The National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA) creates an important opportunity to build upon and leverage HHS programs and other federal efforts to help change the trajectory of ADRD. The law calls for a National Plan for ADRD with input from a public-private Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services. The Advisory Council makes recommendations to HHS for priority actions to expand, coordinate, and condense programs in order to improve the health outcomes of people with ADRD and reduce the financial burden of these conditions on those with the diseases, their families, and society.
In order to inform the National Plan for ADRD, HHS has partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to convene an Interagency Group on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias. The group includes HHS representatives from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), National Institute on Aging (NIA), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Administration on Aging (AoA), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Indian Health Service (IHS), and Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The Interagency Group is working to carry out NAPA's charges to coordinate research and services across agencies, accelerate the development of ADRD treatments, improve early diagnosis and coordination of care, reduce ethnic and racial disparities in rates of ADRD, and coordinate with international efforts to fight these conditions. The Plan this group developed was presented to the Advisory Council for review, and updated annually.
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