Long-Term Care Fundamentals

The Long-Term Care Fundamentals series highlights and describes the organization and financing of long-term care in California. Briefs will review different aspects of the organization of long-term care services and providers in California, as well as consider current policy and alternatives that can help to build a strong infrastructure of services and support for individuals and their families.

California's Behavioral Health System

This LTC Fundamentals brief provides background on California’s behavioral health system, changes under parity requirements and the Affordable Care Act, and integration initiatives that are re-shaping current delivery systems with the intention of expanding access and improving services.

California's Developmental Disabilities Service System

The following brief provides a background on California's developmental disabilities service system, the role of Regional Centers, the Home and Community-Based Services Waiver for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, and system-wide deinstitutionalization efforts.

Dual Eligibles and Integration Efforts

This LTC Fundamentals brief describes individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, as well as past and current efforts in the state to integrate services for this population.

Nursing Facilities in California

January 2012

This publication provides a background on nursing facilities in California, including who uses them, what services they provide, and how these services are financed.

Medicaid-Funded Home- and Community-Based Services

This publication provides background on the landscape of home- and community-based long-term care services funded by Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program.

What is a Medicaid Waiver?

This publication describes Medicaid waivers and how they are generally used by states.  It also describes current waivers in California.

Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly

This publication provides an overview of Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs), including the services provided in these settings, who lives in and uses these services, and how these services are financed.

The Aging Network

This publication describes the origination of the aging network and its composition as well as the policies that support it at the federal and state levels. Furthermore, this brief describes the services and supports the aging network provides to older Californians.

Implementing Olmstead in California

This publication provides a background on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision, its broader implications, and state implementation efforts.

Who Needs and Uses Long-Term Care?

This publication focuses on who uses long-term care, their demographic and functional characteristics, and the risk of using longterm care services. To read the brief, please click here.