UCCF 3/8/18: What’s an Area Plan?

2018-226: Amending Resolution 2018-147, awarding various contracts pursuant to a Request for Proposal in accordance with the 2016-2018 Area Plan, to reflect an increase in funding only in the amount not to exceed $2,193,856 for a new grand total not to exceed $3,722,524 to be allocated as outlined and charged to account numbers specified for the same contract year three period of January 1, 2018 through December 31,2018 with no other changes to the 2016-2018 Area Plan.

So what is an Area Plan?
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Still confused? Let’s dig a little.

Just last month we had this resolution:

2018-147: Authorizing the County Manager to exercise the option to award Year 3 contracts for the period of January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018 in accordance with the 2016-2018 Area Plan in the total amount not to exceed $1,528,668, pursuant to a Request for Proposal (RFP), to deliver services to Union County residents 60 years of age or older and/or their caregivers and further authorizing the transfer of funds among the agencies during the contract period should service needs change and or if any of the agencies should fail to meet its contractual obligation.

In 2016 we had:

2016-452: Amending Resolution 2016-310, the 2016-2018 Area Plan Spending Plan, to reflect an increase in funding only in the amount not to exceed $1,432,968 for a new grand total not to exceed $4,463,625 to be allocated as outlined and charged to account numbers specified for the same contract year one period of January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016 with no other changes to the 2016-2018 Area Plan.

with this explanation:
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Apparently New Jersey has a Strategic Plan on Aging (yes this is the latest one from the state website) which has on page 93 of 117:

AREA AGENCY ON AGING (AAA) ADMINISTRATION
Office Description: The Office of AAA Administration is responsible for the oversight of the statewide network of comprehensive community based services provided by the county Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) through Area Plan Contracts. These services include: information and assistance; access services; transportation; legal assistance; in-home services; care management; health and wellness programs; congregate and home-delivered nutrition services; and adult protective services. The programs under the Area Plan Contract are targeted to those who are 60+ and their caregivers. The office also oversees the home and community based programs funded solely through State dollars for individuals above the Medicaid income eligibility requirements. The office works closely with the Grants Management and Fiscal staff to ensure quality and accountability. Together they provide policy guidance, support, technical assistance and training to the Aging Services network. The office is responsible to meet federal NAPIS, state and federal reporting requirements under the Older Americans Act. # of Beneficiaries Served Annually: Over 400,000 individuals

The strategy appears to be to keep the elderly poor here by subsidizing their care while driving out the elderly rich by having them pay exorbitant taxes.

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