Triple-A Council of California (TACC)
The Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council of California is established by the Older Californians Act of California in paragraph 9403 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code:
9403. To the extent provided for in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of Section 18773 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, the Legislature hereby recognizes the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council of California, comprised of the chairs of the local advisory councils.
TACC has no membership. Its Board of Directors consists of the chairs of local advisory councils; however, the local advisory councils may also designate Alternate Directors to substitute for the Directors.
The mission of the Triple-A Council of
California (TACC) is to promote communication and collaboration among local
advisory councils, and key state partners, to -
TACC generally plans to meet six times a year, with two of those meetings held in conjunction with the conferences of the California Association of Area Agencies on Aging (C4A), and the remainder as two-day meetings in Sacramento.
TACC is funded primarily through taxpayer contributions to the California Seniors Special Fund, identified as Code 400 beginning with returns for 2008. This money is administered through the California Commission on Aging (CCoA).
The California Foundation on Aging also maintains a fund for TACC; this is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization to which tax-deductible contributions may be made directly.
Most of the TACC revenue is used to cover travel expenses of the Directors when that travel is not covered by local Area Agencies on Aging. Other expenses include support staff in the CCoA office, printing and mailing expense, and this web site.
Administration on Aging (AoA)
At the federal level, the Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA), as amended, defines services to older Americans funded through the federal budget and administered through the Administration on Aging, which is a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Human Development Services. The regional office for AoA Region IX is located in San Francisco.
The OAA can be found on the AoA web site - from the home page, click on "About AoA" and select "Older Americans Act" from the pull-down menu. You'll find the original act as well as the text with all amendments included.
The OAA requires (Section 305(a)(1)) that there be a state agency to administer a state plan on aging; in California this is the California Department of Aging (CDA). Federal funding of programs under the OOA passes to local Area Agencies on Aging through the state budget under the administration of the CDA.
Older Californians Act
The Older Californians Act (OCA) is found in the California Welfare and Institutions Code beginning at section 9000 of that code. The OCA establishes the California Department of Aging, and specifies that
The department's mission shall be to provide leadership to the area agencies on aging in developing systems of home- and community-based services that maintain individuals in their own homes or least restrictive homelike environments.
Planning and Service Areas
The OAA requires (Section 305(a)(1)(E)) that each state be divided into Planning and Service Areas (PSA's). California has 33 PSA's:
Area Agencies on Aging
Each PSA is required by the OAA (Section 305(a)(2)(A)) to have a designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA). The area agencies on aging may be -
The OAA (Section 306(a)(6)(D)) provides that each Area Agency on Aging shall
establish an advisory council consisting of older individuals (including minority individuals and older individuals residing in rural areas) who are participants or who are eligible to participate in programs assisted under this Act, representatives of older individuals, local elected officials, providers of veterans’ health care (if appropriate), and the general public, to advise continuously the area agency on aging on all matters relating to the development of the area plan, the administration of the plan and operations conducted under the plan.
These advisory councils may be identified by other names - e.g., "Council on Aging" and "Senior Affairs Commission". Similarly, the chair may be identified as "president" in some PSA's.
The Older Californians Act (Welfare and Institutions Code, section 9402) further specifies that
The Legislature hereby declares and recognizes each area agency on aging advisory council as a principal advocate body on behalf of older individuals within a planning and service area. Area agency on aging advisory councils shall operate in conformance with applicable federal requirements. The local advisory councils shall meet regularly and provide advice and consultation on issues affecting the provision of services provided locally to older individuals.
We (of TACC) think that the word "advocate" in this statute is crucial. In many areas, the governmental structure implies that the advisory council is the only organization that is part of the AAA that has the freedom to advocate for perspectives that may not be supported by local government.
California Association of Area Agencies on Aging
The California Association of Area Agencies on Aging (C4A) is a membership organization of the Area Agencies on Aging; generally, its meetings are attended by the executive directors of the area agencies. TACC holds two of its meetings each year in conjunction with the conferences of C4A.
The late Jack Horak, a past President of TACC and later Chair of the California Commission on Aging, initiated a great history page on the CCoA web site describing the roots of the CCoA, TACC and the CSL.