April 27, 2016

President Signs Older Americans Act, Expanding National Family Caregiver Support Program

On April 19, the President signed the Older Americans Act (S. 192; Public Law 114-144). Among other things, the law amends the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) to extend eligibility to older parents (age 55 and older) caring for their minor and adult children with disabilities. Under previous law, grandparents and other relatives - but not parents - could receive NFCSP services if they are caring for children up to age 18 or adults (ages 18-59) with disabilities. The NFCSP, which received $150 million in FY 2016, provides information to caregivers about available services, assistance in accessing services, individual counseling, support groups, caregiver training, respite care, and supplemental services. A summary of the new law can be found here