The Health System's Aging and Adult Services serves as the local Area Agency on Aging (AAA.) AAAs created by the federal Older Americans Act act as the focal point for aging concerns at the community level. The goals of the AAA are to:
- Provide leadership in addressing the needs of seniors and people with disabilities in San Mateo County
- Promote consumer and other public involvement in the planning and delivery of services
- Develop systems of care in the community that supports independence for seniors and people with disabilities
- Administer federal, state, local and private funds in support of an integrated system of care
The AAA plays a role in contracting services with other County agencies, cities and community-based organization to provide needed services.
The AAA is mandated to complete strategic plans in four year planning cycles. The Area Plan is intended to accurately reflect AAAs future activities by involving and serving older individuals, their families, and caregivers. It provides the format and structure to identify and document needs and addresses concerns in a manner consistent with the Older Americans Act (OAA) and the Older Californians Act (OCA) to enable communities and AAAs to plan for the future. To this end, AAAs are charged with addressing and planning for a broad spectrum of matters related to older individuals and adults with disabilities in our community. The Area Plan informs public and policy makers, locally and statewide, about how the AAA plans to address local needs and accomplish goals and objectives. The Area Plan allows for the AAA to re-examine its direction and progress as a result of change and allows for the addition to, changing, or deleting of current elements and objectives.
New Beginning Coalition
The New Beginning Coalition is a broad-based group of older adults, persons with disabilities, caregivers, and service providers that work with Aging and Adult Services, the Commission on Aging, and Commission on Disabilities to develop the countywide strategic plan for services for older adults and adults with disabilities. The group's other roles include advocacy and community education.
New Beginning Coalition meets quarterly on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The meetings in 2014 are set for January 21st, April 22nd, July 22nd, and October 28th from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in room 100 at 225 37th Avenue, San Mateo. For more information, please contact Cristina Ugaitafa at (650) 573-2973 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SCAN foundation is an independent, charitable organization whose mission is to advance a coordinated and easily navigable system of high-quality services for older adults that preserve dignity and independence. The New Beginning Coalition has been chosen to participate in the Foundations' Community of Constituents initiative. This initiative is a statewide movement of over 500 member organizations with an additional 700 affiliated members, to transform the system of care, so that all Californians can age with dignity, choice and independence. For more information about The Scan Foundation or the Community of Constituents initiative, visit www.thescanfoundation.org.
Registration is now open for The Scan Foundation's 2014 Annual Long-Term Services and Supports Summit, which will be held on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at The Sacramento Convention Center. Please join your fellow colleagues for a day of interaction and education on emerging issues impacting California's seniors and people with disabilities. Participants will hear from California's policy leaders and network with consumers, providers, advocates, researchers, and other stakeholders. To register, log on to www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-california-summit-on-transforming-long-term-services-and-supports-registration-11458618035.
SCAN Foundation Grant Minutes