AGING SERVICES: Commissioner Ritter Announces State Plan on Aging Approved

Commissioner Ritter Announces State Plan on Aging Approved

Plan lays the ground work for State Department on Aging’s role in aging services into 2020

HARTFORD – Connecticut’s new State Plan on Aging has been signed by Governor Malloy and approved by the federal Administration for Community Living (ACL). "This is a happy day for staff in the department. It solidifies months of hard work", says Commissioner Elizabeth Ritter of the State Department on Aging. The plan lays the groundwork for the department’s priorities over the next 3 years. "Now that the plan is completed and approved, we can make preparations for the October 1 start date and hit the ground running".

The State Department on Aging (SDA) is responsible for developing the State Plan on Aging in accordance with the Older Americans Act and associated regulations, policies and procedures outlined by the ACL. Primary roles of the SDA include planning for services, distributing the funds and overseeing the services provided under the Older Americans Act (OAA). The OAA requires that the funds be distributed to local community providers through the Area Agencies on Aging (AAA). "We provide nearly 16 million federal OAA dollars every year to the five AAAs, who then use a request for proposal (RFP) process to award the funds to providers who implement programs to support our elders" says Commissioner Ritter.

Funds generally help to support those residing in the community age 60 and over, people with disabilities and caregivers raising children. There is some flexibility with the funds, as the needs and services within each community can vary. Some services include home and congregate meals, in-home care, caregiver support and healthy aging programs. Funds also support efforts to protect seniors in the community and those residing in institutional settings, from abuse and neglect.

 

 
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