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PA Dept of Aging survey and LGBTQ seniors

FROM ERIE GAY NEWS
Posted 2/18/20

 As a requirement of the Older Americans Act, each state is required to develop a State Plan on Aging every four years. The State Plan essentially works as a strategic plan for the …

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Soliciting Feedback:

PA Dept of Aging survey and LGBTQ seniors

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As a requirement of the Older Americans Act, each state is required to develop a "state plan on aging" every four years. The plan essentially works as a strategic plan for the states' departments of aging. It outlines priorities for services provided through the departments, including caregiver support programs, employment support, health and wellness programming, legal assistance, meal programs, transportation, protective services, the ombudsman program, and more.

Pennsylvania’s current state plan was adopted in 2016 and expires September 30, 2020. While the current plan does discuss the growing diversity of Pennsylvania’s older adult population, it makes no explicit mention of LGBT populations. LGBT supporters maintain it is essential that PA's next state plan better address the unique needs of LGBT older adults and include strategies for improving outreach to LGBT communities, collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity, and training the provider network in LGBT cultural competence.

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging is in the process of developing its plan for 2020-2024. The plan will act as a blueprint for how the Department of Aging will meet its federally mandated responsibilities, respond to emergent issues, and lead the way in providing the best possible service, support and opportunities for a growing, diverse older population.

The Aging Workgroup of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs is soliciting feedback on how the next state plan can better meet the growing needs of LGBTQ older Pennsylvanians. LGBTQ community members and service providers who work with older adults are all invited to take this survey. The data collected through this survey is anonymous. It will be used to support the Aging Workgroup’s advocacy toward full inclusion of LGBTQ people and older adults living with HIV into Pennsylvania’s 2020-2024 State Plan on Aging.

The survey can be accessed at www.bit.ly/StatePlanPA.