For Immediate Release                                                           Contact:  AoA Press Office

Tuesday, September 29, 2009                                                                (202) 357-3507

 

AoA Awards more than $32 million for Home and Community-Based Services and Supports for Older Americans and Individuals with Disabilities

 

Programs allow more people, including veterans, to remain at home and in their communities

 

HHS Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee has announced more than $32 million to expand and support community-based programs that help promote health, independence and community living for older Americans, veterans and people with disabilities. 

 

“This new funding complements President Obama’s designation of 2009 as the ‘Year of Community Living,’ which supports community living options for all people with disabilities,” said U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “These grants are important investments that will help us strengthen services in the community so that more older Americans and individuals with disabilities can remain in their homes and communities.”

 

The programs being announced are administered by HHS’ Administration on Aging (AoA) through its national aging network that includes states, tribal and area agencies on aging, community service providers, caregivers and volunteers.  The services provided through these programs affect the lives of millions of older persons, people with disabilities and veterans, helping them to remain healthier and more independent. 

 

“We have a commitment to demonstrate that our investments make a difference in people’s lives,” said Assistant Secretary Greenlee.  “The Administration on Aging’s core services that include meals, transportation, family caregiver support, legal assistance, information and referral and others, currently reach one in five seniors. Many older people and people with disabilities – including veterans – can remain in their homes if they have help managing their health care needs, getting to appointments, and taking care of every day tasks like cleaning, grocery shopping and cooking. Providing this kind of help makes it easier for people to live where they most want to be while reducing nursing home and other health care costs. I am also pleased to continue our collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs that supports our courageous veterans and their families.”

“The Veterans Health Administration is building on the initial success of the Veteran-Directed Home and Community-Based Services program that we started last year with AoA by continuing to expand the program to additional states,” said VHA Acting Under Secretary for Health Gerald M. Cross, M.D.  “The program enhances VHA’s capability to provide veterans of all ages, and their caregivers, with more services, more choices and more control in order for them to remain safely in the home, supported by family and community.”


Today’s announcement includes funding for:

 

Community Living Program (CLP)/Veterans Directed Home and Community Based Program (VDHCBS)

 

Seven million dollars for AoA’s Community Living Program to fund 16 states to help individuals who are at risk of being admitted to a nursing home to remain at home through the provision of home and community-based services and supports.  For the second year, AoA will be partnering with the VHA to offer the VDHCBS program through the Community Living Program.

 

To learn which states received CLP funding, please visit: http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/AoA_Programs/HCLTC/NHD/index.aspx#grantees

 

Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC)

 

Eleven million dollars to 49 states and territories to make it easier for people to learn about and access the full array of long-term care options that are available in their communities.  ADRCs are a collaborative effort of AoA and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to support state efforts to implement “one-stop shop” entry points at the community level. 

 

To learn which states received funding and to learn more about ADRCs, please visit: http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/AoA_Programs/HCLTC/ADRC/index.aspx

 

Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program (ADSSP)

 

Ten million dollars for grants to help families caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) in the community.  Through the ADSSP, 16 states will receive grants to expand the availability of support services for families who are caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease in the community.    

 

To learn which states were selected and to learn more about the Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services program, please visit http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/AoA_Programs/HCLTC/Alz_Grants/index.aspx

 

            Community Innovations for Aging in Place

 

More than $4.5 million for grants to 13 community-based organizations to support a variety of innovative models for providing comprehensive and coordinated health and social services to seniors in the communities where they live. 

 

To learn which organizations were selected for Community Innovations for Aging in Place, please visit: http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/AoA_Programs/HCLTC/index.aspx

 

To learn more about the Administration on Aging and its programs and services, please visit: www.aoa.gov

 

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