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AB-763 Independent Living Centers: funding.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/17/2017 09:00 PM

Amended  IN  Assembly  April 17, 2017


Assembly Bill No. 763

Introduced by Assembly Member Salas
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Dahle, Eggman, Gray, and Lackey)
(Coauthors: Senators Berryhill, Cannella, Gaines, Galgiani, Nielsen, and Vidak)

February 15, 2017

An act to amend Section 19806 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to public social services.


AB 763, as amended, Salas. Independent Living Centers: funding.
Under existing law, the Department of Rehabilitation is required to provide various services to individuals with physical or mental disabilities who are found to be eligible therefor, including independent living services. Existing law provides for the operation of independent living centers, which are private, nonprofit organizations that provide specified services to individuals with disabilities, in order to assist those individuals in their attempts to live fuller and freer lives outside institutions. Under existing law, the department has the responsibility and authority for the encouragement of the planning, developing, and funding of independent living centers.
Under existing law, each independent living center, except those centers that have been both established and maintained using specified federal funding as a primary base grant, is required to receive, to the extent funds are appropriated by the Legislature, at least $235,000 in base grant funds allocated by the department.
This bill would delete the above exception for centers that were previously established and maintained with federal funding, thereby requiring those centers to also receive at least $235,000 in base grant funds allocated by the department. The bill would make related findings and declarations.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Independent living is a vested civil right under federal and state law, and independent living with home and community-based services is a viable alternative to significantly more costly institutionalization in nursing homes and other settings.
(b) Independent living centers (ILCs) are among only a few federally funded entities that are mandated to help individuals with disabilities who desire to live in their homes and communities transition out of institutional settings, such as nursing homes and other institutions.
(c) ILCs work with individuals with all types of disabilities to advance their personal independence and to remove barriers to their equal inclusion in education, health care, employment, housing, transportation, and other aspects of society.
(d) There is currently a large difference in the amount of funding that each ILC in the state receives.
(e) In 1998, the base grant funding was set at two hundred thirty-five thousand dollars ($235,000), with the exception of three ILCs that do not receive the minimum base grant funding that is available to the other 25 ILCs.
(f) The ILCs excluded from base grant funding are the Disability Resources Agency for Independent Living, serving the Counties of Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne, the Independent Living Center of Kern County, serving the County of Kern, and Placer Independent Resources Services, Inc., serving the Counties of Alpine, El Dorado, and Placer.
(g) Authorization for the base grant funding of two hundred thirty-five thousand dollars ($235,000) for each ILC is a wise and prudent investment and is an important first step to begin to address the broader issue of the underfunding of all ILCs.


 Section 19806 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

 (a) An independent living center shall not be required to provide any matching funds through private contributions as a condition of receiving state funds except to acquire state incentive funds.
(b) Each independent living center shall receive, to the extent funds are appropriated by the Legislature, at least two hundred thirty-five thousand dollars ($235,000) in base grant funds allocated by the department.
(c) State funds described in subdivision (b) may be replaced by reimbursements under the Supplemental Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income programs provided for under Titles II and XVII of the Federal Social Security Act, Subchapter II (commencing with Section 401) and Subchapter XVII (commencing with Section 1381) of Chapter 7 of Title 42 of the United States Code to the extent appropriated by the Legislature and allocated by the department to independent living centers under this chapter. Beginning with the 1998–99 fiscal year, and each year thereafter, to the extent these funds from the Social Security Act are not appropriated by the Legislature as were appropriated in the 1997–98 fiscal year, an amount equal to the combined state and federal fund allocation to independent living centers in the Budget Act of 1997 shall be appropriated to, and allocated by, the department to independent living centers under this chapter.
(d) (1) Available state incentive funds shall be allocated at the beginning of each fiscal year based upon the average amount of private contributions received by the independent living center in the second and third preceding fiscal years.
(2) The maximum amount of incentive funds that may be allocated to an independent living center in any single fiscal year shall be computed as follows:
(A) “Pool One” is defined as 60 percent of all state incentive funds. “Pool Two” is defined as 40 percent of all state incentive funds. Each independent living center shall be entitled to an equal portion of Pool One, not to exceed the amounts raised pursuant to paragraph (1).
(B) Incentive funds from Pool One not used after the initial allocation pursuant to subparagraph (A) shall be added to Pool Two for allocation among all centers that had unmatched private contributions after distribution of Pool One funds. Pool Two funds shall be awarded in direct proportion to each center’s percentage of the total remaining unmatched private contributions raised by those independent living centers.
(3) For the purpose of determining eligibility for state incentive funds, an independent living center that uses a fiscal year other than the state fiscal year may elect to use a different fiscal year so long as the closing date of the fiscal year so elected does not precede the closing date of the equivalent state fiscal year by more than 11 months.
(4) The amount of private contributions claimed by an independent living center for each fiscal year shall be verified by the department by utilizing appropriate financial records including, but not limited to, independent audits. Audits may be performed by the department up to three years from the close of the fiscal year during which state incentive funds were received by the independent living center being audited.
(5) State incentive funds that are not distributed to independent living centers shall not be allocated or retained by the department for distribution as state incentive funds in later fiscal years.
(e) For purposes of this section:
(1) “Private funds” does not include any funds originating from any entity of the federal, state, city, or county government or any political subdivision thereof. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, fees from any source for services provided may be included as private contributions by an independent living center for purposes of determining its allocation of incentive funds.
(2) “State incentive funds” means state funds appropriated by the Legislature for purposes of this chapter, except those funds allocated by the department pursuant to subdivisions (b) and (g) of this section.
(f) Any funds allocated under this chapter to an independent living center, other than as part of the initial allocation for each fiscal year, shall be made by contract amendment. A contract amendment shall require the provision of services in addition to those required by the contract being amended. All those services required by contract amendment shall not be performed prior to the date the contract amendment is approved by the state.
(g) To the extent funds are appropriated by the Legislature for the purpose of providing assistive technology services described in subdivision (d) of Section 19801, two hundred ten thousand dollars ($210,000) of those funds shall be allocated to the nonprofit contractor selected by the Department of Rehabilitation to coordinate delivery of assistive technology services and the remainder shall be allocated equally among independent living centers. The nonprofit contractor shall provide statewide assistive technology information and referral and serve as a resource to the independent living centers’ assistive technology service programs.
(h) To the extent funds are appropriated by the Legislature, after allocation of base grant and incentive funds and assistive technology funds, remaining funds shall be allocated by the department among independent living centers on the basis of the ratio of the total of the general population in an independent living center’s geographic service areas as compared to the total of the general population in all independent living centers geographic services area statewide. The department shall adopt regulations for the distribution of population funds by June 30, 1999.