There is a proposal to the California State Budget to completely eliminate Community Based Adult Services (CBAS) as of January 1, 2021.
Absent additional federal funds, the COVID-19 Recession makes the following reductions necessary to balance the state budget. This reduction will be triggered off if the federal government provides sufficient funding to restore them.
Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS) and Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP)—The May Revision proposes to eliminate the CBAS and MSSP programs. The effective date for CBAS would be January1, 2021, for a savings of $1.6 million General Fund in 2020-21and $2.7 million ongoing. The effective date for MSSP would be no sooner than July 1, 2020, for a savings of $22.2 million General Fund in 2020-21 and $21.8 million ongoing.MAY REVISION — 2020-21, p. 72
CBAS is the Medi-Cal funded portion of Adult Day Health Care, an essential health program that protects the very people who are most at risk from COVID-19 because of their age and underlying health conditions.
If this proposal goes through, Medi-Cal would no longer cover services at the Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center. We have a brief window of time this week to fight this action and we’d love your help!
How You Can Help
- Deluge leadership in Assembly and Senate with calls and emails to the Capitol office. Call your state legislator. You can find your Senator and Assemblymember web sites and contact info at http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/
- Call and email district offices (Assembly and Senate) and leave messages if needed. They may not be aware of this proposal.
- Write to the Budget Committees. Put “DHCS Community Based Adult Services Elimination Trigger Assembly” into the email subject Line. Send your written testimony prior to the hearing to: BudgetSub1@asm.ca.gov (for the Senate use: email@example.com).
- Call the Committee phone (916) 651-4103.
What To Say
Here are some choices, but use what resonates with you the most.
- Governor Newsom urged Californians to “keep staying home…” and in his April 3rd daily briefing called on CBAS to protect our most vulnerable and fragile population from the effects of COVID-19. Center teams, participants and families rapidly responded. CBAS transformed overnight to keep people safe in their homes and connected to vital CBAS health and social services.
- As the Governor recognized, there are no services to replace CBAS. Once eliminated, it will not recover. Imagine having to put your loved one in a nursing home because you are without help while caregiving during this pandemic.
- Over one-third of the COVID-19 deaths in California have been residents of nursing homes. CBAS teams are saving lives by keeping people out of overwhelmed nursing homes while supporting their mental and physical health during this COVID-19 emergency.
- Eliminating CBAS affects ALL generations. As the economy opens up, families returning to work need CBAS to keep their loved ones safe.
Share on Social Media
Let your friends and family know what’s going on by sharing about it on social media. Be sure to tag your legislators and Governor Newsom (e.g., @GavinNewsom) Use the hashtags #SaveADHC, #AdultDayCare, #CalBudget and one or more of the following.