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.