Changing Aspen Leaves - RMNP

Advisory Council Meeting

February 14, 2013


Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525


Members Present:

Jay Adams

Nancy Arthur

David Born


Sharon Courtney

Helen Davis

Phil Elliott


Bonnie Glass

Judy Jones

Audrey Ketchum


Ken Lamport

Betty McBride

Ellen Pihlstrom


Mary Shultz

Earl Stevens

Stan Ulrich


Sharon Zamora







Members Absent :

Howard Hay

Richard Hedlund

Katie Stieber


Dave Thompson







Staff Present:

Tina Barker

Monica Becker

Tina Corrigan-Hugo


Ruth Long

Katy Mason

Linda Rumney





Guests Present:

Lori Metz

Stephanie Roberts

Cherrie Thornton


Judy Jones called the meeting to order at 1:33 p.m.


Minutes stand as presented.

OFFICE ON AGING PARTNER PRESENTATION:  Lori Metz, Adult Protection Services Manager

Lori Metz started her presentation with a description of Adult Protection Services (APS).  Approximately two years ago, the APS team moved under the management of Children, Youth and Families (CYF).  Lori stated that she has five case workers and one case aide.  In comparison, Child Protection has 65 case workers.  Lori reported that APS is receiving more referrals from the rural areas.  (See handouts for more information.)


In 2012, the Colorado legislature did not pass SB12-078 that would have required mandatory reporting.  As a result, an Elder Abuse Taskforce of stakeholders convened and put together recommendations for mandatory reporting.  This year, SB13-111 was drafted out of those suggestions.  The recommendations include the following items:  All reporting will go through law enforcement, definitions of an at-risk adult and undue influence will be clearly defined; and non-reporters can be charged with a Class 3 misdemeanor for not reporting or false reporting. 

SB13-111 includes a fiscal note of $6 million dollars.  The money will be used to purchase a new statewide data system, hire more staff and provide an infrastructure for emergency funds to give to clients and provide more public education. 


Judy Jones reported that the Executive Committee discussed the March Council meeting.  Diane Stobnicke and Wade Kinsey from VOA will present their “Healthy Living” strategic plan.  Judy reminded the Council of the March 30 Health Care Forum and requested volunteers.  She also noted that nomination forms for the Older American’s Month awards will be distributed. 


Ruth Long reported on sequestration.  The State Unit on Aging (SUA) stated that if sequestration happens, it will not impact the Office on Aging financially until the start of our fiscal year on July 1, 2013.  We are anticipating an 8.2% reduction which equates to approximately $70,000.


Ruth shared some possible good news on the legislative front.  Senate Bill 13-127 is currently in committee.  This bill will increase the Older Coloradoan’s Fund (state funding) for all the Area Agencies on Aging (AAA).  Currently the 16 Colorado AAA’s receive $8 million dollars.  This bill would increase that amount to $20 million over three years.  This would be an approximate increase of $200,000 each year for our office.  Ruth stated that the county commissioners have not announced any support for this bill.  In the meantime, she encouraged the members to support the bill as private citizens. 


Staff Presentations:

Linda Rumney reported on the CCT – Colorado Choice Transitions grant that starts in March.  Linda is the local contact agency for people who have Medicaid and are living in a nursing home and want to go back to living in the community. 


Katy Mason reported on the Senior Tax Work-off Program.  She received 120 applications and is now in the process of placing applicants in jobs. 


Bonnie Glass gave a brief biography.


Community Outreach & Education Committee

Nancy Arthur reported that the Committee is working on the Older American’s Month Awards in May.  The Senior Awards Program will consist of two awards:  One for a Caregiver and one for an Outstanding Senior. 


Grantee & Partnership Development Committee

David Born reported that the Committee reviewed the State Audit findings and the response from Ruth.  There were 17 items noted with only 2 concerns and 2 compliance issues.  David stated that BATS (Berthoud Area Transportation Services) will be cutting services to seniors in the rural areas because they were unable to secure a federal grant. 

Public Policy & Advocacy Committee 

Helen Davis reported that the Committee is focused on planning the March 30 Health Care Reform Forum at the Chilson Senior Center.  She requested help from the Council to get the word out.  The Forum will be advertised in newspaper articles and through the distribution of flyers.



Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report (SAB)

Cherrie Thornton reported that Craig Foreman updated the SAB on the Paved Trail Study.  Emma McArdle updated the SAB on the status of the North Front Range Transit Vision Regional Feasibility Study.  The study was initiated to assess the feasibility of transit consolidation.  Preliminary recommendations include utilizing an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) to form an “authority” and to pursue consolidating both fixed route and paratransit operations for Loveland and Fort Collins.


The SAB Communication Committee is preparing a February 26 presentation for the city’s transportation group with the goal to inform and educate them about the economic value of seniors in Fort Collins and how it is important that transportation be accessible to them.


Bridging the Gap Committee will start meeting on the third Wednesday of the month at the Fort Collins Senior Center at 12:00 noon.  Volunteers are needed.


Loveland Senior Advisory Board (SAB)

Judy Jones reported that the SAB has finalized its goals and accomplishments for the last year.  The SAB is working on goals for the upcoming year and has created three work groups:  policy, city and speakers’ bureau.    


Foundation on Aging (FOA)

Mary Shultz reported that the FOA has a new executive director, Lisa Poppaw.  She added that the FOA has three new board members. 


Human Relations Commission (HRC)

Myles Crane sent the following HRC report through email:


“The Elder Abuse Panel video can now be seen at  http://youtube/8_P43W3TViA as well as on periodic broadcasts of Comcast Fort Collins Public Access Television.


The HRC requests members of the Larimer County Office on Aging to submit their nomination(s) by March 15th for a senior award at the HRC's Annual Awards Breakfast on May 2,  2013.  Also, individual members of the OOAAC are encouraged to submit their nominations for any category.”



Jay Adams announced that the traveling Vietnam Wall will be in Fort Collins on Memorial Day.



Judy adjourned the meeting at 3:21 p.m.

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