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Commissions and Advisory Councils

In addition to the administration of over seventy programs that serve an estimated 60,000 residents of Monterey County, the Department of Social Services administers the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and the Community Action Partnership (CAP). These agencies serve as lead agents for the assessment, planning and development of services and supports for their respective constituent base. These agencies also serve as the fiduciaries responsible for the allocation and monitoring of funds totaling over 7.4 million dollars.

Area Agency on Aging (AAA)

The AAA was established through the federal Older Americans Act amendments of 1977. The County Board of Supervisors designated DSES as the local agency responsible for the administration of the AAA in 1982. The mission of the AAA is to plan, advocate, and coordinate services for persons 60 years of age and older. Led by a 15 member Advisory Council, planning efforts focus upon home and community based care. Annually, the AAA allocates two million in federal and state funds to local nonprofit organizations serving seniors and their family caregivers.

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Community Action Partnership

The CAP was established in 1964 during President Johnson’s “War on Poverty.” CAP funding today is drawn down through Community Services Block Grants (CSBG). The CAP is designated by the County Board of Supervisors to specifically provide a focal point to coordinate and plan for the provision of community services that support, assist, and empower low-income people and to improve their quality of life. The CAP engages in three major activities to achieve this mission: contracting with nonprofit and public agencies for services – allocating $475,000 annually, collaborating with community stakeholders, and educational community activities.

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Other Commissions and Advisory Councils staffed by DSS

Commission on the Status of Women

Veterans Affairs Advisory Commission

Child Abuse Prevention Council

In Home Supportive Services Advisory Committee

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