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The disability system is facing a serious workforce shortage and people with disabilities are either going without services, or not getting the full services they need. Last year, this Legislature passed a historic budget that included a “phased-in” five-year plan to close the $1.8 billion funding gap to the disability system that would ultimately stabilize the direct support workforce. Unfortunately, the bulk of the investments are not scheduled to occur until 2024 and 2025.
Due to the pandemic, circumstances are rapidly changing, such as a shifting workforce and inflation, which now threaten the viability of that five-year plan, creating a “too little too late” scenario.
TAKE ACTION! Urge your elected officials to address the staffing crisis by accelerating the IDD five-year funding plan by one year, so those investments start NOW. It can’t wait.
Let’s build a future that will provide Californians with disabilities and the professionals who provide their supports and services a chance to live full and equitable lives. The Future Includes Us!