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In the News: News from June 2014

Area Agency on Aging offers benefit counselors in several communities

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Benefit counselors with CAPCOG’s Area Agency on Aging will conduct informational and outreach sessions at several locations throughout July.

Counselors will be available to assist people with Medicaid and Medicare benefits at the following times and sites:

  • 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., July 2, 2014 at the Texas Housing Foundation, 1016 Broadway, Marble Falls, TX
  • 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., July 10, 2014 at the Switzer Senior Center, 410 W. 7th Street, Taylor, TX
  • 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., July 16, 2014 at the Park Ridge Apartments, 100 Legend Hills Blvd., Llano, TX

Counselors also will assist Medicare beneficiaries with general Medicare and Area Agency on Aging inquiries from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, July 28, 2014 at the Buda Public Library, 303 Main St., Buda, TX.

While on site, the counselors will provide information and discuss services provided by CAPCOG’S Area Agency on Aging. They can explain and assist with applications for low income programs such as the Medicare Savings Program and the Extra Help Program if beneficiaries meet eligibility requirements.

Benefits counselors also are able to assist with Benefits Checkup and prepare a report to aid individuals in finding resources and programs that help pay for medications, health care, food and more.

Benefits Checkup is a free service of the National Council on Aging.

Call the Area Agency on Aging at 512-916-6062 or toll free at 1-888-622-9111.

> Find out more about Area Agency on Aging services.

COPS grant application submission deadline approaches

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Source: http://efficientgov.com/

The U.S. Department of Justice application submission process closes June 23, 2014 for three Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) grant programs.

Open solicitation for the grants includes the following programs:

  • The COPS Hiring Program provides funding for hiring police officers to focus on certain community issues. Applicants may request funds for new officers, recently laid-off officers or retaining officers who are scheduled to be laid-off.
  • The COPS Community Police Development Program provides funding to advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through training and technical assistance.
  • The Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistant Program provides funding to technical institutions to work with law enforcement agencies in assessing issues that affect police and community relationships.

>Learn more about the grants.

Grant award helps airline reduce emissions

Friday, June 13, 2014

With funding from CAPCOG's Air Quality Program through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act grant program, Southwest Airlines has electrified the first six of a dozen pieces of ground-support equipment to help reduce pollution.

Southwest was awarded $135,000 to electrify six diesel-powered baggage tugs and six belt loaders, representing more than 30 percent of the company’s equipment at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

During its tenure, the project is expected to reduce 10 tons of nitrogen oxides emissions, 2 tons of particulate matter emissions, 299 tons of carbon dioxide emissions and 26,922 gallons of diesel usage.

These reductions also include annual health benefits of nearly $300,000.

> Learn more about CAPCOG’s Air Quality Program

Area Agency on Aging screenings aim to curb bad medication interactions

Monday, June 09, 2014

Are you 60 or older, taking five or more medications and living in Central Texas? Call CAPCOG's Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area to schedule a free medication screening.

AAACAP, with help from a St. David's Foundation grant, offers free screenings to residents and family caregivers across the region. Aimed to reduce the risk of medication problems, screenings include a pharmacist review of prescription medications and over-the-counter products for potentially harmful interactions, reactions and related issues.

Participants will receive a written report that includes information such as when and how to take their medications and any special precautions. They can additionally opt for a phone consultation with the pharmacist. Medications can include over-the-counter products or prescription products, creams and liquid medication.

Set up your medication screening today by calling 512-916-6062.

> Explore AAACAP, funded in part by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
> Learn more about the Medication Screening Program

CAPCOG seeking emissions-inventory project proposals by June 23

Friday, June 06, 2014

The Capital Area Council of Governments is requesting proposals from qualified contractors by  5 p.m. Central Time Monday, June 23, 2014, to develop emissions inventories for the region and provide other technical assistance in air quality planning assessments.

> Learn more, and download the RFP today

Solid waste funding slated for 14 area projects

Thursday, June 05, 2014

CAPCOG’s Executive Committee has approved $140,000 in pass-through Solid Waste Program funding for 14 eligible local government projects in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Full funding is available for 11 of the projects.

With state funding, the grant program supports eligible projects that help implement the regional solid waste management plan.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will review the eligible projects for approval before CAPCOG initiates applicable contracts, which may be available starting July 2014.

> Get more details on the eligible projects

Coming soon to the CAPCOG region: Text to 9-1-1

Tuesday, June 03, 2014


Texting to 9-1-1 in Central Texas? Voice calls
are still the best bet today, but more options lie ahead.


Can anyone send a text message to 9-1-1? Except in a few locations across the nation where testing has been conducted, the answer is “No.” However, new regulations and technology will make this possible in the near future.

Today, phone companies must transmit all 9-1-1 voice calls to 9-1-1 centers, also referred to as Public Safety Answering Points or PSAPs. Those calls include information about your telephone number and location, so the PSAP can get help to you more easily.

 > Get the list of capital area PSAPs

Federal Communications Commission rules govern services provided by wireless phone companies. The rules don’t require any companies to transmit text messages to 9-1-1 PSAPs. However, the FCC is seeking public comment on proposed rules that would require wireless phone companies and certain other text-message providers to begin transmitting text messages to 9-1-1 by year’s end.

As part of a voluntary agreement with the National Emergency Number Association and the Associated Public Safety Communications Officials International Inc., the four major wireless providers — AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile — began providing text-to-9-1-1 service within their network areas, with the 9-1-1 center ready to receive text messages. This service has been in the testing stage at about a dozen locations throughout the nation.

> Learn about the National Emergency Number Association

CAPCOG has installed new equipment to support the delivery of text messages at all 31 PSAPs in the region and expects to request the service from the carriers around the end of the year.

Implementation will take about six months, getting the service in operation across all four carriers after the request is processed. This provides time for call-taker training and a public education campaign.

The text-to-9-1-1 service provided by the four wireless companies is the current short-message-service-based texting option and has limitations. Because SMS texting is a “best efforts” service not designed for emergency communications, it does not provide automatic location or caller information. There’s no guarantee that a series of messages will be delivered in the proper order or that the message will even be delivered to the PSAP.

> Discover CAPCOG's Emergency Communications Division

Texting to 9-1-1 is a viable option, however, when it’s not safe for the caller to speak or if the caller is hearing- or speech-impaired and requires help.Voice calls to 9-1-1 remain the most efficient way to reach emergency help, allowing the call taker to quickly ask questions and obtain additional information from the caller. So even when text-to-9-1-1 is available, callers should continue to contact 9-1-1 by making a voice call if they can and use text only if voice is not a feasible or safe option.

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