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MAR 19 | CAADS WEBINAR: 2020 Lay of the "Land" for ADS
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SAVE THE DATES for 2020!
April 15-17 | CAADS SPRING CONFERENCE | Concord/Walnut Creek Hilton

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What's New . . . February 20, 2020

Environmental Infection Control for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

FEB 19, 2020 | Ca. Dept. of Public Health (CDPH) | AFL 20-14

Healthcare facilities should have environmental infection control procedures in place to prevent infections from spreading during healthcare delivery. Environmental infection control procedures, such as waste management, laundry, food service, and environmental cleaning, should align with the CDC’s Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Confirmed 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) or Persons Under Investigation for 2019-nCoV in Health Care Settings.

Click HERE to read the entire AFL 20-14


Master Plan for Aging
Webinar Wednesdays: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Response

FEB 14, 2020 | CA Dept. of Aging (CDA)

You are invited to join the California Department of Aging and our partners for “Webinar Wednesdays” -- an informative and interactive series of webinars addressing a variety of aging-related topics that will inform the development of the Master Plan for Aging.

Information to join our webinar is listed below.

  • Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Response
  • February 19, 2020
  • 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PST
  • Click the link to join via Zoom:
  • Toll-Free Phone: (888) 788-0099
  • Webinar ID: 373 485 314


2019 Novel Coronavirus Interim Guidance for Risk Assessment and Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure

FEB 10, 2020 | Ca. Dept. of Public Health (CDPH) | AFL 20-13

On February 8, 2020, the CDC released interim guidance to assist health facilities with assessment of risk, monitoring, and work restriction decisions for HCP with potential exposure to 2019-nCoV. Healthcare facilities should review the CDC’s Interim U.S. Guidance for Risk assessment and Public Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure in a Healthcare Setting to Patients with 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Click HERE to read the entire AFL 20-13


Stakeholder Survey on Person-Centered Practices

FEB 4, 2020 | Ca. Dept. of Developmental Services (DSS) | SURVEY LINKS

The Department of Developmental Services is partnering with Support Development Associates (SDA) to develop training on person-centered thinking and practices. Knowledge of the principles of person-centered practices and the ability to apply such principles is important for the successful implementation of the Self-Determination Program and meeting the HCBS settings requirements outlined in the January 2014 federal regulations. SDA is compiling information from California stakeholders to inform our understanding of the current state of person-centered practices in California. This information will be used to develop and facilitate trainings throughout the state in the coming months.

All service providers, individuals receiving services, and those who support them are encouraged to complete the Stakeholder Survey below by Friday, February 21st, 2020. The survey will take approximately 3 - 5 minutes and your input is greatly appreciated.

Stakeholder survey links:

Information regarding this survey and the links has been posted to the Department’s WEBSITE.

Federal Programs Division

CA Department of Developmental Services



FEB 3, 2020 | The ARC - California | BLOG

It’s not a secret that people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families often encounter challenges fighting for safety, health, inclusion, and opportunity. Now, as a result of a Supreme Court ruling, there exists a new challenge for some and a perceived threat for many.

Last Monday, January 27, the U.S. Supreme Court voted to let the Trump administration enforce the “public charge” rule, a regulation that is meant to reduce the number of immigrants who use social benefit programs. This means that individuals with I/DD, 21+ years old, who would possibly rely on Medicaid funded services – such as regional center services, SSI/SSP, housing assistance, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – would have an added roadblock to receive a green card or visa. As a movement of people with I/DD and their families committed to eliminating roadblocks for our community, The Arc finds solidarity with all of our brothers and sisters worldwide and has actively opposed this new rule.

This rule, however, has an additional and equally concerning threat: legal immigrant families in California reducing their use of these critical supports and services because they are concerned the rule applies to them. At this point we must fight this “chilling effect” and use our advocacy efforts to bring information and truth to our friends, families, neighbors, and clients that could perceive this threat.

Read the FULL BLOG POST, including steps you can take.


IMPORTANT NOTICE – National Core Indicator Adult Family Survey is Open

FEB 3, 2020 | The ARC - California | SURVEY

The National Core Indicators (NCI) Survey is used by the California Department of Developmental Disabilities to assess performance in services and supports provided to people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD). California has used the NCI surveys for the last 10 and each year they rotate surveys to include; adults, children and families/guardian. The surveys are conducted by the State Council on Developmental Disabilities and are very important to understanding the needs of people with IDD, and their families, in the state.

The surveys ask questions about various aspects of life including, but not limited to; where you live, employment, relationships, involvement in the community, health, safety, respect, rights access to different services/supports and satisfaction related to the services and supports received. The Adult Family Survey (AFS) and the Family Guardian Survey (FGS) were sent out in November/December 2019 and will remain open and available to fill out until June 2020.

If you have a family member 18 year or older who is receiving at least one Regional Center Service, other than case management, you have the opportunity to let California know how you feel about the services as well as how they can be improved upon. Given all the mail and information we receive it is easy to overlook these surveys so if you have not seen one come n the mail or have not had the opportunity to take the survey online you can find out more information about how to take the survey HERE


Updated 2019 Novel Coronavirus Information (2019-nCoV), Including Patient Under Investigation (PUI) Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

JAN 31, 2020 | Ca. Dept. of Public Health (CDPH) | AFL 20-11

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared 2019-nCoV a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. China has reported a 26 percent increase of 2019-nCOV cases since January 30, 2020. Over 7,000 new cases worldwide have been reported within the past week. The CDC is taking progressive action to protect the public and decrease impact on the United States (US). The risk to the American public is still considered to be low.

Updated 2019-nCoV Information

  • 2019-nCoV can be spread through person-to-person transmission
  • Recent report from Germany confirms that the disease can be transmitted from an asymptomatic individual
  • Screening with current laboratory tests is not effective in recognizing those who are incubating 2019-nCoV asymptomatically
  • A negative result does not mean someone will not start to show symptoms or contract 2019-nCoV
  • CDC does not recommend the use of face masks for the general public

For additional information, see the CDC 2019 Novel Coronavirus webpage.

Click HERE to read the entire AFL 20-11


Cal Duals Coordinated Care Initiative
Monthly Update: January 2020

JAN 31, 2019 | Cal Duals

January 2020 is now available


Governor Newsom Announces Appointment 1.30.20

JAN 30, 2020 | Office of the Governor - Gavin Newsom | ANNOUNCEMENT

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointment:

Bradley P. Gilbert, 63, of Irvine, has been appointed director of the California Department of Health Care Services. Gilbert has been a retired annuitant at the Inland Empire Health Plan since 2019, where he has held several positions since 1996, including medical director, chief medical officer and chief executive officer. He was director of public health at the County of Riverside Health Services Agency Department of Public Health from 1993 to 1996. Gilbert was director of public health at the San Mateo County Department of Health Services Division of Public Health. He is a board member of the California Healthcare Foundation, Planned Parenthood and Manifest Medex. Gilbert earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $215,124. Gilbert is a Democrat.

Read the FULL ANNOUNCMENT for details.


Health Update and Interim Guidance – 2019 Novel Coronavirus (nCoV)

JAN 23, 2020 | CA Dept. of Public Health (CDPH) | AFL 20-09

An outbreak of pneumonia of unknown etiology in Wuhan, China was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) on December 31, 2019, and a novel coronavirus was soon identified as the cause. On January 21, 2020, CDC announced the first U.S. case in a traveler who had returned from Wuhan.


  • What is known
  • What is not yet known
  • Recommendations for Healthcare Facilities
  • Criteria for a Person Under Investigation (PUI) for 2019-nCoV
  • Infection Control Guidance for 2019-nCoV Infection
  • Laboratory Biosafety for 2019-nCoV Infection

2019-nCoV Update Teleconference CDPH is holding a teleconference with providers to discuss 2019-nCoV to discuss the status of this outbreak. Healthcare facilities and providers are encouraged to attend.

The teleconference will be held:

  • Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020
  • Time: 12:00 P.M.
  • Dial-in: 1-844-867-6167
  • Access Code: 2633697

If you have any questions regarding the infection prevention and control of 2019-nCoV, please contact the CDPH Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program at


Governor Newsom Announces Appointments 1.17.20

JAN 17, 2020 | CA Dept. of Aging (CDA) | ANNOUNCEMENT

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:

Jacey K. Cooper, 37, of Sacramento, has been appointed state Medicaid director and chief deputy director of health care programs at the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).

Read the FULL ANNOUNCEMENT for details.


Resources to Build Programs and Skills in Generalist Palliative Care

JAN 16, 2020 | California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) | FULL Publication

All people with serious illness should have access to palliative care, beginning early in their illness and delivered in conjunction with disease-oriented treatments. Palliative care focuses on improving quality of life for people with serious illness and their families, including managing physical symptoms, addressing psychological and spiritual concerns, and ensuring that care aligns with the patient’s needs and values.

While access to care delivered by palliative care specialists with advanced training and certification has grown substantially, the needs of people with serious illness outstrip the supply of specialty palliative care services. This points to the need for “generalist” or “primary” palliative care — the integration of key palliative care processes into standard care provided by all clinicians who care for seriously ill patients, such as primary care providers, hospitalists, oncologists, surgeons, nurses, social workers, and chaplains. Generalist palliative care ensures that all seriously ill patients can access supportive services and reserves the limited resource of specialty palliative care for the most complex needs.

CHCF’s “Resources for Generalist Palliative Care” includes a guide to educational and quality-improvement programs, as well as detailed instructions and tools to conduct a needs assessment and to plan projects that integrate generalist palliative care into routine care across a range of settings.


A Chart Of All Of California’s State And City Paid Sick Leave Laws

JAN 16, 2020 | JDSupra | CHART

It’s hard work keeping up with all nine of California’s state and municipal Paid Sick Leave Laws. But Tyreen Torner has done more than kept up. She’s compiled all of their various requirements in this handy chart. Maybe you prefer looking up the requirements yourself, which is fine. We’re not here to judge. However, if you’re looking for an easy tool to determine whether the various requirements apply, we’ve got you covered.

Please see full Publication for more information.


California Department of Aging Launches EngAGE CA to expand public engagement in development of Governor Newsom’s 2020 Master Plan for Aging

JAN 14, 2020 | CA Dept. of Aging (CDA) invites Californians to share their vision for building an age- and disability-friendly California. CDA Together We Engage

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Aging (CDA) announced the launch today of an updated engagement campaign,, that encourages Californians to share their vision for a new Master Plan for Aging that will promote an age friendly California.

With the state’s 65-and-older population projected to grow to 8.6 million people by 2030, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order last summer calling for the development of a Master Plan for Aging by October 2020. The Governor’s newly released proposal for the 2020-21 budget underscores the urgent need for this effort—noting that the state’s demographics are changing rapidly, with the ratio of older adults to younger adults expected to nearly double in the next 10 years. For the first time ever, the Administration is also projecting the state’s population could stop growing in the next forty years.

Click HERE to read the full announcement


Your Donations Help!

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

  • CAADS | State Advocacy 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.

Lydia Missaelides

Lydia Missaelides, MHA
Executive Director of the Alliance for Leadership and Education



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
Oakland, CA

Kathleen Kolenda (NADSA Treasurer)
Vice President, Adult Day Services Easterseals Southern California
Irvine, CA

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


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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.

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‘Master Plan on Aging’ Bills Take Effect
Home Health Care News
By Joyce Famakinwa
JAN 7, 2020

Adult Day Industry Trending Toward For-Profit Status, 2020 Boom
Disrupt - Home Health Care News
By Robert Holly
OCT 23, 2019

Voices: How Should California Address The Needs Of Its Aging Population?
California Healthline
By Anna Almendrala and Ana B. Ibarra
SEPT 17, 2019

Assemblymember Holden Scores Early Victories for People with Developmental Disabilities
The Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley Journal
AUG 29, 2019

New California Alzheimer’s task force led by Maria Shriver has a high-profile lineup
The Sacramento Bee
By Cathie Anderson
AUG 9, 2019

State Lawmakers Eye Federal Dollars To Boost Mental Health Counseling By Peers
Kaiser Health News
By Rob Waters
JUL 1, 2019

A silver wave? California braces for elderly boom that could overburden state
The Sacramento Bee
Mila Jasper and Phillip Reese
JUN 14, 2019

For Help With Long-Term Care Costs, Look To The States
Chris Farrell, Contributor | Next Avenue Contributor Group
MAY 10, 2019

Understanding Loneliness In Older Adults — And Tailoring A Solution
Kaiser Health News
Judith Graham
MAR 14, 2019

A Growing American Crisis: Who Will Care for the Baby Boomers?
Jay Newton-Small
FEB 15, 2019

Gavin Newsom Calls For ‘Master Plan On Aging’ In California
Capital Public Radio
Chris Nichols
FEB 15, 2019



Facing doctor shortage, will California give nurse practitioners more authority to treat patients?
FEB 13, 2020
CalMatters | By Elizabeth Aguilera
nurse practitioners | shortage of primary care physicians | california legislature | california health care foundation

Enrollment in PACE in California Reaches New Milestone
JAN 30, 2020
PRNewswire & CalPACE
PACE | person-centered care | interdisciplinary care team (IDT)

Medi-Cal Benefits Eliminated A Decade Ago, Such As Foot Care And Eyeglasses, Are Back
JAN 24, 2020
California Healthline
By John M. Glionna
medi-cal | insurance | reinstated benefits

Resources for Generalist Palliative Care - Essential Care for All People Experiencing Serious Illness
JAN 15, 2020
CA Health Care Foundation
List of Authors provided in link

LGBTQ seniors face critical challenges accessing aging services
JAN 10, 2020
By Lainey Millen
adult daycare | adult education | aging | Department of Aging and Adult Services | in-home support | lgbtq | On Lok

Medicare Advantage Plans Offering Palliative Care Quadrupled for 2020
JAN 9, 2020
Hospice News
By Jim Parker
palliative care | home-based palliative care | medicare advantage | determinants of health | CHRONIC Act | adult daycare

Occupational Therapy Improves Life for People with Dementia
JAN 6, 2020
Posted by: U. Queensland
caregivers | dementia | older adults | quality of life

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Palliative Care

Palliative Care Video
Serious illness impacts all facets of a person’s life. Palliative care, which focuses on providing relief from symptoms and stress of serious illness, offers an extra layer of support. This video explains how.

The Importance of Geriatric Care

The Importance of Geriatric Care
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Tech tips for our aging population

Seniors Embracing Technology Video
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Senior community explores the world with virtual reality

Seniors explore virtual  reality
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More younger people forced to step into caregiver role amid earlier Alzheimer's diagnoses

Millinial Caregivers
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Honoring Adult Day Services pioneers and those they serve.

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