When a change in a Tennessee state law in 2017 resulted in barriers for churches who offer respite programs as a ministry to continue operating, Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly, executive director of Veranda Ministries, and committee members of the organization's Board of Directors enlisted the help of local legislators Sen. Ferrell Haile and Rep. Courtney Rogers.
They spearheaded an almost year-long effort to exempt churches from the state licensure requirement linked to the adult day care statute. Their efforts paid off when the legislation—House Bill 1498 and Senate Bill 1487— unanimously passed during the 110th Tennessee General Assembly and was signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam on April 2, 2018.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 13, 2019
GALLATIN, TENNESSEE -- Nationally recognized dementia care expert Teepa Snow and members of her Positive Approach to Care® team will hold a consultant certification course In Gallatin, Tennessee, on April 4-5 at The Veranda, located at 650 Nashville Pike, Suite 7A.
The two-day course is limited to 25 participants, and course fee is $1,900 per person. The course is designed for professionals who counsel and advise families working through dementia-related challenges.
“This is a rare opportunity to learn directly from Teepa Snow about her groundbreaking Positive Approach to Care®,” Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly, executive director and founder of Veranda Ministries, said. “Snow’s techniques are widely used by families and professionals who are dedicated to caring for those with dementia or other brain impairments.”
Participants will learn strategies to connect with people in a meaningful way and methods of providing the right resources and support at the right time. The first day of the course focuses on the role of a dementia consultant, and the second day centers on practicing and applying consultant tools.
Nurses and social workers may obtain 21 CEs after course completion. The training is recommended for geriatric care managers, social workers, executive directors, marketing directors, senior living advisors, marriage and family therapists, community and family living liaisons, faith-based leaders, elder law attorneys and mental and behavioral health professionals.
To register, contact the PAC Certification Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 678-772-0958.
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