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DEC 13 | CAADS WEBINAR: Is Medicare Contracting in Your Future?
The New Medicare Supplemental Adult Day Services Benefit and YOU!

DETAILS | FEES: CAADS Members: $29 :: Non-members: $199
REGISTER: Fill-in Form :: Write-on Form

NEW History & Physical Form — A CDA-Approved Standardized Tool

CAADS Members: No Charge - visit the Members Only Page for details
Non-members: $99 - Order Form Fill-in : Write-on

Adult Day Health Care: An Unbelievable Cost Containment Resource that Is Underfunded and Underutilized

For those who think Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) is just day care…think again! Read Russell D. Foster's featured article in MAZARS USA HEALTHCARE TRENDS,Sept 2017.

The Effect of Adult Day Program Attendance on Emergency Room Registrations, Hospital Admission and Days in Hospital: A Propensity-Matching Study

Research by Ronald Kelly, PhD finds a decreased reliance on costly health care services by seniors who attend adult day programs. Abstract and Full Article | JUN 2017 | The Gerontologist, Volume 57, Issue 3, Pgs 552–562.

What's New . . . DECEMBER 11, 2018

CAADS Congratulates Newsom on Election to Governor

DEC 5, 2018 | CAADS

In a letter to Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, CAADS Executive Director Lydia Missaelides congratulated him on being elected the next Governor of California, and expressed appreciation for his hard work and commitment to serving seniors and adults with disabilities in our state.

In the letter Ms. Missaelides stated,

We are pleased that you have committed to producing a master plan on aging. It is our hope that the plan focus on moving towards a more coordinated and integrated system of long-term services and supports, that is founded on core principles and directed toward specified goals that provides and pays for the sustainability and further growth of adult day services as a foundational component of the system.

Is Medicare Contracting in Your Future? The New Medicare Supplemental Adult Day Services Benefit and YOU!

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (Pacific) | HOST: CAADS | DETAILS
FEES: CAADS Members: $29 :: Non-members: $199
Registration includes access to all handouts and the webinar recording
REGISTER: Fill-in Form :: Write-on Form
Advance registration required by 5:00 PM Wednesday, DEC 12. Submit registration form with payment by email to: or fax to: 1-866-725-3123.

For the first time, Medicare Advantage (MA) Plans are allowed to offer Adult Day Care as a Supplemental Benefit for targeted members! This is a hugely important change in federal policy because it is a step forward in recognizing the need to address non-medical determinants of health as a means to more effectively improve health and avoid unnecessary system costs. MA plans are now permitted to offer selected benefits to some members and not to others. This is in recognition that one size does not fit all members in the MA plans. Find out which national health plan is making this benefit available in California in 2019 and what to do now to begin planning for the 2020 benefit year.

Explore with us what this means for Adult Day Health Care and Adult Day Program contracting opportunities, and what CAADS is doing now to advance this new policy and prepare for 2020.

This webinar will review materials presented by Lydia Missaelides, CAADS Executive Director, at the CAADS Annual Meeting in November, plus fresh updates and perspectives from CAADS managed care consultant Shawn Dunphy, Mazars USA, to explore what the future may hold, what you can do to prepare, and how together we can help create that future!


Help Raise Awareness and #FightFlu This Season!

NOV 19, 2018 | CalDuals

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Join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for Flu Day of Action on December 5, 2018. Share the message that getting an annual flu vaccination is important for beneficiaries and their families, care providers, and community members. Amplify your organization's commitment to combating the flu this season by tweeting, blogging, and sending newsletters to your stakeholders.

You and your organization can help spread the word about the Flu Day of Action on December 5, 2018 by sharing this announcement and blog with your networks!

Visit to find draft language for tweets, posts, newsletters, and blogs available for both provider audiences and advocacy audiences in multiple languages.

Help promote flu vaccinations using the hashtags #FightFlu and #CalMediConnect!

If your organization would like to partner, please contact Lydia Orth with the CMS Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office.


New SSA Phone Scam

OCT 31, 2018 | Justice in Aging

There's a new phone scam targeting Social Security beneficiaries that advocates for older adults should be aware of. The Federal Trade Commission is warning that scammers are engaging in a caller ID trick called "spoofing" to make it appear that they are calling from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

These phony callers claim to work for SSA and ask for personal information—such as the individual's Social Security Number—supposedly in order to process a benefit increase. These scam artists have also tried to get this information by claiming that the person's benefits will be cut off if the personal information isn't provided. Read the FTC's warning to learn more, including where to report such calls, and what people should do if they get one of these calls.

If you or your organization directly serve older adults, please make this information available widely in your community.


New Final Rule from VA Impacts Needs-Based Programs

OCT 24, 2018 | Justice in Aging | Fact Sheet

The Department of Veterans Affairs published a final rule that went into effect on October 18, 2018. These new regulations significantly affect the VA Pension, the Aid & Attendance benefit, and other needs-based benefit programs. Advocates serving veterans who might apply for needs based benefits should be aware of these new changes so they can properly advise their clients.

A Justice in Aging Fact Sheet provides statutory details. Advocates should be aware that the new rule impacts the following eligibility requirements:

  • Net Worth
  • Asset transfers
  • Deductible Medical Expenses
  • Income and Asset Exclusions
  • Medicaid-covered Nursing Home Care


Millions of seniors pushed into poverty

JUN 28, 2018 | Capitol Weekly | Shelley Lyford and Bruce A. Chernof | Article

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It is no secret that Californians are living longer, but not necessarily better.

By 2030, the state’s senior population will increase by 4 million people, yet the state is woefully unprepared to care for this growing and financially unstable demographic. The lack of any strategy or organized master plan has pushed millions of seniors into poverty, unable to access high-quality, affordable healthcare, dental care, housing and supportive services.

Our lawmakers and next governor need to set aside partisan differences and collaborate on the creation of a state master plan for aging that recognizes three important pillars: the ability to age with independence; a healthcare system that responds to the individual not an institution; and affordable housing. MORE


Your Donations Help!

Three (3) great opportunities to further support Adult Day Services:

  • CAADS | State Advocacy Fund
  • CAADS | New Improved Website Fund
  • ALE | Nina M. Nolcox Scholarship Fund

Learn more and DONATE today -- thank you!


California Association for Adult Day Services, a 501 (c) 6 non-profit grassroots-driven organization, advocates for the growth and development of adult day services in California and nationally. Centers in membership with CAADS provide innovative day programs that support individuals with physical or mental disabilities and older adults with Alzheimer's disease and their families.
Learn more about CAADS


ALE logoThe Alliance for Leadership and Education (A.L.E.) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit arm of CAADS. Its mission is to advance innovation and quality in Adult Day Service through research and analysis, education and training, and leadership for the benefit of consumers and their caregivers.



CAADS is a proud member of the National Adult Day Services Association.

California representatives currently serving on the NADSA Board of Directors:

Corinne Jan, RN, PHN (NADSA Chair)
CEO, Family Bridges / Hong Fook Centers

Lydia Missaelides, MHA (NADSA Treasurer)
Executive Director, CAADS

Amanda Sillars, MSW, LCSW
CEO, Total ADHC Solutions, Inc.
Thousand Oaks


For help, call the VA Caregiver Support Line (toll-free):


Mon - Fri 8 AM - 11 PM (EST) || Sat 10:30 AM - 6 PM (EST)


Call DHCS Medi-Cal Fraud Hotline:


The call is free and you can remain anonymous.


Use the California Department of Public Health's Cal Health Find website
call, write, fax the Center for Health Care Quality,
Licensing and Certification District Office nearest you.


The California Senior Medicare Patrol offers free fraud prevention education throughout the state.
To schedule a presentation, call 855-613-7080

See the SMP/Medicare fraud section at, for more information on ways to protect yourself from healthcare fraud and how to detect it.

If you come across any suspicious activity,




California Association for Adult Day Services
1107 9th Street, Suite 701 || Sacramento, CA 95814–3610
T: (916) 552-7400 || F: (866) 725-3123

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Videos / Podcasts

Human Kindness--it just flows around here
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Click to view the clip from CAADS 25th anniversary video
Honoring Adult Day Services pioneers and those they serve.

Seniors and Children Find Inspiration Together at a Day Care With a Heartwarming New Approach
FEB 2, 2018
Time Magazine
Megan McCluskey
Featuring ONEgeneration

What is an Adult Day Health Care Center? One of San Diego's Best Kept Secrets...
APR 18, 2017
Featuring Kathryn Holt, Owner, Poway Adult Day Health Care Center, and her mother Lois Knowlton, the Center's Administrator

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Media Coverage

California’s senior population is growing faster than any other age group. How the next governor responds is crucial
Los Angeles Times
Melanie Mason | OCT 7, 2018

This is What Life Without Retirement Savings Looks Like
The Atlantic
Alana Semuels | FEB 2018


Media Coverage

With Federal Public Charge Rule Pending, California Braces For Possible Medi-Cal Exodus
NOV 26, 2018
Capital Public Radio
Sammy Caiola
accessing social services | Medicaid | “public charge” | dependent on government assistance | housing assistance, food stamps and most Medicaid services | Department of Homeland Security | federal Department of Health Services

Why HHS wants Medicare Advantage plans to pay for home modifications, transportation for seniors
NOV 14, 2018
Fierce Healthcare
Tina Reed
Medicare Advantage plans | social determinants of health | Medicaid | vulnerable populations | Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)

Here’s why Meals on Wheels is asking elderly Californians about their LGBT status
OCT 23, 2018; Updated OCT 27, 2018
Sacramento Bee
Micahel McGough and Cassie Dickman
AB 959 | AB 677 | California’s LGBT Disparities Reduction Act | Department of Aging | health disparities | departments of Health Care Services, Public Health and Social Services | seniors | Older Americans Act | Area Agencies on Aging

As Billions In Tax Dollars Flow To Private Medicaid Plans, Who's Minding the Store?
OCT 18, 2018
California Healthline
Chad Terhune
Medicaid | low-income Americans | managed care | Centene | Affordable Care Act | patient care | managed care plans | Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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Lydia Missaelides, MHA
Executive Director

Christin Hemann

Christin Hemann
Associate Director

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Kathryn Atkinson
Membership & Communications Director

Pam Amundsen

Pam Amundsen
Education & Events Manager

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Coni Segretto-Ricci
Office Assistant

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Phyliss Regino
Office Assistant

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