California Adult Social Services Workforce Report


In California, older adults aged 60 years or older are the fastest growing age group, and are expected to make up one quarter of the state’s population by 2030. County adult and aging services programs play a critical role in caring for socioeconomically vulnerable older adults and disabled individuals, but are heavily impacted by nationwide workforce shortages exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2021, the Bay Area Social Services Consortium (BASSC) partnered with the Mack Center and CalSWEC at the University of California, Berkeley, to develop a statewide survey to better understand how county Adult Social Services programs were structured and staffed, and identify practices affecting recruitment, retention, and diversity of the adult and aging services workforce.

The survey focused on the following five Adult Social Services programs: Adult Protective Services, In-Home Supportive Services, Public Guardian, Public Conservator, and Public Administrator

Publication date: 
November 1, 2021
Publication type: 
Chuang E, Carnochan S, Yang E, Davis EM, & Dill J. 2021 California Adult Social Services Workforce Report. Berkeley, CA: Bay Area Social Services Consortium, the Mack Center on Public and Nonprofit Management in the Human Services, and the California Social Work Education Center, School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley. November 2021.