DEPARTMENT OF AGING
Redesignation of Area Agency on Aging for Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Tioga Counties; Final Decision Regarding Redesignation
[40 Pa.B. 714]
[Saturday, February 6, 2010]
The Secretary of the Department of Aging (Department), under authority in the act of June 20, 1978 (P. L. 477, No. 70) (71 P. S. §§ 581-1—581-12), in conformity with the Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C.A. §§ 3001—3058ee) and in accordance with the provisions in 6 Pa. Code Chapter 30 (relating to designation and redesignation of area agencies on aging), has made a final decision regarding the redesignation of the area agency on aging serving planning and service area No. 36, which has the same boundaries as Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Tioga Counties, as follows:
From: Area Agency on Aging for the Counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Tioga, 220 Main Street, Unit 2, Towanda, PA 18848.
To: Area Agency on Aging for the Counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Tioga, Inc., 220 Main Street, Unit 2, Towanda, PA 18848.
On June 12, 2009, the Department received a formal request from the Chairperson of the Governing Board of the Area Agency on Aging for the Counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Tioga to redesignate the Area Agency on Aging from its current county government structure to a nonprofit organization. The Governing Board, which includes Commissioners from each of the four counties that comprise the current agency, voted unanimously in favor of making the request at their May 2009 Board meeting.
Four public hearings on the redesignation were held on October 14 and 15, 2009; one in each of the affected counties. Transcripts of these hearings are available for inspection at the Department of Aging, 555 Walnut Street, 5th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101. Hearing testimony included statements from service providers, County Commissioners, members of the Pennsylvania Council on Aging's Northeast Regional Council, the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council, the Executive Director of the Area Agency on Aging and other human services agency representatives from the affected communities. The testimony was in favor of the redesignation and no major concerns were raised by members of the public about the redesignation.
On October 30, 2009, after considering the impact of redesignation on the provision of services in the planning and service area, testimony offered at the public hearings, the current area agency on aging advisory council's support of the redesignation, the reasons cited by the Governing Board in making the request for redesignation, and other information obtained from the existing agency and proposed new agency, the Secretary notified the four County Commissioners and the current agency of a preliminary decision to redesignate the nonprofit corporation as the area agency on aging effective July 1, 2010. The current area agency on aging did not request an adjudicatory hearing to challenge this preliminary deci-sion, as it supports the redesignation. The board of directors of the new nonprofit agency submitted an impact statement to the Department that details its readiness for the transition, including filing Articles of Incorporation and applying for tax-exempt status, as well as making arrangements regarding contracts, staffing and information technology that will ensure that there is no disruption in service delivery for the older adults in the planning and service area. The impact statement also provides assurances that the agency is prepared to comply with personnel policy and fiscal requirements applicable to nonprofit area agencies on aging.
Therefore, the Secretary publishes this final decision redesignating the Area Agency on Aging for the Counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Tioga as the Area Agency on Aging for the Counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Tioga, Inc.
This order shall be effective July 1, 2010.
JOHN MICHAEL HALL,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 10-223. Filed for public inspection February 5, 2010, 9:00 a.m.]
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