CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY DISCUSSES CRITICAL ISSUES IMPACTING PEOPLE WITH I/DD

Last Wednesday, March 6, 2019, the California State Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health & Human Services held a hearing to discuss several issues impacting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) throughout the state. Members of the committee listened to more than six hours of testimony by the Governor’s administration, the Legislature, and from the public on proposals that will have both immediate and long-lasting impacts to the I/DD community. You can view the hearing in its entirety here. Topics discussed include:

The provide rate study and emergency 8% funding increase for Lanterman Act services and supports (starting at 1:05:00 on the video)
Local minimum wage increases and the impact on service providers (starting at 3:07:15)
Safety net services for people in crisis (starting at 3:18:00)
14 day uniform holiday schedule, social recreation and camp services, an 1/2 day billing (starting at 4:42:00)
Racial disparities in I/DD services (starting at 5:21:00)

The full agenda of topics can be found here.

The next legislative hearing will be by the State Senate on May 2.

#KeepThePromise

1. The Rally:

Join us in Sacramento on April 3, 2019, for the #KeepThePromise Capitol rally to save Lanterman Act services & fund the direct support workforce for Californian’s with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

More than 330,000 Californians with I/DD live in our state – they are our neighbors, classmates, coworkers, family, and friends – however, their support structure has been grossly underfunded and is failing. Direct support staff are quitting the field or working multiple jobs due to low wages, essential programs are closing throughout the state, and individuals are forced to live with inadequate supports or with no support at all.

California’s lawmakers must fund the services and supports people with I/DD rely on to access their civil rights. An 8% increase will provide emergency stabilization which our community desperately needs.

For the full schedule of rally events, visit theLantermanCoalition.org/rally or download our shareable flyer.

2. Engage Your Legislators:

3. Share:

Visit thelantermancoalition.org’s social media tool kit and share any of our premade social media posts to let your network know that California’s lawmakers must #KeepThePromise to the I/DD community.

4. Stay Involved – #KeepThePromise on Twitter:

Twitter is a social media tool which allows us to communicate directly with each other and our lawmakers.

  • If you aren’t already on Twitter visit our social media toolkit to learn how to sign up, and how to use your account for online advocacy
  • Follow The Lanterman Coalition’s Twitter account
  • when you tweet about the budget remember to use #KeepThePromise so that other budget advocates can find you and share your tweet

THIS WEEK: Assembly Budget Hearing on Developmental Disabilities

This Wednesday the Assembly budget hearing on developmental disabilities will take place. Several key issues will be discussed including:
Provider Rate Study and Associated Investment Proposals; Proposals to Restore Reductions Made in Prior Budgets: Uniform Holiday Schedule, Half-Day Billing, and Social Recreation and Camp; and many others

Wednesday March 6 Assembly Budget Hearing on Developmental Disabilities 2:30 - 6:30 PM State Capitol Room 437This Wednesday the Assembly budget hearing on developmental disabilities will take place. Several key issues will be discussed including:

  • Provider Rate Study and Associated Investment Proposals;
  • Proposals to Restore Reductions Made in Prior Budgets: Uniform Holiday Schedule, Half-Day Billing, and Social Recreation and Camp;
  • and many others

The hearing will take place between 2:30 PM – 6:30 PM in room 437. The hearing is open to the public so please come and show your support for the I/DD community.

The full agenda can be viewed here.

To learn more about ongoing budget advocacy efforts in California’s I/DD community – including a schedule of upcoming events – visit: www.thelantermancoalition.org