As part of our commitment to the Master Plan for Aging, the California Collaborative has established a working group dedicated to serving as a stakeholder body to guide the plan’s development. The workgroup is broadly representative of the Collaborative’s membership and offers decades of experience as aging, disability, and long-term care service providers, advocates, state agency staff, legislative staff, and community organizers.
On June 10, 2019, governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order directing the development of a Master Plan for Aging. The Executive Order directs the Secretary of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Agency to convene a cabinet-level Workgroup for Aging to advise the Secretary in developing and issuing the Master Plan. It also directs HHS to convene a Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee, which will include a Research Subcommittee and a Long-Term Care Subcommittee.
The Collaborative embraces several fundamental principles, including:
(1) An essential goal of a Master Plan is to address aging and disability needs without regard to age by ensuring access to a robust and affordable LTSS system, caregiver resources, affordable housing, and mobility thus enabling older adults and people with disabilities to have the opportunity to age in the setting of their choice with dignity and respect.
(2) The Master Plan must be equitable and address the high levels of senior poverty and prevalence of disabilities, and the socio-economic, racial, gender, sexual, cultural, ethnic, and geographic diversity of the state.
(3) The Master Plan’s development process should reflect invested leadership from both you and the Legislature, and include meaningful input from stakeholders representing consumers, providers, payers, advocates, and policymakers.
(4) The Master Plan must be comprehensive, actionable, sustainable, funded, and must have a designated leader with clear responsibility for development of the plan, ultimate authority for implementation, and accountability for progress and results.
Please see our letter to Governor Newsom for additional background.
Jedd Hampton from LeadingAge California provides an update on current legislation related to the Master Plan for Aging. PLAY VIDEO.
Letters of Support for Current Legislation:
AB-1287 (Nazarian) requires that the California Department of Aging, in partnership with other specified departments and in consultation with stakeholders, develop a plan and strategy for a phased statewide implementation of the No Wrong Door system on or before July 2, 2020.
AB 1287 Letter of Support
AB-1382 (Aguiar-Curry) requires that the state adopt a Master Plan for Aging, emphasizing workforce priorities. The bill requires the Master Plan for Aging to prioritize specified issues related to preparing and supporting the state’s paid paraprofessionals and professionals, as well as unpaid family caregivers.
AB 1382 Letter of Support
SB-611 (Caballero) establishes the Master Plan for Aging Housing Task Force to make recommendations for legislation that will help increase the supply of accessible and affordable housing for older adults and reduce barriers to providing health care and social services.
SB 611 Letter of Support
SB-228 (Jackson) calls for the Governor to appoint a Master Plan Director and establish an Aging Task Force comprised of experts representing a range of aging disciplines, representatives of marginalized communities, and members appointed by the Legislature to work with state departments and stakeholders throughout the state to develop a California Master Plan for Aging.
SB 228 Letter of Support