The California Department of Aging (CDA) administers programs that serve older adults, adults with disabilities, family caregivers, and residents in long-term care facilities throughout the State. The Department administers funds allocated under the federal Older Americans Act, the Older Californians Act, and through the Medi-Cal program.
The Department contracts with the network of Area Agencies on Aging, who directly manage a wide array of federal and state-funded services that help older adults find employment; support older and disabled individuals to live as independently as possible in the community; promote healthy aging and community involvement; and assist family members in their vital care giving role. CDA also contracts directly with agencies that operate the Multipurpose Senior Services Program through the Medi-Cal home and community-based waiver for the elderly, and certifies Adult Day Health Care centers for the Medi-Cal program. To find services in your community click here.
Recent State Legislation
Each year legislation is proposed that may impact older adults and persons with disabilities. Review what has been proposed here.
- Ventura County Designated as Seventh ADRC in California
CDA’s Chief of the Community-Based Adult Services Branch (CBAS) receives Senator John Heinz Memorial Award
On September 22, 2016, Denise Peach (middle), Chief, Community-Based Adult Services Branch, received the National Adult Day Services Association’s (NADSA) Senator John Heinz Memorial Award for outstanding public service at the 2016 National Adult Day Services Conference in Indianapolis. Ms. Peach was honored for the knowledge, creativity, integrity and leadership she has demonstrated as an exemplary public servant who has made an outstanding contribution to adult day services. NADSA particularly noted Ms. Peach’s pivotal role in helping to shape the transition of California’s Adult Day Health Care Program, from being an optional Medicaid State Plan benefit, to being Community-Based Adult Services, a Medicaid 1115 waiver benefit.
Fall Prevention Awareness Week, September 22 – 28, 2016
Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016.
To highlight fall hazards and increase awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls, the California Department of Aging recognizes the first week of fall, September 22-28, 2016, as Fall Prevention Awareness Week. Also, remember to mark your calendars for September 22, 2016, the first day of fall, as the 9th annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). The official social media hashtag is #FPAD2016. Stay safe with these falls prevention tips.
- Governor's Letter on Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Awareness
- Older Americans Month, May 2016
California Health and Human Services Agency’s Open Data Portal
Click here to access Agency’s Open Data Portal.
The Governor Announces a Series of Actions to Help Save Water in California
Earlier in April, Governor Brown announced the first ever 25 percent statewide mandatory water reductions and a series of actions to help save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state's drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient. Click here for drought information and outreach materials.
CDA receives Rosalynn Carter Institute for Leadership in Caregiving Award
Thursday, October 23, 2014, Former First Lady Rosalyn Carter presented the 2014 Rosalynn Carter Leadership in Caregiving Award to CDA Director, Lora Connolly and Susan Howland, Director of Education for the Alzheimer's Association, California Southland Chapter.
- AAA - Area Agencies on Aging
- ADHC/CBAS - Adult Day Health Care/Community-Based Adult Services
- ADRC - Aging and Disability Resource Connection
- HICAP - Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program
- LTCOP - Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
- MSSP - Multipurpose Senior Services Program
- SCSEP - Senior Community Service Employment Program