JLBC Approves $1.2 Billion in Funding for Continued LHD COVID-19 Response

On Tuesday, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) notified the California Department of Finance (DOF) of its approval of the Newsom Administration’s proposal to allocate nearly $1.2 billion in unanticipated federal funds to local health departments to support ongoing response activities to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recall, approximately $1.7 billion in Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) funds were allocated to California by the most recent federal COVID-19 relief measure that was passed by Congress and signed into law in late December 2020.

The expanded funding will support local health department efforts in responding to the pandemic emergency, including through testing, contact tracing, vaccination, surveillance, containment, and mitigation. Funds were allocated through an equitable formula developed by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in consultation with CHEAC and CCLHO that is based on population, poverty rates, and race/ethnicity.

The approval letter from the JLBC is available here.