|Posted:||May 5, 2017 02:45 PM|
|From:||Senator Michele Brooks and Sen. Bob Mensch|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Department of Aging Independence and Unification with Lottery|
|In the near future we will be introducing a package of legislation to retain the independence and sanctity of the Department of Aging by retaining it as its own Department as well as moving the administration of the State Lottery to the Department of Aging.
The Governor has proposed, as part of his budget plan, consolidating the Departments of Aging, Health, Human Services, and Drug and Alcohol Programs. This consolidation is being used as a means to save money for the Commonwealth and to create a more efficient Department of Health and Human Services. The Department of Aging is a completely self-sustaining Department that is funded by the Lottery Fund and Federal grants under the Older Americans Act. Including the Department of Aging in this consolidation will not save the General Fund any money, and the Department should remain in place as it is currently. Further, because the Department of Aging is solely funded by the Lottery Fund, the second piece of legislation will move the Lottery of Pennsylvania to the Department of Aging. This would not only be very efficient, but will also streamline many of the services and processes.
We look forward to working with the Department on how to best manage these large state agencies, integrate communication more effectively, and reduce redundancies. However, it does not take a consolidation into the largest agency in the country to do this. Pennsylvania is currently the fourth oldest state in the Nation and with that many individuals over the age of 60, a cabinet level secretary is essential to accommodate our growing aging population. This legislation will ensure our seniors have access to the best services available in the most effective and efficient way, while retaining the independence of a Cabinet level secretary and department.
Please join us in co-sponsoring these important pieces of legislation.
|Description:||Amends the Administrative Code to retain and restore Article XXII-A (Department of Aging).|
|Description:||Amends the State Lottery Law to have the Department of Aging operate and administer the lottery rather than the Department of Revenue.|