LifeSTEPS Supports Dementia Care Navigator Grant Program Legislation

LifeSTEPS proudly supports legislation (SB 861) filed by Sen. Monique Limón on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association to establish the Dementia Care Navigator Grant Program. This program will be administered by the California Department of Aging in partnership with LifeSTEPS and other organizations with expertise using community health workers and promotores, two proven programs which provide information and resources to those impacted by Alzheimer’s.

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Celebrating Melba Madsen, LifeSTEPS’ January Employee of the Month

As a LifeSTEPS Intensive Case Manager, Melba Madsen advocates on behalf of her residents, empowering them to sustain their housing and meet their personal goals. “Melba’s residents with special needs see her as a friendly face who is there not to do for them but to educate and empower them to live a better quality of life. Her compassion, empathy and relationship-building skills lift our residents into stability and success,” said Jessica Jones, LifeSTEPS Northern CA Project Manager. Thank you for inspiring us every day, Melba!

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Beth Southorn Named Chair of AASC Board of Directors

The American Association of Service Coordinators (AASC) recently announced that LifeSTEPS Executive Director Beth Southorn will serve as the chair of its Board of Directors.

“I am deeply honored to be selected to lead the AASC Board of Directors,” Southorn said. “I look forward to continued partnership with AASC’s leadership and our committed Board of Directors as we work collectively to advance the interests of the service coordinator profession.”

Southorn has been a leader in the social services field for more than 30 years. As executive director of LifeSTEPS, she has propelled the organization to become one of the premier social services providers in affordable housing, serving 36,000 homes in California.

Southorn succeeds John Diehl, senior advisor at Embrace Living Communities, who served as the chair for six years and will continue to serve as an AASC Board member.

LifeSTEPS Adds Enhanced Care Management (ECM) to its supportive healthcare services portfolio

LifeSTEPS is adding Enhanced Care Management (ECM) to its supportive healthcare services portfolio. Effective January 2022, with the launch of California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM), LifeSTEPS will partner with Anthem and the Department of Health Care Services to offer ECM to the highest-need Medi-Cal recipients. LifeSTEPS proudly played a key role in the design of the CalAIM and ECM services, with LifeSTEPS leadership serving on the CalAIM strategic planning group.

“Building on California’s commitment to creating a healthier and more equitable state, LifeSTEPS is excited to add enhanced care management to our portfolio of supportive health care services,” said Bruce Kuban, LifeSTEPS Director of Supportive and Health Services. “This innovative program will change the way public health services are delivered and help address the social determinants of health issues facing our state’s most vulnerable populations.”