Realignment: Coping or Capitalizing?

In a nutshell, realignment transfers responsibility for dozens of social and health programs – foster care, adoption assistance, alcohol and drug treatment, protective services for the elderly, mental health, and some primary health for children – from  California’s legislature to the counties.  Along with increased responsibility to administer and manage these programs, counties will get increased flexibility about how to allocate resources among programs. If California’s economy continues to improve, however slowly, so will available dollars that counties have to manage and invest in realigned social and health programs. read more