About Us

What We Do

Under the umbrella of the California Health and Human Services Agency, 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. These programs are funded through the federal Older Americans Act, the Older Californians Act, and through the Medi-Cal program.

The Department contracts with the network of 33 Area Agencies on Aging, who directly manage a wide array of federal and state-funded services that provide meals, help finding employment; supportive services to assist older individuals as well as younger adults with disabilities to live as independently as possible; promote healthy aging and community involvement; and support family members in their vital care giving role.

CDA also contracts with 38 agencies that operate the Multipurpose Senior Services Program through the Medi-Cal home and community-based waiver for the elderly and certifies approximately 242 Adult Day Health Care Centers for participation in the Medi-Cal Community Based Adult Services (CBAS) Program.

To promote the Department’s goal of every Californian having the opportunity to enjoy wellness, longevity and quality of life in strong healthy communities, CDA actively collaborates with many other State departments (and other entities) on transportation, housing and accessibility, emergency preparedness and response, wellness and nutrition, falls and injury prevention, improving services to persons with dementia, reducing fraud and abuse and many other issues.

Our Mission

The Department's mission is to promote the independence and well-being of older adults, adults with disabilities, and families through

  • Access to information and services to improve the quality of their lives;
  • Opportunities for community involvement;
  • Support for family members providing care; and
  • Collaboration with other state and local agencies.

Our Vision

The opportunity for every Californian to enjoy wellness, longevity and quality-of-life choices within strong, healthy communities.

Our Core Values

The Department strives to accomplish its Mission in a manner consistent with its Core Values outlined below.

  • Leadership: We set the direction for ensuring that strategies, systems, and methods for achieving excellence are created; and for building the knowledge and capabilities of our employees and others who work with our customers.
  • Diversity: We work in an inclusive environment that respects the rights of all people, their equal opportunity to succeed, and the contributions they make toward accomplishing our Mission.
  • Advocacy: We speak in support of individuals and issues that promote the overall well-being of our customers.
  • Accountability: We assume responsibility individually, and in teams for our behaviors, actions, and results and for serving our customers in the manner in which they want to be served.
  • Quality: Our performance demonstrates a commitment to, and recognition of, excellence, which is the balance of efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Innovation: We take initiative by being open and receptive to experimenting with new and creative ideas.
  • Collaboration: We foster partnerships and cooperation with our stakeholders, business partners, and customers in planning, delivering, and evaluating programs and services.
  • Integrity: We are open, honest, trustworthy, and professional in the performance of our duties and in our dealings with our customers, business partners, and stakeholders.
  • Empowerment: We enable individuals to make informed choices that can enrich their lives and support their ability to effectively participate in their communities.
  • Respect: We hold our stakeholders, business partners, and customers in the highest esteem, and show due consideration and appreciation in our interactions for their ideas, programs, and services.