IHSS, CalWORKs, Foster Youth Budget Issues Still Unresolved
Over the past week, both the Senate and the Assembly have adopted their initial versions of the 2018-19 state budget. The next step in the process is for the Budget Conference Committee, which convenes today, to resolve the differences between the two legislative budgets and the Governor’s May Revision. Several significant health and human services budget items remain on the conference committee agenda that CSAC will continue to engage on.
IHSS Administration Costs
The Governor’s May Revision provided an increase of $22.8 million for county administrative costs for the In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS). CSAC is grateful for this funding and continues to engage in ongoing conversations with the Administration to examine the additional information that has been provided by counties and to identify additional funding to cover actual county costs of administering the IHSS program.
CalWORKs Single Allocation
The Single Allocation is the funding provided to counties to administer the CalWORKs program. CSAC appreciates the additional funding provided in the May Revision and by both houses of the Legislature. Consistent with our advocacy efforts this year, CSAC supports the Assembly version which provides $23.5 million above the May Revision to keep funding level with the current year and allow time for the ongoing methodology conversations.
CCR County Workload
There is increased county workload to implement the significant changes of the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) effort and ensure successful implementation. CSAC appreciates the additional funding that was provided by the Governor and the Legislature and is supportive of the Assembly version that would provide $49.1 million above the May Revision.
Family Urgent Response System
This budget request is in coordination with AB 2043, which would establish the Family Urgent Response System to provide foster youth and their caregivers with the immediate support they need during times of crisis, and link youth and families to needed supports and services. CSAC supports the Assembly’s action on this issue which provides $15 million in 2018-19 and $30 million ongoing.