Iowa Plan on Aging available for comments
The Iowa Department on Aging has posted a proposed draft of the State Plan on Aging for federal fiscal years 2018-2021 on its website at www.iowaaging.gov/news-resources/articles/iowa-state-plan-aging-now-available-public-comment.
The plan outlines the activities and strategies that the Department will pursue during the plan period to achieve its goals, objectives and expected outcomes.
As the State Unit on Aging, the Iowa Department of Aging is responsible for providing the leadership necessary to develop, implement and administer a State Plan on Aging in accordance with all federal statutory and regulatory requirements. The IDA is required to submit a State Plan on Aging to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living every four years in order to provide a vision and direction for Iowa’s aging network, which works to advance the common goals of the Older Americans Act (as amended and reauthorized in 2016), the ACL and the State of Iowa. This plan will be effective from Oct. 1, 2018, through Sept. 30, 2021.
In designing the State Plan on Aging, the IDA seeks to create a responsive, responsible document that carefully considers the needs of older Iowans and their caregivers. To meet that objective, the IDA is now soliciting input from the entire spectrum of stakeholders, including consumers of services, caregivers, aging network professionals, advocates and anyone else who has an interest in the future of aging services in Iowa.
Public comment will be collected through 4:30 p.m. May 1.
Individuals and organizations who wish to comment may do so using an online form or may submit comments via email, postal mail or by participating in a public conference call from 1-2 p.m. on May 1.
Details about each method of submitting comments are available at www.iowaaging.gov/news-resources/articles/iowa-state-plan-aging-now-available-public-comment.