Community Budget Issue Requests - Tracking Id #1288FY0001

Senior Community Outreach Utilizing Team Services (SCOUTS)












Susan Cook


Senior Friendship Centers/Jewish Family & Children's Services











Project Title:

Senior Community Outreach Utilizing Team Services (SCOUTS)

Date Submitted:

2/14/01 8:45:30 AM












Lisa Carlton














Statewide Interest:

A possible pilot program for keeping seniors at home with help, rather than institutionalizing them.













Senior Friendship Center


Susan Cook


1888 Brother Geenan Way

Contact Phone:

(941) 955-2122



Sarasota 34236































Service Area:

Private Organization
















Project Description:








Senior Friendship Centers, Inc., and Jewish Family and Children's Services are working together to address the needs of isolated, at risk older adults. In a program called SCOUTS vulnerable seniors are identified and given the assistance to meet their immediate needs. Some of the increasingly serious and interrelated problems include: elders living in unfit environments that include no food, unsanitary conditions, unmet physical and emotional needs; individuals in their eighties and nineties who are blind, wheelchair bound, physically disabled, confused, disoriented, have no running water, no electricity and no resources available to correct these indignities ; unmet medical needs due to lack of financial resources; social isolation leading to depression; disheveled appearance, bedridden incontinence; fear and paranoia of institutionalization.


The SCOUT program addresses these needs and engages and educates the public in identifying isolated and vulnerable frail elders; SCOUT provides multi-disciplined services and mobilizes community resources to address immediate needs; works with individuals, families, community and faith-based organizations to develop longer term solutions; helps frail elders age in place with dignity while preventing costly premature institutionalization.












Measurable Outcome Anticipated:






With additional funds another two teams of (2) persons each team can be put in place in mid and north Sarasota County.This would allow 100 consumers per team to be seen; 90 new assessments per team; 25 training classes per team; 300 community members trained to identify these vulnerable adults; 20 consumers per team will receive mental health assistance.











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Was this project previously funded by the State?














Is future-year funding likely to be requested?













Purpose for future year funding:


Recurring Operations



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Was this project included in an Agency's Budget Request?




Was this project included in the Governor's Recommended Budget?













Is there a documented need for this project?






In the first year, one team serviced 105 elderly; did 68 training classes with 1,540 participants











Was this project request heard before a publicly noticed meeting of a body of elected officials (municipal, county, or state)?




Hearing Body:

Sarasota County Legislative Delegation


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