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Brunswick hosts public hearing October 26 on the State Plan for Aging

October 19, 2006

ATLANTA (GA) – Brunswick area residents will have an opportunity to attend a public hearing to give their input on the Division of Aging Services (DAS) 2007 State Plan renewal Thursday, October 26, 2006, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Coastal Georgia Community College, 3700 Altama Avenue in Brunswick.

"The public hearings are scheduled statewide so that everyone who wants to can give comments on the current and future services we provide for older persons," said DAS Director Maria Greene. "We hope those individuals who cannot attend one of the events will send us their written comments."

When completed, the State Plan will define how Georgia plans to meet the requirements of the Older American’s Act and its goals and objectives for service delivery, strategic planning, and intrastate funding.

The federal Administration on Aging (AoA) requires all states to submit multi-year plans outlining their aging program goals, objectives and activities, and the needs of the aging population. The four AoA priorities for the State Plan are to: increase the number of older people who have access to integrated health and social supports; increase the number of older people who stay active and healthy; increase the number of families who are supported in their efforts to care for their loved ones at home and in the community; and increase the number of older people who benefit from programs that protect their rights and prevent elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.

DAS, in partnership with the Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), administers: the Community Care Services Program (CCSP), which provides home and community-based Medicaid services to help nursing home-eligible consumers remain in their homes, including Adult Day Health, Alternative Living Services, Emergency Response Services, Home Delivered Services, Respite Care, Personal Support Services, and Home Delivered Meals; non-Medicaid Home and Community Based Services that provide 47 individual and group services to assist older eligible Georgians remain in their homes; Adult Protective Services, which investigates reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation of disabled adults and older persons within the community; Elder Rights and Advocacy programs that include legal services, elder abuse prevention, and health insurance counseling through the GeorgiaCares program; and the Senior Community Service Employee Program, which provides training for unemployed low-income Georgia seniors age 55 and older and helps them obtain paid employment.

The public hearings will be held through November 16 in Waycross, Albany, Atlanta, Thomson, Covington, and Columbus. If you are not able to attend the public hearings, you may send written comments until 5:00 p.m. on November 30, to svthurman@dhr.state.ga.us. For more information, call the Division of Aging Services at 404-657-5319 or your local AAA.


For information, contact
Edna Jackson; 404-657-1386
edjackson@dhr.state.ga.us