Health and Social Services
Item 4260-001-0001--Department of Health Services
1. Medi-Cal Program--Expansion of the "Assisted Living" Model. The Department of Health Services shall report to the Legislature by January 1, 1997, on the feasibility of expanding the "assisted living" model of service delivery in the Medi-Cal Program. The department's report shall describe other state's activities in this area and, if possible, shall present alternatives for California which meet the following criteria:
Item 4300-001-0001--Department of Developmental Services
1. Rates for Community-Based Services. The Department of Developmental Services shall report to the Legislature by March 1, 1997 on the feasibility and desirability of adopting modifications to the existing rate system for community-based services, including the potential for greater authority for Regional Centers in contract ing for community-based day and residential services. The department may, in developing its recommendations, consult with residential services provider organizations, advocacy groups, and the Association of Regional Center Agencies, or other individuals and/or organizations as the department sees fit.
2. Early Start Program. The department shall provide data to the Leg islature and the Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) by September 1, 1996, on regional center services provided to infants and toddlers under the Early Start Program since the 1995-96 fiscal year. The data will include the following:
The department shall provide data to the Legislature and the ICC by September 1, 1996, on the results of monitoring efforts currently being conducted under the program. The data will include the following:
The department shall provide data to the Legislature and the ICC by September 1, 1996 on the number and types of complaints against the Early Start Program at the state and local level since the 1995-96 fiscal year.
Item 4700-001-0001--Department of Community Services and Development
1. Economic Development. The Department of Community Services and Development shall develop criteria for the distribution of funds allocated from Item 2240-104-0001 for the development of economic development proposals or economic development plans which shall include but not be limited to the following:
Not more than 10 percent of these funds shall be used by the department for costs of administering funds. Grant amounts between $40,000 and $60,000 shall be allocated by the department to eligible applicants.
The department shall prepare a preliminary report to the budget and appropriations committees of each house and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee by October 30, 1996 on the criteria developed for allocation of these funds. The department shall prepare a final report by April 1, 1997 on the allocation of these funds and the initial results of this expenditure.
Item 5160-001-0001--Department of Rehabilitation
1. Consumer Financial Participation Expansion. It is the intent of the Legislature that the Department of Rehabilitation not implement a new, or expand its existing, system of consumer financial participation, or similar copayment system, with out an adequate legislative and public review of the potential impact of any such system on the department's consumers or the timely delivery of programs and services.
The department will specifically solicit comments and suggestions from the Rehabilitation Advisory Council (RAC) and the State Independent Living Council (SILC) regarding the impact such a proposal would have on consumers and the extent to which the proposal may operate as a fiscal disincentive to participate in programs and services offered by the Department of Rehabilitation. At least 45 days prior to the submission of any consumer financial participation regulations to the Office of Administra tive Law for promulgation, the Department of Rehabilitation shall share its proposal and accompanying comments or suggestions from the RAC or the SILC with the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature. Furthermore, in noticing the pub lic comment period and hearings regarding such proposed regulations, the department will specifically solicit comments and suggestions regarding the impact such a proposal would have on consumers and the extent to which the proposal may operate as a fiscal disincentive to participate in, or delay the delivery of, programs and services offered by the Department of Rehabilitation.
Item 5180-001-0001--Department of Social Services
1. Group Home Audits. The department shall report to the
fiscal and policy committees of the Legislature by
January 15, 1997 on the feasibility and cost-benefit of contracting out the foster care group home audit function. The report shall include consideration of contracting with the private sector and state control agencies that routinely perform fiscal and program audit functions, such as the Bureau of State Audits or the State Controller's Office. The report shall also include a comparison of the cost of contracting out versus retaining the audit function within the department. The department shall consult with staff of the Legislative Analyst's Office and the appropriate fiscal and policy committees of the Legislature on its approach to comply with this requirement and shall keep the Legislature apprised of its progress.
2. Adoptions Initiative. The department shall identify and implement strategies to maximize adoption opportunities for children in long-term foster care. The strategies shall include:
The department shall consult with the counties, the Legislative Analyst's Office, staff of the appropriate fiscal and policy committees of the Legislature, and other interested parties throughout the process of developing these adoption strategies. By November 1, 1996, the department shall submit a progress report and summary of the specific program goals to the fiscal and policy committees of the Legislature. By March 1, 1997, the department shall provide to these same committees a copy of the draft proposals specified in (b) above, and evaluation of identified barriers requested in (c) above, and draft performance agreements described in (d) above.
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