Governor Signs Bill Amending the 2022 Budget Act (AB 179)
September 8, 2022
Earlier this week on Tuesday, the Governor signed AB 179 (Ting), which amends the Budget Act of 2022 to reflect changes necessary to implement the budget agreement. Of particular interest to counties, AB 179 includes the following health-related funding components:
- Monkeypox (MPX) Funding: $41.5 million General Fund ($25.7 million for state operations and $15.8 million for local assistance) to the Department of Public Health (DPH) for purposes related to the MPX state of emergency proclaimed on August 1. Legislative intent language specifies that the Director of DPH consult with local health jurisdictions on how to most effectively distribute MPX vaccines, tests, outreach and education, and treatments, to communities most at risk, including marginalized and disadvantaged communities. The bill authorizes funding to be transferred up to specified amounts between state operations and local assistance needs at DPH’s request, subject to Department of Finance approval and Joint Legislative Budget Committee notification.
CARE Court: $57 million General Fund to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) for allocation to counties to support initial planning and implementation costs for the CARE Act, as follows:
- $31 million across all 58 counties to be used flexibly for planning, hiring, training, and information technology infrastructure costs.
- $26 million for the first cohort of counties implementing the CARE Act.
- The county allocation schedule is to be developed by DHCS in consultation with CSAC, and CSAC will consult with county partners.
- A reduction of the $64.7 million in one-time funding initially provided in the 2022 Budget Act to state departments and the Judicial Council by a net $33.7 million to account for a phased implementation approach, with $31 million remaining for CARE Act implementation costs incurred by state departments and the courts, contingent on enactment of statutory changes codifying the program. SB 1338 (Umberg), the implementing legislation, is pending action on the Governor’s desk.