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Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens

The Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens is a non-profit private corporation incorporated in 1975 and designated by the California Department of Aging as an Area Agency on Aging for Planning and Service Area 17 (including Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties). The Commission is governed by a Board of Directors with 12 members, 5 of whom are appointed by the following organizations: San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, Santa Maria City Council, San Luis Obispo City Council, and Santa Barbara City Council. Seventy-five percent of the Directors are 60 years of age or older.

An Advisory Council composed of 30 members advises the Board of Directors on all matters relating to the planning and administration of the Area Plan and acts as an advocate for older persons. The Council develops an Area Plan to guide the operations of the Area Agency on Aging. At least 51% of the Council is composed of older persons.

The objectives of the Agency are to develop a comprehensive and coordinated system for older persons as prescribed by the Older Americans and Older Californians Acts.

General Functions

(Per the Older Americans and Older Californians Act)

  • Making policy decisions in carrying out the functions of planning, pooling, and coordinating the mandates of the Older Americans Act.
  • Assessment of needs and services that benefit senior citizens.
  • Operation of senior employment program.
  • Coordination of existing programs, services that serve older persons.
  • Development of resources and funds to expand service delivery system.
  • Monitoring and assessment of senior programs.
  • Advocacy.
  • Health insurance counseling.
  • Community education.

Membership The Board of Directors consists of 12 members, one of whom is recommended by the Santa Barbara City Council. Pursuant to the Bylaws of the Area Agency on Aging, the City Council submits a nomination to the Board of Directors for the Commission's approval.
Qualifications
  • Must be a resident of the City.
  • May not hold any full-time paid office or employment in City government.
Length of Term Two-year term. Directors may serve 4 terms.
Meeting Schedule The Board of Directors meets on the fourth Friday of each month at 9:00 a.m., except during the months of November and December. The majority of meetings are held in Santa Maria; carpooling is available and members driving are reimbursed for their mileage. There may also be other committee meetings or telephone conference calls during the month.
Time Involved 3 – 6 hours per month for meetings and related activities.
Financial Disclosure Requirement None.
Compensation None.
Staff Area Agency on Aging, (805) 925-9554.

Last Updated: Apr 29, 2013