AB 1200: Aging and Disabilities Resource Connection

June 30, 2017

As a core partner with the Agency on Aging Area 4 for the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) of Nevada County, FREED supports AB 1200 (Cervantes) legislation to codify the ADRC program. The bill defines the program, outlines its purpose, establishes standards of operations and requires the Department of Aging and the State Department of Health Care Services to explore reimbursement options.

The ADRC initiative focuses on delivering person centered planning by improving access to long-term services and support (LTSS) so that an individual can receive the right services at the right time and in the right place. These programs provide objective information, advice, counseling and assistance, and ensure that individuals are able to make informed decisions about their services. ADRCs build on the strength of existing community agencies, such as Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) and Independent Living Centers (ILC), to provide a single coordinated system of information and access for all persons seeking long-term services and support.

In 2003, the federal Administration on Aging (AoA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) started promoting the ADRC initiative to streamline access to long-term services and supports (LTSS) to assist older adults, persons with disabilities, families, and caregivers. Although federal and state agencies encourage local networks to collaborate on developing ADRCs, there is no statutory authority, thereby limiting the program to only seven sites throughout California.

The ADRC program needs and deserves the support of the Legislature to ensure that the program becomes an integral component of the long-term support and services delivery system.

Click here for more information about the AB 1200 bill.

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