Aging (California Department of)

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The California Department of Aging (CDA) administers programs that serve older adults, adults with disabilities, family caregivers and residents in long-term care facilities throughout the state.

The Department administers funds allocated under the federal Older Americans Act, the Older Californians Act and through the Medi-Cal Program.

The Department's mission is to promote the independence and well-being of older adults, adults with disabilities and families through:

  • Access to information and services to improve the quality of their lives;
  • Opportunities for community involvement; and
  • Support from family members providing care.

The Department is also the designated "State Unit on Aging," fulfilling the goals of the federal Older Americans Act. Also, the California Legislature has authorized the department to provide additional services to senior through the companion Older Californians Act. CDA administers a broad range of programs, working primarily with 33 local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), which serve seniors in specific geographic areas of the state. These AAA use federal, state and local funds to contract with local organizations to provide services. The department also works with other public and private non-profit agencies throughout California.

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  • Title III Nutrition Services (Congregate and In-Home)
  • Adult Day Health Care
  • Alzheimer's Day Care Resource Centers
  • Brown Bag Program
  • Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
  • Foster Grandparent Program
  • Health Insurance and Advocacy Program (HICAP)
  • Information and Assistance (or Referral)
  • Legal Assistance
  • Linkages Program
  • Multipurpose Senior Services Program
  • Senior Community Service Employment Program
  • Senior Companion Program
  • Other Important Links

Department of Aging

External Affairs

1300 National Drive, Suite 200

Sacramento, CA 95834

(916) 419-7500

(916) 928-2268 Fax

(800) 735-2929 TDD

Complaint jurisdiction:

The Department of Aging has jurisdiction over any complaints related to the programs administered by CDA (listed below under "Programs Administered").

"Complaints" made about specific volunteers or program managers may be referred to the local agency on aging listed by county under "Local Area Agencies on Aging".

Complaints outside jurisdiction:

Complaints received about services related to seniors, but which are not the responsibility of the Department of Aging are among the following:

Local Area Agency on Aging (800) 510-2020

Crisis Line for Long Term Care Issues 1-800-231-4024. This CRISISline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take calls and refer complaints from residents. Need name, address, room number, and especially zip code of senior needing assistance. Caller will be referred to the nearest source of information/assistance.

This number is available for every state in the U.S. and may be used when relatives or friends have not been able to contact an elderly person. The department will send someone to see if the individual is functioning normally.

National Association elder Care Locator

927 15th Street, NW, 6th Street

Washington, DC 20005

(800) 677-1116

Issue and Correct Department:

Dept. of Health Care Services - Medicare/Medicaid (MediCal)

Dept. of Housing and Community Develop - Senior Housing Facilities

Dept. of Fair Employment & Housing - Housing Discrimination Seniors

Dept. of Veterans Affairs - Veteran's Benefits

Access to local services, including legal services, may be obtained at each location:

Dept. of Aging Program Providers

Other referrals outside the Department of Aging:

Long Term Care Ombudsman CRISIS line

(800) 231-4024

Congress of California Seniors

1230 N Street, Suite 203

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 442-4474

(916) 442-1877 Fax

California Commission on Aging

California Senior Legislature

Triple A Council of California

1300 National Drive, Suite 173

Sacramento, CA 95834

(916) 419-7591

(916) 419-7596 Fax

California Association for Adult Day Services

921 11th Street, Suite 701

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 552-7400

(916) 552-7404 Fax

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

National HQ

980 9th Street, Suite 700

Sacramento, CA 95814-2726

(916) 446-2277

(916) 556-3000 Fax

San Joaquin County Department of Aging

Linkages Site Directors

102 South San Joaquin Street

Stockton, CA 95202

(209) 468-3805

(209) 468-2207 Fax

Mailing Address:

PO BOX 201056

Stockton, CA 95201

Community Bridges

236 Santa Cruz Avenue

Aptos, CA 95003

(831) 688-8840

(831) 688-8302 Fax

United States Department of Health and Human Services

Administration on Aging, Region IX

1600 K Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

California Long Term Care Ombudsman Association

6221 Geary Boulevard, 2nd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94121

(415) 751-9788

(415) 751-9789 Fax

Institute on Aging

881 Turk Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 750-4141

(415) 750-4196 Fax

Goldman Institute

3626 Geary Boulevard

San Francisco, CA 94118

(415) 750-4141

(415) 750-4196 Fax

Retired Seniors Volunteer Program

3150 20th Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94132

(415) 731-3335

(415) 731-3337 Fax

Senior Companion Program

150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Suite 4340

Oakland, CA 94612-2092

(510) 238-3080

(510) 238-2378 Fax

Brown Bag Advisory Committee

c/o Contra Costa Food Bank

4010 Nelson Avenue

Concord, CA 94520

(925) 676-7543

(925) 671-7933 Fax

California Assn of Foster Grandparent Program Directors

PO BOX 1493

Eldridge, CA 95431

(707) 938-6201

(707) 938-6204 Fax

211 LA County

PO Box 726

San Gabriel, CA 91778

(626) 350-1841

(626) 442-6940 Fax

National Assn of State Units on Aging

1201 15th Street, NW, Suite 350

Washington, DC 20005

(202) 898-2578

(202) 898-2583 Fax


Fiduciary Service/Probate Examiners

California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF)