Nominations now open for ACL Advisory Councils

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on October 18, 2018 # Advocacy and Policy

The Administration for Community Living (ACL), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is seeking individuals to serve on two new Federal Advisory Councils. The Reeve Foundation operates the Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) through a cooperative grant with ACL. We encourage those who are interested to submit a nomination.

The first council is the Family Caregiving Advisory Council, which is mandated by the RAISE Family Caregivers Act. The goal of the RAISE Act is to identify specific actions that providers, government officials, employers, and others can take to recognize and support the unique needs of caregivers that are often forgotten or overlooked. It does this by directing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop a national family caregiver strategy by bringing together federal agencies and representatives from the private and public sectors (like family caregivers, persons with disabilities, health care providers, employers and state and local officials) in public advisory council meetings designed to make recommendations.

The Family Caregiving Advisory Council will consist of 15 voting members who reflect the diversity of family caregivers, and understand the needs of the following issues:

  • 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

To submit a nomination for the Family Caregiving Advisory Council, click here.

The second council is the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, under the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act. This council will prioritize and develop best practices, resources, and vital information that is useful for grandparents and other older relatives who are raising children while also including other members from the federal level. The council is seeking members who are grandparents and older relatives who are currently caring for children.

To submit a nomination by for the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, click here.

By lending your voice and experiences as a member of the paralysis community, you can add huge value to the councils and create positive change in our country.