DAAS Council and Committee

Governor's Advisory Council on Aging

The Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging (GAC) consists of 33 members including 29 members appointed by the Governor, two members appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and two members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The GAC is staffed by the Division of Aging and Adults Services.
The GAC has the following duties:

  • Make recommendations to the Governor and the Secretary of Health and Human Services aimed at improving human services to the elderly.
  • Study ways and means of promoting public understanding of the problems of the aging and consider the need for new State programs in the field of aging.
  • Advise DHHS in the preparation of a plan describing the quality, extent and scope of services being provided, or to be provided, to elderly persons in North Carolina.
  • Study the programs of all State agencies which provide services for elderly persons and advise the Governor and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on the coordination of program to prevent duplication and overlapping of such services.
  • Advise the Governor and the Secretary of Health and Human Services upon any matter which the Governor and the Secretary may refer to it.

Recommendations for 2016

  • Expand programs such as PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly) which have demonstrated lower costs and improved healthcare outcomes. This is just one example of how the integration of social services and medical services can best support the needs of older adults, and keep them living in the community and not in institutions.
  • Restore the state appropriation to the Home and Community Care Block Grant (HCCBG) as a recurring appropriation. The HCCBG makes funds available for an array of social services, including adult day/day health care, care management, home delivered meals, home health, housing and home improvement, information and assistance, in–home aide services, respite care, senior companion, and transportation. The Home and Community Care Block Grant state appropriation was cut in 2015 and then restored, but for only fiscal years 2015-16 and 2016-17.
  • Reinstate the North Carolina Study Commission on Aging in the General Assembly as a vehicle for research and action regarding all legislation pertaining to older adults.
  • Support the review and revision of the N.C. Adult Protective Services program, including its authorizing legislation, and funding sources. This is a broad issue that could be reviewed by the Study Commission on Aging.
  • Support HB 817, an Act enacting the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceeding Jurisdiction Act of 2015, a bill that is eligible for consideration in the short session. The Act sets out a way to resolve multi-state adult guardianship jurisdictional issues.


Mary Edwards
(919) 855-3437

Community Advisory Committee Members

Community Advisory Committee Members are volunteer advocates in each county who are appointed by the county commissioners to serve on the nursing and adult care home community advisory committees in each county (G.S. 131E-128 and 131D-31). There are over 1,000 volunteers state-wide. These volunteers are trained and assisted by the regional ombudsmen. The primary purposes of the advisory committees are to maintain the intent of the Nursing Home and Adult Care Home Resident Bill of Rights within nursing homes and adult care homes across North Carolina and to promote community involvement and cooperation with such homes to ensure quality of care for older adults. The advisory committees are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners in each county. The committees are responsible for advising the county commissioners of the general conditions existing in the long term care facilities within each county. The committees fulfill this obligation through formal and informal visits to the facilities. In addition, they submit quarterly and annual reports to the county commissioners and the Regional Ombudsman. Community advisory committees assist individuals in resolving grievances with facilities at the local level. The extent of the assistance is limited to the success of mediation or conciliation at the local level. The committees do not have the regulatory power to force a remedy.
Although the community advisory committees have the authority to assist in resolving a grievance with the consent of the resident or responsible party, the bulk of the complaint investigations and resolution activity is handled by the Regional Ombudsman.
If you are interested in becoming a Community Advisory Committee member in your county, please contact your Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners or your local Ombudsman Program