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Did the Governor’s Veto of Senate Bill 912 Impact the COVID-19 Extension of Foster Care for Youth Who Turned 21 On or After April 17th?

Q: Did the Governor’s veto of Senate Bill 912 impact the COVID-19 extension of foster care for youth who turned 21 on or after April 17th?

A: No, it did not. The 2020-21 state budget included $32 million to protect non-minor dependents by allowing youth who turn 21 between April 17, 2020 and June 30, 2021 to remain in care until June 30, 2021. Senate Bill 912 (Beall) would have made additional changes to this extension, including changing the date range of eligibility and making the extension automatic for any future states of emergency. The veto of Senate Bill 912 did not impact the existing extension to June 30, 2021. A full description of how the extension was included in the state budget follows.

The budget trailer bill, Assembly Bill 89 states that $29,021,000 million is available to:

1) Fund the assistance costs associated with continuing an extended foster care benefit assistance payment for any nonminor dependent who met eligibility requirements for the Extended Foster Care program, has lost their employment or has experienced a disruption in their education program resulting from COVID-19, and cannot otherwise meet any of the participation requirements; and

2) Extend foster care eligibility for nonminor dependents who turn 21 years of age while in extended foster care on or after April 17, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

Another budget trailer bill, Senate Bill 115 states that $2,979,000 is available to fund the administrative costs associated with the above provisions. An All County Letter with more in-depth guidance about this extension is forthcoming from the California Department of Social Services. In the meantime, questions can be directed to TAYPolicy@dss.ca.gov.

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California Legislature Resumes

Q: Now that the California Legislature has resumed, what are key hearings, deadlines, and guidance for participation during the continued Covid-19 state of emergency? How will I know if a bill I care about is moving forward or held? 

A: After a legislative pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, the California State Assembly reconvened Monday, May 4, 2020 and the Senate will resume May 11, 2020. Due to the risk of spread of Covid-19, hearings are held virtually with telephonic access for public comment and in-person attendance is discouraged. Guidance to the public requests that people do not enter the Capitol if they have a cough or fever, or are monitoring Covid-19 symptoms. People are encouraged to watch and participate from home. Opportunities are provided to submit written testimony and to make public comment by phone. For anyone needing to attend in person there is a request to maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another. Capitol restrooms are equipped with soap and people are asked to wash hands often and use hand sanitizer.

The Assembly and Senate Daily Files are updated to include the new hearing dates, agendas and information for how to view the hearings. There will be one hearing per committee in the month of May. Based on the ongoing financial impact of Covid-19 on the economy, legislators were asked to restrict their legislative items only to those issues related to addressing Covid-19, homelessness, and wildfire response. Many bills previously set to be heard will now be held and will not move forward this year. To learn the status of legislation, search by bill number here and click on the status tab.

Hearings important to transition age youth and foster youth are the following:

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