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Moving Forward: Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Plan, 2006-2011 

IV. Examples of Current Initiatives, Projects, and Activities That Fill Service Gaps

DHSS Priority Area: Long-Term Care

Aging and Disability Resource Centers

Aging and Disability Resource Centers serve as a visible, trusted place for older adults and people of all ages with disabilities to go for information and assistance. The ADRC initiative is a part of a nationwide effort to restructure community based services and supports while ensuring informed choice and accessibility. ADRC activities include efforts to remove barriers to community living in support of Alaska’s call to meet the requirements of the Olmstead decision and the President’s New Freedom Initiatives.

The goal of the program is to have a minimum of six fully functioning ADRC’s providing statewide coverage; the current funding supports three sites. SDS will request applications for more sites should additional funds become available. The Aging and Disability Resource Center Grants are managed by staff in the SDS Grants Unit. Over the next three years, this staff will work to further streamline access for consumers and centralize intake, eligibility, and assessment processes for Medicaid, Grant, and Private Pay Long term Care services.

The ADRC Coordinator at each site works with local providers and hospital discharge planners to (1) link the target population to services and supports in their community; (2) reduce dissemination of inaccurate and/or duplicated information; and (3) identify and address gaps in long term care services with the guidance and support of SDS. Alliance on Information and Referral Services (AIRS) certified staff, located in ADRC centers, will provide information, referral, and access to services well as community outreach and education.

ADRC Advisory Council membership will include representation from: State Independent Living Council, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Alaska Commission on Aging, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and United Way 211 Project.

Recent Accomplishments

  • An ADRC Operational Guide was developed
  • ADRC signed an MOA with 211
  • SDS received a federal grant whose main goals are to expand existing ADRC infrastructure and develop a plan for sustainability.
  • Funding for 3 new sites will be available March 2010-2013.

 Recent Challenges

  • The Interior, Northern Alaska and Southwestern Alaska are unserved by ADRCs
  • The 3 original ADRC’s were funded for only one full time ADRC Specialist.  Federal grant funds for expansion paid for .5 FTE in each of the 3 sites
  • Outreach and marketing to providers and consumers about ADRC’s is a challenge
  • Sustainability of the ADRC’s is an on-going issue.                                                                                                                                                                                              

Outcome Data

Alaska’s ADRCs served 4623 individuals during FY 2009, the highest number since the program’s inception in FY 2005.

Supporting Family Caregivers

DHSS Senior and Disability Services has been providing support for Family Caregivers of individuals 60+ and Grandparents (55+) raising grandchildren through the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) (Federal Administration on Aging/Older Americans Act funding) since its inception in FY2001. Through this program, Family Caregivers are provided information, assistance, education, counseling, support groups, respite and supplemental services to assist them in extending the time they can care for their loved one in their homes. Alaska’s NFCSP provides services statewide to meet the needs of caregivers specifically.

Recent Accomplishments

  • There is an increase in the numbers of Grandparents raising grandchildren served

Recent Challenges

  • Funding for statewide programs
  • Lack of services in rural areas

Outcome data

Alaska’s National Family Caregiver Support program provided over 17,507 hours/units of service in FY 2009 to 3,557 caregivers throughout the state.

Other Examples of Current Initiatives, Projects, and Activities That Fill Service Gaps

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