The California Alliance of Child and Family Services Responds to Governor Gavin Newsom's Proposed State Budget

 

Sacramento -- The California Alliance of Child and Family Services issued the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom's proposed 2021-22 budget:

"The California Alliance of Child and Family Services applauds Governor Gavin Newsom for his focus on children, foster youth, special education, and the Golden State Stimulus’ inclusion in his proposed 2021-22 state budget released today. The administration’s attention to our most vulnerable Californians who have been hit hardest by the pandemic is critical. 

With the signing of AB 2112, which established the first Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention at the Ca Department of Public Health, and SB 803, which allows for Peers to be certified within our State, Governor Gavin Newsom showed his commitment last year to combat the behavioral health pandemic within our State. With the inclusion of over $900 million for mental health services in this year’s budget, which includes, but is not limited to, school mental health services, ACEs screening, suicide prevention, and early prevention and intervention, Governor Newsom doubles down on the importance of this issue within our State.

The investment in foster youth, caregivers, and family resource centers to assist in COVID-19 relief of $61.1M will stabilize and get families much needed support. And support for the transition to the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) will assist counties and community-based organizations in aligning the State’s Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) with FFPSA. 

The Governor’s focus on education is commendable. Students of all ages are being deeply impacted by the learning loss they are experiencing, and the equity-focused supports in the budget will help to begin addressing these losses. 

Californians need food on their table, a roof over their head, and direct social-emotional support services to help weather this crisis. While we believe increased investment is necessary, this proposed budget is a step toward helping those most impacted by this ongoing pandemic."

The California Alliance of Child and Family Services is the unifying force in the charge to promote the health, well-being and safety of children, youth and families in California as a collective voice impacting policy and best practices to strengthen the systems that serve them.

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