Advocacy Alert: California’s Next Older Americans Act State Plan

CDA’s Older Americans Act State Plan Public Hearings
The California Department of Aging (CDA) is developing California’s next Older Americans Act (OAA) State Plan and is seeking robust and diverse public input on the plan through upcoming remote hearings and online surveys. All information about the OAA State Plan is posted on our website.

California’s OAA State Plan for 2021-2025 will guide the Older Americans Act programs and funding and will align CDA’s OAA goals with Area Plans submitted by the 33 Area Agencies on Aging, the Governor’s Master Plan for Aging, and CDA’s Strategic Plan. OAA State Plans are due from CDA, as California’s designated unit on aging, to the Administration for Community Living every four years. The plan currently in development will be effective from October 1, 2021 through 2025.  The OAA State Plan draft report and a summary power point are posted on the webpage, for public review.
 
CDA, in partnership with the California Commission on Aging (CCoA), will hold two virtual public hearings and offer a survey and email box during April to gather input on the draft 2021-25 Older Americans Act State Plan. CDA and CCoA are interested in receiving input from older adults, people with disabilities, family and friend caregivers, and agencies, advocates, and allies that work with these individuals, as well as the general public. Please share this information with your networks, so a broad range of public comment can be provided and incorporated into the final OAA plan.

There are three ways to provide your comments: Provide input during one of the two public hearings (the two hearings will cover the same information) – information below Send your input via this short survey Email questions and comments to oaastateplan@aging.ca.gov
Virtual Hearing #1
Monday, April 26, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Android device: Please click this URL to join. https://zoom.us/j/92694092281?pwd=ME5lSEN2dTlDbWdVcU84TUJjei9VQT09 Passcode: 587332  
Or join by phone (toll free) 888-788-0099 Webinar ID: 926 9409 2281 Passcode: 587332
Virtual Hearing #2
Thursday, April 29, 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Android device: Please click this URL to join. https://zoom.us/j/98778693882?pwd=Y3BsMmlYaTBERTB1ZC9uYWtNSmw4UT09 Passcode: 395242  
Or join by phone (toll free) 888-788-0099 Webinar ID: 987 7869 3882 Passcode: 395242

Advocacy Alert: Equality Act

SAGE: Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders invites you to contact your senator to urge him/her to support the Equality Act.

From the SAGE website:

Discrimination is still commonplace for LGBTQ+ Americans. Federal LGBTQ+ nondiscrimination protections like the ones outlined in the Equality Act would ensure that all LGBTQ+ Americans can live, work, and access public spaces free from discrimination, no matter what state they call home.

This is especially crucial for our LGBTQ+ pioneers who have waited long enough for this vital legislation. 

Visit: https://oneclickpolitics.global.ssl.fastly.net/messages/edit?promo_id=12307 for a quick and easy way to advocate.

California Master Plan on Aging Event

Recognizing that April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day, please join us on April 22, 2021 at 9:00 am for the first

CALIFORNIA MASTER PLAN for AGING event in Orange County. Local experts will discuss this statewide directive to improve access

to Palliative Care and to encourage completion of Advance Healthcare Directives and when appropriate, POLST forms.

Click here to register http://bit.ly/ACPApril22

The California Master Plan for Aging https://mpa.aging.ca.gov/ was released in January. Among the bold goals, many initiatives important to the well-being of Californians as we age are included. Two important initiatives called out are under Strategy B, Health Care as We Age, Initiatives 49 and 50.

“Highlight to Medi-Cal plans and providers the value of Palliative care to improve patient outcomes and support patient and family choices for care, and Identify ways to promote care wishes – such as Advance Planning Directives and Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) – for all ages.”

Click here to register http://bit.ly/ACPApril22