Thanks to your letters, emails and phone calls advocating for ongoing funding for the Caregiver Resource Centers (CRCs), Governor Newsom and the California Legislature have agreed to make permanent an additional $10 million in funding for the CRCs.
We couldn’t have done it without you!
In FY 2019-20, the CRCs received an augmentation of $10M per year for three years to upgrade our infrastructure to better serve California’s nearly 5 million unpaid family caregivers. During 2020, the ravages of COVID-19 amplified the needs of family caregivers across the state. The increase in caregiver burden and responsibilities during the pandemic had a disproportionate impact on Black and Latino communities. The added stressors and burdens of caregiving during COVID-19 led to the establishment of waiting lists at some CRCs.
As California continues to promote home- and community-based services through the Master Plan for Aging and other state-wide initiatives, the importance of family caregivers will only continue to grow, and their needs will continue to multiply. Alzheimer’s and other dementias that increase in an aging society require healthy and capable caregivers to provide competent care.
The CRCs are committed to serving expanding numbers of family caregivers with evidence-based and evidence-informed services, and to continue to build on practices that serve diverse communities throughout the state.
We wholeheartedly thank you for your support of the California Caregiver Resource Centers (CRCs)!