California Master Plan

On June 10, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-14-19, calling for a California Master Plan for Aging (Master Plan).

This historic milestone brings the opportunity to decisively address the needs of older Californians through a thoughtful, comprehensive, and outcomes-oriented strategy.

Focusing on the Person

We believe that a successful Master Plan should anticipate and respond to needs from a person’s perspective, engaging both the public and private sectors in systems-based solutions that touch all major areas of life experience (e.g., health, human services, housing, transportation, others).

Instead of a traditional planning exercise that would seem to prioritize system needs, California’s Master Plan has the opportunity to reframe system organization, funding, and service delivery based on what matters most to the people it serves—placing older Californians and their families at the center.

Community Design Workshops

To better understand needs from the person’s perspective, we engaged Greater Good Studio to develop a series of community design workshops that elevated the voices of people in Master Plan discussions. The research presented day-in-the-life stories from California’s rural, suburban, and urban regions. A final report with synthesized findings and recommendations for the state to consider as it develops the California Master Plan is below.

Executive Summary

Elevating Voices: Strategic Recommendations for the California Master Plan for Aging

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Current Progress

State-level master plan efforts and engagement

  • The governor’s Executive Order directs the Health and Human Services Agency Secretary to lead the Master Plan process and convene a Cabinet-level workgroup with representation across state agencies, as well as a stakeholder Advisory Committee to advise on the development and implementation of a Master Plan.
  • California’s Together We ENGAGE initiative seeks to reach older adults, people with disabilities and families throughout the state and hear their ideas for how we collectively build an age-friendly California and ensure that the Master Plan reflects what matters most to people.
  • The Executive Order calls for the Master Plan to be delivered to the governor by October 1, 2020.
  • As of March 16, the Master Plan process is on hold due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Raising Awareness

We Stand With Seniors was launched in 2018 by West Health and The SCAN Foundation as a nonpartisan, public awareness and education campaign highlighting the need for a statewide, comprehensive Master Plan for Aging to address the growing challenges faced by California older adults, their families, and caregivers. Through media and polling efforts, the campaign elevated the importance of comprehensive system planning.

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In this Perspectives, Dr. Chernof discusses the Administration's plan to develop a California Master Plan for Aging (Master Plan). He frames four elements critical to the Master Plan’s success and asks all of us to reflect on what truly matters to older Californians and their families.
On June 10, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-14-19, calling for a California Master Plan for Aging. This brief provides a high-level overview of the Executive Order.
The Master Plan for Aging provides a historic opportunity to design a system that best meets the needs of older Californians of today and tomorrow. This brief describes how the state can better organize resources to meet population needs through focused, coordinated leadership and system-wide planning.
California Governor Newsom called for the development of a Master Plan for Aging, which marks a historic step. The governor stated this plan will serve as a blueprint to prepare California for future demographic changes. In this policy brief, we look at examples from other states and relevant California efforts.