Federal Priorities


Federal Priorities

CWDA monitors federal regulations and policy changes affecting county human services programs.


2020 Federal Priorities

The CWDA Board of Directors adopted the following 2020 priorities at its annual directors workshop in December 2019.

2020 CWDA Federal Priorities

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California Counties Urge Adoption of Senate Farm Bill in Conference
House Version Would Cut SNAP Enrollment Deeply

CWDA joined the California State Association of Counties and the County Health Executives Association of California (CHEAC) in urging the House and Senate conferees to adopt the Senate version of the Farm Bill as it relates to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. The cuts to this program, known as CalFresh in California, would be devastating to our low-income working families who rely on it to keep healthy food on the table.

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Immigration Resources

This section includes tools and resources for county human services agencies relating to immigration, health care and public benefits under current law. County humans service agencies are fielding many calls from clients and the community regarding immigrants’ eligibility for health and other public benefits given the proposed and current Trump Administration policies. 

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CWDA, County Association Partners Oppose House Farm Bill Cuts to SNAP

CWDA has joined with the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) and County Health Executives Association of California (CHEAC) to oppose provisions in the House Farm Bill, H.R. 2, that would reduce eligibility and cut benefits to needy families who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as CalFresh in California. These cuts would increase hunger and food insecurity, have a negative economic effect on California communities, and increase administrative costs in the program.

CSAC-CWDA-CHEAC Joint Farm Bill Letter 5-8-2018


CWDA Joins State, Counties and CBOs to Seek FFPSA Changes
Consideration of Families First Should Incorporate California Coalition's Consensus Amendments

As Congress considers whether to pass a version of the Families First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) in the current year, CWDA has joined with the California Department of Social Services, the California State Association of Counties and numerous advocacy organizations to request amendments to the bill prior to its passage.

For more information, please see the attached letters.

CDSS-CSAC-CWDA Letter to Rep. Pelosi (10-11-17)

California Coalition Letter to Rep. Pelosi (10-16-17)

California Coalition Letter to Rep. McCarthy (10-16-17)


CWDA, Counties Oppose Cassidy-Graham Proposal

Nine California-based county associations, including CWDA and the California State Association of Counties, have issued a letter expressing opposition to the proposal introduced by Senators Cassidy, Graham, Heller, and Johnson to dramatically restructure the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


CWDA Statement on Proposed Senate Health Care Bill

Today, the Senate Republican leadership released its proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act and decimate the Medicaid program. The County Welfare Directors Association of California opposes this proposed legislation, which is no better for states, counties, or struggling Americans than the House’s American Health Care Act passed last month. California’s 14 million Medicaid enrollees would suffer greatly under this bill, as would the 1 million Californians covered by our health care exchange, Covered California.


FFY 2018 Federal Budget Proposal: Bad for California, Bad for America
President's Budget Would Cut Billions in Benefits and Services to Struggling Americans

The Trump Administration released its proposed FFY 2018 budget on May 23, 2017. The budget would make tremendous cuts to programs administered by California’s county human services agencies, including Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (CalFresh) and the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program (CalWORKs).

Read CWDA’s initial summary of the budget proposal:

CWDA Budget Proposal Summary (5/23/17)

Read CWDA Executive Director’s statement on the proposed budget:

CWDA Statement on Budget Proposal (5/23/17)


CWDA Statement on Passage of American Health Care Act

SACRAMENTO (May 4, 2017) - Frank Mecca, Executive Director of the County Welfare Directors Association of California, today issued the following statement on the passage of the American Health Care Act by the U.S. House of Representatives:

“Through its actions today, the House majority demonstrated its lack of respect for basic principles of societal decency. The bill’s harsh cuts target nearly everyone, but will hit the poorest, sickest, and most vulnerable Americans hardest of all.


ACA Resources

This section will be updated with tools and resources for county human services agencies relating to the Affordable Care Act, including fact sheets on the number of people receiving Medi-Cal in California, briefings from policy and research organizations on the positive effects of the ACA, as well as how repealing the ACA would devastate Californians and the economy.


Share how the ACA & Medi-Cal are Changing Lives
Join Us as we Urge Congress to Protect Our Care

CWDA is collecting stories from county human services agency staff, our statewide and community partners and clients as part of our collective effort to educate congressional representatives, local policymakers and the public on the tremendous and numerous benefits the Affordable Care Act, particularly the expansion of Medi-Cal eligibility, has had in our communities. These stories will help us explain why the repeal efforts Congress is currently undertaking at the federal level would be devastating not only to the people we serve but also to local county economies.


Facts about Child Welfare in California and the Critical Fixes Needed to the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 for Our Children

The Family First Prevention Services Act has a laudable goal: preventing child abuse and ensuring that children are being raised with loving families, instead of in group homes. It’s a goal that California counties, foster youth and advocates support, too.

Unfortunately, in a rush to push the legislation through Congress without any meaningful debate or reasonable amendments, the needs of individual children and their caregivers – especially relatives – are being lost. If passed as-is, Family First will compromise the ability of child welfare systems and their community partners to keep children safe and secure.


Webinar on Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016

CWDA, the John Burton Foundation and the Alliance for Children’s Rights hosted a web seminar on August 25th about the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 (FFPSA). California is among a growing number of states that is concerned about the unintended consequences of FFPSA, which include restricted access to foster care for children placed with relative caregivers and the unsafe placement of high-need children in homes without adequate supports, among others.


Family First Act of 2016’s Negative Impacts on Eligiblity for Federal Benefits for Certain Children

On August 12, a document was released by Family First Act proponents in an attempt to defend the Act in its current form against charges that children who are placed with relatives while they receive prevention services under Title I of the Act, and subsequently enter foster care without first returning to their parents’ home, would lose eligibility for federally funded foster care benefits under Title IV-E.


Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 (H.R. 5456)

Congress is currently considering the Family First Prevention Services Act (H.R. 5456). California’s counties have serious concerns about the bill and oppose it as currently drafted. CWDA is asking the House and Senate to avoid rushing the vote on this bill so we can work to amend it in a way that aligns with the bipartisan efforts already underway in California to reform and reduce the use of congregate care.  


Letters to Congress

This section contains letters expressing CWDA’s position on key human services bills before Congress.