The mission of the DC Coalition on Long Term Care is to expand and improve the quality of long term care programs to ensure that low-income Washington, DC residents with chronic care and/or disability needs can age in the community safely and with dignity. The Coalition not only engages with the work of federal agencies, and other District agencies, but also engages with consumers who continue to provide a unique and invaluable feedback loop for the Coalition’s advocacy in the community.
The DC Coalition brings together consumers, advocates, and health care providers to work with the District government on long-term care issues. Its mission is to expand existing, and create new, long-term care services available through Medicaid to low-income District adults with chronic health care needs. For 20 years, the Coalition has made significant progress in the District.
Improving the quality of long-term care programs since 1997
LTC News Release: District Seniors and People with Disabilities Face Reduced Access to Care Due to Shortages of Direct Care Staff
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 13, 2022 District Seniors and People with Disabilities Face Reduced Access to Care Due to Shortages of Direct Care Staff A new survey of providers who serve DC seniors and people with developmental disabilities in home and community-based settings highlights unprecedented staffing shortages that are already reducing access to care[…]
In 2019, the DC Board of Nursing approved new certification standards for medication aides (MA-C). MA-Cs are CNAs and HHAs who have received additional training and have been certified to administer medications under the supervision of an RN or LPN. The DC Coalition for Long-term Care, Subcommittee on Workforce Development surveyed providers across the LTSS[…]
During the pandemic, testing and training for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and Home Health Aides (HHAs) was shut down for months. To meet staffing needs, the Board of Nursing granted waivers allowing health care entities to hire CNAs and HHAS who were licensed in other jurisdictions. Those waivers have ended and based upon a survey[…]