After weeks of negotiations, the California Legislature and Governor came to an agreement on the state’s 2022-23 budget. The original version of the budget (SB 154) included our ask of $20 million for an Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiver education pilot. Unfortunately, the final version of the bill eliminated this funding.
This funding would have expanded access to evidence-supported dementia caregiver education across the state. We know that unpaid family and friend caregivers are the backbone of our long-term care system. These unsung heroes provide care without any formal training while often also facing their own increased financial, emotional, and physical stress. Education can help caregivers keep their loved one at home longer and reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.
We are deeply disappointed that this funding request was not included in the budget. With a historic budget surplus, this is the time for California to make investments in caregivers. This pilot program aligned with the recommendations from the Governor’s Alzheimer’s Prevention and Preparedness Taskforce and the goals of the Master Plan on Aging.
We will continue to fight for resources and services that improve the lives of people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, their families, and caregivers.
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