Welcome to the Senate Committee on Human Services

Human Services Committee Hearing days: 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday at 3:00 p.m. or upon adjournment of session at 1021 O Street Room 2200

For information on how to submit a position letter please see the directions below:

Advocacy Quick Reference Guide

Submit Position Letter

Teleconference Instructions:


The Capitol and O Street building is open for in-person attendance of committee hearings.  Please utilize the teleconference service if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive.

The Senate strongly recommends that all members of the public wear a mask in all shared spaces in the Capitol and the 1021 O Street building. Masks are available at all security entrances.

We encourage the public to submit written testimony before the hearing through the position letter portal. Please note that any written testimony submitted to the committee is considered public comment and may be read into the record or reprinted.

Call-in information for public comment at the Senate Human Services Hearing scheduled for July 13th, 2023 upon adjournment of session.  


ACCESS CODE: 1618051



Please note: In order for your testimony to be heard clearly, you must mute any devices you are using to live stream the committee hearing prior to calling into the teleconference service. Please do not testify using speakerphone or bluetooth, this can cause acoustic feedback and make it very difficult to hear your testimony. 

  • Upon calling in, you will be placed in a “waiting room” where you will be muted but you can listen to the committee hearing as you wait.

  • When a committee moves to public comment, a moderator will ask for anyone who is wishing to testify in “Support” or “Opposition” of the bill to please press 1-0.   You should press 1-0 when you are prompted by the moderator. 

  • When you press 1-0 on your phone, you will wait and an operator will assign you a line number, at that time you will be placed in the queue for identification.  Remember your line number, the moderator will call out that number to identify YOU when it is your turn to testify.  OF IMPORTANT NOTE: If you press 1-0 a second time, you will remove yourself from the queue and you will not be identified to testify. Every time you press 1-0 you either put yourself “In queue” or take yourself “Out of queue” so listen carefully, and press 1-0 only once when you are prompted by the moderator.

  • When you are successfully in the queue, with your assigned line number, the moderator will call out your line number, open your line, and at that time you may address the committee. You must have your own phone unmuted before you begin testimony.


A more detailed explanation of the teleconference instructions can be found by clicking the “Teleconference Instructions”


JURISDICTION: Bills relating to CalWORKs and other welfare programs; CalFresh; child welfare and foster care; services to persons with disabilities, including those provided by regional centers and the state's developmental centers; in-home supportive services (IHSS); aging and long-term care; community care licensing; and, social services and rehabilitative services, in general.


Senator Marie Alvarado-Gil (Chair)
Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (Vice Chair)
Senator Melissa Hurtado
Senator Caroline Menjivar
Senator Aisha Wahab

Effective Immediately, the Senate Human Services Committee’s office may be closed to drop in meetings due to COVID-19.  However, committee staff will be reachable during normal business hours at 916-651-1524 or you may email us at: 

Heather.Hopkins@sen.ca.gov (Staff Director)

Bridgett.Hankerson@sen.ca.gov (Consultant)

Diana.Dominguez@sen.ca.gov (Consultant)

Varnell.Smith@sen.ca.gov (Committee Assistant)

We apologize for the inconvenience but we are here to answer any questions you may have.

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