Request for Information: Family Caregiving Advisory Council

 
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Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 236 (Monday, December 9, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 236 (Monday, December 9, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 67270-67271]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-26437]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Administration for Community Living
Request for Information: Family Caregiving Advisory Council
AGENCY: Administration for Community Living, HHS.
ACTION: Notice.
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SUMMARY: The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living
and the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
seek information to be used in the development of the Initial Report,
as required by the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act.
DATES: Comments on the request for information must be submitted by
11:59 p.m. (EST) December 9, 2019.
ADDRESSES: You may submit information here: https://acl.gov/form/sgrg-form.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Administration for Community Living is
requesting information to assist the Advisory Council to Support
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (the Advisory Council) in the
development of an initial Report to Congress. Per the ``Supporting
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act,'' the initial Report to
Congress ``shall include best practices, resources, and other useful
information for grandparents and other older relatives raising
children'' including, if applicable, any information related to the
needs of children who have been impacted by the opioid epidemic; an
identification of any gaps in resources or information; as well as
considerations of the needs of members of Native American tribes.
    Please Note:  This request is for information and planning
purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or as an
obligation on the part of the federal government or the
Administration for Community Living (ACL). ACL does not intend to
make any grant or contract awards based on responses to this
invitation, or to otherwise pay for the preparation of any
information submitted or for the government's use of such
information.
    ACL is not authorized to receive personally identifiable
information through this public comment opportunity, beyond the contact
information of the person submitting input. Please do not include any
other personally identifiable information in your comment. For example,
do not include the name, address, phone
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number or Social Security number of any individual you believe has
experienced abuse, neglect or financial exploitation. We will
immediately delete and not review any submission that includes
personally identifiable information.
    Through this Request for Information (RFI), ACL is seeking the
following:
     Information, resources, programs and/or best practices you
are aware of to help grandparents, other relatives, kinship caregivers
and the children they care for:
    [cir] Meet the mental/physical health, educational or nutritional
needs of those for whom they provide care.
    [cir] Address other pressing concerns such as legal assistance,
financial support and affordable housing associated with this
population of caregivers and care recipients.
    [cir] Meet the needs of grandparents, older relatives, kinship
caregivers and/or children impacted by the opioid epidemic or related
concerns (e.g., fetal alcohol syndrome, chemical exposures, etc.).
    [cir] Meet the needs of Native American tribes.
     Information, resources, programs and/or best practices to
help grandparents, older relatives and kinship caregivers maintain
their own physical and mental health, and emotional and financial
wellbeing.
     Information on gaps and unmet needs that exist with
respect to meeting the service and support needs of:
    [cir] Grandparents raising and/or supporting grandchildren.
    [cir] Other older relative or kinship caregivers.
    [cir] Children (under the age of 18) in the care of a grandparent
and/or older relative.
     Other recommendations to support grandparents, other
relatives or kinship caregivers caring for children.
     Additional Federal legislative authority needed to better
support and serve grandparents and older relatives raising children.
How the Information Will Be Used
    ACL and the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising
Grandchildren are preparing and planning for the Council's future
activities, including preparation of an initial Report to Congress as
required by the Act. Through this RFI, ACL seeks to gather information
from a broad range of public and private stakeholders and entities,
Tribal organizations, and individuals and families impacted by the
opioid crisis. The information gathered will be synthesized into a
report to be submitted to the appropriate Congressional committees,
state agencies responsible for carrying out family caregiver support
programs; and the public in an online and accessible format.
Background
    The ``Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act'' (SGRG)
became law in 2018. It establishes an Advisory Council to identify,
promote, coordinate, and disseminate to the public information,
resources, the best practices available to help grandparents and other
older relatives meet the health, educational, nutritional, and other
needs of the children in their care, maintain their own physical and
mental health and emotional well-being. In doing so, the Council is to
consider the needs of those affected by the opioid crisis and the needs
of members of Native American tribes.
    The Secretary has assigned responsibility for implementing the
Advisory Council to the Administration for Community Living (ACL). ACL
has been at the forefront of efforts to support grandparents and other
older relatives raising children better meet the health, educational,
nutritional and other needs of the children in their care as well as
for the maintenance of their own physical and emotional health, and to
consider the needs of those affected by the opioid crisis and the needs
of members of Native American tribes.
    In addition to the Secretary, the Act provides for inclusion as
Council members the Secretary of Education, the Administrator of the
Administration for Community Living, the Director of the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, the Assistant Secretary for Mental
Health and Substance Use, the Assistant Secretary for the
Administration for Children and Families, a grandparent raising a
grandchild, an older relative caregiver of children, as appropriate,
the head of other Federal departments, or agencies, identified by the
Secretary of Health and Human Services as having responsibilities, or
administering programs, relating to current issues affecting
grandparents or other older relatives raising children.
    The Advisory Council is a federal entity charged with identifying,
promoting, coordinating, and disseminating to the public information,
resources, and the best practices available to help grandparents and
other older relatives meet the health, educational, nutritional, and
other needs of the children in their care, maintain their own physical
and mental health and emotional well-being, and consider the needs of
those affected by the opioid crisis and the needs of members of Native
American tribes.
How To Submit a Response to This RFI
    Comments should be submitted here.
Submission Due Date
    To be assured consideration, all responses to this RFI must be
received by 5:00 p.m., EST on Friday, January 31, 2020.
For Further Information
    If you have questions about this request, please email them to
[email protected]. This is a resource mailbox established to receive
public input for the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act,
and should not be used to request information beyond the scope of this
public input opportunity.
    Dated: December 2, 2019.
Lance Robertson,
Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging.
[FR Doc. 2019-26437 Filed 12-6-19; 8:45 am]
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