The Alzheimer's Resource Coordination Center (ARCC) was created through state legislation in April of 1994. The center is housed in the Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging and was created to provide statewide coordination, service system development, information and referral, and caregiver support services to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, their families and caregivers. Legislation directs the center to:
An Alzheimer's State Plan is also produced.
The ARCC Advisory Council is composed of Governor appointed members and is comprised of persons from agencies and organizations that have a special interest in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The Advisory Council assists in reviewing grant applications and conducting site visits to the ARCC grantees.
To assist local communities in developing or strengthening programs or services to serve people with dementia and their caregivers, the ARCC awards seed grants to community organizations. In awarding grants, consideration is given to recommendations made by the advisory council to the center on priority needs and criteria for selecting grant recipients. As a condition to receiving a grant, the community or other entity must provide matching funds or in-kind contributions equal to the amount of funds awarded in the grant.
The center maintains resource materials, such as training videos and resource books on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, which are available for use by entities serving persons with Alzheimer's disease and/or their caregivers. Technical assistance and training is provided through the center.
Grants awarded through the center assist local communities in developing programs to serve persons with dementia and their caregivers.
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