On behalf of the 4.7 million family caregivers in our State of California, the CRCs thank you for your support!
In FY 2019-20, Governor Newsom, with support from the state legislature, approved an augmentation of $10M per year for three years for the CRCs to increase numbers of family caregivers served; deploy a statewide interactive client record; increase the use of technologies to extend services; and promote quality and standardization of core services.
The ravages of COVID-19 have amplified the needs of family caregivers across the state, particularly in Black and Latino communities, which have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Research shows that caregiving responsibilities have only increased during the pandemic, and that existing caregivers are experiencing even greater caregiving burdens as the pandemic continues to rage.
As California continues to promote home- and community-based services (e.g., through the Master Plan for Aging) the importance and needs of family caregivers will only continue to increase. Alzheimer’s and other dementias that increase in an aging society require healthy and capable caregivers to provide competent care. The CRCs are an integral component to the state’s Master Plan on Aging. To support the increasing demand of family caregivers in the state, the CRCs are asking for an extension of one additional year of the current $10m augmentation for the CRC service and technology expansion project and a $10 million ongoing augmentation to permanently restore the deep cuts to the program in the recessionary years. Extending the CRCs current augmentation will allow the CRCs to continue providing personalized, compassionate, and evidence-based services to family caregivers, and expand their capacity to address underserved caregiver groups (English language limited, ethnically diverse, young, LGBTQ, those who provide complex care and caregivers who work outside the home in addition to working as unpaid caregivers at home).
The CRC Budget Ask directly relates to the California Master Plan for Aging Goal 4: “Caregiving That Works.”