News, Information, & Opportunities for California's Intellectual & Developmental Disability Community
August 14 2017
NATIONAL I/DD CRIMINAL JUSTICE TRAINING PROGRAM IN VENTURA, AUGUST 21
Join The Arc of Ventura County for this one-day training
program that will bring together law enforcement, legal professionals
and disability advocates to discuss critical issues affecting people
with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
The first national effort of its kind, Pathways to Justice
will develop important partnerships to build the capacity of the
criminal justice system to respond to gaps in existing services for
people with I/DD.
Washington, DC - Aging
and disability advocates celebrate as Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)
introduces The Supplemental Security Restoration Act of 2017.
KEY SSI RESTORATION ACT of 2017 PROVISIONS include the following:
Update general income disregard to $114 per month
Update earned income disregard to $377 per month
Update resource limit to $10,000 ($20,000 for an eligible couple)
Repeal the in-kind support and maintenance provision
Repeal penalties for resource transfers, marriage and state tax credits
Director of Policy & Advocacy, The Arc/UCP California Collaboration
The bill has 36 co-sponsors, including Representatives Tony Cardenas, Judy Chu, Jared Huffman, Barbara Lee, Alan Lowenthal, Adam Schiff, and Mark Takano from California.
Considering Congress' recent attack on entitlement programs such as Medicaid, it is assumed that this bill has an uphill battle.
Nonetheless, the majority of people with I/DD in California receive
SSI/SSP benefits, and therefore this effort will be a critical piece of
our advocacy efforts.
HEALTH & WELLNESS ACTIVITIES
Increasing Access to Dental Care
by Teresa Anderson, MPH
Beginning January 1, 2018 the Denti-Cal program will
implement full restoration of adult dental benefits. The state has
committed a significant amount of money, from the tobacco tax
(proposition 56), toward improving dental services such access to care,
increased provider reimbursement and preventive services. While we know
there is along way to go to meet the access and specialized dental
services needs of people with intellectual and developmental
disabilities in California we view this as an important step to
addressing the dental care crisis many in our community face. The state
has also invested in increasing access and prioritizing continuity of
dental care for children in the Denti-Cal program through the Dental
Transformation Initiative (DTI). The DTI includes several pilot projects
throughout the state, which aim to increase the use of preventive
dental services for children, prevent and treat more early childhood
caries, and increase continuity of care for children.
The Department of Health Care Services has created an e-mail
service for interested stakeholders such as advocates, consumers,
counties, legislative staff, providers, and state associations to
register to receive relevant updates on the Dental Transformation
Initiative (DTI). If you are interested in receiving updates and
information you can subscribe here.
We frequently hear from self-advocates, families
and advocates about the challenges of finding a dentist that is
accepting new Denti-Cal patients. The restoration of adult benefits
will mean that more people will likely be seeking dental care. If you
need assistance finding a dentist the DHCS - Denti-Cal program has a
provider referral list on their website:
Denti-Cal Beneficiary Services number is also an important resource
1(800) 322-6384 for those needing assistance finding a dentist or
inquiring about dental benefits. Self advocates, families and advocates
must continue to make their voice heard in addressing the dental health
needs of our community. If you are in a Medi-Cal (Denti-Cal) managed
care dental plan and need help accessing dental services first call your
dental plan beneficiary services number. If you experience challenges
finding a dentist in your area or a dentist w
Teresa Anderson, Prevention Coordinator
to accept new Denti-Cal patients the Department of Managed Care has a
help center that can be reached at 1(888) 466-2219 or email email@example.com
Teresa Anderson, MPH
The Arc California
ADVOCACY & COMMUNITY ORGANIZING
Check Your Prejudice at the Door...
Tim Hornbecker_ Director of Advocacy _ Organizing
...if you want to community organize and advocate!
prejudice of mine”, I asked myself after attending a workshop by Dr.
Jaideep Singh, co-founder of the Sikh American Legal Defense and
Education Fund (SALDEF), author, and university professor.
Singh challenges all of us to look at the dissonance in our own lives.
“Three quarters of whites have an implicit (subconscious)
pro-White/anti-Black bias. Implicit bias is present in white children as
young as 6. Our brains automatically make associations based on our
experiences and information we receive – whether we consciously agree or
not. Our brain has a mind of its own. Implicit racism (Racism without
Racists) affects many white Americans who otherwise possess strong
egalitarian values,” according to Dr. Singh.
same ‘Racism without Racists’ that the shooter of Michael Brown in
Ferguson faced, not supposedly prejudiced but conditioned by society to
be afraid of young black boys.
thought that we have come a long way from the 1960’s and the Selma,
Alabama march. But with the increase in the white supremacy movement
again, and racist undertones and messages from the last Presidential
Election, racism is very much alive! The recent transgender exclusion of
people in the military showing a new intolerance! Unbelievable this
weekend, the death of Heather Heyer with her last Facebook post, “if
you’re not outraged you’re not paying attention.” Murdered by a white
supremacist driving through counter protestors to the white Nazi pro
rally in Charlottesville, Virginia!
Singh talks about implicit prejudice, as well as explicit that we read
about every day. He asked if you have ever caught yourself saying, “I’ve
never thought of you as Black” or similar statements to try to prove
you’re not prejudice to someone of color. Until we become aware of our
own prejudices, it is almost impossible or difficult to fight for the
rights of others.
drive to work in Oakland every day. I’ve never been pulled over by
police. Almost all of our staff of color has been at one time or
another. Until I sat in a room with Oakland black high school students
asking me about my ‘white privilege’, I didn’t even think I had any. I
didn’t think I had any prejudice. Then I thought about my uninterrupted
commute to work! One of our self advocates with Autism, about 6’1”, was
with me. He said to the students that he’d been bullied and called
names. But he feels so bad about the prejudice and discrimination
they’ve met, because as a white person he hadn’t had the same. What
honesty from a self-advocate! Such dialogues, talking with each other,
is the key to fighting prejudice…then joining forces to overcome all of
our same issues of housing, education, health care, employment and
as I confront my own dissonance and implicit not explicit prejudice, I
ask you to do the same and join the fight against discrimination of
people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, along with
discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion and sexual
Tim Hornbecker, Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing, The Arc California firstname.lastname@example.org
Arc 2017 NATIONAL CONVENTION
Deadline Extended for Early Registration
The early bird deadline for 2017 National Convention has been
extended to August 11 - don't miss this limited-time rate! Register
This year's convention will be held in sunny San Diego, CA from November 1 - 4. Register to join us
as we INNOVATE * COLLABORATE * MOTIVATE and rise to the challenge to
protect and promote the rights of people with I/DD across the country. Book your room soon- they are available until October 10 or until the block sells out, whichever comes first!