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.
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.
Webinar Materials on Implementing Evidence Based Programs
On December 15, 2015, CDA hosted a webinar for Area Agencies on Aging and other interested stakeholders to provide resources and answer questions about the new federal requirement that all Older Americans Act Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Title IIID) funding must be used to provide the highest level Evidence Based (EB) programs. Please click here for webinar materials.
50 Fabulous Older People from 50 States
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA), CDA partnered with the Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging to nominate Jane Eckels for inclusion in a published collection known as, "50 Fabulous Older People" through the National Association for State Units on Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD). NASUAD and the Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness (CECAI) sought assistance with honoring outstanding older adults who volunteer for and benefit from OAA's programs. Each state unit on aging was asked to nominate an older adult. CDA chose Ms. Eckels to represent the State of California.
Recent State Legislation
Each year legislation is proposed that may impact older adults and persons with disabilities. Review what has been proposed here.
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.
Administration on Aging, Administration for Community Living Promulgates Regulations for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program:
The Administration on Aging, Administration for Community Living announced on February 10, 2015 that they have released regulations which implement provisions of the Older Americans Act’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. The functions of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program have been delineated in the Act since the Program was added to the law in the 1970s. However, regulations have not been promulgated specifically focused of states’ implementation of the Program, which has led to inconsistency in how states operate it. These regulations are effective on July 1, 2016. Click here for more information.
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.
Home and Community-Based Services Statewide Transition Plan
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has released a draft Statewide Transition Plan (STP) as required by new Federal regulations. These new regulations, effective March 17, 2014, establish requirements for settings eligible for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services funding. The draft Statewide Transition Plan, and information on providing input required to finalize the plan, is available on the DHCS website at: www.dhcs.ca.gov.
- 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