Michelle Roland, the Chief of California’s Office of AIDS, provided some new information late this afternoon on the Governor’s proposal to cut HIV programs.
As of the publication in the Sacramento Bee this afternoon, this is our understanding of the current budget proposal relative to OA. Please be aware that things can still change. We will do our best to keep you informed.
May Revise Contingency Proposal: $24.6 million Education and Prevention +
New Proposal: $55.5 million other OA programs ($43 million)
+ some ADAP per LAO recommendations ($12.3 million)
Total = 80.1 million reduction
What this boils down to is the elimination of all general funding that California provides to almost all of its HIV programs. California’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) looks like it will receive a $12 million cut– a devastating blow to the 35,000 Californians living with HIV/AIDS.
During a conference call with community advocates on Tuesday afternoon, Michelle Roland said, “Things are evolving very quickly. This will affect anybody who has any prevention, care, or treatment funded by this money. The reality is it will also impact the office’s ability to support various things we do. We are definitely losing staff along with money that goes to support these programs.”