CDCAN: SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #3 STAFF RECOMMENDS REJECTION OF GOVERNOR’S IHSS WORKER 40 HOUR CAP PROPOSAL AND RESTORATION OF 7% IHSS CUT TO RECIPIENTS

SACRAMENTO, CA (CDCAN – LAST UPDATED 05/21/2014 10:40 AM) – The Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services will take action this morning on Governor Brown’s controversial proposal to cap In-Home Supportive Service (IHSS) worker hours to 40 hours per week to avoid triggering new federal over-time regulations that are scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2015, with budget committee staff recommending that the subcommittee reject that proposal and also restore a 7% across the board cut in IHSS recipient hours, effective October 1, 2014.  That cut is set to go into effect July 1, 2014 – and replaces an existing 8% cut now in effective. The Senate budget subcommittee, is certain to approve the subcommittee staff recommendations, would mean – if the full Legislature and Governor approves – that the 7% cut would be restored in October, and that the overtime IHSS worker hour cap would not go into effect in January. 

The Subcommittee staff is recommending that the subcommittee reject the Governor’s proposal and recommends increasing the IHSS budget by $66 million for costs to implement payment for overtime.  The Assembly has not yet taken this issue up – but could on Friday. 

SENATE BUDGET STAFF RECOMMENDS RESTORATION OF 7% IHSS CUT IN HOURS EFFECTIVE OCT 1 2014
The Senate budget subcommittee staff is also recommending that subcommittee adopt “placeholder” budget trailer bill language to eliminate the seven percent reduction in program hours and amend the 2010 assessment statute on personal care services, effective October 1, 2014. The delayed date is due to the need to update CMIPS II programming. Upon enactment of the assessment, federal financial participation will backfill General Fund IHSS expenditures.
Senate budget subcommittee staff also recommends that the subcommittee augment (increase) the IHSS budget by $140 million for associated costs.  The Assembly has not yet taken this issue up but could on Friday.

The Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services could take this issue up during what will likely be a “vote only” hearing scheduled for Friday, May 23rd.  If both subcommittees take identical actions on a budget item or issue, then that issue would not be referred to budget conference committee for further review to resolve.  However it is likely, unless the Brown Administration has given its blessing on the alternative overtime proposal, that the IHSS overtime issue will go to budget conference committee for further review and action when it meets in early June. 

As previously reported earlier this morning, both the Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 and Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services are meeting today, Wednesday (May 21). 

At the time the report was issued, some of the links to download or view the hearing agendas for today were not yet available.  That information is listed below, including the hearing agenda for “Part B” covering human services including the IHSS budget issue, and  “Part C” covering developmental services in the Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 hearing.
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