ALL ABOUT the Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy (DALTCP)

DALTCP & Its Divisions

The Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy (DALTCP) is responsible for the development, coordination, research and evaluation of Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) policies and programs that support the independence, productivity, health and well-being of children, working age adults, and older persons with disabilities. The Office is also responsible for policy coordination and research to promote the economic and social well-being of older Americans.

DALTCP coordinates its work with aging and disability-related agencies and programs throughout the government, including the Departments of Justice, Labor, Education, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, the Social Security Administration, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Division of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Policy

The DALTCP Division of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Policy (BHIDP) is responsible for analysis, coordination, research and evaluation of policies related to individuals with severe intellectual disabilities, severe addictions and/or severe and persistent mental illness. The Division's responsibilities include long-range planning, budget and economic analysis, data development and analysis, program analysis, review of regulations and reports on legislation, review and conduct of research and evlauation activities, and information dissemination. The Division is the focal point for policy development and analysis related to financing, access/delivery, organization and quality of intellectual disability and serious and persistent mental illnesses services, including those financed by Medicaid, Medicare, SAMHSA, Administration on Developmental Disabilities, and the Health Resources and Services Administration. The Division works closely with other offices in Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) because the two vulnerable populations that are its focus are users of both human services and health services.

Division of Disability and Aging Policy

The DALTCP Division of Disability and Aging Policy (DAP) is responsible for policy development, coordination, research and evaluation of policies and programs focusing on persons with disabilities and older Americans (Older Americans Act). Activities related to the Older Americans Act are carried out in coordination with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Aging. This includes measuring and evaluating the impact of programs authorized by the Older Americans Act. The Division is also responsible for supporting the development and coordination of crosscutting disability and aging data and policies within the HHS and other federal agencies. Areas of focus include assessing the interaction between the health, disability, and economic well-being of persons of all ages with disabilities including the prevalence of disability and disabling conditions; describing the socio-demographic characteristics of relevant populations; determining service use, income, employment, and program participation patterns; and coordinating the development of disability and aging data and policies that affect the characteristics, circumstances and needs of older Americans and disabled populations. The Division's responsibilities including long-range planning, budget and economic analysis, program analysis, review of regulations and reports on legislation, review and conduct of research and evaluation activities, and information dissemination.

Division of Long-Term Care Policy

The DALTCP Division of Long-Term Care Policy (LTCP) is responsible for coordination, development, research and evaluation of HHS policies and programs which address the long-term care and personal assistance needs of people of all ages with functional impairments and disabilities. The Division is the focal point for policy development and analysis related to the long-term care services components of the Affordable Care Act, as well as Medicare, Medicaid, and including nursing facility services, community residential services, personal assistance services, home health and rehabilitation services, and the integration of acute, post-acute and long-term care services. The Division's responsibilities include long-range planning, budget and economic analysis, program analysis, review of regulations and reports on legisation, review and conduct of research and evaluatoin activities, and information dissemination.

DALTCP Staff

Below is a list of staff within the Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy and the issues they work on.

NAME ROLE
Linda Elam Deputy Assistant Secretary
Ruth Katz Deputy to the Deputy Assistant Secretary
Kirsten Beronio Director, Division of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Policy
William Marton Director, Division of Disability and Aging Policy
Gavin Kennedy Director, Division of Long-Term Care Policy
Hakan Ayakan Elderly Disability Trends; Medicare Home Health
Allison Cuellar  
Pamela Doty Home & Community-Based Services; Health Insurance
John Drabek Electronic Health Information; Post-Acute Care in Nursing Homes; Nursing Home Quality
Helen Lamont  
Susan Polniaszek Skilled Nursing Facilities; Nursing Homes
Emily Rosenoff Health Informatics
Samuel Shipley Web Design / HTML Guide
Goldwyn Smith Staff Assistant
Marie Squillace Workforce Issues
Brenda Veazey Website; Staff Assistant