Objectives for Policy Change

SSC’s 2017 Objectives for Policy Change are areas that SSC supports, allowing us to be ready to respond to requests for backing.

Mental Health

The CDC recognizes mental health as a public health issue that must be treated with the same urgency as physical health. Medicare, Medi-Cal and the Older Americans Act are applying greater focus to the prevention and treatment of mental disorders. Yet much needs to be done to incorporate mental health awareness and objectives into the menu of services, and to fund an adequate level of highly competent mental health services for seniors.

Transportation

Practical barriers discourage eligible seniors from using city and county paratransit, including wait times, customer service, county line limitations, access for those using walkers, assistance with parcels.  Opportunities for improvement at the local and county level need support from stakeholders in order to be realized.

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