One of the most important activities of an Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is the creation of a four year Area Plan that focuses on the needs of older people and people with disabilities, as well as community strengths and challenges. The plan development process is mandated by the federal Older Americans Act, which establishes Area Agencies on Aging, and must be written in a format prescribed by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Aging and Long-Term Supports Administration (ALTSA.)
SE WA ALTC – COG staff and advisory board members work over a year in the plan development process, gathering information and seeking input from the community. The resulting Area Plan sets the stage for the work of the SE WE ALTC - COG over a four year period and is the foundation for work plans, funding priorities, and planning efforts to provide services for people who are older or who need long-term care in our eight county services area.
The Area Plan includes:
The Area Plan is a true community effort, involving consumers, caregivers, providers, support groups, advocacy groups, community organizations, and the community at large to the greatest extent possible to create a plan that addresses many needs and issues.
Significant activities in the development of the Area Plan include:
· Research on specific issue areas
· Community forums and focused forums
· Planning workgroups
· SE WA ALTC - COG and SE WA ALTC – COG Advisory Board input
· Public hearings
· Final plan completion and state approval
To Obtain a Hard Copy of the Area Plan
Contact us at: (509) 965-0105 or (877) 965-2582