OSA Recommends One Year Probationary Approval for Senior Alliance

Contact: T.J. Bucholz (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health

October 28, 2004

The Michigan Office of Services to the Aging (OSA) has recommended approval of a one-year probationary status plan of a non-profit agency that manages senior services in Wayne County, following an assessment of their financial position.

OSA Director Sharon Gire said the efforts and strong commitment of The Senior Alliance (TSA) management and Board to address both budget shortfalls and organizational streamlining provided OSA with the confidence that TSA would work toward improvement.

“Contrary to previous reports, the Attorney General’s office has not been asked to investigate this matter,” Gire said. “We are pleased that services to seniors have not been disrupted. The action by the Commission on Services to the Aging ensures the availability of funds for services in fiscal year 2005 as planned.”

The Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging approved a fiscal year 2005 Annual Implementation Plan for TSA at their meeting on October 15 with the one- year probationary status. TSA – the official name of the Region 1C Area Agency on the Aging – serves all of Wayne County excluding areas served by the Detroit Area Agency on Aging.

Under a new management structure led by Interim Director Robert Brown, TSA has taken significant steps to correct the issues identified in previous audits of the Agency, including organizational restructuring and additional safeguards that will allow the agency to ensure effective management of expenses.

With the support of the 34 local communities served by TSA, Gire said an agreement also has been reached between TSA and Wayne County to address liability due to the County.

“I appreciate the commitment of the Board and staff for their work to resolve this issue,” Brown said. “The hard work and the spirit of goodwill exhibited by all involved parties is already laying the groundwork for a positive turnaround for TSA.” OSA staff will continue to provide technical assistance and oversight to TSA to ensure that corrective actions are implemented.