TCRC, the TCADD Board of Directors, ARCA, and The Lanterman Coalition, are continuing the push to reform the way the developmental services system is funded.
The message is clear: The California developmental services system needs a 10% increase to stop the current system collapse.
So far, our champions in the legislature have shown they intend to fight for our community, but they can’t do it alone. We are truly in a system-wide collapse and what happens this year will determine whether we begin to stabilize our support system, or continue the harm to people with disabilities, their families, and their support workers. In many ways, the direction depends on all of us!
TCRC and the TCADD Board of Directors are planning to attend two very important advocacy events in Sacramento. We hope you will join us:
Budget Committee Members are Appointed and the Budget Hearings for Developmental Services are Set:
October 2014: The Senate Human Services Committee (last sessions’ committee) held a comprehensive informational hearing in Los Angeles on the developmental services system. The hearing culminated in a letter in support of repairing the “fragile regional centers and providers’ network of support. The letter was signed by Senator Jim Beall, Senator Carol Liu, Senator Marty Block, Senator Fran Pavley, Assemblymember Joan Buchanan, Assembly member Rich Gordon, Assembly member Brian Jones, and Assembly member Mariko Yamada.
The Lanterman Coalition 100% unanimous agreement on the 10% campaign, delivers initial letter to the governor and begins lobbying the administration and legislature. So far we’ve been engaged in 20 twenty plus meetings to date…
Senate & Assembly Budget Overview Hearings
January 22, 2015:
Overview Gov’s Budget 2015-2016-DDS Conversation
Overview Gov’s Budget 2015-2016: DDS Funding Senator Beall
During the budget overview informational hearing for the Senate,Senator Bill Monning, Senator Mark Leno, Senator Jim Beall, Jr., and others made it a point to stand up for our community express their concerns over the Governor’s lack of attention in the 2015-2016
“…no increases to providers since 2006 but cost keep increasing” while government studies the need the homes are closing”.
(In support) I want to echo Senator Monning’s, Senator Stone’s, and Senator Leno’s comments”… “over 100 residential homes have closed. Senator Jim Beall
Confirmation Hearing for Santi Rogers, Director of Developmental Services
February 4, 2015:
“Are You Ready To Lead”
Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon. The committee held a very informed and pointed hearing focused on the problems with the developmental centers, the loss of federal funding, abuse of people with developmental disabilities and they stressed the importance of straight forward communication with the legislature.