ADVOCACY WORKS!!! FAIR SHARE FOR SENIORS!!!
JUNE 30, 2015
$20 MILLION ALLOCATED TO DEPARTMENT FOR THE AGING BUDGET
FOR LiveOn NY PRIORITIES!
SEE LINK TO SCHEDULE C BELOW FOR ALL $34 MILLION OF DFTA FUNDING
Funding for Waiting Lists:
- Home Delivered Meals – $1.8 million – Will increase capacity of meals-on-wheels system by 300,000 meals annually, a 5% increase, to prevent waiting lists. These are baselined funds.
- Home Care – $4.3 million – Funding to eliminate the home care waiting list of 500+ homebound seniors. LiveOn NY will look into how these funds will be allocated and the process for assessing the seniors. These are baselined funds.
- Case management - $3 million – Addresses waiting list of 2000 homebound seniors waiting to be assessed and served by case managers. City Council funding is for one year so funds are not baselined.
- Elder abuse – $2 million for elder abuse RFP – $2 million was allocated for elder abuse bringing the total city funding to $2.8 million. These are baselined funds. New contracts begin July 1, 2015.
- Mental health services in senior centers - $800,000 in FY16 and $1.4 million in FY17 – A pilot program to provide a social worker at the 20 largest senior centers, which serve at least 100 seniors a day. Social workers will work to coordinate behavioral health, psychiatric, and medical treatment to treat illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and bi-polar disorder.
- Service Coordinators in Senior Residences – $750,000 - LiveOn NY’s Housing Coalition has made funding for service coordinators in senior residences such as 202 buildings a priority. It is a breakthrough that the de Blasio administration is using expense dollars for this purpose. The $750,000 is for five years and will fund 500 units per year. LiveOn NY will provide updates as more information is known.
NEXT STEPS: Please have seniors sign thank you letters to your Councilmember(s) and Mayor Bill de Blasio – see model letters on the LiveOn-NY website. You can mail them in bulk.
LiveOn NY THANKS THE AGING NETWORK – TOGETHER WE BROUGHT 1000 SENIORS TO CITY HALL OVER THREE MONTHS AND DELIVERED THE MESSAGE – FAIR SHARE FOR SENIORS!