H.R. 1671 (105th): Older Americans Act Amendments of 1997

May 20, 1997 (105th Congress, 1997–1998)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Matthew Martínez
Representative for California's 31st congressional district
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May 20, 1997
120 pages
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This bill was introduced on May 20, 1997, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced May 20, 1997
Referred to Committee May 20, 1997
Full Title

To amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to provide for Federal-State performance partnerships, to consolidate all nutrition programs under the Act in the Department of Health and Human Services, to extend authorizations of appropriations for programs under the Act through fiscal year 2000, and for other purposes.


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12 cosponsors (11D, 1I) (show)

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Title I - Performance Partnerships Title II: Other Amendments to the Older Americans Act of 1965 Subtitle A: Administration on Aging Subtitle B: State and Community Programs on Aging Subtitle C: Research, Development, and Demonstrations Subtitle D: Community Service Employment for Older Americans Subtitle E: Grants for Native Americans Subtitle F: Vulnerable Elder Rights Protection Subtitle G: Technical Amendments Subtitle H: Effective Date Title III: White House Conference on Aging Older Americans Act Amendments of 1997
Title I - Performance Partnerships
Amends the Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA) to direct the Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Aging (Assistant Secretary) to negotiate and enter into performance partnership agreements with the States. Requires each State to propose and include such an agreement as part of its State plan, specifying certain objectives for accomplishing the goals of the basic State grants program and the vulnerable elder rights protection program.
Section 101 -
Authorizes the Assistant Secretary to make incentive awards to States which have performed effectively under a performance partnership agreement.
Section 103 -
Requires each State agency to establish an Advisory Council to: (1) review and comment on the State's proposed agreement; and (2) evaluate and report on the State's performance under the final agreement negotiated and entered into with the Assistant Secretary.
Section 104 -
Revises area and State plan provisions, among other changes, incorporating requirements for performance partnerships.
Section 106 -
Provides for reimbursement of State administrative costs related to performance partnerships.
Title II - Other Amendments to the Older Americans Act of 1965
Subtitle A - Administration on Aging
Reauthorizes and extends OAA's Administration on Aging. Requires the Administration to develop and operate a National Eldercare Locator Service, providing nationwide toll-free information and assistance services to identify community resources for older individuals. Authorizes appropriations.
Subtitle B - State and Community Programs on Aging
Reauthorizes, revises, and extends OAA's basic State grant program's supportive services and senior centers program, as well as the congregate nutrition services and home-delivered nutrition services program.
Section 211 -
States that nothing in such Act prohibits State and area agencies on aging from engaging in activities or providing services to benefit individuals who are not older individuals, using non-Federal cash or in-kind contributions (other than those required to match the Federal program share).
Section 215 -
Requires area plans to provide assurances that the area agency on aging will coordinate pertinent planning and services with the activities of agencies that develop or provide services for individuals with disabilities.
Section 216 -
Makes various specified changes, technical and otherwise, with regard to:
(1) a new State option to require cost-sharing under their State grant program plan;
(2) the transfer of funds between different State grant programs;
(3) the availability of disaster relief funds for tribal organizations;
(4) a new nutrition services incentive program to replace the current surplus commodities program;
(5) waivers of certain requirements for State grant programs;
(6) consolidation of authorities for supportive services and senior centers and for nutrition services; and
(7) the in-home services for frail older individuals, additional assistance for special needs of older individuals, disease prevention and health promotion services, and supportive activities for certain caretakers.
Subtitle C - Research, Development, and Demonstration
Revises basic OAA authority for training, research, development, and demonstrations. Replaces specified current grant programs with grants and contracts for certain centers to improve the quality of services for older individuals, including: (1) national centers providing support to administrators of grant programs; (2) national education and training centers; and (3) multifaceted policy centers. Provides for information dissemination and related activities. Reauthorizes appropriations.
Subtitle D - Community Service Employment for Older Americans
Provides for a phased-in reduction of the Federal share of funding under the community service employment program from 90 percent to 84 percent by FY 2002. Authorizes appropriations.
Subtitle E - Grants for Native Americans
Reauthorizes and extends OAA's Native Americans program.
Subtitle F - Vulnerable Elder Rights Protection
Reauthorizes and extends OAA's vulnerable elder rights protection program.
Subtitle G - Technical Amendments
Makes various specified technical amendments to OAA and other related Acts, such as the National School Lunch Act.
Subtitle H - Effective Date
Sets forth the effective date for the amendments made by this title.
Title III - White House Conference on Aging
Directs the President to convene, by a certain deadline, a White House Conference on Aging for developing recommendations for additional research and action in the fields related to aging.
Section 304 -
Establishes a policy committee and other related committees.
Section 306 -
Authorizes appropriations.

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