(a) The 1984-85 fiscal year establishes base funding for the county drug allocation. It is the intent of the Legislature to assure the integrity and separate identity of a state drug abuse service by providing a separate allocation that is specifically for the drug abuse programs. Beginning with the 1985-86 fiscal year, cost-of-living adjustments, if granted, shall be tied to the previous year's base allocation.
(b) A county with a population of 200,000 or less may shift funds between alcohol and drug programs at its discretion to fund alcohol and drug program services, as funded under, and defined in, subdivision (m) of Section 11765 and subdivision (e) of Section 11961. These shifts shall be reflected in the county alcohol and drug program plans. Prior to the county shifting funds between alcohol and drug programs, approval shall be requested and obtained by the county from the director. The request and approval shall be in writing. The request shall include a description of the process and procedures used by the county, including public hearings, in determining the need for the funding shift and shall be accompanied by resolutions of support from the county advisory board on alcohol problems and the county advisory board on drug programs. The request shall be submitted as part of the proposed annual county drug program plan submitted to the department by the board of supervisors pursuant to Section 11983.1.
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the director may reduce funding below the base year amounts of counties which underspend their allocation for two consecutive years by more than 5 percent. Any reduction shall be limited to the difference between 5 percent of the allocation and the total amount unspent. The amounts underspent shall be based on the most recent cost reports.
(d) Upon approval by both parties, the county drug program plan shall be deemed to be a contract between the state and county. The county drug program plan shall not be subject to review pursuant to Section 14780 of the Government Code.
(Amended by Stats. 1989, Ch. 1297, Sec. 13.)