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Governor Scott Recommends $ 8 Million to Serve Florida Elders

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b2ap3_thumbnail_fl_elder_affairs_logo.jpgPress Release from Florida Department of Elder Affairs ~New Funding Will Remove Hundreds from the Waitlists and Expand Statewide Senior Legal Helpline to Help Florida’s Most Vulnerable Seniors~

Governor Rick Scott’s 2015-2016 “Keep Florida Working Budget” recommendations released today provide $8 million to serve Florida elders. Included in this funding is $5 million in new funding to support Florida elders most in need of services and $3 million in continued support of the Statewide Public Guardianship Office.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Florida has the largest percentage of elders in the nation, and it is critical that we continue to meet their needs as this population grows. We want to make our state a better place for all Floridians, and I am proud to propose $8 million to ensure this commitment to our elders. ”

The Governor is proposing to fund the following programs to help Florida’s elder community:

Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative-$2 million: The Governor’s budget recommendations include an additional $2million for the Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (ADI) to provide services for approximately 200 individuals who are at risk for nursing home placement and are currently on the waitlist for home and community-based services. ADI services and supports are provided to caregivers and individuals diagnosed with or suspected of having Alzheimer’s disease or other related memory disorders that interfere with activities of daily living. ADI provides respite care services, and caregivers can receive supportive services, such as training and support groups, that are essential to caring for persons with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.

Community Care for the Elderly-$2.7 million: Governor Scott is proposing a $2.7millionincrease to serve approximately 400individuals waiting for assistance through the Department’s Community Care for the Elderly (CCE) program. CCE is a unique service delivery model for frail elders who are at risk for nursing home placement but are not yet Medicaid-eligible to receive community-based services organized in a continuum of care in the least restrictive, most cost effective environment to meet their individual needs.

Statewide Public Guardianship Office-$ 3 million: 2014 was an historic year for the Statewide Public Guardianship Office (SPGO) as Governor Scott provided $3 million, nearly doubling the funding for the program as it expanded statewide. Governor Scott’s continued investment of that funding will ensure that public guardian programs can serve more individuals in need of guardianship. Public guardians aid elders who lack the capacity to make their own decisions and have no willing or able family member to act as their guardian.

Senior Legal Helpline-$ 250,000: Governor Scott is requesting $250,000 to expand the statewide Senior Legal Helpline, which provides elders with free legal advice, referrals, and PRESS RELEASE services. The Helpline also serves as a central point of access for identifying issues with statewide impact, including consumer fraud scams targeting seniors. It also provides further entry into the legal system for underserved and vulnerable seniors. This budget increase will help to fully staff the statewide Helpline and expand the operating hours in order to serve a greater number of needy seniors as Florida’s elder population continues to grow.

Secretary Verghese said, “Governor Scott has unfailingly shown his commitment to Florida’s seniors. This funding will serve more individuals needing home and community-based care, allow for more needy Floridians to obtain public guardianship, support caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, and expand the Statewide Senior Legal Helpline. I commend Governor Scott for his leadership and support for the Department’s efforts to honor our elders, strengthen partnerships across the aging network, and safeguard our resources.”

Please visit http://www.keepfloridaworking.com/ to view Governor Scott’s complete “Keep Florida Working Budget” recommendations.

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 After retiring from her career as a U.S. Naval Officer working predominantly in human resources, Beverly Davis earned her Masters Degree in Health with a concentration in Aging Services Management at the University of North Florida. 

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