With roughly a quarter-million Americans turning 65 every month, the need for adult day services and other home- and community-based services is increasing. Certification in the state of Indiana is imperative if our industry is to maintain and enhance our best practices.
To date, our conversations with various individuals and groups has solidified our conviction that a mandatory quality-assurance process is necessary. After thoughtful collaboration with the IAADS Public Policy & Certification Committee, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, and the Division of Aging, it became clear that an Association-managed certification process would be the best decision.
While the majority of oversight for licensure typically operates through the Division of Health, we are seeking this type of relationship with the Division of Aging (as they currently oversee the optional Medicaid Waiver certification for ADS and are well-versed in the adult day services industry). The IAADS Board was instrumental in the development of existing Medicaid Waiver Standards & Guidelines, and so we propose that certification be based upon these Standards & Guidelines.
In light of this, the IAADS Board of Directors has hired Emily Tisdale, former IAADS Board President, as the Interim Executive Director for the Association. In this role, she will serve as the primary point of contact and facilitator as we move forward with investigating the next steps needed to pursue the certification process.
This process is new to all of us and we welcome any thoughts, questions, and/or concerns you may have. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time. Your feedback will help strengthen our next steps for the industry.