DHS News June 2013
AAA Holds Public Hearing
County Area Agency on Aging administrators presented a $50,060,871 budget and annual
plan for fiscal 2013-14, reviewing the document at a public hearing June 14 in
the Human Services Building, Downtown.
The hearing followed
a providers’ meeting at which AAA Director Mildred Morrison and Bureau Chief
Joseph Barker discussed local and state funding and changes pending to AAA’s
home-delivered meals program, beginning July 1.
plan reports no adjustment in funding because of uncertainty about Aging Waiver
Service Coordination reimbursement from the state. That funding declined by $1
million in 2012-13 and resulted in a reduction in staff and restructuring of
the program. The coordination program supports an average of 1,750 frail older
adults in the county who qualify for nursing home care and Medicaid assistance
but receive service coordination and direct care to remain living in the
providers who are reimbursed via the waiver program expressed concerns about
the funding stream at the budget hearing as well, saying further cuts put their
participation in jeopardy.
AAA also reported in the budget document that, “As part of its four-year plan,
the DHS/AAA is focusing on offering high-quality services within existing
budgets, and early results are promising.”
annual plan and budget is available at the DHS Plans and Budgets page.
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