Alabama Department of Senior Services
Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2011
The Alabama Department of Senior Services (ADSS) is the official state unit on aging agency for the state of Alabama. ADSS administers programs for senior citizens and people with disabilities. ADSS is charged with carrying out the provisions of the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended, and works closely with the U.S. Administration on Aging to achieve this goal. ADSS administers statewide programs on aging that cover all 67 counties through the 13 local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) offices. Each of the AAA offices provides comprehensive services through direct service contracts and grants to a wide variety of local agencies, both public and private, and the aging public. ADSS is currently in the second year of a three-year statewide formula AmeriCorps grant and is applying for a competitive grant for the third year of the project. In year one, ADSS had an AmeriCorps team of 14 full time members and expanded to 24 members for year two of the project. The members serve two national statewide programs (SHIP/SMP as outlined below) which assist Alabama's 810,000+ Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with all their health insurance needs. The members serve locally at each of the 13 AAA offices and each member is supervised by the SHIP Coordinator for their service area. Information on the SHIP and SMP programs are attached to this application. ADSS would like to continue the great work of the members for year three of the project. ADSS proposes to enroll a total of 16 full time members to serve SHIP and SMP Programs. 13 of the full time members will serve locally at each AAA office, one full time member will serve as the AmeriCorps Leader and be housed at the ADSS headquarter office. The Leader will provide a great amount of technical assistance to the members and the Program staff. ADSS proposes to also enroll two full time members to assist ADSS and the local AAA office (Central Alabama Aging Consortium) to develop and launch a brand new Elder Rights Outreach Campaign pilot project under the SMP program. The pilot project will enable ADSS to develop the campaign across three counties (Montgomery, Elmore, and Autauga) and then expand the campaign statewide over a two year period covering all 67 counties of the state. If awarded this grant, ADSS and the local AAA offices can continue the great work of the members to impact local communities and provide both direct and indirect services to beneficiaries. The current work of the members during year one and year two has been highlighted nationally. The ADSS AmeriCorps Project has been chosen as a best practice model and ADSS has been contacted by two state SHIP programs. The Project Director has provided technical support to the other state Directors, assisted them to understand what it means to manage an AmeriCorps project, and shared the major resources ADSS has developed over the last two years of the project. Other state SHIP programs are considering also seeking grant funds from CNCS to enroll AmeriCorps members and utilize them to provide SHIP services.