HHS seeks nominees for National Family Caregiving Advisory Council

October 29, 2018

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently asking for nominees to the National Family Caregiving Advisory Council.

The Family Caregiving Advisory Council is a result of the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act which was signed into law in January.

Autism Speaks helped pass this legislation to ensure that the millions of family caregivers supporting individuals with autism have access to the resources they need.

The National Family Caregiving Advisory Council will help HHS in the development of a national family caregiving strategy.

The Advisory Council will include the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, Administrator of the Administration for Community Living, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and potentially additional heads of other federal departments or agencies.

It will also include 15 voting members, with at least one from each of the following constituencies:

  • Family caregivers
  • Older adults who need long-term services and supports
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Health care and social service providers
  • Providers of long-term services and supports
  • Employers
  • Paraprofessional workers
  • State and local officials
  • Accreditation bodies
  • Veterans

The Advisory Council will study and prepare findings and recommendations to the Secretary of HHS on

  • Federally funded efforts to recognize and support family caregivers.
  • Improving coordination of federal programs and activities to support family caregivers.
  • How family caregiving impacts Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal programs.
  • Ways to address the financial, health, and other challenges faced by family caregivers.
  • Evidence-based and innovative models for the provision of care by family caregivers or support for family caregivers.

To nominate yourself or another qualified individual for membership, submit your complete nomination packet according to the instructions in the federal register.

Nominations must be submitted by December 3, 2018

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