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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.
- 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.
- Pneumonia Can Be Prevented - Vaccines Can Help Older Adults Stay Healthy:
- Pneumonia affects millions of people each year. Older adults are at higher risk for hospitalization and death from pneumonia. Pneumonia can be prevented, vaccines can help reduce the incidence of pneumonia in older adults. The new recommendation for adults 65 or older are to receive two different pneumococcal vaccines.
- MSSP Waiver Renewal Approval Announcement
- The Department of The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the California Department of Aging are pleased to announce the approval of the 1915(c) Multipurpose Senior Services Program, Home and Community-Based Services Waiver, Control Number 0141.05.00. On Friday December 19, 2014, DHCS received official notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that the MSSP Waiver was approved for the period July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2019. MSSP will continue to provide social and health care management services and purchased waiver services for frail older adults as a cost effective alternative to institutionalization.
- 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.
- Summary of Evidence Based Health Promotion Programs Being Offered by California Area Agencies on Aging
- The California Department of Aging developed a matrix of Evidence Based Health Promotion and Caregiver Support Programs used by home and community based organizations and health care providers in California. This matrix is meant to assist Area Agencies on Aging in analyzing the ease of implementation for these evidence based health programs. Each program analysis includes the program name, goals and target audience, intervention description including delivery methods, oversight and staffing infrastructure, program benefits and costs. This file is a 22 page legal size Word document.
- 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.
- Recent State Legislation
- Each year legislation is proposed that may impact older adults and persons with disabilities. Review what has been proposed.
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