Important Upcoming Hearings in the Capitol for California’s I/DD Community

The end of this month two hearings will take place in the state Capitol building which will impact California’s I/DD community. Please share this information within your network and attend if you can.

9:00AM, January 22, 2020

State Capitol, Room 4203
Senate Budget Sub 3 Informational Hearing: DDS Rate Study and Reform in the Developmental Services System
The Senate Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services will be holding an informational hearing on January 22 at 9:00am. There will be a discussion on the next steps concerning the DDS rate study, as well as the rate study-related provisions of Senate Bill 81.

1:30PM – 4:30PM, January 28, 2020

California State Capitol, Room 127
CA State Assembly Select Committee on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Statewide Summary: Hearing on Living with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
This statewide summary is the culmination of 8 Select Committee hearings conducted across the state over the past year. Families, providers and legislators are invited to attend and hear results from the Select Committee on how different regions of the state service the needs of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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.

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