The Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors is designated by the State
of California as the governing body of the Area Agency on Aging. This ensures
the development of a variety of social and nutritional services designed to
maximize the independence for the older individual.
The Board meets regularly the 1st Thursday of every month. For specific
times and places, please check the JPA Meetings
This Board of Directors is designated by the State of California as the governing body of the Area Agency on Aging. This ensures the development of a variety of social and nutritional services designed to maximize the independence for the older individual.
- Supervisor Richard Forster
- Amador County
- Supervisor Merita Callaway
- Calaveras County
- Supervisor John Carrier
- Mariposa County
- Supervisor Sherri Brennan
- Tuolumne County
The A12AA Advisory Council consists of approximately 30 members appointed by
the Board of Supervisors in each county, who contribute many volunteer
hours serving on community and task forces, visiting grantee agencies
in an effort to learn first hand what services are being provided,
and working closely with the Area Agency on Aging Director and staff
on matters of senior legislation, local program funding distribution
and the agency's overall direction and goals.
The Council is strengthened by the diversity of its membership.
All five counties are represented, thus broadening the Council's
capacity to serve and benefit the entire senior population of Alpine,
Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties.
Advisory Council members discuss senior issues, plan and recommend
agency direction and educate the community through monthly meetings
and public hearings.
The Advisory Council meets regularly the 3rd Monday of every month.
For specific times and places, please check the
Advisory Council Meetings page.
Supervisor Bass Recaptures Funds for Tuolumne Seniors
Supervisor Liz Bass presents $22,000 in recaptured funds to Area 12 Executive Director Pauline White.
Thanks to the tenacious efforts of Tuolumne County Supervisor Liz Bass the Area 12 Agency on Aging is celebrating the retrieval of $22,000 in funds earmarked for Tuolumne County seniors.
“This was a ‘never-give-up' saga,” says A12AA Executive Director Pauline White. It took more than four years of persistent efforts, countless phone calls and a trail that led through County, Federal and State offices, before Supervisor Bass emerged triumphant with the hefty check made out to Area 12.
The odyssey began when federal Targeted Case Management (TCM) funds were channeled through the State of California and Tuolumne County to Area 12.
As mandated by TCM guidelines, a percentage of those funds was put on audit hold and kept in trust by Tuolumne County. However, there were no stipulation as to how long the funds were to be held and no cap on the amount to be held. There was no way for the county to release the funds. The money hovered in limbo — even after Area 12 withdrew from the TCM program.
Other agencies with TCM funds, including the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency (ATCCA) and the former Mountain Women's Resource Center (now Center for a Non Violent Community), also had money trapped in the account.
Supervisor Bass, who had encountered a similar situation when she served on the Sonora City Council, knew where the trail might start and began making phone calls, mainly to the State of California, sandwiching them in spaces between her many community responsibilities.
“I was transferred from department to department to department,” she says with a wry smile. “It was a matter of just getting the right set of people to turn the right page and do the right thing.”
After nearly four years of diligent pursuit, she finally found a state official who heard her plea. The woman at the state grasped the magnitude of the situation and realized that similar scenarios were playing out with agencies across California. She promised to find a way to put an end to open ended contracts and free the captive cash.
The State official kept her promise. Shortly thereafter the funds were finally freed.
A delighted Supervisor Bass was able to hand-deliver a $22,000 check made out to the Area 12 Agency on Aging.
The other agencies also received their share of the long-held money.
Executive Director White expresses gratitude and admiration for the Supervisor's tenacity and hard work. “She just didn't give up,” says White, “and seniors throughout Tuolumne County will benefit. We deeply appreciate her efforts.”
Supervisor Bass has served on the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors for the past seven years. For the 10 years prior she was a member of the Sonora City Council and has the distinction of being the first female mayor in the city's 150-year history. She is the County's representative on the Area 12 Board of Directors.