A roadmap for service priorities and community investments
The State of Indiana requires each of its 16 Area Agencies on Aging to complete an Area Plan on a biennial basis to ensure that limited public funds allocated by the Older Americans Act and state budget are used to meet priority services. The Area Plan serves as a roadmap for community investments, helps establish service priorities, and increases coordination and collaboration with other organizations.
In assessing needs for the current area plan, CICOA conducted an area-wide public hearing to solicit public comment regarding community priorities. CICOA also considered data from the 2010 census as well as input from stakeholder meetings held during its recent strategic planning process.
Priority needs in the current plan are:
- Access to home care services
- Nutrition – access to fresh, high quality food
- Affordable housing
- Translation services for persons with limited English proficiency
In today’s economic environment, increased demand for services and limited resources cause all of us to do “more with less.” These priority needs guide our Board, Advisory Council and staff as we evaluate and fund programs, and as we work with other interested community stakeholders on ways to help make Central Indiana a great community in which to live at any age.