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Senior Scene® | January Issue
Message from Secretary Jeffrey S. Bragg Florida Department of Elder Affairs
Governor Scott’s “Securing Florida’s Future” Budget to Support Florida Elders & Families
Governor Rick Scott’s 2018-19 “Securing Florida’s Future” Budget recommends an additional $12.5 million for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs to serve more than 1,100 elders in need, invest in programs that support Florida families affected by Alzheimer’s disease & related dementias, & make necessary changes to outdated technology that will enable Florida’s Aging Network better serve seniors & their caregivers.
With the highest percentage of elders in the nation, we must continue to set an example by investing in essential home & Comm.-based services that best
meet their needs. I am so grateful for the leadership & support of Governor Scott in providing these increases year after year – more than $163 million since 2011 –
& for his commitment to serving Florida’s 5.2 million seniors.
Governor Rick Scott said, “Florida is proud that so many elders are choosing to call our state home & we are
fully committed to providing them with the services & support they need. These important investments are essential to helping our elders remain healthy, safe, & independent so they, & their families, can continue to enjoy our great state.”
Governor Scott’s Securing Florida’s Future Budget includes:
• $3 million to provide services for additional elders with Alzheimer’s disease & relief for their caregivers through the Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (ADI);
• $5 million for home & Comm.-based services for more seniors at risk for nursing home placement through the Comm. Care for the Elderly Program (CCE); • $1 million to provide services for more of the frailest individuals through the Home Care for the Elderly Program (HCE);
• $2.65 million to improve the Department’s client assessment processes & technology, including replacement of the 26-year-old Client Information & Registration Tracking System (CIRTS); &
• $876,000 for the Aging & Disability Resource Centers to assess needs & provide services to elders across Florida.
Stakeholders & partners across the Aging Network have joined me in applauding the Governor for once again making seniors a priority through investments in programs that make a signi cant difference in their lives. At the Department, we will be keeping you informed of the  nal budget following the legislative process.
For information on the Department of Elder Affairs, please visit www.elderaffairs.org. SS
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