Human Services

Federal Update: Federal COVID-19 Relief Funding for California’s Housing and Homelessness Response
Ted Link-Oberstar and Bridgett Hankerson, January 2022
This federal update summarizes federal funding provided to the state of California as well as local and tribal governments and public housing authorities to assist with housing and homelessness issues in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes brief program summaries and identifies funding allocated as of the publication date. This report may be updated as warranted.

2018 Profile of the Older Population
Russell Manning, June 2019
A report from the federal Administration for Community Living highlights population growth and quality of life statistics for Americans age 65 and older.  

Optimizing Public Benefits from State-Funded Research
Julianne McCall and Paul Jacobs with contributions from Teresa Feo, March 2018
Prepared at the request of Senator Bob Wieckowski, this report presents key principles and discusses structural components necessary to optimize public benefits from state-funded research programs.

Profiles of California’s Unemployed
Ken Spence and Megan Lane, August 2017
Learn about the multidimensional challenges of California’s out-of-work population in 17 cities and counties.

A Detailed Look at Poverty in California
Julianne McCall, January 2017
A new analysis of U.S. Census data shows poverty is more widespread in many of California’s counties.

Profile of the Status of Women and Girls in South Los Angeles
Debra Cooper, Elizabeth Dietzen Olsen, and Norma Loza, October 2015
Prepared at the request of the Select Committee on Women and Inequality for the 2015 Hearing, this background document provides a snapshot of issues affecting gender, race, and poverty in South Los Angeles, including employment, homelessness, and trafficking.

Licensed California Residential Facilities for Adults
Daphne Hunt and Malaika Singleton, February 2014
Prepared at the request of the California Senate Human Services Committee for a Joint Oversight Hearing, this table offers an overview of state residential facilities for adults and includes facility descriptions, the number of facilities in the state, and who they serve. County level data also is offered for facilities licensed by the California Department of Social Services.

The Agricultural Act of 2014: Highlights of Impacts to California
Daphne Hunt and Bob Franzoia, February 2014
President Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014 (H.R. 2642)—commonly known as the farm bill—on February 7, 2014, which reauthorizes dozens of farm bill programs ranging from nutrition to agriculture for five years, through federal fiscal year 2018. This farm bill authorizes $956 billion over the next 10 years, with nearly 80 percent of the funding allocated to nutrition programs.

Understanding Alzheimer's Disease: A Review of Medical Advancements and Efforts to Address the Societal, Economic, and Personal Toll of an Impending Public Health Crisis
Malaika Singleton, June 2013
California's Alzheimer's disease (AD) population is expected to increase by nearly 40 percent between 2010 and 2025 to nearly 700,000 people. In 2011 California unveiled a 10-year state plan for AD, and in 2012 the Obama administration announced the first national plan to address AD and an aggressive research program and funding pledge to meet the nation's goal of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer's by 2025.

Sequestration Is Now in Effect: What It Could Mean to California
Meredith Wurden and Meg Svoboda, March 2013
Find out which major programs are impacted by the sequester (automatic federal budget cuts) and what it could mean to California.
Gender-Responsive Asset-Building Strategies: Considerations for State Policy and Programs
Daphne Hunt, January 2013
Prepared at the request of Senator Carol Liu for the 2013 Women's Policy Summit, this memo describes promising state policy options that encourage the development of assets among low- to moderate-income women to help alleviate poverty.

Sequestration: What Is It? And How Could It Impact California?
Erin Riches, Meredith Wurden, Meg Svoboda, and SOR Staff, October 2012
Automatic federal budget reductions—known as sequestration—could cut many federal programs and spare others beginning in January 2013.

State Survey of California Prisoners: What Percentage of the State's Polled Prison Inmates Were Once Foster Care Children?
Sara McCarthy and Mark Gladstone, December 2011
A unique state survey reveals how many of the polled inmates were formerly in foster care.

Building a Healthier Foundation for 2014: California Begins to Implement the Federal Health Care Reform Law
Kim Flores, March 2011
Federal health care reform was passed in March 2010 and, over the next several years, the new law will make major changes in the nation's health care system. Numerous provisions of the law have already gone into effect.

Path to Care: How Federal Legislation Requiring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment Will Impact California
Mareva Brown, February 2011
Nearly 1 in 5 California adults suffers from a mental disorder, about 1 in 25 has signs of a serious mental illness, and nearly 1 in 10 abuses or is dependent on illicit drugs or alcohol.

Finding Answers: A Resource Guide on the Licensing and Certification of Health and Community Care Facilities in California
Michelle Baass, Mareva Brown, and Sara McCarthy, July 2009
This Policy Briefs provides contact information on the state's community care, health, mental health, and substance-abuse-treatment facilities, where more than one million Californians now live or receive care. An overview of who governs the location (siting) of these facilities also is featured.

An Overview of California's Draft Olmstead Plan: Transitioning Persons With Disabilities From Institutions to Community Settings Under U.S. Supreme Court Requirements
Laurel Mildred, October 2003
Under a landmark 1999 U.S. Supreme Court decision, California is required to accommodate those with physical, mental, or developmental disabilities who live in institutions, or are at risk of doing so, in the least restrictive settings possible.

Seclusion and Restraints: A Failure, Not a Treatment—Protecting Mental Health Patients From Abuses
Laurel Mildred, March 2002 [1139-S]
Seclusion and restraint of psychiatric patients are known to be dangerous practices that can result in serious injury, trauma, and even death.

Publicly Funded Programs for Low-Income Families: An Overview of Early Education and Child Care in California
Jack Hailey, April 2001
Since 1943, California has had government-subsidized child care and development programs available to some low-income working families.

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