The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program helps more than 425,000 low-income seniors and people with disabilities live safely in their own homes, thereby preventing their placement in more costly out-of-home care. Under the Governor’s proposed 2012-13 budget, domestic and related care services – including laundry, food shopping, cooking, and housework – would be eliminated for most IHSS participants living with others, a change that would affect approximately 254,000 people.
A new CBP fact sheet examines the local impact of this proposed cut. The Governor’s proposal would reduce state spending on IHSS by $207 million in the coming fiscal year and result in the loss of $424 million in county and federal funds, for a total reduction of $631 million. The fact sheet estimates the number of IHSS participants affected and the loss of IHSS funds by county. In Los Angeles County, for example, funding for IHSS would drop by $220 million with more than 100,000 people affected, while in Fresno County, funding for IHSS would drop by almost $20 million, affecting more than 7,000 people.
Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services will review the Governor’s proposal tomorrow at a hearing to be held at 1:30 p.m. in Room 437 of the Capitol.
– Steven Bliss