Each week the Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Aging, Brian M. Duke, releases a Friday newsletter with information relevant to activities, issues and events for older Pennsylvanians and persons with disabilities across the Commonwealth.
Items worth noting from the newsletter include:
- This video (click on the graphic) – Department of Aging Launches Video to Mark National Family Caregivers Month and Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
- Request for Applications – Targeted Technical Assistance to Build the Business Capacity of Community-Based Aging and Disability Organizations for Integrated Services Partnerships – The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is announcing an opportunity for up to ten (10) networks of community-based aging and disability organizations to participate in a learning collaborative and receive targeted technical assistance related to business acumen.
- LIHEAP Began on November 3 – The Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program also known as LIHEAP, helps low-income families pay their heating bills. LIHEAP is a grant that offers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat. The program will begin accepting applications on November 3, 2015, and is expected to remain open until April 3, 2015.
- Information about the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) is a federally funded program that allows states to receive additional Medicaid funds for community based (waiver and certain non-waiver) programs. These programs support persons with intellectual disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, mental health concerns, and older Pennsylvanians. This program is scheduled to run through September 30, 2015.