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 DISABILITY RIGHTS REPORT
CALIFORNIA DISABILITY-SENIOR COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK
JANUARY 7, 2016
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State Capitol Update:
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,
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
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
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
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
. 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
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
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:
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.