Aging & Disability Resource Connection
The Aging & Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) is a collaborative effort of the Administration on Aging (AoA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designed to streamline access to long-term care. The ADRC initiative is part of a nationwide effort to restructure services and supports for older adults and younger persons with disabilities.
The goal of ADRC is to empower individuals to make informed choices and to streamline access to long-term support. The vision is to have Resource Connections in every community serving as highly visible and trusted places where people can turn for information on the full range of long-term support options.
ADRCs serve as integrated points of entry into the long-term care system, commonly referred to as “one stop shops,” and are designed to address many of the frustrations consumers and their families experience when trying to access needed information, services and supports. Integrated points of entry strive to create community-wide service systems that reduce consumer confusion and build consumer trust and respect by enhancing individual choice and informed decision making.
This strategy can also help to break down barriers to community-based living by giving consumers information about the complete spectrum of long-term care options.
In Georgia, the access system to information and assistance is referred to as “Gateway.” This system contains over 24,000 resources related to aging and disability services. For information on how to contact the AAA Gateway serving your area, locate your AAA. Of the twelve AAAs in Georgia, six currently have ADRCs. To learn more about ADRC resources and where ADRCs are located click here.
Key Functions of an ADRC
Awareness and Information
- Public Education
- Information on Options
- Eligibility Screening
- Private-Pay Services
- Comprehensive Assessment
- Medicaid Financial Eligibility
- Options Counseling
- Benefits Counseling
- Employment Options Counseling
- Crisis Intervention