Master Plan for Aging Updates
October 31, 2019
There are numerous efforts moving forward related to the creation of a Master Plan for Aging as required by the Governor’s Executive Order. The next meeting of the full Stakeholder Advisory Committee is scheduled for November 4 in Sacramento. Below are details about the formation of Subcommittees of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee and recent and upcoming meetings for the Subcommittees.
Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Subcommittee
The LTSS Subcommittee is charged with developing a report by March 2020 to examine the growth and sustainability of LTSS programs including In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), access to and financing of long-term care, impacts on the LTSS workforce, and recommendations to stabilize LTSS. The Subcommittee membership includes three county and county affiliate representatives – Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Sonoma County Human Services Director Karen Fies, and California Association of Public Authorities Executive Director Karen Keeslar. The first meeting was held on October 28 and numerous subsequent meetings are planned between November and March.
In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Listening Sessions
The Department of Social Services is hosting a series of IHSS listening sessions to help inform the LTSS Subcommittee’s required report. The purpose of these listening sessions is to provide recipients, providers, and other stakeholders the opportunity to provide input on sustainability strategies and IHSS program enhancements. The first forum will be held in Sacramento on October 31 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the California Department of Social Services. There will be four subsequent forums in different locations throughout the state between November and January. The dates and locations for those listening sessions have not yet been determined.
The Research Subcommittee is tasked with developing indicators to measure the state’s progress on the Master Plan, identifying disparities and strategies to address those disparities, identifying best practices, and identifying new research findings. The Subcommittee membership includes two county representatives – San Francisco City/County Department of Aging and Adult Services Director Shireen McSpadden and San Bernardino County Department of Aging and Adult Services Director Sharon Nevins. The first meeting was held on October 24.