Announcements

May 30, 2017
  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently announced the formation of a new federal interagency initiative to better address serious mental illness across the nation. The Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) was created under the 21st Century Cures Act to foster coordination of all federal efforts related to serious mental illness. SAMHSA is responsible for managing the ISMICC.
May 25, 2017
  First-of-its-kind searchable database of low-cost programs and comprehensive “how to” guide for communities The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Community Living (ACL), and Office on Women’s Health (OWH) have launched their first website focused on helping communities to promote the oral health of older adults.
May 24, 2017
  Community-based organizations (CBO) have the experience, community knowledge, and service-delivery expertise to be valuable partners to traditional healthcare entities in the new value-based and accountable-care environment. CBO services can and should be integrated into the wider clinical paradigm to achieve person-centered, population-health goals that keep older adults and people with disabilities in their homes and communities for as long as they wish.
May 22, 2017
  Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, Get Involved Summer is almost here. While we prepare to enjoy the warm weather, it’s important to take precautions in case extreme heat strikes. By evaluating your needs, you can plan for any heat related situation. The following steps will prepare you to handle periods of extreme heat and the associated risks:
May 19, 2017
In case you missed it, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a three-year extension for state Medicaid programs to meet the Home- and Community-Based (HCBS) settings requirements for settings operating before March 17, 2017. States now have until March 17, 2022, to demonstrate compliance for the final rule. See the announcement from CMS.
May 18, 2017
Dear Colleagues, ACL is pleased to announce the release of Frequently Asked Questions on Independent Living Services for Children and Youth with Disabilities (Youth Services FAQ), which was developed in response to questions from grantees about the  provisions for transitions of youth  included in the  Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA).
May 17, 2017
  The mission of a community-based organization is rooted in supporting people with disabilities and/or older adults to have vibrant and meaningful lives in their community. Part of fulfilling that mission is staying up to date on efforts to move toward greater integrated health care, primarily through Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS). Learn more about the basics of what a MLTSS program is and how community-based organizations, states, and the health plans responsible for the management of the long-term services and supports can work together.
May 11, 2017
  ACL has opened a new funding opportunity to establish Centers for Independent Living in Guam, American Samoa, and Pennsylvania. The goal of this opportunity is to expand and improve the provision of independent living services in the targeted areas and to support statewide networks of these centers. There are currently no Centers for Independent Living (CILs) funded in Guam, American Samoa, and the three county area (Allegheny, Armstrong, and Westmoreland) surrounding Pittsburgh, PA.
May 10, 2017
  ACL is seeking public comment on the information collection requirements relating to consumer assessment surveys that are used by ACL to measure program performance for programs funded under Title III of the Older Americans Act. The deadline for public comments is this Friday, May 12. Comments can be submitted via e-mail to: Heather.Menne@acl.hhs.gov. Learn more about the survey.
May 9, 2017
  This webinar is a consultation with stakeholders to discuss the changes to Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) required by the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2016. The Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2016 maintains the dual purposes of SCSEP in promoting community service and work-based training activities for unemployed low-income persons who are 55 and older with poor employment prospects, and reinforces alignment and coordination with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014.

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