It is my honor to present to you the FY 2012 Alabama Department of Senior Services (ADSS) Annual Report. During FY 2012 ADSS was able to negotiate several challenges and changes while striving to serve Alabama’s seniors and those with disabilities in the most effective and efficient way possible.
ADSS hosted the first statewide Health and Human Services Conference which focused on consumer-directed care. ADSS was appointed as the lead agency in legislation that created Alabama’s Interagency Council for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. The entire Medicaid Elderly and Disabled Waiver program was moved to ADSS in efforts to streamline government and increase efficiency.
ADSS hosted several stakeholder meetings during FY 2012 to receive input on Alabama’s State Plan on Aging. We will be finalizing the plan during FY 2013 and submitting it to the federal government for approval.
On a federal level, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created the Administration for Community Living in FY 2012 which combined the Administration on Aging, the Office on Disability and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities in a single agency.
I look forward to continuing our efforts that we began in FY 2012 to further our mission and as always we are here to assist. Please call on us if you need help.