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NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS for the 2015 FCOA Advocacy Award

Department of Elder Affairs Waitlist Report For Services - 4-24-2015

2015 House - Senate HHS Budget for Aging Programs - 3/20/15

2015 Florida Senate and House Committees & Leadership

2015 FCOA Advocacy Brochure - Now Available

Executive Office of the Governor & Agencies 2015 Handbook


Florida Department of Elder Affairs
Governor’s Budget Recommendations – Highlights - 1/29/15

The Governor released his budget recommendations for FY 2015-2016 on January 28th.  Highlights for the Department of Elder Affairs are as follows:

  1. Alzheimer’s Respite Care Services:  $2,000,000.  The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2014-15 includes $2 million in additional funding to support the Alzheimer's Disease Initiative (ADI). This funding will allow serving an estimated 196 frail individuals currently on the wait list. The ADI provides a continuum of services to meet the changing needs of individuals with Alzheimer's disease, and similar memory disorders, and their families. The supportive services include counseling, consumable medical supplies and respite for caregiver relief.
  2. Community Care for the Elderly:  $3,700,000.  The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2015-16 includes $2.7 million in additional funding for the Community Care for the Elderly Program. This funding will allow serving an estimated 406 frail individuals currently on the wait list. This program provides community-based services organized in a continuum of care to help functionally impaired older people live in the least restrictive yet most cost-effective environment suitable to their needs.

 While the Governor’s Budget provides for a $3.7 million Increase in CCE, there is also a deduction to the base budget for CCE of $1 million which is funded in the current fiscal year as Non-Recurring.  In summary then, the NET Impact in the Community Care for the Elderly budget as contained in the Governor’s Budget Recommendation is a $2,700,000 increase. 

3. Statewide Senior Legal Helpline:  $250,000.  The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2015-16 includes $250,000 in recurring General Revenue Funds for the Statewide Senior Legal Helpline (SLH). The SLH provides seniors with free legal advice via telephone.

4.Waiting List Priority Score Evaluation:  $60,000.  The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2015-16 includes $60,000 in nonrecurring General Revenue Funds to develop an updated methodology for assessing the frailty of individuals for home and community based services. This update will allow for a more accurate assessment of needs and better targeting of funds.

5.Position Reductions: ($297,531).  The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2015-16 includes a reduction of 11 full-time equivalent positions due to implementation of the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care program, streamlined processes and consolidated duties, and administrative efficiencies.

The Governor’s Budget Recommendations did NOT recommend continuation of the $1.3 million funding for Area Agencies on Aging for increased workload associated with Statewide Medicaid Managed Long Term Care. 

Finally, there are no reductions to the RECURRING base budget for Local Service Programs. 


Who is My Legislator?
To ascertain your legislators, look at your voter registration card, which shows the numbers of your House and Senate voting districts. Alternatively, you may find this information through the web site of your County Supervisor of Elections, which can be accessed through the following link: http://election.dos.state.fl.us/contact-us/contact-elected-officials.shtml

How to Track the Progress of a Bill
To track the progress of a bill, go to Online Sunshine at: http://www.leg.state.fl.us.Click on the link to the Senate.  At the top of the page, enter the bill number and click on “Go”.  This will bring up a summary of the bill and the current actions taken on it.  From this page you can also access the full version of the bill.


FCOA Advocacy Award Winners
1995 Rep. Lars Hafner
1996 Rep. Mary Brennan
1997 Sen. Bill Bankhead & Rep.Carl Littlefield
1998 No award given
1999 Sen. Ron Silver
2000 Sen. Jack Latvala, Rep. Durell Peaden, & Rep. Nancy Argenziano
2001 Sen. John McKay
2002 Speaker Johnnie B. Byrd
2003 Rep. Carole Green
2004 Sen. Ken Pruitt & Rep. Sandra Murman
2005 Speaker Allan Bense
2006 Representative Eleanor Sobel & Senator Burt Saunders
2007 Senator Jeffrey Atwater, Senator Durell Peaden and Senator Nan Rich
2008 Representative Elaine Schwartz and Juan Zapata
2009 Speaker Larry Cretul, Senator Nan Rich & Representative Tom Anderson
2010 Senator Durell Peadon, Representative Denise Grimsley and Senator Don Gaetz
2011 Senator Mike Fasano and Representative Matt Hudson
2012 Senator Nan Rich, Senator Ronda Storms and Representative Doug Holder
2013 Speaker Will Weatherford, Senator Aaron Bean, Senator Joe Negron and Representative Hudson
2014 President Don Gaetz, Senator Denise Grimsley and Representative Kathleen Passidomo

Submit your 2015 Legislative Priority Requests

Integrated LTC Information & Resource Links

The following resource links on "integrated long-term care systems" provide a wealth of information about model projects across the nation, as well as many other resources related to research and development projects and reports related to the continuum of LTC.

Interested in learning more about Assistive Living Facilities & Nursing Home advocacy? Visit www.fhca.org

Join the Florida State AARP Legislative E-mail Group

The Florida State Chapter of AARP has an Advocate Newsletter available that includes legislative alerts. To sign up for this monthly newsletter, go to http://www.aarp.org/emailnews/

Past Advocacy Brochures

2014 FCOA Advocacy Brochure

FCOA Advocacy Brochure - 2013

FCOA Advocacy Palm Card - Medicaid and Cost Continuum 2013


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