Budget Watch

In an effort to keep our stakeholders informed about the state of California budget, and how the budget will impact funding, as well as programs and services, we post news on “Budget Watch”. This page features updates from the Governor and Legislature, links to important news articles and various budget and advocacy related web sites, as well as important information about how you can get involved to make a difference. Visit this page regularly to keep current on budget issues.

CDCAN Reports on Highlights of the Governor's Proposed Budget

CDCAN DISABILITY RIGHTS REPORT 

CALIFORNIA DISABILITY-SENIOR COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK

JANUARY 7, 2016 

ADVOCACY WITHOUT BORDERS: ONE COMMUNITY - ACCOUNTABILITY WITH ACTION - PERSON CENTERED ADVOCACY

CDCAN Reports go out to over 65,000 people with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors, people with traumatic brain and other injuries, people with MS, Alzheimer's and other disorders, veterans with disabilities and mental health needs, families, workers, community organizations, facilities and advocacy groups including those in the Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino, American Indian, Indian, African-American communities; policymakers, and others across the State.  

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State Capitol Update:

GOVERNOR PROPOSES INCREASE IN SSP PORTION OF THE SSI/SSP GRANTS EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2017; TIES PASSAGE OF MANAGED CARE ORGANIZATION TAX TO CONTINUED RESTORATION OF THE 7% IN SERVICES FOR IHSS RECIPIENTS; PROPOSES ON-GOING $80 MILLION TOTAL FUNDS FOR TARGETED REGIONAL CENTER INVESTMENTS - ANY OTHER RATE INCREASES WOULD BE TIED TO PASSAGE OF MANAGED CARE TAX

SACRAMENTO, CA [BY MARTY OMOTO, CDCAN - LAST UPDATED 01/07/2016 10:06 AM] -

Governor Brown released his proposed 2016-2017 State Budget that assumes

passage of a revised managed care organization tax, set to expire June 30,

2016, that in turn would provide revenues to continue funding of several

health and human services, including the continued restoration of the 7% in

services for In-Home Supportive Services recipients, and would make possible

any rate increases in developmental services. 

    In a significant proposal not tied to passage of the managed care

organization tax is the Governor's proposal to increase the state portion of

the SSI/SSP grants (State Supplemental Payment) by 2.96% effective January

1, 2017.  The Governor's budget also assumes that the federal government

will increase the SSI part of the grants by 1.7% also effective January 1,

2017.

    Also not tied to passage of the managed care organization tax is a

proposal of $80 million ($50 million of that in State general funds) for

targeted investments in the regional center community-based system, with a

ARM rate adjustment for four bed group homes; provider transitions to comply

with the new Home and Community Based Services regulations; and funding to

address the regional center caseload crisis.  However any other rate

increases for developmental services, in the Governor's budget, is tied to

passage of the revised managed care organization tax.

    The Governor's proposal does not include any increases for Medi-Cal

providers.

    CDCAN will issue later today a full report on the Governor's 2016-2017

State Budget and its impact on people with disabilities, mental health

needs, the blind, seniors and low income families. 

CDCAN SUMMARY OF SOME OF THE MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS OF THE GOVERNOR'S PROPOSED

BUDGET MANAGED CARE ORGANIZATION TAX

    WHAT THE GOVERNOR PROPOSED: Governor's proposed budget assumes passage

of a revised version of the existing managed care organization tax as part

of the 2016-2017 State Budget.  Some funding of health and human services is

tied to passage of that revised tax.  The Brown Administration will be

pushing hard for passage of this revised tax - which will need Republican

votes in both the State Senate and Assembly to pass - by the end of January.

Funding for several health and human services are tied to passage of this

revised tax.  

 

DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES (REGIONAL CENTERS & DEVELOPMENTAL CENTERS)

    CASELOAD GROWTH: The Governor's proposed budget plan does include

increases in funding in caseload growth for community based services and

supports

    FUNDING INCREASES: Not tied to passage of a managed care organization

tax is a proposal by the Governor of $80 million total in on-going funds

($30 million of that State general funds) for targeted investments in the

regional center community-based system as follows:

.       GROUP HOME RATE ADJUSTMENT - $46 million total funds (from the $80

million) to establish a new 4 bed group home ARM rate. The Governor's

proposal would still assume continuation of the existing rate for 6 bed

homes, but would allow a 4 bed rate for those 6 bed homes that are not

filled.

.       REGIONAL CENTER CASELOAD - $17 million in total funds (from the $80

million - $12 million in State General Funds) to help decrease caseloads.

The Governor's proposal estimates that additional funding would help create

about 200 positions total for the 21 regional centers to help address the

problems of huge caseloads.  Tied to that funding would be specific

reporting and outcomes.

.       HOME AND COMMUNITY SERVICES REGULATIONS TRANSITION - $15 million in

total funds (from the $80 million - $11 million in State general funds) to

help in the transition of programs, supports and services by providers in

order to comply with the new federal Home and Community Based Services

regulations. Providers would submit proposals for transition that would be

evaluated, under the Governor's proposal, to receive this funding.  The

funding includes $1.6 million ($900,000 in State general funds) for regional

center operations so they can hire a staff person to evaluate those

proposals.  

OTHER FUNDING INCREASES: The Governor's budget proposes to tie any other

rate adjustments or increases - beyond what was proposed in the $80 million

targeted investments - to passage of a revised managed care organization

tax.  The Governor's budget did not specify any rate increases at this point

in time, but an sources inside the Brown Administration said any increases

that would happen - if the managed care organization tax did pass - would

not be across the board, but rather targeted.

    DEVELOPMENTAL CENTERS: As previously reported, the Governor's budget

says it will move forward with the closure of the three remaining state

owned and operated Developmental Centers (except for the secured treatment

area of Porterville Developmental Center and also a smaller health facility

in Southern California), with the intention of submitting to the Legislature

by April 1, 2016, proposed closure plans for the non-secured treatment area

of Porterville Developmental Center and Fairview Developmental Center. The

Brown Administration previously submitted on October 1, 2015, a proposed

closure plan for Sonoma Developmental Center.  All three closure plans will

require final approval from the Legislature and will be the focus of

legislative budget subcommittee hearings likely to be scheduled sometime

between April - May this year, after all the proposed plans are submitted.

    FUNDING INCREASE: $80 million in additional funding for the existing

Community Placement Plan to help cover the closure of the three remaining

developmental centers, and the transition of the residents into other

community settings.

 

IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES (IHSS)

    CASELOAD GROWTH: The Governor's proposed budget did include increases in

funding for caseload growth in this home care program that serves over

460,000 children and adults with disabilities (including developmental), the

blind, people with mental health needs and seniors.

    CONTINUED RESTORATION OF 7% IN SERVICES: The Governor's proposed budget

assumes passage of the revised managed care tax that would fund the

continued restoration of the 7% in services for all IHSS recipients beyond

June 30, 2016. Passage of the managed care organization tax in the

Governor's plan is crucial to that continued restoration. 

 

SSI/SSP (SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME/STATE SUPPLEMENTAL PAYMENT) GRANTS

    CASELOAD GROWTH: As expected, the Governor's proposed budget did include

funding for caseload growth in this program.

    GRANT INCREASE: The Governor's proposed budget proposes a 2.969%

increase in the State funded portion (SSP) of the actual grants, effective

January 1, 2017. that go to over 1.3 million eligible low income

Californians with disabilities (including developmental), the blind, and

seniors.  The Governor's proposed budget also assumes a 1.7% cost of living

adjustment increase for the federal portion (SSI) of that grant, effective

January 1, 2017.

    The issue of increasing the State portion of the SSI/SSP however was

included as a major component of the State Senate's bipartisan "No Place

Like Home" initiative that focuses on both short term and long term

solutions and help in addressing the State's crisis of people who are

homeless.  Both Democratic and Republican State Senators speaking at news

conferences in Los Angeles and Sacramento on Monday (January 4th) said the

issue would be a top priority as the budget process moves forward.

 

COORDINATED CARE INITIATIVE 

    WHAT THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET PROPOSES: The Governor's proposed budget

assumes passage of a revised managed care organization tax that in turn

would produce additional revenues that would provide for a net savings in

the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) program.  With that project net

savings - tied to passage of the managed care organization tax - the

Governor's proposed budget assumes continuation of that major demonstration

program that includes coordinating health care and certain long term

services for persons with disabilities and seniors who are eligible for both

Medicare and Medi-Cal.

CALIFORNIA HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY SECRETARY DOOLEY WILL HOLD

STAKEHOLDER CONFERENCE CALL TO DISCUSS GOVERNOR'S PROPOSED 2016-2017 BUDGET

    California Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley, along with

directors the departments that are under the agency, will hold a stakeholder

conference call, open to the public, today (Thursday, January 7th) at 2:00

PM to discuss and answer brief questions regarding the Governor's proposed

2016-2017 State Budget plan.  

    In the past, including last May, the directors of the Department of

Health Care Services, which oversees statewide California's massive Medi-Cal

program; Department of Social Services, which administers statewide the

State's "welfare-to-work" program, foster care, In-Home Supportive Services

(IHSS), Community Care Licensing and other programs;l Department of

Developmental Services that operates the remaining 3 state owned and

operated developmental centers, and oversees the 21 non-profit regional

centers who in turn determine eligibility and coordinate services and

funding provided by community-based organizations and individuals for over

290,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities;  the Department

of Rehabilitation; and the Department of Aging

 

    DATE OF STAKEHOLDER CONFERENCE CALL: January 7, 2016 - Thursday

    TIME: 2:00 PM (Pacific Time)

    CALL-IN NUMBER:  (844) 248-8038

    NOTE: No passcode was listed and the California Health and Human

Services Agency notice on the meeting advised people to join the call 10

minutes prior to the scheduled start time to register (name and

organization, if any) with the conference call operator, in order to be

placed into the conference call in time.

 

CDCAN - MARTY OMOTO YOUTUBE CHANNEL

    A CDCAN (Marty Omoto, family member and advocate) youtube channel was

set up and has several videos dealing with current - and previous state

budget issues, disability and senior rights, and advocacy. 

    To see the current videos, including March 2014 San Andreas Regional

Center Aptos Legislative Breakfast, January 2014 panel discussion on

services for adults with autism spectrum and related disorders in Palo Alto,

and older videos including video of April 2003 march of over 3,000 people

with developmental disabilities, families, providers, regional centers and

others from the Sacramento Convention Center to the State Capitol (to attend

and testify at budget hearing on proposed massive permanent cuts to regional

center funded services, go to the CDCAN (Marty Omoto) Channel at:

<https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEySEyhnr9LQRiCe-F7ELhg>

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEySEyhnr9LQRiCe-F7ELhg

    More videos - including new current videos (an interview with longtime

advocate Maggie Dee Dowling is planned, among others) - plus archive videos

of past events - will be posted soon.