Perspectives: California’s Budget – Are Older Adults a Priority?

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In this Perspectives, Dr. Chernof reviews what’s missing from Governor Brown’s proposed 2018-2019 budget. It outlined modest adjustments to programs impacting older adults and people with disabilities and focuses on building the financial stability of the state, paying off debt, and strengthening elements of our infrastructure. It fails, however, to outline solutions to the challenges facing California’s older adults and people with disabilities.

Date Updated: 01/25/2018

A state’s budget tells a story of priorities. Last week, Governor Brown released the proposed 2018- 2019 budget, which outlined modest adjustments to programs impacting older adults and people with disabilities. While the Governor’s budget focuses on building the financial stability of the state, paying off debt and strengthening elements of our infrastructure, it fails to outline solutions to the challenges facing California’s older adults and people with disabilities.

It is widely known that our state’s population is aging, carrying with it a ripple effect on system financing, service delivery, and the long-term services and supports (LTSS) infrastructure. Almost every major state agency or department plays a role in the service delivery system: health, social services, aging, transportation, housing, veterans affairs, education, and even public safety. Yet
we have no articulated vision and no clear master plan outlining the system goals and priorities, providing little leadership for reform and leaving us with a piecemeal approach to change…


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