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Office of Behavioral Health, Disability, and Aging Policy (BHDAP)

The Office of Behavioral Health, Disability, and Aging Policy (BHDAP) focuses on policies and programs that support the independence, productivity, health and well-being, and long-term care needs of people with disabilities, older adults, and people with mental and substance use disorders.

Note: BHDAP was previously known as the Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy (DALTCP). Only our office name has changed, not our mission, portfolio, or policy focus.

The Division of Behavioral Health Policy is responsible for the analysis, coordination, research and evaluation of policies related to mental and substance use disorders, also referred to as behavioral health. The division is the focal point for policy development and analysis related to the financing, access/delivery, organization, and quality of services for people with mental and substance use disorders, including those supported or financed by Medicaid, Medicare, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The Division of Long-Term Services and Supports is responsible for the analysis, coordination, and research and evaluation of policies related to institutional and community-based long-term care and supportive services, including formal and informal caregiving. The Division is the focal point for policy development and analysis related to the financing, delivery, organization, and quality of long-term care services and supports, including those supported or financed by private insurers, Medicaid, Medicare, and the Administration for Community Living (ACL).

The Division of Disability and Aging Policy is responsible for policy and data development, coordination, research and evaluation of policies and programs focused on the functioning and well-being of persons with disabilities and older adults. The Division is the focal point for crosscutting disability and aging collaboration within the Department and across other federal agencies. Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, are notable areas of engagement and expertise.

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COVID-19 Intensifies Home Care Workforce Challenges

May 31, 2021
COVID-19 Intensifies Home Care Workforce Challenges Denise Tyler, PhD, Melissa Hunter, MSW, Natalie Mulmule, BS, and Kristie Porter, MPH RTI International June 1, 2021 Link to Printer Friendly Version in PDF Format (66 PDF pages)

COVID-19 Intensifies Home Care Workforce Challenges: Agency Perspectives Issue Brief

May 31, 2021
COVID-19 Intensifies Home Care Workforce Challenges: Agency Perspectives

COVID-19 Intensifies Home Care Workforce Challenges: Policy Perspectives Issue Brief

May 31, 2021
COVID-19 Intensifies Home Care Workforce Challenges: Policy Perspectives
ASPE Issue Brief

Crisis Services and the Behavioral Health Workforce Issue Brief

April 14, 2021
Crisis Services and the Behavioral Health Workforce ASPE ISSUE BRIEF Stefanie Pietras and Allison Wishon Mathematica March 2021 Link to Printer Friendly Version in PDF Format (9 PDF pages)

Workforce Implications of Behavioral Health Care Models: Final Report

April 14, 2021
Workforce Implications of Behavioral Health Care Models: Final Report Stefanie Pietras and Allison Wishon Mathematica March 2021 Link to Printer Friendly Version in PDF Format (57 PDF pages)
ASPE Issue Brief

Age Group Differences in Progress toward Reducing Substance Use Disorders, 2015-2018 Issue Brief

April 13, 2021
Age Group Differences in Progress toward Reducing Substance Use Disorders, 2015-2018 ASPE ISSUE BRIEF Ellen Bouchery Mathematica March 2021 Link to Printer Friendly Version in PDF Format (7 PDF pages)
ASPE Issue Brief

Mental Health Treatment Need and Treatment System Capacity Issue Brief

April 13, 2021
Mental Health Treatment Need and Treatment System Capacity ASPE ISSUE BRIEF Ellen Bouchery Mathematica March 2021 Link to Printer Friendly Version in PDF Format (8 PDF pages)

Chartbook on Behavioral Health Treatment Demand and Provider Capacity in the United States

April 13, 2021
Chartbook on Behavioral Health Treatment Demand and Provider Capacity in the United States Ellen Bouchery Mathematica March 2021 Link to Printer Friendly Version in PDF Format (80 PDF pages)
ASPE Issue Brief

Has Treatment for Substance Use Disorders Increased? Issue Brief

April 13, 2021
Has Treatment for Substance Use Disorders Increased? ASPE ISSUE BRIEF Ellen Bouchery Mathematica March 2021 Link to Printer Friendly Version in PDF Format (10 PDF pages)
Research Brief

Mental Health Consequences of COVID-19: The Role of Social Determinants of Health Research Brief

April 8, 2021
Mir M. Ali, Ph.D., Health Economist Office of Behavioral Health, Disability, and Aging Policy Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation April 6, 2021 Link to Printer Friendly Version in PDF Format (11 PDF pages)