Examining the impact of the HIV-related state budget cuts: Comparing Alameda, Fresno, and Los Angeles Counties
Problem: During the summer of 2009, the State of California experienced an unprecedented budget crisis, resulting in cuts to social services across the state. Approximately $85 million was eliminated from the budget of the State Office of AIDS (OA) for FY 2009‐2010, about half of the allocation of $167 million in FY 2008‐2009. Following the cuts, reports in the local media and press releases indicated that several community‐based organizations (CBOs) and AIDS service organizations (ASOs) had to close their doors or drastically reduce the level of HIV‐related services, including activities such as HIV testing and counseling. The UCSF AIDS Policy Center Rapid Response Team conducted this study to gather more details on the impact of these budget reductions.