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
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
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 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
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:
- 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
Authority - to control a budget in order to purchase services and supports of their choosing;
- including the ability to arrange resources and personnel, which will
allow flexibility to live in the community of their choice;
- which includes the ability to take responsibility for making
decisions in their own lives and accept a valued role in their
Confirmation - in making decisions in their own lives by designing and operating the system that they rely on.
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.
That Early Help You Need for Your Child Doesn't Come Soon EnoughA
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.