Reducing Childhood Poverty
- Expansion of the Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC) by indexing for inflation starting in 2022 and expanding the tax credit to include households with zero earned income.
- $55M General Fund ongoing to expand YCTC to households who have no or negative earned income, but otherwise meet the criteria for CalEITC.
- $200.7M in 2022-23 CalWORKS Grant Increase (7.1% increased) to the Maximum Aid Payment levels.
- $53.2M in 2022-23 and $89M annually to reduce Medi-Cal premiums for approximately 500,000 pregnant women, children, and disabled working adults.
- $300M One-time General Fund over two-year period ($75M in 2022-23 and $225M in 2023-24) for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable communities program.
- Families receiving state assistance (such as CalWORKs) will not receive the “full-pass” of child support payments collected by the state. Instead of the collections being split between the federal government, state General Fund, and county general funds families will now receive the full amount.
Health and Wellness
- $596M Proposition 98 General Fund, in addition to the $54M provided in the 2021 Budget Act, to fund universal access to subsidized school meals.
- Beginning in 2022-23 all public schools will be required to provide two free meals per day per student, regardless of income eligibility.
- All schools eligible for the Community Eligibility Provision (federal program) will be required to apply for the program by June 30, 2022.
- $450M One-time Proposition 98 General Fund available over three years to upgrade kitchen infrastructure and equipment and incorporate more California-grown foods in school meals.
- $3M One-time Proposition 98 General Fund to support school breakfast and Summer Meal start up and Expansion Grant Program.
- $30M One-time General Fund to expand regional California farm to school demonstration projects
- $3M Ongoing General Fund to expand the regional California Farm to School Network by adding 16 new positions to the Department of Food and Agriculture.
- $50M One-time General Fund for CalFood program to mitigate increases in food needs among low-income and food-insecure families.
Medi-Cal for Children, Infants, and Moms
- $400M for provider payments focused on closing equity gaps for children’s preventative care measures, maternity care, depression screenings, and follow up behavioral health emergency visits.
- $53M in 2022-23 and $89M ongoing to reduce Medi-Cal premiums for approximately 500,000 pregnant women, children, and disabled working adults. This affects beneficiaries that have incomes marginally above the threshold for Medi-Cal, requiring them to pay monthly premiums.
- Expands access to reproductive healthcare services.
Expansion of Medi-Cal to All Income-Eligible Californians
- Expands Medi-Cal coverage to all income-eligible Californians beginning on January 1, 2024.
- $54M in 2021-22 Medi-Cal for older adults regardless of immigration status. Effective May 1, 2022.
- Commits to $819.3M in 2023-24 and $2.7B annually at full implementation, including:
- In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) costs.
- Full-scope eligibility to all income-eligible adults aged 26-49 regardless of immigration status.
- January 1, 2024, Medi-Cal will be available to all income-eligible Californians.
Expansion of Home Visiting Services for Children 0-3
- Supportive services for pregnant and newly parenting families to improve language development, low-birth weight, infant mortality, and immunizations.
- $50M Ongoing General Fund for the Department of Public Health (CDPH) to expand the California Home Visiting Program and the California Black Infant Health Program.
- Serves approximately 6,000 additional families over five years on top of 3,700 currently served by the Home Visiting Program and 1,650 served by the Black Infant Health Program.
- $350M General Fund investment to recruit, train, and certify new community health workers.
Unaccompanied Minors and Undocumented Children
- $1M Ongoing for the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to provide additional technical support assistance and training to counties in meeting the need for children in foster care and unaccompanied minors to be connected to permanent family.
- $360M General Fund for Disaster Response Emergency Operations Account to Public Health to administer emergency response activities at the border.
- $35.2M General Fund for planning, increasing to $113.4M General Fund annually in 2025-26, to expand California Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to Californians age 55 and older, regardless of immigration status.
- Establishes a state-only funded Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) which provides monthly cash benefits to aged, blind, and disabled individuals who are ineligible for SSI/SSP due solely to their immigration status.
- $60M One-time General Fund for Integrated Education and Training, which includes:
- $30M to expand English Learner pilots in the Integrated Education and Training programs to 15 sites across the state.
- $20M for the Employment Training Panel to expand workplace literacy training in English, digital skills, and technical skills.
- $10M for the California Youth Leadership Program Language Justice Pathway earn-and-learn community change career pathways for community college students.