Administration for Community Living: Guidance for Developing State Plans

August 2021 | Administration for Community Living

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“As you develop your State Plans, ACL encourages states and AAAs to take a broad approach to ensuring services are reaching older adults in greatest social need in line with recent Executive Orders by President Biden. These populations include: individuals who are Black, Latino, and Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and other persons of color; members of religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons; persons with disabilities; and persons who live in rural areas.”

This memorandum replaces State Unit on Aging (SUA) Directors Letter #02-2019 and serves as a guide for any new state plan taking effect on or after October 1, 2022. The guidance within this memorandum reflects changes to the Older Americans Act (OAA) as codified through the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 (P.L. 116-131). This legislation reauthorized the OAA and its programs from federal fiscal year (FFY) 2020 through 2024. This guidance is also consistent with current Administration priorities as reflected in various Presidential Executive Orders and other priority-setting documents.