Authorized by the Older Americans Act, the Senior Community Service Employment Program is a community service and work-based job training program for older Americans, including through the American Job Centers. SCSEP in Illinois is administered by the Illinois Department on Aging (State) sub-grantees namely the Area Agencies on Aging, a community action agency, and an agency that focuses on senior employment, as well as by seven national contractors. In Chicago the Senior Services Area Agency on Aging is based at the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, with other State sub-grantee and other national contractors providing services throughout Cook and surrounding counties, as well.
Based on recent federal guidance issued in TEGL 17-16, required partners with two or more grant recipients or contractors that carry out a program in a local area must each contribute towards infrastructure costs based on a proportionate use and relative benefits received by each.
That means that if multiple SCSEP providers in any given area administer the program, both entities (the State sub-grantees and the national contractors) are parties to the MOU and must participate in negotiations of service delivery and cost sharing.