CDCAN DISABILITY RIGHTS REPORT
CALIFORNIA DISABILITY-SENIOR COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK
MAY 14, 2015 – THURSDAY MORNING
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NO NEW MAJOR FUNDING RESTORATIONS PROPOSED IN GOVERNOR BROWN’S BUDGET REVISIONS – BUDGET PROCESS NOW HEADS TO FINAL PHASE WITH FINAL ROUND OF SUBCOMMITTEE HEARINGS NEXT WEEK & BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS WITH GOVERNOR AND DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATIVE LEADERSHIP
Public Stakeholder Conference Call To Discuss Governor’s Budget Revisions Scheduled By California Health And Human Services Agency Secretary Diana Dooley And Department Directors On Thursday Afternoon 1 PM
SACRAMENTO, CA [CDCAN LAST UPDATED 05/14/2015 – 10:10 AM] – As expected, citing limited available revenue resources and the specter of a coming recession, Governor Brown released his budget revisions this morning that contained no new major funding restorations including health and human services, beyond what he proposed in his 2015-2016 State Budget that he submitted to the Legislature January 9th. As reported by CDCAN earlier, the Governor’s revisions however did contain a stunning major proposal for a multi-year goal of closure of the State’s three remaining developmental centers, with the focus on Sonoma Developmental Center first, with a closure goal of 2018. The transition and closure process will be based on the recommendations by the stakeholder Developmental Centers Task Force.
The Governor’s highly anticipated budget revisions – also known as the “May Revise”, required by State law, updates and adjusts spending and revenue numbers from the plan he submitted in January, including adding, changing or eliminating proposals from that original proposed budget.
The budget process for 2015-2016 heads now to its final phase, with the final round of budget subcommittee hearings next week, followed by Budget Conference Committee to resolve differences of actions taken by the Assembly and Senate – and then a final vote on the spending plan by June 15th, the State Constitutional deadline to pass and send a budget to the Governor. At the same time during that process, the Governor and the two top Democratic legislative leaders will be engaged in negotiations – with legislative Democrats pressing hard for some additional funding increases. The Governor’s budget revisions, which contained no such additional restorations or increases, will force legislative Democrats to significantly limit and prioritize their long list of proposals for funding restorations and increases for a wide range of budget items and issues, including many in health and human services.
CDCAN will issue report later today with more details on the specifics of the Governor’s revisions.
The following focuses on health and human related programs and services
Proposes multi-year closure plan for all three remaining developmental centers, with focus first on Sonoma Developmental Center by 2018 and Fairview Developmental Center and non-secured treatment facility portion of Porterville Developmental Center by 2021. The transition and closure process would be different, according to the Brown Administration, from the closure process of recent centers, including Lanterman Developmental Center and Agnews Developmental Center, and instead would be based on the new ideas and transition recommendations made last year by the Developmental Centers Task Force composed of stakeholders and headed by the California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Diana Dooley.
No major restorations or funding increases beyond what was proposed in the Governor’s January proposed budget plan.
IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES (IHSS)
7% SERVICE HOUR REDUCTION RESTORATION: The Governor previously proposed in January restoration of service hours currently reduced by an across-the-board 7% reduction to all In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) recipients, effective July 1, 2015. That restoration was tied to new federal dollars coming from a new proposal to “tax” or assessment on all managed health care organizations in California that requires approval by the federal government. The Governor’s revised budget still proposes to restore the IHSS service hours tied to this new funding.
OVERTIME: The Governor’s May Revision assumes that the federal lawsuit halting overtime for previously exempted home care workers, including In-Home Supportive Services workers in California, will be resolved, and assumes implementation of overtime sometime in the 2015-2016 State Budget year. His budget revisions maintain the cost of that overtime as proposed in his January budget plan. The unspent funding that was allocated for overtime that never was implemented due to the federal lawsuit, from January 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015, is proposed in his revisions to be used to cover cost increases related to increases in caseload this year and next year.
No major restorations or funding increases beyond what the Governor proposed as part of his budget plan in January.
SSI/SSP (SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME/STATE SUPPLEMENTAL PAYMENT) GRANTS
The Governor’s January proposed budget and his May 14th revisions did not propose any restoration of the cost of living adjustment for the state portion of the SSI/SSP grants, or a restoration of the cuts to the SSP portion of the grants.
PUBLIC STAKEHOLDER CONFERENCE CALL ON BUDGET REVISIONS BY CALIFORNIA HEALTH AGENCY SECRETARY
As previously reported by CDCAN, California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Diana Dooley, along with department directors, will host a public stakeholder conference call on Thursday, May 14th, at 1:00 PM, to discuss and answer brief questions on Governor Brown’s budget revisions to his proposed 2015-2016 State Budget plan. Those revisions – called the “May Revise” is scheduled to be released earlier that day, May 14th at 10:00 AM [CDCAN Note: Governor’s press conference releasing the “May Revise” will be televised and streamed live by CalChannel – see below for details].
CALIFORNIA HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY
PUBLIC STAKEHOLDER CONFERENCE CALL ON GOVERNOR’S BUDGET REVISIONS
WHEN: May 14, 2015 – Thursday afternoon
TIME: 1:00 PM Pacific Time [please call in 5 minutes prior to start of the conference call to allow enough time to register with operator]
Call-In Number: (888) 658-8648
CDCAN – MARTY OMOTO YOUTUBE CHANNEL
A CDCAN (Marty Omoto) 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
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.
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