Increasing Caregiver Support Service Access And Use Among Chinese Americans

1298 WordsOct 13, 20156 Pages
Increasing caregiver support service access and use among Chinese-Americans I. Introduction The policy that will be analyzed is the federal Older American Act Title III-E, which was approved by the Congress in 2000. It regulates National Family Caregiver Support Programs (NFCSP), a categorical non-income-tested program, aiming to provide direct services to informal family caregivers. Under the federal administration from AoA, the NFCSP is carried out through a network of 56 State Units on Aging (SUAs), 655 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and local public or private institutions. Specifically, AAAs provide five-category services to caregivers by using the allocated NFCSP funding—information regarding services, assistance for accessing services, counseling/support groups/training, short-term respite and supplement services on a limited basis. My field placement is the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA), a local government agency and the largest Area Agency on Aging (AAA) in U.S. Its mission is to work for the quality of life of New York City’s diverse older adults and for the support of their families through advocacy, education and delivery of services. Under the network of DFTA, Bureau of HealthCare Connections (HCC) is responsible for funding, monitoring and administrating NFCSP programs in New York City. Definitely, NFCSP resulted in positive outcomes. It represented a strong legislative commitment to caregivers and promoted comprehensive support services
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