Announcing the demise of state funding reimbursement for SSI advocacy for CAPI folks to transition to SSI.  The funding was set to expire years ago, and was repeatedly extended, and intended to cover immigrants of
age 65 or older, who entered the U.S. before August 22, 1996, and allege a disability.  [Download]

Additional guidance on the Family Stabilization (FS) program, a new
request form, and notices.   A county may provide FS program participants with services, including housing assistance, for so long as they meet the CWD’s criteria for the FS program as set forth in the CWD’s FS plan.  Clients may request FS services at any point in their 24 month WTW clock, via the new FSP 1 form.   [Download]

This letter passes on information regarding SB 855, which clarified that commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) whose parents or guardians failed or were unable to protect them may fall within the description of 300(b) and be adjudged as dependents of the juvenile court. The Legislature also established a state-funded county CSEC Program to be administered by CDSS that counties may opt into.  The DSS is spending 1.75 million (not a typo!) to provide training of county workers and out of home caregivers, which will cover awareness and identification of children who are commercially sexually exploited, or who are at risk of being commercially sexually exploited.  An additional $750,000 is also provided for the training of foster youth to help them recognize and avoid commercial sexual exploitation, for those counties that elect to participate in the CSEC Program. $2.5 million for FY 2014-15 will be allocated to participating counties for protocol development and capacity building for services to commercially sexually exploited children.  [Download]

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act established the Community First Choice Option as a new State Plan Option.  California opted into the program, which allows States to provide Home and Community-Based Attendant Services and Supports.  The feds approved the state’s initial CFCO state plan on August 31, 2012, retroactive to December 1, 2011.  This initial plan was based on the draft CFCO federal regulations, with the understanding that a new plan would be submitted to include Nursing Facility Level of Care (NF LOC) eligibility, based on the final CFCO regulations. The new CFCO plan was approved with an effective date of July 1, 2013.  California now operates four IHSS programs: IHSS-Residual (IHSS-R), PCSP, IPO and CFCO.  This letter reviews the CFCO eligibility criteria and available services. The new CFCO eligibility requirements are more stringent than those in effect from December 1, 2011 through June 30, 2013; therefore, individuals with FS FFP Medi-Cal eligibility who were, but are no longer, eligible for CFCO, due to the NF LOC criteria, will be served in the PCSP or IPO programs, effective July 1, 2013. [Download]

Instructions to the counties re: the annual reporting requirements.  Chock full of acronyms. [Download]

Here are the new tables regarding deductions and allotments,  for the period of October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015.  Homeless households lose out again, being the only category not to get an increase. [Download]

DSS is providing an option to county welfare directors that may provide workload relief by lowering the precision and the sample size for the County Work Participation Rate.  [Download]

Public hearing/comment deadline is 10/15/14.  For information click here.

FNS has granted California a statewide waiver of the ABAWD requirements.  Counties wishing to opt out must inform DSS by 9/1/14.  [Download]


A reminder to counties that it is time to turn in the annual Ethnic Origin and Language information. [Download]