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(a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) The adult protective services program (program), established by the Legislature as a statewide program in 1998, is a critical component of the state's safety net for vulnerable adults.
(2) The population served by the county-run, state-overseen program has grown and changed significantly since the program's inception and will continue to do so at a rapid pace, given the increasing number of older adults in California. California's over-65 years of age population is expected to be 87 percent higher in 2030 than in 2012, an increase of more than 4,000,000 people. The population over 85 years of age will increase at an even faster rate, with 489 percent growth between 2010 and 2060.
(3) The increasing population of older adults often has more complex needs, including persons with cognitive impairments and a growing number of those experiencing homelessness. Research indicates that approximately 50 percent of homeless individuals are over 50 years of age, and one-half of those individuals became homeless after 50 years of age.
(b) In order to address the safety and well-being of the growing number of diverse older adults who will need adult protective services, it is the intent of the Legislature to enhance the program in a number of ways, including enabling the program to provide longer term case management for those with more complex cases, expanding and making more flexible the Home Safe Program to aid clients facing homelessness, and encouraging the use of collaborative, multidisciplinary best practices across the state, including financial abuse specialist teams and forensic centers. It is further the intent of the Legislature to expand the age of clients served under the program in order to intervene earlier with aging adults before their situations reach a crisis point.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - California Code, Welfare and Institutions Code - WIC § 15610.02 - last updated January 01, 2019 | https://codes.findlaw.com/ca/welfare-and-institutions-code/wic-sect-15610-02.html
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