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Capitol Correspondence - 09.27.22

ACL Releases National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living (ACL) released the 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers, which highlights nearly 350 actions the federal government will take to support family caregivers in the coming year.

 

The strategy’s recommended state actions include specific recommendations to expand and strengthen the direct care workforce as “a fundamental component of improving access to support for family caregivers,” and recommendations to fund Home and Community Based Services rather than institutional settings.  

 

The strategy was developed jointly by the advisory councils created by the RAISE Family Caregiving Act and the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act, with extensive input from the public, including family caregivers and the people they support. The strategy will be open to public comment for 60 days beginning on October 1, 2022. Visit the ACL caregiver strategy page for additional details and resources.