Area Agencies on Aging

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 a variety of aging services.

California Aging Reporting System (CARS)

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The California Aging Reporting System (CARS) is a client-level database, web-based system that was instituted by the California Department of Aging (CDA) on July 2008 to meet the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) and California State Legislature reporting requirements for submission of performance data on programs and services. Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) submitted data files that pass automated validations are imported in the CARS system where the data is reviewed by each AAA and CDA for accuracy and certification. Data collection is important to improve the aging and Long-Term Care services planning process, measure federal Older Americans Act (OAA) and Older Californians Act (OCA) programs, and to perform program accountability and auditing.

Older Americans Act Performance System (OAAPS) Update: Guidance Documents

To request information related to California Aging Reporting System (CARS), please email to

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Funding


    Should AAAs spend State funds first, then the Federal funds?


    In an effort to maintain consistent service levels, it is CDA’s expectation that each AAA spends all funds (State and Federal) available as allocated to each State Fiscal Year (SFY) and proportionately based on match requirements for the services provided.

    However, for the HICAP grant only, since the HICAP Federal Grant does not require a State match and since it is now awarded for a three year period ending March 31, 2020, it allows the AAAs some flexibility in managing the funds. State funds are only available within the SFY and expenditures must be recorded by June 30 for each year’s appropriation. Unspent Federal funds may be carried over into the following SFY. Therefore, CDA is not instructing AAAs to spend State funds first, but rather to ensure that all State funds are expended prior to June 30 to maximize service levels. AAAs should be mindful that carryover of Federal funds from year-to-year should be minimal and not routine given service levels should be maintained as outlined in the initial allocation. Also, Federal funding from year-to-year is never a guarantee since the allocation provided in the budget display is what is anticipated at the point-in-time and could change due to subsequent enacted budgets.

  • Information Security


    What type of encryption is required and for what devices?


    Any 128 bit encryption software will meet the encryption requirements. AAAs would need to ensure compliance with this requirement for any devices that access, transmit, or store data related to the services provided through the contract with CDA.


    Are AAAs responsible for ensuring that their subcontractors meet the encryption requirements and how can AAAs verify that their subcontractors meet the requirements?


    Yes, AAAs who subcontract services are still contractually responsible for ensuring compliance with encryption requirements, which can be met through a Self-Certification process. The Self-Certifications do not need to be sent to CDA, as these would be verified at the time that the AAA is monitored by CDA.


    Who is required to complete the security awareness training and how do AAAs verify completion of the security awareness training?


    The Information Security Awareness Training is required for all employees and volunteers who provide services related to any of the CDA contracts. This includes, but is not limited to: AAA employees; subcontractor employees; vendor employees; volunteers; etc.

    The certificates of completion will need to be printed out but do not need to be sent to CDA, as these would be verified when CDA monitors the AAA.

AAA Vaccine Program Documents

AAA Payment Approval Checklist

Asset Management Documents

Area Plan Documents

American Rescue Plan Documents

CalFresh Expansion Documents

Consolidated Appropriations Act Documents

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Elder Justice Documents

Fall Prevention Program Documents

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Financial Alignment Documents

HICAP Documents

MIPPA Documents

Ombudsman Robotic Pets Documents

SNAP-Ed Documents

Title V Documents

Reporting Period Due Date * 30 Day Prep
1st Quarter July 1 - Sept 30 Oct 31
2nd Quarter Oct 1 - December 31 Jan 31
3rd Quarter an 1 - March 31 April 30
4th Quarter April 1 - June 30 July 31
Annual July 1 – June 30 August 30

* These due dates include a 30-day preparation time from the end of the quarter or reporting period.

The following links are for “paper” program reporting. Reporting forms are submitted quarterly only. Please submit reports by one method only (US mail, fax to (916) 928-2510, or e-mail to

For past and current program data visit the CDA COVID-19 Response Data Dashboard and the Data and Reports sections of the website.