Establishes small flexible fund accounts at the local level or the regrant program for one-time events or short term needs.
BILL NUMBER: S2028
TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the elder law, in relation to establishing small flexible funds accounts at the local level
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Creates a new subdivision 10 in section 203 of the Elder Law to authorize a Regrant Program at authorized agencies through the State Office for the Aging within specifically appropriated amounts. The funds may be used only for one-time events or short term needs. The local agencies must apply for and be approved for the funds, and show a Program Summary, Scope of Activity, Staffing and budget, Marketing/Outreach, Selection Process, and an Evaluation.
The request for greater flexibility is one of the top requests from authorized agencies. The regrant program proposed in this bill is similar to a program provided through the State council on the arts.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
S.6963: 2007-08 - Referred to Aging, Reported and Committed to Finance
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
Subject to appropriations.
EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2028 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 11, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sens. GOLDEN, GRIFFO, LARKIN, MORAHAN, PADAVAN, VOLKER -- 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: Section 1. Subdivision 8 of section 203 of the elder law, as added by chapter 48 of the laws of 2007, is amended and a new subdivision 10 is added to read as follows:
9. The director of the office for the aging is hereby authorized, to the extent appropriations are available therefor, to establish, oper- ate and maintain, under the control of the office for the aging or in conjunction with an association, institution, agency, or other public or private entity, or community program engaged in the care of animals, one or more senior pet companionship programs. The purpose and intent of a senior pet companionship program shall be to match seniors who have limited social contact with pets, including cats and dogs and other small animals, to improve the lives of such seniors by enhancing their emotional and mental well-being through such companionship. 10. THE DIRECTOR IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO AND SHALL ESTABLISH THE REGRANT PROGRAM WITHIN THE OFFICE WITHIN AMOUNTS SPECIFICALLY AVAILABLE BY APPROPRIATION THEREFOR, AND IN IMPLEMENTING SUCH PROGRAM MAY CONTRACT WITH DESIGNATED AGENCIES, AS SUCH TERM IS DEFINED IN SECTION TWO HUNDRED FOURTEEN OF THIS TITLE, TO ADMINISTER FUNDING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES NOT OTHERWISE DIRECTLY FUNDED BY PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED BY THE OFFICE, OR WHICH CONSTITUTE ONE-TIME EVENTS OR SHORT TERM NEEDS. ONLY DESIGNATED AGENCIES MAY APPLY FOR FUNDING THROUGH THE REGRANT PROGRAM. APPLICATIONS SHALL PROVIDE OR DEMONSTRATE THE FOLLOWING 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. LBD03224-01-9 S. 2028 2
(A) PROGRAM SUMMARY, DESCRIBING THE REGRANT PROGRAM AND THOSE INTENDED TO BE SERVED, AND HOW THE PROPOSED PROGRAM RELATES TO, COMPLEMENTS, OR STRENGTHENS OTHER PROGRAMS FOR THE ELDERLY IN THE COMMUNITY. (B) SCOPE OF ACTIVITY, DESCRIBING THE ANTICIPATED NUMBER OF REQUESTS TO BE RECEIVED, AND THE AVERAGE REQUEST AMOUNT AND GRANT AMOUNT. (C) STAFFING AND BUDGET, DESCRIBING THE INDIVIDUALS IN THE ORGANIZA- TION RESPONSIBLE FOR ADMINISTRATION OF THIS PROJECT, THE WORK PLAN, AND ASSURANCES THAT ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS BY THE AGENCY SHALL NOT EXCEED FIFTEEN PERCENT OF PROJECT COSTS. (D) MARKETING/OUTREACH, DESCRIBING STRATEGIES FOR OUTREACH AND MARKET- ING TO COMMUNITY GROUPS. (E) SELECTION PROCESS, DESCRIBING THE LOCAL APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS, INCLUDING APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS, RESTRICTIONS, AND WHETHER SELECTION INCLUDES REVIEW BY AN OUTSIDE PANEL. (F) EVALUATION, DESCRIBING HOW THE APPLICANT WILL EVALUATE AND ASSESS THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PROGRAM. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.