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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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ASPE Issue Brief

The Impact of COVID-19 on Medicare Beneficiaries with Dementia Issue Brief

April 7, 2021
The Impact of COVID-19 on Medicare Beneficiaries with Dementia ASPE ISSUE BRIEF Helen Lamont, Ph.D., Judy Dey, Ph.D., and Iara Oliveira Office of Behavioral Health, Disability, and Aging Policy
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Characteristics of Homebound Older Adults: Potential Barriers to Accessing the COVID-19 Vaccine Issue Brief

April 5, 2021
Characteristics of Homebound Older Adults: Potential Barriers to Accessing the COVID-19 Vaccine ASPE ISSUE BRIEF Emma Nye and Martin Blanco Office of Behavioral Health, Disability, and Aging Policy
ASPE Issue Brief

Risk of Economic Hardship Among Older Adults Issue Brief

January 31, 2021
Risk of Economic Hardship Among Older Adults ASPE ISSUE BRIEF Richard W. Johnson and Melissa M. Favreault Urban Institute Judith Dey, William Marton, and Lauren Anderson
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Most Older Adults Are Likely to Need and Use Long-Term Services and Supports Issue Brief

January 31, 2021
Most Older Adults Are Likely to Need and Use Long-Term Services and Supports ASPE ISSUE BRIEF Richard W. Johnson and Melissa M. Favreault Urban Institute Judith Dey, William Marton, and Lauren Anderson

Projections of Risk of Needing Long-Term Services and Supports at Ages 65 and Older

January 31, 2021
Projections of Risk of Needing Long-Term Services and Supports at Ages 65 and Older Melissa M. Favreault and Richard W.

Use of Outpatient Pharmacological Treatment Among Infants Born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Medicaid 2008-2017 Issue Brief

January 18, 2021
Use of Outpatient Pharmacological Treatment Among Infants Born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Medicaid 2008-2017 ASPE ISSUE BRIEF Mir M. Ali, Emma Nye, and Kristina West U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Trends in Hospital Readmission and Emergency Department Visit among Infants Born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Issue Brief

January 18, 2021
Trends in Hospital Readmission and Emergency Department Visit among Infants Born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome ASPE ISSUE BRIEF Mir M. Ali, Emma Nye, and Kristina West U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Utilization of Mental Health Services among Children Diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome at Birth Issue Brief

January 18, 2021
Utilization of Mental Health Services among Children Diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome at Birth ASPE ISSUE BRIEF Mir M. Ali, Emma Nye, and Kristina West U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Public Comment Index for the National Alzheimer's Project Act

August 13, 2020
Public Comment Index on the National Plan for Alzheimer's Disease
ASPE Issue Brief

Individuals' Awareness of a Dementia Diagnosis Issue Brief

February 11, 2020
This study examined the characteristics of people who do not report having a diagnosis of dementia, despite a documented diagnosis by a health care provider, to health understand the factors that may contributed to their lack of awareness or failure to report. Understanding these factors is a key to taking steps to increasing awareness.