State Budget Priorities

Overview

State Budget Priorities

Each year, CWDA works with its Board of Directors and its committee members to set budget priorities that will improve the well-being of children, families and individuals served by the human services system and to align public policy with the needs of populations and communities across the state.

Click on the sections below to find an overview of our budget priorities, periodic budget updates and more specific information on budget priorities contained in budget memos and fact sheets.

Budget Priority

Budget Update #4- Legislature Enacts Final 2022-2023 Budget Agreement & Budget Matrix
Updates Issued In June 2022

The Legislature worked well into the evening on Wednesday, passing a series of bills containing the final budget agreement negotiated between Legislative leaders and the Governor. The bills include one that amends to the budget bill passed by the Legislature in mid-June (commonly called Budget Bill Jr.) and several budget trailer bills containing necessary statutory changes to implement provisions of the budget. These bills now move to the Governor for his signature, in time for the start of the 2022-23 fiscal year on July 1.

Budget Priority

May Revision Budget Memo-Written Testimony Related to Health and Human Services Programs
Updates Issued In May 2022

Due to the limited time available for public testimony during the budget subcommittee hearings, the County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA) is submitting written testimony regarding proposals for investment that we support. We believe these proposals will provide critical support to the children, families, and adults whom county human services agencies also serve and they merit strong consideration.

Budget Priority

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.

Budget Priority

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.

Budget Priority

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.

Budget Priority

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.

Budget Priority

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.

Budget Priority

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).

Budget Priority

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.

Budget Priority

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.

Budget Priority

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.

Budget Priority

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.

Budget Priority

2021 State Budget Updates
Updates Issued In January 2021

Governor Newsom released his third proposed budget this morning, for the 2021-22 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.

Press release

Budget Agreement Makes “Historic Investments” in Most Vulnerable Californians’ Recovery and Well-Being
If sustained long-term, budget decisions position California for meaningful progress against poverty, homelessness, and longstanding harms of systemic racism and inequity

Sacramento, CA – The County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA) lauded the 2021-22 budget agreement the legislature voted on today, highlighting historic investments in the safety net programs county human services departments administer on behalf of the state. 

Budget Priority

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 

Budget Priority

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. 

Budget Priority

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.

Budget Priority

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.

Budget Priority

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.