources available to support independent living. In New York State, the Open Doors program is the Local Contact Agency responsible for educating nursing home residents on their community-based options and facilitating transitions for residents wishing to return to their communities.

The Minimum Data Set (MDS), a mandated quarterly assessment administered to all nursing home residents, includes Section Q, which assesses the interest of residents in discussing options to return to community living. The requirements of Section Q are often misinterpreted, resulting in confusion about this part of the MDS, and missed opportunities for referral to the Local Contact Agency. This webcast will review the intent of Section Q and provide an in-depth discussion of the MDS Section Q questions to assist in referral to Open Doors. By sharing best practices in administering Section Q and making Local Contact Agency referrals, the information will help long-term care staff optimize patient outcomes and assist facilities in meeting their responsibility in meeting the Olmstead decision.

Register at phlive.org