The Connecticut Department of Social Services State Unit on Aging (SUA) is pleased to announce that Connecticut’s State Plan on Aging for the Period: October 1, 2010 – September 30, 2013 has been approved by the federal Administration on Aging (AoA). The State Plan on Aging presents Connecticut’s direction for the next three years. It establishes goals, objectives and strategies to be implemented by the State Unit on Aging. It focuses on the needs of the state’s older residents, their families and their caregivers, including long-term care. This plan has been developed through collaborative efforts with state agencies and community services providers and includes input from stakeholders, older residents and caretakers.
The state remains committed to meeting the needs of today’s older residents and preparing for those of tomorrow. To do so, the State Unit on Aging will focus on providing more consumer choice and control regarding long-term care options; expanding programs to meet the needs of a growing aging populations; continuing to advocate for elder rights; and enhancing statewide collaborations to support older residents, their caregiver and families. To that end, Connecticut has adopted the following focus areas:
1. Strengthen and expand the core programs of the Older Americans Act including title III (i.e. supportive services and nutrition) and Elder Rights Programs (title VII);
2. Integrate Connecticut’s Administration on Aging discretionary programs namely, Community Living Programs, Evidence-Based Disease Prevention Program and Aging and Disability Resource Centers into the core programs;
3. Support consumer control and choice across the spectrum of Connecticut’s long-term care services, including home, community and institutional settings.
The State Unit on Aging in Connecticut is proud of this plan because it provides a vision for what the SUA intends to accomplish over the next three years. Our goals are consistent with what AoA is proposing at a national level by breaking down silos and working to combine efforts with other federal agencies. The SUA is committed to assisting our older population to live in the home environment of their choice with quality services and is excited by the new opportunities available through the Affordable Care Act. The SUA looks forward to working with the Aging Network over the next three years and beyond on these important programs and new initiatives.