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Board Passes Comprehensive Economic and Humanitarian Stimulus Package

05/19/20

Today the San Diego County Board of Supervisors passed a comprehensive economic and humanitarian stimulus package using CARES Act funds to support behavioral health and child welfare, small business and cities. The breakdown in funding includes:   

  • $175 million County COVID-19 Response/Recovery
  • $100 million for Testing, Tracing and Treatments (T3)
  • $5 million (already allocated to Emergency Childcare Vouchers)
  • $25 million for Cities to address COVID-19 Response
  • $17million for implementing economic stimulus programs for restaurants and small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • $15 million for Behavioral Health Services (mental health and substance abuse) for telehealth capabilities, electronic health record upgrades and care coordination, outreach and engagement and workforce recruitment and retention  
  • $2 million in Child Welfare Services to enhance existing contracts to include expanded outreach, service and support for at-risk families identified by school districts who have been disconnected since school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic

This Economic and Humanitarian Stimulus Package was introduced by Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Dianne Jacob. Supervisor Fletcher released the following statement: “Our balanced distribution of resources will help with some of the costs the County is incurring as it responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, but most importantly it puts San Diego County residents, business owners and cities on path to recovery. This stimulus package is comprehensive and it is measured. It’s the right way to offer the vital support to those the County of San Diego serves.”