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§ 10-1201. Aging-in-place programs for seniors

West's Annotated Code of MarylandHuman ServicesEffective: March 14, 2021

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Human Services (Refs & Annos)
Title 10. Department of Aging (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 12. Miscellaneous Grant Programs (Refs & Annos)
Effective: March 14, 2021
MD Code, Human Services, § 10-1201
§ 10-1201. Aging-in-place programs for seniors
Definitions
(a)(1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
(2) “Aging-in-place program” means a program or service that enables an individual to live in the individual's own home and participate in a community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.
(3) “Senior village” means a local, member-driven, nonprofit organization that:
(i) supports community members who choose to age in place by:
1. fostering social connections through activities and events; and
2. coordinating volunteer help at home using a neighbor-helping-neighbor model; and
(ii) is exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
In general
(b) The Department may make grants to nonprofit organizations and area agencies on aging to expand and establish aging-in-place programs for seniors.
Program requirements
(c) Any nonprofit organization or area agency on aging may apply to the Department for a State grant to be applied toward the cost of expanding or establishing an aging-in-place program that provides to seniors:
(1) assistance with the costs of in-home personal care services for activities of daily living, including bathing, personal hygiene and grooming, dressing, toileting, functional mobility, food preparation, laundry, and house cleaning;
(2) psychological, economic, or functional assistance to enable successful health management, access to medical care, or compliance with treatment recommendations;
(3) awareness of and access to resources, services, and benefits;
(4) support services and care coordination;
(5) affordable transportation;
(6) assistance making in-home modifications or repairs to improve safety, mobility, and accessibility; or
(7) the opportunity to live in a senior village.
Eligibility
(d) To be eligible for a State grant to expand an existing aging-in-place program under this section, a nonprofit organization or area agency on aging shall demonstrate an equal match for funds requested.
Notice of availability of grant opportunities
(e) The Department shall publicize the availability of grant opportunities under the aging-in-place program to eligible organizations at least 6 weeks before grant applications are due.
Amount of grant
(f) The amount of the State grant for an aging-in-place program shall be determined after consideration of:
(1) all eligible applicants;
(2) the total amount of State funds available for grants; and
(3) the priorities of area need as may be established by the Department in consultation with area agencies on aging and in alignment with area plans on aging.
Appropriations
(g)(1) For each fiscal year, the Governor shall include in the annual budget bill an appropriation of at least $100,000 for the purpose of making the State grants under this section.
(2) At least 20% of the funding appropriated under paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be used to support senior villages.
Notice to an area agency on aging of grant award
(h) The Department shall notify an area agency on aging within 2 weeks after a grant award to a nonprofit located within the jurisdiction of the area agency on aging.
Regulations
(i) The Department may adopt regulations for receiving and considering applications and for disbursing funds to applicants.

Credits

Added by Acts 2019, c. 308, § 1, eff. June 1, 2019; Acts 2019, c. 309, § 1, eff. June 1, 2019. Amended by Acts 2021, c. 24, § 1, eff. March 14, 2021.
MD Code, Human Services, § 10-1201, MD HUMAN SERV § 10-1201
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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