We support the funding agreement!
In the past weeks, ARCA and the other members of the Lanterman Coalition have been working hard with Governor Brown’s Administration to restore our system. We’re thrilled to announce an agreement add over $400 million a year to serving people with developmental disabilities! But first, the Legislature has to vote on it.
We need you to call your legislators NOW and ask them to “support the Managed Care Organization and developmental services funding package.”
This proposal stabilizes our system with a funding increase, and sets the stage for reform with a study of the rates that have hurt our service providers and regional centers for years.
We fully support this agreement, which does the following:
- A 7.5% increase for salaries and benefits, for both service providers (POS) & regional centers (OPS)
- A 2.5% increase for administrative and other costs, for both POS & OPS
- A restoration of the supported employment rates to 2006 levels
- A 5% increase for supported and independent living services
- A 5% increase for in-home and out-of-home respite services
- A 5% increase for transportation services
- An effective 5% increase for Intermediate Care Facilities, via a 3.75% increase and elimination of prior cuts,
- The creation of competitive integrated employment programs, in the form of paid internships and incentive payments for helping individuals obtain and retain employment
- An increase in vendor audit thresholds
- A rate study plan
- Funding for bilingual staff at regional centers, cultural competency training, and parent education efforts
The developmental disabilities services system has a long history. It is built on a promise to recognize the rights of people with developmental disabilities, and to serve them in the community. Years of underfunding have seriously hurt that promise. But now we have good reason to hope!
Call your representatives NOW, and ask them to support the Managed Care Organization and developmental services funding package. If they do, we can finally, after years of struggle, begin to #KeepThePromise.