California Collaborative for Long term Services and Supports

About California Collaborative for Long Term Services & Supports

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The Collaborative is a coalition of statewide organizations serving seniors and persons with disabilities. These organizations have agreed to a set of principles and meet regularly to exchange information and to work toward consensus on the design of an integrated system of long term services and supports in California. The Collaborative also serves as a sounding board for the Legislature and the administration as they consider changes in services for seniors and persons with disabilities, from acute care hospitalization and nursing home care to home and community-based services. Government Action and Communication Institute provides staff support to the Collaborative. The Collaborative is supported by a grant from The SCAN Foundation, dedicated to creating a society in which seniors receive medical treatment and human services that are integrated in the setting most appropriate to their needs. For more information, please visit

Mission Statement

The California Collaborative advocates for the dignity, health and independence of Californians regardless of age who experience disabilities, functional limitations or chronic conditions and who use long-term services and supports. California needs a system of high-quality, cost-effective long-term services and supports that strengthen the person, his or her family, caregivers, circles of support, and the community at large. That system must promote the person's well-being and social participation, promote economic independence, prevent impoverishment and remove barriers to employment. The Collaborative will use several strategies, including public education and awareness, to further its mission.

Definition: Long-Term Services and Supports

Long-term services and supports refer to a wide range of personal, medical andsocial/financial assistance needed by persons with functional limitations over an extended time. The services may be publicly or privately financed, delivered in a wide range of settings, and may change as the needs of the individual who uses the services change.

Statement of Principles

The Collaborative Endorses a System of Long-Term Services and Supports Based on the Following Ten Principles:
1. Dignity: The services are grounded in respect for the person who uses them and driven by the preferences of that person.
2. Choice: Access to all types of services is provided on an equal footing.
3. Flexibility: The services are comprehensive and flexible enough to meet changing needs and incorporate new modes of service and supports.

4. Quality: Public funding and oversight that values and rewards high-quality care.
5. Legality: The services are consistent with the legal rights of individuals who use them.
6. Cultural Competence: The services are appropriate and responsive to the needs of unserved and underserved populations.
7. Accessibility: The services and information about them are easy to locate and use and are physically and programmatically accessible.
8. Affordability: The services are cost-effective for the person and the system.
9. Inclusive: The system recognizes and supports the crucial role of high-quality paid and unpaid caregivers, including family caregivers, and emphasizes the importance of workforce development and training.
10. Independence: The services support maximum independence, full social integration and quality of life.


Also See...
Podcasts CCLTSS sponsors a podcast series, Building a High-Performing System of Long-Term Services and Supports - and more
Webinars on Health - and more -- at GACI
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