California FY24 State Budget Signed by Governor Newsom
After working with Legislative leadership to finalize the budget agreement, Governor Newsom signed the full budget bill on June 27, 2023.
As AbilityPath previously reported, the budget includes critical investments in service payment rates for Independent Living Services. This program provides individualized services for adults with developmental disabilities to support increased independence. Participants work one-on-one with an Independent Living Skills coach and learn life skills to help them achieve their goals and to live more independently. We are grateful to everyone who advocated for this investment, which allows increased access to quality services.
Beginning in July 2024, the Department of Developmental Services will be required to adjust rates when there is a change to statewide minimum wage. The details for implementing this change have not been released, and AbilityPath will seek opportunities to be included in this dialogue. For too long, rates have not allowed for appropriate wages for the workforce serving people with developmental disabilities.
We will continue to keep you informed on policy issues affecting the individuals and families we serve, as well as advocacy opportunities and our progress in creating a world where people of all abilities are fully accepted, respected, and included.
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