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Aging and disabled are new group's focus

Sunday, April 18, 2004
Jane Pic
The Times-Picayune

The Louisiana Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has joined with 26 other nonprofit advocacy organizations in the greater New Orleans area and throughout the state to form the Louisiana Aging and Disability Consortium.

The consortium will monitor legislative actions concerning health care that will affect disabled and aging populations.

The consortium will hold a news conference on the steps of the state Capitol in Baton Rouge on April 27 at noon to remind the legislators of the seriousness of the challenges in the states' long-term care system.

The group hopes that Gov. Kathleen Blanco will be present to speak about healthcare. Crystal Smith, programs director for the state Multiple Sclerosis Society, said the consortium will present an apple pie and an informational card to each legislator and other state leaders. The informational card illustrates how much Louisiana spends long-term care resources -- who gets what piece of the pie of state funding. The consortium will ask for a bigger piece of the pie for community-based supports and services.

"Pie Day" was started several years ago by The Arc of Louisiana. Organizations that have formed the consortium and who will be represented at Pie Day include AARP Louisiana, American Association on Mental Retardation-Louisiana Chapter, Alzheimer's Association, The Arc of Greater New Orleans, The Arc of Louisiana, Citizens Care, Council of Louisiana Arc Executives, The Extra Mile, Families Helping Families, HomeCare Association of Louisiana, Human Development Center, Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network, Louisiana Development Disabilities Council, Louisiana Maternal/Child Health Coalition, Louisiana Chapter National Association for Direct Support, Louisiana Rehabilitation Council, Louisiana Supported Living Network, Louisiana Team, Mental Health Association of Louisiana, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill -- Louisiana Chapter, National Association of Social Workers -- Louisiana, New Orleans Council on Aging, and the Statewide Independent Living Council.

For more information, call Smith at 832-4013.

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