Advocacy & Advisory Councils
Advocacy – The RVCOG Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities (AAAD) advocates to protect the independence, dignity, choice and safety of seniors and people with disabilities. Two Advisory Councils assist.
Senior Advisory Council (SAC) – An up to 21-member Senior Advisory Council appointed by the RVCOG Board of Directors, is mandated under the federal Older Americans Act to advise the Senior & Disability Services Director.
The Council provides advice and assistance with new program development and service implementation to meet the needs of seniors and people with disabilities, are advocates and sources of information to the community and advise on key issues and emerging trends affecting seniors.
Council members have the satisfaction of knowing that their involvement results in better services, timely information, and increased resources.
New members are welcome.
For more information about the Senior Advisory Council, click here.
Disability Services Advisory Council (DSAC) – An up-to-11 member Disability Services Advisory Council, appointed by the RVCOG Board of Directors, is mandated under Oregon Senate Bill 875. Although, SB 875 requires that the majority of the members have a disability, and that some of the individuals be Aging & People with Disabilities (APD) services recipients, interested members of the community are welcome to participate.
With members from both Jackson and Josephine counties, the DSAC meets monthly to advise local APD offices on program policy and the effectiveness of services provided (such as Medicaid and SNAP) to younger people (18-64) living with physical disabilities. Additionally and secondarily, the council advocates and collaborates on matters not related to the Department of Human Services, and addresses local issues affecting people experiencing disabilities. Meetings are open to the public and visitors are always welcome.
For more information about the Disability Services Advisory Council or to request an application, call Sharen at 541-776-6232.
Joint Disability and Senior Advisory Council Activities – DSAC Officers periodically meet with SAC Executive Committee members in order to assure synergy between SDS RVCOG and APD programs. When there are issues or topic areas of interest to both the DSAC and SAC, the two advisory councils will meet together.
Council or alternate members from both the SAC & DSAC may be appointed to serve on the Advocacy Committee. Staying informed of current and proposed, pertinent legislation, the joint SAC and DSAC Advocacy Committee focuses on engaging, educating and empowering SAC and DSAC members and the community in legislative advocacy.