Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)
On August 1, 2005 the Area Agency of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc. became one of Florida’s first three Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs). The ADRC was designed to improve entry into the long term care system and make long term care responsibilities more efficient. The long term care system provides high quality services to its clients, but the long-term care network can be a complicated maze for elderly persons and their families. Therefore, the then-new initiative built on the strengths of the long term care network and enhanced opportunities for seniors to receive services in a seamless and highly responsive manner. The disability portion of the Aging and Disability Resource Center in Pasco and Pinellas counties initially focused on providing information and referral to adults age 18 and over who had severe and persistent mental illness. The ADRC then expanded and provided information on resources for adults with a developmental disability and caregivers. As of March 2012, all eleven Area Agencies on Aging in Florida are Aging and Disability Resource Centers.
The ADRC includes virtual co-location with organizations that provide eligibility determination for services, namely staff of the Department of Elder Affairs CARES Unit and the Department of Children and Families. These programs conduct the screenings to determine financial eligibility and functional Level of Care, however as a client advocate, the ADRC works with them to ensure that the function occurs as efficiently and expeditiously as possible.
As part of the ADRC, the eleven Area Agencies on Aging developed a state-wide database of resources on the internet so that information about senior services and disability resources are more accessible.
For more information on Aging and Disability Resource Centers:
- About the eleven ADRCs in Florida, click here.
- A Database of Resources for the State of Florida
- ADRC Workgroup and Project Director’s Meeting