Governor Scott released his Budget Recommendations late this morning.
The following increases are in his recommended budget for Department of Elder Affairs:
Program Proposed Increase
Community Care for the Elderly $5,000,000
Home Care for the Elderly $1,000,000
Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (Respite) $3,000,000
Aging & Disability Centers (Medicaid eligibility) $ 876,464
Replace Client Information System (CIRTS) $2,650,000
There are no cuts to recurring General Revenue funding for Local Service Programs (LSP).
The full budget can be viewed here: http://fightingforfloridasfuturebudget.com/web forms/Budget/BudgetAgency.aspx
The Florida Council on Aging is advocating on behalf of the above home and community base programs during the 2018 Legislative Session. FCOA is requesting $12.4 million in General Revenue funding to serve 1,788 of the MOST frail seniors on the Department of Elder Affairs Waiting List for the Community Care and Home Care for the Elderly and Alzheimer’s Respite Care Programs
-- $5,503,464 to serve 684 persons on the waiting list for Community Care for the Elderly
-- $4,161,688 to serve 346 seniors on the waiting list for Alzheimer’s Respite Care
-- $2,765,942 to serve 758 seniors and caregivers on the waiting list for Home Care for the Elderly
--No cuts to the Local Service Programs (LSP) budget
If you have questions, please contact Kelly Wilson, PFA Legislative Chair at 561- 373-3888.