Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens
Area Plan Goals and Objectives 2014-2017

1.     Increase awareness and understanding of aging issues in Pinal and Gila counties.
2.     Increase the ability of older adults to remain active, healthy and living independently in their communities.
3      Increase the safety and well-being of seniors in Pinal and Gila counties.
4.     Enhance our service region’s capacity to develop and maintain the 
        necessary infrastructure to deliver services in a culturally appropriate, 
        timely and cost effective manner.
5.     Enhance opportunities and collaborations for transportation services
        for seniors in Pinal and Gila counties.
6.     Implement new data management systems to improve operational efficiency.

GOAL ONE

Increase awareness and understanding of aging issues in
 Pinal and Gila counties.



1.1    Strategic Objective:
Collaborate with various organizations and stakeholders to disseminate aging and support services information to seniors, families, providers, community agencies, and the private and public sector.
1.1.1 Develop and enhance training and support opportunities in the areas of gerontology, geriatrics, aging, family care giving, health and wellness, workforce development and volunteerism.

1.2   Strategic Objective:
Build upon existing marketing opportunities and develop additional strategies for aging issues and program dissemination. 
1.2.1 Form a committee to review existing marketing opportunities and research and recommend additional strategies.
1.2.2 Improve PGCSC website.
1.2.3 Expand circulation of PGCSC newsletter and conference opportunities.

1.3    Strategic Objective:
Enhance and expand coordination of the Pinal-Gila AZ-Links, Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) network in Region V.        1.3.1 Increase membership and seek new partnerships and opportunities to disseminate client eligibility and program information.
1.3.2 Develop and implement a new Options Counseling program.

1.4    Strategic Objective:
Increase awareness and understanding of how the Affordable Health Care Act impacts seniors in our communities.
1.4.1 Educate PGCSC and provider staff regarding changes that will impact seniors.
1.4.2 Develop and implement community education and outreach.


        GOAL TWO

Increase   the ability of older adults to remain active, healthy,
and living independently in their communities.



2.1    Strategic Objective: Explore opportunities to increase methods for preparing congregate meals, home delivered meals, emergency, and supplemental food distribution in rural and un-served areas.
2.1.1 Review nutrition service boundary areas currently being served by providers and identify gaps in service for future development.
2.1.2 Collaborate with municipalities and service providers to sustain and enhance services provided at senior centers.
2.1.3 Partner with Pinal-Gila Council’s Senior Foundation to explore options for establishing a central kitchen.

2.2    Strategic Objective: Provide support, training and informational resources to seniors, families and caregivers.
2.2.1 Implement evidence based and other best practices health promotion and disease prevention programs.
2.2.2 Continue to work and advocate with other area stakeholders to identify and implement group respite and adult day health opportunities.


GOAL THREE

Increase   the safety and well-being of seniors in Pinal and Gila counties.


3.1    Strategic Objective: Collaborate with local partners, volunteers, service providers, governmental, public, non-profits, and social service agencies ensure seniors’ safety, detection and prevention of exploitation, abuse and neglect.
3.1.1Continue working with local TRIADS and Pinal and Gila EAST Team networks.
3.1.2Disseminate information to seniors and community on identity theft and fraudulent schemes.


GOAL FOUR

Enhance   our service region’s capacity to develop and maintain

the   necessary infrastructure to deliver services in a culturally

appropriate,   timely and cost effective manner.




4.1    Strategic Objective: Diversify funding base by seeking new funding opportunities and other resources to benefit persons with disabilities, seniors, caregivers, and their support systems.
4.1.1Develop a strategy for private pay and/or sliding fee scale for services provided using older American Act and/or State funds as appropriate.
4.1.2Implement cost sharing and enhance donations for services provided using Older American Act and/or State funds as appropriate.
       

GOAL FIVE

Enhance   opportunities and collaboration for transportation services

for   seniors in Pinal and Gila counties.



5.1    Strategic Objective: Advocate and support efforts to secure services and funding for senior transportation at the local, county, state and national levels.
5.1.1Continue participation in Mobility Coordination Committees, and enhance partnerships with service providers.
5.1.2Advocate for seniors in newly formed and existing Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO).


GOAL SIX

Implement   new data management systems to improve

operational   efficiency.



6.1    Strategic Objective: Convert to new Department of Economic Security, Division of Aging & Adult Reporting Systems (DAARS).

6.1.1Implement new Information and Referral system to improve data collection and increase access to information available to clients.
6.1.2Implement new case data management system for all Pinal and Gila case managers.
6.1.3Implement new fiscal reporting and contracts data management system to communicate effectively with Department of Aging & Adult Services.