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California State Plan on Aging – 2017-2021 

 

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE 
 
The California Department of Aging (CDA) has posted the draft California State Plan on Aging – 2017-2021 (State Plan) on CDA’s website at:  http://aging.ca.gov/Resources/Draft_California_State_Plan_on_Aging_2017-2021.  CDA has prepared this draft State Plan with a focus on promoting the independence and well-being of older adults, persons with disabilities, and their families. The draft State Plan outlines specific goals, objectives, and strategies that CDA believes can be achieved with existing resources. 
 
In addition, CDA is soliciting public comment on the draft State Plan between May 1, 2017 and May 31, 2017.  All comments must be received by May 31, 2017 and can be provided: 
 
1) At (May 18, 2017 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) 
    St. Barnabas Senior Services 
    675 South Carondelet Street 
    Los Angeles, CA 90057
 
2. On-line with the State Plan Comments Survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/State_Plan_Comments 
 
3. By mail. Must be postmarked by Wednesday, May 31, 2017, and should be mailed to:
 
California Department of Aging
1300 National Drive, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA  95834
Attention:  State Plan Comments
 
For more information please contact (916) 419-7540 or via e-mail at stateplancomment@aging.ca.gov.  
 

         Washington Update

HOUSE PASSES $1.1 TRILLIONOMNIBUS FUNDING BILL

INCLUDES $3 MILLION INCREASE FOR OAA NUTRITION PROGRAMS in fy17

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (H.R. 244) that will fund government programs for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017 ending September 30. The bill was approved by a vote of 309 to 118 and will now head to the Senate for consideration. If enacted, this legislation would provide a $3 million total increase for Older Americans Act (OAA) Nutrition Programs (both congregate and home-delivered) and level funding for the Social Services, Community Services and Community Development Block Grants for the next five months. At this time, it is likely that the bill will pass in the Senate and reach the President's desk for his signature before the deadline this Friday, May 5.

HOW THE OMNIBUS APPROPRIATIONS BILL COULD IMPACT SENIOR PROGRAMS

The Omnibus Appropriations Bill proposes increases or level funding for several federal programs that affect senior nutrition programs. At a time when lawmakers are still deeply divided on the role of the federal government and existing fiscal restrictions (or budget caps) that make it difficult for Congress to provide any increases, it is considered a success even to maintain level funding. Given that context, the increases provided in this legislation demonstrate that your voices are being heard on Capitol Hill and re-emphasize our need to continue the steady drumbeat to call for increases in the next fiscal year. Here are some of the highlights within H.R. 244:

 

FEDERAL PROGRAMS

FY 2017 PROPOSED FUNDING LEVELS

 OAA Congregate Nutrition Program (Title III-C1)

$450,342,000

an increase of $2,000,000

 OAA Home-Delivered Nutrition Program (Title III-C2)

$227,342,000

an increase of $1,000,000

 OAA Nutrition Services Incentive Program (Title III) 

$160,069,000

level funding

 OAA Supportive Services (Title III-B) 

$350,224,000

an increase of $2,500,000

 OAA Native American Nutrition Programs (Title VI)

$31,208,000

an increase of $50,000

 Elder Justice Initiatives

$13,874,000

an increase of $2,000,000

 Social Services Block Grant (Title XX)

$1.7 billion

level funding

 Community Services Block Grant

$715,000,000
level funding

 Community Development Block Grant

$3 billion

level funding

 USDA Commodity Supplemental Food Program

$236,120,000

an increase of $13,922,000

 USDA Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

$18,548,000

level funding

 USDA Emergency Food Assistance Program

$59,401,000

an increase of $5,000,000

 

 

Easter Break Advocacy: It’s Not Too Late!

Through April 23, your Senators and Representatives will be at home for Easter break! It’s not too late to tell them how you feel about the proposed elimination of SCSEP, the Community Development Block Grant, the Community Services Block Grant, Senior Corps programs (RSVP, Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions) and other programs which serve seniors—and about how much our programs need increases in funding next year.

What You Can Do:

1)    Send emails to your Representative and Senators today about the devastating impact that elimination of SCSEP, Senior Corps and the Block Grants would have on our programs and about the need for increased funding in FY 2018. Go to nanasp.org/take-action and fill out the form—it takes just two minutes!

2)    Place a quick call to your Representative and Senators today about the devastating impacts of elimination and about the need for increased funding. Go to nanasp.org/take-action for an easy script and contact information. If you get a busy signal in DC, keep trying, or contact their district office instead.

3)    Get active on social media. Tweet to your Members of Congress and post on their Facebook pages about the budget. You can find links to your officials’ Facebook pages and Twitter handles here by searching the database.

 

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to increase 2017 OAA Nutrition Program funding to eliminate Meals on Wheels wait lists.

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Call your representatives regarding the sustained funding of The Older Americans Act - Senior Nutrition Programs

 

Your Orange County Representative's contact information can be found here:

Click for: OC Representatives

The Importance of the Older Americans Act to saving the lives of seniors and saving the economy:

  • $12.13 million to OC in 2015
  • Nonprofit subcontractors increase the impact of funding
    • Meals on Wheels, Case Management, and Home Services
    • Senior Center Lunch Programs
    • Aging & Disability Resource Center
    • Adult Day Care and Legal Services
    • Long-term Care Ombudsman
    • Family Care Giver Support
    • Elder Abuse & Neglect Prevention.
  • Programs save Medicaid and Medicare dollars
  • Reduce hospitalizations and institutionalization
  • Increase wellness, dignity, and independence

Thank you for being an advocate for this very important funding.

Click here for more information on SeniorServ's programs and services.

 

 

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