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