The members of the State Committee on Aging (SCOA) identify concerns of older citizens and make recommendations to the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS) regarding policy and procedures to best protect the well being, rights and quality of life of older citizens.
SCOA and its individual members serve as effective advocates for the needs of NH elders by:
- Identifying and representing the needs of the elderly to state administrators and policy makers
- Facilitating local participation of older and disabled adults and their caregivers in the planning process for programs that meet their needs
- Interacting and collaborating with other elder issues interest groups
- Developing the State Plan on Aging and monitoring its implementation progress
- Conducting public hearings
- Promoting access to essential information
- Fostering consumer participation
SCOA is an 18-member committee. The Governor appoints 15 members (including one from each county). Members are subject to Executive Council approval. The committee includes a legislative member appointed by the Chair of the Health and Services Oversight Committee, one Representative appointed by the Speaker of the House and one Senator appointed by the President of the Senate. At least 8 members must be 60 years of age or older at the time of their appointment. No member may serve more than 2 consecutive 3-year terms nor have a material financial interest in any agency receiving federal or other funds administered by BEAS.
Fact Sheets for Seniors:
2015 Meeting Minutes:
The Joseph D. Vaughan Awards are presented annually to a couple or individual from each county who are 60 or older and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and volunteer service on behalf of senior citizens across New Hampshire.
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