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  ( Division 8.5 repealed and added by Stats. 1996, Ch. 1097, Sec. 13. )

CHAPTER 5. Area Agencies on Aging and Advisory Councils [9400 - 9404]
  ( Chapter 5 added by Stats. 1996, Ch. 1097, Sec. 13. )


(a) The Legislature hereby declares and recognizes the area agencies on aging to be the local units on aging in California that are supported from an array of sources, including federal funding largely through the federal Older Americans Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 3001 et seq.), state and local governmental assistance, the private sector, and individual contributions for services.

(b) Area agencies on aging shall operate in compliance with the Older Americans Act and applicable regulations.

(c) Each area agency on aging shall maintain a professional staff that is supplemented by volunteers, governed by a board of directors or elected officials, and whose activities are reviewed by an advisory council consisting primarily of older individuals from the community.

(d) (1) Each area agency on aging shall create a plan that considers available data and population trends, assesses the needs for services provided under this division reflective of the community needs, identifies sources for funding those services, and develops and implements a plan for delivery of those services based on those needs. Each plan shall include developing area home- and community-based systems of care that maintain individuals in their own homes or least restrictive environment, providing better access to these services through information and referral, outreach, and transportation, and advocating for the elderly on local, state, and national levels.

(2) Each plan shall use the Elder Economic Security Standard Index as a reference when making decisions about allocating existing resources to specify the costs in the private market of meeting the basic needs of elders in each planning and service area. This paragraph shall be implemented only if the Elder Economic Security Standard Index is updated and made available to the area agencies on aging, and if the available public data used to calculate each Elder Economic Security Standard Index data element is calculated and updated using county level information specific to each California county and made available to the area agencies on aging in a format that displays each county’s specific data.

(e) Area agencies on aging shall function as the community link at the local level for development of home- and community-based services provided under the department’s programs.

(f) The area agencies on aging shall implement subdivision (b) of Section 9100 at the local level, with particular emphasis on coordinating with the local systems to enable individuals to live out their lives with maximum independence and dignity in their own homes and communities through the development of comprehensive and coordinated systems of home- and community-based care. This division shall not preclude local determination and designation of service coordinators other than area agencies on aging, for development and implementation of the long-term care integration pilot projects set forth in Article 4.05 (commencing with Section 14139.05) of Chapter 7 of Part 3 of Division 9.

(g) In fulfilling their mission, area agencies on aging shall build upon the resources and the commitment unique to each community and shall be guided by a 10-point description of a community-based system that shall do all of the following:

(1) Have a visible focal point of contact where anyone can go or call for help, information, or referral on any aging issue.

(2) Provide a range of service options.

(3) Ensure that these options are readily accessible to all older individuals, whether independent, semi-independent, or totally dependent, no matter what their income.

(4) Include a commitment of public, private, and voluntary resources committed to supporting the system.

(5) Involve collaborative decisionmaking among public, private, voluntary, religious, and fraternal organizations, as well as older individuals and consumers in the community.

(6) Offer special help or targeted resources for the most vulnerable older individuals, those in danger of losing their independence.

(7) Provide effective referral from agency to agency to ensure that information or assistance is received, regardless of how or where contact is made in the community.

(8) Evidence sufficient flexibility to respond with appropriate individualized assistance, especially for the vulnerable older individuals.

(9) Have a unique character that is tailored to the specific nature of the community.

(10) Be directed by leaders in the community who have the respect, capacity, and authority necessary to convene all interested persons to assess needs, design solutions, track overall success, stimulate change, and plan community responses for the present and for the future.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 668, Sec. 5. (AB 138) Effective January 1, 2012.)


Area agencies on aging and other county agencies that provide services to older adults through an established multidisciplinary team, including the county departments of public social services, health, mental health, alcohol and drug abuse, and the public guardian, may provide information regarding older adult clients only to other county agencies with staff designated as members of a multidisciplinary team that are, or may be, providing services to the same individuals for purposes of identifying and coordinating the treatment of individuals served by more than one agency. The county patients’ rights advocate shall report any negative consequences of the implementation of this exception to confidentiality requirements to the local mental health director.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1996, Ch. 1097, Sec. 13. Effective January 1, 1997.)


The Legislature hereby declares and recognizes each area agency on aging advisory council as a principal advocate body on behalf of older individuals within a planning and service area. Area agency on aging advisory councils shall operate in conformance with applicable federal requirements. The local advisory councils shall meet regularly and provide advice and consultation on issues affecting the provision of services provided locally to older individuals.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1996, Ch. 1097, Sec. 13. Effective January 1, 1997.)


To the extent provided for in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of Section 18773 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, the Legislature hereby recognizes the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council of California, comprised of the chairs of the local advisory councils.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1996, Ch. 1097, Sec. 13. Effective January 1, 1997.)


An individual’s receipt of services under the In-Home Supportive Services Program (Article 7 (commencing with Section 12300), Part 3, Division 9) shall not be the sole cause for denial of any services provided by area agencies on aging or their contractors.

(Added by Stats. 2004, Ch. 229, Sec. 16. Effective August 16, 2004.)

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