Gov. Jerry Brown riled advocates for the elderly and disabled on Monday with an announcement that he vetoed legislation to create a replacement program for senior care services scrapped as part of this year's budget agreement.
Assembly Bill 96 would have allowed roughly half of the state's 300 Adult Day Health Care centers to continue to operate under a new, federally approved program. It was approved in response to an agreement to ax the Adult Day Health Care services to cut state spending.
Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, said the veto was "both disappointing and incomprehensible; especially from someone who is himself a member of the senior community."
"This ill-advised action will ultimately result in higher costs to the State, and more tragically, exact an immeasurable toll on 37,000 frail elders, their families, and those who care for them," Yamada, who chairs the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care, said in a statement.
Brown said in a veto message that while he supports the goal of the proposal, "creating a new ADHC look-alike program at this juncture is unnecessary and untimely."
He said in the message that his administration will extend benefits for ADHC recipients through December 2011 and is working with ADHC centers and community organizations to ensure elderly patients currently utilizing the services do not experience "unnecessary institutionalization."