173.011 Planning and service areas.

(A) When administering funds granted under the "Older Americans Act of 1965," 79 Stat. 219, 42 U.S.C. 3001 , as amended, the department of aging may divide the state into separate multi-county regions that shall be known as planning and service areas. If the department divides the state into those areas, then, consistent with the rules adopted under division (C)(1) of this section, it shall designate one public entity or one private nonprofit entity as each area's agency on aging. That agency shall administer programs on behalf of the department under the Older Americans Act of 1965 within its planning and service area.

(B) Consistent with the rules adopted under division (C)(2) of this section and following an adjudication hearing conducted in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, the department may issue an adjudication order that withdraws or provisionally maintains the designation of an entity as an agency on aging.

(C) The department shall adopt rules under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code that do both of the following:

(1) Establish criteria to be used for designating an agency on aging;

(2) Provide procedures and grounds for withdrawing or provisionally maintaining the designation of an entity as an agency on aging of a planning and service area.

Effective Date: 09-29-1999