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The Ohio Department of Aging

Ohio Department of Aging Senior Community Service Employment Program


The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a paid community service and work based training program for income eligible job seekers age 55-plus. The only U.S. Department of Labor funded program authorized by the Older Americans Act, SCSEP provides service-based training at local non-profit and public organizations. Each SCSEP participant provides an average of 20 community service hours per week to prepare for unsubsidized opportunities with our employer network.

Employers, non-profit organizations and job seekers are encouraged to connect with the SCSEP provider serving your county.

Job seekers also may determine their eligibility by applying online through the Ohio Benefit Bank™.

SCSEP is a paid community service and work based training program for income eligible job seekers age 55+.


The SCSEP Team

The Ohio Department of Aging, along with the Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio Board of Regents, Ohio Development Services Agency, SCSEP providers, and local workforce and aging network partners work together to ensure that older individuals receive workforce training and community supports to prepare them to reenter and advance in the labor market and become a workforce solution for employers.

In March 2016, Ohio submitted a single, combined plan to the federal government for the state's largest workforce programs (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Adult Basis and Literacy Education (ABLE), Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act, Wagner Peyser Act and the Senior Community Service Employments Program. Ohio's Unified Workforce Plan will improve outcomes for students, adults and employers by better coordinating local workforce administrators, caseworkers and educators.

The Ohio SCSEP is funded at approximately $18.1 million, providing 1,907 authorized SCSEP positions for the current program year (2015). Provider funding is allocated by a formula: 20 percent of funds are allocated to the state, and 80 percent to national organizations that compete to provide services at the county level. National providers in Ohio include:


Program Outcomes

Federal guidelines give priority to participants who are veterans, spouses of veterans, those over 65, minorities and those with limited English or literacy. During the last program year (ending June 30, 2015), 2,671 participants provided 1,395,177 hours of community service and enjoyed a 51 percent entered employment rate. The number served included these target populations:

  • Individuals at or below the poverty level: 2,417
  • Veterans: 336
  • People with disabilities: 536
  • Individuals residing in rural areas: 609
  • Individuals who were homeless or at risk of homelessness: 1,331



To qualify for SCSEP, participants must be 55 or older, unemployed, residents of Ohio and income-eligible. The combined incomes of all family members must not exceed the following:

2017 Poverty Guidelines (125 percent)
Family Size Maximum Income*
1 $15,075
2 20,300
3 25,525
4 30,750
5 35,975
6 41,200
7 46,425
8 51,650
For families of more than eight, add $5,225 for each additional person.
* Not all income applies - call for details.


Ohio Department of Aging Administered Participant Positions

In program year 2015, the Ohio Department of Aging received $3,769,727 from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to administer 389 participant slots. ODA currently operates its SCSEP program under a sub-grant to Mature Services, Inc. All participants are notified at the time of enrollment and throughout their participation, whether the state or federal grant funds their position. Mature Services operates both its state sub-contract and its USDOL contract directly with eight regional offices throughout Ohio.

The SCSEP handbook and policies below govern the Ohio Department of Aging administered SCSEP Positions. With the exception of the grievance policy outlined on pages 22-24 in the handbook, the information, procedures and requirements included in the handbook apply to Mature Services, Inc., SCSEP participant positions funded directly by USDOL, as well as ODA participants positions managed by Mature Service.

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) Handbook

Policy 101: Grievances

Policy 102: Participant Involuntary Termination

Policy 103: Duration of Program Participation

Policy 104: Obtaining Advice and Recommendation on SCSEP State Plan


Additional Resources


National Council on Aging JobSource

Employment & Training for Older Adults

Volunteer Opportunities

Lifelong Learning and Adult Education Programs


Ohio Means Jobs


Ohio Benefits