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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative – Specialized Supportive Services Project

Deadline: May 7, 2018

The Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative: Specialized Supportive Services (ADI-SSS) project is designed to fill gaps in established dementia-capable home and community-based service (HCBS) systems for persons living with or those at high risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) and their caregivers. Such systems provide quality, person-centered services that help individuals remain independent and safe in their communities. A model dementia-capable HCBS system would:

  • Identify people with possible dementia and recommend that they see a physician for a timely, accurate diagnosis and to rule out reversible causes of dementia or conditions that resemble it
  • Ensure that program eligibility and resource allocation take into account the impact of cognitive disabilities
  • Ensure that staff communicate effectively with people with dementia and their caregivers and provide services that are person- and family-centered, offer self-direction of services, and are culturally appropriate
  • Educate workers to identify possible dementia, and understand the symptoms of dementia and appropriate services
  • Educate the public about brain health, including information about the risk factors associated with developing dementia, first signs of cognitive problems, management of symptoms if individuals have dementia, support programs, and opportunities to participate in research
  • Implement quality assurance systems that measure how effectively providers serve people with dementia and their caregivers
  • Encourage development of dementia-friendly communities, which include key parts of dementia-capability

The intent of ADI-SSS program cooperative agreements is to fill service gaps identified in the following three areas:

  • Provision of effective supportive services to persons living alone with ADRD in the community
  • Improvement of the quality and effectiveness of programs and services dedicated to individuals aging with intellectual and developmental disabilities with ADRD or those at high risk of developing ADRD
  • Delivery of behavioral symptom management training and expert consultations for family caregivers

The cooperative agreement will have two phases:

  • Planning Phase: The period during which the grantee refines their proposed program implementation and evaluation plans, based on the plans contained in their original application. The resulting plan will be the ACL/AoA approved roadmap for the grantee to accomplish the goals, objectives, and core components of ACL/AoA funded program. During the planning phase, and prior to entering the implementation phase, all grantees and partners will complete a dementia capability assessment to establish a baseline from which their program activities can be evaluated.
  • Implementation Phase: The period during which the grantee’s implement their approved plan for accomplishing the goals, objectives, and core components of these objectives, as well as the evaluation of planned program activities. Grantees will complete annual dementia capability assessments each fall, over the course of the grant period.

Amount: A total of $9,842,321 is available to award up to 10 cooperative agreements ranging $800,000-$1,000,000 with a 36-month project and budget period.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are those private and/or public community-based entities that are able to: 1) demonstrate their operation within an existing dementia-capable HCBS service system dedicated to the population that they serve; and 2) articulate opportunities and additional services in the targeted gap areas that would enhance and strengthen the existing system. Project applicants must identify and propose dementia specific evidence-based or evidence-informed services that will address the identified gaps. Eligible applicants will be those community-based entities that are presently operating within an existing dementia-capable HBCS service system and not those in the beginning of development of such a system.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=300567

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