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Health and Care: Government Agencies / Benefits

State Listings:   AL / AZ / CA / GA / SC / WI /    (Official USPS State Abbreviations)


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, formerly the Health Care Financing Administration, oversees the United States' public health care programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children's Health Insurance Program. Their website offers a great deal of information on each of the programs for consumers and professionals.

New Sign ElderCare Locator by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging is a nationwide call center and website that connects older Americans, Adults with Disabilities and their caregivers with information on services in one's area. Use the automated locator on their website by submitting your zip code or city/state name. Although it does not advertise as a locator for disability services, when you enter your information, you will get both elder and disability services. To contact, send an email to: eldercarelocator@n4a.org, or phone 1-800-677-1116. The locator covers many service topics such as Adult Day Programs, Healthy Aging, Behavioral Health, Home Repair and Modification, Food and Nutrition, In-Home Services and many other topics.

Health Finder is a free, comprehensive online guide to reliable consumer health and human services information, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Their website features a library of information on prevention and wellness, diseases & conditions, and alternative medicine. Also included is information about doctors, dentists, public clinics, hospitals, long term care, nursing homes, health insurance, prescriptions, health fraud, Medicare, Medicaid, and medical privacy. Their website also features health-related news.

Medicaid Reference Desk is a website that provides information about Medicaid for people with developmental disabilities in 11 states, including California, Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Information is offered on home-based, community, employment and health related Medicaid programs. To learn more about the programs available in your state, visit this website.

New Sign National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30333, phone: 1-800-232-4636 or TTY 1-888-232-6348 or send email to cdcinfo@cdc.gov

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Disability and Health Program "fosters the development of knowledge and interventions needed to reduce and prevent secondary conditions among persons with congenital or acquired physical, cognitive, or sensory impairments." Disability and Health provides support to the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington. Their website offers each state's activities and provides contact information for each program. Their website also features a listing of news and current events and offers links relevant to individuals with developmental disabilities.

National Institute on Aging Information Center from the National Institue of Health. Visit the www.nihseniorhealth.gov from the NIA and the National Library of Medicine. This website has health and wellness information for older adults. Special features make it simple to use, such as making the type larger. For an exercise and physical activity campaign from the NIA visit Go4Life to keep your bones and muscles performing well. For more information contact the NIA , P.O. Box 8057, Taithersburg, MD 20898-8057 or Phone 1-800-222-2225 (toll free), 1-800-222-4225 (TTY/toll-free), or send email to niaic@nia.nih.gov

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is a U.S. government agency protecting health and providing human services. It includes several subordinate organizations including the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Health Care Financing Administration, National Institute for Health and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. It provides among its topics, Healthfinder and Human Services information research and a complete list of HHS Agencies on the Internet.

State Listings


Alabama Department of Mental Health offers a number of programs for those with mental retardation that will offer support from birth to death. There are several developmental centers that provide residential services. They also offer day services, support services, advocacy services and case management. Their website offers a media center as well as links to several related websites. For more information, visit their website.


Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) offers an enormous amount of information, such as programs and services, health alerts, news releases, statistics and links to other divisions within the ADHS.

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) is Arizona's Medicaid program. The website offers information on health plans, long term care, providers and more. The website also offers information on policies, publications, statistics and more. They are located at 801 E. Jefferson, Phoenix, Arizona 85034. They can be contacted by telephone at 602-417-4000.


San Francisco Department of Public Health has a mission to protect and promote the health of all San Franciscans. The Department works to provide quality, comprehensive, health services that ensure equal access to all, regardless of economic status. To meet this mission, they have developed the Community Health Network, a network of city health care providers and resources that can help individuals understand and access necessary health care services. For more information, San Francisco General Hospital at 415-206-8000.  Any e-mail question may not be read right away. For issues or questions other than medically related, you may email the Community Health Network


Georgia Department of Community Health has a Division of Medical Assistance that outlines Medicaid eligibility requirements in the state of Georgia that can be found on their website. The website also features public notices and a calendar of public meetings in addition to abundant information about state programs and services.

South Carolina

South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) offers substantial information about health-related services and programs available throughout South Carolina. The website features public notices, DHHS programs, Medicaid information, publications, manuals and forms, reports and statistics, frequently asked questions as well as links to other health agencies. For more information, visit their website or call (803) 898-2500.


Compass Wisconsin: Threshold provides a unified point for intake, application and eligibility determination for children's long-term support (CLTS) services for families in Jefferson, Kenosha, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties. Compass Wisconsin: Threshold serves families who wish to apply for the following programs: For more information on each of these programs, visit this website.

New Sign Milwaukee County, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides a wide range of life-sustaining and life-saving services to children and adults through age 60. Programs focus on providing services for delinquent children, dysfunctional families, developmentally disabled persons, physically disabled persons, mentally ill persons, homeless persons and those in need of financial assistance. Many of the services provided are mandated by State Statute and/or provided through a State/County contract. Division administrators and their contact information are listed at the link above. The site also offers information on each of the county/state programs.

New Sign Milwaukee County, Disability Resource Center Click on the Disability Database and you can search the research center in a variety of ways, fill out a form with your needs or if you know the resource by name.

New Sign Wisconsin Department of Health Services provides press releases, initiatives and reports, and information about the department, programs and services, regulation and licensing and job opportunities at DHS. Information on Diseases, Health Care, Long Term Care, and Prevention and Healthy Living. Find Disability Resources. Find your local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRCs). ADRCs are the first place to go to get accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability. ADRCs are friendly, welcoming places where anyone - individuals, concerned families or friends, or professionals working with issues related to aging or disabilities - can go for information tailored to their situation. The ADRC provides information on broad range of programs and services, helps people understand the various long term care options available to them, helps people apply for programs and benefits, and serves as the access point for publicly-funded long term care. These services can be provided at the ADRC, via telephone, or through a home visit, whichever is more convenient to the individual seeking help.

Wisconsin's BadgerCare Plus, through the Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS), provides health coverage for certain individuals and families who do not qualify for Medicaid. For more information, visit the BadgerCare Plus website or call (800) 362-3002.

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