HARRISONBURG — Harrisonburg native Charlotte Arbogast has been named Virginia’s first dementia services coordinator.
A former policy analyst for the office of licensure and certification at the Virginia Department of Health, Arbogast starts her new post on Thursday. The newly created position is part of the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, which announced her hiring today.
As dementia services coordinator, she will review existing programs and work with agencies to deliver dementia-related services more effectively. She also will work to identify gaps in services, as well as a duplication of services.
In addition, Arbogast will coordinate and support the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Commission’s activities and support the “No Wrong Door” initiative, a state program that delivers health and human services for older adults and adults with disabilities.
The new position was created earlier this year by the General Assembly and was initially proposed by the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Commission in its 2011 Dementia State Plan.
Arbogast holds a master’s degree in gerontology and a post-graduate certificate in public management from Virginia Commonwealth University.