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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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A Guide to Memorandum of Understanding Negotiation and Development

December 31, 1981
This paper describes a practical step-by-step approach to negotiating memoranda of understanding. Although they were written for Channeling agencies, the techniques as described would be useful for any social service agency interested in developing formalized interagency agreements. The document includes model agreements. [26 PDF pages]

Community Services and Long-Term Care: Issues of Negligence and Liability

December 31, 1981
Agencies operating under the National Long-Term Care Channeling Demonstration program had complex assignments to assess the needs of older people requiring long-term care, to determine what services met such needs and to arrange for the delivery of services. Responsibility for a client was spread across several agencies, organizations, and individuals.

Working Papers on Long-Term Care

September 30, 1981
These Papers describe the current state of knowledge about long-term care in the U.S., and serve as a knowledge base for the difficult analytic tasks that lie ahead. They are based on the work of HHS's Task Force on Long-Term Care up to January 1981 and contain data that have not been available before.

Issues in Developing the Client Assessment Instrument for the National Long Term Care Channeling Demonstration

December 31, 1980
This preliminary report addresses a number of issues pertaining to the development of a combined research and clinical instrument for assessing the functional status of clients in the National Long-Term Care Channeling Demonstration.