P.A. 22-32 AAC Data Collection to Prevent Malnutrition Among Senior Citizens. (H.B. 5231)

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This bill requires the state’s five area agencies on aging (AAAs) to distribute and collect nutritional risk assessment surveys to older persons and report individual and average scores for their service areas to the Department of Aging and Disability Services (ADS, which distributes both federal and state matching funds to the AAAs for elderly nutrition programs).

Under current law, ADS must evaluate its allocation of federal funds received under Title III B (home and community-based services) and III C (nutrition services) of the Older Americans Act, which must be allocated equitably to the AAAs and in accordance with federal law. The bill requires ADS to additionally evaluate the allocation of state funding to AAAs for elderly nutrition and social services. It requires the department to evaluate both federal and state funding allocations for elderly nutrition services based on factors including: (1) elderly population data from the most recent U.S. census and (2) the average and individual assessment scores. ADS must also solicit and consider information and recommendations from Elderly Nutrition Program providers.