History of Long Term Care Coordinating Council
In response to the challenges in our community to meet the growing needs of its older citizens and adults with disabilities, in 1999 the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors established 'The Long Term Care Task Force', whose charter was to first define the Task Force mission and to develop a Strategic Plan that would be the community's road map for the next 5-10 years. Representation from approximately 40 Northern Virginia organizations and interested groups served on the Task Force.
Following many months of stakeholder meetings, incubator groups, community asset mapping, research and data collection, community forums, and interim reports, the Task Force finalized a Strategic Plan which organized the priority needs and strategies to meet Long Term Care needs into four Theme Areas: 1) Increasing Public Awareness, 2) Connecting People to Services, 3) Promoting Independent, Supportive Living, and 4) Improving and Expanding the Long Term Care Workforce.
The Task Force recommended that the Board of Supervisors establish a permanent Long Term Care Coordinating Council to provide oversight and leadership to the public and private, coordinated and collaborative efforts needed to implement the Strategic Plan. The Council has affirmed its mission, established bylaws, elected officers, and developed an operating structure.
In 2003, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors established the Long Term Care Coordinating Council. The Fairfax Area Long Term Care Coordinating Council is committed to increasing awareness and access to services and programs that enhance the lives of older adults and people with disabilities.