The Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announces the availability of fiscal Year (FY) 2010 funds to award cooperative agreements to plan and implement up to five Family Support and Community Access Demonstration Projects. These grants will provide an opportunity for ADD to support innovative family support demonstration projects that rely on collaborative efforts and community-based solutions to reach unserved and underserved families, and to encourage systemic change and improved community capacity to support families of individuals with developmental disabilities. The collaborations will include the Developmental Disabilities Network (Councils on Developmental Disabilities, the Protection and Advocacy System, and University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities), Aging and Disabilities Resource Centers, State Refugee Coordinator, resettlement agencies, and/or local refugee service providers, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Money Follows the Person and Section 811 resources. Each project will also include a rigorous evaluation plan to demonstrate that the stated outcomes have been achieved.
The Administration on Developmental Disabilities is responsible for administering the Developmental Disabilities and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, Public Law 106-402, 42 U.S.C. 15001 et seq. (DD Act of 2000). Section 161(2) of the DD Act of 2000 authorizes ADD to "support the development of national and State policies that reinforce and promote, with the support of families, guardians, advocates, and communities, of individuals with developmental disabilities, the self-determination, independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion in all facets of community life of such individuals through - (A) family support activities".