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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: May 17, 2024 12:00 PM
From: Representative Louis C. Schmitt, Jr.
To: All House members
Subject: ​Aging Compliance Reporting Requirements
 
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s (PDA) mission “is to promote independence, purpose and well- being in the lives of older adults through advocacy, service and protection”.  The PDA shares this responsibility with 52 local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) across the Commonwealth. The AAA are the “boots on the ground” for connecting and administrating programs for Pennsylvania seniors which is funded through the Lottery Fund. 
 
The 2024-25 Governor’s budget proposes to spend $11.7 million annually from the State Lottery Fund to implement the Governor’s 10-year Master Plan on aging called “Aging Our Way, PA”; however, during the most recent PDA budget hearing, Secretary Kavulich was unable to share specific details on the plan itself which required a follow-up response from PDA. In the follow-up response, the Appropriations Committee was informed that the funds would be spent on existing program redesigns and new spending programs. Absent from the Master Plan was how to address the several non-compliant AAAs.
 
Secretary Kavulich was asked to provide the committee with a list of the AAAs that are non-compliant with respect to protective services, why they are considered out-of-compliance, and where this information is located on PDA’s website. As of February 2024, there are seven AAAs that are considered non-compliant, and the information is not posted on a publicly accessible website.
 
Before the Commonwealth spends any more Lottery Funds on expanding new programs or redesigning existing programs, it is imperative that existing programs paid with state dollars are 100% compliant with state regulations or guidance. It is unacceptable that there are entities that continue to receive state dollars to provide protective services to our most vulnerable population and have been found non-compliant.
 
Providing transparency and accountability is imperative, to not only policymakers, but also our constituents who are the consumers of these services. PDAs own mission is to protect older adults; therefore, providing publicly accessible information to clients regarding consumer protections and safeguards that protect the well-being and interests of older adults. I intend to introduce legislation that will require PDA to annually publish the AAAs compliance report on their public website.
 
Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.
 
 



Introduced as HB2319