Aging and Disability Resource Connection
The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) initiative is a collaborative effort led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). ACL brings together the Department of Health and Human Services Office on Disability, the Administration on Aging and the Administration for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. ACL actively partners with the Veterans Administration as well as the Department of Education. This initiative seeks to streamline access to long-term services and supports (LTSS) for older adults, all persons with disabilities, family caregivers, veterans and LTSS providers. Currently, 52 states and territories are operating or are in the process of implementing the core elements of an ADRC.
In many communities, multiple agencies administer long-term support services and have complex, fragmented and often duplicative intake, assessment and eligibility functions. ADRCs build on the strength of existing community agencies, such as Area Agencies on Aging and Centers for Independent Living, to provide a single, more coordinated system of information and access for all persons seeking long-term support to minimize confusion, enhance individual choice, and supporting informed decision-making.