The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) will work to reduce social isolation for older adults and people with disabilities amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of a federal CARES Act grant. The Department will distribute $1.7 million throughout the state by mid-June to provide older Georgians with enhanced connectivity.
Georgians will see a range of new service solutions that incorporate assistive technology, telehealth, and virtual social opportunities. The resulting service delivery innovations and infrastructure changes are expected to have a long-lasting, positive impact on the way in which Georgia supports older adults and people with disabilities.
The CARES Act made special COVID-19 funding available to each state’s lead agency for the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC). The ADRC provides information and assistance to older adults and people with disabilities through a statewide network of trained specialists. The size of each award is based on a state’s population and demographics. Georgia’s grant will be administered by the DHS Division of Aging Services, which manages the ADRC in collaboration with 12 Area Agencies on Aging, nine Centers for Independent Living and the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.
The Division of Aging Services is the division within the Department of Human Services charged with assisting and protecting Georgia’s older individuals, at-risk adults, persons with disabilities, their families and caregivers to achieve safe, healthy, independent and self-reliant lives. DHS works in partnership with local Area Agencies on Aging to deliver services.
This was reported by the Georgia Department of Human Services on June 2, 2020.
Contact information: Georgia Department of Human Services, 2 Peachtree Street North West, 29th Floor, Atlanta, Georgia 30303; 844-694-2347; Website: https://dhs.georgia.gov