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The Older Americans Act (OAA) was passed by Congress in 1965 as a response to policymaker concerns about the lack of services for older adults (for detailed history see: http://www.aoa.gov/AoAroot/AoA_Programs/OAA/resources/History.aspx ). The OAA is now viewed as the primary vehicle for the organization and delivery of social and nutrition services to seniors and caregivers. The Act authorizes a wide array of service programs through a network of State Units on Aging, 655 Area Agencies on Aging, 244 Tribal organizations, and 2 Native Hawaiian organizations.
The Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) was established in 1980 by the California Department of Aging. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors serves as the Board of Directors of the Area Agency on Aging. In July 1994, the AAA became a program of the Sonoma County Human Services Department's Adult & Aging Division. The division consolidates the AAA, Adult Protective Services (APS), In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), Linkages, Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP), Public Administrator/Public Guardian/Public Conservator (PA/PG/PC), IHSS Public Authority (PA), and the Veterans Service Office in one location to better serve the community.
Supplied by the California State Plan on Aging
The Executive Committee shall consist of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, the chairpersons of standing committees, the TACC representative if other than the Chair and the immediate past Chairperson.
The Legislative Committee studies, reviews and advocates for legislative issues and concerns related to the well-being of seniors, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers in Sonoma County and makes appropriate recommendations to the Council.
The Planning and Funding Committee develops with staff and recommends to the Advisory Council the Agency's Area Plan prior to its adoption by the Area Agency on Aging (Board of Supervisors).
Transportation and Mobility Committee
Task Force or Ad Hoc Committees
Elder Protection Workgroup
Training Day Workgroup
On October 7, 2005, the Governor signed Assembly Bill No. 1234. This law requires (among other things) that all local agencies that provide compensation, salary, or stipend to, or reimburses the expenses of, members of a legislative body must provide ethics training to local agency officials by January 1, 2007, and every two years thereafter.
Each September, AAA staff will report on who needs the training. All training must be complete by December for the following two calendar years to maintain compliance.
Thanks to the Institute for Local Government, the County of Monterey and the state and local agencies and officials that helped develop and test the program.
AAA – Area Agency on Aging
ACFP – Adult Care Food Program
ADA – Aged and Disabled Adult Medicaid Waiver
ADI – Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative
ADL – Activities of Daily Living
ADRC – Aging and Disability Resource Center
AFA – Ambassadors for Aging
AHCA – Agency for Health Care Administration
ALF – Assisted Living Facility
AoA – Administration on Aging (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
APS – Adult Protective Services
ADRC – Aging and Disability Resource Center
ARRA – American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
C4A – California Association of Area Agencies on Aging
CARES – Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long-Term Care Services
CBSP – Community Based Service Programs
CCE – Community Care for the Elderly
CCRC –Continuous Care Retirement Community
CCTP – Community Based Care Transitions Program
CDC – Consumer Directed Care
CDL – California Drivers License
CDSS – California Department of Social Services
CIRTS – Client Information and Registration Tracking System
CMIPS – Case Management Information and Payroll System for the IHSS Program
CMS – Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (formerly Health Care Financing Administration)
CMSP – County Medical Services Program
COA – Council on Aging
COLA – Cost of Living Adjustment
CWDA – California Welfare Directors Association
DCF – Department of Children and Families
DHS – California Department of Health Services
DOT – Department of Transportation
DOEA – Department of Elder Affairs
ECO – Emergency Coordinating Officer
EBT – Electronic Benefit Transfer
EDD – Economic Development Department
EHEAEP – Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program
ESF – Emergency Support Function
FY – Fiscal Year
FFY – Federal Fiscal Year
GA – General Assistance
GIS – Geographic Information System
HCBS – Home and Community-Based Services
HCE – Home Care for the Elderly
HHS – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accessibility Act
HMO – Health Maintenance Organization
HSD – Human Services Department
I & A/R – Information and Assistance / Referral
IADL – Instrumental Activities of Daily Living
ICP – Institutional Care Program
LTC – Long Term Care
LTCOP – Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
LTSSP – Long Term Services and Supports Program
MBOA – Medicare Beneficiary Outreach and Assistance Program
MFOP – “My Favorite Older Person” Essay Contest
MIPPA – Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act
MIS – Management Information System
N4A – National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness
NASUAD – National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities
NFCSP – National Family Caregivers Support Program
NSIP – Nutrition Services Incentive Program
OAA – Older Americans Act
OCA – Older Californians Act
OAG – Office of the Attorney General
OVW – Office on Violence Against Women
PACE – Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly
PPEA – Program Planning and Evaluation Analyst
PPSC – Petaluma Peoples Services Center
PSA – Planning and Service Area
RCFE – Residential Care Facility for the Elderly
RFP – Request for Proposals
SCSEP – Senior Community Service Employment Program
SMP – Senior Medicare Patrol
SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
SNF – Skilled Nursing Facility
SPGO – State Public Guardianship Office
SSA – Social Security Administration
SSD – Social Security Disability
SSDI – Social Security Disability Income
SSI – Supplemental Security Income
SUA – State Unit on Aging
USDA – United States Department of Agriculture
VDHCBS – Veterans Directed Home and Community Based Services Program
VOCA – Victims of Crime Act
VSO – Veterans Service Officer
WIA – Workforce Investment Act
WIB – Workforce Investment Board
YTD – Year to Date
*Please note that the Advisory Council does not meet in July, August, or December. Committee & Workgroup meetings may be scheduled on an “as needed” basis.
Area Agency on Aging Programs are funded by the federal Older Americans Act, State General Fund through the Department of Aging, grant and local funds. The broad array of possible programs is tailored to each local Area Agency Service Are through a comprehensive needs assessment and planning process conducted each year. The following definitions describe programs identified through the local needs assessment process as vital support to maintain independence and quality of life for older adults in Sonoma County.
The Adult Day Care program (also known as Senior Social Clubs) provides day care services for seniors (Age 60+) who are functionally or cognitively impaired by providing the emotional, mental and social stimulation that is necessary to help them remain independent in their efforts to age in place and stay healthy. The program provides professional, stimulating, and accessible programming in a safe and comfortable home-like setting appropriate to varying levels of individualized needs. A nutritious lunch and a light snack are also offered.
The Alzheimer's Day Care program provides day care services for seniors (Age 60+) with Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia. Group and individual activities such as music, exercise, cognitive games, small and large motor activities, socialization, and a lunch meal are offered.
The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP), established in 2000, funds a range of supports that assist family and informal caregivers to care for their loved ones at home for as long as possible. Sonoma County’s Family Caregiver Support Program provides funding for assistance to caregivers in gaining access to services through caregiver assessments, organization of support groups, and respite care. Senior Nutrition
The Congregate Meals program is designed to help increase the nutrient intake and prevent health deterioration and social isolation for seniors aged 60 and older, their spouses regardless of age, and disabled individuals who reside at home with and accompany an older individual who participates in the program. The nutritionally balanced meal and social contact together provide a positive motivation for self-care for seniors who may often eat poorly on their own and may become lonely and depressed in isolation.
Home Delivered Meals
Case Management (Linkages and Community Based)
Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP)
Sonoma HICAP is part of a national network of State Health Insurance and Assistance Programs (SHIP). SHIP is a Federal grant program that helps States enhance and support a network of local programs, staff, and volunteers. Local programs are charged with directly helping beneficiaries to understand how to use their Medicare benefits including Prescription Drug Plan coverage, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare supplemental policies, Medicare Savings Programs, and long term care insurance. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) administers the SHIP grant programs nationally.
The Ombudsman Program
If at the last minute you are unable to attend, contact Allegra Wilson at 565-5950.
Diane Kaljian, Director
Gary Fontenot, Section Manager
Nancy Martin, Accounting III
Tracy Repp, AAA Program Development Manager
Rhiannon Coxon, Program Planning and Evaluation Analyst
Norine Doherty, Program Planning and Evaluation Analyst
Victoria Gonzalez-Allen, Division Secretary
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