This week at the Board Meeting the last of the four County budget phases called the Supplemental Changes Budget was approved.
While challenges still remain, there were a number of significant actions taken that contribute to the County’s ability to provide social, health, and other services to our more than 10 million residents:
Increased Investment in Affordable Housing
$45 million to the Community Development Commission to help preserve existing and create new affordable housing. This is augmented by other funds to bring our 18-19 commitment to the targeted level of $60 million. Next year’s target: $80 million!
Mental Health Services
Six new teams to help individuals who have been subject to short-term mental health holds connect to critical services.
Nurse-Family Partnership Programs
Added $14 million for public health nurses to help high-risk, low-income pregnant women develop and improve parenting skills.
Permanency Partnership Program at DCFS
$7.5 million and 95 new positions in Children and Family Services to place foster kids with relatives and extended family.
Voting System Assessment Project (VSAP)
$21.5 million for the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s new cutting-edge voting system.
Immigration Legal Services
$1.1 million and five new positions so the Public Defender can expand services for their non-citizen clients.
CA Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids
$42.2 million increase for CalWORKs, which provides financial assistance and services to low-income families
DHS Funding for Outreach, Case Management, and Housing
$25M increase for Health Services’ interim housing beds, and $44M for case management services and housing assistance.
Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
$1.7 million to establish a PREA Compliance Team to implement reforms to prevent rape in County detention centers.
More Affordable Housing
Added $9.8 million in additional one-time funding for the Affordable Housing budget unit.
Swimming Pools and Aquatic Centers
Extended the operation of 27 seasonal swimming pools and aquatic centers from ten to twelve weeks.
Added $7.8 million to the County Rainy Day Fund, in addition to the $39 million from the adopted budget.
Institutions for Mental Diseases Beds
Added $8.3 million to provide Institutions for Mental Diseases beds on behalf of the jail diversion population.