Proposed State Plan on Aging 2017-2021


News Release from Oregon Department of Human Services

Posted on FlashAlert: May 26th, 2017 2:29 PM

The Oregon Department of Human Services (Oregon DHS) Aging & People with Disabilities program (APD) is requesting comments on the proposed 2017-2021 State Plan on Aging. Comments are due by June 28, 2017. A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Human Services Building, 500 Summer Street NE, Room 160, Salem, Oregon 97301.

PROPOSAL: APD develops a State Plan on Aging every two to four years as required under the Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA), as amended. The plan is a contract with the Administration on Aging, which is now part of the Administration for Community Living and allows Oregon DHS to receive funds under title III and title VII of the act. The plan also provides a vision of and direction for Oregon's aging network of services and supports overseen by the Oregon DHS State Unit on Aging (SUA).

HIGHLIGHTS: APD is accountable for the implementation of programs for older Oregonians and Oregonians with disabilities. The SUA, a part of APD, is charged with the purpose and responsibility of implementing OAA programs. The SUA works closely with Oregon's 17 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) to create a comprehensive package of services. AAAs provide direct information and services to seniors and people with disabilities across Oregon, while the SUA coordinates distribution of federal funds, provides training and technical assistance, and ensures statewide oversight and coordination for OAA programs.

The focus areas of the proposed state plan are united around a consistent vision: to ensure that older Oregonians can remain independent, safe, and active in their own homes and communities. The areas on which the SUA has strategically chosen to focus are the Aging & Disability Resource Connection of Oregon, person-directed services and supports, OAA core programs, and legal assistance and elder rights protection programs. Specific objectives, strategies, and outcomes are articulated for each of these focus areas. By implementing the state plan's goals and objectives, APD and the aging network will improve the capacity to provide services, information, outreach, education, and advocacy for older Oregonians. More importantly, it is a key component of APD's mission: to help Oregonians in their own communities achieve well-being and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity.

HOW TO COMMENT: The proposed State Plan on Aging may be viewed at SUA's website at or by contacting Sarah Odell at Comments on the proposed State Plan on Aging may be sent to Aging & People with Disabilities, Attention Sarah Odell, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem, OR 97301. Fax or email comments are acceptable and can be sent to 503-373-1133 or to Deadline for comments is June 28, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

THE NEXT STEPS: Upon completion of the comment period, the comments will be addressed. Once the comments have been adequately addressed, the State Plan on Aging will be finalized with an effective date of October 1, 2017.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: APD is committed to accommodating people with disabilities. Please notify APD of any accommodation requirements or if you need information in an alternate format. To make these arrangements, please call Lori Watt at 503-945-6237 or email at


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What is the State Unit on Aging

The State Unit on Aging is dedicated to making it easier for seniors to get the help they need to support their well-being and maintain themselves in the community for as long as possible with independence, dignity and choice through the delivery of services funded by the Older Americans Act. The State Unit on Aging works closely with 17 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) to create a comprehensive package of community services.

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