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HHS Announces Availability of Funding to Help Older Adults, People with Disabilities Access Long-Term Services and Supports and Thrive in Their Communities

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
June 4, 2012

VHA to partner in this effort and offer $27 million in additional funding for similar services to Veterans Health and Human Services (HHS).

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on May 31st, a new $25 million funding opportunity made possible by the Affordable Care Act to help states strengthen and expand their ability to help seniors and people with disabilities access home and community-based long-term services and supports.

Over the next one to three years, funding will support Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) in nearly every state. Each year, more seniors, people with disabilities and their families are confronted with often challenging decisions about how to obtain the long-term services and supports they need. Choices range from care in their home to care in a nursing home; social supports for daily living to home health care; transportation to physical therapy to name a few. ADRCs will make it easier for people to learn about and access the services that are available in their communities and best meet their needs.

The initiative, known as the Aging and Disability Resource Center Program, is established through a partnership between the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Health Administration (VHA). VHA will make an additional $27 million available over 3 years in ADRC-funded states through VA Medical Centers. This funding will increase access to home and community-based services for veterans through ADRC programs. The ADRC Program will help state agencies administer and better coordinate state and federal long-term service and support programs for older adults, people with disabilities, and veterans with disabilities.

Approximately eight states will be competitively selected to accelerate the development over a three-year period of the creation of single entry point models, which provides one-on-one options counseling to streamline the intake and eligibility determination processes for consumers accessing long-term service and support programs. This new funding opportunity is part of the Obama administration’s long-standing commitment to ensure that seniors, people with disabilities and those living with chronic illness have the necessary services and supports to stay in their own homes when they wish to do so. Get more information about Funding Opportunity Numbers HHS-2012-ACL-RO-1210 and HHS-2012-ACL-DR-1213. 

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