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About the Legislative Committee: The Public Policy Committee (also known as “Legislative Committee”), consists of a chairperson and at least three (3) other directors, and interested community stakeholders (at the discretion of the president), all appointed by the President. The President shall serve ex-officio on this committee and will vote on position recommendations to the board only in the event of a tie.  This committee will establish a schedule of meetings sufficient to analyze proposed legislation impacting consumers, consumers’ families, and stakeholders, monitor recommendations from the Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA), recommend positions for the board, inform our local community stakeholders, and inform our local policymakers of the impact of these proposals on people with developmental disabilities.

Committee Members:  Lynda Mendoza (Chair/Board Secretary), Candice Bright (Co-Chair, CLASP member), Margaret Heinz, Ex-Officio and Board President, Robert Balderama, Liz Herrera Knapp (CLASP Rep.), Dena Hernandez (SCDD North Valley Hills), Daime Hoornaert (CLASP member), Emily Grunder. Staff:  Tony Anderson, Executive Director and Doug Bonnet, Special Assistant to the Executive Director.

Developmental Services Budget Proposals May 14, 2020

The Heroes Act May 2020

California budget cuts if the Heroes Act does not pass (taken from the Assembly Sub 1 Committee on Health and Human Services May 14, 2020):

Department of Developmental Services
Absent additional and sufficient federal funds that would trigger this reduction off, establishes a cost-sharing program that would result in additional $2 million General Fund in 2020-21 and $4 million ongoing.

Absent additional and sufficient federal funds that would trigger this reduction off, proposes to adjust provider rates and review expenditure trends with a total cut target of $300 million General Fund in 2020-21.

Absent additional and sufficient federal funds that would trigger this reduction off, implements the uniform holiday schedule outlined in Welfare and Institutions Code section 4692, resulting in a cut of approximately $31.3 million General Fund in 2020-21.

Absent additional and sufficient federal funds that would trigger this reduction off, reduces operations budget for Regional Centers, resulting in a cut of $30 million General Fund in 2020-21 and $55 million ongoing.

Medi-Cal
 Eliminates and reduces Medi-Cal optional benefits. Specifically, reduces adult dental benefits to the partial restoration levels of 2014. Eliminates audiology, incontinence creams and washes, speech therapy, optician/ optical lab, podiatry, acupuncture, optometry, nurse anesthetists services, occupational and physical therapy, pharmacist services, screening, brief intervention and referral to treatments for opioids and other illicit drugs in Medi-Cal, and diabetes prevention program services, for a total General Fund savings of $54.7 million. This reduction is contingent on receipt of sufficient federal funding.

 Shifts $1.2 billion in Proposition 56 funding from providing supplemental payments for physician, dental, family health services, developmental screenings, and nonemergency medical transportation, value-based payments, and loan repayments for physicians and dentists to support growth in the Medi-Cal program compared to 2016 Budget Act. Maintains about $67 million in Proposition 56 funding to continue rate increases for home health providers, pediatric day health care facilities, pediatric sub-acute facilities, AIDS waiver supplemental payments, already awarded physician and dentist loan repayments, and trauma screenings (and associated trainings). This reduction is contingent on receipt of sufficient federal funding.

 Eliminates the Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS) and Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) programs. The effective date for CBAS would be January 1, 2021 for a General Fund savings of $106.8 million in 2020-21 and $255.8 million in 2021-22 (full implementation). The effective date for MSSP would be no sooner than July 1, 2020. This reduction is contingent on receipt of sufficient federal funding.

 Eliminates special carve outs for Federally Qualified Health Centers for a savings of $100 million ($50 million General Fund). This reduction is contingent on receipt of sufficient federal funding. Reinstates the estate recovery policy in place before the 2016 Budget Act for a General Fund savings of $16.9 million beginning in 2020-21. This reduction is contingent on receipt of sufficient federal funding.

 Eliminates a supplemental payment for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital, which results in $8.2 million General Fund savings in 2020-21 and $12.4 million ongoing. This reduction is contingent on receipt of sufficient federal funding.

 Holds funding for Medi-Cal county administration at the 2019 Budget Act level, inclusive of $12.7 million General Fund approved in March 2020 through the Control Section 36.00 process, for a savings of $31.4 million ($11 million General Fund). This reduction is contingent on receipt of sufficient federal funding.

 Eliminates the Family Mosaic Project for ongoing General Fund savings of $1.1 million beginning in 2020-21. This reduction is contingent on receipt of sufficient federal funding.

CalWORKs
 Absent additional and sufficient federal funds that would trigger this reduction off, cuts $665 million General Fund in 2020-21 for CalWORKs Employment Services and Child Care.

 Absent additional and sufficient federal funds that would trigger this reduction off, cuts all but the base funding for CalWORKs Subsidized Employment, yielding $134.1 million General Fund in 2020-21.

 Absent additional and sufficient federal funds that would trigger this reduction off, cuts $30 million General Fund in 2020-21 from the CalWORKs Home Visiting program.

 Absent additional and sufficient federal funds that would trigger this reduction off, eliminates funding, $21 million General Fund in 2020-21, for the CalWORKs Outcomes and Accountability Review (CalOAR) effort.

IHSS
Absent additional and sufficient federal funds that would trigger this reduction off, cuts IHSS service hours by seven percent effective January 1, 2021, resulting in $205 million General Fund in 2020-21.

 Absent additional and sufficient federal funds that would trigger this reduction off, cuts $12.2 million General Funding 2020-21 by freezing IHSS county administration funding at the 2019-20 level. Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP)

 Absent additional and sufficient federal funds that would trigger this reduction off, withholds and absorbs the anticipated federal January 2021 cost of living adjustment to the SSI portion of the SSI/SSP grant, resulting in $33.6 million General Fund in 2020-21.

Department of Aging
 Absent additional and sufficient federal funds that would trigger this reduction off, would eliminate the Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS) and Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) programs. The effective date for CBAS would be January 1, 2021, for a savings of $1.6 million General Fund in 2020-21 and $2.7 million ongoing. The effective date for MSSP would be July 1, 2020, for a savings of $22.2 million General Fund in 2020-21 and $21.8 million ongoing.

Child Support Services
 Absent additional and sufficient federal funds that would trigger this reduction off, reverts the funding levels for local child support agencies to the 2018 funding level, resulting in a cut of $38.2 million General Fund in 2020-21.

University of California
 Proposes cuts to the university that could be triggered off if federal stimulus for the state is provided. These cuts include:

o A decrease of $338 million ongoing General Fund to reflect a 10-percent reduction in support of UC. In implementing this reduction, the Administration expects UC to minimize the impact to programs and services serving underrepresented students and student access to the UC.
o A decrease of $34.4 million ongoing General Fund to reflect a 10-percent reduction in support of UC, UC Office of the President, UC PATH, and the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
o A decrease of $4 million limited-term General Fund provided to support summer term financial aid.

California State University
 Proposes cuts to the university that could be triggered off if federal stimulus for the state is provided. These cuts include:

o A decrease of $398 million ongoing General Fund to reflect a 10-percent reduction in support for the CSU. In implementing this reduction, the Administration expects the CSU to minimize the impact to programs and services serving underrepresented students and student access to the CSU.
o A decrease of $6 million limited-term General Fund provided to support Summer Term Financial Aid.

California Community Colleges
 Proposes cuts or rescissions of January proposals that could be triggered off if federal stimulus for the state is provided, including:

o $167.7 million ongoing Proposition 98 General Fund, of which $0.6 million is attributable to a revised cost-of-living adjustment at the May Revision, for a 2.31 percent cost-of-living adjustment for apportionments.
o $31.9 million ongoing Proposition 98 General Fund for enrollment growth.
o $83.2 million Proposition 98 General Fund, of which $40.4 million was one-Highlights of the Governor’s Proposed 2020-21 May Revision May 14, 2020 time, for support of apprenticeship programs, the California Apprenticeship Initiative, and work-based learning models.
o Decreasing available Student Centered Funding Formula Proposition 98 General Fund by $593 million Proposition 98 General Fund, or roughly 10 percent when combined with a foregone cost-of-living adjustment. To maintain student access to CCCs, the Administration proposes statute to proportionally reduce district allocations through adjustments to the Formula’s rates, stability provisions, and hold harmless provisions.
o Decreasing support for the CCC Strong Workforce Program by $135.6 million Proposition 98 General Fund.
o Decreasing support for the Student Equity and Achievement Program by $68.8 million Proposition 98 General Fund.
o Decreasing Support for the Part-Time Faculty Compensation, Part-Time Faculty Office Hours, and the Academic Senate of the CCCs by $7.3 million Proposition 98 General Fund.
o Reducing support for Calbright College by $3 million Proposition 98 General Fund.

Judicial Branch
 Triggers the reduction of the following absent sufficient funding from the federal government:
o Base reduction of $178.1 million General Fund for Trial Courts in 2020-21 and ongoing and an additional decrease of $28.1 million General Fund in 2021-22 associated with a 5 percent reduction in operating expenses.
o Decreases $23.2 million General Fund for State Level Judiciary in 2020-21 and ongoing and an additional decrease of $10.6 million in 2021-22 associated with a 5 percent reduction in operating expenses.
o Decreases $15.2 million ongoing General Fund to reflect a 5 percent reduction to the following programs: Dependency Counsel; Court Interpreters; California Collaborative and Drug Court Projects; Court Appointed Special Advocate Program; Model Self-Help Program; Equal Access Fund; Family Law Information Centers; and Civil Case Coordination.

Board of State and Community Corrections
 Triggers reduction of the Adult Reentry Grant by $37 million if federal funding is not made available.


The next committee meeting will be held on Monday, March 2nd, from 12pm – 2pm at the VMRC Stockton Office in the Cohen Board Room.

January 2020

2019 New Laws Impacting the IDD Community Presentation – January 27, 2020

2019 New Laws Impacting the IDD Community Video Presentation – January 27, 2020


December 2019

Legislative Committee Meeting Agenda:  December 12, 2019


Working Session Document for November 2019 Meeting

Full File of Bill Outcomes

DRAFT Presentation 

Subject Reports

  1. Full Bile File of Bill Outcomes
  2. Children and Families
  3. Civil Rights and Recognitions
  4. Community Access and Independent Living
  5. Community Safety
  6. Diversity 
  7. Education
  8. Employment
  9. Health 
  10. Housing
  11. Mental Health 
  12. Regional Center and Provider Operations

2019-2020 Trailer Bill Detail Presentation and Letter

The Lanterman Act Changes Again… Presentation on the TBL for 2019-2020 to the committee.

The Lanterman Act Changes Again…TBL Presentation to the VMRC Management and the SCDD Regional Advisory Committee – September 24, 2019 (reduced text)

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