Thursday, October 28, 2021 – 11:00 am
Area Agency on Aging, Region 9
710 Wheeling Avenue
Cambridge, Ohio 43725
The Area Agency on Aging, Region 9, is holding a public hearing for its application for a direct service waiver from the Ohio Department of Aging for provision of the following services in FY2022 for PSA9 nine-county region of Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Muskingum, and Tuscarawas counties:
*Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program – The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is a federally funded program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services Agency and in Ohio, by the Ohio Department of Aging. ODA provides additional state funds to support SFMNP operation within Ohio. The SFMNP provides low-income older adults with coupons to purchase eligible, locally grown produce at farmers’ markets and roadside stands. Providers in eight of our nine counties contracted with AAA9 to administer this program in their respective county. Tuscarawas county did not have a provider contract with AAA9 to administer the program. AAA9 is requesting a waiver for $22,169 of senior community service dollars to help administer this program.
*Evidenced-based health education for our nine-county region is used to provide information on health-related issues, such as disease prevention and health promotion. AAA9 will deliver evidenced based self-management workshops including but not limited to; DSMP, CDSMP, Chronic Pain, Matter of Balance, Powerful Tools for Caregivers and Geri-Fit.
The Area Agency’s rationale for direct provision of these services is to ensure adequate supply throughout our service area. In our rural counties, there are few trained leaders for evidenced based programs. AAA9 can provide oversite while providing underserved areas related to evidenced based programs. AAA9 is requesting a waiver for $45,712 of Title IIID funds.
*Caregiver Education – AAA9 has a strong internal Caregiver Education and Support program in place to offer needed support for those in a caregiving role. AAA9 also focuses on an evidenced based education program for caregivers called Powerful Tools for Caregivers. AAA9 is requesting a waiver for $24,234 of Title IIIE funds to provide information on health-related issues, such as disease prevention and health promotion through the Powerful Tools for Caregivers program.
*In service training (DRIVE Training) – $18,699 of TIIIB funds will be utilized to acquire space, materials, promotion and services for educational programs that providers are required to have. Providers need these trainings in order to meet requirements to remain certified and meet service specifications in order to develop provider staff. AAA9 can provide this at a reduced cost to our provider network in our nine county regions.
A public hearing will be held virtually, because of the continuous spread of COVID-19, on October 28, 2021 at 11:00 AM to discuss this request for waiver.
For more information as to how to attend the virtual public hearing, as well as to review hearing documents, please contact the agency at 1-800-945-4250 and ask for Alicia Love or firstname.lastname@example.org. Written comments must be submitted no later than end of business, Tuesday, October 26th, 2021.