ACL and CMS Announce National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced the launch of the National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems (NCAPPS)The goal of NCAPPS is to “promote systems change that makes person-centered principles not just an aspiration, but a reality in the lives of people who require services and supports across the lifespan.”

NCAPPS will assist states, tribes, and territories to “transform their long-term care service and support systems to implement U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy on person-centered thinking, planning, and practices.” Activities will include providing technical assistance to states, tribes, and territories; establishing communities of practice to promote best practices; hosting educational webinars; and creating a national clearinghouse of resources to support person-centered practice.

NCAPPS is funded by the ACL and CMS, and administered by the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI). A Person-Centered Advisory and Leadership Group composed of national experts with lived experience receiving long-term services and supports will oversee and contribute to all aspects of NCAPPS. HSRI will be partnering with national organizations to ensure the work is relevant and effective, including: 

  • National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA)
  • National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD)
  • National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services (NASDDDS)
  • National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)
  • National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Directors (NACBHDD)
  • National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD)

 States, tribes, and territories can apply for technical assistance through an application available at  The deadline for technical assistance applications is February 12, 2019. Completed applications should be submitted to

 FMI:  Additional information about NCAPPS is in an NCAPPS overview document at An NCAPPS launch webinar will take place on on January 29 at 3:00 – 4:30 pm. Register for the webinar at