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Welfare and Institutions Code - WIC

DIVISION 9. PUBLIC SOCIAL SERVICES [10000 - 18999.8]

  ( Division 9 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1784. )

PART 3. AID AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE [11000 - 15771]

  ( Part 3 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1784. )

CHAPTER 9. Financial Provisions [15000 - 15207]

  ( Chapter 9 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1784. )

ARTICLE 4. Payment of State and Federal Funds to Counties for Public Assistance Programs [15150 - 15154]
  ( Article 4 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1784. )

15150.
  

During such time as grants-in-aid are provided or made available by the United States government for public assistance in this state, the State Treasurer shall pay to each county from the sums so granted (1) an amount which shall be used exclusively as public assistance equal to the full amount of any sums received from the United States government as public assistance in respect to recipients within the provisions of this chapter maintained or supported by the county; and (2) an additional amount equal to such county’s proportionate share of any amount so granted or made available to this state by the United States government for the costs of administering such aid, which additional amount shall be used exclusively for paying such administration costs. The department shall determine the portion of the amount so granted or made available for administration costs to be paid to the counties, which portion for each county shall bear the same proportion to the total amount made available to this state for such administrative costs that the administrative costs of that county bear to the total administrative costs of all counties and of the state. The department shall adopt rules and regulations which shall be of uniform application for determining the proportionate shares for such quarter to each county under the provisions of this section and Section 15152.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1784. Note: Provision (2) is superseded by Section 15151 whenever that section is operative.)

15150.5.
  

The director shall develop and implement an allocation formula for state funds and state administered federal funds that each county is to receive for social services. The director shall seek the advice and assistance of counties in development of this formula. The proposed formula shall become effective not sooner than 30 days after it has been submitted to the chairman of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. The proposed formula submitted to the chairman shall be accompanied by a statement from the County Supervisors Association of California which expresses the counties’ position on the formula.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 883, Sec. 4. Effective September 19, 1983. Operative January 1, 1984, by Sec. 6 of Ch. 883.)

15151.
  

During the times that grants-in-aid are provided or made available by the United States government for the purpose of defraying any portion of the costs of administration incurred for public assistance, the State Treasurer shall pay to each county an amount equal to the county’s proportionate share of the sum so granted for the cost of administration, which amount shall be used exclusively for paying the administrative costs. Except as provided in Section 15151.5, the department shall determine the portion of the amount so granted or made available for administrative costs to be paid to the counties, which portion shall be determined pursuant to rules and regulations of the department and shall be not less than one-half of the amount so granted or made available. The department shall adopt rules and regulations that shall be of uniform application for determining the proportionate shares of the respective counties of the portion so determined to be paid to those counties.

This section shall become operative and shall supersede provision (2) of Section 15150 during the times that grants by the United States government, provided or made available to defray any portion of administrative costs incurred for public assistance, are not computed as a proportion of those costs of administration. Whenever this section is in effect, all other sections referring to Section 15150 shall also be deemed to refer to this section.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 303, Sec. 623. (AB 731) Effective January 1, 2016. Section conditionally operative as prescribed by its own provisions.)

15151.5.
  

Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision (2) of Section 15150 and Section 15151, the counties shall receive at least 66 percent of the amounts payable to the state with respect to the services subject to the limitations of Title XX of the Social Security Act, provided:

(a) That the total federal allocation of funds for social services under the public assistance programs shall be fully distributed and utilized in each fiscal year;

(b) That in the event that federal funds so allocated have not been utilized, the department shall reallocate the unused funds in such a manner that they may be fully utilized for the purposes for which they are received.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 714, Sec. 3.)

15152.
  

From the sums appropriated therefor by the State of California, the State Treasurer shall pay to each county an additional amount, which shall be used exclusively for public assistance, equal to that proportion of the aid grants paid by the county under each public assistance program as is specified in the appropriation for that program, after deducting from the sums so expended the amount paid to the county under subdivision (1) of Section 15150 of this code.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1784.)

15153.
  

Notwithstanding the provisions of any other section of this code, the method of computing and advancing funds to counties, both as to state funds and funds made available by the United States government, shall be as follows:

(a) The department, prior to the beginning of each month, shall estimate the amount to be paid for the month to each county under this part.

(b) The department shall then certify to the Controller the amounts so estimated by it for each county, adjusted by any sum by which it finds that its estimate for any prior period was greater or less than the amount which should have been paid.

(c) The Controller shall thereupon draw the necessary warrants, and prior to audit or settlement by the department and the Controller, the State Treasurer shall pay to the treasurer of each county the amount so certified.

(d) Moneys may be advanced by or on behalf of any county to a corporation or association in accordance with the provisions of a contract executed between the county and the corporation or association pursuant to Section 14052 or 14556.

(e) The monthly advance of state general funds to counties for benefits or aid grants, administration, and for employment and supportive services, shall be temporarily suspended for the months of July and August 2008. This suspension shall not apply to a county with a population of less than 40,000. The advance of funds for these two months shall resume on September 1, 2008. In addition to the advance for the month of September, counties shall be paid for the advances that would have been made in July and August 2008 no later than September 30, 2008. Advances for the Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment Program for the Aged, Blind and Disabled (Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 12000)) and the In-Home Supportive Services program (Article 7 (commencing with Section 12300) of Chapter 3) shall not be affected by this temporary suspension.

(f) (1) The monthly advance of state general funds to counties for benefits or aid grants, administration, and for employment and supportive services, shall be temporarily suspended for the months of July and August 2009.

(2) This suspension made pursuant to this subdivision shall not apply to a county with a population of less than 40,000 persons.

(3) The advance of funds for the months specified in paragraph (1) shall resume on September 1, 2009.

(4) In addition to the advance for the month of September, a county shall be paid for the advances that would have been made in the months of July and August 2009, no later than September 30, 2009.

(5) Advances for the Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment Program for the Aged, Blind and Disabled (Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 12000)) and the In-Home Supportive Services program (Article 7 (commencing with Section 12300) of Chapter 3) shall not be affected by the temporary suspension made pursuant to this subdivision.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, 3rd Ex. Sess., Ch. 4, Sec. 25. Effective February 20, 2009.)

15153.5.
  

Notwithstanding any provision of this article to the contrary, state and federal funds normally due counties for aid payments in behalf of appropriate participants under work incentive programs administered by the Employment Development Department, and the families of such participants, shall be transferred by the Controller to the Employment Development Department for use in administering the work incentive program. In addition, an amount of money not in excess of the county share of such aid payments shall be determined and deducted from advances of state and federal funds due counties pursuant to Section 15153.

The State Department of Social Services and the Employment Development Department, subject to the approval of the Director of Finance and the Controller, shall establish procedures and methods for the maintenance of information and accounts and the preparation of reports essential to meet federal requirements, and to provide the Controller with financial statements to support the required transfer of funds.

(Amended by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1252.)

15154.
  

Reports of amounts paid out for public assistance shall be presented by the respective counties at times and in the form prescribed by the department. Such reports shall be audited by the department and the State Controller, and, when and in the amount approved, shall be allowed to the county as a credit to apply against advances made under the terms of Section 15153.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1784.)

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