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AB-1200 Aging and Disability Resource Connection program.(2017-2018)

As Amends the Law Today
As Amends the Law on Nov 27, 2017

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) In 2003, the federal Administration for Community Living and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services established a joint funding opportunity through the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) initiative, which was designed to provide visible and trusted sources of information, one-on-one counseling, and streamlined access to LTSS.
(b) ADRCs build on the strength of existing community agencies, including area agencies on aging and independent living centers, to provide a more coordinated system of information and access for all persons seeking LTSS to minimize confusion, enhance individual choice, and support informed decisionmaking.
(c) In California, ADRC partnerships exist in several areas of the state that facilitate access to LTSS based on individuals’ needs, preferences, and goals.

SEC. 2.

 Article 4 (commencing with Section 9120) is added to Chapter 2 of Division 8.5 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

Article  4. Aging and Disability Resource Connection Program
 (a) There is hereby established an Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) program to provide information to consumers and their families on available long-term services and supports (LTSS) programs and to assist older adults, caregivers, and persons with disabilities in accessing LTSS programs at the local level.
(b) This article shall be administered by the California Department of Aging, in collaboration with the Department of Rehabilitation and the State Department of Health Care Services, for purposes of implementing this article.
(c) Area agencies on aging and independent living centers shall be the core local partners in developing programs.
(d) An ADRC program shall provide all of the following:
(1) Enhanced information and referral services and other assistance at hours that are convenient for the public.
(2) Options counseling concerning available LTSS programs and public and private benefits programs.
(3) Short-term service coordination.
(4) Transition services from hospitals to home and from skilled nursing facilities to the community.
(e) An ADRC program shall do both of the following:
(1) Provide services within the geographic area served.
(2) Provide information to the public about the services provided by the program.
(f) This section shall only become operative contingent upon the appropriation of funds for that purpose by the Legislature.