CDCAN: ASSEMBLY BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES STAFF RECOMMENDS REJECTION OF GOVERNOR’S IHSS WORKER CAP AND RESTORATION OF 7% IHSS RECIPIENT HOUR REDUCTIONS; RECOMMENDS EARLY START RESTORATION – OTHER REGIONAL CENTER ITEMS MIRROR ACTIONS TAKEN IN SENATE

SACRAMENTO, CA (CDCAN – LAST UPDATED 05/23/2014  10:40 AM) – The budget staff of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services, chaired by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (Democrat – San Diego, 79th Assembly District), have recommended that the subcommittee several actions that mirror what their Senate counterpart did earlier this week, including a recommendation to reject the Governor’s proposal to cap In-Home Supportive Service (IHSS) worker hours to comply with the new federal Department of Labor regulations, and to restore a 7% reduction in IHSS recipient hours, scheduled to take effect July 1st, in October 2014.  In addition the subcommittee staff is recommending actions largely mirroring actions taken earlier this week by the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services on the items impacting developmental services, including restoration of Early Start services and eligibility to what it was prior to the 2009 budget reductions; funding for supported employment programs due to the increase of the State minimum wage effective July 1st; and actions mirroring the IHSS issues on overtime, regarding Supported Living Services.  The Assembly subcommittee is certain to approve all of the staff recommendations.

Some of these actions could end up in budget conference committee even if the actions are identical – because the Brown Administration could request that the item be brought into conference.  The Brown Administration, citing concerns of spending and revenues, opposed the rejection of the Governor’s IHSS worker hours cap and the restoration of the 7% reduction, and several other restorations.

No actions are final at this stage until a budget – and budget related bills – are passed by both houses of the Legislature and signed by the Governor. 

As previously reported, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services will hold its final hearing this afternoon at 1 PM at the State Capitol in Room 447 [note correction], in what will be a “vote only” hearing – meaning no further discussion or public comment on budget items, but simply action taken on budget items.  
   Those actions not identical to the Senate’s will be referred to the budget conference committee, which is expected to be formed and to begin meeting in early June.  That committee is made up of equal members of both the Assembly and Senate, to further review and take further action on those items – before the budget package goes to the Assembly and Senate floors for final action, expected by mid-June. 
   The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, chaired by Sen. Mark Leno (Democrat – San Francisco), is scheduled to meet at 11 AM this morning at the State Capitol in Room 4203, to take action on any remaining “open” issues that its subcommittees did not act on including a budget item under the Department of Managed Health Care dealing with implementation of the federal mental health parity law.  Most of the major health and human service issues – and education issues – impacting people with disabilities, mental health needs, the blind, seniors, low income families and workers were acted on earlier this week by the various Senate budget subcommittees.
   CDCAN will publish a full report on actions taken today on the budget and next steps. 
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