The State Department on Aging was established on January 1, 2013. The Department is comprised of the State Unit on Aging and the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program.
The Department ensures that Connecticut’s elders have access to the supportive services necessary to live with dignity, security, and independence. The Department is responsible for planning, developing, and administering a comprehensive and integrated service delivery system for older persons in Connecticut.
To accomplish this, the Department conducts needs assessments, surveys methods of service administration, evaluates and monitors such services, maintains information and referral services, and develops, coordinates, and/or collaborates with other appropriate agencies to provide services.
More specifically, the Department administers Older Americans Act programs for supportive services, in-home services, and congregate and home-delivered meals. It also administers programs that provide senior community employment, health insurance counseling, and respite care for caregivers. The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program works to improve the quality of life and quality of care of Connecticut citizens residing in nursing homes, residential care homes and assisted living communities.
The Department works closely with the aging network partners to provide these services. Partners include Connecticut’s five area agencies on aging, municipal agents for the elderly, senior centers, and many others who provide services to older adults.