Three years since the first successful completion and certification of the 2015 National Aging Program Information System State Program report, Office of Aging director Walter Manglona said the division has renewed, completed, and submitted the report for the NAPIS this year.
NAPIS is a state reporting tool that the Administration for Community Living-Administration on Aging uses to monitor performance and collect information on the Older Americans Act. State agencies on aging are required to provide detailed information on OAA program participants, services, and expenditures annually by submitting comprehensive state program reports.
These reports help in furthering the vision for the elderly,” said Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter.
That vision allows the elderly an opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of society and community life and be continuously productive, be able to maintain their health and independence for as long as time allows, and remain in their own homes and communities for as long as possible without the isolation of life in institutions such as nursing homes.
Manglona said the Office on Aging also completed its report on the Nutrition Service Incentive Program.
“[NSIS] has been a consistent part of assisting our man’amko. It is important to note that the NSIP meal count data…is a key factor in calculating state, territory, and tribal organization’s…grant allocations. …Currently, our division is expanding services to the elderly at home and their caregivers, introducing new activities to our man’amko, working on some building repairs, welcoming more clients, improving our daily supportive services, and building capacity with Rota and Tinian and addressing challenges within the program,” Manglona said.
The division is now awaiting the issuance of the Variance Report Justification for ACL’s review.
“The NSIP further provides support grants to states, territories, and eligible tribal organizations to support the Congregate and Home-Delivered Nutrition Programs by providing an incentive to serve more meals. Through this funding opportunity, we are able to receive a grant as cash, commodities, or a combination of cash and commodities. With this, we look forward to continuing to enhance our services to our man’amko and the community,” Manglona said.
Gov. Ralph DLG Torres noted that the division has maintained a high performance. “We’ve seen a steady rise of active man’amko in our centers. The Aging Office has played a key role in serving thousands of meals as part of their nutrition program and has been a strong advocate for the needs of our elderly.” (PR)