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May Revision Budget Memo re: Emergency Services and Disaster Response for Human Services Agencies
Updates Issued In May 2022

The County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA), Children Now, United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME 3930), and the Service Employees International Union California (SEIU) are pleased to see new investments proposed in the area of emergency preparedness and response, including $400,000 in ongoing General Fund (GF) to develop strategies and resources to help older adults, individuals with disabilities, family care givers, and local partners prepare for and respond to state emergencies and natural disasters.

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State Budget Update #2 May Revision 2022-23 Budget
Updates Issued In May 2022

Governor Newsom released the May Revision to his proposed 2022-23 budget on Friday, May 13th. The following budget update summarizes what we know so far about the proposals and issues of interest in the health and human services area. CWDA staff will continue to keep you updated as we learn more details and as budget actions are taken in the Legislature.

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May Revision Budget Memo: Funding For County Eligibility Operations
Updates Issued In May 2022

The County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA) and the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) appreciate the collaboration and hard work of the Legislature and Administration throughout the budget process. The Administration’s proposed May Revision contains important investments to boost low-income Californians and our most vulnerable children and families. However, the budget as proposed does not adequately fund county human service agencies for their critical eligibility work.

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Adult Protective Services And Public Administrators/ Guardians/ Conservators : Support $4.6 Million State Funding for Training
Updates Issued In May 2022

Our Coalition of the undersigned respectfully urges your support of the budget proposal by the California Elder Justice Coalition (CEJC), California Commission on Aging (CCoA), County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA) and California Association of Public Administrators/Public Guardians/Public Conservators (CAPAPGPC) to build upon the existing, and effective, APS Training Program.

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May Revision: Child Welfare / Foster Care Issues 
Updates Issued In May 2022

The County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA) is pleased to see new investments in the area of child welfare and foster care services in the Governor’s May Revision for 2022-23. Overall, these investments are needed and important for foster children, youth and families, particularly now as counties continue to grapple with a growing crisis in placement and services for youth with complex needs. While the investments are promising, CWDA notes its concerns in a few of areas of the May Revision and reiterates our previous budget requests in child welfare.

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2022 State Budget Updates
Updates Issued In February 2022

The County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA) and Children Now request your support for $159 million General Fund (GF) annually to provide funding and resources to bolster county human services departments’ emergency services and disaster preparedness and response. We also request a temporary suspension of certain outcome and/or quality improvement activities during a disaster in specified human services programs.

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2022 State Budget Updates
Updates Issued In February 2022

The County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA) urges the Legislature to consider additional investments to support foster children, youth, families and caregivers that will stabilize the current service array and better enable California to realize the goals of the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) effort, as adopted pursuant to AB 403 (Stone, Ch. 773, Statutes of 2015).

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2022 State Budget Updates
Updates Issued In February 2022

The County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA), California State Association of Public Administrators, Guardians and Conservators, California Commission on Aging, and California Elder Justice Coalition request your support for $4.6 General Fund (GF) annually to continue and increase support for the Adult Protective Services (APS) training program and infrastructure to ensure that the APS workforce remains prepared to meet the needs of California’s growing aging and disabled populations.

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2022 State Budget Updates
Updates Issued In February 2022

The County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA) and the Service Employees International Union State Council (SEIU) request your support for full funding for the Resource Family Approval (RFA) process, a state-mandated activity passed as part of the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) that helps relatives and non-related individuals become approved foster caregivers. The current estimate of these costs is $100 million General Fund (GF) annually, although we are in the process of gathering specific cost data for the 2019-20 fiscal year, the year of CCR costs that are being reconciled now.

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2022 State Budget Updates
Updates Issued In February 2022

The County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA) and the Service Employees International Union State Council (SEIU) respectfully requests $60 million General Fund (GF) annually until the budget methodology for county administration is updated, so that counties’ determinations of eligibility for the CalFresh program can be conducted more timely and accurately as more Californians seek access to CalFresh benefits.

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2022 State Budget Updates
Updates Issued In January 2022

Governor Newsom released his proposed budget this morning, for the 2022-23 fiscal year. The following budget update summarizes the proposals and issues included in the Governor’s Budget impacting the health and human services area. CWDA staff will continue to keep you updated in the coming weeks as we learn more details.

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GASB 87 Recording – August Fiscal Committee Meeting

Recently released Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statement No. 87, Leases, outlines new requirements for lease accounting for governmental entities with significant impacts on financial statements.

The CDSS Fiscal Policy Bureau provided an overview of the impacts of GASB No. 87 to counties at the August CWDA Fiscal Committee meeting. This is a recording of that overview.

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CWDA Letters on Key Issues in 2021-22 Budget Discussions

The County Welfare Directors Association respectfully urges your support for funding included in the Joint Legislative State Budget Plans for implementation of two important CalFresh policy changes. 
Simplifications to Improve Program Access 

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State Budget Update #3 Legislature Reaches 2021-22 Budget Deal

Last night the Senate and Assembly Budget Committees each voted to approve a 2021-22 budget agreement reached earlier this week between the two houses. Because the Senate and Assembly are already in agreement and have adopted identical budget plans, there will be no Budget Conference Committee this year. The focus now turns to negotiations with the Governor to reach a three-party budget deal that can be voted on by the full Senate and Assembly by the required June 15th deadline for the Legislature to adopt a budget. 

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Human Services Programs – CWDA May Revision Memo #3

The May Revision includes a $68.3 million reduction, about 11 percent, to the Eligibility component of the Single Allocation in 2021-22. This is the funding that counties use to process applications for CalWORKs, redetermine eligibility, and provide case maintenance. This reduction is due both to revised caseload assumptions in the May Revision, and a more technical aspect of the budgeting methodology that shifts eligibility costs between CalWORKs and CalFresh.

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Medi-Cal and Health Programs – CWDA May Revision Memo #2

The County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA) appreciates the collaboration and hard work of the Legislature and Administration throughout the budget process this year. Overall, the Administration’s proposed May Revision contains important investments in California’s low-income and vulnerable children and families.

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State Budget Update #2 May Revision 2021-22 Budget

Governor Newsom released his May Revision budget proposal this morning, for the 2021-22 fiscal year. The following budget update summarizes the proposals and issues included in the May Revision impacting the health and human services area based on what we know so far. As of this writing, the detailed budget backup information for the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) was not yet available. As a result, we do not know the specifics of many proposals, nor do we have precise caseload and county administration allocation information for the CDSS programs.

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Investment Opportunities and Funding Needs in Health and Human Services Programs – CWDA May Revision Memo # 1

CWDA requests $1.5 million in 2021-22, $150 million in 2022-23, and $178 million in 2023-24 and ongoing to increase the Applicant Earned Income Disregard (EID) from $90 to $600 effective June 2022, commensurate with changes approved to the Recipient EID in the 2019-20 Budget Act. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, redeterminations of eligibility for the CalWORKs program were suspended; when they resumed in late 2020, thousands of families were removed from the program because they failed to complete paperwork requirements.

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County Human Services Programs Have Essential Role in California’s Comeback
Governor’s Budget Invests in Services to Help Hardest-Hit Californians Recover After Devastation of Pandemic, Recession and Longstanding Inequity

Sacramento, CA – The County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA) released the following statement from Executive Director Cathy Senderling-McDonald after Governor Newsom presented his revised FY 2021-22 budget proposal:

“Governor Newsom’s budget proposal meets this moment – as we emerge from a devastating pandemic and recession, amid a growing recognition that racism and inequity must be addressed meaningfully in our state and nationwide – with a tremendous set of investments aimed at improving the well-being of vulnerable Californians and families.