In April 2004, the Department received a federal
grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging
and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services to establish at least two pilot Aging
and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs). As a
result, Aging and Disability Resource Centers in
the Orlando, St. Petersburg and Fort Lauderdale
areas began providing services to caregivers,
elders and adults with severe and persistent
mental illnesses (SPMI) in the summer and fall
Florida’s ADRCs provide information and
referral not only to elders, but also to adults
age 18 and older who have SPMI (such as bipolar
disorder, schizophrenia or clinical depression).
The ADRCs enhance the existing mental health
referral network. Information and referral specialists
are trained to refer callers to mental
health providers if they indicate that they have
a severe and persistent mental illness or if the
specialist discerns that the inquiry may be related to SPMI.
With the support of an ADRC expansion grant
funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging,
the Department has partnered with the developmental
disability community and the Agency for
Persons with Disabilities. Through this partnership,
ADRC services are being offered in two
Florida locations to persons with developmental
disabilities age 50 and older, and their family
caregivers age 55 and older. This initiative will
support the expansion of the ADRC based in St.
Petersburg and the transition of the Fort Myers based
Aging Resource Center into an ADRC.