Public Hearing - 2016 programs

MCOFA 2016 Public Hearing Information Update for 2017-18 Programs

The Office of the Aging is holding it's public hearing to discuss 2017-18 programs on October 25, 2016 at Temple B'rith Kodesh at 2131 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610.  The event will be opened by Deputy County Executive Thomas VanStrydonck. The Public Hearing will be from 8:00am - 9:15. This year's hearing will be held in conjunction with the Elder Law Fair presented by AARP, Lifespan, Monroe County Bar Association, Volunteer Legal Services Project, Legal Assistance of Western NY, Inc. and the Monroe County Office for the Aging. The Elder Law Fair is from 7:40am - 12:40pm and more information can be found on fair below.

The public hearing is held annually to discuss the changes to the Annual Implementation Plan for program and service offerings of the Monroe County Office for the Aging.  This plan is updated annually to reflect changes in program and service needs for our community. For more information on future plans, please contact the Office of the Aging at (585) 753-6280.



The Monroe County Office for the Aging (MCOFA) was established by the Monroe County Charter in 1973. According to the 2010 Census, there is a population estimate of 749, 600 individuals residing in Monroe County with 15.9% over the age of 65 and 9% identifying as Under 65 and having a disability.

The Office for the Aging is responsible for planning, coordinating, funding and advocating for programs and services which meet the needs of Monroe County residents age 60 and over as well as information and assistance for individuals with disabilities and caregivers of any age. Services are targeted to individuals with the greatest social and/or economic need, placing emphasis on serving those older adults who are low-income, minorities and/or those with disabilities. 

Monroe County covers a geographic area of over 1366 square miles, serving urban, suburban and rural populations. The City of Rochester is the County Seat and it is the 3rd largest city in the State of New York.

Our 2016 approved budget was: $7,562,380.00 and we anticipate a slight increase in State and Federal funds for 2017-18 programming.  These budgets consist of Federal and State funds with local matching requirements and participant contributions. The Monroe County Office for the Aging is regulated by the New York State Office for the Aging and the US Administration on Aging through the Older Americans Act.

The Monroe County Office for the Aging follows Monroe County Purchasing and Procurement Rules and Regulations in determining provider agencies.

The purpose of this Public Hearing is to present proposed action under the Older American's Act and is also held to obtain input for the planning process outlined by the New York State Office for the Aging. The Monroe County Office for the Aging is mandated by New York State Office for the Aging to provide a list of priority services which the local Area Agency on Aging will address in 2017-18. Our priority services are as follows:


  1. Advocacy:     Advocacy and education is provided throughout the community and state on Long Term Care Service and Support Needs. Through a subcontracted provider, the Long Term Care Ombudsman program provides advocates for individuals in residential care facilities.
  1. Caregiver Services:    Through subcontracted providers, caregiver services provide respite and support groups to caregivers, grandparents caring for grandchildren and individuals needing assistance with Alzheimer’s Disease and other related memory care issues.  We contract with several agencies for this program.
  1. Health and Wellness:    Through a subcontracted provider, we provide several health and wellness programs to assist individuals age 60 and over in improving and/or maintaining the overall health and wellness. These programs include: A Matter of Balance, PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active Rewarding Lives), PATHS (Professional Assessment and Treatment for Homebound Seniors) and GAP (Geriatric Addictions Program)
  1. Health Insurance Information and Counseling (HIICAP)/:  Through a subcontracted provider we provide health insurance information counseling and assistance to older adults. This program helps older adults understand health insurance plan information to make unbiased decisions on the most appropriate plan for the individual.  The Medicare Open Enrollment Period for this year is October 15th through December 7th.

The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) Program is combined with the HIICAP Program to helps low-income Medicare beneficiaries understand and apply for programs that make Medicare affordable – including Medicare Part D Extra Help/Low-Income Subsidy (LIS/Extra Help), which helps pay for the Part D premium and reduces the cost of prescriptions at the pharmacy, and the Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs), which help pay for Medicare Part B.

  1. Information and Assistance:  Through our office and subcontracted providers, we offer information and assistance on community-based long term care service options.  In addition, subcontracted providers will provide options counseling, case assistance and application assistance for individuals 60 and over.
  1. In-Home Services:     Services to keep our seniors in their home can vary from personal care level 1, personal care level 2, homemaker chore services, caregiver companion services, social adult day services, consumer directed services, and personal emergency response systems (PERS) for individuals 60 and over who are not receiving Medicaid benefits.  These services are provided through subcontracted providers in the Enhanced In-Home Services for the Elderly Program (EISEP), Support to Aging Resident’s (STAR) Program and Caregiver Respite programs.
  1. Legal Assistance:     Through a subcontracted provider we provide legal assistance on issues such as income security, health care, long-term care, housing, utilities, adult protective services, defense of guardianship, abuse, neglect, and age discrimination. Legal assistance is targeted towards older individuals in social and economic need.
  1. Transportation:     Through subcontracted providers, we provide transportation to allow for increased independence of older adults age 60 and over. Transportation is provided for attendance at area senior centers, special events, grocery shopping and more.
  1. Nutrition:      We provide daily nutrition through congregate and home delivered meals programs to individuals 60 and over, the spouse of an individual who is 60 and over, and adult disabled children who reside with and participate with an eligible individual.  This program is donation based and any contribution goes back into the program. Last year we provided 76,079 congregate meals and 122,796 home delivered meals.  Our goal is to increase congregate meal numbers every year.  The meal distribution for 2015 amongst the twenty (20) meal sites/senior centers is listed below (2016 numbers will not be available until January of 2017)

Congregate Meal Sites

Meals Served

Congregate Meal Sites

Meals Served

ABVI (Meal Site)


Lifespan Downtown – (Wolk Older Adult Center)


Centro De Oro


MARC of Baden


Charles Settlement House


Monroe Community Hospital


CSH Dunn Tower I & II


Montgomery Southwest (SWAN)


Town of Chili


Town of Ogden


Community Place of Greater Rochester


Town of Pittsford


Town of Greece


Town of Sweden (Lifetime Assistance)


Town of Henrietta


Town of Webster


Town of Hilton


Town of Wheatland


Town of Irondequoit


Home Delivered Meals

Meals Served

Meals on Wheels (Formerly VNS, now URHomecare)


The Office for the Aging remains strong in its commitment to assisting individuals to remain in their homes and community for as long as they choose and can safely do so with supports. The priority services that are listed above are the majority of the programs we have in place to achieve this goal. These programs and services are part of a larger network of partnering agencies, funders and providers that help create collective impact throughout Monroe County.

We appreciate your comments in assisting us in meeting the needs of our community’s older adults as well as persons with disabilities and caregivers of any age.

We invite individuals to speak for up to two minutes at the Public Hearing about our programs and services, and any additional needs or barriers to service. In addition, we encourage any written testimony to be sent to: by November 1, 2016.

The facility is wheelchair accessible. If you are in need of additional reasonable accommodation due to disability and/or need a language interpreter, please call 753-6280 or email: by 5pm on October 20th.

ELDER LAW FAIR (7:40 am - 12:40 pm)

The Elder Law Fair is intended to provide education and information to older adults, their families and caregivers with a number of legal issues pertaining to health and long-term care planning. This fair is free. Objective information on a variety of legal issues will be discussed. Sign up will be available in the morning for individuals to meet one-on-one with an attorney for a free 15 minute consultation throughout the day. Workshops will include: Basic Estate Planning, Long Term Care, Estate Administration, Adult Guardianship, Medicare Basics, Medicaid in Plain English, Consumer Issues, Baby Boomer's Guide to Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability. There will also be roundtable discussions on: Fraud/Consumer Issues; Elder Abuse/Protective Services; Caregiving Issues; Long Term Care Insurance; and Elder Orphans: Adults without Family Support. For More Information and/or to register, please call: (585) 371-8429 or go to:

Coffee and Continental Breakfast provided.

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