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Governor Brown signed the 2017-2018 State Budget

Tuesday, June 27, Governor Brown signed the 2017-2018 California State Budget. Below are changes to the Department of Social Service (DSS) budget that will likely impact our field. You can also read the full budget summary.

Significant Adjustments to the DSS Budget

  • In-Home Supportive Services County Mitigation—The Budget includes $400 million General Fund in 2017-18 to mitigate the increase in counties’ costs for the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program associated with the end of the Coordinated Care Initiative. The amount of General Fund relief provided to counties will be phased down over time, decreasing to $330 million in 2018-19, $200 million in 2019-20, and $150 million annually thereafter.
  • IHSS Administration—The Budget includes a one-time increase of $37 million General Fund for county IHSS administrative costs in 2017-18. The Administration will work with representatives of counties and the County Welfare Directors Association of California to examine the workload and budget assumptions related to IHSS administration.
  • CalWORKs Single Allocation—The Budget provides a one-time augmentation of $108.9 million in 2017-18 to the single allocation for counties. The Administration will work with representatives of counties and the County Welfare Directors Association of California to develop recommendations for revising the single allocation budgeting methodology to address the cyclical nature of caseload changes and impacts to county services.
  • Housing and Disability Advocacy Program—The Budget includes one-time funding of $45 million General Fund for a county matching grant program designed to provide outreach to homeless persons with disabilities who may be eligible for disability benefits.
  • Immigration Services—The Budget includes $45 million General Fund in 2017-18 to expand the availability of legal services for people seeking naturalization services, deportation defense, or assistance in securing other immigration services and remedies. Funding will be evaluated on an annual basis.
  • Child Care Bridge for Youth in Foster Care—The Budget includes $15.5 million General Fund in 2017-18 and $31 million General Fund annually thereafter to assist foster care providers in securing short-term child care services.
  • CalFood Program—The Budget provides $8 million General Fund in 2017-18 and $6 million General Fund annually thereafter for the CalFood program, which provides emergency food and funding to food banks. Funding will be evaluated on an annual basis.
  • Safe Drinking Water Pilot Program—The Budget includes one-time funding of $5 million General Fund, available through July 1, 2020, for a Safe Drinking Water Supplemental Benefit pilot program to provide time-limited benefits to residents served by public water systems that fail to meet safe drinking water standards.