S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2011-2012 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
January 18, 2011
Introduced by Sens. GOLDEN, JOHNSON -- read twice and ordered printed,
and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging
AN ACT to amend the elder law, in relation to establishing small flexi-
ble funds accounts at the local level
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1 Section 1. Subdivision 8 of section 203 of the elder law, as added by
2 chapter 48 of the laws of 2007, is amended and a new subdivision 10 is
3 added to read as follows:
8] 9. The director of the office for the aging is hereby authorized,
5 to the extent appropriations are available therefor, to establish, oper-
6 ate and maintain, under the control of the office for the aging or in
7 conjunction with an association, institution, agency, or other public or
8 private entity, or community program engaged in the care of animals, one
9 or more senior pet companionship programs. The purpose and intent of a
10 senior pet companionship program shall be to match seniors who have
11 limited social contact with pets, including cats and dogs and other
12 small animals, to improve the lives of such seniors by enhancing their
13 emotional and mental well-being through such companionship.
14 10. THE DIRECTOR IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO AND SHALL ESTABLISH THE
15 REGRANT PROGRAM WITHIN THE OFFICE WITHIN AMOUNTS SPECIFICALLY AVAILABLE
16 BY APPROPRIATION THEREFOR, AND IN IMPLEMENTING SUCH PROGRAM MAY CONTRACT
17 WITH DESIGNATED AGENCIES, AS SUCH TERM IS DEFINED IN SECTION TWO HUNDRED
18 FOURTEEN OF THIS TITLE, TO ADMINISTER FUNDING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
19 FOR PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES NOT OTHERWISE DIRECTLY FUNDED BY PROGRAMS
20 ADMINISTERED BY THE OFFICE, OR WHICH CONSTITUTE ONE-TIME EVENTS OR SHORT
21 TERM NEEDS. ONLY DESIGNATED AGENCIES MAY APPLY FOR FUNDING THROUGH THE
22 REGRANT PROGRAM. APPLICATIONS SHALL PROVIDE OR DEMONSTRATE THE FOLLOWING
23 IN A FORM AND AT A LEVEL OF DETAIL SATISFACTORY TO THE DIRECTOR:
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
S. 2211 2
1 (A) PROGRAM SUMMARY, DESCRIBING THE REGRANT PROGRAM AND THOSE INTENDED
2 TO BE SERVED, AND HOW THE PROPOSED PROGRAM RELATES TO, COMPLEMENTS, OR
3 STRENGTHENS OTHER PROGRAMS FOR THE ELDERLY IN THE COMMUNITY.
4 (B) SCOPE OF ACTIVITY, DESCRIBING THE ANTICIPATED NUMBER OF REQUESTS
5 TO BE RECEIVED, AND THE AVERAGE REQUEST AMOUNT AND GRANT AMOUNT.
6 (C) STAFFING AND BUDGET, DESCRIBING THE INDIVIDUALS IN THE ORGANIZA-
7 TION RESPONSIBLE FOR ADMINISTRATION OF THIS PROJECT, THE WORK PLAN, AND
8 ASSURANCES THAT ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS BY THE AGENCY SHALL NOT EXCEED
9 FIFTEEN PERCENT OF PROJECT COSTS.
10 (D) MARKETING/OUTREACH, DESCRIBING STRATEGIES FOR OUTREACH AND MARKET-
11 ING TO COMMUNITY GROUPS.
12 (E) SELECTION PROCESS, DESCRIBING THE LOCAL APPLICATION AND SELECTION
13 PROCESS, INCLUDING APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS, RESTRICTIONS, AND WHETHER
14 SELECTION INCLUDES REVIEW BY AN OUTSIDE PANEL.
15 (F) EVALUATION, DESCRIBING HOW THE APPLICANT WILL EVALUATE AND ASSESS
16 THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PROGRAM.
17 S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.