Every four years the Department of Aging prepares a strategic plan that focuses on the needs of older Pennsylvanians. The State Plan reflects a shared vision and is a product of input from multiple interests and individuals. While the plan is administered by the Department of Aging, it represents a comprehensive plan for all older Pennsylvanians.
The purpose of the State Plan is to:
- Define clear and comprehensive direction for both the Department of Aging and for services and supports for older Pennsylvanians
- Carry out the administration’s commitments while recognizing current fiscal realities
- Adopt a necessary collaborative approach focusing on evidence-based outcomes and innovation
- Fulfill requirements of the Administration on Aging and the Older Americans Act
To create the 2012-2016 State Plan, the department utilized feedback and information from the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, stakeholders, eldercare professionals, caregivers, and the general public. In November 2011, the Department began the planning process at the joint meeting of the Pennsylvania Council on Aging and the Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging.