Aging and Adult Services: Advocacy Agencies

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We work to provide advocacy for seniors and adults with disabilities. Aging and Adult Services is advised by three consumer advisory boards: the Commission on Aging, Commission on Disabilities and the IHSS Public Authority Advisory Committee. It also serves as the Area Agency on Aging.


Commission on Aging

The San Mateo County Commission on Aging is a 21-member volunteer group of seniors, service providers and other interested persons appointed by the Board of Supervisors to represent the interests of seniors in San Mateo County. It acts as an advisor to Aging and Adult Services and the Board of Supervisors in compliance with the Older Americans Act and the Older Californians Act to improve the quality of life for seniors through promotion of self-sufficiency, mental and physical health, and the involvement of seniors in the development of public policy.

Commission on Disabilities

The San Mateo County Commission on Disabilities is a 21-member volunteer group of individuals with disabilities, service providers, and other interested persons appointed by the Board of Supervisors to represent the interests of persons with disabilities in San Mateo County. Its acts as an advisor to Aging and Adult Services and the Board of Supervisors and works to create opportunities and coordinate resources that promote full participation of people with disabilities in the community as well as involve persons with disabilities in the development of public policy.

Public Authority Advisory Committee

The Public Authority Advisory Committee provides public input in the operation of an in-home worker registry, training for in-home workers and consumers of IHSS, and ongoing advice and assistance about Public Authority policy and program development. The committee is comprised of eleven members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Six of the committee members are consumers (current or past users of IHSS) and the remaining members represent the Board of Supervisors, independent providers, contract providers, advocacy organizations and home health agencies. For more information about the Public Authority Advisory Committee, please contact (650) 573-3900.

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