County Officials Urge $1 Billion Realignment Backfill

On Monday, the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), in conjunction with county affiliates CHEAC, CBHDA, and CWDA, convened a virtual press conference to urge the Legislature and Newsom Administration to include at least $1 billion in realignment backfill for critical county-delivered safety net services in the 2020-21 state budget. The press conference featured Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis and Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore highlighting the urgent need for state support to continue the delivery of vital public health, behavioral health, social services, and public safety services.

CHEAC President and Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency Director Mimi Hall also appeared during the press conference, discussing the potential impacts to local public health services without the realignment funding backfill. Ms. Hall showcased the role of local health departments in preparing for and responding to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the services provided by departments throughout the state in areas of contact tracing, testing, and health disparities.

Representatives from other county agencies related to behavioral health and social services appeared during the press conference to discuss potential impacts to their respective programs and services. A video recording of the press conference is available here.