SPIL Recommended Funding Formula 1.3 FINANCIAL PLAN 1.3B(2)Describe efforts to coordinate Federal and State funding for centers and IL services, including the amounts, sources and purposes of the funding to be coordinated. START HERE In recognition of key findings from the SILC Needs Assessment for 2014-2016 State Plan for Independent Living, which highlighted cost as a main challenge affecting access to and delivery of independent living services, and consensus recommendations from the 2015 SILC Ad Hoc Funding Formula Workgroup, the following funding formula agreement was developed and approved by a majority of California’s 28 ILCs for new, long-term Title VII C funds (after COLAs) to promote equity in the base funding level for all California ILCs.
To move closer to an equitable base funding level for all California ILCs, the SPIL endorses a short- and long-term minimum base funding formula: Beginning in 2016, all California ILCs with a combined AB 204 and Title VII C fund total of less than $570,000, will receive an equal distribution of new Section VII C funds (after COLAs) to bring them up to $570,000 minimum base funding level. This formula will continue to be applied until all ILCs have reached this accepted base funding standard. When all ILCs have reached the short-term minimum base funding level of $570,000, all ILCs with a combined AB 204 and Title VII C total of less than $746,000 will receive an equal distribution of new Section VII C funds (after COLAs) to bring them up to the long-term $746,000 minimum base funding level. This formula will continue to be applied until all ILCs have reached this accepted base funding standard. The short-term minimum base funding level of $570,000 represents the recommended minimum base funding standard identified in 2014 by the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) and endorsed by the National Council of Independent Living Centers (NCIL).
The long-term base funding level of $746,000 represents the 2014 cost of living index for California (31%) compared to the mean cost of living for other states in the United States. Addenda
ILCs receiving new Section VII C funds to raise them to the short- and long-term minimum base funding standard will, thereafter receive, a proportional increase of all future Section VII C funds.
This formula addresses only Section VII C new funds (after COLAs). As such, it does not address the issue of population (i.e., number of persons with disabilities in a geographic area); however, this formula does not preclude separate efforts to address ILC funding equity and a focus on population with state funds.
The SILC will identify and conduct an appropriate cost of living index analysis to support the long-term minimum base funding level of $746,000.
Should California receive federal funds that fulfill the intent of this proposed short- and long-term minimum base funding formula, the SILC will convene members of the California Living Network to develop an appropriate replacement formula.