In-home care back in budget
January 20, 2012
A budget-mandated reduction of in-home care for 372,000 elderly and disabled Californians was blocked Thursday by a federal judge. [SF Chronicle]
Gov. Jerry Brown’s current budget would slash 20 percent from a program called In-Home Supportive Services if revenue projections failed to materialize — which has happened.
A temporary restraining order was issued by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken in December, and this week’s decision finalized that decision. The cutback was slated to take effect Jan. 1.
The judge said she feared the reductions would force people into nursing homes, which would violate federal law.
The current level of funding now will be maintained.
An appeals court could be asked by state officials to lift the injunction, and the Department of Social Services is reviewing the ruling.