FY 2019-2020 Budget Act Highlights

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Department of Rehabilitation Budget

The Department of Rehabilitation’s (DOR) enacted budget for fiscal year (FY) 2019-2020 is $480 million. Funding for vocational rehabilitation consumer services is $186.4 million. The DOR continues to operate under a Federal Order of Selection process, and will be providing services to individuals in Priority Category One, eligible individuals with the most significant disabilities; Priority Category Two, eligible individuals with significant disabilities, who apply on or before June 30, 2020; and Priority Category Three, eligible individuals with disabilities who applied on or before June 30, 2017, including individuals who are on the Waiting List.

DOR Funding ($ in thousands)

Total enacted budget for FY 2019-20 is $479,096 and includes:

  • General Fund – $72,952 including ($5,705) in Local Assistance
  • Federal Funds – $390,209 including ($10,736) in Local Assistance
  • Other funds – total of $15,935 including Reimbursements ($12,580), Vending Stand Fund ($3,361) and Traumatic Brain Injury Fund ($-6).

Approved Program Changes:

Mission-Based Review:

  • DOR overall General Fund budget was increased by $6.2 Mil and the Traumatic Brain Injury Program received ongoing General Fund support.
  • Approximately $3.4 Mil is allocated to support Community Rehabilitation Program vendor rate increases, approximately $1.6 Mil for Information Technology Infrastructure improvement and $1.2 Mil to fund the Traumatic Brain Injury Program.
  • The budget also takes into consideration that the VR grant has a Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirement in addition to a state match requirement.
  • This MOE requirement means that the state match (in dollars) in a given federal fiscal year (FFY) must be equal to at least the actual state match from two years before.  If the MOE requirement is not met, the federal VR grant award is reduced by the deficit.  The DOR utilize General Funds, Cash and Certified match from our COOP partners and Vending Stand fund as a source of state match.
  • The DOR budget authority was adjusted as follows to eliminate the risk of increasing future Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirement that may result in a reduction to the VR grant award:
    • $5 Mil in Social Security Reimbursements (SSR) (Federal Funds) budgeted under Local Assistance for Independent Living was replaced by $5 Mil in General Fund.
    • $5 Mil in SSR (Federal Funds) was added to the Vocational Rehabilitation Program.
    • This adjustment in funding sources resulted in maintaining historical funding levels for the Independent Living program budget and $5 Mil increase for the VR program budget.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Program: Due to the declining revenues into the State Penalty Fund, the Budget includes $1.2 million General Fund ongoing to fund the TBI program. This will allow DOR to restore $150,000 grant funding to seven TBI sites.
  • Removal of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Sunset Date: Approved trailer bill language to remove the sunset date, aligning with the Governor’s proposal for on-going General Fund support for TBI.
  • Supported Employment Job Coaching Rate Increase: Approved General Fund for two calendar year limited-term provider rate increase, from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021, for supported employment services as follows: $477,000 for FY 2019-20, $955,000 for FY 2020-21, and $477,000 for FY 2021-22. This adjustment aligns DOR’s provider rates with Department of Developmental Services service rates for supported employment.

Approved Spring Finance Letter (SFL) for FY 2019-20

  • Spring Finance Letter (SFL) – CalFresh Outreach via ILCs: Granted $2.5 Mil in reimbursement authority to provide CalFresh outreach and application assistance to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who will be newly-eligible for CalFresh benefits as part of the reversal of the SSI cash-out policy through DOR’s 28 Independent Living Centers.


The DOR is allocated 1,882 total positions (1,790 permanent, 92 temporary).