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Los Angeles Department of Social Services

Our Mission: To Enrich Lives Through Effective and Caring Service.



Community Resources:

211 LA County – Call 211 for LA County Resources

211 LA County is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, formerly known as INFO LINE of Los Angeles. It is the largest information and referral (I&R) service in the nation.

California Department of Aging

Under the umbrella of the California Health and Human Services Agency, the California Department of Aging (CDA) administers programs that serve older adults, adults with disabilities, family caregivers, and residents in long-term care facilities throughout the State. These programs are funded through the federal Older Americans Act, the Older Californians Act, and through the Medi-Cal program.

Master Plan of Aging

California’s Master Plan for Aging (MPA) affirms the priority of the health and well-being of older Californians and people with disabilities. It is a “blueprint” for state government, local government, the private sector, and philanthropy to prepare the state for the coming demographic changes and continue California’s leadership in aging, disability, and equity.

One Degree

One Degree puts life-changing social services and benefits within reach for millions of people seeking help every day.

Disability and Aging Community Living Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Disability and Aging Community Living Advisory Committee (“Committee”) is to advance community living, inclusion, and integration across California. California is committed to community living for all, rooted in both the Olmstead Supreme Court decision of 1999 and in California’s values of inclusion, access, and equity.

California Legislative Information

Official site for California legislative information. This site is maintained by the Legislative Counsel.


CalABLE is a savings and investment plan offered by the state of California to individuals with disabilities.

Community and Senior Services

To serve our senior population, Los Angeles County operates a variety of programs administered by the Area Agency on Aging (AAA). Established in 1975 by the State of California, the AAA is a separate division within the Aging and Adult Services Branch.

Disability Benefits 101 – California

Disability Benefits 101 gives you tools and information on health coverage, benefits, and employment. You can plan ahead and learn how work and benefits go together.

Housing Rights Center

The mission of the Housing Rights Center (HRC) is to actively support and promote fair housing through education, advocacy and litigation, to the end that all persons have the opportunity to secure the housing they desire and can afford, without discrimination based on their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, familial status, marital status, disability, genetic information, ancestry, age, source of income or other characteristics protected by law.

National Council on Aging

NCOA provides a variety of services to older people and caregivers including Benefits Checkup, Economics Checkup, and My Medicare Matters.

Disability Benefits 101 – Medi-Cal Benefits Planning Calculator

If you are working, disabled, and your income is too high to qualify for free Medi-Cal, the California Working Disabled (CWD) Program may allow you to get Medi-Cal by paying a small monthly premium.

Los Angeles Department of Aging

City of Los Angeles Department of Aging provides community-based services to seniors and their caregivers to ensure the highest quality of life possible and remain in the community.

American Parkinson Disease Association

City of Los Angeles Department of Aging provides community-based services to seniors and their caregivers to ensure the highest quality of life possible and The American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc. was founded in 1961 to “ease the burden and find a cure” for Parkinson’s disease. The organization focuses its energies on research, patient services, education, and raising public awareness.

CA Assisted Living Guide

The CA Assisted Living Guide examines the best facilities in your area, provides tips for finding the right fit, and answers some frequently asked questions. It was developed to help families and caregivers find the best facility to fit their specific needs. It also breaks down the amenities of several local assisted living facilities and is available to use and share at no cost. We’ve shared these resources with several city senior centers and aging non-profits. Hopefully, you can utilize them as well!

California Alliance for Retired Americans

The California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) is a statewide nonprofit organization that unites retired workers and community groups to win social and economic justice, full civil rights, and a better, more secure future for ourselves, our families, and future generations.



Community Training:

AARP Caregiving Resource Center

The better prepared you are to care for a loved one, the more manageable the task will be. Get tips and advice on how to successfully begin your caregiving journey.

Leeza’s Care Connection

Leeza’s Place is “A Place for Family Caregivers” — A community gathering place and resource center committed to providing free support services, resources, and programs for family caregivers taking care of a loved one.

Helping Hands Senior Foundation

Helping Hands offers free care planning service to seniors of any income, insurance, and/or health condition.



Disability Advocates:

YO – Youth Organizing Disabled and Proud

Youth Organizing! Disabled & Proud is a program of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC). YO! Disabled & Proud connects, organizes, and educates youth with disabilities.

California State Council on Developmental Disabilities

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) is established by state and federal law as an independent state agency to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need.



Disaster Preparedness:

June Isaacson Kailes’ Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Disaster Resources for People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs, Emergency Managers & Planners & Disability-focused Organizations.

LA County Emergency

This website is the LA County Emergency site which gives real-time updates on the fires, shelter, and evacuation centers.

LA County Survival Guide

This guide will help you to better prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters that face Los Angeles County. Their goal is to provide tips that assist you to be self-sufficient after a disaster.

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Los Angeles County residents are protected from the public health consequences of both natural and intentional emergencies.

California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES)

Cal OES serves as the state’s leadership hub during all major emergencies and disasters.

Listos California

Engages a statewide network of community-based organizations, Tribal Governments, and Community Emergency Response Teams across the state to boost resiliency, provide accessible in-language information and advance a new culture of disaster preparedness.



IHSS Related:

California Association of Public Authorities for IHSS

CAPA is a non-profit association comprised of the IHSS Public Authorities in California created to provide proactive leadership to improve the IHSS program in California. There are 56 Public Authority IHSS agencies throughout California’s 58 counties.

California Department of Social Services

Mission Statement Advocate, educate, investigate and litigate to advance and protect the rights of Californians with disabilities. Vision Statement We envision a barrier-free, inclusive, diverse world that values each individual and their voice.

Independent Consultants on California CCI and Duals

Keeping you informed about Medicare/Medi-Cal integration.

The California IHSS Consumer Alliance

The California IHSS Consumer Alliance (CICA) is a statewide collaboration of IHSS Public Authority Advisory Committee and Governing Board members.

The National Consumer Voice for Long Term Care

The Consumer Voice envisions a world in which all consumers of long-term care, services, and supports are treated with respect and dignity and have a wide range of affordable, quality options across all settings.

The National Senior Citizen Law Center

With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (health reform), there is renewed attention to the lack of coordinated care for those with both Medicare and Medicaid.



Independent Living Centers:

California States Independent Living Council

The SILC is an 18-member council, appointed by the Governor, to represent persons with disabilities throughout the state.

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers

Advocate for barrier-free access and equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

Communities Actively Living Independent and Free (C.A.L.I.F.)

“Diverse Communities, Diverse Abilities, One Human Family”.

Southern California Rehabilitation Services

Southern California Resource Services for Independent Living (SCRS-IL) is a cross-disability, non-residential, disability rights organization empowering people with any disability to live full and independent lives by committing to building an inclusive community that recognizes the dignity, humanity, and worth of all people.

The Independent Living Center of Southern California, Inc.

“Empowering Persons with Disabilities to Seek An Individual Course”.

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