Thursday, November 7, 2013
South Carolina Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell was recognized by the National Adult Day Services Association on Oct. 25 in Columbia as it announced the winners of its 2013 National Awards.
The awards recognize excellence in the support and delivery of adult day services and are presented to program staff, organizations, programs, media representatives, legislators, and advocates who support adult day services.
NADSA recognized McConnell with a 2013 Senator John Heinz Memorial Award.
According to an NADSA release last week, in less than 18 months, McConnell has elevated the dialogue among public policy makers and has focused on serving as the champion and educator on the needs of South Carolina’s aging citizens.
Meetings with adult day services supporters and tours throughout the state prompted concern about inadequate funding sources for adult day health services, including the state’s Medicaid reimbursement rate for adult day programs.
McConnell has taken a proactive approach to ensuring access to services. He regularly meets with stakeholders to learn about the needs in the community.
Under his leadership, discussions are focused on problem solving the health and psycho-social needs of seniors and their families, implementing and exploring new programs.
This award is named in honor of the late Senator John Heinz III in tribute to his efforts on behalf of Adult Day Services. Senator Heinz served in the United States Senate from 1977 until his untimely death in 1991.