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Aging Office completes national certification report

(Office of the Governor) — Three years since the first successful completion and certification of the 2015 National Aging Program Information System or NAPIS State Program report, Office on Aging Director Walter Manglona says that the division has renewed, completed, and submitted the report for the NAPIS this year.

Secretary of Community and Cultural Affairs Robert Hunter explained that the NAPIS is a State Reporting Tool that the Administration for Community Living-Administration on Aging uses to monitor performance and collect information on the Older Americans Act.

“States and Area Agencies on Aging are required to provide detailed information on Older Americans Act program participants, services, and expenditures annually by submitting comprehensive State Program Reports. These reports help in furthering the vision for the elderly and allows them the opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of society and community life and be continuously productive, be able to maintain their health and independence for as long as time allows, and remain in their own homes and communities for as long as possible without the isolation of life in institutions such as nursing homes,” Hunter said.

Manglona said the Office on Aging has also completed the required report on the Nutrition Service Incentive Program or NSIP.

“The Nutrition Service Incentive Program has been a consistent part of assisting our manamko’. It is important to note that the NSIP meal-count data entered into the State Reporting Tool is a key factor in calculating state, territory, and tribal organization’s NSIP grant allocations. A delay with one state’s NSIP certification delays the NSIP grant disbursement for all states. Currently, our division is expanding services to elders at home and their caregivers, introducing new activities to our manamko’, working on some building repairs, welcoming more clients, improving our daily supportive services, and building capacity with Rota and Tinian and addressing challenges within the program,” Manglona said.

He added that the division is now awaiting the issuance of the Variance Report Justification for Administration for Community Living’s review.

“The NSIP further provides support grants to states, territories, and eligible tribal organizations to support the Congregate and Home-Delivered Nutrition Programs by providing an incentive to serve more meals. Through this funding opportunity, we are able to receive a grant as cash, commodities, or a combination of cash and commodities. With this, we look forward to continuing to enhance our services to our manamko’ and the community,” Manglona said.

Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres noted that the division has maintained a high performance in regard to Older American Act programs, emphasizing that monitoring grant performance is key to ensuring the continuity of services.

“Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a steady rise of active manamko’ in our centers. The Aging Office has played a key role in serving thousands of meals as part of their nutrition program and has been a strong advocate for the needs of our elderly. I am pleased to know that the report has been completed and successfully certified. This illustrates the long-term commitment to our community and diverse population. I commend Director Manglona and Secretary Hunter for sustaining and enhancing our programs and services to promote independent living and other opportunities for our elderly,” Governor Torres said.