Aging & Disability Resource Connection

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 services are provided locally by contracted agencies. This webpage is intended for those who provide, or seek to provide, Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) services.

Introduction to ADRC – Recorded Webinar

For Providers & Partners - ADRC Program Overview

For Consumers - Aging and Disability Resource Connection

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June 19, 2020

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
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May 4, 2020

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM
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March 20, 2020 - CANCELLED

Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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January 17, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: 1000 G Street, #100, Sacramento, CA 95814
Conference Line: 1-888-455-3150; Participant Code: 3143427

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December 6, 2019

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October 18, 2019

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August 16, 2019

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July 12, 2019

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May 17, 2019

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March 15, 2019

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January 18, 2019

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For past meeting information and materials, please contact ADRC program staff at

Emerging ADRC Partnerships

The growing number of Californians seeking Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) often results in local leaders exploring service delivery improvements using the ADRC (“No Wrong Door”) partnership model. Local government and non-profit organizations may begin an ADRC partnership by contacting CDA at any time. CDA provides emerging ADRC organizations with general information updates and technical assistance for planning a local ADRC partnership. Letters of Intent to form an ADRC partnership and/or inquiries may be submitted to

CDA has developed guidance to assist local partnerships in planning, developing and implementing ADRC programs:

ADRC Partnerships Benefits

  • Streamlined Information and Services to Consumers: Consumers of any age, disability, or income level can contact any one ADRC partner organization to access a wide array of Long-Term Services and Support options offered by ADRC partners in the community.
  • Community Collaboration: ADRCs have the opportunity to collaborate with local health care systems, veterans’ organizations, independent living organizations, and aging service organizations to enhance access to public and private programs/services for consumers and strengthen resources for each partner organization.
  • Maximization of Resources: ADRC partnerships can maximize existing resources and streamline consumers’ access to services through shared program intake, application assistance, service provider information, and staffing and funding resources.
  • No Cost Technical Assistance: ADRCs are provided guidance for planning and maintaining ADRC partnerships and services.

ADRC Designation

Local organizations are invited to submit a Letter of Intent to let the California Department of Aging know about efforts to establish a local ADRC partnership. CDA supplies information and technical assistance to local organizations for putting together the building blocks of the ADRC model. A successful application meets the State’s standards outlined in the ADRC Designation Criteria. Refer to the guidance documents linked below for more information.

ADRC Designation Criteria – California’s ADRC Designation Criteria are based on the federal Administration on Community Living (ACL) No Wrong Door (ADRC) Key Elements and were developed in collaboration with stakeholders. The ADRC Designation Criteria serve as consistent hallmarks of quality for each ADRC partnership.

ADRC Designation/Re-Designation Process – CDA has updated its designation/re-designation process effective October 2019 to streamline the designation process for ensuring the integrity of the ADRC Partnership model as described in State statute (WIC 9120) and preparing designated and emerging ADRC partnerships for the ADRC Infrastructure Grants Program (WIC 9121).

ADRC Designation/Re-Designation Evaluation Tool – This tool may be used by applicants and the ADRC Designation Review Panel to evaluate whether applications fulfill the identified ADRC Key Indicators for becoming a State-designated ADRC.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) – A successful ADRC Designation Application results in a formal Memorandum of Understanding between each core ADRC partner organization and CDA. The agreement between the State and local ADRC partners ensures ongoing ADRC quality.

Questions about ADRC topics may be sent to

General Information

The Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) program develops coordinated networks of programs and services (No Wrong Door Systems) to serve the needs of older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers in navigating the fragmented/complicated system of long-term services and supports and achieving their personal goals and preferences for healthy aging. California Senate Bill 80 (SB 80) established the State’s first ADRC Infrastructure Grants Program which enables the California Department of Aging (CDA) to award grants to interested and qualified Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) and Independent Living Centers (ILC) to 1) complete the planning and application process for designation and approval to operate as an ADRC program and 2) aid Designated ADRC programs in expanding or strengthening services for the purpose of implementing a No Wrong Door System. Local partnerships that have been approved as a Designated ADRC or an Emerging ADRC are qualified to receive funding under the ADRC Infrastructure Grants Program.

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Designated ADRCs

Designated ADRCs include:

  • Marin County
  • Nevada County
  • Orange County
  • Riverside County
  • San Francisco County
  • Ventura County

Timeline for Grant Cycle 2019-21

February 11, 2020 CDA releases Contract, Budget Display, and Budget template and instructions
February 14, 2020 Teleconference for questions
March 11, 2020 Deadline for submitting Budget to CDA
May 29, 2020 Deadline for submitting signed Contract to CDA

Emerging ADRCs

State-Approved Emerging ADRCs include:

  • Alameda County
  • Kern County
  • Monterey County
  • Placer County
  • San Benito County
  • San Bernardino County
  • South Central Los Angeles
  • The Mother Lode(Amador/Calaveras/Tuolumne/Mariposa Counties)
  • Yolo County
  • Yuba and Sutter Counties

Timeline for Grant Cycle 2019-21

February 2020 CDA will survey approved Emerging ADRCs regarding acceptance of grant
March 17, 2020 CDA releases Contract, Budget Display, and Budget template and instructions
April 13, 2020 Deadline to submit questions via email to
May 8, 2020 Deadline for submitting Budget to CDA
May 29, 2020 Deadline for submitting signed Contract to CDA
June 30, 2020 Deadline for submitting Work Plan to CDA

General Information

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Congress has approved H.R. 748 (The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act) which allocated $50 million in funds at the national level for State Aging and Disability Resource Centers. The Administration for Community Living is allocating this emergency funding to states based on the number of individuals in the state who are age 60 and older (based on 2018 Census data) and individuals of all ages with disabilities (based on 2017 American Community Survey data). California’s allocated amount is $3,005,454. Local partnerships that have been approved as a Designated ADRC or an Emerging ADRC are eligible to receive funding under this funding opportunity.

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to aid California’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection Program efforts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to, COVID-19 by 1) supporting capacity and resource allocation at the local level to ensure coordination across agencies and 2) supporting immediate response to urgent needs resulting from COVID-19. This ADRC/NWD System funding opportunity shall be primarily used for conducting “rapid assessments” and supporting lasting system changes related to consumer access to existing long-term services and supports (LTSS) options. “Access” is defined as the following functions:

  • Connecting individuals to existing LTSS.
  • Support for navigating the health care and long-term care system.
  • Enhancing/converting service delivery models (e.g., converting to virtual and/or e-services) to overcome consumer challenges in obtaining existing LTSS.
  • Adopting system change initiatives to improve care coordination for consumers and provide streamlined access to existing LTSS.
  • Improving coordination and integration between health care and long-term care service providers.
  • Establishing consumer-friendly entry points or a new interface for people seeking LTSS at the community level.
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Public Awareness Samples