CHA Advocates for Caregiver Support

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California Health Advocates submitted this letter in support of the California Caregiver Resource Center’s request for an extension of one additional year of the current $10 million 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.

This increase will allow the CRCs to operate at full capacity to provide free and very low-cost long-term services and supports throughout the state to a growing population of diverse unpaid family caregivers of adults with cognitive impairments, and of older adults with any chronic disabling condition.

The CRC Budget Ask relates to the California Master Plan for Aging Goal 4: Caregiving That Works.

COVID-19 has increased family caregiver responsibilities and amplified caregiving burdens. Added stressors have hit Black and Latino communities especially hard. 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 as home).

Read CHA’s full letter (PDF).

Karen Joy Fletcher

Our blogger Karen Joy Fletcher is CHA’s Communications Director. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she is the online “public face” of the organization, provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare and other health care issues. She is responsible for digital content creation, management of CHA’s editorial calendar, and managing all aspects of CHA’s social media presence. She loves being a “communicator” and enjoys networking and collaborating with the passionate people and agencies in the health advocacy field. See her current articles.