DC Office on Aging

DC Office on Aging

Our background:

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All DC residents age 60 and older are eligible for a range of community-based services provided by nonprofit agencies in the Senior Service Network and funded in part through the DC Office on Aging (DCOA). The DCOA’s budget is comprised of local and federal dollars, and its mission is aligned with that of the federal Older Americans Act. The federal share of the budget, a small portion of the total, is targeted to federally-mandated services, such as home-delivered and congregate meals.  Local dollars are added to the Federal share to support such services like transportation, home care, adult day services, counseling and social work, care management, wellness programs, and legal services.

Thanks in large part to the advocacy efforts of the DC Senior Advisory Coalition and other members of the community, we have begun to reverse a decades-long slide in funding for the Office on Aging and its grantee agencies. Still, even with this increase in funding and increase in the older adult population in the District, the entire budget for the DC Office on Aging is less than 1% of the District’s budget.

A substantial increase in FY 16 funding for DCOA will complete the third year of a three-year S.A.C. plan to increase support for essential services for older adults in the District.

Goals and Objectives

Goal: The overarching goal of the DCOA work group is to improve the public’s access to and the delivery of DCOA-funded services for older DC residents and their caregivers.

Objectives:

  1. Gaps in services for older adults and caregivers and related financial support for existing senior service network programs will be identified, documented, and prioritized.
  1. Funding will increase to better serve older adults and caregivers in the District of Columbia through community-based services and support in the DC Office on Aging’s FY16 budget. The amount will be determined as the gaps in services and financial support are identified, documented, and prioritized.
  1. Improved financial transparency and accountability will be achieved through quarterly DCOA reports of spending and financial priorities shared with S.A.C and the public.
  1. The Aging and Disabilities Resource Center will share its goals and outcome measures for services provided to older adults, caregivers, and younger disabled adults with providers and the public, including the progress towards achieving these goals.
  1. The S.A.C and the public will be informed about the existing senior wellness centers and improvements funded in FY15 and on seniors’ utilization of center services.  S.A.C will make recommendations to the Office on Aging regarding wellness programming in Wards 2 and 3, where no funded wellness centers exist.
  1. The S.A.C will support and participate in the implementation of the Age Friendly DC Plan.