Legislative Analyst’s Ofce
Health and Social Services
Alternative Approach to Increasing Work Participation in
Failure to comply with ederal work participation requirements
could result in penalties in the hundreds o millions o dollars.The Governor proposes a graduated ull-amily sanctionand a ve-year time limit or children whose parents cannotor will not meet ederal work participation requirements.These policies would address anticipated work participationshortalls and result in savings o $471 million. We presentalternative approaches to increasing work participation thatresult in less budgetary savings and ewer children losingaid (see pages C-105 and C-113).
Child Welfare Services (CWS)
The Governor proposes to reduce county allocations or
CWS by $84 million. We evaluate the potential impacts othis proposal on social worker caseloads and children; andprovide alternatives that more narrowly target reductions inCWS expenditures (see page C-118).The budget proposes to continue with the development o a
new CWS computer system at a total cost o $247 million.We recommend canceling the proposed new system andinstead updating the existing CWS/CMS to provide requiredunctionality, resulting in savings o $184 million over the nextseven years (see page C-124).
In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Wages
Current law grants counties broad discretion to set wage
levels and the conditions under which potential providers maylist themselves as available to be employed by recipients. To