ARC of California action alert–Help Save Lanterman Act Services for People With Disabilities

16 Jun

If you live in California you likely know that the state is under a huge budget crunch. If you are reading this blog you may also know that the state has implemented some drastic changes in the Lanterman Act–the law that set up the regional centers and governs much of how the developmentally disabled are supported.

Here is the action alert from the ARC of California. If you live in California, consider going to that site and sending the email to the legislature. The ARC’s message is below:

Help Save Lanterman Act Services for People With Disabilities

Dear Friends,

I’m asking you to take 45 seconds to make sure that no one is cut off from services funded through a regional center without a chance to participate in the decision.

The Arc’s bill to stop that horrible practice is going to face a hearing and vote soon in the Senate Human Services Committee. Please click on the blue “Take Action” line in the upper right and follow the simple instructions about how to send a pre-written support e-mail.

About 700 people sent these e-mails to the Assembly Human Services Committee in April, which is one reason why our bill passed that committee 5-1 and then the full Assembly 65-7. Can we reach 1,000 this time?

Under the Lanterman Act, everyone with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their family members is supposed to able to participate in the decisions that affect their own lives through the individual program plan or individual family support plan process.

But, especially in the last year, in hasn’t always worked that way. In the chaos caused by the drastic 2009 budget cuts and the sometimes confusing new laws that the Legislature and Governor Schwarzenegger passed along with the cuts, some regional center staff members have mistakenly simply cut people off.

Assembly Bill 2702, introduced by Assembly Member Wesley Chesbro and sponsored by The Arc, will it make it clear that the Lanterman Act hasn’t changed – it still gives decision-making power to the planning teams, which include the people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their parents or other advocates.

Please forward this Action Alert far and wide to anybody you know in California who might be willing to send an email to help our community.

Thank you for your advocacy.

Greg

One Response to “ARC of California action alert–Help Save Lanterman Act Services for People With Disabilities”

  1. stanley seigler June 23, 2010 at 18:39 #

    [LBRB say] If you live in California you likely know that the state is under a huge budget crunch. If you are reading this blog you may also know that the state has implemented some drastic changes in the Lanterman Act—the law that set up the regional centers and governs much of how the developmentally disabled are supported.

    COMMENT
    Budget crunch not the only excuse…CA gov/legs have dismantled Lanterman for years…eg, in 2003 they added requirements which annually deprived approximately 400, on the spectrum, of services/supports.

    stanley seigler

    ps. ARC ALERT UPDATE

    Dear Friends,

    The [CA] Senate Human Services Committee a few minutes ago voted 4-1 to pass our bill to assure that people with intellectual and all developmental disabilities and their families can participate in developing their own individual program plans.

    Thank you sincerely to everyone – about 700 of you – who responded to our Action Alerts and emailed the committee to make your support known. I know as a fact that the strong response helped.

    Please stay tuned. We’re going to need you to take action at least once more this year to get our bill through the rest of the Legislature and signed into law.

    And there’s one more thing you can do now to get ready for that final push — ask your friends to sign up for our Action E-List too. Send them to http://thearcca.org/policy/If%20you%20care%20about%203_8_10.pdf, or print out the flier there and give it to them. There’s nothing like personal contact to motivate people to join.

    By the way, the flier is a bit out of date. It says there are 1,000 people on our Action E-List, but now we’re up to more than 1,700. Thanks to everyone who’s joined recently.

    The bill is AB 2702, introduced by Assembly Member Wesley Chesbro and sponsored by The Arc of California.

    Senators Carol Liu, Bill Emmerson, Leland Yee, and Gloria Romero voted for the bill. Senator George Runner voted against it.

    Its next hurdle is the Senate Appropriations Committee, maybe soon or maybe not until as late as August. Like I said, please stay tuned.

    And thank you for your advocacy.

    Greg

    Greg deGiere
    http://www.TheArcCA.org

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