Foster Care and Adoption
Final Budget Restores Many Proposed Cuts
The Governor and Legislature have finalized an agreement on the 20-21 Budget. Thanks to all of your persistent advocacy and engagement in this process, many of the May Revise proposed cuts have been restored!
Below is a summary of what we know so far. The Education Trailer Bill Language is not out yet, and we will update you just as soon as we can about those budget items.
And remember – This budget is not final until it is voted on and signed by the Governor. And there is a 72-hour rule for bills to be in print before a vote – so we expect the Legislature to vote on Thursday.
All budget changes, amendments in legislation or regulations take effect on July 1 unless otherwise indicated.
The provisions of the MHSA flexibility language are contained in AB 81. The MHSA flexibilities language will allow counties to access prudent reserves immediately. The language will safeguard funds subject to reversion at the end of this fiscal year and will allow more time for counties to finalize their Three-Year plans with stakeholder engagement. Three-Year plans are currently due at the end of this fiscal year. Also, there is language included that will allow counties to use innovation funds for other components and possibly allow flexibility on the caps for funding capitol, workforce programs and prudent reserve – subject to the stakeholder engagement process. This will require a DHCS all county letter or similar guidance to implement. We will continue to work together with a larger coalition of mental health advocacy groups including CBHDA to ensure the subsequent guidance is in line with our compromises. For budget language, see here.
It is our understanding that there will be an opportunity to advocate for additional MHSA flexibilities in August.
Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC)
Foster Family Agencies
Foster Family Agency Rates and FFA Time Study
New FFA Laws and Regulations
Updates to the Resource Family Approval Will Now be “Every Two Years” Instead of “Every Year” Including the Home Inspection
Level of Care Protocol Tool Remains Intact – Intensive Services Foster Care (ISFC) Changes to Come Soon
Family Urgent Response System (FURS)
Beginning July 1, 2021, providers in counties where the THP-NMD rate falls below the “Fair Market Rent” (FMR) as calculated annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be paid a supplemental rate as follows:
*Source: California Alliance https://www.cacfs.org/budget-alert-6-22-20
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