(g) The department shall conduct research and long-range planning regarding long-term care, community care, and other issues that affect elderly individuals. (7684)
(h) The department shall make recommendations to the governor, the legislature, and state agencies regarding: (7685)
(1) opportunities to coordinate programs for elderly individuals; (7686)
(2) unnecessary duplication in providing services to elderly individuals; and (7687)
(3) gaps in services to elderly individuals. (7688)
(i) The department shall: (7689)
(1) cooperate with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to provide affordable housing for elderly individuals and for families in which an elderly individual is head of the household; (7690)
(2) assess the need for housing for elderly individuals and for families in which an elderly individual is head of the household in different localities; (7691)
(3) set standards relating to the design and construction of housing for elderly individuals; (7692)
(4) provide planning assistance to builders; and (7693)
(5) publicize the availability of the housing program to potential developers and residents. (7694)
Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 4.361, eff. April 2, 2015. (7695)
(a) The department shall develop this state's plan on aging, as required by the Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. Section 3001 et seq.). (7697)
(b) The department shall conduct a statewide needs assessment for long-term care and other services for older individuals and their caregivers. The assessment shall include input from: (7698)
(1) area agencies on aging; (7699)
(2) regional and local state agency staff; and (7700)
(3) community-based organizations. (7701)
Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 4.361, eff. April 2, 2015. (7702)
(a) In this section, "suitable employment" means employment that is commensurate with the individual's skills and ability and for which compensation is paid equal to the federal minimum wage rate. (7705)
(b) The Texas Workforce Commission may administer a community program for persons 55 years of age or older who lack suitable employment and have family incomes under federal poverty guidelines. (7706)
(c) The Texas Workforce Commission may contract with a public agency or a private, nonprofit organization with experience in managing similar programs to employ persons under this program in providing recreation, beautification, conservation, or restoration services, or public service employment positions for state, county, city, or regional governments or school districts. The Texas Workforce Commission may not contract with an organization that is not a subscriber under the state workers' compensation law or that does not pay the federal minimum wage rate or the prevailing wage rate for the particular job, whichever is greater. (7707)
(d) The state shall finance 80 percent of the cost of the program, and the governments receiving the services shall finance 20 percent of the cost. (7708)
Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 4.361, eff. April 2, 2015. (7709)
(a) The department shall ensure that state funds appropriated to the department for programs to recruit elderly persons to perform voluntary community services or for programs under Senior Corps are disbursed to local public agencies or private, nonprofit corporations that operate those programs. (7711)
(b) A public agency or private, nonprofit corporation may not receive state money under this section if it is not able to qualify for federal matching money for the same purpose. (7712)
(c) The executive commissioner by rule shall establish guidelines or formulas to determine the proportion of state money distributed to each public agency or private, nonprofit corporation under this section. The executive commissioner by rule may establish additional qualifications to receive the state money. (7713)
(d) State funds disbursed under this section may not be used to pay compensation to volunteer workers, except for participants in the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs of Senior Corps, or for purposes other than financing the operation or administration of the volunteer programs, but it may be used to defray expenses incurred by volunteers in the performance of volunteer work. The executive commissioner by rule may further limit the purposes for which the state money may be spent. (7714)
Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 4.361, eff. April 2, 2015. (7715)
(a) The executive commissioner by rule may establish and the department may operate a Texas Cares program to provide persons eligible for discount drug price programs offered by pharmaceutical companies with: (7717)
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