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Senate Appropriations Committee
State Capitol, Room 2206
Sacramento, CA 95814

RE: SB 648 – Enriched Care Adult Residential Facility Pilot Program

Dear Senator (name):

The (organization name) is in support of SB 648 by Senator Hurtado to establish the Enriched Care Adult Residential Facility pilot program to promote the sustainability of essential residential care facilities that serve recipients who receive Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Program for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled (SSI/SSP) benefits. 

There is a diminishing supply of Adult Residential Facilities (ARFs) and Residential Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) that accept SSI/SSP recipients.  This loss of capacity has been attributed to the low SSI/SSP rate and increasing value of real estate, coupled with the other costs associated with operating 24-hour residential facilities. Recent data shows the capacity at ARFs and RCFEs for SSI/SSP recipients has decreased by about 2,000 since 2019. Without the option of ARF or RCFE accommodations, it is feared these fragile individuals will become homeless or worse, dead.

SB 648 would address this situation by establishing the Enriched Care Adult Residential Facility pilot program.  Residential care facilities would be eligible for a stipend of $1,000 per month for each resident who receives SSI/SSP benefits if a county determines the facility’s application meets the specified criteria.  The purpose of the stipend is to provide auxiliary services which include, but are not limited to, enriched case management, clinical consultation, enhanced assistance with activities of daily living, transportation services, mental health therapy, and other planned activities.  The pilot program would terminate on June 30, 2026 and counties would have expenditure authority over program funds until June 30, 2027.

We believe this bill proposes a creative and practical approach to promote the sustainability of residential care facilities and improve the quality of life of low-income Californians who live in ARFs and RCFEs.  We respectfully request an “aye” vote on SB 648.

Sincerely,

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