What is a AAA?
The 28 area agencies on aging (AAA) provide services to help people age 60 and older, their family members and caregivers receive the information and assistance they need in locating and accessing community services. Services include:
- Information, referral and assistance
- Benefits counseling and legal assistance
- Care coordination
- Caregiver support services
- In-home support services
- Legal awareness
- Nutrition services
- Ombudsman Program
Services are targeted to those with greatest economic and social need. Particular attention is paid to people with low-incomes, older people who belong to minority groups and older people residing in rural areas. In addition, family members and other caregivers may receive information and services on behalf of the older person for whom they are providing care.
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Texas State Plan on Aging
The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is designated to serve as the State Unit on Aging (SUA), in accordance with the Older Americans Act (OAA). As the SUA, HHSC is responsible for developing a State Plan, as required under the OAA. The State Plan provides a vision and direction for Texas’ aging services network and an opportunity for the State to share its priorities and strategies for improving the lives of older Texans, people with disabilities and their caregivers.
Publications & Websites
- Area Agency on Aging Policies and Procedure Manual — includes information for AAAs to develop and administer a plan for comprehensive and coordinated systems of services for older people and caregivers.
- Area Agencies on Aging System of Access and Assistance poster (PDF) — includes information about the various system components, how the system helps and the activities that support the system.
- Legal Hotline for Texans poster (PDF) — phone numbers to call informing Texans about rights, benefits or the law. (Bilingual poster)
- Map of AAAs by county (PDF) — black-and-white version of the colored poster distributed to the AAAs.
- Older Americans Act (OAA) — website includes a compilation of the OAA, an outline of changes made to the OAA at the most recent reauthorization and other related sources of information.
- Public Notice: Non-Discrimination Compliance Policy poster (PDF) — fill-in poster for display within a facility or office. (Bilingual poster)
- References for AAAs (PDF)
- AAA Directory
- ACL Program Instructions
- Aging and Disability Resource Center Advisory Committee
- Aging Texas Well Advisory Committee
- HHS Executive Council
- LTSS Worker Portal Training
Statutes & Rules
- Texas Administrative Code, Title 26 , Part 1, Chapter 213, Subchapter A, Operation of the Area Agencies on Aging (link is external)
- Texas Administrative Code, Title 26 , Part 1, Chapter 213, Subchapter B, Area Agency on Aging Administration (link is external)
- Texas Administrative Code, Title 26, Part 1, Chapter 213, Subchapter C, Implementation of the Older Americans Act (link is external)
- Texas Administrative Code, Title 40, Part 1, Chapter 86 National Senior Services Corps Program
- AAA Rule Conversion Crosswalk (PDF)
- U.S. Code, Title 42, Chapter 35: Programs for Older Americans
- Code of Federal Regulations, Title 45, Chapter 13, Part 1321: Grants to State and Community Programs on Aging