(a) Policy. The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) serves as the public advocate for the development or enhancement of comprehensive and coordinated community-based systems of services in each community throughout the planning and service area (PSA).
(b) Authority. The authority for this Section is Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1321.61, and Section 306(a)(6)(B) of the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended.
(c) Procedures. In carrying out its advocacy responsibility, the AAA:
(1) monitors, evaluates, and, when appropriate, comments on all policies, programs, hearings, levies, and community actions which affect older persons in the PSA;
(2) solicits comments from the public on the needs of older persons;
(3) represents the interests of older persons to local level and executive branch officials, public and private agencies or organizations;
(4) consults with and supports the state's Long-Term Ombudsman Program; and
(5) undertakes on a regular basis, activities designed to facilitate the coordination of plans and activities with all other public and private organizations, including units of general purpose local government, with responsibilities affecting older persons in the PSA to promote new or expanded benefits and opportunities for older persons.
(d) Cross references. See OAC 340:105-10-31(a)(6).