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Homeland Security trains nonprofits on grant process

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Nonprofits and faith-based organizations throughout the ten-county region can learn more about the state’s 2019 Nonprofit Security Grant Program and its application process during a workshop at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21 2019 at CAPCOG, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310, in Austin.

Hosted by CAPCOG’s Homeland Security Division, the workshop will address using the Office of the Governor’s (OOG) online grants portal, egrants.gov.texas.gov, to apply for the grant by the March 14 deadline. It also will provide information about the grant’s qualifications and project eligibility. The grant supports security projects for nonprofit organizations that are at a high risk of terrorist attacks because of their ideology, beliefs or mission. Its funds can be used to equip facilities with security provisions, construct or renovate facilities to enhance security, or provide security personnel with training.

> Register for the workshop.
> Review the OGG’s request for applications.

Local jurisdictions may also submit nonprofits’ contact information to the Homeland Security Division by emailing homelandsecuritystaff@capcog.org to ensure they were notified about the funding opportunity.

Air Quality Program seeks partnerships for EPA grant

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The CAPCOG Air Quality Program is soliciting projects to include in a regional grant application for the EPA’s Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program FY 2019 to improve organizations’ chances of receiving federal grant monies.

The funding assistance program can replace older diesel-powered vehicles and equipment and fund a number of other projects that reduce emissions from diesel vehicles and equipment. By submitting multiple projects on a partnered application, the application will earn points in the scoring criteria for the community engagement and partnerships section, which could increase the likelihood of projects being funded. As a result, CAPCOG can demonstrate a greater regional impact on lowering harmful emissions and improving air quality. 

Organizations interested in partnering in the grant should review the EPA’s request for applications at epa.gov/grants/clean-diesel-funding-assistance-program-fy-2019. They then should submit a project narrative, an applicant fleet description, and a letter indicating their willingness to participate in the regional application that also indicates their experience with similar grant projects to CAPCOG.

> Submissions should be sent to Christiane Alepuz, Regional Services Program Specialist, by 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22.

> Call 512-916-6005 or email Alepuz with questions.
Learn more about the CAPCOG Air Quality Program.

New violence against women courses available for law enforcement personnel

Thursday, February 07, 2019

The CAPCOG Regional Law Enforcement Academy (RLEA) is offering a number of new and free courses for peace officers and investigators as part of its Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) training curriculum. With the first enrollment opportunities being in February and March, these courses range in topics from preparing evidences in family violence and sexual assault cases to investigating cyberstalking, human trafficking and more.

“CAPCOG was fortunate to receive a grant that allows us to bring free training to help our peace officers do a better job in serving the public,” said Randy Holmes, the RLEA director. Despite region-wide crime rates per 100,000 residents decreasing in the last decade, crimes against women are still a significant issue for the region’s growing population. From 2011 to 2017, five of the ten counties saw an increased rate in the reported sexual assaults and six counties experienced an increase rate in the reported family violence incidents. The rate of reported rape cases increased in all but one county.

Upcoming courses include Investigation of Cyberstalking on Feb. 15, Human Trafficking on March 11, and Processing the Sexual Assault Crime Scene on March 18 through March 20. A Photographing Family Violence Injuries course was offered in early February. All these courses offer TCOLE credit. RLEA will schedule more VAWA training opportunities.

> Register or find more information about individual courses.
> Learn more about RLEA.
 

CAPCOG’s RLEA offers public courses to help prevent violence against women

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

The CAPCOG Regional Law Enforcement Academy will administer courses for the public on the awareness and prevention of cyberstalking and prevention of sexual harassment, assault and rape on Feb. 14 and March 19 and 21 respectively. The free course for residents will be at CAPCOG offices, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310 in Austin.

“We are very pleased to present these classes as a public service to our citizens,” said Randy Holmes, the academy’s director. “The courses can further help women be safer from crimes by raising their awareness, teaching prevention and avoidance methods, and practicing self-defense counterstrikes.”

The cyberstalking awareness and prevention course will provide information and techniques about protecting one’s self in the ever growing digital world. Anyone resident can enroll in the course, but the U.S. Office of Women’s Health and U.S. Office of Justice Programs state, one in six women experience stalking. One in four stalking victims report the crime as a form of cyberstalking to include receiving unwanted, frightening, or obscene messages or being harassed or threatened on social media.

CAPCOG is offering two Sexual Harassment, Assault and Rape Prevention courses.  At eight hours, these women-only courses teach women the principles and strategies for effectively reducing their likelihood of assault by increasing their security awareness. Attendees learn about confrontation avoidance and counterattacks.

> Register for the courses.
> Learn about the CAPCOG Regional Law Enforcement Academy.
 

CAPCOG serves as contact for Nonprofit Security Grant

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Governor’s Homeland Security Grant Division’s 2019 Nonprofit Security Grant Program now supports security projects for nonprofit organizations that are at a high risk of terrorist attacks because of their ideology, beliefs or mission.

Nonprofits and faith-based organizations with a nexus to terrorism can use this upcoming grant program to equip facilities with security provisions, to construct or renovate facilities to enhance security, or to provide training to their security personnel. “It is a great opportunity for those organizations that have received threats or feel threatened to harden their facilities and become more prepared,” said Martin Ritchey, CAPCOG Homeland Security director. CAPCOG anticipates the state releasing the program’s request of applications later this month.

Organizations wanting further details about the Nonprofit Security Grant Program should contact the CAPCOG Homeland Security Division at homelandsecuritystaff@capcog.org or the Office of the Governor’s Public Safety Division. Local jurisdictions may also submit contact information for nonprofits they believe would benefit from the program.

> Read more about the CAPCOG Homeland Security Division.

Eanes, Leander ISDs & Andrews get Air Central Texas Awards

Thursday, January 17, 2019

CAPCOG presented Eanes and Leander Independent School Districts (ISD) and Pharr Andrews, a former Austin Transportation Department employee, with Air Central Texas Awards for their significant contributions to improving the region’s air quality.

Andrews received the 2018 Bill Gill Central Texas Air Quality Leadership Award for her work as Austin’s Air Quality program coordinator. Andrews helped develop each of the region’s air quality plans, served on the Clean Air Coalition Advisory Committee, and supported public outreach campaigns including CAPCOG's Air Central Texas and Commute Solutions programs and the CLEAN Air Force's local meteorologist outreach. The Bill Gill award is named after a long time Central Texas air quality advocate and former CAPCOG employee.

Pharr Andrews accepts the Bill Gill Central Texas Air Quality Leadership Award.

Leander and Eanes ISDs received the Air Central Texas Outstanding Organization award for their leadership in purchasing and using propane-fueled school buses. Between the two districts more than 80 buses have been converted from diesel to propane engines. Each converted bus is estimated to reduce Nitrogen Oxide emissions by 173 pounds.

Clean Air Coalition Vice Chair and Hays County Commissioner Ray Whisenant (on left) presents the Air Central Texas awards to members of Eanes and Leander Independent School Districts.Clean Air Coalition Vice Chair and Hays County Commissioner Ray Whisenant (on left) presents the Air Central Texas awards to members of Eanes and Leander Independent School Districts.

The Air Central Texas Awards promote community actions supporting the goals of the region’s ongoing air quality planning efforts and celebrate the region's success as the largest region in the nation that is in attainment of all federal air quality standards.

RLEA hosts Remington shotgun, rifle armorer’s courses

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The CAPCOG Regional Law Enforcement Academy (RLEA) will host Remington instructors to certify local law enforcement armorers on servicing shotguns and M700 rifles with courses scheduled for March 11 and 13, respectively. A second shotgun course, which is two days, may be offered March 14 if the first course reaches capacity. Each course is being offered to ensure local agencies have the ability to keep these duty weapons serviceable.

“Shotguns are valuable tools for policing agencies and can be utilized to fire many rounds besides buckshot or slugs such as bean bag rounds or breacher rounds; they have been standard issue for a long time,” said Randy Holmes, RLEA director. “These courses are very good and very hands on.”

During each course, an instructor will provide in-depth training on techniques for servicing, inspecting, troubleshooting, repairing, disassembling and re-assembling these duty weapons. They also will discuss factory authorized modifications and at the end of the course, agency armorers will be given a weapon to diagnose issues and recommend repairs. CAPCOG annually offers a similar course by GLOCK, but this is its first Remington course.

> Register for the courses.
> Find other RLEA training opportunities.
> Read more about RLEA.

CAPCOG gives Wilkerson Griesenbeck Leadership in Regionalism Award

Thursday, January 10, 2019

CAPCOG presented Ray Wilkerson, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority chair, with its 2018 Jack Griesenbeck Leadership in Regionalism Award on Dec. 12 at its annual membership meeting at the Austin Wyndham Hotel. Wilkerson was recognized for the significant role he’s played over several years in strengthening the region’s transportation infrastructure and water supply.

Ray Wilkerson, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority chair, speaks about regionalism at CAPCOG's annual membership meeting as Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty listens.

Ray Wilkerson, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority chair, speaks about regionalism at CAPCOG's annual membership meeting as Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty listens.

“Ray has spent decades volunteering and making a difference in Central Texas through his work on critical regional issues; few people have given as much to Central Texas and beyond,” said CAPCOG Executive Committee member and Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long. Wilkerson has been instrumental in expanding the region’s transportation network by working on projects such as US Highway 183 and State Highway 45. He also was a founding member of the Colorado River Alliance, which champions the long-term vitality of the Texas Colorado River through education and engagement, and he is a former Lower Colorado River Authority chair.

The award is named after former Bastrop County Judge Jack Griesenback who served as CAPCOG’s first chair and the first president of the Texas Association of Regional Councils. It honors those who are pivotal in strengthening the Capital Area and consistently advocate a regional and multijurisdictional approach through their work with local governments and other organizations. Recent recipients include former Hays County Commissioner Will Conley and Texas Representative Paul Workman. Others to receive the award include Texas Senator Kirk Watson; Dr. W. Neal Kocurek; and Robert J Huston, former Texas Commission on Environmental Quality chair.

Hays County EMC earns Phill Parmer Volunteer Award

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

CAPCOG gave Hays County Emergency Management Coordinator and Director Kharley Smith its Phill Parmer Volunteer Award for supporting the region through CAPCOG’s advisory committees, responding to regional disasters, and educating others on training and response best practices.

“Smith is much deserved of the volunteer award due to her exemplary work with school safety and working within many committees at CAPCOG,” said Martin Ritchey, CAPCOG Homeland Security director. “She has a depth of knowledge and experience that is a great value to all her colleagues and peers.”

Hays County Emergency Management Director and Coordinator Kharley Smith (middle right) poses with Hays County Commissioners (from left to right) Walt Smith, Ray Whisenant and Debbie Ingalsbe.

Smith has served numerous years on CAPCOG’s Homeland Security Task Force and Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, both which prioritize grant funding and coordinate regional planning efforts. She also has been instrumental in promoting WarnCentralTexas — CAPCOG’s regional notification system — and helped conduct CAPCOG’s School Safety Symposium by sharing information about Hays County’s School Safety Protocol. During 2018, she also assisted with the response to the Hill County Floods in Burnet and Llano counties.

The Phill Parmer Volunteer Award is named after CAPCOG’s longest serving Aging Advisory Council member from Llano County who volunteered as an ombudsman and advocated senior issues in the legislature.

> Read more about the CAPCOG Homeland Security Division.

New Executive Committee Members join the first meeting of the year

Friday, January 04, 2019

The CAPCOG Executive Committee will meet Jan. 9 for its first 2019 meeting with nine new members taking seats on the board after being elected by the agency’s General Assembly. Joining the committee are Caldwell County Judge Hoppy Haden, Fayette County Judge Joe Weber, Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra, Llano County Judge Ron Cunningham, Williamson County Commissioner Russ Boles, Austin City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan, Bee Cave Mayor Monty Parker, Buda Mayor George Haehn, and Texas Representative Terry Wilson, who serves as a non-voting member.

Twenty-five county and municipal elected officials make up the CAPCOG Executive Committee which also serves as the Capital Area Emergency Communications District Board of Managers. The governing body conducts business for the COG regarding budgets, contracts, and general policies and procedures for operating the agency. It convenes at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month. The committee will elect it officers at this January meeting. The CAECD Board meets at least quarterly starting in January immediately following the Executive Committee.

> Read more about the Executive Commmittee.
> Learn about the CAECD.

AAACAP, ADRC partner with Austin Energy Plus 1 program

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

The City of Austin awarded CAPCOG’s Area Agency on Aging (AAACAP) and Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of the Capital Area an Austin Energy Financial Support Plus 1 Program partnership allowing CAPCOG to provide additional income support to Austin area clients and expand other income support dollars throughout the region.

As part of the Plus 1 Program, AAACAP and ADRC are allocated up to $30,000 in financial pledges to assist their clients, who meet eligibility requirements, in eliminating past due utility debt owed to Austin Energy. There are many reasons older adults, people with disabilities, and their caregivers can fall behind on utility payments such as suddenly paying for in-home care or the unexpected cost of a hospital visit caused by a fall. “These funds continue AAACAP and the ADRC’s mission of making those individuals more self-sufficient by getting them the resources they need,” said Siena Lindemann, AAACAP assistant director.

CAPCOG receives other limited funding from state and federal resources for providing income support with essential needs, such as gas and electric utility payments, and uses it to not just pay a single bill but help people develop a long-term sustainable plan. “The Plus 1 Program enhances our ability to help people throughout all our communities as our income support funds go fast,” said Patty Bordie, AAACAP director.

> Read more about AAACAP.
> Read more about ADRC.

TNRIS finishes 2018 StratMap, Capital Area Orthoimagery Project

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Texas Natural Resources Information System (TNRIS) Strategic Mapping Program (StratMap) released 12- and 6-inch orthoimagery of the region from CAPCOG’s 2018 Capital Area Orthoimagery Project. CAPCOG coordinated the regional project through StratMap’s cooperative purchasing program to generate cost savings for local jurisdictions.

> Get the data.

Each year, CAPCOG acquires 12-inch orthoimagery as part of its emergency communications program to provide accurate 9-1-1 mapping across the region; local jurisdictions can participate by purchasing the acquisition of higher resolution imagery. Since orthoimagery is scale-corrected, it is a valuable tool for planning and engineering purposes depending on its resolution. Orthoimagery is the same as a map and can used to create GIS vector data. For more than a decade, CAPCOG has coordinated orthoimagery purchases through its GeoMap program, which has saved the region and it partners millions of dollars; coordinating the purchases through StratMap has realized additional savings.

The 2019 Capital Area Orthoimagery Project is in the flight preparation stages. It will be flown during winter leaf-off conditions, typically between mid-December and mid-February. This data is expected to be released in Fall 2019. CAPCOG also will coordinate the 2020 project through the StratMap Program; a call for local projects will take place in the Spring of 2019. CAPCOG recommends local jurisdictions evaluate the cost of other geospatial products such as LIDAR — laser measured imagery used for topographic mapping — through the StratMap Program for possible cooperative purchasing savings.

> Read more about StratMap and the orthoimagery project.

CAPCOG promotes caregiving programs in AARP virtual fair

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

The Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area (AAACAP), a CAPCOG division, participated in AARP’s Online CareFair as one of eight organizations from Texas. The virtual fair allowed family caregivers from ten states to learn about local resources available for improving their own and loved one’s quality of life.

“When we start caregiving, it is often the first time we realize we can’t do it all,” said Siena Lindemann, AAACAP assistant director. “Most family caregivers who care for older adults have many obligations, such as caring for children and working. Events like the Online CareFair show people they are not alone, and that government and nonprofit agencies can help support their caregiving experience.”

As the only Area Agency on Aging from Texas in the fair, CAPCOG shared information about services such as its Caregiver Support Program which provides caregiver respite, helps develop long-term care plans, and assess caregiving situations. CAPCOG also answered questions about its programs and directed residents to their local Area Agency on Aging during the virtual fair’s live session.

AARP’s Online CareFair gave caregivers a greater opportunity to connect with organizations such as AAACAP since people could attend from anywhere with an internet connection and directly interact with the attending organizations as well as a webinar series on topics such as “Prepare to Care: Tips for First-Time Caregivers” and “Tips for Working Caregivers”.

> View a non-live version of the fair until mid-February.
> Get information about AAACAP programs.

TWDB opens SWIFT applications

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) will accept short, preliminary applications for the 2019 funding cycle of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) program, which assists communities in developing and optimizing water supplies, until Feb. 1, 2019.

The short, preliminary applications may be submitted via the TWDB’s online application system or by paper copy. These applications provide information used to complete a prioritization of projects. TWBD will then invite project, which received priority, to submit a complete application including a detailed financial, legal, engineering, and environmental review.  To be eligible for SWIFT program financial assistance, projects must be recommended in the 2017 State Water Plan. 

The SWIFT program helps communities develop and optimize water supplies at cost-effective rates by providing low-interest financing, extended repayment terms, deferral of repayments, and incremental repurchase terms for projects with state ownership aspects. It also includes additional interest rate subsidies for rural and agricultural projects. 

TWDB opened the application process for SWIFT on Dec. 13, 2018. 

> Submit an online application.
> Get a paper application.
> Learn more about SWIFT.
> Learn more about TWDB.

GLO accepts HAP applications in Harvey affected counties

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Applications for the Homeowner Assistance Program (HAP) are available for all eligible Hurricane Harvey affected counties on the Texas General Land Office’s (GLO) website.Homeower Assistance Program Flier. Download flier.

GLO has allocated $1.098 billion in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), for rehabilitation and reconstruction of owner-occupied single-family homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Counties in the CAPCOG region in the Hurricane Harvey affected area include Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, and Lee.

> Visit the GLO website.

HAP helps homeowners affected by Hurricane Harvey repair and rebuild their homes. The housing program is administered by the GLO and provides homeowner assistance through:

  • Repairing and rehabilitating homes
  • Reconstruction
  • Improving a damaged home so that it is stronger against natural disasters
  • Elevating homes above flood level
  • Temporary relocation assistance

> Get HAP applications and other information for affected counties in the CAPCOG region.
> Read the HAP Checklist.
> Read the HAP frequently asked questions.
> Pass along the HAP flier.

CAPCOG hosts elected officials emergency management course

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The CAPCOG Homeland Security Division will host the Texas Division of Emergency Management’s Public Officials Workshop which introduces county judges and commissioners, mayors and city council members, and other elected and appointed officials to emergency management in Texas. The workshop will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 9 at CAPCOG’s offices 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310, Suite 165 in Austin.

The 3-hour course, which is mandatory for newly elected county judges and mayors, addresses the legal authorities for emergency management in Texas; the local, state, and federal organization for emergency management; the local emergency management functions; the local responsibilities during the four phases of emergency management – mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery; and the emergency management program activities, such as planning, training, and exercising. There is no cost to attend this valuable training.
Contact CAPCOG Homeland Security for more information at homelandsecuritystaff@capcog.org or register at preparingtexas.org. Registering will provide a Texas Division of Emergency Management certificate and satisfies the Emergency Management requirement for public officials.

> Register for the workshop.
> Learn more about the Homeland Security Division.

CTRMA Chair receives CAPCOG Regionalism Award

Thursday, December 13, 2018

CAPCOG presented Ray Wilkerson, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority chair, with its 2018 Jack Griesenbeck Leadership in Regionalism Award on Wednesday at its annual membership meeting.

“Ray has spent decades volunteering and making a difference in Central Texas through his work on critical regional issues,” said CAPCOG Executive Committee member and Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long, who presented the award to Wilkerson. “Few people have given as much to Central Texas and beyond as Ray Wilkerson. I am honored to congratulate my friend and mentor on receiving the Jack Griesenbeck Leadership in Regionalism Award for 2018.”

The award is named after a former Bastrop County judge who served as CAPCOG’s first chair in 1970 and then became the first president of the Texas Association of Regional Councils — the state association representing Texas’ 24 councils of governments. It honors a person who plays a pivotal role in strengthening the Capital Area through their actions and who consistently advocates a regional and multijurisdictional approach through their work with local governments and other organizations. Wilkerson has been instrumental in expanding the regional transportation network by working on projects such as US Highway 183 and State Highway 45. He also is a member of the Colorado River Foundation Tributary League Endowment and Colorado River Land Trust. He was a founding member of the Colorado River Alliance, which champions the long-term vitality of the Texas Colorado River through education and engagement, and is a former Lower Colorado River Authority chair.

“Regionalism is going to be the only success of what is going to make Central Texas work, transportation is not for one city it is for everybody…” Wilkerson said. “Let’s continue to work together, so that we understand regional is a word in everything we are talking about, and it is not just one area.”

Other Jack Griesenbeck Leadership in Regionalism award recipients include Texas Senator Kirk Watson; Texas Representative Paul Workman; Dr. W. Neal Kocurek; Robert J Huston, former Texas Commission on Environmental Quality chair; former Texas Senator Troy Fraser; former Texas Senator Gonzalo Barrientos; and Bob Daigh, former Texas Department of Transportation Austin District Engineer.

> Read more about Jack Griesenbeck Leadership in Regionalism Award.

Commute Solutions networking event shares strategies

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The CAPCOG Commute Solutions Program and the City of Austin Transportation Department will host the second annual Commute Solutions Networking Luncheon on Dec. 17, so program partners can learn more about reducing traffic congestion and sustainable transportation options in the Capital Area.

The luncheon will feature discussions about important updates to Commute Solutions programs, Austin’s Strategic Mobility Plan, and Capital Metro’s Project Connect and RideShare programs. It also will let partnering organizations discuss barriers/issues with promoting sustainable commuting within their organization and learn how others may have dealt with similar issues.

While CommuteSolutions.com is a one-stop resource for sustainable commuting options in the Capital Area, the networking luncheon provides our partners with a one-stop event to learn more about the future of their commutes, how to reduce traffic and transportation cost, and improve the region’s air quality by reducing the number of vehicles on the road.

> Read more about Commute Solutions.
> Go to CommuteSolutions.com.

AAACAP helps care managers Untangle Alzheimer’s with seminar

Friday, December 07, 2018

The Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area, a CAPCOG division, will host Dr. Tam Cummings for her Untangling Alzheimer’s seminar so professional care-manager organizations and AAACAP partners can learn how to better recognize dementia related issues and recommend resources to people with dementia and their caregivers. The seminar will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the CAPCOG offices, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310 Suite 165 in Austin.

Cummings, a nationally recognized gerontologist and dementia expert, will cover topics such as the stages of dementia, the eight most common forms of dementia, behaviors of the disease, and caregiver stress. AAACAP selected such topics so care-manager organizations can have more accurate knowledge about dementia and share information about the disease in their local communities. Cummings, who has spoken at previous AAACAP events, has worked in dementia communities for more than two decades and is dedicated and passionate about helping people learn about dementia care. She has authored, “Untangling Alzheimer’s, the Guide for Families and Professionals”.

> Register to attend the seminar.
> Learn more about AAACAP.

Aging Services extends hand to area nonprofits and other organizations

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

CAPCOG’s Aging Services is conducting a second Your Partner workshop after the initial workshop was highly attended. The workshop is a comprehensive overview of the Area Agency on Aging and the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Capital Area services, so care managers and helping professionals can be better informed about resources for older adults, persons with disabilities and their caregivers. The second Your Partner workshop is scheduled for 9 a.m., Jan. 11, 2019 at CAPCOG, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310, Suite 165 in Austin.

“It is wonderful to partner with so many folks from our region that perform a variety of tasks,” said Aging Services Assistant Director Siena Lindemann about the more than 45 people in attendance at the first workshop in October. “It takes a lot of us as a community to support older adults and those with disabilities. This workshop lets them see how our piece of the puzzle fits into what they do.”

During the workshop, each program in the division discusses its services and specific avenues for referral and access; some program areas include health and wellness, care coordination, housing navigation, ombudsman, and informational referral. Workshop attendees also get a chance to ask questions about how their organizations can interact and benefit from the services. The workshop also lets attendees network with professionals in similar fields.

> Learn about CAPCOG's Aging Services Division.
> Register for the Your Partner workshop.

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