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


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5/20/1997--Introduced. TABLE OF CONTENTS: 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. (Sec. 101) Authorizes the Assistant Secretary to make incentive awards to States which have performed effectively under a performance partnership agreement. (Sec. 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. (Sec. 104) Revises area and State plan provisions, among other changes, incorporating requirements for performance partnerships. (Sec. 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. (Sec. 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). (Sec. 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. (Sec. 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. (Sec. 304) Establishes a policy committee and other related committees. (Sec. 306) Authorizes appropriations.