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​Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

Temporary Increase in Maximum Training Hours

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the PA Department of Health (DOH) recently announced the lifting of COVID-19 mitigation strategies in the Commonwealth, with the exception of requiring face coverings for unvaccinated individuals.  As host agencies are reopening, the Department of Aging is issuing new guidance to SCSEP sub-grantees regarding a temporary increase in the maximum number of training hours for participants.

Effective immediately and through the remainder of the current program year ending on June 30, 2021, in those instances where participants have returned to on-site or remote training, and if SCSEP funds are available, SCSEP sub-grantees can authorize up to 30 hours of training hours per week for every participant as long as the additional training hours will help facilitate completion of the goals listed on the participants Individual Employment Plan (IEP). These 30 hours can be any combination of on-site, remote, or online training. 

Each sub-grantee shall estimate the funding they have remaining in the current program year and determine the amount of SCSEP funds they have remaining for PWFB before they increase any participation hours. Each sub-grantee considering increasing participant training hours shall also guarantee that the increase in training hours will not negatively affect their 10% local match amounts.

As previously issued by the department, SCSEP sub-grantees may also continue to authorize paid sick leave through the remainder of the current program year according to the guidance, as funding allows.

Questions are to be directed to David Miles at (717) 783-0178 or

Where can I find more information about COVID-19?

The Pennsylvania Department of Health provides regular updates on COVID-19 information. Additional information is also available on the CDC website.