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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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National Plan Action Side-by-Side

November 20, 2019
This file shows the progression of work done on each Action included in the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease. Due to formatting changes and changing Actions titles, descriptions that have been updated, and new Actions that have been added, information below has been grouped by Action Description within the Plan's Implementation Milestones chart.

National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease: 2019 Update

October 17, 2019
This is the PDF version of the 2019 Update of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease. There have been updates yearly since this report was originally published in 2012.

Needs Assessment Methodologies in Determining Treatment Capacity for Substance Use Disorders: Final Report

September 15, 2019
This project evaluated needs assessment methodologies for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment capacity, highlighting best practices and identifying gaps and opportunities for improvement.
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Needs Assessment Methodologies in Determining Treatment Capacity for Substance Use Disorders: Environmental Scan Final Report

September 15, 2019
This project evaluated needs assessment methodologies for substance use disorder treatment capacity, highlighting best practices and identifying gaps and opportunities for improvement.

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics Demonstration Program: Report to Congress, 2018

September 9, 2019
This 2018 report highlights participating states’ CCBHC activities that have been associated with improving access to a comprehensive range of treatment and recovery support services. The range of services includes delivery of mental health, addiction, and either screening for general medical conditions or onsite access to primary care during the first year of the demonstration.

Non-Fatal Opioid Overdose and Associated Health Outcomes: Final Summary Report

September 3, 2019
Non-fatal opioid overdose (NFOO) is a significant cause of opioid-related morbidity in the United States. As the number of NFOOs continues to grow, it is important to understand the short- and long-term consequences of NFOO.

Inpatient Bed Tracking: State Responses to Need for Inpatient Care

August 5, 2019
States have begun to collect and post information on bed availability (i.e., create bed registries or bed tracking systems) as a tool for providers, patients, and caregivers to identify open beds more efficiently.

APPROACHES TO EARLY JAIL DIVERSION: COLLABORATIONS AND INNOVATIONS

July 22, 2019
People with behavioral health conditions such as serious mental illness (SMI) and substance use disorders (SUDs), including opioid use disorder (OUD), are 3-6 times more likely than the general population to be represented in the criminal justice system.

Support And Services at Home (SASH) Evaluation: SASH Evaluation Findings, 2010-2016

July 9, 2019
This document provides highlights of the evaluation of the Support and Services at Home (SASH) program for the first years of the program (2010-2016). The SASH program in Vermont is a promising approach to providing support services and care coordination to older adults and individuals with disabilities, using affordable housing properties as a platform for service delivery.

Support And Services at Home (SASH) Evaluation: Highlights from the Evaluation of Program Outcomes from 2010 to 2016

July 9, 2019
This paper describes the primary features of the SASH program and summarizes the main findings of the evaluation to date.