May 2017 Long-Term Services and Supports Policy Update
transform the system of long-term care so that all Californians can age with dignity,
choice, and independence. The Community of Constituents Includes the
and 21 county-based regional coalitions. Together, we are working to improve health
care and supportive services for older adults and people with disabilities.
The purpose of this update is to give Aging Advocacy Coalition members
brief highlights on what we and our Community of Constituents partners in Southern
California are working on this quarter.
Aging Advocacy Coalition Updates
The Los Angeles Aging Advocacy Coalition seeks to build a formal and united alliance
Inform elected and appointed officials, and policy makers on issues affecting aging
Educate our members and community through enriched training and informational
Engage in the planning, design and implementation of policy advocacy, while
providing a forum to promote professional networking and cross sector collaborations
that support our advocacy efforts
Mission: To advocate for, preserve, protect and enrich the quality of life for older persons,
their families and caregivers in Los Angeles County by forging joint advocacy efforts to
influence fiscal and public policy in the field of aging.
Purpose: To function as a common meeting ground for professionals, advocates and
others interested in the field of aging.
Guiding Principles: The primary guiding principles of LAAAC are to Inform, Educate,
Policy Makers Roundtable
Are you interested in developing solutions for aging in place?
Do you want a policy maker you know to champion aging issues?
Are you committed to aging advocacy?
Contact LAAAC to get involved in a series of Policy Maker Roundtables scheduled
for Fall 2017.
8th Annual Summit on Aging
The 8th Annual Summit will be held on Friday, June 2, at the USC Tutor Center Ballroom.
The theme of this year’s conference will be “Living & Thriving,” focusing on the personal
experiences of aging in Los Angeles, as well as the Purposeful Aging LA initiative led by
L.A. City Mayor, Eric Garcetti and L.A. County Board Supervisor Hilda Solis.
The Summit on Aging will feature an art exhibit depicting aging in Los Angeles, presented
by KCRW and the “Going Grey in LA” series.
Additionally, two expert panels will focus on local implications under President Trump’s
Administration, and the importance of building alliances with nontraditional advocacy
partners, such as groups focused on immigration, labor, and the faith-based community.
In January, LAAAC – in partnership with LeadingAge California – hosted an affordable
housing conference to educate about the need for older adult affordable housing. The 1-
day conference brought stakeholders together and started conversations around the senior
housing crisis. A Policy Action Team was created that will focus on working with policy
makers to develop solutions. Some 180 people attended representing housing, policy
makers, services, healthcare and advocates. Participants noted key statistics:
The UCLA Center for Health Policy reported:
250,000 L.A. County older adults living on the edge of homelessness due to
income levels and rising rents.
80,000 older adults with incomes levels below 200% federal poverty level.
St. Barnabas Senior Services reported 7 out of every 10 seniors in case
management have a housing related issue. They are also seeing 10 new seniors per
month who will be homeless in 1 year due to rising rents, and no housing stock
available at their income level.
The first Policy Action Team meeting convened on Friday, April 7. Twenty people,
representing 17 organizations spanning health, housing and services have committed to:
developing and executing policy advocacy; working together to create cross sector
collaborations and engaging in leadership amongst older adult issues around health and
Legislative and Advocacy Visits
LAAAC continues to work on advancing the policy agenda through meetings with key
elected officials and local stakeholders. Meetings with Congressman Adam Schiff
regarding the ACA and immigration orders, Senator Kevin DeLeon’s office regarding the
creation of a standing Senate Committee on Aging (to replace the select committee
chaired by former Senator Carol Liu of the 25th district), have been held.
Meetings regarding the affordable housing crisis were held with Supervisor Hilda Solis'
office, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl's office, the Corporation for Supportive Housing, Menorah
Housing Foundation, USC Housing researchers, LeadingAge California, and many others.
LAAAC also continues to work with Justice in Aging (JIA) and the Coordinated Care
Initiative (CCI) Communications Workgroup on CCI factsheets and trainings. We created a
Benefits of Care Coordination flier, and 20,000 copies were distributed through both city
and county Area Agencies on Aging congregate and home-delivered meals programs. In
addition, a new health plan transportation benefit resource flier was created and distributed
to stakeholders. Also, through a partnership with JIA, a CCI anti-discrimination training was
held for providers.
To learn more about and/or join the Los Angeles Aging Advocacy Coalition, please visit
The California Collaborative for Long Term
Services and Supports is a coalition of 32
statewide organizations that promote dignity
and independence in long-term living for
seniors and people with disabilities. Member
organizations represent consumers, providers,
advocates, labor and insurers.
Founded in 2011, the Collaborative convenes
twice monthly to sponsor high-level discussions
with experts on budget, policy and program
issues that impact the system and services that
supports millions of older and disabled Californians to live safely in their homes rather
than in institutional settings. The Collaborative works to foster understanding among
members about the importance of all of the components of the system; to educate
policymakers about the needs of seniors and people with disabilities; to develop policy
solutions and recommendations for improvements; and to support members in their
advocacy on behalf of the programs and services that are the backbone of the
system of care.
The Collaborative has been involved in the development of California’s Coordinated
Care Initiative since its inception, and continues to work with state and federal officials
as well as the Legislature, health plans and regional advocates on this signature
program. It regularly considers LTSS legislation and budget issues and has recently
focused meetings on the impacts of the aging demographic, California’s housing
crisis, and the needs of the Alzheimer’s population.
Although the Collaborative was primarily designed to impact state policy, in 2017 it
has also expanded its agenda to include system-changing federal policy
developments, including the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, block granting or per
capita caps in Medicaid, the impact of the proposed American Health Care Act and
federal budget impacts on seniors and people with disabilities. You can find more
about the Collaborative and its work at
or follow the conversation on
Community of Constituents Partner Updates
The Santa Barbara County Adult & Aging Network (AAN) is focusing on identifying and
exploring coalition priorities in order to begin developing a policy agenda and
communication plan. Affordable and accessible housing, mental health services, caregiver
support and workforce development have emerged as top concerns, along with the need
to increase the level of basic services to meet the needs of a growing senior population.
AAN is also reaching out to a new health care collaborative that is beginning to mobilize
efforts to improve population health and whole person care.
Members from the Independent Living Workgroup of Kern County will be participating in
the annual Elder Abuse Conference hosted by Kern County Aging and Adult Services. The
Workgroup is also in discussion with the Central Valley LTSS Coalition on efforts to
improve health and quality of life for seniors and people with disabilities in the San Joaquin
The Central Valley Long Term Support and Services Coalition (CVLTSS) mission is to
promote service coordination for dependent adults through multidisciplinary approach to
the development of programs that directly support workers handling older adult abuse
cases. It includes members from protective agencies, social services agencies, legal
services, senior services, private attorneys, and advocates. CVLTSS is in discussion with
the Independent Living Workgroup of Kern County on efforts to improve health and quality
of life for seniors and people with disabilities in the San Joaquin Valley.
In 2016, the IE LTSS Coalition focused on strategies to increase member participation, and
engage new partners. This included a partnership with the Loma Linda University Institute
for Health Policy and Leadership. The Institute is providing policy training for Coalition
members and supporting the development of policy-focused products and activities to help
advance the Coalition’s mission. This included the development of a Public Policy
Committee, which finalized the Coalition’s 2017 policy agenda.
The Orange County Aging Services Collaborative (OCASC) surveyed and collected over
700 OC Senior Living Needs surveys for 2016 from seniors that voiced their opinions on
their wants, needs, and concerns they have as they age in Orange County. In addition,
OCASC hosted their 3rd Annual Leadership Forum on Aging on April 21st, and
highlighted policy in aging on federal, state, and local levels, including the Orange County
Strategic Plan for Aging Initiative.
The Long Term Care Integration Project (LTCIP) in San Diego is busy preparing for
changes to the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI), including exploring how changes might
impact local services and In-Home Supportive Services program recipients. In March, San
Diego concluded its Community-based Care Transitions Program (CCTP), having served
over 58,000 Medicare beneficiaries and reduced the 30-day, all-cause re-admission rate
from 16.2% to 9.9%. Last fall, AIS was awarded a $1 million grant to improve the
dementia-capability of the local service system, including screening, respite care and
training for all families.
The Ventura County Hospital to Home Alliance (Alliance) consists of a unique body of
health care providers whose mission is to work together as collaborators instead of
competitors in order to improve quality health care across the continuum.The Hospital to
Home Alliance provided public testimony at the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s
Public Hearing regarding the need for behavioral health services for older adults; support
for the Dementia Friendly Ventura County Initiative; and integration of long-term services
and supports (LTSS) community care coordination into the health care continuum. Also,
the Camarillo Health Care District, the Alliance’s CBO representative, has been selected
as an Early Adopter of the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) LTSS Case
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