This past Tuesday the LA County Board of Supervisors approved the County’s Supplemental Budget, making final changes to a $44.6B budget and advancing a number of Board priorities including justice reform, housing, and workforce development.

The Supplemental Budget, the final phase in the County’s annual budget process, responds to emerging needs and incorporates final revenue projections, which this year include higher-than-expected property and sales taxes and fund balances.

Addressing Structural Deficits

A crucial function of the supplemental budget is to resolve structural budget deficits to allow County departments to continue serving the public effectively. In this budget phase, the Chief Executive Office addressed budget deficits in these key programs:

• $20.6 million for the Office of Diversion and Reentry
• $7 million for the Parks After Dark program
• $3.1 million for Domestic Violence Shelter-Based Programs
• $2.8 million for the LA vs. Hate Program
• $3.4 million for the Office of Violence Prevention

Building Up Care First, Jails Last

For several years, the Board has taken steps to boldly reimagine the justice system, pivoting from an archaic and punitive approach to a system that promotes rehabilitation, stability, and community rebuilding. The new budget supports a Care First, Jails Last system, featuring:

• $47.8 million to launch the new Justice, Care, and Opportunities Department (JCOD) to bring the work of several justice initiatives under one roof for greater systemic impact
• $100 million, on top of the $100 million allocated last fiscal year, to carry out the Care First Community Investment Year 2 spending plan
• $173 million and 63 new budgeted positions to support other Care First, Jails Last programs

Resolving Crisis Conditions in our County Jails

The County can’t truly make the transformation to a Care First, Jails Last system without an overhaul of County Jails. To accomplish this LA County has put forth a $125 million multi-year commitment ($75 million in this budget) to:

• Provide more clinicians and custody staffing
• Convert Pitchess Detention Center North to Moderate Observation Housing
• Upgrade the elevators at Twin Towers Correctional Facility and Century Regional Detention Center
• Establish a new psychiatric urgent care unit in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility
• Expand medication-assisted substance abuse treatment across the entire jail system.

Homelessness and Poverty in LA County

Finally, the budget includes sizeable investments in the intertwining systems, such as healthcare and social services, that help pull people out of homelessness and poverty:

• $216 million to ambitiously address homelessness and affordable housing
• $132 million to support CalWORKS families living in deep poverty
• 125 positions to advance the State’s reimagined Medi-Cal program and 34 positions for DMH’s Psychiatric Mobile Response Teams
• $50 million to fill critical needs in the Department of Children and Family Services

To learn more about the budget, visit the LA County CEO website.