The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration urges you to join the Lanterman Coalition’s efforts to save the community services system.

28 May

While I’ve been taking a break, a major legislative effort has been going on in California: an effort to bring funding back to the system here that supports people with developmental disabilities.

Below is a letter from The ARC of California and United Cerebral Palsy about the efforts to improve services.

If you don’t have the time to read the letter below, go straight to this website and enter your zip code to find your legislators. Follow the quick directions and you will send a message to them right away. Took 2 minutes for me:
Take Action.

The Last Few Miles of the Marathon to Save Our Services

Take Action!

We have made incredible progress together this year and while the end is in sight for this budget session we still have a lot of work ahead of us.

The Assembly proposes our 10% request but spreads it out over 2 years and delays it’s implementation.

The Senate puts forth bold proposals for sustaining the community system with developmental center assets and rate reform but selects some families and people with disabilities over others to receive desperately needed relief.

We need you to urge for the best of both proposals for a road map to bring the California system back to #KeepThePromise and preserve the Lanterman Act.

Remember a majority of Senators and Assembly members have already shown their support for the 10% across the board proposal in Senator Jim Beall’s letter.

The Latest Developments

If you’re already up to speed on the latest developments, skip the explanations below and take 20 seconds to email your legislators, click on the blue “Take Action” button at the upper right of this Action Alert, enter your ZIP code in the box at the top (right of “Action Alert”), click “Go,” and follow the prompts. The situation keeps changing and getting more urgent, so we’re asking you to email them now even if you’ve contacted them before.

For those who want an explanation, briefly here it is as of today (Wednesday May 27, 2015):

The Senate and Assembly budget subcommittees voted Thursday. Both of them clearly heard our community’s united, vocal request for a 10% across-the-board funding increase this year to save our developmental services system. Each of them voted to give us some — but not all — of what we asked for. We like part of the Assembly version and part of the Senate version.
The two full budget committees will continue meeting through probably Thursday May 28, 2015. They’ll pass their separate budgets then take floor votes, and at some point they’ll announce who will be on the conference committee.

The two versions will go to the Senate-Assembly budget conference committee for action, as early as this week. The final budget will depend on what that committee decides and, especially, on the legislative leaders’ negotiations with Governor Brown, who doesn’t want to increase our services’ funding at all.

The Assembly version would give our services a 10% across-the-board increase phased in over two years, starting January 1, 2016. We like that it’s across-the-board, but we want it to start July 1, because our entire system is in deep trouble and we believe some programs will close without more money this year.

The Senate version would give 10% to some to services and nothing to other services such as day programs, group homes, and regional center operations. But it would do two things that we like a lot: direct the administration to develop a realistic funding formula for future years that actually is based in the services’ costs; and give our community services the money from future years’ budget savings produced by closing the developmental centers.

So we’re asking all 120 legislators to tell their leaders and budget conference committee members to support the Assembly 10% across-the-board funding increase (but starting July 1) and the Senate language on future actions – no matter what Governor Brown says. That’s what the email I’m asking you to send them says. And of course, you can also add your own thoughts.


By Matt Carey

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