Partners and Sponsors
The Atlantic Philanthropies
CADER holds a long-term partnership with The Atlantic Philanthropies (AP), which aims to continue CADER’s path-breaking efforts in preparing the social services workforce for an aging society. An initial grant provided by AP established CADER in 2002. The financial support of AP has continued with a new $3.1 million grant. Recent funding will help strengthen CADER’s leadership in developing innovative online educational programs in aging that are the cornerstone of its workforce projects. AP is dedicated to bringing about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The recent extension of an CADER–AP partnership is an exciting step forward for CADER, as only more good things can come in future years.
Minnesota Board on Aging and Minnesota Area Agencies on Aging
CADER has joined with the Minnesota Board on Aging and Minnesota Area Agencies on Aging to provide training for state unit on aging and area agency on aging staff in the state of Minnesota, in order to further develop knowledge and skills associated with working with elders and their families. Specialists with the Minnesota Board on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging will participate in the CADER Certificate in Aging Program, which will include five core courses in aging with topics such as geriatric assessment, mental health issues, substance abuse and the workings of the aging network. Once the program is completed, these specialists will receive 21 hours of online training and a continuing education Certificate in Aging from CADER at Boston University.
Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging
CADER is pleased to announce an important workforce grant from The Pennsylvania Long Term Living Training Institute (LTLTI). CADER is working with key stakeholders in the disability and aging communities, including consumers, to develop a comprehensive, interactive, skill-based online training course. This innovative course provides training for workers assessing older adults and persons with disabilities for Pennsylvania’s Long-Term Care Living programs.
Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs Adult Protective Services Program
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) Adult Protective Services Program (APS) and CADER have collaborated to provide five-course online training programs and certificates in aging to APS workers serving older adults across the state. The course totals 21 hours of content covering topics essential to effective case management with older adults. EOEA established APS to provide needed protective services to abused elders when warranted. Throughout Massachusetts, 22 designated Protective Services (PS) respond to reports of elder abuse and work to remedy or alleviate abusive situations. CADER will assist APS in furthering its commitment to ensure that staff have access to high-quality professional training, and the core skill set required to work effectively with older adults and their families.
The Massachusetts Association of Older Americans
The Massachusetts Association of Older Americans (MAOA) in collaboration with CADER is providing training to 468 elder service and mental health practitioners. This innovative program of mental health education and supervision is the result of a grant awarded by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA). Training and supervision are provided by MAOA, CADER and the six regions of the Massachusetts Aging and Mental Health Coalitions (AMHC). CADER presents their “blended” model of both online and face-to-face training and consultative supervision aimed toward building agency capacity to supervise practitioners working with older adults. By combining resources, CADER and MAOA will train practitioners and enhance mental health programs, so practitioners will be able to skillfully serve older adults now and well into the future.
Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership
CADER in collaboration with the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP) is providing online trainings and certificates to MBHP’s psychiatric service providers. The program is designed to train 150 psychiatric Emergency Service Providers (ESPs) located in 26 Psychiatric Emergency Teams across Massachusetts. ESPs provide 24-hour service for adults in need of immediate psychiatric intervention. The 21 hours of online training increase knowledge and skills for practitioners in areas such as health, mental health and substance abuse issues. ESPs also receive certificates in aging at the end of the program. Enrollment has only just begun, and supervisors at MBHP have already given positive feedback about the CADER training program. The collaboration between CADER and MBHP strives to train practitioners and enhance mental health programs, so practitioners will be able to skillfully serve older adults now and well into the future.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
CADER in collaboration with The Massachusetts Association of Older Americans (MAOA) and the Massachusetts Aging and Mental Health Coalition (AMHC) has developed a suicide prevention training program for practitioners working in agencies across the state. A unique blend of face-to-face and online training helps participants develop the knowledge and skills required to identify, assess and effectively respond to older adults at risk of suicide. The program is a perfect fit for state workers, with its innovative educational tactics and cost-effectiveness. Thanks to a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, CADER can train professionals working with older adults in mental health, substance abuse and aging services to be better prepared in addressing the pressing need for suicide prevention among the older population.
Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs
CADER and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) are joining forces for a second year of geriatric training for agency staff across the state. EOEA will fund the training, while CADER provides the training, orientation, technical support and monthly progress reports. During the first one-year partnership, CADER provided training to 270 case managers employed at Services Access Points (ASAPs) throughout Massachusetts. Now, an additional 214 case managers will complete five online courses covering a range of topics essential to effective case management with older adults. Participants in the EOEA/CADER-sponsored training program receive 21 hours of online training, and a continuing education Certificate in Aging from CADER at Boston University.