June 11, 2018


  • The Monday Morning Memo is now available in Spanish! Click here to read our translation

  • SSI/SSP Increases in State Budget, but Otherwise Budget Falls Woefully Short for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Awareness Month
  • The Federal Government has Approved Funding for California's Self Determination Program
  • Finding Talented DSP's: Integrating PSA's and Marketing Flyers into Your Recruitment Strategy
  • Upcoming Events, News, Articles, and Research
  • Jobs, Funding Opportunities, & More

SSI/SSP Increases in State Budget, but Otherwise Budget Falls Woefully Short for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities



Find your representative here and call their Capitol office.

Despite initial agreement between both the California Assembly and Senate on restoring cuts to the developmental disabilities community, in the final hour the Legislature and Governor decided to NOT make critically needed investments. The Legislature conducted their final budget committee hearing at 5:30PM on Friday to discuss the budget, which will now be sent to the full Senate and Assembly for a vote.

The final deal included the following:

- $25M provider rate increase for only one year. Money will be used as a "bridge" to help fund services until a new rate study is released; however, this amount of money will be inadequate to cover the need.

- No restoration of social recreation or camping services.

- Implementation of the 14 day uniform holiday schedule will be delayed for one year.

- Half-day billing (essentially a cut to provider reimbursement rates) will be implemented for a loss of $1.4M.

Jordan Lindsey, Executive Director, the Arc of California

Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Awareness Month

June is recognized by the California State Legislature, the California Department of Social Services and a large coalition of agencies dedicated to protecting the most at-risk populations, as Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Awareness Month. I had the honor and privilege of attending The California Statewide Elder and Dependent Adult Awareness Event on June 7, 2018 and hearing some AMAZING speakers, including Ms. Kecia Weller who is near and dear to my heart. Following the presentation of a California Assembly Resolution for Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Awareness, authored and presented by Assembly Member Ash Kalra, Kecia gave a very moving victim impact statement about her personal experience with sexual violence and her path to getting the help she needed.

The event itself was an innovative approach to raising awareness about the serious issue of abuse as it highlighted presentations and contest awards/awardees. Contest categories included a 1 minute public service video, a 1 minute radio spot/slogan or hashtag and a poster contest. The contest was open to everyone and included youth, adult and professional categories. All contest entries were required to address the basic theme that abuse of anyone (including/especially seniors and people with disabilities) is a human rights issue that should concern us all. The presentations were absolutely phenomenal and our very own Arc Solano took home the 2nd place in the category of a 1 minute radio spot. Congratulations to The Arc Solano!

In addition to the incredible contest presentations the event included several TED-style Talks that all addressed issues of abuse and innovative ways to approach addressing the complexities of abuse of elders and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Keynote Address was given by Mary Twomey from The Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protection Services, Administration of Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If you have never had the chance to hear Mary speak I encourage to make every effort possible to do so if you ever get the chance. Her speech was titled The Last Frontier - Adult Abuse and What the Future Holds - and I can't even begin to summarize what she said because it was all so important and accurate but the one thing she emphasized was the need for data. Data, data and more data is essential to getting funding at the federal level to address the issue of abuse of elder and adults with I/DD.

I want to give a HUGE shout out to everyone that made this event happen and suggest that these are the events that will raise awareness and create a stronger sense of community and safety for elders and adults with I/DD that are at-risk of or are in abuse situations. On behalf of The Arc/UCP California Collaboration THANK YOU to Director Lightbourne, CDSS, Leza Colema, California Long-Term Care Ombudsman Association, Lori Delagrammatikas, Adult Protection Services Liaison, CDSS and everyone else that participated and made this event happen! 

Teresa Anderson, Policy Director, The Arc & UCP California Collaboration

The Federal Government Has Approved Funding For California's Self Determination Program

Last Thursday June 7th, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) announced that that federal government has approved federal Medicaid funding for California's Self Determination Program. This program will allow people with disabilities who receive regional center services and their families far more control over the ways services are provided and who the individuals are who provide that support. This marks a positive milestone for people with disabilities throughout the state who have been wishing for greater levels of control over their own lives. 

Based on a small pilot program that began twenty years ago in limited areas, the Self Determination Program emphasizes consumer choice. In their announcement DDS mapped the following principals:
  • Freedom - to exercise the same rights as all citizens; to establish, with freely chosen supporters, family and friends, where they want to live, with whom they want to live, how their time will be occupied, and who supports them;
  • Authority - to control a budget in order to purchase services and supports of their choosing;
  • Support - including the ability to arrange resources and personnel, which will allow flexibility to live in the community of their choice;
  • Responsibility - which includes the ability to take responsibility for making decisions in their own lives and accept a valued role in their community, and
  • Confirmation - in making decisions in their own lives by designing and operating the system that they rely on.

The approval for Medicaid funding is a crucial step towards the realization of Self Determination, but not the final step. In their announcement DDS said, "the Department and the self-determination advisory workgroup must continue to focus on finalizing program components for implementation." To this end they will publish a timeline with key dates by June 18th, 2018.

Updates about the Self Determination Program will be posted here.

If you would like to be notified of updates via email, click here to email DDS.

To learn more about how to take part in the program click here.

Christian McMahon, Communications Specialist, the Arc of California




Disability Scoop

Smithsonian Magazine

Disability Scoop

That Early Help You Need for Your Child Doesn't Come Soon Enough A thorough investigation into the challenges in California's Early Start program. This article outlines where the system is failing, who is being harmed, and points to improvements we must make to help the youngest Californians with disabilities and their families thrive. 
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The Community Transportation Association along with its partners the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and the Institute for Community Inclusion of the University of Massachusetts-Boston is pleased to announce the availability of a new round of funding for local inclusive planning projects. CTAA, with financial support from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, and in collaboration with other federal and national partners, is making available grants of up to $35,000 each for up to 20 organizations for a six-month period. The new projects are expected to adopt inclusive strategies that fit their communities and build upon learning from previous projects. It is anticipated that the experience from these grants will add to the knowledge garnered from previous project and help to build recognition and support for inclusive planning across the U.S.

The purpose of the ARRT program (funded through NIDILRR's Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program) is to provide advanced research training and experience to individuals with doctorates, or similar advanced degrees, who have clinical or other relevant experience. ARRT projects train rehabilitation researchers (including those with disabilities) with particular attention to research areas that support the implementation and objectives of the Rehabilitation Act and that improve the effectiveness of services under this law.

More Grants Can Be Found at


The Arc of California posts job announcements in the Career Ladder section every week because we would like to contribute to steering quality candidates to professional positions that support people with disabilities and we are trying to communicate to Direct Support Professionals that there is a "career ladder" in their chosen profession.

The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the management and operation of all programs and services provided by The Arc San Francisco, for implementing all policy decisions of the governing Board, and for employing and supervising a staff whose dedication and high morale creates a healthy working environment and produces quality of service more than adequate to achieve Board objectives. S/he oversees the administrative and fiduciary functions of the agency. S/he represents the agency to the community, and builds strong relationships with key stakeholders, agency staff, and the Board. S/he and professional advancement staff partner with the Board in fundraising to support The Arc programs. S/he will be guided by the priorities, all discussed in this prospectus, cited by the Board in the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan, "Building Our Future: The Way Forward."

Arc of Los Angeles and Orange Counties, Chief Operations Officer
Make a difference in people's lives and enrich your career.  The Arc Los Angeles & Orange Counties is a quality driven non-profit agency, with 13 programs, including a production and packaging center, serving hundreds of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  We have an opening for a full-time, experienced Chief Operations Officer. As a key member of the Executive Management team, the Chief Operations Officer will oversee and ensure the agency has the proper operational controls, administrative, and reporting procedures.  Additionally, the successful candidate will act as the agency safety compliance officer.
To be considered for this position send your resume and a cover letter to: 

Children's Services Division annually supports almost 700 children with intellectual and developmental delays and behavioral health needs and their families. 

The Chief Executive Officer/President enables PWI to adapt to and influence a dynamic environment. Working with and reporting to the Board of Directors, this role helps set policy and strategic leadership in concert with the mission, vision, purposes, and values of the organization. The CEO/President serves as the principal external representative of the organization and manages internal systems and complex processes of the organization to achieve effective and efficient operations. This position also directs budget development, fiscal responsibility and assures successful financial performance.

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