Angels In Waiting forth quarter report 2013
A foundation For Success
The signing into law by Governor Brown of a state bill that will place medically fragile infants into the hands of properly trained nurses is the cornerstone upon which AIW will build a powerful structure to house the bodies and souls of these precious life challenged infants. State Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell did a sterling job in ushering this bill Into California’s State Law.
The Future Challenge
There are still challenges to be overcome in fully implementing the AIW program. Medi-Cal still has stringent criteria for the types of infants who meet the requirements for billable nursing hours. Nurses are only paid for their services when the infant meets the Title 22 regulations, which necessitate indwelling catheters, feeding tubes, six medications or more, and tracheotomies. AIW is working to make these requirements more flexible and conducive to treating a wider range of medically fragile infants and children who need nursing services to thrive. Even if the infant does qualify under Title 22 regulations, there still exists a problem with timely compensation to nurses. Nurses who bring on a new medically fragile foster care child, may have to wait 3-6 months to be reimbursed by Medi-Cal for her nursing services this is a tremendous hard ship for the dedicated Nurse-Foster Providers (parents) who often are the primary or sole provider for their household.
An example of humanitarian selflessness in our nurses recently occurred when a nurse heard of an infant who had suffered 16 multiple fractures from her drug-addicted mother. Even though the infant spent 30 days in the hospital and still needs numerous dressing changes, this precious Angel in waiting does not qualify for nursing hours under Title 22 regulations. This noble nurse took the infant into her home and is slowly healing her broken body, spirit and soul even though she is receiving no compensation for the intensive care nursing skills she is administering. AIW has seen a vast number of nurses who have shown this type of dedication to saving these precious souls.
Meeting Of The Minds
Due to our 5 star rating, we recently met with two charming representatives from Global Giving who discussed with us ways and means that we might gain greater exposure for our organization by fully utilizing the services and resources that Global Giving affords. We greatly appreciate their input.
A Glorious Year
2013 has been an extraordinarily productive year for Angels In Waiting. We have ridden a whirlwind of success and the anticipation of greater success for the coming year. Our benefactors have been marvelous in continuing to support our program, and we wish you all the best of everything this Glorious Thanksgiving. Please enjoy the e-card we made for you. http://www.smilebox.com/playBlog/4d7a67334d4445304d44413d0d0a&blogview=true
Linda West-Conforti & Tim Arnold
California’s Nurse-Foster Parent BILL
Angels In Waiting Fourth quarter report 2013
Final Vote On AB Bill 1133:
AB BILL 1133 is moving towards the final vote of the state Legislature that will help create the funds and legal avenues for Angels In Waiting to implement a state-wide Nurse-Foster Parent program. There has been extremely strong backing for the bill, and it has received unanimous approval on both floors. This September AB 1133 will be on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature, please call Governor Brown’s direct line at 916 445-2841 and tell him to support The Nurse- Foster Parent program by signing AB 1133.
Partnership with UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Davis , UC San
AIW has entered into a reciprocal arrangement with the University California School of Nursing throughout the state, to collectively obtain a large grant that will provide all entities a solid financial foundation to build an innovative state-wide Nurse-Foster Parent program that will help train nurses, to improve outcomes on large numbers of medically fragile foster care preemies, infants and children. UCLA is working towards a new nursing paradigm of independent Nurse Foster Providers (i-NFP); an in-home nursing program that focuses on the special needs of medically fragile foster care infants and children. The administrators and professors at UCLA have been extremely gracious and generous in donating their time, talent and resources to ensure the obtainment of this significant government grant.
Once again, the nurses and volunteers who donate their time and talent to help AIW reach its mission, would like to extent our heartfelt “Thank You” for your support towards our cause.
A HALLMARK EVENT
Assembly Bill 1133
How Many Angels Must We Send Back to Heaven, And How Many Billions Of Dollars Must California Spend?
Angels In Waiting (AIW), a 501c3 charity created by nurses, has been granted AB 1133 carried by Assemblywoman, Holly Mitchell, District 54, which encompasses UCLA. AB 1133, will implement AIW’s Nurse-Foster Parent Program throughout California. Our cost effective, innovative program literally has the potential to save the state of CaliforniaBillions of dollars and Countless Childhoods! Your support for our AB 1133 will help us get this viable bill into law. Together, we can make a very significant impact on this rapidly growing and increasingly tragic problem. Plus, we will have the resources to recruit more qualified nurses, who have the homes and sensitive hearts necessary to provide the special nursing care and dedication needed to help California’s growing legions of medically- fragile, foster care infants and children so that they can thrive and succeed. During this year’s National Women’s Political Caucus in Sacramento, which two professors from UCLA and AIW’s team attended, we submitted our innovative and cost saving Nurse-Foster Parent program. Many of the Legislators displayed a strong interest in carrying our AB Bill. However, due to Holly Mitchell’s deep commitment to improving the foster care system and the fact that her district encompasses UCLA, we felt Assemblywoman, Holly Mitchell, would be the best fit for our Assembly Bill.
AIW Nurse-Foster Parent program offers a significant improvement in the delivery of healthcare to California’s high–risk, medically fragile foster care population, while offering substantial fiscal savings in comparison to institutionalized care settings, group homes or ill-educated, poorly supported foster care homes for the medically fragile. Please refer to the endorsement letter from Kern County Public Health Services.
Conclusion: The Future With Your Support
In the years since its inception, AIW has helped find permanent homes for 180 infants and children and has recruited 40 plus nurses who have medically fragile children in their homes, with approximately 15 nurses currently obtaining instruction from DFCS and or Medi-Cal. However, the licensing of these nurses has been held up in the process due to the prolonged wait for CCL to licenses our Nurse-Foster Parent homes. AIW is launching a campaign to duplicate our “Nurse Foster Parent" program throughout Los Angeles County and then into all of the counties of California and onto the nation. Together, “WE” have the ability to Save Countless Childhoods & Countless California Tax dollars, to the sum of Billions of dollars! AB 1133 will drastically reduce the hospital re-admission rate; and a preeminent saving in state funds will result from the fact that historically 90% of our nurses adopt the children that they have restored to health.
ANGELS IN WAITING
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