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In the News: News from July 2018

CAPCOG aging resources make more direct connections

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area (AAACAP) entered into an agreement with the Texas Housing Foundation (THF) to use satellite office space at several community resource centers around the region to give seniors more access to its services. AAACAP staff will visit centers located at THF properties in Liberty Hill, Llano and Marble Falls once a month to help streamline access to community-based services by providing increased opportunities for face-to-face client assessments, educational presentations, and meetings with local service providers.

AAACAP care coordinators, benefits counselors, and medication screening support staff will use the office space to meet with older adults and family caregivers seeking information, referral and assistance. Being directly in the community enhances AAACAP’s ability to provide timely connections to in-home support services, application assistance, public benefits guidance and medication management information. With the promise of streamlined access available through a satellite model, AAACAP continues to search for expanding office-hour opportunities at other local locations across the ten-county CAPCOG region. AAACAP is a division of CAPCOG.

> Learn more about its services.

RETF to train special enforcement, deterrent methods

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Regional Environmental Task Force (RETF) and CAPCOG will host two courses on how to recognize and enforce environmental crimes. The courses being provided for sanitarians, code enforcement officers, and peace officers will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 15 and 16 at the Travis County East Service Center, 6011 Blue Bluff Road, Building A in Austin.

“This region is growing very fast, and that makes environmental crimes a big problem with the potential of occurring in every neighborhood and every area,” said Dennis Rudder, Sgt. Investigator for the Travis County Attorney’s Office and RETF president. “These courses bring environmental law to the forefront, and teach officers how to practically use the health and safety code and water code to investigate and prosecute crimes based on the experiences of the RETF.”

Both courses will cover subjects including public nuisance, solid waste violations, illegal dumping, illegal outdoor burning, and water pollution. The first course teaches a basic understanding of the topics, while the second teaches an advanced level. The latter also will cover household hazardous waste violations and the identification of hazardous chemicals. Each biennium the training is updated to reflect recent legislative changes. CAPCOG and the RETF have offered this training throughout the state since 2007 and taught more than 600 people. Peace officers, code enforcement officers and sanitarians can receive six training hours of continuing education for taking each course. The basic course also offers four continuing education units to on-site sewage facility workers.

> Attend the basic course.
> Attend the intermediate course.
> Learn more about the RETF.

ARDC to strengthen long-term care, support connections

Thursday, July 19, 2018

CAPCOG and its Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of the Capital Area will hold a second annual Advocacy Day & Resource Fair to support the ADRC Steering Committee partners from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Aug. 15 at Common’s Learning Center, JJ Pickle Research Center, 10100 Burnet Road in Austin. Advocacy Day is a combined training, meeting, and partner recognition event that works to build the capacity of the long-term care and support network for services to older adults and individuals with disabilities.

Event speakers will discuss Advocacy Day’s theme, “Compassion Fatigue, Help for the Helper”, and attending organizations will have time to network. “Advocacy Day is a forum where we can share information about our resources for individuals and receive a better understanding what connections to make for the individual so their needs are best met,” said Vivian Harris, CAPCOG ADRC Coordinator and Lead Navigator.

ADRC steering committee member organizations — nonprofits, government services organizations and community stakeholders — are invited to participate.

> Register to attend.
> Learn more about the ADRC.

Mexico delegation learns about law enforcement training at CAPCOG

Thursday, July 12, 2018

CAPCOG’s Regional Law Enforcement Academy (RLEA) and Emergency Communications divisions hosted a delegation of 13 peace officer professionals from Mexico in April, as part of a weeklong tour of Central Texas law enforcement agencies for the Police Professionalization Exchange Program conducted by Global Ties U.S. and the U.S. Department of States Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, so they could learn about training and operational best practices.

Randy Holmes, RLEA director, discussed the rigorous training cadets go through during CAPCOG’s Basic Peace Officer Course and how the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and local jurisdictions determine the educational standards and courses taught by CAPCOG. Holmes explained peace officers’ need for continuing education and that CAPCOG serves as a regional resource to lower training costs for individual jurisdictions to receive such career development.

Peter Behnke, Emergency Communications assistant director, and Kelsey Dean, public safety answering point specialist, lead discussions on training and the operations behind emergency telecommunicators answering 9-1-1 calls. The delegation was particularly interested in how emergency telecommunicators receive their own specialized training and are directly integrated into the public safety field as a valuable member of the response team and as the first, first responder. The delegation also toured the RLEA and Emergency Communication’s training rooms and sat in an academy course.

With operational best practices as a goal, the delegation also spent time with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, UT System Police Department, and Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.

> Learn more about RLEA.
> Find a RLEA training course for you.
> Learn more about Emergency Communications.
> Find an emergency telecommunicator course for you.

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