Solution – A Master Plan for Aging
The challenges confronting the state are many, including system fragmentation, lack of access to services, lack of affordable/accessible housing and need for a trained and culturally competent workforce. To plan for population growth and ensure that older adults can live with dignity and independence, California needs a master plan outlining the state’s goals and objectives relative to the growth in this population and accompanying needs.
Recommendation: The state should develop a master plan with specified timeframes and objectives to plan for the needs of an aging California. Specifically, the plan should address the growth of the older adult and disabled population and accompanying service need across the health care, LTSS, behavioral health sector, system financing, integrated service delivery, workforce capacity and affordable housing, among other issues. The plan should be developed over a 12-month timeframe with opportunity for stakeholder input and legislative review.