Webinar: Insights and Strategies for Reducing Suicide among Older Adults

This webinar is intended to raise awareness about suicide and highlight strategies to help professionals, consumers, families, and communities understand the role they can play in promoting emotional well-being and preventing suicide. Speakers will discuss the impact of suicide in later life, the implementation of 9-8-8 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and highlight community-based programs and resources that can help. This webinar is hosted by ACL, the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging (NCMHA), and the National Council on Aging (NCOA).


For registration questions, contact Binod Suwal.

Ready Seniors Webinar Series

  • Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 1:00–4:00 PM ET 

Tabletop (R2 ONLY): Thursday, August 26, 2021, 1:00 –4:00 PM ET
Tabletop Registration (NY, NJ, PR, USVI ONLY)

Increasingly, frail older adults with complex health issues live alone in the community, far from their relatives and caregivers. Often they may depend on community service providers for support. This need increases during a disastrous event when critical services are disrupted, or the senior is impacted during a major disaster.

The Administration for Community Living and FEMA Region 2 have partnered on this workshop aimed at preparing Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and other organizations that provide critical support services to senior citizens in their communities during a major disaster.

Who should attend?

  • Emergency planners for nursing homes,
  • assisted living facilities,
  • senior community centers,
  • senior housing,
  • adult day care centers,
  • home meal delivery services,
  • charitable organizations, and
  • others who provide services to senior citizens.

This event will include live captioning. If you need additional accommodations, email fema-r2-prepares@fema.dhs.gov.

New Legal Guidance and Resources to Expand Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for Elderly & Disabled

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the Administration for Community Living (ACL), and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have published several new resources to help states, vaccination providers, and others leading COVID-19 response activities improve access to vaccines for…

Webinar: Bridging the Digital Divide for HCBS Beneficiaries (Part I)

The Department of Health & Human Services will host an important new webinar, “Bridging the Digital Divide for HCBS Beneficiaries,”  produced by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This webinar is part of a monthly series that invites subject matter experts and practitioners from across the…

Key Senate Committee Considers Funding for Community-Based Programs

Recently the Senate Appropriations Committee announced legislation funding the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education. This legislation outlines discretionary spending limits allowable to HHS as well as recommendations from the Congress on how the money is allocated within agencies and programs. This is an annual process dictating spending levels for the…

House Approves Labor-HHS Spending Blueprint for FY2020

Last week the House of Representatives approved legislation that provides discretionary funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In total, H.R. 2740 would dole out a combined $192 billion for the Departments of Labor, HHS, and Education, and their related agencies. Every year in the appropriations process specific funding levels need to…

Emergency Planning Toolkit for the Aging and Disability Networks

A new Capacity-Building Toolkit for Including Aging and Disability Networks in Emergency Planning is now available called the Capacity-Building Toolkit. This resource guides aging and disability networks to increase their ability to plan for and respond to public health emergencies and disasters. This toolkit helps programs that support older adults and people with disabilities, through…

Home and Community-Based Services Webinar Series on Promising State Approaches to Implementing Federal Criteria

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) have partnered with other national organizations to host a technical assistance webinar series highlighting innovative strategies and approaches states are taking to effectively implement the federal settings criteria for home and community-based services (HCBS). The webinar series is intended to help…

House Approves Funding for Key Home Health Programs

On Wednesday, September 27th, the House of Representatives approved legislation funding much of the government for Fiscal Year 2019, and moving the deadline for the rest to early December, after the mid-term elections. The legislation, H.R. 6157, was largely the appropriations bill for the Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Departments. In total,…

Senate Approves Funding for Home Care Programs

On August 23rd, the Senate approved an appropriations package for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education, and other related agencies. In total, the package totaled $854 billion in spending, accounting for approximately 60 percent of spending on all appropriations bills. This marks the first time since 2007 that the Senate…