Development of the 2016-2020 State Plan on Aging began in the fall of 2015, when the department developed core principles to guide the operation of the organization over the course of the next four years. PDA then held seven community listening forums and three public hearings across the state to solicit input from a diverse spectrum of stakeholders.
"The department sought to create a document through an approach that is both responsive and responsible. A plan that considers the needs of the people we serve, and continues to incorporate their feedback," said Secretary Osborne. "The combined diligence, experience, and hard-work of our staff and stakeholders has created a unified and goal oriented movement within our organization that will allow us to evaluate the progress of our efforts and recalibrate as the landscape of aging services in Pennsylvania evolves."
There are four state plan goals:
- Promote existing services
- Improve access to services
- Enhance quality of services
- Empower the workforce
These goals are designed to encompass all initiatives that the department will undertake to improve aging services in Pennsylvania. As conditions change, the department may find it necessary to retool its approach to certain services. An objective may need to be reshaped, or some strategies may not work and will need to be replaced by new ones, but the goals are comprehensive and will provide a lasting way of thinking about the department's initiatives.
"Within the state plan, a number of objectives and strategies address ways to maximize and leverage financial resources," said Secretary Osborne. "These include developing a robust and diverse volunteer network across all program areas, promoting collaboration and communication throughout the aging network and among stakeholders, implementing evidence-based programs, securing sustainable grant funds, and eliminating redundancy in program administration through improved data, information collection and quality assurance protocols."
PDA coordinates its comprehensive array of services through a network of 52 local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA). Like the Department of Aging, AAAs developed area plans to carry out the philosophy of the 2016-2020 State Plan on Aging. Over the next three weeks, Secretary Osborne will be holding five regional roundtable discussions with AAA directors and staff to discuss the implementation of area plans and the continuous improvement of aging services.
For more information or to view the 2016-2020 State Plan on Aging, visit aging.pa.gov .
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Aging