Building a California for All Ages requires the engagement and expertise of residents from across the state, in a range of inclusive and interactive ways . The Master Plan’s development reflected this same approach, including more than a year of public engagement, stakeholder outreach, community roundtables, and alignment with the Governor’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s Prevention, Preparedness & Path Forward.
Between September 2019 and October 2020, the Department of Aging oversaw the Together We Engage campaign, which collected input from the public, stakeholders, and partners through pledges, surveys, meetings, webinars, meetings, and community roundtables.
As called for in the Governor’s Executive Order, a Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC), a Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Subcommittee , and a Research Subcommittee were formed in August 2020 comprised of seventy-eight members from local government, healthcare providers, health plans, employers, community-based organizations, academia, researchers, and consumers.
Recognizing the diversity of California’s population – both the strong and varied cultural traditions around aging as well as the need to address life-long disparities and inequities faced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+), and other Californians – the SAC formed an Equity Work Group in December 2020 tasked with ensuring that equity is fully “baked in” to the Master Plan.
Throughout the stakeholder engagement process, the SAC, the LTSS and Research subcommittees, the Equity Work Group, and the Administration received over 240 policy recommendation letters submitted by stakeholder organizations and over 1,000 public comments. This engagement process culminated in the SAC’s submission of an Equity Tool and Glossary, a Long-Term Services & Supports Stakeholder Report, four work group reports and a final report, which lifts up five core priorities: Fix the Long-Term Services and Support System; Assure that California has Housing that is Affordable to All; End Poverty; Uphold the Core Value of Equity; and Strong State Leadership.
Public opportunities included comments at each SAC, subcommittee, and Equity Work Group meeting, the Together We Engage pledge and survey to identify Master Plan priorities (summer 2019); Webinar Wednesdaysto hear from experts and gather community input on specific topics (winter 2020); an Equity in Aging Town Hall to address ageism; and a COVID-19 Impacts & Recommendations Survey(summer 2020).
State legislative and local elected leaders convened community roundtables with California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Mark Ghaly,from September 2019 to September 2020. The first virtual roundtable, focused on housing and health, was hosted by Assembly member Jim Wood(D-Santa Rosa), representing Northern California coastal counties.
In early 2020, the Governor’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s Prevention, Preparedness & Path Forward (Task Force on Alzheimer’s) aligned its efforts with the Master Plan for Aging to build mutually beneficial plans for California, including a dementia-friendly workforce, culturally responsive diagnoses and treatments, affordable care, and targeted research. The Task Force submitted its report, Our Path Forward, with recommendations to the Governor in November 2020.
CDA Director McCoy Wade participated in several private sector forums, including those facilitated by the Motion Picture & Television Fund and Milken Institute for the Future, discussing topics such as innovative approaches, tools, and resources to address isolation and loneliness during COVID-19; the delivery and funding of long-term care services; and financial and retirement security for older Californians.
The Cabinet Work Group, representing all ten Cabinet departments and other Executive offices, met throughout the Master Plan process to consider public and stakeholder input and also to provide expertise and strategic direction to the Governor.The Master Plan spans multiple policy areas requiring coordination and integration across the government to improve the delivery of programs and services that are centered on the needs of older Californians.