Mary Hodges, Bureau Chief
(850) 414-2184

Bureau of Community and
Support Services

The Community and Support Services Bureau consists of the four units listed below. Click on the unit's name for information about each unit.

Bureau functions include most non-Medicaid community-based programs and oversight functions to help elders remain in their own homes and avoid institutional care.

Aging Resource Center Implementation, Contract Management & Technical Assistance

This team assists Area Agencies on Aging and other contracting organizations in implementing programs and services at the regional and local levels. In addition to having primary responsibility to implement the Aging and Disability Resource Centers/Aging Resource Centers (ADRCs/ARCs), 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 Florida’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.
    • Alzheimer’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 Initiative Advisory Committee, which helps the Department provide program services to foster an environment where persons with Alzheimer’s disease can safely congregate during the day, socialize or receive therapeutic treatment. 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. Eligibility is based in part on a client’s inability 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 during a home energy emergency for low-income households with at least one person age 60 or older. Read more about this program.

Caregiver Support

This program provides caregiver support services through federally and state-funded programs such as the OAA National Family Caregiver Support Program, Respite for Elders Living in Everyday Families (RELIEF), AmeriCorps and Senior Companion.


This program offers technical assistance to help local providers of OAA nutrition programs provide quality services. It administers the following federally funded programs:

    • Adult Care Food Program
      This program assists eligible Adult Care Centers and Mental Health Day Centers in providing meals to elders. Read more about this program.
    • Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program
      This program improves the nutritional health of low-income elders by providing coupons that can be redeemed for locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at approved farmers’ markets. Read more about this program.
    • Nutrition Services Incentive Program (NSIP)
      This program reimburses Area Agencies on Aging and service providers for the costs of congregate and homedelivered meals. Read more about this program.
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
      This program is formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. Read more about this program.

Click here to view the Nutrition Program Home Page.

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