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An assigned patient mgr at patient's medical insurance provuder

A single point person is needed within a patient's insurance company so the family caregiver has only to speak with one person who manages all the patients referrals and authorizations throughout medical management, member services and behavioral health. This will unburden the family's stress and free up many hours of being put on hold and bounced from dept to dept. While some insurance companies claim to have this system ...more »

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Continued Child Support for Adult Children

In the State of California there is a rarely used Family Code that states the "The father and mother have an equal responsibility to maintain, to the extent of their ability, a child of whatever age who is incapacitated from earning a living and without sufficient means." I recently used this law to win continued child support for both of my 18 & 20 year old children with mental illnesses. Research on this law could ...more »

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Incidence of stress-related health disorders in family caregivers

The level of long-term chronic stress may be causing auto-immune conditions, particularly in older mothers. As far as I know, this has not been studied, but anecdotally, practically every older mother I know who is an active advocate, also has an auto-immune disorder. Until it is identified as a problem, no one will address it with any ideas for remedies.

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health literacy of family caregivers

I am working toward my Master's degree in Nursing of Populations. My research focus is the health literacy of family caregivers. There is almost nothing about this in the literature. Older family caregivers are more likely to have lower health literacy; cognitive, hearing and vision deficits; stress; chronic health conditions, etc. All of these factors, and more, can impact one's health literacy. Healthcare professionals ...more »

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Expanding definition of family to include LGBT caregiver support

There is a dearth of research on the expanded definition of “family” and how LGBT people provide care for each other, and the people they love often without benefit of legal protections, or blood ties. Including questions about sexual orientation, gender identity and non-biological support dyads would be crucial to learning more about what those networks look like, and need in terms of support.

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Factors Impacting Family Expectations

would like to see more research (and then knowledge to practice) about the factors that most impact the development of expectations by parents/siblings/family members for their loved one with a disability (is it parent to parent support? simply access to internet information? a teacher or rehab counselor?)

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Parent / Student

As a new generation of individuals with autism comes of age, I would like to see research regarding mentoring programs for teens and young adults with ASD. How can we promote mentoring programs within the autism community? How can we work to establish positive role models for youngsters with ASD? What kind of training and support is needed to make these programs effective?

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Database of backup caregivers

The most important thing for caregivers, and the family members we/they care for, is an occasional break so we can have social interaction outside the home. To take a break we need backup assistance from time-to-time that we can count on. Independent Living Centers (CILs?) have provided no assistance in this regard. Shouldn't that be one of their core functions? What do CILs do--just advocacy? At any rate, we need ...more »

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Linking Public Schools to the Mental Health Dialogue

On top of everything that one has to learn when caring for children with mental health issues, butting up against way-behind-the-curve school systems may be the worst. This major childhood institution has to be informed about signs and behaviors of the children (and parents) with MH problems so that all can be served. Our children are not bullies. Their struggle is unique and cannot be punished, suspended or shamed ...more »

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