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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 11-377



Redesignation of Area Agency on Aging for Clarion County; Final Decision Regarding Redesignation

[41 Pa.B. 1207]
[Saturday, March 5, 2011]

 The Secretary of the Department of Aging (Department), under authority of sections 2201-A—2212-A of The Administrative Code of 1929 (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 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. 49, which has the same boundaries as Clarion County, as follows:

From: Area Agency on Aging for the County of Clarion, 12 Grant Street, Clarion, PA 16214.

To: Clarion Area Agency on Aging, Inc., 12 Grant Street, Clarion, PA 16214.

 On July 16, 2010, the Department received a formal request from the Chair of the Office of Commissioners for Clarion County to redesignate the Area Agency on Aging from its current county structure to a nonprofit organization. The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution in favor of this request at its June 22, 2010, meeting.

 One public hearing on the redesignation was held on December 1, 2010, at 12 Grant Street, Clarion, PA. A transcript of this hearing is available for inspection at the Department of Aging, 555 Walnut Street, 5th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101. Hearing testimony included statements from a County Commissioner, President of the Advisory Council and the Chairperson for the Northwest Regional Council on Aging, the Executive Director of the Clarion/Forest Visiting Nurses Association, and a consumer from the affected community. The testimony was fully in favor of the redesignation and no major concerns were raised by members of the public in terms of the redesignation.

 On December 30, 2010, after considering the impact of redesignation on the provision of services in the planning and service area, testimony offered at the public hearing, the current area agency on aging's support of the redesignation, the reasons cited by the Office of Commissioners in making the request for redesignation, and other information obtained from the existing agency and proposed new agency, the Secretary notified the three County Commissioners and the current agency of a preliminary decision to redesignate the nonprofit corporation as the area agency on aging effective July 1, 2011. The current area agency on aging did not request an adjudicatory hearing to challenge this preliminary decision, 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 com-ply 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 Clarion to Clarion Area Agency on Aging, Inc.

 This order shall be effective July 1, 2011.

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 11-377. Filed for public inspection March 4, 2011, 9:00 a.m.]

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