CSAC’s full analysis of the 2012-13 May Revision is in our latest Budget Action Bulletin. Today Governor Brown released his May Revision of the proposed 2012-13 budget which contains reductions in programs and services counties provide to 38 million Californians. “Governor Brown demonstrated once again his commitment to counties by staying true to his vow to [...]
Sacramento County has taken the approach of holding night court to handle cases that can be deemed violations of felony probation. The new system has moved more than 2,000 cases out of the overburdened court system and the cases get settled in one or two court appearances. What used to take several weeks can get settled in a matter of days. VOP In Lieu Court frees up the calendar for more complex cases, reduces the length of time a probationer is in jail awaiting a hearing and metes out the same justice that the more standard hearing process would deliver.
In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) has a noble and practical purpose: help the most vulnerable Californians with significant health issues stay as long as possible in their homes by providing some level of caregiving assistance. Yet the system, designed with the best intentions, is still susceptible to fraud from persons who prey on the sick and elderly. In response to concerns about fraud, Los Angeles County instituted a model IHSS Anti-Fraud effort developed by the Department of Public Social Services in partnership with the District Attorney and State Investigative Section.
San Diego County has a solid track record for being a CSAC Challenge Award Recipient. The County embraces innovation and the three programs featured here are prime examples of their objective of improving the lives of all San Diego residents.
Riverside County has led the state in growth in the last few years. Even as other parts of California were seeing declines in population — a rarity — Riverside bucked trends as more people moved to the Inland Empire. With more residents to serve comes a need to do so with a sharp eye on cost efficiencies and effectiveness. The three programs honored with Challenge Awards demonstrate these qualities, and more importantly, contribute to improving the quality of life in Riverside County.