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CWDA Deputy Director Takes Leadership Role at National Association of Counties

CWDA is proud to announce that deputy executive director Cathy Senderling-McDonald was appointed by National Association of Counties (NACo) President Greg Cox of San Diego to be the 2018- 2019 Vice Chair of the Aging Subcommittee and the Human Services and Education Steering Committee of the organization.

Article CalMatters

California’s push to make people healthy — and save taxpayers money

By David Gorn

Diana Dooley may have led the largest agency in California’s government as secretary of health and human services for the past eight years, a job that led to her current post as Gov. Jerry Brown’s chief of staff — but she’s also a country gal from Hanford, in the Central Valley.

Article Cathy Senderling-McDonald Chronicle of Social Change

Please Don’t Call This Foster Care

A number of news outlets have published articles in the past two weeks about the children and parents separated by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) as they cross our borders. Some of these articles have referred to the children handed over to contracted agencies and placed into homes as being “in foster care.” This is not the case, and the record must be set straight.

Press release

CWDA Statement on the California 2018-19 Budget Agreement

“CWDA is pleased with the overall 2018-19 budget picture, particularly the anti-poverty programs and measures that represent who we are as a state. This year’s budget tackles homelessness and begins to address the growing population of families experiencing the trauma of deep poverty – a phenomenon that is, quite simply, a stain on California’s reputation as the fifth-largest economy in the world.

Announcement

EBT System Will Be Down June 23 and June 24. Please Plan Ahead!

Please be aware that you WILL NOT be able to use your EBT card from 11:00 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018, until 11:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2018. During this period, you will not be able to use any EBT benefits (food or cash).  Plan ahead for your shopping needs and for getting cash. Unfortunately, the EBT Customer Services telephone number won’t be available from 11:00 p.m. Saturday June 23, 2018 until 11:00 p.m.

Article Chronicle of Social Change

California Considers a “Bat-Signal” for Foster Youth in Distress

By Susan Abram

The woman used a thick extension cord on her foster children.

Welts rose. Bruises formed. Fear became the norm inside the Watts neighborhood home in Los Angeles where LaToya Cooper and six other children were sent to live.

But no one believed the then-fifth grader. Not Cooper’s teachers. Not the police.

Featured Content

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

Article San Jose Mercury News

Opinion: Why state should fully fund housing program for victims of elder abuse
The Home Safe program would help abuse and neglect victims maintain a stable living environment

By ROBERT MENICOCCI

The California Legislature will decide the fate of the Home Safe program that could provide desperately needed housing for adults and seniors with disabilities.

Press release

San Diego, Fresno, Sonoma and Yuba Counties Win California Foster Youth FAFSA Challenge, First Statewide Effort Focused on Helping Foster Youth Apply for College Financial Aid
Winners announced at the April 10 Foster Youth Education Summit

John Burton Advocates for Youth

SAN FRANCISCO, April 10 — More California foster youth who are seniors in high school are headed to college, thanks to the first coordinated statewide effort to help them submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and receive financial aid for college.  As part of the inaugural California Foster Youth FAFSA Challenge, led by John Burton Advocates for Youth, four county offices of education were named winners for their efforts and received checks at the Foster Youth Education Summit in Pomona on Tuesday, April 10.

Article Frank J. Mecca Sacramento Bee

A good investment to keep California’s seniors from becoming homeless

By Frank Mecca

We are witnessing an awful reality that as California’s senior population booms, so does the number of elderly and disabled adults who are abused, neglected or exploited.

They often are forced into potentially life-threatening homelessness even after Adult Protective Services is alerted. Unfortunately, when APS was created two decades ago, it wasn’t designed, nor was it ever funded, to deal with complicated housing issues.

Article The Chronicle of Social Change

Three Strategies That Helped San Francisco Increase Foster Home Applications by 300 Percent

January 26, 2018

By Felicia Curcuru

Efforts like Continuum of Care Reform in California are part of the statewide goal to place more foster youth in family settings. However, many county child welfare agencies are struggling to meet these goals due to a shortage of available resource families, a group that includes both foster parents and kinship caregivers.

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Contribute to County Employees Affected by the Wildfires
Many county human services agency employees lost homes as they served their neighbors

CWDA has created a YouCaring fundraising site to collect donations to assist county human services department employees who lost their homes in the recent wildfires.

At this time we know of employees in Napa and Sonoma Counties who lost their homes. We will add additional counties as we become aware of employees affected in other areas.

Please consider donating. All donations will be divided evenly among those we know of who lost their homes in the fire.

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CWDA Bills Signed by Governor Brown
2017 Legislative Signing Period Ended At Midnight Sunday, October 15

The Governor wrapped up his signatures and vetoes of all bills on his desk just before the midnight deadline on Sunday, October 15. CWDA had several sponsored bills signed this session.

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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)

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Human Services Policy Analyst

The County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA) is recruiting for a Human Services Policy Analyst. This Analyst will be responsible for a range of policy analysis, implementation, and advocacy activities, with an emphasis on the policy areas of child welfare and adult services.

For full details and application submission, download the recruitment announcement:

CWDA Human Services Policy Analyst

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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).

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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.

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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)

Budget Priority

CalWORKs Single Allocation Cut:
A Direct Hit to Clients

The proposed $248 million cut to the CalWORKs Single Allocation comes on the heels of a current-year, $160 million cut. If adopted, this would mean a reduction of more than 20 percent over two years. Counties cannot sustain their programs at this level of funding. A new fact sheet from CWDA provides additional detail and examples from counties regarding the effects of staffing and services cuts on the families we serve.

CalWORKs Cut Impact Fact Sheet

Budget Priority

CWDA, SEIU California Urge CalWORKs Budget Restoration

CWDA and SEIU State Council have issued memos to the chairs and members of Assembly Budget Subcommittee 1 and Senate Budget Subcommittee 3, urging their restoration of a proposed $248 million cut from the CalWORKs Single Allocation, which funds eligibility activities, employment and supportive services, and child care to CalWORKs recipients. The cut proposed in the May Revision is $50 million higher than that included in the January budget and represents a 13.3 percent cut to the current year funding level.