“Every community in California has a highly visible, reliable, universal access point that provides information to facilitate access to long-term supports and services.”
In California, ADRCs have at their core a partnership between an Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and an Independent Living Center (ILC), as well as other organizations depending on specifics of the local community. These Core Partners are joined by a network of "extended" partners. Collectively, ADRC partner organizations become recognized as sources of comprehensive, trusted, and objective information, counseling, and assistance. ADRCs empower consumers to consider all options, make informed decisions, and access community LTSS that help them meet their personal goals for independence – regardless of the source of financing (Med-Cal, Medicare, private insurance, federal or state-funded programs or consumer fees). While California’s ADRC designation criteria place considerable emphasis on the importance of localism, ADRC partners are expected to meet these criteria relative to ADRC services to consumers and the basic ADRC structural features.
The overarching goals of ADRC partnerships are the following:
- Improve awareness of long-term care options, especially community-based alternatives to inpatient facility care.
- Provide access to information and services on many topics and across programs and service networks.
- Provide assistance through ADRC core services, namely, Enhanced Information and Referral and Awareness (I&R/A), Options Counseling, Short-Term Service Coordination, and Transition Services.
- Streamline access to Critical Pathways Providers creating expedited application assistance, or other ways of eliminating barriers to critical services that enable independent living.