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2000 Session

Budget Bill - HB29 (Chapter 1072)

Department for the Aging

Item 309

Item 309 (Not set out)

A. Area agencies on aging are encouraged to continue seeking funds from a variety of sources which include cost-sharing in programs where not prohibited by funding sources; private sector voluntary contributions from older persons receiving services; families of individuals receiving services; and churches, service groups and other organizations. Such appropriations shall not be included in the appropriations used to match Older Americans Act funding. Revenue generated as a result of these pilot projects shall be retained by the participating area agencies for use in meeting critical care needs of older Virginians. These revenues shall supplement, not supplant, general funds.


B. It is the intent of the General Assembly that all area agencies on aging shall use any new general fund revenue, with the exception of funding provided for the Long-term Care Ombudsman program, to implement sliding fees for services. Revenue from fees shall be retained by the area agencies on aging for use in meeting critical care needs of older Virginians. These revenues shall supplement, not supplant, general fund resources.


C. It is the intent of the General Assembly that Older Americans Act funds and general fund moneys be targeted to services which can assist the elderly to function independently for as long as possible.


D. At the request of the Commissioner of the Department for the Aging, the Director of the Department of Planning and Budget may transfer state general fund appropriations for services provided by area agencies on aging between service categories. The amounts to be transferred between categories shall not exceed 15 percent of the total state general fund appropriations allocated for each category. Under no circumstances shall any funds be transferred from direct services to administration. State general fund appropriations shall be available to the area agencies on aging beginning July 1 of each year of the biennium, in compliance with the Department's General Fund Cash Management Policy.


E. A sum not to exceed $1,000,000 from the unappropriated balance in this act is hereby authorized for long-term care, in-home support, and housing services for aging mentally retarded persons. Payment of this sum shall be made to a duly incorporated entity established for this purpose upon (i) approval by the Department for the Aging of an organizational plan for such entity to provide such services, including a statement of any proposed financial commitment on the part of the Commonwealth and (ii) documentation by the above entity of matching funds of at least an equal amount from private sources.