California Elder & Disability Justice Coordinating Council
About the California Elder & Disability Justice Coordinating Council
The goal of this coordinating council is to increase coordination and develop recommendations to prevent and address the abuse, neglect, exploitation, and fraud perpetrated against older adults and adults with disabilities. The California Health & Human Services Agency, supported by the Department of Aging and Department of Social Services, in partnership with the Department of Justice, will convene this coordinating council comprised of leaders from governmental, advocacy, and community organizations across the state.
Learn more about the structure of the Coordinating Council.
The first meeting of the Coordinating Council will take place in fall 2021.
The Coordinating Council will reflect a broad array of State agencies and stakeholder organizations with resources and expertise related to elder and disability justice initiatives. Each State, County, or Federal department with a role in elder and disability justice issues will designate their own representatives. The California Health & Human Services Agency and the California Department of Justice are seeking up to 15 stakeholder members from local government, advocacy and community-based organizations, and the public to serve on this Coordinating Council.
Stakeholder Member Applications were accepted between August 23rd – September 3rd. CHSS is currently reviewing the applications and will announce the newly appointed stakeholder members in early October.
The Elder & Disability Justice Coordinating Council will convene quarterly beginning in the fall of 2021. Meetings will be held virtually and open to the public, allow time for public comment, and provide American Sign Language interpreting and Closed Captioning. Meeting log in information (registration not required) and materials, including the agenda, will be posted in advance of each meeting.
Check back soon for the fall 2021 meeting information.
The Elder & Disability Justice Coordinating Council and the Master Plan for Aging
On January 6th, 2021 Governor Gavin Newsom released the state’s Master Plan for Aging (MPA), which outlines over 100 action ready initiatives for implementation in 2021-2022. Elder justice is a core priority within the MPA and five of these initiatives directly address the protection of older adults from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Initiative #93 of the MPA specifically calls for the creation of a coordinating council to increase coordination and develop recommendations to prevent and address elder abuse, neglect, exploitation, and fraud, including consideration of COVID-19 risks. California Health & Human Services Agency. In partnership with the Department of Justice, intends to convene this Coordinating Council, comprised of leaders from governmental and advocacy agencies and organizations across the state.
In addition to the establishment of the Coordinating Council, the following four MPA initiatives directly address elder justice:
- Initiative #94: Review roles of Licensing, Long Term Care Ombudsmen, and Adult Protective Services and the experiences in other states to prevent and address abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities.
- Initiative #95: Assess Adult Protective Services’ capacity, age of people served, and services provided, especially for complex cases, given growing and changing needs.
- Initiative #96: Assess needs and capacities of local Public Guardians, Public Conservators and Public Advocates, given growing and changing needs.
- Initiative #97: Assess needs and capacities of Legal Services for Older Adults, given growing and changing needs.