Earlier this week: Governor Brown Passes AB 138 into Law

Earlier this week, our Colleagues from  Insight Center for Community Economic Development (formerly NEDLC) informed us of the good news regarding their efforts to pass AB 138, the Elder Economic Planning Act of 2011, into law. 

After 3 years and 14 legislative hearings, it is with great joy and excitement that I’m able to share with you:  last night [Sunday Night, October 9, 2011], just hours before his legislative deadline, Governor Brown signed “our” collective bill, AB 138, the Elder Economic Planning Act of 2011.  This now law requires the California Department of Aging and the local area agencies on aging to use the Elder Index as a guide in making resource allocation decisions and in crafting statewide and local area plans.  These strategic plans are the blueprint for aging services and programs in communities across California.  Using the Elder Index will help ensure that policymakers and administrators consider the needs of all economically vulnerable older Californians.  It is a huge step toward recognizing the true economic need among older adults and planning for the burgeoning aging population in California.


The next steps will be to work with the area agencies on aging and the California Department on Aging to ensure that the Elder Economic Planning Act has significant impact and meaning in our communities. 

We are proud of this victory and that the efforts of an aging coalition such as ours, that seeks to improve the lives of seniors and their caretakers, has been recognized. This victory establishes the presence of aging advocates, and is only the first of many times Sacramento will be hearing from us.

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth. ” ― William Faulkner

Keep the momentum. Keep advocating. 


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