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In the News: News from August 2015

TCEQ issues first 2015 ozone action day for Austin area

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Source: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued an Ozone Action Day for the Austin area for Thursday, August 27, 2015.

Atmospheric conditions are expected to be favorable for producing high levels of ozone air pollution in the Austin area, stated the TCEQ.

You can help prevent ozone pollution by sharing a ride, walking or riding a bicycle, taking your lunch to work, avoiding drive-through lanes, conserving energy, and keeping your vehicle properly tuned.

The day will mark the Capital Area’s first ozone action day of the year.

> Read about ozone facts.
> Discover the Capital Area Council of Governments Air Quality Program.
> Learn about CLEAN AIR Force of Central Texas.

TCEQ offers funds to reduce school bus emissions, better student health

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Source: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

A Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) grant program to reduce emissions and improve the health of school children and bus drivers started taking applications earlier this month. It will accept grant request until Dec. 2, 2015.

The Texas Clean School Bus Program strives to improve the health of school children and bus drivers through reducing school bus diesel exhaust. It is a comprehensive program designed to reduce emissions of diesel exhaust by retrofitting older school buses. The TCEQ provides the grant money so districts can purchase and install devices on diesel-powered school buses to reduce emissions.

According to the Texas Education Agency more than 33 percent of school buses in local fleets are more than 10 years old. Several advancements in vehicle and engine technology have helped reduce emissions from school buses, which helps reduce air pollution, since those buses were purchased.

The Texas Clean School Bus Program has retrofitted more than 7,200 buses across the state since the TCEQ started the program.

All public school districts and charter schools in Texas are eligible to apply for the grant. Public school districts that lease buses also are eligible. Private schools are not eligible for funding.

To meet the TCEQ qualifications, a school bus must:

  • have an engine model year 2006 or older;
  • be used on a regular, daily route, to and from school; and
  • be kept and used by the school district for a least five years after installing the retrofit device.

Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. The TCEQ doesn’t limit the amount of funding for which districts can apply, but it will use its own discretion when awarding the grants.

> Download the grant application and learn more about the grant.
> Discover the Capital Area Council of Governments Air Quality Program.
> Learn more about emission reduction grants, you can use.

Learn about the Aging and Disability Resource Center

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of the Capital Area, a program of the Capital Area Council of Governments, assists residents living in the 10-county capital region with accessing information about long-term services and supports, and public benefit programs offered to older Americans, the disabled, and their caregivers.

The ADRC partners with more than 25 nonprofit, local, state, and federal organizations to ensure residents in need of support services are connected to resources using a No-Wrong-Door Approach. The No-Wrong-Door approach is a single point of entry for accessing public and private long-term services and supports for older adults, caregivers, veterans and people with disabilities. The ADRC lessens the burden of connecting a resident with the information they need through its information, referral and assistance services, or resource navigators.

The following FAQ can help residents better understand how the ADRC can help them.

Q:  How does the ADRC provide help?
A: Resource navigators provide extensive and ongoing resource options for older Americans (those 60 years old or older), the disabled and their caregivers. Navigators provide help over the phone and in person. They follow the consumer through the ADRC services and are extremely beneficial to people who have multiple needs and who may need help from various resources and agencies. Navigators work to connect consumers as quickly and easily as possible to the resources they need.
Navigators also work to ensure consumers can make informed decisions and have streamlined access to long-term services and support agencies.

Q: Can the ADRC help apply for disability benefits or long-term care? 
A: Yes. Because the ADRC works with a number of organizations, it can either help people apply for benefits or direct an organization, such as the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area, to the person seeking the benefits.

Q: Does the ADRC offer help for family members? 
A: Yes. Family caregiver support also is part of the ADRC’s mission. Taking care of loved ones may seem overwhelming at times, and the resource center works to alleviate such stress by referring the appropriate partner agencies to the consumers. 

Q: Who can use the ADRC?
A: The ADRC offers assistance to older Americans, children and adults with disabilities, and people caring for those with disabilities. The ADRC serves people living within Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson counties.

Q: What is the best way to contact the ADRC?
A: Consumers can contact the resource center by phone, email, or in person. They should use which ever method they are most comfortable.
The center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on holidays. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are strongly suggested.
Consumers can meet with a resource center navigator in person at 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310, Suite 165, Austin, Texas 78744. They can also call the ADRC at 855-937-2372 or email the center at ADRCCAP@capcog.org.

Q: When is the best time to contact the ADRC?
A: Consumers can contact a resource center navigator during normal business hours, but a phone line is always available to accept messages after business hours. Emails also are received by the center after business hours.  A resource center navigator will promptly respond to messages and emails during the next business day.
The ADRC wants to help consumers navigate through long-term support services and benefits regardless of the circumstances or challenges a consumer is facing. Consumers are welcome to contact the center anytime they have questions or concerns. 

Q: Does the ADRC tell me what to do? 
A: No. Consumers make their own choices. The ADRC does not and cannot tell a consumer what to do. It offers information and resources to the consumer or caregiver so they can make their own choices about the support services they may require. 

Q: Can I call even if I am the one not receiving support services or benefits? 
A: Yes, family and friends often are the caregivers. Regardless, if you are a caregiver or not, the ADRC accepts calls from people seeking information to support their loved ones. 

Q: Does the ADRC need my name? 
A: No. The resource center does not require a consumer’s name. However, providing a name would be helpful for the ADRC navigator to return their call, make an appropriate referral on behalf of the caller, and follow up to ensure the correct long-term support services and benefits fit their needs.

Q: How long do ADRC services last?
A: The ADRC is not the service provider. Durations of services and benefits are dictated by the various organizations the consumer elects to use after the resource center connects them with those resources.

Regional counties host family caregiver mini-conferences

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Capital Area Council of Governments Aging Advisory Council and the Area Agency on Aging are sponsoring mini-conferences in counties throughout the region to educate and support family caregivers.

Informal family caregivers provide the majority of care for the nation’s aging population. An estimated 40 million family caregivers devote 37 billion hours a year to assist older adults, an economic value of about $470 billion. Each conference will educate attendees on balancing caregiving responsibilities with everyday life and provide local resource information.

Background for the conferences is provided by the National Family Caregiver Support program developed by Area Agencies on Aging and supported through the Older Americans Act. Conferences will target informal caregivers of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. Tam Cummings, a local gerontologist, will give keynote presentations. She is dedicated to untangling the complexities of dementia.

The first conference is in Williamson County from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.,  Sept. 10, Six Flags Ballroom, 2 Texas Drive, Georgetown. On site, registration begins 10:30 a.m.

Other caregiver support events:

  • September 12: Travis County Caregiver Conference hosted with AARP Texas, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (10:30 a.m. doors open for registration), La Quinta Inn & Suites Austin Airport, 7625 E. Ben White Blvd., Austin 78741
  • September 26: Striking A Balance Caregiver Conference hosted with AGE of Central Texas, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (doors open for check-in at 8:30 a.m.), Norris Conference Center, Northcross Mall, 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Austin.
  • September 30: Fayette County Caregiver Mini-conference, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (10:30a.m. doors open for registration), County Extension Office, 255 Svoboda Lane, La Grange
  • November 14: SW Travis/Hays County Caregiver Conference hosted with AARP Texas, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (10:30 a.m. registration), Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 10408 HWY 290 West, Austin.

> To pre-register for any of these events please contact Michelle Davis.
> Discover the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area.
> Register for Striking a Balance 2015.

Governor’s Committee conducts Impact on Aging survey

Monday, August 17, 2015
Source: Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities.

The Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities is conducting its annual survey on an aspect of living in Texas. The survey will conclude at the end of September.

This year the committee is interested in examining the impact of the aging population across 10 issue areas: access, communication, education, emergency management, health, housing, recreation, transportation, veterans and workforce.

People are living longer, and the U.S. population is increasingly getting older. Beginning in 2005, Texas has experienced the largest annual population growth of any state.

Seniors, those older than 65 years of age, are projected to more than triple from 2010 to 2050. This will mean the number of seniors will approach about 7.9 million. The age category of people 45 to 64 years old is projected to be the second fastest growing age group. That demographic is estimated to increase 55 percent by 2050 to a population more than 9.3 million.

Population growth in Texas is projected to come from large urban areas in and surrounding Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar and Travis counties, stated Texas State Demographer reports.

This year the survey will be divided into two parts.  
> Take Part 1 of the survey, the Impact of the Aging Population Survey.  
> Take Part 2 of the survey, the Aging Related Disabilities Survey.

Alternative survey formats are available in large print, Spanish or can be voiced out by phone with assistance of staff.  For any alternative format, contact at Stephanie.Myers@gov.texas.gov or 512-463-5739.

Si a usted le gustaría aprovechar esta encuesta en español por favor envíe un correo electrónico a Stephanie Myers, Stephanie.myers@gov.texas.gov.

> Visit the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities website.
> Learn about the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area.
> Discover the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Capital Area.

General Assembly to vote bylaws, budget

Thursday, August 13, 2015

General Assembly members will decide the Capital Area Council of Governments' 2016 fiscal year budget and bylaw amendments pertaining to the process of electing the council’s Executive Committee at its annual September meeting.

The meeting will be at 11 a.m., Sept. 9, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Austin, 6121 N. IH 35, Austin.

> General Assembly Representatives can register for the luncheon on CAPCOG's training website.

A public safety workshop will follow the luncheon. It will cover what elected officials need to know about policing, homeland security and emergency communications. Workshop attendees will learn about the tools CAPCOG has available for its members and career expertise on topics such as keeping good peace officers and the benefits of having tenured officers.

Seating will be limited at the workshop. General Assembly Representatives should use a coupon code to register for the meeting and/or workshop for free.

> Register for the public safety workshop.
> Discover more about the General Assembly.
> Contact Mason W. Canales, CAPCOG member services coordinator, for more information.

TCEQ, STAR seek award nominations

Monday, August 10, 2015

Numerous communities in the Capital Area Council of Governments’ 10-county region have strived to achieve excellent environmental stewardship, and CAPCOG wants to encourage its communities to apply for accolades from two state wide environmental organizations seeking award nominations through August and September.

The State of Texas Alliance for Recycling’s (STAR) 2015 Texas Environmental Leadership Awards recognize stewards of environmental change in Texas that develop and maintain programs involving recycling, composting, sustainable material management, public education and outreach, special event recycling and more. The deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 28.

> Learn how to apply for a STAR award in one of its six categories.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is offering awards in nine categories, such as education, pollution prevention, and innovative operations and management, for those that make inspiring efforts to preserve and protect the state’s environment. TCEQ will accept applications for its awards until Sept. 25.

> Discover more or apply for the TCEQ awards.

Both organizations accept awards nominations for efforts made by individuals, students, communities, organizations, local governments and businesses.

> Contact Matt Holderread, CAPCOG solid waste planning manager, for more information or help applying for an award.
> Read about the CAPCOG solid waste planning program.

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