We are in a class by ourselves
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) is the first state in the nation to offer validated, skill-based, online certificate programs and training for case managers and other practitioners serving older adults and persons with disabilities. The training is delivered in partnership with Boston University’s Center for Aging & Disability Education and Research (CADER). Rapid changes in health care and long term care have rapidly evolved to address the challenges faced by a growing number of older adults and people unable or needing assistance to perform basic activities necessary to live independently. New models of health and mental health delivery that shift the balance towards community-based services, stronger integration between long-term services and supports with primary and acute care, and improved cooperation between aging and disability networks all signify the magnitude of the policy and service developments. Developing a qualified, adaptable and sustainable workforce within the aging network to support and coordinate services to older adults and younger adults with disabilities is a critical public policy challenge. New York’s effort is designed to provide standardized skills based training to all corners of the state and to provide an opportunity for staff to receive state certification in particular practice areas.