ACL Grants to UCEDDs Will Fund Transition Planning and Behavioral Health Training

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has announced the recipients of a number of new grants to University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDDs), including community-based transition planning and implementation grants to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) with transitions, including from school to college or work in the community and from pediatric to adult health care providers; and National Training Initiative grants to help states more effectively address barriers experienced by people with IDD and co-occurring mental/behavioral health issues.

The community-based transition grants seek to address many of the most common barriers to community living and competitive integrated employment faced by youth and adults with IDD during important transitions, including the transitions to employment, post-secondary education, adult health care, and parenthood. ACL is awarding a total of approximately $500,000 in one-year planning grants to five UCEDDs to lead partnerships that include community-based service providers, local businesses and/or government, self-advocacy organizations, and youth and adults with IDD that will conduct a comprehensive review and analysis of the transition services in their state and will deliver by the end of the project year an actionable plan with ready-to-implement solutions. ACL also is awarding a total of approximately $3 million in implementation grants over three years to five UCEDDs that received planning grants last year to move forward with their work.

ACL is awarding five UCEDDs a total of approximately $2.75 million in National Training Initiative grants over five years. The funding will be used to provide training to states with the goal of more effectively addressing barriers experienced by the IDD population with co-occurring mental/behavioral health issues.

FMI: To see the grant recipients, go to https://acl.gov/news-and-events/announcements/new-ucedd-grants-address-community-transitions-mental-health.