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(Published in the Brainerd Dispatch, Jun

(Published in the Brainerd Dispatch, June 12, 2022, 1t.) Notice Request for the Public Review and Comment on Proposal for Title III Cost Sharing and Program Development & Coordination Funding In accordance with the Older Americans Act (Section 315(c) (1)), Central Minnesota Council on Aging (CMCOA) is allowed to submit a proposal to the Minnesota Board on Aging (MBA) to use Title III funds for the purpose of providing supportive, health promotion, and caregiver support services and will employ a cost sharing strategy for allowable services to expand potential of this Title III funding to support older individuals and their families in the central 14 county region of Minnesota. The area agency on aging (AAA) is required to solicit the views of older individuals, providers, and other stakeholders on the implementation of its cost sharing strategy for review and comment. CMCOA is proposing to use approximately $662,294 in Title III-E National Family Caregiver Support funds to pay for caregiver activities/services, $736,968 in Title III-B funds to pay for supportive services, and $92,103 in Title III-D funds to pay for health promotion/disease prevention programs in 2023 which are subject to cost sharing requirements. CMCOA is allowed to submit a proposal to the MBA to transfer Title III-B (supportive services) funds to the area plan administration for program development and coordination activities that will have a direct and positive impact on the enhancement of services for older persons in the 14 county central planning and service region of Minnesota. The AAA is required to make the details of such proposals available to the general public for review and comment. CMCOA is proposing to use $157,290 in Title III-B funds to support program development and coordination activities during 2023 as a cost of area plan administration. The MBA policy allows up to 25% of these funds to be used for this purpose. The proposed amount represents 25% of the AAA’s new Title III-B direct service allotment. Public Hearing: Individuals may also give oral testimony at the public hearing to be held July 21, 11:00 am, at CMCOA, 250 Riverside Avenue N, Suite 300, Sartell, MN 56377. Send RSVP to: lori@cmcoa.org by July 18, 2022, to register your attendance, and if desired, your intent to speak at the hearing. Written Comments: Written comments are encouraged and will be accepted until July 26, 2022. Send comments to: CMCOA, Attn: Lori Vrolson, 250 Riverside Avenue N, Suite 300, Sartell, MN 56377 or lori@cmcoa.org