Maryland Accessment Point Grant Application

Maryland Accessment Point Grant Application

Commission on Aging Director Susan MacDonald and COA Board Vice-Chair Bill Beard requested, during the June 5th Board of Commissioner's Meeting, a Letter of support to Maryland Department of Aging Secretary Gloria Lawlah, for application for a Maryland Access Point grant. The Maryland Access Point Aging and Disability Resource Center is a federal initiative to increase the ability of older or citizens with disabilities to be self-reliant through provision of streamlined information and assistance.
The underlying concept is that there is "No Wrong Door". The Commission on Aging is the lead agency applicant in collaboration with the Health Department, Department of Social Services and the Center for Independent Living. Four additional Maryland jurisdictions will receive funding from the Maryland Department of Aging to implement this program for FY '08. The Board of County Commissioners strong support and recommendation to the Maryland Department of Aging, before June 11, 2007, is needed to increase the possibility that older or disabled Washington County citizens and their families can benefit from this initiative, MacDonald said.
The Washington County Health Department, Center for Independent Living, Washington County Department of Social Services, Washington County Office on Disability Issues and Washington County Disabilities Advisory Committee are all supporting this grant application. The letter will be drafted and sent to the State, and a follow-up phone call will be placed to the Aging Secretary's office.