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California Association for Adult Day Services (CAADS)

The California Association for Adult Day Services (CAADS) is a 501 (c) 6 non-profit statewide association that supports the development of adult day services as an alternative to institutional care. CAADS is a membership-based association supported primarily by dues and educational activities.

Established in 1977, CAADS is the oldest and largest state association for adult day services in the nation. Centers in membership with CAADS provide innovative day programs that support individuals with physical, mental or developmental disabilities and older adults with Alzheimer's disease and their families.

A nationally recognized leader in the field of aging, the Association is governed by the CAADS Board of Directors and provides timely information, analysis, advocacy, technical assistance, education, and networking opportunities for its members. The most recent year's highlights are featured in the 2017 CAADS Annual Report, and for a historical look at CAADS accomplishments, view CAADS First 40 Years: The Highlights.

CAADS Core Purpose

CAADS purpose is to inspire, provide leadership and facilitate the success of its members who support and assist people with long-term health, functional, cognitive, or mental challenges to realize their individual potential and maintain their independence.

CAADS Core Values

  • Make a difference through leadership and pioneering actions
  • Serve individuals, families, and community with compassion and integrity
  • Respect individuality, choice and independence at all stages of life
  • Achieve excellence through innovation, creativity, resourcefulness, and change

CAADS Vision Statement

See how CAADS is Envisioning the Future, including The Big Hairy Audacious Goal and Our Vivid Description.

CAADS Members

Provider members offer services in licensed settings referred to as:

  • Adult Day Program (ADP)
    formerly known as Adult Day Support Center (ADSC) and Adult Day Care Center (ADC)
  • Adult Day Health Care (ADHC)
    known as Community Based Adult Services (CBAS) for Medi-Cal beneficiaries
  • Adult Day Vendorized Program (ADVP)
    working with Regional Centers to serve adults with developmental disabilities

CAADS also welcomes Associate (ASOC) members such as Medi-Cal managed care health plans, allied community / government organizations, consultants, vendors and others interested in supporting the mission of the organization.

CAADS members agree to abide by the Association's Bylaws, Code of Ethics, and Anti-trust Policy.

Prospective members are screened and approved by the CAADS Membership Committee. To learn more about membership, click on Join Now.

CAADS Member Services

Member services are made possible through annual membership dues. Members receive access to the CAADS Members Only section of our wesbsite which provides information and technical assistance, including:

  • Licensing Requirements and Program Regulations
    • Adult Day Health Care Centers (ADHC) - medical model
    • Community Based Adult Services (CBAS) - medical model for Medi-Cal providers
    • Adult Day Programs - non-medical model
  • Guidance on Working with Government Entities
    • CA Department of Aging (CDA) - CBAS certification pre-screening and application
    • CA Deartment of Public Health (DPH) - ADHC licensure
    • CA Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) - ADHC / CBAS regulatory compliance
    • CA Department of Managed Health Care - CBAS issues pertaining to health plans
    • CA Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division(DSS, CCL) - ADP licensure and regulatory compliance
  • State Budget Proposals, Legislative Alerts and Advocacy Efforts
  • Medi-Cal and CBAS Waiver Information
  • Medicare and Medi-Cal Dual Beneficiaries News / Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) and CalDuals Updates
  • Medi-Cal Managed Care Health Plans Information
  • Funding Sources for Start-Up / Program Expansion
  • Education & Training Materials / Webinar Recordings




California Association for Adult Day Services
1107 9th Street, Suite 701 || Sacramento, CA 95814-3610
T:  (916) 552-7400  ||  F:  (866) 725-3123



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