State Increases Funding for Safety Net Programs
April 2, 2020
Pursuant to the emergency coronavirus budget augmentation bill the Legislature passed in March, the Department of Finance this week announced increases to a variety of state and county safety net programs, all of which should be approved “not sooner than 72 hours” from March 31. CSAC, the County Welfare Directors Association, and counties had been advocating for increased funding for county administration costs associated with the surge in applications for safety net programs. This announcement outlines increased funding for CalFresh, CalWORKs, and Medi-Cal administrative workload. Below is the complete list of funding announcements, which totals $111 million in State General Fund.
- $41 million to CDSS for the temporary COVID-19 related relocation of residents of adult and senior care facilities.
- $20 million for CDSS to contract with various food providers to mitigate increases in food needs among low-income and food-insecure populations.
- $5.04 million (plus expected federal match) for counties to conduct wellness check calls and visits for IHSS recipients and other older Californians.
- $24.29 million to counties for increased CalFresh administrative workload.
- $7.98 million to counties for increased CalWORKs administrative workload.
- $12.73 million (plus expected federal match) to counties for increased Medi-Cal eligibility workload, including processing new applications and access to care issues.