CALIFORNIA STATE BUDGET INCLUDES DRASTIC CUTS TO DISABILITY SERVICES
The Governor’s proposed 2020-21 State budget is being debated NOW in the State Legislature, where changes will happen and then a final budget will be sent to the Governor by June 15. Without Federal emergency relief funding to help offset more than $300 million in cuts to services for children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities, families will suffer, individuals will go without critical services and service providers will be forced to close programs.
We MUST ACT NOW to ensure our Federal and State elected officials protect the needs of those with developmental disabilities.
Prior to the pandemic, the intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) system was already crumbling as a result of being chronically underfunded by $1.4 billion as identified by the state’s own Rate Study last year. The impact of these proposed funding cuts – while service providers face an increase in pandemic-related expenses to keep Californians with I/DD safe – will be devastating.
In addition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those with I/DD are especially vulnerable during the Coronavirus. Join us in opposing any cuts that will inhibit the ability to protect this vulnerable population in the coming months.
Emergency Federal Funding Is Needed to Save Disability Services!