Aging and Disability Resource Center
The Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) were developed through a partnership between the Administration on Aging(AOA)/Administration for Community Living (ACL), and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS). The overall goal of the ADRC Program is to empower individuals to effectively navigate their long-term services and supports options to make informed choices, to streamline access to long-term services and supports and organize the long-term support system. The vision is to have ADRCs in every community serving as highly visible and trusted places where people can turn for information on the full range of long term support options and a single point of entry to public long term support programs and benefits.
ADRCs are a resource for both public and private-pay individuals. Making information and counseling available to private-pay individuals is a central element of the AOA/ACL/CMS Resource Center vision. Reaching people before they become Medicaid-eligible, and helping them to learn about low-cost options and programs such as private long term support insurance, can help individuals make better use of their own resources and help to prevent or delay spend-down to Medicaid. ADRCs serve adults age 60 and older and people with disabilities over the age of 18.
Trained and Certified Information Specialists throughout the state:
- Serve individuals 60 or older, adults with disabilities, their family and caregivers
- Provide information, referral and assistance
- Provide Options Counseling for planning long term services and supports
- Maintain a current public website directory of Montana services and providers
- Provide outreach work within their communities or service areas
All Information Specialists are employees, volunteers or contracted services through the Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers.
- To date, ADRCs have accomplished the following:
- Increased capacity and expertise to provide information and assistance to consumers needing help in exploring long-term care services and options.
- Developed relationships with Independent Living Centers for training and to provide assistance to persons with disabilities.
- Provided outreach and public education on long term care topics.
- Developed an Internet based system for people to apply for multiple public benefits (including Medicaid programs, Food Stamps, Low Income Energy Assistance (LIEAP), Big Sky Rx, Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Aging Services programs). The system limits repeated collection of the same information when applying for public benefits.
- Develop a Memorandum of Understanding with Medicaid on ways to increase coordination between Medicaid and ADRCs and continue efforts to simplify the application process for public benefits.
- Develop a proposal to obtain Medicaid administrative dollars for ADRC Medicaid related activities in conjunction with the state Medicaid program and submit it to CMS.
- Implement a formal client screening/assessment process in the ADRCs
- Expansion of Medicaid administrative dollars for all ADRCs
- Development and implementation of the Options Counseling program
Currently, there are (9) Montana Area Agencies on Aging which are designated as ADRCs.
The State Office on Aging contracts with:
Area I Agency on Aging ADRC
Action for Eastern Montana
Areas Served: Carter, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Fort Peck Reservation, Garfield, McCone, Phillips, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Rosebud, Sheridan, Treasure, Valley, Wibaux
Area II Agency on Aging ADRC
Areas Served: Big Horn, Carbon, Crow Reservation, Fergus, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, Musselshell, Northern Cheyenne Reservation, Petroleum, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Wheatland, Yellowstone
The Alliance Resource Center of Yellowstone County
Area Served: Yellowstone County
Area IV Agency on Aging ADRC
Areas Served: Broadwater, Gallatin, Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, Meagher, Park
Area V Agency on Aging ADRC
Southwest Montana Aging and Disability Services
Area Served: Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Granite, Madison, Powell, Silver Bow
Area VI Agency on Aging ADRC
Western Montana Area VI Agency on Aging, Inc.
Areas Served: Lake, Lincoln, Mineral, Salish Kootenai Reservation, Sanders
Area VII Agency on Aging ADRC
Missoula Aging Services
Areas Served: Missoula, Ravalli
Area VIII Agency on Aging ADRC
Cascade County Aging Services
Area Served: Cascade
Area IX Agency on Aging ADRC
Area Served: Flathead
Area X Agency on Aging ADRC
Hill County Council on Aging
Area Served: Hill
Big Sky Waiver Review Workgroup
Community Services - Independent Living
Home and Living Options
Protective and Legal Services
Service Partners and Providers
Electronic Visit Verification (EVV)
Governor's Conference on Aging
Oversight of State Medicaid Claiming and Program Integrity Expectations