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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
Monday, September 22, 2003 Contact: AoA Press Office
(202) 401-4541

HHS AWARDS $9.3 MILLION TO HELP STATES DEVELOP NEW AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTERS

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced 12 grants totaling $9.3 million to support state efforts to create “one stop shop” centers to help consumers learn about and access long-term supports ranging from in-home services to nursing facility care.

“These new centers will serve as visible and trusted places where people can turn for information on the full range of long-term support options, as well as assistance in accessing those options” Secretary Thompson said. “The centers will offer consumers reliable information to help them make appropriate choices for themselves and their families.”

The grants announced today are being awarded to state agencies in Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and West Virginia. Additional grants may be funded in fiscal year 2004, subject to availability of funds.

The Aging and Disability Resource Center Grant Program is part of the President’s New Freedom Initiative, which aims at overcoming barriers to community living for people with disabilities of all ages. The program is a joint effort involving HHS’ Administration on Aging (AoA) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and provides states with an opportunity to effectively integrate their long-term support resources for consumers into a single coordinated system.

“States use a variety of approaches to meet the unique needs of the populations they serve,” HHS Assistant Secretary for Aging Josefina Carbonell said. “The program has been designed to allow for a great deal of flexibility. Some state programs will utilize a single agency serving as the entry point to all long-term supports while other states will establish multiple sites that are coordinated and standardized to ensure there is ‘no wrong door’ for individuals trying to access the long-term care system.”

“ These centers will offer assistance to families often desperate to find appropriate and affordable support for a loved one, “ CMS Administrator Tom Scully said. “The grants will assist states in their efforts to streamline access to multiple public programs and ensure that families can find the assistance they need through a single point of entry into the long-term support system.”

More information on the Aging and Disability Resource Centers Grant program, including descriptions of grantee projects, is available at http://www.aoa.gov and at www.cms.hhs.gov/newfreedom/. A list of the grantees follows:

AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER GRANT PROGRAM
FISCAL YEAR 2003 AWARDS

State Agency Total Award

  • Louisiana
    Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs $799,998
  • Maine
    DHS Bureau of Elder and Adult Services $767,205
  • Maryland
    Department of Aging $800,000
  • Massachusetts
    Executive Office of Elder Affairs $750,000
  • Minnesota
    Board on Aging $739,136
  • Montana
    DPHHS Senior and Long-Term Care Division $699,284
  • New Hampshire
    University of New Hampshire $800,000
  • New Jersey
    Department of Health & Senior Services $798,041
  • Pennsylvania
    Department of Aging $764,000
  • Rhode Island
    Department of Elderly Affairs $749,000
  • South Carolina
    DHHS Bureau of Senior Services $800,000
  • West Virginia
    Bureau of Senior Services $798,975

TOTAL $9,265,639