The Senate recently passed the Fiscal 1978 Labor-HEW Appropriations Act (HR 7555) which includes $500.75 million for the Older Americans Act and funding for other programs serving the elderly. Among the major items:
Older Americans Act: Area planning and social services, $153 million; model projects, $15 million; administration, $20 million; training, $18 million; research, $8.5 million; gerontology centers, $3.8 million; senior centers, $30 million; nutrition, $250 million; National Information and Resource Clearing House, $2 million; and the Federal Council on the Aging, $450,000. The House approved identical funding levels except in three instances: Administration, $18 million; training, $16 million; and senior centers, $40 million.
Community Service Employment: The Senate-passed bill would provide $200 million from July 1, 1978, to June 30, 1979, compared with $180.4 million in the House-passed appropriation. The Senate version would allocate $100 million and 25,000 job opportunities to the States and an equal number to national contractors. The House bill would provide 45,000 jobs (compared with 50,000 in total for the Senate bill), with 36,000 allocated to the national contractors and 9,000 to the States.
National Institute on Aging: $35 million approved by the Senate, compared with $39 million by the House.
ACTION: Foster Grandparents, $34.9 million; Retired Senior Volunteer Program, $20.1 million; and Senior Companions, $7 million.
Community Services Administration: Senior Opportunities and Services, $10 million; community food and nutrition, $35 million (House $27.5 million); and emergency energy conservation services, $65 million (House, $45 million).
Community Schools: $3.553 million.
Home Health Demonstrations: $5 million (House, $8 million)
National Institute of Mental Health: $116.908 million for research (including $2 million earmarked for aging research) and $86.6 million for training.