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Administration for Community Living | Listening Brief and Tribal Consultation on Older Americans Act

October 12, 2023 @ 1:30 pm CDT

ACL Listening Brief: September 28, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. ET
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ACL Tribal Consultation: October 12, 2023 at 2:30 p.m. ET
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There is a tight turnaround for notice of consultation on the OAA that resulted in large part due to ACL/AoA’s surprise around the Tribal response digging into Title VII (Adult Protection Services) as well as other aspects of the OAA.

The main targets remain the same:

  1. The funding formula does not promote equity for Tribal programs (built on state population counts). Tribes will never meet meaningful funding levels.
  2. Because of the funding formula, Tribes are not able to count Elders under age 60, even though they can serve them under Title VI, so unfunded moving mandate and again, lack of equity and access.
  3. Title VII gives funding and primary authority for Elder adult protection services (APS) to states. Even Guam and Puerto Rico get funding for APS, but nothing to Tribes.
  4. Title III – state allocation that counts Tribes. States are supposed to either provide the services to Tribal Elders ages 60 + and/or *contract/pay the Tribe when it provides the service*. The two programs are supposed to coordinate. There is no best practices guidance and no consequences to states who do not comply. Tribes are asking for a direct-to-them share of Title III rather than the trickle down through the states. This *can* be done and a few states do this: Wisconsin is a good example – the state carves out a share to each of the 11 Tribal aging programs.

Tribal Leaders are encouraged to provide oral testimony during the Consultation, or to provide written authorization for another person speaking on behalf of leadership.  Others will be heard as time allows. Everyone is encouraged to provide written comment.  Written testimony can be submitted to: until November 13, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time.


October 12, 2023
1:30 pm CDT
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