Upcoming Events 2019-2020

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Traumatic Brain Injury Program

The Traumatic Brain Injury Program services include Service Coordination, Community Integration, Information and Referrals, Vocational Supports, and Community Public Professional Education. This program is available to Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, and Tehama counties.

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DAN symposium a big success in Chico; more events planned

CHICO – Nearly 150 north state first responders, public health advocates and nonprofit disability related vendors attended the second annual Leadership Voices on Healthcare Direction Symposium at the Enloe Community Room.

The non-profit community and public heath officials contributed much to the second annual symposium hosted by the Disability Action Center in Chico. (Dan Murphy photos)

The Diversability Advocacy Network coalition, part of the nonprofit Disability Action Center of Chico and Redding, hosted the well-attended event, whose specific focus – Improving Emergency Readiness, Response and Recovery – was based on the 2018 wildfires that devastated Butte and Shasta counties.

For the second straight year, the SCAN Foundation, an independent public charity that advocates for improved senior citizen independence and healthcare, grant-funded the event.

DAC staff members Carolyn Nava and Wendy Longwell, and executive director Evan Levang, were key in organizing the successful event along with the DAN coalition that includes Goldie House (Systems Change Advocate) and Sarah May of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities. The coalition meetings are also regularly attended by representatives from Passages and Anthem Blue Cross.

Butte County Sheriff K.L. Honea told the audience preparedness by the public was the key to properly responding to the next large-scale emergency like a wildfire.

DAC consumer Bryan Murphy opened the event by telling his success story. With DAC’s help, he found special needs housing in Anderson after being displaced by the wildfires.

DAC consumer Brian Murphy opened the event by telling his success story. With DAC’s help, he found special needs housing in Anderson after being displaced by the wildfires.

In closing the event, Nava challenged the audience to “continue the conversation” about being better prepared for an emergency.

The symposium was covered at length by Mike Mangas of KRCR-TV Channel 7.

DAC officials said the event’s success will lead to more center-sponsored symposiums in the near future, due to the positive response by the public.

“We got our name out there and people are responding,” said program director Wendy Longwell.

At least one of the upcoming events will be held in Redding, home to DAC’s satellite office on Park Marina Drive.

Formed in 2012, the Diversability Advocacy Network (DAN) is led in partnership by the Disability Action Center and the State Council on Developmental Disabilities. DAN serves the Northern Sacramento Valley and surrounding mountain counties. DAN commits to advocating for changes that improve the lives of older adults and people of all ages with disabilities in the far Northeastern counties of California.

Living with dignity, being part of a community, feeling safe, maintaining health and mobility, aging in place, being able to exercise choice – these are expectations that we all have. Community-based supportive services are a necessary part of the equation in helping us meet the challenges of living successfully in our communities, now and in the future.

DAN supports strengthening non-medical services that enable older adults and persons of all ages with disabilities to remain in the community while improving well-being and quality of life including the following core ideals:

  • Transportation
  • Nutrition programs
  • Education regarding life and skills planning
  • Caregiver supportive services
  • Conversation around end-of-life decision.
  • Assistance with accessible technology affordable housing and long-term care options
  • Advocacy to help empower persons with disabilities obtain their personal, administrative and civil rights
  • Adult day service
  • In addition to the symposium, DAN continues to focus on coalition members holding that greater success is possible through a new network of collaboration than the previous efforts at advocacy by a specific interest group. 
Substantive audience participation was a big feature of the symposium.
From left at the DAC table during the symposium are assistive technology specialist Dwight Phillips, board president Kim Scott and independent living specialist David Colefield.

Friendship Dinner was a big hit

A Friendship Dinner was held at the Redding DAC office on Monday night. Consumers who regularly use the center’s services stopped by and shared a Thanksgiving-themed potluck meal with staff from Redding and Chico.

By the looks of things, the event was a big hit and more are planned in the future.

Center was a vital resource during north state power shutoff

Whether it was a lithium battery powering crucial medical devices for up to three days, hotel stays or $50 daily food vouchers, Disability Action Center was a vital resource for north state residents affected by the PG&E power shutoffs.

The center used a $60,000 grant from PG&E to provide an array of services that were required the last week of October as the giant utility company shut off power to consumers for fire prevention reasons.

Up to 15 batteries were distributed to DAC consumers in Redding and Chico.

Hotel stays, which included daily food vouchers, totaled 30 guests.

“It was a very successful program,” said center program manager Wendy Longwell.

More power shutoffs are planned by PG&E to counter the threat from statewide wildfires and DAC will be prepared with even more batteries that have been provided by the utility, Longwell said.

Some outstanding batteries still need to be returned to either the Redding or Chico DAC offices.

If you are having difficulty returning a battery that was loaned to you by DAC, call 242-8550 or 893-8527 to arrange a pickup.

DAC gets grant to power devices in next shutoff

CHICO –The nonprofit Independent Living Center for the North State region, Disability Action Center of Chico-Redding, has been awarded a Public Safety Power Shutoff grant from PG&E to aid residents who will be impacted by ongoing utilities disruptions.

Through the $60,000 grant, DAC now has the resources, including several portable lithium battery packs, to help consumers who have a medical condition, medical equipment or refrigerated medication that would be at risk without power. The packs can power a refrigerator for up to three days to keep vital medicine like insulin at proper temperatures. They can also be a power source for other medical devices like cpaps, oxygen, feeding pumps, ventilators, power chairs and dialysis machines, to name just a few.

The pilot program also provides funding for hotel rooms, gift cards for food and transportation.

A current PG&E bill and proof of medical condition/equipment needs are required to get help from DAC, conditions that are required under the grant.

All equipment will be distributed on a free loan basis and must be returned to DAC.

Local anchorman Mike Mangas of Ch. 7 interviewed program manager Wendy Longwell recently at the DAC Redding office regarding the grant.

Consumers are asked to call DAC at 530-893-8527 or 242-8550 for assistance when the next power shutoff is scheduled. The Chico office for DAC is located at 1161 East Ave. The Redding office is at 2876 Park Marina Drive

The lithium battery packs can last all weekend to power low energy medical equipment like ventilators, Cpaps, dialysis machines and IV pumps (Dan Murphy photos).
DAC program manager Wendy Longwell, right, talks with Ch. 7’s Mike Mangas about the center’s new grant for battery packs and lodging assistance in response to the power shutoffs.

DAC’s Busy Summer

Getting the word out to new consumers has been a big policy directive for Disability Action Center.

One of the most effective ways to do this: attend tabling events throughout the center’s large service area. DAC has had representatives at health fairs this summer conducted at popular venues like senior centers in Mount Shasta City, public events in Oroville, Win-River Casino community room in Redding and Shingletown Health Center, to name just a few.

The agency’s had representatives at health fairs held at popular venues like senior centers in Mount Shasta City, and public events in Oroville and Shingletown.

The agency distributed literature to over 100 potential consumers who stopped by DAC’s table at the Win-River event. The public received valuable information about a Traumatic Brain Injury support group that meets twice a month, a popular housing rental list that is distributed every week to people with disabilities or the homeless, the agency’s Assistive Technology program, Older Individuals who are Blind (OIB), the upcoming DAN coalition symposium in Chico, Social Security updates and new voter registration opportunities.

During a summer staff meeting hosted by the center’s Chico headquarters, Executive Director Evan LeVang rededicated the Claude Whelchel Memorial Community Service/Lifetime Dedication Award to Karen Duncanwood, a tireless advocate for the disabled who lost the original Whelchel Memorial plaque due to the CAMP fire. Son Ryan Duncanwood, a popular disabled advocate, accompanied her at the award ceremony that was attended by Chico Mayor Randall Stone.

The late Whelchel regularly donated his valuable building contractor services to DAC and the north state disability community at large.

Seniors demonstrate a fitness drill during the Shingletown Medical Center health fair attended by Disability Action Center. (Dan Murphy photo)
The DAC table was a big hit at the Win-River health fair with about 100 consumers requesting services from staff. (Dan Murphy photo).
Disability Action Center Executive Director Evan LeVang (right) is shown with award recipient Karen Duncanwood and Chico Mayor Randall Stone. (Dan Murphy photo)

Cody Hull Lauded For Dedicated Service

Longtime volunteer Cody Hull was honored as Disability Action Center’s Outstanding Volunteer Award winner during a recent staff meeting in Chico.

Executive Director Evan Levang spoke of Hull’s enthusiastic efforts on behalf of DAC while presenting a special plaque to the award winner.

The plaque reads: “Thank you for your dedication.”

Among his numerous contributions to DAC, Mr. Hull compiles a housing list of available properties for Butte County residents and beyond. He also regularly works the center’s reception area, answering phones and greeting the public.

DAC program manager Wendy Longwell praised Hull’s willingness to be a team player. “Cody is always there when we ask him to go above and beyond,” Longwell said.

Chico Mayor Randall Stone attended the meeting and helped recognize Hull.

DAC OIB Senior Specialist Teresa Rios lauded Hull for his pleasant demeanor and versatility. “Cody is always willing to help with any and every project he is asked to help with,” she said. “When he gets to the office he always makes his way back to my office to say ‘good morning’ or ‘hello’. It is such a pleasure to have him in our office.”

Hospital Stays – Know Your Rights

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CARA executive director Jodi Reid addresses a workshop for retirees at the Redding Library on April 12 regarding patient rights during hospital stays.

Are you facing an upcoming hospital stay? Premature discharge is a huge problem, and a bit of advanced planning can make a world of difference when it is time for you to return home.

The California Association of Retired Americans (CARA) had much to say in their recent special workshop. The big overall? Record this telephone number:

Livanta – California Medicare Appeals Helpline: 1-877-588-1123

You can receive assistance to appeal a discharge from a hospital, skilled nursing facility, home health agency or comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facility. You can also file complaints regarding the quality of Medicare-covered services.

Livanta is your national advocate if you feel you are being discharged prematurely from a hospital. Making the call will start your file and stop your discharge until it is cleared up by the hospital staff and a Livanta representative.


I. Hospital stays for surgeries etc.
Get detailed info ASAP and as much as possible from a health care provider before you are admitted, and about what is involved post-visit. Most people still don’t do this for themselves or loved ones and it leads to problems like living conditions in recovery and with accessibility/mobility. Hospitals aren’t good at communicating this to patients, or don’t have enough staff to do it properly.
  • Have a family member/friend record any conversations about your care pre- and post-visit with a smartphone device etc.
II. Discharge
Hospitals are notoriously understaffed on weekends. They are required to have a discharge planner coordinate a safe discharge for you either through a social worker, nurse, or the hospital discharge planner. The problem is most hospitals discharge patients too quickly and try to do it on Fridays to reduce bed counts. You may end up back in the hospital because of this. Hospitals can be fined up to $10,000 if a patient re-enters the hospital within 30 days of an unsafe discharge.
This behavior is so pervasive that Medicare now contracts with a third party (Livanta) to make sure you have a safe discharge. Medicare pays for you to appeal your discharge. This is a secret hospitals don’t want you to know about.
Should you end up at a skilled nursing facility for recovery, Medicare pays in full for the first 100 days. Medicare also pays for hospice services.
III. Make sure you are fully “admitted” into the hospital- not held for “observation”
Observation is a way hospitals attempt to get around not having to pay the possible $10,000 fine should an unsafe discharge be identified. Placed under observation rather than full admission could lead to a huge bill you are not covered for and probably cannot afford.
Medicare does not pay while you are under observation because those services are considered outpatient care.  Do not sign or authorize anything until you see an admission slip. You are not admitted into the hospital until you sign this piece of paper.
Be an assertive patient. Know your rights.
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