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256.9731 On-site coordination (OSC) services projects.

Subdivision 1. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the meanings given them.

(a) Congregate housing. "Congregate housing" means federally or locally subsidized housing and nonsubsidized low- and moderate-income multifamily housing units which may not have common areas for activities and for serving food, designed for the elderly.

(b) On-site coordination services projects. "On-site coordination services project" means a project in which services are or could be made available to persons age 55 or older who live in a designated service area and which helps them remain independent. To be considered an on-site coordination services project, a project must have: (1) an on-site coordinator; (2) a plan for assuring the availability of one meal per day, seven days a week, for each elderly participant who needs a meal to continue to live independently; and (3) an approved designated service area.

(c) On-site coordinator. "On-site coordinator" means a person who works on-site in a designated service area and who serves as a contact for older persons who need services, support, and assistance in order to help them remain independent.

(d) On-site coordination services project participants or project participants. "On-site coordination services project participants" or "project participants" means elderly persons 55 years old or older who are currently residents of or who are planning to move into a designated service area and who need support services to remain independent.

(e) Designated service area or DSA. "Designated service area" or "DSA" means the congregate housing site or sites, and surrounding neighborhoods and communities that have a concentration of persons age 55 or older that is higher than the state average, in which on-site coordination services will be provided.

Subd. 2. Repealed, 1994 c 480 s 9

Subd. 3. Grant program. The commissioner shall establish an on-site coordination services grant program that is coordinated with county government programs and services for elderly persons and, in counties where they exist, with seniors' agenda for independent living (SAIL) projects as defined in section 256B.0917, that will enable communities and neighborhoods to provide on-site coordinators to serve older persons who need services and support, or need assistance in accessing services, in order to delay or prevent nursing home placement and remain independent.

Subd. 4. Use of grant funds. Grant funds shall be used to develop and fund on-site coordinator positions. Grant funds shall not be used to duplicate existing funds, to modify buildings, or to purchase equipment.

Subd. 5. Grant eligibility. A public or nonprofit agency or housing unit may apply for funds to provide a coordinator for on-site coordination services to an identified population of frail elderly persons in a designated service area. The commissioner shall give preference to applicants that meet the requirements of this section, and that have a common dining site in the designated service area. A local match shall be required. State money received may also be used to match federal money allocated for on-site coordination services. Grants shall be awarded to urban and rural sites.

Subd. 6. Criteria for selection. The commissioner shall select projects under this section according to the following criteria:

(1) the extent to which the proposed project assists older persons to age-in-place to prevent or delay nursing home placement;

(2) the extent to which the proposed project identifies the needs of project participants;

(3) the extent to which the proposed project identifies how the on-site coordinator will help meet the needs of project participants;

(4) the extent to which the proposed project plan assures the availability of one meal a day, seven days a week, for each elderly participant in need in the designated service area;

(5) the extent to which the proposed project demonstrates involvement of participants, communities, and family members in the project; and

(6) the extent to which the proposed project demonstrates coordination of community agencies and public and private service agencies, including area agencies on aging.

The commissioner shall consult with the county board of the county in which the project would be implemented, and shall not select any project without approval of the county board. A designated service area with a senior dining program may be given preference.

Subd. 7. Grant applications. The commissioner shall request proposals for grants and award grants using the criteria in subdivision 6. Grant applications shall include:

(1) documentation of the need for on-site coordination services in the DSA so the residents can remain independent;

(2) a description of the resources, such as social services and health services, that will be available in the DSA community to provide the necessary support services;

(3) a description of the target population, as defined in subdivision 1, paragraph (d);

(4) a performance plan that includes written performance objectives, outcomes, timelines, and the procedure the grantee will use to document and measure success in meeting the objectives; and

(5) letters of support from appropriate public and private agencies and organizations, such as area agencies on aging and county human service departments that demonstrate an intent to collaborate and coordinate with the agency requesting a grant.

Subd. 8. Report. The commissioner shall collect data on a quarterly basis on the number of persons served and other factors relating to the goals, activities, and accomplishments of the projects. The commissioner shall provide this data in summary form to the legislature in annual reports, due January 1, 2001, and each January 1 thereafter. The annual reports must also include recommendations based on project findings.

Subd. 9. Technical assistance. The commissioner may provide technical assistance to sponsors of on-site coordination services programs or may contract or delegate the provision of technical assistance.

Subd. 10. Other agencies. The commissioner may delegate, use, or employ any federal, state, regional, or local public or private agency or organization, including organizations of physically handicapped persons, upon terms the commissioner deems necessary or desirable, to assist in the exercise of any of the powers granted in this section.

HIST: 1991 c 292 art 7 s 7; 1992 c 513 art 7 s 29,30; 2000 c 488 art 9 s 14,36

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