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The 2016-17 Budget: Analysis of the Human Services Budget


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The 2018-19 Budget: Analysis of the Health and Human Services Budget

February 16, 2018 - In this report we provide a broad overview of the Governor's health and human services budget, highlighting major year-over-year changes. We then provide a more in-depth analysis of select programmatic areas.

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Foster Care

February 21, 2001 - Longer stays in foster care adversely impact children by reducing the time they spend in a permanent living situation. We recommend enactment of legislation to conduct a three-year pilot project whereby the treatment rates of foster family agency homes would incrementally decrease over time.

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[PDF] Overview on Foster Care Group Homes

June 28, 2011 - Assembly Committee on Human Services and Assembly Select Committee on Foster Care Hon. Jim Beall, Chair

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[PDF] Child Abuse and Neglect in California

January 5, 1996 - This report presents a variety of information on the subject of child abuse and neglect. It is designed to serve both as a reference document and as a vehicle for stimulating further discussion and policy development on these issues.

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[PDF] Older Youth Access to Foster Care

March 22, 2019 - The Supplemental Report of the 2018-19 Budget Act directed our office to submit a report to the Legislature reviewing data on the reporting of child abuse or neglect incidents among children who are aged 14 to 17 compared to younger children. In this report, we (1) describe how the state’s Child Welfare Services (CWS) system processes child abuse and neglect reports, (2) discuss observed similarities and differences in reporting outcomes between older and younger youth based on available data, (3) specify limitations in our ability to come to definitive conclusions regarding the treatment of reports for older youth compared to younger youth in the CWS system based on available data, and (4) provide recommendations for the collection of additional data to better understand the potential reasons for differences in outcomes between older and younger youth accessing foster care and determine whether policy interventions are appropriate.

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[PDF] Children's Services Overview

March 16, 2005 - Presented to Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 On Health and Human Services

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Protecting Children from Abuse and Neglect: Trends and Issues

August 8, 2013 - This report provides an overview of child abuse and neglect trends, explains the state and county roles in the Child Welfare Services (CWS) system, and examines the outcomes of children involved with the CWS system. In general, CWS outcomes have improved since the last decade. Foster children spend, on average, less time in foster care (which is generally considered a positive trend), are more quickly reunified with their families, and have more permanency in their living situations. However, this report raises several issues for the Legislature to consider in improving outcomes for children in the CWS system. In the report, we discuss how child well-being is not adequately measured in the CWS system and we suggest options for improving the evaluation of child well-being. We also raise issues related to improving group home quality through provider rate reform and accreditation standards. Finally, we make suggestions for how the current 2011 Realignment growth funding allocation process could be modified to provide county incentives for improved performance.

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[PDF] 2009-10 Budget Analysis Series: Social Services

January 22, 2009 - At a cost of approximately $10.2 billion in 2008-09, California’s major social services provide a wide array of benefits to its citizens. The Governor proposes $3 billion in budget reductions for social services programs in 2009-10, mostly in grant payments to the aged, blind and disabled or low-income families. We present alternative approaches to reducing costs which tend to have less savings and less adverse impacts on recipients and clients. We also present approaches to drawing down more federal funds pursuant to recently enacted federal legislation.

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[PDF] Children's Services and Foster Care Overview

November 22, 2005 - Assembly Select Committee on Foster Care

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[PDF] Child Welfare Realignment

January 25, 2011 - The Governor’s budget proposal would realign the child welfare system to counties in 2011-12 and shift $1.6 billion in tax revenues to counties in lieu of General Fund. This handout provides information on that proposal.