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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 22. Social Services
Agency 30. Department For Aging And Rehabilitative Services
Chapter 60. Grants to Area Agencies on Aging

22VAC30-60-70. Designation of a new Area Agency on Aging.

A. When there is no designated Area Agency on Aging for a planning and service area, or when there has been a decision to create a new planning and service area, the commissioner shall solicit applications for a new Area Agency on Aging as soon as possible. Such applications shall be solicited by advertisement in the newspapers of general circulation serving the planning and service area and by notification mailed to the local governing bodies of cities and counties within the planning and service area. At least 30 days from the date of advertisement shall be provided for applicants to submit their applications to the commissioner. The application shall include the applicant's proposed Area Plan for Aging Services. The commissioner shall give the right of first refusal to a unit of general purpose local government, if such unit can meet the requirements of the Older Americans Act, as amended, and if the boundaries of such a unit and the boundaries of the planning and service area are reasonably contiguous. Applicants may be:

1. A city or county within the affected planning and service area;

2. All the cities and counties within the affected planning and service area, applying as a joint exercise of powers, pursuant to § 15.2-3000 of the Code of Virginia;

3. A public agency or a private nonprofit corporation of Virginia, or any separate organizational unit within such agency which can and shall engage only in the planning or provision of a broad range of supportive services for older persons within the planning and service area.

B. Within 30 days after the deadline set by the commissioner for submission of applications for designation as an Area Agency on Aging, the commissioner shall advertise a public hearing to receive comments on such designation. At least 30 days notice of the hearing shall be provided through advertisement in newspapers of general circulation serving the affected planning and service area and by notification mailed to the local governing bodies and all applicants. The hearing shall be held at a time and location as convenient as possible to the citizens of the cities and counties affected by the proposed change. The commissioner or a hearing officer designated by the commissioner will preside at the public hearing. At the public hearing, interested parties may speak for themselves or be represented by counsel, and written presentations may be submitted. Upon conclusion of the hearing, the commissioner will continue to receive any additional written information which citizens or organizations may wish to provide.

C. Within 45 days after the public hearing, unless the applicants have agreed otherwise, the commissioner shall issue a written decision. The commissioner may designate a new Area Agency on Aging, subject to final approval of its Area Plan for Aging Services and execution of the contract. Such designation shall become effective upon execution of the contract or such other date as agreed upon therein. Or, if the commissioner finds that the applicant or applicants applying do not offer functions, services, and an Area Plan for Aging Services which will be in the best interests of the Commonwealth or of the persons to be served, the commissioner may reject all applications and recommence the designation process. Reasons for denial shall be set forth with reasonable particularity.

Statutory Authority

§ 51.5-131 of the Code of Virginia; 42 USC § 3001 et seq.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 2, eff. October 24, 2012.

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