ERIC Number: ED235266
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Minority Elderly Services: New Programs, Old Problems. Part II. A Report of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
This report contains the final results of the United States Commission on Civil Rights' investigation of race and ethnic discrimination in federally assisted programs for older persons. The investigation was the result of allegations that the minority elderly were not being served by Older Americans Act programs. The information reported was obtained by questionnaires mailed to all State, area, and territory agencies on aging and from personal interviews with program administrators at the Federal level. Information on employment data covers minority representation, bilingual staffing, affirmative action programs, the handling of discrimination complaints, and Administration on Aging's enforcement of policies and practices. Data on participation of minority organizations and firms in Title III and Title IV of the Older Americans Act are analyzed in a discussion of representation, outreach efforts, and monitoring and compliance activities. Monitoring and evaluation of minority participation in Older Americans Act service programs, outreach efforts (especially bilingual ones), and barriers to participation are also discussed. Although the Commission's investigation did not document discrimination against minorities, governmental policies and practices were found to adversely affect minority participation in the programs. Recommendations for legislative change and for changes in the Administration on Aging are made. Appended are a glossary of terms, a summary of findings from phase I of the investigation, and a description of methodology, including copies of the questionnaires. (CMG)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Older Americans Act 1965