How it all began....
In 1988, there was a statewide mandate issued by the governor and the State of Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services to create what is now known as the Better Living for Seniors Initiative to address the needs of our senior population. The initiative included the following:
1) Coalition and/or Consortiums
2) Information and Referral (I&R) Helpline for Seniors
3) Short Term Case Management
Under the guidance of the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc. in PSA 5, the Better Living for Seniors (BLS) Consortium was organized in Pinellas County.
The BLS Consortium that meets quarterly has identified core areas which deal with both the needs of service providers as well as those of seniors. Each committee hosts a quarterly meeting. The Area Agency on Aging and the BLS Consortium work hard to integrate and strengthen existing programs to meet the needs of the senior population.
In 1998, the very first Board of Directors for BLS took office. The Board of Directors is the policy-making body for BLS. The Board is composed of the Officers, Chairs of the standing committees, two At-Large members and an AAA liaison. The newsletter editor is also a non-voting member of the board.
The rest, as they say, is history...