ASSISTANCE AND REFERRAL SERVICES
Veterans and their families have a need for services that will provide them assistance to lead rewarding lives. Agencies in the region provide specialized services such Guardianship programs, Money Management programs, counseling and others.

Assistance and Referral Services

Amistad for Veterans Project (AFVP)
The Amistad for Veterans Project is providing a number of services for military veterans under a grant from the Texas Veteran's Commission Fund for Veteran's Assistance. Among the services offered are counseling for veterans who suffer from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), VA claims assistance, employment and job placement, services for homeless veterans including assistance in finding permanent housing and transportation services for veterans who need transportation to VA appointments and medical visits. Services are offered to military veterans and their families.

Guardianship Program
Project Amistad is the guardian of over 350 people in El Paso County and the Greater Midland-Odessa area and offers many services to their clients. Judge Patricia Chew and Judge Eduardo Gamboa refer people to Project Amistad when they are found to be incapacitated and need a guardian to look after them. The guardianship staff works closely with the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) and the Department of Adult Protective Services (APS).

Money Management Program
This program receives referrals from various sources, such as the Social Security Administration and Adult Protective Services. The agency becomes an individual's money manager when he/she can no longer manage their own finances. They ensure that their client's bills are paid on time, they have food to eat, that they do not become homeless and their basic needs are met.

Aging, Disability & Transportation Resource Center of El Paso & Far West Texas (ADTRC)
The ADTRC provides unbiased, reliable information and counseling to individuals with all levels of income. They assist a wide range of individuals, including family caregivers, in obtaining long term supports and services in the most desirable and appropriate setting. Because services are not limited to low-income individuals, ADRCs can help families with private resources use their resources more wisely, which may delay or prevent 'spend down' to Medicaid or unnecessary institutionalization. We are a single point of entry into the LTSS system for older adults, people with disabilities, caregivers, veterans and families.

Community-based Care Transitions Program (CCTP)
Project Amistad's Aging, Disability & Transportation Resource Center (ADTRC) of El Paso and Far West Texas has been selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to participate in the Community-based Care Transitions Program (CCTP). The AMISTAD Care Transition PATH (Patient's Avenues to Home) program is designed to reduce the unnecessary readmission rates of high-risk, fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries, improve their transition from inpatient hospital settings to other care settings and improve quality of care. Hospital partners are: Providence Memorial Hospital, Sierra Medical Center, Sierra Providence East Medical Center, Las Palmas and Del Sol Medical Centers. The Amistad Care Transitions PATH assigns Care Transition Coaches who are assigned to participating hospitals to provide the much needed support system to decrease the rate of these patients from returning to the hospital. The services for each patient are based on needs identified through a high-risk assessment specific to each patient. Emphasis is placed on ensuring the patient has a follow-up appointment, medications and accessible transportation.

Consumer Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Services (CHIMES)
Project Amistad is part of the state-wide consortium organized by the Tarrant County United Way under a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide education, outreach and enrollment services for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Enrollment and education services are provided by Project Amistad to uninsured residents in 23 counties of Far West Texas. All CHIMES services are offered at no cost to residents.

MIPPA
Under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA), Project Amistad has received funding to provide outreach and education services for older low-income Medicare beneficiaries live in rural areas, and to promote the new Medicare prevention and wellness benefits. MIPPA grants are administered by the U.S. Administration for Community Living and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Under this grant, Project Amistad is partnered with the Area Agency on Aging to provide information, referral and assistance to older Texans.

Housing Navigator
The ADTRC received funding to provide an inventory of independent, accessible and affordable housing within Region 10 that is available to the community. This also includes advocacy for necessary changes in housing polices, practices, and procedures that will help expand housing opportunities and support the Promoting Independence Initiative and the Money Follows the Person Program. The ADTRC advocates for the development of affordable, accessible and integrated housing for individuals with disabilities by reviewing and responding to housing polices at the local levels (consolidated plan, housing authority plans, community development block grant and low income housing tax credit program). In working with coalitions, consisting of consumers and community members that work toward affordable, accessible integrated housing issues, this allows the ADTRC administrators to be a voice to the overwhelming need of housing options for our clients that are transitioning out of institutions.

For more information about agency programs, please visit Project Amistad's website at www.projectamistad.org.

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