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CWDA Statement on Final 2020-21 State Budget

“Governor Newsom and the Legislature have come together to avoid the deepest cuts to the vital safety net programs that Californians are counting on as they face the continued, dual threats of COVID-19 and the deep recession caused by the economic shutdown,” said CWDA Executive Director Frank Mecca.

Full statement:

CWDA Statement on 2020-21 Budget Agreement


Could You Be Eligible for CalFresh?
San Diego County Human Services Expert Explains

In an NBC7 – San Diego segment aired on June 16, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency’s Chief of Eligibility Operations discusses the current need for food assistance and how CalFresh can help.

San Diego saw a 40 percent increase in applications for the program during April and May.



CWDA Submits May Revision Response to Legislature
Memo Details Critical Budget Priorities for County Human Services Agencies

The release of the Governor’s May Revision last Thursday brings into stark relief that which we all already knew – the COVID 19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on our state budget and economy, not to mention the toll it has exacted on the health and personal economy of so many Californians.


Budget Update #3: May Revision Summary

CWDA has posted Budget Update #3. This update contains a summary of key human services and health related changes of interest to county human services agencies proposed in the Governor’s May Revision, released on Thursday, May 14.

CWDA Budget Update #3 - 2020-21 May Revision


CWDA Statement on Governor’s May Revise Proposal
Proposal Maintains Most Essential Assistance for Vulnerable Families; Federal Support Essential for Child Welfare Services

CWDA Executive Director Frank Mecca released a statement on the May Revise budget proposal released today by Governor Newsom.

Read the statement here:

CWDA Frank Mecca Statement on May Revise 5-14-2020


CWDA Statement on Senate Budget Plan Released 5-12-20
Executive Director Frank Mecca Praises Approach, CWDA Ready to Assist Legislature, Governor

The California Senate today released a blueprint for approaching the state budget in light of significant revenue declines forecast by the Legislative Analyst’s Office and Department of Finance.


Beware of Fake Letter Circulating
Letter contains false claims regarding public assistance applicants and beneficiaries and COVID-19

The California Department of Social Services has made CWDA and county human services agencies aware of false information being circulated on social mediate related to those receiving public benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The letter states that individuals receiving services are required to be tested for the virus (this is false) or lose their benefits (also false). The letter also states that individuals testing positive through this process will have their children taken into the foster care system (this is false). The letter links to a fake website.


CWDA Letter to Congress on 4th COVID Relief Package
Association sets forth a number of priorities to help vulnerable Americans

Today, the County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA) urged Congressional leaders to invest in a number of human services, nutrition, health and homelessness programs to support families in economic crisis during the coronavirus pandemic.

Read More:

CWDA Letter to Congressional Leaders: COVID 4 Package Priorities – May 4, 2020


CWDA Puts Forth May Revise Budget Priorities for County Human Services Agencies
Memo Sets Out Key Issues and Considerations for Governor, Legislature

CWDA sent a memo on Friday, May 1 to Governor Newsom and the Legislature, along with other key decision-makers, outlining priorities for the upcoming May Revise and budget deliberations.

The memo outlines recommended priorities, taking into consideration the effects of COVID-19 on the individuals and families that county human services agencies help. 

CWDA 2020-21 May Revise Priorities

Blog post Frank J. Mecca

State Must Prepare for Human Crisis to Persist Beyond COVID-19

Many of us are experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic through stories in the news, our social media feeds or our sparing trips out of the house to buy groceries or take-out.  At CWDA, we have a different view of how the pandemic is unfolding — through the data and frontline experiences of our county human services programs serving vulnerable Californians and families.

Budget Priority

Information on COVID-19 Outbreak
Materials Released by CWDA and Trusted Partners

CWDA is developing a clearinghouse of information from trusted partners, including state and federal agencies, as well as materials produced by counties related to COVID-19. 

Please check back regularly as materials will be added as we receive them!



*** Beware of Fake Letter and Website Circulating Now ***


State-Issued Materials

California Department of Public Health: Essential Workers

CDPH Clarification on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers


Budget Priority

Increase CalWORKs Applicant Earned Income Disregard
Despite Inflation, Minimum Wages Increases, Inadequate $90 Disregard Has Not Been Updated Since 1998

As the Governor and Legislature continue to grapple with the state’s homelessness and housing issues, many policies have been implemented in order to encourage employment and give our poorest families a better opportunity to create self-sufficiency. Many working poor families already live on the cusp of needing social services and safety net resources.

Budget Priority

County Administration Cost Adjustment Budget Memo

The County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA) respectfully requests your support for updating the funding levels for county administration of human services programs to reflect the appropriate state share of actual costs. Counties administer these programs on behalf of the state. Yet the proposed budget does not provide funding to cover the actual costs of counties for performing those duties in several key areas.

CWDA Cost Adjustment Memo to Assembly Budget Sub 1

CWDA Cost Adjustment Memo to Senate Budget Sub 3

Budget Priority

Expanded Subsidized Employment Budget Memo

The County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA) opposes the proposal in the Governor’s Budget to shift funding from the CalWORKs Single Allocation to the Expanded Subsidized Employment (ESE) Program. Under the Administration’s proposal, $19.8 million associated with the base funding requirement (BFR) for ESE will be removed from the Single Allocation and provided as part of the ESE Program allocation.  This funding shift is effectively a cut to the Employment Services component of the Single Allocation.

Budget Priority

CWDA-SEIU Budget Memo re CalHEERS and Medi-Cal Eligibility
Joint memo calls for greater legislative oversight

It is critical for the Legislature to understand the shortcomings of CalHEERS and inordinate delays in developing functionalities that are considered to be a baseline for most eligibility systems.

Budget Priority

More CalFresh, Less Hunger Budget Request Materials
Policy, Practice Enhancements Will Increase Uptake and Reduce Churn

CWDA is sponsoring the More CalFresh, Less Hunger Act (AB 2413, Ting/Wiener), which will  help battle food insecurity across California. The significant policy and practice changes promoted by the Act will increase the food and economic security of an estimated 200,000 additional CalFresh households in California when fully realized, while helping the 2.17 million households already receiving benefits stay on the program instead of dropping off for purely administrative and paperwork-related reasons as happens too often today.

CWDA CalFresh Memo to Assembly Budget Sub 1

CWDA CalFresh Memo to Senate Budget Sub 3

Budget Priority

Adult Protective Services Budget Request Materials
Coalition Seeks $100m to Help Elders, Dependent Adults Facing Homelessness

The APS Program has a long and successful history of working with California’s most vulnerable older and dependent adults. APS workers understand their needs and the program is connected to other systems and partners familiar with serving this unique population. With the requested resources and strategies outlined in this proposal, the APS Program will be able to expand to meet the needs of the growing aging population, and to enhance case management to address the growth of both senior homelessness and those with cognitive impairments.

Press release

CWDA Statement on Governor’s State of the State Address
Counties share Governor Newsom's focus on urgent solutions to housing and homelessness crisis


February 19, 2020

Contact: Mike Roth, 916-444-7170


Sacramento, CA – The County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA) released the following statement today from Executive Director Frank Mecca on Governor Newsom’s 2020 State of the State address:

Press release

CWDA Condemns Supreme Court Ruling on Public Charge
SCOTUS Allows Implementation Despite Active Lawsuits

For Immediate Release
January 27, 2020

Contact: Maya Polon, 818.288.6231


CWDA Statement on Supreme Court Public Charge Ruling

Sacramento, CA – The County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA) released the following statement from Cathy Senderling-McDonald, Deputy Executive Director, condemning the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that lifts a nationwide injunction preventing the Trump Administration from implementing changes to the Public Charge rules:

Budget Priority

2020-21 State Budget Updates
Updates Issued In January 2020

State Budget Update #2 – January 14, 2020

CWDA Budget Update #2


State Budget Update #1 - January 10, 2020.

CWDA Budget Update #1