Mark Newton
(916) 319-8323
Deputy Legislative Analyst: Health, Developmental Services, and Technology
Jason Constantouros
(916) 319-8322
Medi-Cal/Managed Care/Family Health/Health Care Affordability and Workforce Development
Brian Metzker
(916) 319-8354
Privacy, Security, and Technology
Ryan Miller
(916) 319-8356
Medi-Cal/Behavioral Health/Covered California/CalHHS Agency Issues
Angela Short
(916) 319-8309
Child Welfare, Child Support, Community Services and Development, Community Care Licensing, CalSTRS
Karina Hendren
(916) 319-8352
Medi-Cal/Long-Term Care/Developmental Services
Will Owens
(916) 319-8341
Public Health/Behavioral Health/State Hospitals
Sonia Schrager Russo
(916) 319-8361
Juwan Trotter
(916) 319-8358
In-Home Supportive Services/Aging Programs
Ginni Bella Navarre
(916) 319-8342
Deputy Legislative Analyst: Human Services and Governance


Health and Human Services

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Major Milestones: 43 Years of Care and Treatment Of the Mentally Ill

March 8, 2000 - The past 43 years in California have seen significant changes in the care and treatment of the mentally ill. We highlights the major events that have altered the administration and funding of the programs for the mentally ill since 1957.


Index of Information Technology Issues in the Analysis of the 2000-01 Budget Bill

February 24, 2000 - Index of Information Technology Issues in the Analysis of the Budget Bill, 2000-01


Education Technology

February 17, 2000 - The Governor's budget provides a total of $433 million to increase the use of technology in education. We comment on this proposal and make several recommendations.


Linking Mentally Ill Offenders to Community Care

February 17, 2000 - The state's prisons now hold far more mentally ill offenders than its state mental hospitals. Additionally, an increasing number of inmates with severe mental disorders are being released to the community to an inadequate patchwork of supervision, treatment services, and assistance. We discuss several initiatives in the Governor's budget plan aimed at keeping the mentally ill out of the criminal justice system and suggest a more comprehensive approach for addressing these complex problems.


Aging with Dignity Initiative

February 17, 2000 - We summarize the initiative and provide our assessment of it.


Child Care for CalWORKs Families and the Working Poor

February 17, 2000 - We recommend enactment of legislation to conduct a pilot test of the Wisconsin system in up to four California counties.


CalWORKs Performance Incentives

February 17, 2000 - We recommend either repealing the county performance incentive provision or replacing it with a new system.


Analysis of the 2000-01 Budget Bill, Health and Social Services Chapter

February 17, 2000 - Analysis of the 2000-01 Budget Bill, Health and Social Services Chapter


California Tax Policy And the Internet

January 31, 2000 - The growth of the Internet raises many tax policy issues. These include: How can we ensure that the tax system is fair without interfering with the Internet's evolution? How will the Internet's growth affect government tax bases? We examine these and other Internet-related tax issues in detail, and recommend that California approach them by pursuing multistate tax agreements and consider undertaking a comprehensive review of telecommunication related levies.


Child Support Enforcement: Implementing the Legislative Reforms of 1999

January 27, 2000 - In 1999, the Legislature and Governor changed the state’s child support enforcement program which significantly increased state authority over the program. We review the governing legislation and recommend steps designed to maximize collections while minimizing federal penalties and automation problems.


California Meets Federal Work Participation Rates for CalWORKs in 1998

August 31, 1999 - The federal welfare reform legislation of 1996 requires states to have specified percentages of their caseload working or engaged in some other work-related activity. For federal fiscal year (FFY) 1997--October 1996 through September 1997--California met the work participation rate for all families but did not meet the higher rate for two-parent families. This failure could result in a penalty of $7 million. (8 pp.)


State Recovering From Tuberculosis Epidemic

July 16, 1999 - Compared to the peak of the epidemic in 1992, tuberculosis cases have dropped 28 percent in California. (Cal Update)


Substance Abuse Treatment in California: Services Are Cost-Effective to Society

July 13, 1999 - We identify several problems in the state's substance abuse treatment system. These include lengthy waiting lists in a number of counties, no statewide plan for addressing the demand for treatment services, and a need in particular for treatment services aimed at adolescents.


Model for Health Coverage of Low-Income Families

June 2, 1999 - Roughly two million low-income children and their parents, primarily in working families, do not have health coverage in California. We have developed a “Family Coverage Model” which would result in an additional 0.9 million to 1.4 million persons obtaining health coverage at an annual cost of $188 million to $385 million annually when fully implemented.


The Child Support Enforcement Program From a Fiscal Perspective: How Can Performance Be Improved?

April 13, 1999 - We review the program and recommend that either (1) responsibility for administering and funding the program be transferred from the counties to the state, or (2) administrative responsibilities be retained by counties coupled with a new fiscal incentive program.