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Interns Visit Substance Abuse Treatment Clinic at UAMS

Senior Justice Intern Stephen Garner, along with Dr. Montague, recently visited the Substance Abuse Treatment Clinic at UAMS.  The primary goal of the clinic is to provide substance abuse treatment services to several patients.  While there, Stephen had the chance to listen to updates as to how the clinic can provide improved services to their patients.

Updated 2.2.2010

Interns Coordinate Healthcare Fraud Course at LifeQuest of Arkansas

Two of Senior Justice’s newest interns, Helen Arnold and Stephen Garner, are Associate Coordinators of the Healthcare Fraud Awareness Program of LifeQuest of Arkansas.  The purpose of LifeQuest of Arkansas is to provide senior citizens with the opportunity to partake in various meaningful activities after retirement.  On January 20, 2010, Helen and Stephen helped coordinate the Healthcare Fraud Awareness Program.  For further information on LifeQuest of Arkansas, click on the link below.

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Updated 1.25.2010

Protect yourself from identity theft…

FREE SHRED- IT EVENT

Saturday, November 14 from 9am -12pm@ the Retirement Advisors of Arkansas

301 Natural Resources Drive Little Rock, AR

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 Residents from Little Rock and surrounding areas may bring documents with file folders, hanging files, staples and paper clips. ALL PAPER IS SHREDDED ON THE SPOT AND THEN SENT FOR 100% RECYCLING!!!

 

 

 

 Sevices are provided by Shred- It and hosted by John Ostner and Retirement Advisors of Arkansas. Donations are welcome to benefit the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation

For more info call 501-228-2259

 

 

 

 

Updated 11.12.2009

Robert Williams Golf Tournament

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Robert J. Williams Memorial Golf Tournament

A golf tournament in honor of ATF agent Robert J. Williams and any other Arkansas Law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2ND @ Long Hills Golf Course in Benton, AR

A great oppotunity to meet people in the criminal justice field. A CRIMINAL JUSTICE SOCIETY PROJECT. Get BONUS POINTS from your teachers for at least 2 hours of service.

**Volunteers needed most between 10-1 and 5-7 pm** email Megan Paull mkpaull@ualr.edu for directions to the golf course

       

Updated 9.21.2009

Important Dates to Remember and Upcoming Events

These are just some of the important dates and events that the Criminal Justice Senior Center are involved with. If you have any questions about these events or dates please call us at 501-683-7153 or email us at srhughes@ualr.edu

Updated 1.21.2010

Sixth Annual Residents’ Rights Rally

Monday October 5th, 2009 at the Arkansas State Capitol Steps at 11:00 AM-Come JOIN US in celebrating the National Long-Term Care Residents’ Rights Week. Hosted by Arkansas Advocates for Nursing Home Residents http://www.aanhr.org/

 

                                      Program of Events

Martha Deaver, AANHR President—————————-Welcome

Dr. Gerald Parker Sr., Pilgrim Progress Missionary Baptist-Invocation

Martha Deaver, Event Chairman——————Proclamation Presentaion

Kathie Gately————————————–Arkansas State Ombudsman

Jerry Lancaster———————————–AARP

Dr. David Montague———————-Director of UALR Senior Justice Center

Edna Morgan———————————Healing Place Ministries

Martha Deaver——————————–Closing Remarks

                                   http://www.aanhr.org/

 

   I slept and dreamed that life is all joy; I woke and saw that life is all service; I served and saw that service is joy.”  - Mother Teresa

Updated 9.30.2009

Arkansas State Ombudsman: Kathie Gately’s National Award

Arkansas Advocates for Nursing Home Residents (AANHR) is excited to have submitted the winning nomination for the 2009 National NCCHNR Cernoria Johnson Memorial Advocacy Award. AANHR submitted their nomination this past July with letters of support from Governor Mike Beebe, Attorney General Duatin McDaniel, Director of the Office of Long Term Care Carol Shockley, Director of the Division of Aging & Adult Services, Krista Hughes and the new Kentucky State Long Term Care Ombudsman, Kimberly Baker.

AANHR is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and improving the quality of care and life for Arkansas residents in long term care facilities. AANHR stated in their letter of nomination “Kathie has been an advocate for the ederly and disabled since the time she was 15 years old. During her years of involvement with long term care facilities in various capacities, she advocated, protected, and enhanced the lives of those who lived there as well as their family members.”

Martha Deaver, President of AANHR upon approval from the Board of Directors, reached out to involve others that have known and worked with Kathie over the past twenty-four years of her professional career in providing services to diabled and aging adults. Governor Mike Beebe did not hesitate when contacted. Sharing Kathie’s contribution to expanding the program, “In 2005, Kathie expanded LTC Ombudsman classroom training to expose future generations to the field of long term care, opening up training to universities around the state. Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia was the first to take advantage of this opportunity, and all of their students seeking degrees in Social Work successfully completed the program. Gately began working with the local LTC Ombudsman program in Searcy and with the Dean of Harding University’s School of Nursing in 2007, recieving approval for the Certified Volunteer Ombudsman segment of the program to be incorporated into their University School of Nursing a National Award from The Hartford Foundation.” Addressing her in the closing of his supportive letter, Governor Beebe commends “In the increasingly complex and rapidly growing area of long term care, Kathie has proven her ablility to serve the needs of our citizens and to earn the trust of those she serves.”

Dustin McDaniel, Arkansas Attorney General describes not only her work in his letter of support, yet her character “Kathie has been an advocate for nursing home residents in Arkansas since the young age of 15, when she first volunteered at a long term care facility. Since then, Kathie has dedicated her life to protecting and enhancing the lives of elderly Arkansans, most recently as our State Long Term Care Ombudsman.” “Kathie is a true leader amongst her peers, and as a result, Arkansas stands out as a leader within the long term care area.”

The Office of Long Term is the entity charged with the regulatory compliance of long term care facilities. Carol Shockley, Director of the Office of Long Term Care commented that as such the Office of Long Term Care certainly has significant contacts with the office of Ombudsman, and has long enjoyed an excellent working relaionship with that office. Ms. Shockley credited Kathie with the significant growth of the volunteer portion of the Ombudsman program. In addition, “Kathie has been a fierce advocate for culture change in Arkansas. Kathie works closely with the Pioneer Network and the Arkansas Accord-an invaluable resource to both facilities and families for efforts toward person-centric care in the long term arena.” “These efforts demonstrate Kathie’s commitment to improving the lives and conditions of long term care residents and her tireless dedication to reach these goals.”

One of the honors that Kathie recieved from the National Association of State long term care Ombudsman is to share her knowledge and experience by mentoring the new State Long Term Care Ombudsman of Kentucky. ” She is the consummate advocate for the rights of all elder and other vulnerable adult citizens, not just in Arkansas, but all across the country.” ” Her unselfish willingness to share intiatives she developed in Arkansas has proven to be priceless resources for the adavancement of the Ombudsman program in Kentucky.” ” She has proven herself to be a blessing, not only to me, but to the Kentucky residents living in long term care.” These are just a few of the examples that Kimberly utilized in her support of Kathie’s nomination.

The Director of the Division of Aging & Adult Services was very pleased to suplly her letter of support. Krista Hughes spotlighted the growth of the program under Kathie’s tenure. ” The State Long Term-Care (LTC) Ombudsman supports the Regional Long Term Care Ombudsmen, who advocate for residents of nursing homes and residential care facilities. Under Kathie’s leadership, the Arkansas LTC Ombudsmen supports the Regional Long Term Care Ombudsmen, who advocate for residents of nursing homes and residential care facilities. Under Kathie’s leadership, the Arkansas LTC Ombudsman program has seen significant growth. She developed a training, recruitment and support structure that nurtured the growth to 300 volunteer ombudsmen. Because of Kathie Gately’s efforts, Arkansas has one of the best ratios of ombudsmen to nursing home residents in the nation. The Arkansas program has recieved national recognition as one of the prmier volunteer ombudsman programs in the country.”

Remarkably, NCCNHR recieved a second nomination for the Cernoria Johnson Advocacy Award regarding Kathie by Ms. Debbie Medley, Regional Ombudsman with Western Area Agency on Aging and one of the five State Certified Volunteer LTC Ombudsman Instructors. Ms. Medley acquired the needed letters of support from Connie Parker, Assistant Director with the Division of Aging & Adult Services, Mary Askew, RO, SCVOI and Peggy Moody, Executive Director, Catlett Care. In Debbie’s nomination she reviewed numerous accomplishments that have been achieved under Kathie’s leadership on a program “Even though Mrs. Gately has been the State Ombudsman for only six years she has made a tremendous impact on the lives of our nursing home residents and assisted living residents. The quality of their lives has greatly been improved due to Mrs. Gately’s commitment, passion, and tenacity to make the lives of long term care residents the best it can be.” Fellow Regional Ombudsman for Northwest Area Agency on Aging, Mary Askew, RO,SCVOI noted in her letter of support “Kathie has been an example for the entire nation through her hard work to develop the Volunteer Ombudsman Program in Arkansas…”

Anyone that is familiar with Ms. Gately is well aware of her core philosophy that it takes everyone working for and listening to those valuable and vulnerable Arkansas citizens to truly make a difference in both the quality of care and quality of life we provide. She has consistently strived to promote positive working relationships among all stakeholders in long term care. Peggy Moody, Executive Director of Catlett Care sums it up in her support letter ” I feel like Ms. Gately is deserving of this award as she has worked tirelessly to combine the efforts of the Arkansas Long Term Ombudsman Program along with all agencies and committees who advoate for nursing home residents.” In addition, Connie Parker, Assistant Director for the Division of Aging & Adult Services incorporates Kathie’s Ombudsman identifying story that has inspired hundreds if not thousands-” One of Kathie’s favorite stories is about the child admonished by an adult that returning beached star fish to the ocean one by one would make a difference because there were thousands of beached star fish, which the child replied “well it makes a difference to this one” as he tosses it into the water. She is one advocate who is making a difference-often one at a time.

Kathie feels that she owes her passion in serving those whom reside in long term care facilities and those who live outside to her grandmother. Born in Forrest City with the given name of Kathie Fussell she spent the majority of her childhood in a small Arkansas community named Crow Creek. As Kathie speaks about it she describes it as a rich childhood, not in monetary definitions, but in the vast wealth of wisdom and beliefs that her grandmother, great-grandmother, great-uncle and great aunt’s instilled in her. “So many of not only our youth, but our generation misses out on such valuable gifts-the teachings of our Elders. I was so blessed.” She shares that the joy, knowledge and love that she has recieved from all the elders and diabled adults that she serves is priceless.”

Kathie smilingly recalls when she began college at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, her advisor, after the first semester recruited her into Social Work from Business Administration. He neglected to inform her that the pay would not be the same as a matter of fact quite a bit less. He did tell her though that no amount of money would ever be as satisfying as the rewards she would recieve from doing what is right for those who needed her the most. He was right; she says that every time she holds a frail hand, listens to a lost story and hears the return of laughter, she is inspired.

She was one of the pioneers in developing Social Work programs in facilities in the mid 1980’s. During that time she was the first in the nation to obtain both optometric and audiology treatment in a facility impacting all residents with an emphasis on those who due to physical and medical condition were unable to transfer to a private office, enrollment for the mentally challenged adults living in facilities in local school programs, admission/financial assistants for disable adults residing in facilities to a University and developed a Social Work In-Service guide. She has always been a strong advocate for the implementation of holistic care and when sharing her experience with others as a learning tool she cheerfully says “I was culture change before culture change was cool.”

The National Cernoria Johnson Memorial Advocacy Award will be presented to Ms.Gately at the awards ceremony during the National Coalition of Citizens for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR) annual conference on October 25th in Washington D.C.  Cernoria McGowan Johnson (1909-1990) was appointed in 1974 to set up the national program of Nursing Home Ombudsmen, a task that she accomplished within a span of about three years. The award in her honor is presented each year to someone whose work has had national impact or is a model for national excellence and who exemplifies accomplishment in his or her chosen field.

Updated 9.15.2009

Intern Presentations

At the end of every semester, we ask that our interns make and present a PowerPoint slideshow so that we can invite the public to come and learn about what the interns at the Senior Justice Center do during the semester.  In addition to Senior Justice interns, Dr. Chastain’s class of Criminal Justice interns discussed their semester of work.

This semester the presentations will held on Thursday, 7 May at 2:00pm in the Arkla Room in Ross Hall.  Dr. Montague’s Senior Justice interns which will be presenting a slideshow are listed below:

Brenda Miller

Josh Logan

Kim Woodward

Kristen Green

Liz Garcia

Toni Davis

We hope you came and visited with us to hear a little bit about what goes on at the Senior Justice Center.  The interns discussed their working projects and how this internship could benefit their futures.  There are many different ways that each of the interns have reached out to local communities, supporting their civil work is a main goal for Senior Justice.

If you missed us this semester, please check back for future events!

Updated 4.9.2009

New State Task Force Will Address Alzheimer’s Epidemic

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Broyles, Legislators to Discuss Bill

 

Little Rock – On Monday, December 8 at 3 p.m., University of Arkansas legend Frank Broyles, District 27 Representative Dawn Creekmore and Senator Barbara Horn will speak about new legislation that would create a government-mandated task force to address the impending challenges of Alzheimer’s disease in the state.  The event will be in the Old Supreme Court room on the second floor of the State Capitol building.

Approximately 100,000 Arkansans currently suffer from Alzheimer’s, a number that will increase dramatically over the next two decades as the baby boomer generation ages.  The escalating epidemic of the disease, which is the sixth-leading cause in America, promises to be a significant burden on the state’s health care industry.

Rep. Creekmore and Sen. Horn have submitted the bill for the spring legislative session. The task force’s purpose would be to identify the state’s current resources to face the challenges of Alzheimer’s while creating a readiness plan for the overwhelming growth.  The Alzheimer’s Association has worked with the authors and supports the bill.

“We applaud the leadership of Rep. Creekmore, Sen. Horn and Coach Broyles for their proactive efforts in creating the Task Force,” said Marisha DiCarlo, Assistant State Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma and Arkansas Chapter.  “The impact of Alzheimer’s on our state will crush the health care system as it is right now and, with their direction, we will have a readiness plan.”

Broyles lost his wife, Barbara, to Alzheimer’s disease and has dedicated much of his time to the fight against Alzheimer’s.  As an Alzheimer’s Association Champion, Broyles speaks out about the reality of the disease and the need for quality care for those with dementia.

Creekmore is the author of the House bill, which is co-sponsored by Rep. Butch Wilkins, Rep. Fred Allen and Rep. Mike Burris.  The Alzheimer’s Association expects additional co-sponsors in the House and Senate. 

According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2008 Facts & Figures, Arkansas caregivers provide over 95 million hours of unpaid annual care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s.  These efforts have a market value of more than $1 billion every year. 

Photo of Frank Broyles

For more information about the bill and the press conference, contact Allison Hogue of the Alzheimer’s Association at (501) 265-0027.

To download and print or share a copy of this press release, click on the link below:
 Task Force Release Document 

Updated 12.4.2008

Senior Justice awarded US Administration on Aging Contract!

Map of the Arkansas Delta with Highlight 

The Senior Justice Center has been awarded a contract with the US Administration on Aging.  This contract partners the Arkansas Department of Human Services - Senior Medicare Fraud Patrol (Arkansas SMP) and the Tri-County Rural Health Network in order to survey the senior citizens living in Lee, St. Francis, Phillips and Monroe.  This 2-year pilot project will utilize focus groups and interviews in order to identify the most desired and appropriate method for distribution of information to rural seniors who may have to overcome poverty and illiteracy. 

The Senior Justice Center is in the process of hiring an employee to begin working on this important study.  Updates will be posted regularly so you can follow our progress on this ground-breaking project.

Congratulations to all involved!

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Updated 11.7.2008
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