LA County Takes Steps to Create New Department Dedicated to Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities

LA County Takes Steps to Create New Department Dedicated to Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities

Los Angeles, CA — Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to take the first steps toward creating a new County department dedicated to serving older adults and adults with disabilities.

“Right now – older adults and adults with disabilities are served by most if not all of our County departments,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn, who authored the proposal. “All of these efforts are important, but they are fragmented and there’s not enough coordination. Bringing these efforts under one roof will not only allow us to coordinate our work, it would also give us the ability to be proactive rather than reactive to address the needs of older adults and adults with disabilities alike.”

Last year, Supervisors Janice Hahn and Sheila Kuehl proposed creating a new department dedicated to serving older adults and asked for a report exploring the merits of this idea. The report, written by Dr. Kathleen Wilbur, determined that a department for older adults is not only recommended but necessary to properly serving this population. In addition, the report recognized the overlap between the services the County provides to older adults and to adults with disabilities and recommended creating a new department that serves both populations.

“I am very happy to strongly support having LA County centralize and greatly strengthen the critical systems needed for older County residents to thrive,” said Supervisor Kuehl. “Between 2010 and 2030, our older adult population will double. A standalone department of aging may be the best way to ensure the health and well-being of our current and future older adult populations.”

Los Angeles County’s population of older adults over the age of 60 is already larger than the older adult population of 41 states and is expected to double between 2010 and 2030, from roughly 1.8 million to nearly 3.6 million.

The Board passed a motion authored by Supervisors Janice Hahn and Sheila Kuehl directing the County CEO’s office to take the initial steps necessary to prepare for creating this new department, including developing a budget and funding structure, and report back to the board in 180 days. The County will also create a Leadership Council to coordinate the transition process and improve coordination of the many County departments that serve both older adults and adults with disabilities.

Supervisor Hahn noted during the meeting that amid the pandemic, Los Angeles County does not have the resources to create a new department at this time. However, she noted the importance of starting this groundwork so that when the time is right the County can move quickly to get this department up and running.

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  • Hugh Schurtz
    commented 2020-08-31 23:04:14 -0700
    Not giving a hearing on ownership is an UNRUH violation. The County needs to obey laws. Probate Laws require a Disabled person in a home that was in part owned by deceased goes to them yet LA Probate Judges don’t follow the law unless the County reviews it first. LA County has stolen Hundreds of Millions of Dollars worth of residences from the disabled to allow bribes (political contributions) to Kathryn Barger & Mary Wickham. It then costs County millions for disabled homelessness for a few corrupt individuals. You can’t wait, do this YESTERDAY.
  • John Olsen
    commented 2020-08-31 21:08:27 -0700
    If you really care about seniors … exempt them from property taxes!
  • Hugh Schurtz
    commented 2020-08-17 18:16:41 -0700
    You can’t wait 180 days to help Disabled & Seniors. Financial people Lawyers & executors that stole my home, said Disabled don’t get paid & are slaves despite written contracts. That should cause LAPD to arrest them for Slavery. The LAPD & Probate Court don’t enforce Probate laws that protect disabled (note Disney heir) nor Seniors & allow Lawyers ability to steal from Disabled/Elderly Same people who lied to Court are same who control Britney Spears finances. (She’s being stolen from) Put APS not LAPD over PC368. Put Lawyers that commit perjury for money in Court in prison. If a Disabled isn’t paid wages, it’s slavery which carries a life sentence. Use it. You know me I’ve requested help. Your people & Blake Clayton have tried but Barger stops progress. It doesn’t surprise me she isn’t on this. The Disabled & Elderly become homeless due to PC368. Enforce it NOW & create a fund from Law Firms Executors & other identified predators that pays to re-house & give an allowance to those who lost their homes & money due to PC368. The County can initially fund this yet revenues from fines of dishonest Mediators, Executors, Lawyers, & California Bar Assn. will pay for this.
    I can give you excellent solutions to help avoid the abuse I endured due to fraud.
  • Yvonne Crouchet
    commented 2020-08-12 01:26:04 -0700
    Will this new department help Seniors from losing their home due to owing past due property taxes? The County’s payment plan is ridged in its requirements causing more stress. The 5 pay instalment is nearly impossible for seniors on limited income and is not guaranteed to stop a sale if not all owed is paid daybefore sale. Also, you must have the current tax year paid, plus any other fees. That’s no better than those pay day loans and other preditory lender.
  • James Berger
    commented 2020-08-05 17:47:22 -0700
    Supervisor Janice Hahn
    Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

    Dear Supervisor Hahn,

    Please contact me so I may be involved. Peak Performance Training Centers (PPTC) is located in Inglewood, CA and Peak Training Institute is (PTI) located in Carson, CA.

    Both PPTC and PTI have programs for Intellectually Disabled Adults (18-60).


    Jocelyn Towler
    Executive Director
    Peak Performance Training Centers
    Peak Training Institute
    [email protected]