Academic journal article Care Management Journals

NYC Department for the Aging Annual Plan Summary, Part 1: April 1, 2014-March 31, 2015

Academic journal article Care Management Journals

NYC Department for the Aging Annual Plan Summary, Part 1: April 1, 2014-March 31, 2015

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NYC Department for the Aging

INTRODUCTION

New York City Department for the Aging

The New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA or the Department) is the lead Mayoral agency addressing public policy and service issues for the aging; it is a local government agency and the largest agency in the federal network of Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) in the United States. Established to represent and address the needs of elderly residents of New York City, the Department administers and promotes the development and provision of accessible services for older persons and serves as an advocate on legislative and policy issues.

DFTA's mission is to work for the empowerment, independence, dignity and quality-of-life of New York City's diverse older adults and for the support of their families through advocacy, education, and the coordination and delivery of services. DFTA continues its long history of collaborative partnerships with community-based organizations for the provision of programs and services, which aim to foster independence, safety, wellness, community participation, and quality-of-life. DFTA's various programs and initiatives pursue the following strategic goals:

* Foster independence and individual choices, confront ageism, and promote opportunities for older people to share their leadership, knowledge and skills;

* Inform and educate the general public about aging issues, including services, supports and opportunities for older New Yorkers and their families;

* Serve as a catalyst for increased resources to enhance and expand programs and services for older New Yorkers;

* Ensure the provision of quality services fairly and equitably to older New Yorkers;

* Enhance and expand effective, productive partnerships with consumers, advocates, and private and public organizations; and

* Recognize the value of all staffand encourage their creativity in building the Department's capacity for continuous improvement.

Purpose and Scope of the Annual Plan Summary

The Older Americans Act (OAA), Section 306(a)(6)(D) requires AAAs to develop an area plan. New York State also requires AAAs to submit an Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) to the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) on programs funded through federal and state resources, including the New York State Community Services for the Elderly Program (CSE) and the Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program (EISEP). The Annual Plan Summary (APS) is a synopsis of the AIP and presents DFTA's strategic goals, programming, and budget and service levels. This Plan represents the third year of a four-year plan covering the period April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2016.

The OAA requires the provision of various services for older adults, including access to nutrition, benefits counseling, employment opportunities, legal assistance, and in-home services. The CSE Program and EISEP require the provision of communitybased services for the frail elderly. The Department works with its Senior Advisory Council, Interagency Councils on Aging, consumers, advocacy and provider groups, elected officials, and community boards to identify and address local needs. The allocation of Department resources is determined by legislative mandates and directives, the availability of funding, the results of demographic analyses, assessment of unmet needs, recommendations from local communities, and the availability of services through alternate sources.

Annual Plan Public Hearings

Each year, the Department for the Aging conducts public hearings to obtain recommendations and comments on its Annual Plan Summary. The public hearings provide an opportunity for older persons, service providers and advocates to identify priority needs, recommend ways to enhance services, and suggest an agenda for legislative advocacy to DFTA and its Senior Advisory Council. The Department welcomes written and oral testimony on the Annual Plan Summary. …

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