Background Paper

No. 81

Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs): Federal and State Efforts to Guide Consumers Through the Long-Term Services and Supports Maze
November 19, 2010


Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA


Since 2003, the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have made a series of grants to states to develop Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs). The ADRC program’s purpose is to help people of all ages, disabilities, and income levels more easily access long-term services and supports through single points of entry, make more efficient use of care options, and maximize the services available. Almost $111 million in joint AoA-CMS funding has been devoted to the ADRC initiative since its inception in fiscal year 2003. As of October 2010, 325 ADRC sites are in operation in 45 states and territories. Wide variation among ADRCs exists, and the AoA is calling for more standardization. This publication provides background on the evolution of ADRCs, their functions and implementation, grants to states, and state and federal evaluation efforts. It also points to selected issues in continuing ADRC implementation.

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For more on services provided to the elderly population under the Older Americans Act, see "The Aging Services Network: Serving a Vulnerable and Growing Elderly Population in Tough Economic Times" (Background Paper No. 83, December 13, 2011).

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