HHS Funding to Target Long-Term Services for Seniors, People With Disabilities

States now have extra money to expand home and community-based long-term services and support for people with disabilities and seniors. Through the Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services (HHS) will award $25 million to support Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) in nearly every state over the next one to three years.

ADRCs help people learn about and access community services such as home care, nursing homes, social support for daily living, transportation and physical therapy. The centers are part of an initiative established through a partnership between the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

In addition, the VHA will make $27 million available over 3 years in ADRC-funded states through the VA Medical Centers.

Approximately eight states will be selected to accelerate the development of one-on-one options counseling over a three-year period to streamline the intake and eligibility determination processes for people accessing long-term service and support programs.

“Options counseling is an important tool that can provide custom-tailored advice about all the services available in a person’s community, reducing unnecessary time and energy spent searching for answers in a variety of places,” Kathy Greenlee, ACL’s administrator and assistant secretary for aging.

Funding will be provided by ACL to up to 40 states next year to support their current ADRC programs.