CalVet

Study Schedule

DATE & TIME
EVENT
WRITTEN MATERIAL

Thursday, November 17, 2016
1:00 p.m., Veterans Home of California, Yountville, Grant Hall, Member Services Center, 260 California Drive, Yountville, CA 94599

Summary of the November 17, 2016 Advisory Committee Meeting.

Advisory Committee Meeting

Friday, June 17, 2016
9:30 a.m., Veterans Home of California, West Los Angeles, 11500 Nimitz Avenue, Getty View Conference Room (D401), 4th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90049-4704

Summary of the June 17, 2016 Advisory Committee Meeting.

Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, March 3, 2016
9:30 a.m., State Capitol, Room 437

Public Hearing

Thursday, October 22, 2015
9:00 a.m., State Capitol, Room 437

(Public notice was revised on Thursday, October 15, 2015, following an update to the witness list.)

Public Hearing

 

Description of Study

The Commission is reviewing the California Department of Veteran Affairs (CalVet) and its operation of the California Veterans’ Homes program.  With this study, the Commission intends to direct its focus on the quality of care provided in the state’s eight veterans homes, as well as the stability and design of the system’s funding structure.  The Commission also is interested in better understanding the department’s process for managing and maintaining the homes and planning for the needs of the next generation of veterans.  As part of its review, the Commission will explore successful veterans home programs in other states to identify potential best practices that might be relevant in California.

The Commission initiated this review to follow-up on previous recommendations about how California serves its veterans.  In its 2013 report, An Agenda for Veterans: The State’s Turn to Serve, the Commission called on policymakers to improve outreach to the state’s nearly two million veterans and assist the federal government in reducing an unreasonably excessive backlog in processing claims.  In October 2015, the Commission held a hearing to assess the progress the California Department of Veteran Affairs has made in implementing recommendations in its 2013 report.  In addition, the hearing provided the Commission an opportunity to review the veterans home and home loan programs, and follow up on leadership deficiencies identified in a July 2015 request to the Commission from Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs. 

Following the October hearing, a site visit to the Yountville Veterans Home was scheduled in November 2015.  During both the hearing and site visit, the Commission learned of critical infrastructure repairs requiring immediate attention.  The Commission could not stand by as its study process proceeded without drawing attention to the urgent maintenance and infrastructure issues at the Yountville home.  The Commission sent a letter to the Governor and the Legislature urging immediate action. 

The Commission will continue its study process and will schedule an additional hearing in 2016 with a closer examination of the homes division and the state’s veterans homes program.  The Commission aims to better understand how these programs currently serve veterans as they age, as well as consider how this care model will serve future generations of California veterans.

If you would like more information regarding this study, please contact Tamar Lazarus at tamar.lazarus@lhc.ca.gov or at 916-445-2125. To be notified electronically of meetings, events, or when the review is complete, please send a request to littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov

Click here for a list of additional previous Commission studies on health & human services.