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.

Results from the Latest Polling

In the midst of crisis, the Master Plan remains a top priority for California voters. Watch the recording and review materials from our August 10 briefing:

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.
  • From mid-March through the end of May, the Master Plan process was on hold due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
  • The Master Plan engagement efforts have resumed, and the state intends to release the plan by late 2020.

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

Master Plan for Aging Insights

Overview of community workshops

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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.

The Buzz

News on transforming care for older adults

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On June 29, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed California’s 2020-21 budget. The budget addresses the $54.3 billion deficit while maintaining funding for critical programs serving older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers.
In his latest Perspectives, Dr. Chernof discusses opportunities to drive change in care services and delivery that meet person-centered needs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and beyond.
On May 14, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom released the May Revision of the 2020-21 proposed budget. The revision includes cuts to and elimination of critical home- and community-based services that impact the state’s most vulnerable older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers.
On January 10, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom released the 2020-21 proposed budget. The proposal includes program changes that specifically impact services for older adults and people with disabilities.