General Policy Council Members (Executive Committee Members shown in bold) Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District Athens County Hocking County Meigs County Nancy Aiken Greg Green Mick Davenport Lenny Eliason Fred Hawk Mike Gerlach Larry Payne John Walker Donald Vaughan Dick Shaw Michael Walsh John Simpson Morgan County Noble County Mark Sullivan Dean Cain Richard Flood Paul Wiehl Ron Moore Virgil Thompson Monroe County John Curtis Washington County Tim Price Dennis Blauser John Pyles Sam Cook Sharon Hoffee Multi-County Planning Unit Perry County Mike Lorentz Janine Conrad Cora Marshall • Supporting Economic & Tim Danielson Michael Mullen Serving Community Development Fred Shriner Steve Weber Eight • Creating Partnerships The Executive Committee has 15 members comprised of four non-elected Southeastern • Leveraging Resources representatives, one minority representative, Mayor’s of the two largest cities in the District, and 8 county representatives appointed by the Ohio • Providing Technical Support county commissioners. Like the General Policy Council, two-thirds of the Executive Committee are elected officials; one-third are nonelected Counties • Advocating & Educating officials and minority representatives. • Planning Regionally • Area Agency on Aging 8 First Annual Simcox Leadership Award Announced John Curtis of Monroe County was honored with The Simcox Leadership www.buckeyehills.org Award for his more than 20 years of www.areaagency8.org service. This honor recognizes a current or past Buckeye Hills Board member, business, community or county leader who exemplifies principles of vision and Serving Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, leadership and commitment to the success of the 8-county region. Morgan, Noble, Perry & Washington Counties The award honors the leadership of C. Boyer Simcox who served as Executive Director and as an advocate for our region. Curtis has BH-HVRDD: P.O. Box 520 • Reno, OH 45773 served on the Executive Committee, the Personnel Committee 740-374-9436 • 1-800-835-8088 and with the Revolving Loan Fund. Pictured above is John Curtis AAA8: P.O. Box 370 • Reno, OH 45773 740-373-6400 •1-800-331-2644 with his wife, Kay Curtis. Serving Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry & Washington Counties 2008 Annual Report From The Executive Director... Dear Friends, In 2008, we celebrated 40 years of work in the region by Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District. Serving more than 255,000 consitutents in Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry, and Washington Counties, our organization is a strong and vital community partner. Whether reaching out to the region’s aging in need of in-home assistance, providing communities with economic and community development support, or serving as advocates on the state and national level, the Buckeye Hills staff serves with dedication. Development and AAA8 staff at work and having fun. The Development Department: • assists communities in securing funding to improve or extend Judy Kuhn Quality Improvement Assistant water and sewer service; Kara Wright PAR Screener • works to increase access to health care and education; Kay Brammer RN, Assessor • provides gap financing for small businesses (through the Kelli Lewis Clinical Assistant Revolving Loan Fund) to create and retain private sector jobs; Kerry Nicholson RN, Assessor • administers state and federal grants and loan funding; and Kim Steed Clinical Supervisor • advocates and serves as the liaison between state and federal Linda Myers Nutrition Coordinator partners and communities. Lindsay Place Information & Referral Specialist Lisa Keaveney RN, Assessor The Area Agency on Aging provides essential services to the nearly Lynn Gedeon Case Manager, (RN) & (LSW) 48,000 residents aged 60+ and plans for the growth of this Michelle Hyer Development Specialist 2 demographic as the Baby Boomers age. Mindy Cayton Planner This year, with support from county and community leaders, Buckeye Misty Anderson Quality Improvement Assistant Hills continued its proactive advocacy efforts defending funding for Nancy Morris Quality Improvement Manager rural development and aging programs and promoting regional Pat Biehl Case Manager, RN interests at state and federal levels. Pat Palmer Clinical Supervisor Sandy Cicler Case Manager, RN Now, with more than 40 years behind us, Buckeye Hills continues to Sara Swisher Assessor build on its foundation of fostering cooperation in regional planning, Sherry Crawford Secretary/Receptionist/Clinical Assistant and in building a better quality of life for the residents we serve. We Sue Lassiter Ombudsman Specialist look forward to continued partnerships in 2009 and beyond. Tina Meunier Business Development Coordinator Tina Parker Secretary/Receptionist/ Q.I. Assistant Veronica Norman Case Manager, LSW Vicki Bennet Case Manager, RN Misty Casto Executive Director Buckeye Hills Staff Development Department Executive Staff 2008 Project Outcomes 51 projects Misty Casto: Executive Director Total project cost: $32,246,978 Gwynn Clifford: Communications Director Administrative cost: $463,122 Doug Dye: Director of Fiscal Operations 839 jobs created or retained After more than six years of planning, Revolving Loan Fund: 3 Loans for the new Amesville “Clustered” Kim Flanigan: Long-Term Care Ombudsman Director Wastewater Project was marked by an $338,402 with 19 jobs created & 39 jobs official ribbon cutting ceremony in Rick Hindman: Assistant Executive Director/AAA Director retained - Additional private/public October. The project is the first of its investment of $1,504,978 kind in the state to receive a permit Jamie Lewis, CNA & MCSA: Security MIS Director from the Environmental Protection Jane Skeen, LSW: Home Care Director Leveraged Administrative Dollars: Agency (EPA); it will serve 84 structures in Amesville. Several gathered as $1 administration = $69.63 in project Melissa Zoller: Development Director Amesville Village Council President dollars John O’Donnell cut the “ribbon.” Buckeye Hills Hosts Town Hall Meetings Development & Area Agency on Aging 8 Staff Town Hall meeting participants voiced Alta Coffman Case Manager, RN their thoughts on a Amanda Casto Secretary/Receptionist variety of topics and Angie Robinson Secretary/Receptionist shared ideas for part- Angie Scott Case Manager, LSW nerships and working Anita Offenberger Case Manager, RN toward solutions. As Shown above is Buckeye Hills Exec. Dir., Brandi Hesson Secretary/Receptionist Noble County a result, the true Misty Casto addressing the Monroe Brenda Wolfe Fiscal Assistant 1 Town Hall Meeting voice of those living County Town Hall Forum. Bret Allphin GIS Manager in the county and region was gathered, offering needed insight for future Cathy Ash Trainer planning. The perspectives shared will help Buckeye Hills learn how to Charmel Wesel Development Specialist 1 best serve people living in the 8-county region. County-by-county reports Christy Horn Case Manager, RN are available on the Buckeye-Hills website. Christy Platt Case Manager, RN Darlene Vandine Caregiver Advocate, LPN Deanna Starkey Secretary/Receptionist Debbie Parsons Fiscal Assistant 1 Marietta Receives $250,000 ARC Grant for Armory Project Denise Keyes Fiscal Manager The City of Marietta was awarded a Diane Keith Information & Referral Specialist $250,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Gerri VanNoy Information & Referral Specialist Appalachia to renovate the City’s vacant Glenda Collins Clinical Operations Manager historic National Guard Armory for future use Jamie Sweeney Case Manager, LSW as a visitor information and multi-use com- Janie Collins Program Assistant munity center in downtown Marietta. Jayne Yates Case Manager, RN Governor’s Office of Appalachia Director Jennifer Andros Clinical Assistant Fred Deel was joined by (from left) Christi Jennifer Fuller LSW, Assessor Mash, Governor’s Regional Director, State Jenny Myers Communications Specialist & Program Assistant Representative Jennifer Garrison and Marietta Mayor Michael Mullen. Joe Gage Housing Coordinator Area Agency on Aging 8 July 2007 through June 30, 2008 Services & Programs: REVENUES Hosted The Choices Expo on Nov. 12-13 in Marietta with over 300 Economic Development Administration (EDA) $ 54,628.00 participants and nearly 50 exhibitors attending. Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) 200,259.91 Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) 830,580.75 Conducted Home Energy Assistance Outreach State of Ohio – Local Development District Support 130,494.00 Program across the region. ODOD Job Ready Site 1,040.65 Launched The Working Caregiver Program to regional employers. Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) 55,322.45 Trickle Up Program 3,326.28 AAA8 Supports AARP’s Livable Communities Effort Community Development Block Grant Administration 20,930.76 Representatives from Marietta attended City of Marietta 5,000.00 the AARP Livable Communities U.S. EPA Grant 593.36 Committee meetings at the AAA8 office Local Per Capita Contribution 30,500.00 in Marietta to discuss the assets and Revolving Loan Fund 94,207.04 challenges facing the city as it prepares PASSPORT Program 2,216,525.75 to accomodate the growth of the city’s Misc. Income 13,900.54 aging population. TOTAL REVENUES $3,657,309.49 Pictured at the program launch from left to right are: Terry Zdrale Exec. Director of the O’Neill Senior EXPENDITURES Center; Misty Casto Exec. Director of Buckeye Hills’ Personnel $1,571,546.77 AAA8; AARP’s Rebecca Wheeler-Grieve and Marietta Mayor Michael “Moon” Mullen. Fringe Benefits 920,066.03 Travel 215,241.90 AAA8 Receives NADO Innovation Award Equipment 38,843.02 The Buckeye Hills AAA8 received an Innovation Contractual Services 30,496.10 Award from The National Assoc. of Development Rent 176,504.46 Organizations (NADO) for implementing Healthy Other Direct Costs 278,442.45 IDEAS and Healthy U evidence-based health Indirect Cost 410,307.20 promotion programs. Shown to the left is AAA8 TOTAL EXPENDITURES $3,641,447.93 Director Rick Hindman receiving the award from NADO’s First Vice President Leanne Mazer. BALANCE $15,861.56 Audited Statement Development Department Funding Area Agency on Aging (AAA8) Services and Units Provided: Alzheimers Education 3,654 hours Total costs for the 2008 Federal, Home Medical Equipment 1,277 units Development projects $2,449,497 Senior Volunteers 4,164 hours were approximatley Local, Sr. Volunteers RSVP 75,455 hours $32 million, with local $9,472,398 Personal Care 411,373 hours communities and Homemaker 11,798 hours private business Home Delivered Meals 207,392 meals leveraging $9 million State, Adult Day Care 1,740 hours against the nearly $23 $20,325,083 Congregate Meals 40,876 meals million provided Medical Escort 2,592 trips through state and Transportation 19,983 trips federal funding sources. Legal Assistance 352 cases 2008 Revenues and Expenditures This was the 31st year that Buckeye Hills has operated with a federally approved Cost Allocation Plan. This allows all the programs administered by the agency to be included in a single set of books and accounting records. The Cost Allocation Plan and its indirect cost rate permit a more equitable distribution of PASSPORT: common agency costs among all the funding In the past year, more than 750 individuals participated in the PASSPORT Doug Dye: Director of entities. program affording them the opportunity to receive quality care and Fiscal Operations support services in the comfort of their own homes. Nearly five people will A single audit will include all of the be cared for through state funds available through PASSPORT for the administrative operations of BH-HVRDD. All of the agency’s same cost of providing state-funded care for one person in a nursing programs are audited annually by a certified public accounting facility. firm. Audit reports for 2008 reflect that the agency’s operating Served 771 PASSPORT Clients through nearly 80 regional providers with policies and procedures are adequate and efficient, and in service dollars of: $7,730,390. compliance with the rules and regulations prescribed by the funding agencies. All grant funds received above actual costs are PASSPORT Enrollment as of Dec. 2008: Athens: 172 Hocking: 119 Meigs: 87 Monroe: 36 Morgan: 57 either returned to the funding agency after completion of the Noble: 32 Perry: 118 Washington:150 annual audit, or utilized in the following year for allowable program activities. Housing Program: The Housing Coordinator completed 26 jobs for a total of $96,968. The Local in-kind contributions are not reflected in the overall projects were predominately handicap access issues for clients that had summary. Purchase of service contracts administered by the Area mobility needs and minor home modification for safer home environments Agency on Aging 8 and the loan activities of the Revolving Loan and were funded by a variety of grant resources. fund are not included in this report. Senior Farmers Market Program: Area Agency on Aging Funding With grant support from USDA, the Senior Farmers Market served 1,144 seniors with $51,825 in coupons The Area Agency on Aging receives funding through many sources to redeemed. The program was supported by nearly administer and support in-home services for clients over 60. The Federal 80 farmers or markets. government provides funding for Title III services through the Older Ameri- cans Act. Nutrition service incentives (NSIP)and Senior Farmer’s Market $450,000 (FM) are funded Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program: $400,000 through the US 179 cases $350,000 Dept. of Agriculture. 1,351 total hours $300,000 The State of Ohio 86.6% resolution funds Block Grant $250,000 The Ombudsman Program (BG), National Senior $200,000 addresses concerns about the ServiceCorps, $150,000 quality of long-term care services Above: Kim Flanigan, Long-Term Care Ombudsman Alzheimer’s, RSVP and $100,000 and negotiates for the solution of Director shares program details at The Choices Expo. Housing repair assis- problems that arise between Exhibitors join in a game of chair volleyball. $50,000 tance through the providers and consumers of long-term care services. The Ombudsman $0 TIIIB TIIIC‐1 TIIIC‐2 TIIID TIIIE NSIP BG ALZH RSVP FM Department of investigates complaints confidentially, advocates for client’s rights, and Development. negotiates with service providers to resolve problems. Advocacy & Legislative Awards As a Council of Government (COG), Buckeye Hills has the unique ability Garrison Receives Ohio Distinguished Legislator Award to perform cross jurisdictional work and often manage and represent stakeholder values in the state and federal public policy and funding Mike Jacoby, Director of the environments. Engaging legislators at the state and federal level, COGs Southeastern Ohio Port Authority, and help to generate visibility to regional needs. They also often serve as Misty Casto, Buckeye Hills, present regional leaders in forming, shaping and changing public policy and Representative Jennifer Garrison (D- strategies for service delivery. 93rd District) with the Ohio Economic Development Association’s (OEDA) The Bottom Line: Improving the quality of life for the nearly 255,000 resi- Distinguished Legislator Award. dents (including nearly 42,000 senior citizens) across eight Ohio Appala- OEDA recognizes Ohio Legislators chian counties. who demonstrate leadership in promoting regional community and economic development. U.S. Senator Voinovich Receives Congressional Partnership Award Executive Director Misty Casto was pleased to Ohio Senator Tim Schaffer Visits Perry County PASSPORT Client honor U.S. Senator George Voinovich with the The popular PASSPORT program that National Association of Development Organi- allows elderly Ohioans to receive less- zations’ Congressional Partnership Award. This expensive care in the comfort of their honor recognizes Members of Congress who own homes is making a difference to have demonstrated leadership in promoting one Perry County family. Regional Community and Economic Develop- Buckeye Hills Area Agency on Aging 8 ment. Accepting the award was Brandon and its provider Cambridge Home Kern of the SE Ohio Regional Office for the Health hosted a home visit with Senator. Voinovich was nominated for his PASSPORT Client and Ohio Senator Tim work to reauthorize the Appalachian Regional Schaffer. Dannie Dyeris is 66 and enjoys being able to stay in the comfort Commission. He helped secure $75 million for the ARC in the 2008 Energy of his New Lexington home because of equipment and services provided and Water Development Appropriations bill. The funding was a $10 by PASSPORT. million increase over 2007 levels. Area Agency on Aging 8 Legislative Partnership Award The AAA8 Partnership Award recognizes a current or past Zack Space Receives Appalachian & NADO Congressional Awards AAA8 Region local, state or federal legislator who sup- ports the principles and an ongoing commitment to the U.S. Congressman Zack Space of Ohio received a 2008 Congressional mission of AAA8 in serving the region’s caregivers and Award from the Development District aging population. For 2008: Ohio Representative, (now Association of Appalachia for his Senator) Jimmy Stewart was nominated for his efforts on advocacy on behalf of the 23 million the Unified Long-Term Care Budget as a member of The people of Appalachia. Joint Committee on Medicaid Technology and Reform. Shown at left are Morgan County At left: Executive Director Misty Casto Commissioner Dean Cain and Execu- with Jerri Dahler, U.S. Congressman tive Director Misty Casto presenting Charlie Wilson’s regional office Repre- Zack Space with The National Devel- sentative. At right: Executive Director opment Organization Assoc. Congres- Misty Casto with OH Senator Joy Padgett sional Partnership Award. and Senator-elect Jimmy Stewart.