Aging & Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)

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The National Aging and Disability Resource Center Program (ADRC), is a collaborative effort of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and is designed to streamline access to home and community supports and services for consumers of all ages, incomes and disabilities, and their families. For more information on national ADRC efforts, go to the national ADRC Technical Assistance Exchange site.

ADRCs serve as integrated points of entry into the long-term and home or community-based service and support system and are designed to address the frustrations many consumers and their families experience when they need to obtain information and access to those services and supports.  Through integration or coordination of existing aging and disability service systems, ADRC programs raise visibility about the full range of options that are available, provide objective information, advice, counseling and assistance, empower people to make informed decisions about their long term and other supports, and help people more easily access public and private long term supports and services programs. These timely supports can also prevent or delay the need to access government paid services. By linking consumers with services and supports that match their individualized priorities and preferences, ADRCs have the ability to assist individuals to remain at home or in their communities and thereby support individual self-empowerment and quality of life.  ADRCs rely on strong partnerships with other social services organizations; healthcare providers; and aging and disability advocates to create integrated networks.  Thus far, Washington State has received federal grants to assist in the development, implementation, and statewide expansion of a sustainable system of fully functional ADRCs.  For more information on the state's efforts, please explore the following links.

Information

For further information contact: Susan Shepherd, ADRC Program Manager Susan.Shepherd@dshs.wa.gov