The Watkins Glen fire truck alongside County Route 9 as snow fell. The accident occurred about yards from State Route 79 outside Burdett, with the truck on its right side on the right side of the roadway. Smith, who on Tuesday had declined comment on any aspect of the incident, said this on Wednesday:
Aging Services Older Americans Act The Administration on Aging and the programs authorized and funded by the Older Americans Act are extremely important to the states, their senior citizens, and their families. The National Conference of State Legislatures NCSL strongly supports Older Americans Act programs and believes that the services funded through this act should be both cost effective and responsive to the special needs of the elderly.
Recognizing the challenges our country faces in providing services for the increasing number of elderly citizens, NCSL urges Congress to continue its support for the programs of the OAA by appropriating sufficient funding for them, especially the National Family Caregiver Support Program.
NCSL supports the National Family Caregiver Support program, which recognizes the need to support both those caring for older individuals and older individuals caring for children. States must be given the flexibility to establish standards in this program and decide how program funds will be distributed.
NCSL supports increased efforts in the reauthorized Act to ensure that Older Americans Act programs do reach low-income, minority and rural elderly households and to inform them about services available to them under the Older Americans Act and other state and federal programs.
The authority of state government through designated State Units on Aging should be strengthened to ensure that service funds under the Act are used to support independence in older populations and the most vulnerable members of the population- the very old, the frail, the isolated, and limited English-speaking individuals, with particular attention to low-income minority persons.
States must have the authority to distribute these funds based on their own criteria. NCSL supports permitting states to transfer funds between the nutrition program and the social services program according to a state's need and to transfer funds between congregate and home delivered meals.
States should also continue to be able to determine if Area Agencies on Aging AAA 's should directly provide services and to determine which services AAA's can provide.
NCSL supports efforts to put additional resources into the ombudsman program. In addition, NCSL supports Congressional proposals to fund programs on elder abuse, home care, and programs to provide special assistance to the elderly.
Provisions should be developed which strengthen the capacity and expand the resources of State Units on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging.
This is critical on a wide range of elder rights issues: NCSL supports the importance of nutrition education and counseling for seniors, which recognizes the unique needs of the elderly. NCSL believes that participants with incomes below percent federally established level of poverty, should not be subject to cost sharing.
Fees collected through this mechanism should provide for expanded services and increased availability of services to those elderly with the greatest economic and social need. This will also enhance the coordination and equity between OAA, the Social Services Block Grant, and state-financed programs that are often funded on a sliding fee scale.
NCSL calls for increased cooperation between the states and the national contractors. NCSL supports Congressional proposals to provide states and national contractors more flexibility on administrative costs while keeping these costs to a minimum. A coordinated and intensive effort to prevent the spread of HIV-infection, develop new treatments, discover a cure, and assist people with AIDS and HIV-infection in receiving needed medical and support services is critical and must be supported by the combined efforts of government, the private and voluntary sectors, business and individuals.
Prevention and Education Education is a critical component of the prevention effort and must be culturally sensitive, age appropriate, and tailored to be effective with a specific audience. Federally funded family life and health education and prevention programs must include accurate information emphasizing responsible sex practices.
These programs should include but not be limited to the promotion of safer sex, abstinence before marriage, monogamy after marriage and discourage illegal intravenous drug use.
HIV prevention programs should be included in other treatment programs e. Confidentiality and Civil Rights NCSL supports federal efforts to sustain the privileged state of personal medical records and is particularly supportive of efforts to protect individuals with AIDS and HIV-infection from experiencing discrimination in employment, housing, insurance coverage and public accommodations.
Protecting the rights of people with AIDS and HIV-infection is first and foremost, however, the rights and legitimate concerns of insurers, health care professionals, and emergency response personnel must be considered in the balance.
NCSL opposes federal legislation imposing either a mandate for or a prohibition of state partner notification requirements or contact disclosure or tracing programs.The power structure is beginning to panic as the public wakes up to the criminal climate engineering insanity.
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