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March 2011

Developing a new state plan
Solution-oriented strategies will transform Ohio

The Ohio Department of Aging is developing a state plan, as required by the Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965, to provide leadership that improves and promotes quality of life and personal choice for older Ohioans, adults with disabilities and their families and caregivers. The Older Americans Act Programs Division, working with other department staff, state agencies, the aging network and consumers, will guide the plan's strategic direction. Other stakeholders and the public will have the opportunity to review and comment on the plan before it is given to Governor Kasich. With the Governor's approval, the plan will be submitted to the Administration on Aging (AoA) by July 1, 2011.

Older Americans Act

In FFY2010, Ohio received more than $59.1 million in OAA funding for supportive services, nutrition programs, disease prevention and health promotion programs, family caregiver support services, elder rights and the Senior Community Services Employment Program. The new plan, effective Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2013 (FFYs 2012-2013), will use forward-thinking and solution-oriented strategies to transform Ohio into a model of health and economic vitality. The plan will:

  • Create a market-based, primary care system to keep people as healthy as possible;
  • Emphasize personal responsibility and reward Ohioans who take action to remain healthy;
  • Be evidence-based to help health care providers deliver quality care at the lowest cost;
  • Be transparent, getting the right information to the right place at the right time to improve care and cut costs;
  • Be value-based, paying for what works to improve health;
  • Prevent chronic disease whenever possible;
  • Enable seniors and people with disabilities to live with dignity in the settings they prefer; and
  • Innovate to improve health and economic vitality.

The state plan will emphasize core programs, like nutrition and transportation. It also will include programs that focus on consumer control and choice, like the veterans' directed home- and community-based service program for veterans of all ages. Goals, objectives and strategies also will address the needs of consumers with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Ohio's plan for developing its Aging and Disabilities Resource Network will define roles and responsibilities of partners, describe sustainable strategies to achieve statewide coverage and outline the budget and resources needed to achieve these goals.

State and federal policy also requires Ohio's 12 area agencies on aging to develop strategic plans at two levels. The first level describes how agencies reach conclusions and develop goals and objectives for the planned period. The second level, also known as the operational level, involves annual updates for each year of the area plan. In late 2010, ODA approved the area agencies' strategic plans for 2011-2014 which will further influence and shape Ohio's state plan.

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OAGE Conference - Friday, April 15, 2011
The Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE) will hold its 35th annual Ohio Professional and Student Conference on Aging on April 15, 2011, at The Ohio State University's Ohio Union. This year OAGE is partnering with the Ohio Council on Family Relations and the OSU Doctoral Student Association to present "Advocating for Change: Empowering Older Adults and Their Families." Conference agenda and registration information are available online.

OCAPS Conference - Friday, March 25, 2011
The Ohio Coalition for Adult Protective Services (OCAPS) will hold its annual conference, "Embracing the Challenges of Protection: A Multi-Agency Solution," on March 25 at the Columbus State Community College Conference Center. Conference agenda and registration information are available online.

Ohio chosen as state pilot project
The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (formerly NCCNHR), also known as the Consumer Voice, has chosen Ohio, California, New Mexico, Vermont and Virginia as state pilot projects for its Consumers for Quality Care, No Matter Where initiative. The three-year project will expand the Consumer Voice's national grassroots advocacy network to focus on issues faced by older long-term care consumers who receive care and services in non-nursing home settings. In the pilot states, the Consumer Voice will partner with organizations to identify barriers that consumers face in accessing quality care at home and develop strategies to address key public policy issues. A state advisory committee will be established in each pilot state to guide the project.


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