As California moves into year four of its Master Plan for Aging (MPA) implementation, several recently published reports highlight progress to date, while elevating forward-looking recommendations to keep this vital work moving. Since 2019, The SCAN Foundation (TSF) has championed the use of Multisector or Master Plans for Aging in California and states nationwide, recognizing the need for a state level commitment to ensure all of us can age well with purpose.
The following reports demonstrate the ongoing value of the California MPA and the importance of continued engagement around its goals and objectives:
- The MPA Third Annual Report reflects on key activities of California MPA implementation in 2023, such as promoting access to healthcare and LTSS, investing in housing and services; addressing older adult behavioral health; centering equity; and grounding an all-of-government approach.
- The CA 2030 Final Report creates a roadmap for improving the California aging network, specifically fulfilling MPA Goal 3, Strategy F of the MPA.
- The Little Hoover Commission Report on MPA Implementation provides recommendations, including those elevated in TSF’s testimony, to strengthen MPA implementation, oversight, and stakeholder engagement.
Looking Ahead: TSF’s Future Engagement on the California MPA
The California MPA sets forth a roadmap to address aging well across the state, including critical topics such as health care, housing, transportation, belonging, equity, and economic security. TSF looks forward to continuing its engagement and collaboration with all stakeholders to further the work and implementation of the California MPA.
Specifically, TSF will continue to ensure progress on the California MPA by:
- Joining our partners in advocating for the preservation of previous investments in services and supports for older adults and people with disabilities;
- Building policy support for a home care system that works for all Californians;
- Elevating the need for improved financial security for low and middle-income older adults and people with disabilities; and
- Stressing an “all-of-government” approach to MPA implementation.
As we continue to navigate the best approach for ensuring sustained momentum on the MPA, we recognize that California currently faces a budget deficit of $73 billion, and further expected shortfalls could very likely result in even more spending cuts, additional delays, and deferrals. TSF remains steadfast and engaged in navigating this deficit in a time where progress on aging well in California remains critically important to all Californians.