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Region 10, ADRC expand Options counseling services

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The goal of Options counseling is to connect those in need -- specifically the elderly and disabled -- with the services and benefits that will make them self-sufficient. Region 10 and Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado (ADRC) have provided Options counseling for Montrose residents for years, but will soon be expanding into neighboring counties. To celebrate this expansion, Region 10 and ADRC will host "meet 'n greets" in each county, introducing the new Options counselors to local residents.

"To honor our mission, Region 10 needed to put boots on the ground in each of our counties," states Amy Rowan, the current Options counselor based in Montrose. "The goal was to hire other Options counselors that live in the communities we serve, who understand the resources and the culture of their community."

The counselors and the county they serve are as follows: Amy Rowan (Montrose), Claudette Nicolas (Montrose), Jan Waggoner (Delta), Lee Eakin (Gunnison), Jacqi Kambrish (Hinsdale), Mary Cockle (Ouray), Deb Houts (Ouray), and Deon Tempfer (San Miguel). Each counselor attended an intensive two-day boot camp and the ADRC Summit, which took place in Denver recently. In addition, the counselors will undergo ongoing training each month to stay up-to-date on new services as they become available.

Several community organizations stepped forward to provide in-kind support to aid this expansion.

To introduce these counselors and partner organizations, several "meet 'n greets" have been scheduled throughout the six-county region.

• On Oct. 14, Amy Rowan and Jan Waggoner will present at the Paonia Library (2 3rd Street), from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Free snacks will be provided by Lizzy's Market and the Coaltrain Coffee House.

• On Oct. 22, Amy Rowan and Jan Waggoner will present at Delta County Senior Resource Fair at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The missions of ADRC and Region 10 converge to provide a coordinated and streamlined access point to long-term services and support for adults age 60 and older, adults living with a disability age 18 and older, and their caregivers. ADRC empowers older adults, adults with disabilities, and caregivers to navigate health and long-term care options by providing Options counseling in a person-centered manner. More information is available at www.region10.net/adrc.

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