The Community Innovations for Aging in Place Technical Assistance Resource Center (Center) is a part of the Community Innovations for Aging in Place (CIAIP) program, an Administration on Aging (AoA) demonstration project to promote innovations in aging in place.
Through the leadership of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), with assistance from UJA-Federation of New York and the United Hospital Fund of New York City, the Center was established within the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act of 2006. The Center is directed by Visiting Nurse Service of New York with support from a National Advisory Committee, of which JFNA is a member.
The Center commenced in 2009, and serves two important functions:
- First, it provides technical assistance to 14 3-year long demonstration projects awarded by AoA in 2009, which were selected from more than 200 applicants to develop, test, and evaluate models of innovative community-based aging services. Jewish Family Service of New Mexico, an affiliate of JFNA, is one of the grantees. The grantees, as a whole, represent a broad and diverse spectrum of providers and program models from around the country. The Center provides individual assistance and oversight to the grantees and fosters collaborations and information sharing among the grant participants.
- Second, the Center serves as a general clearinghouse of information, resources, and tools developed through and for the benefit of the CIAIP program. These materials are publicly available at: www.ciaip.org. As the program matures, the web site will include a greater compilation of materials for the benefit of the country’s Aging Services Network, policy makers, and the public at large.
JFNA continues to lead efforts to maintain funding for the CIAIP program and to keep Congress and other policy makers apprised of the work of the Center and CIAIP grantees. We encourage visitors to the NORCs.com site to visit www.ciaip.org as well.