The Johnson County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) has received a 2019 Aging Achievement Award by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). The awards program is supported by WellCare Health Plans.
AAA was among the several aging programs to receive honors at organization’s recent annual conference and tradeshow in New Orleans.
The 2019 n4a Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards recognizes AAA and Title VI Native American aging programs throughout the nation that develop and implement cutting-edge approaches to support older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. The awards recognized traditional and new strategies in a wide range of categories. Among the selection criteria was the ease with which other agencies could replicate the program in their communities.
For several years, Johnson County AAA has provided in-home mental health counseling for persons 60 years of age or older. In-home counseling for older adults provides mental wellness support for those who have additional health issues and lack consistent transportation. However, the need for the service has always outweighed federal funding through the Older Americans Act.
“Our innovative approach in service delivery, to directly employ and provide this service, has reduced our cost in delivering this service by $116 per session. This has allowed the Area Agency on Aging to serve four times as many people with this service,” said Dan Goodman, director of the Johnson County AAA.
The Johnson County Area Agency on Aging is one of 11 AAAs in Kansas. In keeping with the federal Older Americans Act, the AAA is responsible for planning and implementing services for persons 60 years of age and older and for their caregivers.