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HHS seeks comment on draft National Plan to fight Alzheimer’s Disease

February 22, 2012


Public input sought on detailed strategies for research, outreach, caregiver support

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released today an ambitious draft National Plan to overcome Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.  The draft National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease (http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/napa/#DraftNatlPlan) offers specific action steps to accelerate research on treatment and prevention, as well as proposals for improving care, services, and support for patients, families, and caregivers. We look forward to receiving comments from the public on this proposed plan.

As work on the draft plan continues, the Obama Administration announced that it is taking immediate action, making an additional $50 million available for cutting-edge Alzheimer’s research in fiscal year 2012. In addition, the President’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget boosts funding for Alzheimer’s research by $80 million.  The Administration’s announcement also includes an additional $26 million in caregiver support, provider education, public awareness and improvements in data infrastructure in 2012 and 2013.

HHS is seeking comments on the draft National Plan to fully engage the Alzheimer’s disease community, the public, states, local governments, community based service organizations, the private sector and others in its development.  Public comment will be accepted through March 30, 2012 and should be e-mailed to napa@hhs.gov.

Creating and maintaining an integrated national plan to overcome Alzheimer’s disease is part of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) signed into law by President Barack Obama on January 4, 2011.

The draft plan has five goals:

  1. Prevent and Effectively Treat Alzheimer’s Disease by 2025.
  2. Optimize Care Quality and Efficiency.
  3. Expand Supports for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Their Families
  4. Enhance Public Awareness and Engagement.
  5. Track Progress and Drive Improvement.

These five goals, the supporting strategies and action steps proposed in the plan reflects input from the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services (http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/napa/#Council) and almost 100 public comments received on an initial framework for the draft.

The Advisory Council was also created as part of the NAPA to help create and maintain a National Plan to overcome Alzheimer’s disease. It is a 27-member body made up of federal and state officials, along with representatives from private sector organizations involved in Alzheimer’s, including research, care, advocacy, and caregivers.

As part of the public comment process, the draft National Plan will be reviewed and discussed at the next Advisory Council meeting March 14. For more information contact Helen Lamont at helen.lamont@hhs.gov.

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