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Transition to Aging Resource Centers Complete; Enhancement of Elder Service System Continues, Report No. 09-15, March 2009
 
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Each of the state’s 11 area agencies on aging are now fully functioning as Aging Resource Centers, with the final center completing the transition process in November 2008. The centers are working to enhance the elder service system by
  • making their information and referral data system more publically accessible and compatible with the Department of Elder Affairs’ data system;
  • taking a more active role with the Nursing Home Diversion Program; and
  • developing a standard measure to assess the timeliness of the Medicaid eligibility determination process.

The department expects to spend most of its Fiscal Year 2008-09 appropriation for Aging Resource Centers to support center staff who help seniors seeking Medicaid services. To provide more flexibility in how centers use their staff, the department is pursuing federal approval of a method to use federal funding for center staff that spend a portion of their time on Medicaid-related activities.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Older Americans Act Programs
Community Care for the Elderly
State-Funded Home and Community-Based Services
Medicaid Long-Term Care Waivers
ACCESS Florida
Nursing Home Pre-Admission Screening (CARES)
Volunteer and Community Initiatives
Department of Elder Affairs
Mental Health Services

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-51 All But One Aging Resource Center Is Fully Implemented,published in September 2008.
  • Report No. 08-14 Statewide Implementation of Aging Resource Center Initiative Is Substantially Complete,published in March 2008.
  • Report No. 08-13 ACCESS Improved Productivity; Additional Refinements Would Better Manage Workload,published in March 2008.
  • Report No. 07-38 An Aggressive Schedule Set to Complete Implementation of Aging Resource Centers,published in September 2007.
  • Report No. 07-20 Department of Elder Affairs Resumes Transition Activities for Aging Resource Center Initiative,published in March 2007.
  • Report No. 07-12 Several Factors Can Delay Eligibility Determination for Medicaid Long-Term Care,published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 06-62 Aging Resource Center Initiative Has Not Moved Beyond the Pilot Sites,published in September 2006.
  • Report No. 06-45 The Nursing Home Diversion Program Has Successfully Delayed Nursing Home Entry,published in May 2006.
  • Report No. 06-20 Aging and Disability Pilot Sites Are Making Progress; Future of Other Centers Uncertain,published in March 2006.
  • Report No. 05-45 Aging Resource Center Initiative Is Moving Ahead, But Needs Additional Work,published in August 2005.
  • Report No. 05-06 DOEA Has Taken Reasonable Steps to Begin the Aging Resource Center Initiative,published in February 2005.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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