2017/2018 State Budget Update
2017/2018 Budget Update: Governor Brown signed the 2017-2018 main state budget bill on June 27, 2017. The 2017 Budget Act continues to prioritize the state’s Rainy Day Fund and pay down accumulated debts and liabilities to counter the potential fiscal impact of federal policy changes on California. While maintaining fiscal responsibility, the Budget focuses state spending on the Governor’s key priorities—investing in education, counteracting the effects of poverty, and improving the state’s streets, roads and transportation infrastructure.
The following are some significant highlights as it impacts the Department of Developmental Services, the Budget includes one time funding of $7.5 million General Fund in 2017 18 for expanded services for individuals with developmental disabilities, including the expansion of mobile acute crisis teams, intensive support services, and the development of transition support services and acute crisis homes. The Budget also provides $5.6 million General Fund in 2017 18 to remove the limit, currently 90 hours per quarter, for home respite services effective January 1, 2018. The Budget also includes statutory changes to allow the Department to allocate grant funding directly to community based organizations to address disparities in the regional center system.
For the complete Budget text (AB 97 by Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting) you can access it through the state’s Legislative page or the Department of Finance budget page. If you want only the DDS portion of the Budget it can be accessed through AB 107 by the Committee on Budget - Developmental services.
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May 12, 2017: Governor Releases "May Revise"
Governor Brown has released proposed revisions to his 2017-2018 State Budget plan. Every May, the governor is required by state law to update the budget he originally submitted to the legislature in January. The revisions, known as the “May Revise,” provide updated actual spending and revenue numbers that can help the Legislature and Governor determine priorities in spending. Click here to read a summary about how the revisions will impact the Department of Developmental Services budget. Click here to read a summary of the entire budget.
For more Budget Information
View the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) budget page and click here to link to the proposed 2015-2016 state budget posted on Governor Brown's website. Analysis of budget issues and their impact on the disability community are also available at the California Disability Consumer Action Network (CDCAN) website. You can sign up for breaking news email Budget Alerts (including information on rallies, activities, public hearings) on this website. e link to CDCAN provides information that may be of use to the ELARC community. Please note that ELARC does not necessarily endorse, promote, support any of the content therein contained.)
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The Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA) has released its newest report, titled On The Brink Of Collapse, meant to provide policy-makers, advocates, and the citizens of California an understanding of the crisis engulfing our state’s developmental services system.
Additionally, two reports authored by ARCA in 2014 explain how funding limitations have negatively impacted regional centers’ ability to provide quality services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The first report, entitled Inadequate Rates for Service Provision in California, details the struggle of service providers to meet increasingly complex needs while operating under stagnant rates. The second report, entitled Funding the Work of California’s Regional Centers, explains how over the past two decades the funding for regional centers has been decimated by California’s many budget crises.
By posting these reports, ELARC hopes that they will increase your understanding of the challenges the developmental services system faces in supporting each Californian with a developmental disability as envisioned by the Lanterman Act.
Funding the Work of California’s Regional Centers
Inadequate Rates for Service Provision in California
ELARC page “Contact Your Legislator”
Please note: The Budget Page is updated when actions taken on the California state budget from the State Legislature and/or Governor's office and/or Department of Developmental Services have or may have significant impact for individuals with developmental disabilities.