Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Centers (ADACs)
There are nine ADACs located across the state serving as Centers of Excellence for the diagnosis and care of Alzheimer's disease patients. ADACs are affiliated with universities and hospitals. They function as a comprehensive resource to the healthcare community. ADACs provide diagnostic and consultative services to primary care providers in making initial assessment of patients, including the development of comprehensive care plans, assistance with the management of complex patient situations and referrals of patients to adjunct specialty care. ADACs also serve as a regional information resource and provide periodic group and individual training to the healthcare community. Patient support groups and individual therapy are examples of other essential ADAC services.
ADACs provide the following services:
- Diagnosis and Assessment
ADACs provide diagnosis and assessment for: (1) all persons suspected of having dementia; (2) persons who are difficult to diagnose and who have been referred by private practicing physicians or other medical facilities; and (3) persons who seek a second diagnostic opinion.
- Patient Management and Care
Patients who are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias require an appropriate care management plan. Because primary care physicians have an obligation to develop an initial care management plan and to make appropriate referrals to services, ADACs assist in the development of comprehensive care plans, the management of complex patient situations and referral to adjunct specialty care.
- Group and Individual Training
ADACs provide periodic training and continuing education to medical professionals and individuals within the healthcare community. The centers provide continuing medical education to primary care physicians to assist them in identifying, evaluating and making a differential dementia diagnosis
- Clearinghouse of Alzheimer's Disease Information
ADACs serve as regional information resource centers. They ensure that a well-publicized, centralized clearinghouse of dementia disease information exists for use by health and human services providers, caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and the general public.
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