Per WIC 5847(b)(7), counties are required to establish and maintain a prudent reserve (PR) to ensure children, adults, and seniors can continue receiving services at current levels in the event of an economic downturn. The Prudent Reserve is funded with monies allocated to the Community Services and Supports component and cannot exceed 33% of a county's average distribution for the previous five years.
Per 5892 (b)(7), counties are required to assess and certify their local prudent reserve every 5 years, beginning in FY 17-18.
Per the California Code of Regulations (CCR) 3420.30 (f) counties may reassess the Prudent Reserve funding level more frequently at the county level, which may allow for a new Prudent Reserve maximum level, based on the most recent assessment. Counties choosing to reassess the prudent reserve funding level must submit a DHCS 1819: PR Certification Form.
PR Balances and Funding Levels