Every four years, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging is required by both state and federal law to develop and submit a "State Plan on Aging" to the Administration on Aging. The Plan is required for Pennsylvania to receive federal funds under the Older Americans Act. Additionally, the Plan is intended to help structure the Department of Aging’s priorities for a four year period.
A draft of the Department of Aging's 2012-2016 Pennsylvania State Plan on Aging is now available to the public for comment on the Department’s website at http://www.aging.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/department_of_aging_home/18206.
The Department will hold three public hearings during June in University Park, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh to obtain public input on the plan. Further information on the public hearings is available at the link above.
Interested parties may also submit written comments to David Gingerich, Acting Deputy Secretary of Aging, 555 Walnut Street, 5th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101 or via email to RAStatePlanOnAging@state.pa.us. Comments should be submitted by June 29th.
The Draft Plan establishes 4 major goals:
Goal 1: Improve access to care for older individuals and adults with disabilities at the right time, in the right setting, and at the right intensity.
Goal 2: Empower older individuals and adults with disabilities to remain in the setting of their choice by serving as a catalyst in developing communities as places in which to age and live well.
Goal 3: Direct older individuals and adults with disabilities to the supports necessary to maximize their health and well-being.
Goal 4: Revitalize and redesign aging services to further enhance the lives of older individuals and adults with disabilities.
The final plan will be submitted to the Administration on Aging in August.