Bureau of Community and
The Community and Support Services Bureau consists of the three units listed below. Click on the unit's name for information about each unit.
The Bureau's functions include most non-Medicaid community-based programs and oversight functions to help elders remain in their own homes and avoid institutional care.
Contract Management and Technical Assistance
This team assists Area Agencies on Aging and other contracting organizations in implementing programs and services at the regional and local levels.This team provides contract management and technical support for organizations to help implement in-home and community-based services funded through federal or state General Revenue dollars. Programs, services, and funding sources include the following:
- Older Americans Act (OAA)
Services funded through Floridaâ€™s federal OAA allotment include adult day care, caregiver training and support, chore, congregate dining, home-delivered meals, homemaker services, information and referral assistance, medical transportation, nutrition education, personal care, and shopping assistance. Read more about this program.
- Alzheimerâ€™s Disease Initiative (ADI)
This program utilizes state General Revenue funds to provide caregiver training and support including counseling, consumable medical supplies, and respite for caregiver relief; Memory Disorder Clinics to provide diagnosis, research, treatment and referral; Model Day Care programs to test new care alternatives; and a research database and Brain Bank to support research. ADI services are provided in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee, which advises the Department regarding legislative, programmatic, and administrative matters that are related to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their caretakers. Read more about this program.
- Community Care for the Elderly (CCE)
This long-standing program utilizes state funds to provide case management and other services to frail elders age 60 and older. Other services include adult day health care, home health aide, counseling, home repair, medical therapeutic care, home nursing, emergency alert response, and information. CCE services assist elders to perform certain daily tasks such as meal preparation, bathing, or grooming. Read more about this program.
- Home Care for the Elderly (HCE)
This program utilizes state funds to provide a subsidy to caregivers to help them maintain low-income elders in their own home or in the home of a caregiver. Payment is made for support and health maintenance and to assist with food, housing, clothing, and medical care. A special subsidy is available to help with specialized health care needs. Read more about this program.
- Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAP)
This federally funded program provides limited financial assistance for low-income households with at least one person age 60 or older, during a home energy emergency. Read more about this program.
This unit provides caregiver support services through federally and state-funded programs