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Senior Community Service Employment Program

Department of Social & Health Services

Telephone: (360) 725-2614

State linformation: https://bit.ly/2MVRApW

Federal Website: http://www.doleta.gov/seniors

Participation: 1,987 total participants were served in Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 either by the state, or one of the national grantees in Washington.

Who is Served: Program participants must be at least 55 years old and have a family income no higher than 125 percent of the federal poverty level (about $14,360 for one person). Enrollment priority is given to those over age 60, veterans, and qualified spouses of veterans. Those who live in rural areas, are members of a minority group, have limited English-speaking skills, are disabled, homeless or Native American, also have priority status. Overall, those who have the greatest economic needs and the lowest employment prospects are given priority.

Program Description: SCSEP is a community service and work-based training program for older workers. It was authorized by Congress in Title V of the Older Americans Act of 1965 to provide subsidized, part-time, community service work-based training for low-income people age 55 or older who have poor employment prospects. Through this program, older workers have access to the SCSEP services as well as other employment assistance available through WorkSource, the state’s one-stop career centers.

Other Program Characteristics:

Community Services–The state and national SCSEP grantees provide nearly 450,000 hours of community service hours to public and nonprofit agencies in the state, allowing them to enhance and provide needed services.

Participant Services–Individual Employment Plan (IEP) development, orientation, community service placement, training specific to community service assignment, other training as identified in the IEP, supportive services, wages, fringe benefits, annual physicals, assistance in securing unsubsidized employment, and access to WorkSource, the state’s one-stop career centers.

Program History: The Washington state Department of Social and Health Services – Aging & Disability Services (DSHS-ADS) manages the state SCSEP plan and administers grants. DSHS-ADS subgrants with Area Agencies on Aging, local WorkSource centers, and other community-based organizations to operate local projects throughout the state.  DSHS-ADS coordinate with stakeholders, the workforce development system, the Aging & Disability Network and four national grantees to develop the state plan. The four national grantees operating in Washington are AARP, Goodwill Industries, the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) and the National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA), which began providing services in Washington beginning July, 2013.

Planning Cycle: Four-year state plan (annual grant cycle).

Outcome Measures: The SCSEP Performance Goal definitions were revised to include common measures as a result of the 2006 Older American Act amendments. The SFY2011 common measures performance goals for all grantees in Washington were:


SFY2012 Performance Goals




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Funding and Regional Division: The DSHS-ADS SCSEP grant covers 26 counties in Washington, and is divided regionally by the 13 Area Agency on Aging Planning and Service Areas. The AARP Foundation SCSEP grant provides services in the Northwest, North Puget Sound, North Central, Northeast, and Southeast regions of the state. Goodwill Industries, Inc. serves the Coastal, South Puget Sound, Southwest, and South Central regions of the state. NAPCA serves Asian Pacific Islander individuals in King and Pierce counties only. NICOA serves specific Washington federally recognized tribes in Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Pierce, Snohomish and Yakima counties.

Non-Federal Funding (Washington DSHS-ADS only): $146,561 (July 1, 2011–June 30, 2012). Sources: ADSA and local match from subgrantees (does not include national grantees).

Federal Funding (Washington DSHS-ADS only): $1,319,053 (July 1, 2011–June 30, 2012) Older American Act Title V Funding administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (does not include federal funds for national grantees).

Statutory Authority: Section 503 of the 2006 Older American Act Amendments, P.L. 109-365, October 17, 2006.

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