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|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Tuesday, May 3, 2005
||Contact: AoA Press Office
AOA ANNOUNCES 2005 SOLICITATION FOR PROPOSALS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTERS
WASHINGTON, DC – The Administration on Aging (AoA) Assistant Secretary Josefina G. Carbonell today released a solicitation for proposals to bolster state efforts to help consumers make informed choices regarding their long-term care decisions through Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC).
The ADRC grants are part of President George W. Bush’s New Freedom Initiative, which brings several federal agencies together to overcome programmatic barriers to community living for the elderly and people with disabilities. ADRC grants help states integrate their varied long-term support programs for consumers into a single coordinated system.
“Aging and Disability Resource Center grants offer states the opportunity to create ‘one stop’ entry points to long-term support services,” said Assistant Secretary Carbonell. “These centers can be visible and trusted places for information on long-term care options, to help seniors and people with disabilities get long-term care where they want it. This is the foundation for community-based care.”
The ADRC grants are administered through a joint effort of the Administration on Aging (AoA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency that administers the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Under the ADRC program, up to twenty projects will be funded for up to $800,000 over three years.
Currently, a broad range of programs and services are available to assist older adults and individuals with disabilities in need of long-term support services. These services are supported by numerous agencies and frequently have complex eligibility requirements. Individuals seeking support services and their families often have difficultly sorting through or even locating community-based services, which may, in some cases, lead to unnecessary institutionalization.
The ADRC grants are designed to give states flexibility in the development and administration of their programs. Some states may utilize a single agency as the entry point to long-term support while other states will establish centers with multiple sites that may work together to ensure uniform access to long-term support options.
Twenty-four states have received AoA and CMS ADRC grants since 2003. States that received a grant from AoA and CMS in 2003 or 2004 are not eligible to apply for this funding opportunity.
Applicants must have the support and active involvement of the Single State Agency on Aging and the Single State Medicaid Agency. To be considered for funding, applications must be received by the deadline of July 7, 2005.
For more information on the Aging and Disability Resource Centers Grant program, please visit www.grants.gov, the AoA Website at http://www.aoa.gov or the CMS Website at www.cms.hhs.gov/newfreedom/default.asp.