About Us

As the federally designated State Unit on Aging, the Department of Aging serves as the sole state agency to coordinate Older Americans Act programs and services, as well as other services to meet the needs of Ohio’s elders. We are a cabinet-level state agency with a director appointed by the governor. The structure of the Department is tied directly to its funding sources. We receive $65 million in federal funding, primarily from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which supports services for older Ohioans as well as the administration of Medicaid funded services. We also apply for and use grants from federal and state sources to support and expand our work.

Our Mission: To deliver practical, person-centered strategies and services that will strengthen and support Ohio's elders and their communities.

Core Values:

  • Promote Independence - Provide resources that foster independence and autonomy throughout the lifespan.
  • Empower Communities - Deliver sustainable, relevant solutions that empower communities to act within the best interest of their elders.
  • Challenge Ageism - Promote new perspectives of aging that challenge the traditional declinist narrative.
  • Advocate for Excellence - Advocate with and for Ohio's elders to ensure their voices are heard and their needs are met.
  • Engage in Innovation - Engage the aging network by staying innovative, flexible and attentive to the evolving needs of our partners and stakeholders.

Director Beverley L. Laubert

Interim Director Beverley L. LaubertBeverley L. Laubert was appointed interim director of the Ohio Department of Aging in December 2017 and sworn in as director in June 2018. Director Laubert has been an ombudsman for nearly thirty years, including twenty-three as the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman in Ohio. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology from Kent State University and a Master of Arts from The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs, with an emphasis in strategic leadership and long-term care.

As State Ombudsman, she lead statewide ombudsman advocacy for long-term care consumers by participating in policy discussions with executive agencies and the legislature.  She has provided invited testimony before the National Commission on Quality Long-Term Care and the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging. She is a member of the Ohio Elder Abuse Commission and the Ohio Supreme Court’s Subcommittee on Adult Guardianship.

Director Laubert and her husband Michael co-authored “Safety, Self-Determination, and Choice in Long-Term Care: The Consumer and Ombudsman Experience” for the Ethics, Law, and Aging Review and in 2014 she co-authored a chapter of the Oxford Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging.

Director Laubert held two terms as President of the National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs and was a member of the Leadership Council of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care.  She served as Chair of the Board of the national Advancing Excellence in Long-Term Care Collaborative in 2014 & 2015. In 2012, she received the Ohio Governor’s Award for Employee Excellence and in 2015 received the Cernoria Johnson Memorial Advocacy Award for national excellence and impact. In 2016, she was named Distinguished Alumnus for Career Achievement by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. 

Past Directors

  • Stephanie M. Loucka (2016-2017)
  • Bonnie K. Burman (2011-2016)
  • Barb Madden-Petering (2011)
  • Barbara E. Riley (2007 - 2011)
  • Merle Grace Kearns (2005 - 2007)
  • Joan W. Lawrence (1999 - 2005)
  • Judith Y. Brachman (1991 - 1999)
  • Kenneth M. Mahan (1991)
  • Anne Harnish (1990 - 1991)
  • Carol D. Austin, Ph.D. (1988 - 1990)
  • Joyce F. Chapple (1984 - 1988)

The Department of Aging’s legacy goes back more than 50 years.

  • In 1965, responding to the economic and social needs of America’s elders, Congress passed the Older Americans Act. OAA not only provided the first dedicated funding sources for older adult services, it also set the groundwork for a national aging network, organized at the state level, to respond to the needs of our elders.
  • In 1966, Ohio responded by creating the Division of Administration on Aging (within the Ohio Department of Mental Hygiene and Corrections), which began working on several initiatives funded by the Act, most notably, establishing the first congregate housing sites for older adults.
  • In 1973, the Division was elevated to the Ohio Commission on Aging and began expanding the array of programs and services Ohio offered its elders and their families, including the first senior center (1979) (The Martin Janis Center on the State Fairgrounds), long-term care ombudsman programs (1975) and the venerable Golden Buckeye program (1976).
  • In 1984, the Commission was promoted to full, cabinet-level state agency status as the Ohio Department of Aging. The director of the Department became the chief advisor to the Governor regarding issues and concerns affecting older Ohioans, and changes in national policy by the federal Administration on Aging.
  • Since then, the Department has worked to create increasingly innovative programs to address the health, social and economic needs of our elders, as well as raise awareness of the vital role elders play in our state and its communities.

The Ohio Advisory Council for Aging was created to provide guidance to the director of the Ohio Department of Aging on issues and opportunities affecting older Ohioans. Members represent the interests of older adults and serve as ambassadors for the department at local events and with community organizations. They gather information and ideas from their neighbors and share them with the director of the department, along with recommended administrative and legislative actions. The council also reviews agency plans, budgets and issues.

The Ohio Advisory Council for Aging includes governor-appointed members and the directors (or their designees) of the state departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Developmental Disabilities, Health and Job and Family Services. The council also includes four legislative members.

The Ohio Advisory Council for Aging is designated in ORC 173.03.

The Ohio Advisory Council for Aging conducts at least six council meeting annually, and additional meetings can be called by the chairperson.

2018 Advisory Council Meeting Schedule
Advisory Council Members
Advisory Council Bylaws | Authorizing Legislation

 

Divisions

The Department of Aging is organized into eight divisions, each of which performs or supports a critical function of the agency or the aging network.

Executive Division

The Executive Division (EXEC) directs the daily operation of the department, sets goals, guides policy and represents the agency to partners, constituents and decision makers. The division drafts budget concepts, proposes and analyzes legislative language and reviews testimony. Staff also supports the development of a comprehensive, integrated and coordinated system of elder friendly, person-centered programs and services, as well as explores opportunities to promote policy and systems change through strategic partnerships and monitors legislation that impacts older Ohioans and their families and provides information to legislators.
Director: Beverley L. Laubert
Chief of Staff: Joel Whetstone

Communications Division

The Communications Division (CD) coordinates public and media outreach. The division plans special events and recognitions and creates and distributes educational and informative publications, articles and audiovisual resources. Staff maintains the department's website and social media presences and operates the Golden Buckeye program.
Division Chief: John Ratliff

Division for Community Living

The Division for Community Living (DCL) develops and manages a comprehensive and coordinated system of community services for seniors and individuals with disabilities accessed through the Aging and Disability Network. The pre-admission review and long-term care consultation program administered by the division facilitates consumers' access to available options. Staff develops and furnishes operational oversight of services and programs funded through community-based Medicaid-related programs and services and programs supported through state funds and grants. Medicaid-related programs include the PASSPORT home and community-based waiver program, the Assisted Living Waiver program and PACE, as well as new Medicaid initiatives.
Division Chief: Matthew Hobbs

Elder Connections Division

Elder Connections Division (ECD) staff develop and manage a comprehensive and coordinated system of community services for older adults and people with disabilities. The services and supports they oversee are funded through the federal Older Americans Act along with other state, federal and local dollars. Older Americans Act services include meals, nutrition, transportation, caregiver support, disease self-management and other supportive services. In addition, the division collaborates with Area Agencies on Aging, other state agencies, providers and local partners to develop health, wellness and prevention programs throughout the aging network. Their focus is on evidence-based models of disease self-management, injury prevention and general health and wellness, such as the HEALTHY U and STEADY U initiatives.
Chief: Julie Trackler

Fiscal Division

The Fiscal Division (FD) monitors the programs, services and administrative entities that receive funding through the department. Fiscal staff ensure compliance with applicable regulations, statutes and policies; process payments to vendors and subrecipients, and manage the department's administrative resources, purchasing, revenue, travel and inventory. They also track spending, prepare and monitor the biennial budget, manage the grants process for funds passed through the department, and monitor the fiscal processes of the department's grant subrecipients.
Division Chief: Kevin Flanagan

Information Systems Division

Information Systems Division (ISD) provides for the technological needs of the department and the aging network. Staff design, implement and support the department's primary network as well as specialized information infrastructures (i.e., databases, applications, T1 communications) for agency programs and entities. They purchase, configure and maintain desktop and network computer equipment and software systems for the department and provide help desk services and specialized training programs for employees and partners. Staff also provides facility management, including maintenance of office space, furniture and equipment; and facilitates mail, reception, records retention and telecommunications services.
Division Chief: David Saunders

Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman

The Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman safeguards the rights of consumers of long-term care and other services throughout Ohio. The office's mission is to seek resolution of problems and advocate for home care consumers and residents of long-term care facilities, with the goal of enhancing their quality of life and care. Division staff coordinates legal and benefits assistance, and manages the Long-term Care Consumer Guide, which provides information about Ohio nursing homes and residential care facilities.
Interim State Long-Term Care Ombudsman: Erin Pettegrew

Performance Center Division

The Performance Center Division (PCD) helps the department and the area agencies/PASSPORT Administrative Agencies engage in continuous quality improvement through performance management and annual program compliance monitoring. Division staff ensure regulatory standards are met, provide data compilation and analysis, and use business intelligence to inform department and area agency decisions about the delivery and management of programs and services.
Division Chief: Eric Miller

 

In addition, the Ohio Department of Aging houses and supports the work of the Board of Executives of Long-Term Services and Supports.

 


Work With Us

The Ohio Department of Aging is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age (40 years or more), military status, veteran status or genetic information (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, i.e., “GINA”) in employment or the provision of services. In addition to the exceptional benefits offered by the State of Ohio, we offer a flexible work schedule and a smoke-free work environment.

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State Plan

Ohio State Plan on Aging, FFY 2019-2022

The Ohio Department of Aging develops a strategic framework, required by the federal Older Americans Act, to provide leadership that improves and promotes quality of life and personal choice for older Ohioans, adults with disabilities and their families and caregivers. The most recent framework, or state plan, covers state fiscal years 2019 through 2022.

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Annual Report

Ohio Department of Aging Annual Report 2018

Each year, the Department of Aging releases an annual report that describes the agency's work over the past year, outlines our philosophy for serving older Ohioans and explores several of our key accomplishments throughout the past year.

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Read past annual reports:
2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

Strategic Plan

Ohio Department of Aging Strategic Plan, SFY 2018-2019

The Department of Aging's strategic plan drives our continuing work to ensure the voices of our elders are heard and that our programs are not only beneficial, but also easy to access in every Ohio Community.

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Area Agencies on Aging

Area Agencies on Aging coordinate local services and supports for older adults and people with disabilities in their communities. The Ohio Department of Aging provides funding to 12 area agencies, each serving a unique region of the state. Agencies use federal, state, local and community funds and contributions to provide supports to older adults living in their homes or in other settings of their choice. Through their Aging and Disability Resource Network call centers, the agencies help more than 300,000 Ohioans each year connect with needed resources. Learn more...

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Ohio Scholars in Aging

Ohio Scholars in AgingThe Ohio Department of Aging and the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE) offer the Ohio Scholars in Aging Program to provide students of all academic backgrounds with the opportunity to learn about and contribute to aging-related policy-making firsthand, establish career-long professional contacts, and gain valuable career knowledge and skills in the field of aging.

The application deadline for the 2019 Scholars in Aging Program is November 30, 2018.