Relates to senior centers and requires the state office for the aging to include in its report an assessment of the condition of the senior center network throughout the state and the effect on quality of life for older adults who attend a senior center compared with those that do not.
BILL NUMBER:S4492 REVISED
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the elder law, in relation to the senior center assessment required of the state office for the aging
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would add to the assessment that SOFA performs on its own programs. It would require SOFA to assess the condition of the senior center network across the state and include any recommendation on ways to support and strengthen the network. It also would require a report on the effect of quality of life for older adults who attend a senior center compared to those that do not.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends paragraph b and c of subdivision 2 of section 2 J 3 of the elder law.
Section 2 amends subdivision 3 of section 2 J 3 of the elder law by adding a new paragraph k.
Section 3 sets the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Senior centers are vital parts of communities in the state of New York. These centers provide hot meals, social interaction, transportation services, and case management, amongst other valuable services. Without these centers, many seniors would be left in isolation. This bill requires SOFA to assess senior centers in addition to the already on-going assessments they perform on programs that serve the elderly. Any improvements the state can make in these vital services will directly benefit some of the state's most deserving citizens.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Yet to be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4492 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 7, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. VALESKY -- 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 the senior center assess- ment required of the state office for the aging THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraphs (b) and (c) of subdivision 2 of section 213 of the elder law are amended and a new paragraph (d) is added to read as follows: (b) Assess the effectiveness of the community services for aging program pursuant to section two hundred fourteen of this title in coor- dinating and improving the local delivery of services to the elderly;
[and](c) Include recommendation for expanding or replicating service programs that have been determined effective in helping needy elderly remain in the community and to avoid institutional care [.]; AND (D) ASSESS THE CONDITION OF THE SENIOR CENTER NETWORK ACROSS THE STATE AND INCLUDE ANY RECOMMENDATIONS ON WAYS TO SUPPORT AND STRENGTHEN THAT NETWORK. S 2. Subdivision 3 of section 213 of the elder law is amended by adding a new paragraph (k) to read as follows: (K) A REPORT ON THE EFFECT ON QUALITY OF LIFE FOR OLDER ADULTS WHO ATTEND A SENIOR CENTER IN THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITY AS COMPARED TO THOSE WHO DO NOT ATTEND A SENIOR CENTER, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE DISTANCE OLDER ADULTS MUST TRAVEL TO REACH A CENTER. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10451-01-1