WHO WE ARE
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.
- 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.
- November is National Family Caregivers Month
- This year we celebrate the millions of Americans who serve as unpaid caregivers for their loved ones. In the United States, more than 60 million caregivers provide invaluable strength and assistance to their family members. Many of these dedicated people work full time and raise children of their own while also caring for the needs of their loved ones. This year's theme is
"RESPITE: Care for Caregivers."
- Recent State Legislation
- Each year legislation is proposed that may impact older adults and persons with disabilities. Review what has been proposed.
- 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.
- 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 California 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.
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