Health & Human Services


Health & Human Services

The Health and Human Services Policy Committee has responsibility for the development of policies and proposals relating to the following: aging and long term care, alcohol and drug programs, mental health, the Medically Indigent Services Program (MISP), the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (Cal Works) program, foster care, child welfare services, adult protective services, the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program, the General Assistance (GA) program and the homeless. Together, these programs represent a large percentage of the General Fund expenditures.

Chair: Ken Yeager, Santa Clara County
Vice Chair: Hub Walsh, Merced County

CSAC Staff:

Farrah McDaid Ting, Legislative Representative
Michelle Gibbons, Legislative Analyst 
Amanda Yang, Legislative Assistant


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Poverty Working Group

California’s poverty rate continues rank amongst highest in the nation. Poverty undermines the success of the health and human services programs we administer and the families we serve. In an address the issue of poverty in California, CSAC has formed a Poverty Working Group aimed at exploring policies and key strategies to reduce poverty in our communities.  


Lee Adams, Sierra County Board of Supervisors (Rural)

Kathy Long, Ventura County Board of Supervisors (Urban)

Leticia Perez, Kern County Board of Supervisors (Suburban)


California Section 1115 Waivers

Section 1115 of the Social Security Act gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services the authority to waive provisions of major health and welfare programs, including Medicaid, and allows states to use Medicaid funds in ways that are not otherwise allowable under federal rules. For example, the federal government could waive statewideness to allow a state to experiment with alternative health care delivery.


1991 Realignment

The term “1991 Realignment” refers to a fiscal arrangement between the state and counties that dedicates portions of Vehicle License Fees (VLF) and Sales Tax revenues to county health, mental health, and social services programs. The resources below illustrate the fiscal arrangement in more detail, and Realignment and Caseload Growth figures are listed by Fiscal Year.



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