5180 Department of Social Services
Major Program Changes
- In-Home Supportive Services: The Budget proposes to restore the current 7-percent across-the-board reduction to service hours, effective July 1, 2016, using a portion of tax revenues paid by managed care organizations. The cost to restore the 7-percent reduction is estimated to be $507.3 million in 2016-17.
- Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment: The Budget includes $40.7 million General Fund for a cost-of-living adjustment (effective January 1, 2017) to the State Supplementary Payment portion of the grant equivalent to the increase in the California Necessities Index, which is estimated to be 2.96 percent. The full year cost of the proposed adjustment is estimated to be $82.3 million General Fund.
- Continuum of Care Reform: The Budget includes $94.1 million ($60.5 million General Fund) for the Department, county child welfare agencies, and county probation departments to continue implementation of the Continuum of Care reforms codified in Chapter 773, Statues of 2015 (AB 403).
- Drought Relief: The Budget includes $18.4 million General Fund for the Drought Food Assistance Program, a temporary program designed to provide food assistance to severely drought-impacted communities that suffer high levels of unemployment.