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Tony Anderson, Executive Director, The Arc California

Monday March 30, 2015

The Arc California will be convening a meeting of partner statewide organizations working to address crime and abuse of people with developmental disabilities. This work group of Sacramento based organizations will review public policy recommendations and research and explore consensus for projects that that these findings.

 

Tuesday March 31, 2015 - Cesar Chavez Day

The White House Conference on Aging will be live streaming its second regional forum in Phoenix, Arizona starting at 8:30 am. The regional forums are designed to engage older Americans, their families, caregivers, advocates, community leaders, and experts across the country on key issues affecting older Americans. The regional forums are also designed to help provide input and ideas for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging 

to be held later this year." The administration anticipates conversations on such topics "as ensuring retirement security, promoting healthy aging, providing long-term services and supports, and protecting older Americans from financial exploitation, abuse, and neglect."  

 

 

Wednesday April 1, 2015

Today kicks off Alcohol Awareness Month in the United States, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has selected the theme of, "For the Health of It: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction". The Arc's FASD Prevention Project's goal is to increase health care provider's knowledge on the dangers of drinking during pregnancy. Advocates can order free "free materials and toolkits designed specifically for educating health care providers."

 

Thursday April 2, 2015 - United Nations World Autism Awareness Day

The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day (A/RES/62/139) to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of children and adults, who are affected by autism, so they can lead full and meaningful lives.

 

We'll be participating in the California Collaborative on Long Term Services and Supports, California Community of Constituents Conference at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento. The conference will focus on Long Term Care Financing, the State Budget for 2015-16, Counseling, Information, and Assistance, and a Report from the Senate Select Committee on Aging and Long Term Care.

 

The White House Conference on Aging will be live streaming its third regional forum in Seattle, Washington starting at 8:30 am. The regional forums are designed to engage older Americans, their families, caregivers, advocates, community leaders, and experts across the country on key issues affecting older Americans. The regional forums are also designed to help provide input and ideas for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging to be held later this year." The administration anticipates conversations on such topics "as ensuring retirement security, promoting healthy aging, providing long-term services and supports, and protecting older Americans from financial exploitation, abuse, and neglect."

 

Friday April 3, 2015

Families Affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders will begin hosting a Spring FASD 7 week webinar starting today and recurring every Friday from 9 am to 11:30 am (PST). The online workshop is for parents, caregivers, partners, and professionals working with individuals with FASD. "These workshops examine fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and other neuro-behavioral conditions from a brain-based approach. The goal is to establish a common language for parents, professionals and community partners and shared understanding of behaviors from a brain-based perspective. This enhances collaboration and assures congruent application across systems. The long-term goal is to shift paradigms, strengthen programs, and contribute to healing and prevention."

 

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THE ARC UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY CALIFORNIA COLLABORATION  
Public Policy Reports 
                     

The Arc and UCP in California (Greg deGiere, Public Policy Director)

 

End-of-life decisions are among the most difficult and emotionally charged choices anyone may ever have to make.

 

That's doubly true for people with developmental disabilities and their families. The long and shameful history of treating people with disabilities as less worthy of life than others rightfully frightens people in our community whenever there are proposals for hastening people's deaths.

 

Along with most of the disability community, we are opposing Senate Bill 128, which supporters call the End of Life Options Act and opponents call the physician-assisted suicide bill. While the authors have tried to build in safeguards against pressure or coercion of people to agree to end their lives, we believe that nothing on paper can ever completely protect our people.

 

Last week the bill passed its first committee, the Senate Health Committee. The hearing showed the stark division between the disability community and our usual allies, the senior community, which generally supports it. The opposition testimony, we believe, showed the risks, highlighted by reports of abuse in Oregon and in some other states and European counties with such laws. It also pointed out the availability of palliative care and palliative sedation to help terminally ill persons die with dignity and without pain.

 

There are potentially months more of hearings and votes on the bill, and everyone always has the opportunity to contact their own state senators and assemblymembers to make their views known. Witnesses on both sides got a serious, patient, and respectful hearing from the senators present last week, and I believe you can expect an equally respectful reception from your own legislators.

 

View the archive of this last Senate Health Committee hearing for SB 128 and for those wishing further information on why we oppose the bill, we suggest the sites of the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (http://dredf.org/public-policy/assisted-suicide) and Californians Against Assisted Suicide (http://dredf.org/public-policy/assisted-suicide).

 

The next hearing will be the Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by Senator Hanna-Beth Jackson at 1:30 P.M. Tuesday, April 7, 2015 in room 112.

SB 128    (Wolk D)   End of life.  

Current Text: Amended: 3/17/2015   pdf   html

Status: 3/27/2015-Set for hearing April 7.

Location: 3/26/2015-S. JUD.

 

Calendar: 
4/7/2015  1:30 p.m. - Room 112  SENATE JUDICIARY, JACKSON, Chair

 

Position:  Oppose

Subject:  Health & Medical



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DPS 2015 - Get Involved and Get the Facts!

 

Your action made a difference!

 

This week, as the U.S. Senate considered its 2016 budget resolution, on the table were cuts to benefits for people who receive both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Unemployment Insurance (UI). Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) filed an amendment to cut these extremely modest but vital benefits.

 

You spoke out against this harmful benefit cut - and your voices were heard!

 

Senators stayed up most of Thursday night voting on dozens of amendments. Fortunately, the Flake Amendment did not come up for a vote.

 

The fight's not over: over the coming weeks, as the Senate and House work to resolve the differences in their budgets, cuts to Social Security - including cuts to SSDI and UI benefits - are likely to continue to be on the table.

 

Stay tuned for updates and more opportunities to act to protect Social Security and SSDI. And get the facts on why UI should be there for qualified SSDI beneficiaries when they need it, and why 75 national organizations, including The Arc, oppose this harmful proposed benefit cut.

 

Thank you for your advocacy!


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Spring Recess begins at end of this day's session (J.R. 51(a)(2)on March 26, 2015 and the legislators return on Monday April 6, 2015.

 


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Tim Hornbecker, Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing
PROJECT STATUS REPORT

     

Project Updates by Tim Hornbecker...

Advocacy and Community Organizing Report

 

We've had so many inquires about the lawsuit since the State of California has accepted the ruling from the federal court Justice Morrison England Jr., we felt it was important to give an opinion from our attorney (this is not to be construed as legal advice) regarding the Mandatory Holidays/Furloughs days. What follows is a "White Paper" Opinion from Chad Carlock and my initial observations and experience with implementation problems.

 

White Paper

Mandatory Holidays - Now What?

By Chad Carlock, Esq.

 

On February 13, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California issued an Order declaring the statewide mandatory holiday schedule, enacted as Welfare & Institutions Code 4692, to be "invalid" and permanently enjoined the State from implementing or applying that section. (The Court also permanently enjoined the application of the half-day billing rule for day programs, but that portion of the ruling is not addressed in this paper.)  The Court also ruled that: "The State is further enjoined from making any future changes to payments perceived [sic] by providers without complying with the requirements of 42 U.S.C. 1396(a)(30)(A) and demonstrating that approval has been obtained from the Center for Medicaid Services."

 

The State Defendants did not appeal this ruling, which is now final.  On March 17, 2015, DDS issued a 2-page "Program Directive to Regional Centers" announcing the ruling.  There has been some question as to how regional centers and providers should treat and bill for the days formerly designated as non-payment days by the statewide uniform schedule.  In relevant part, the DDS Directive States:

 

"If a regional center determines that any of the previous uniform holidays will not be observed as a holiday for their regional center, then purchase of service authorizations may need to be updated to include those days as billable days.  The Vendor Electronic Billing (e-Billing) application will be adjusted to allow for billing on the days previously identified as uniform holidays." 

 

How should a regional center "determine" whether any of the previous uniform holidays will be observed as holidays going forward? In short, each regional center must revert to whatever holiday schedule, if any, it had prior to the enactment of the statewide uniform holiday schedule.  If a regional center did not have a standardized list of holidays prior to the enactment of the statewide schedule, it cannot create one now (without following the requirements of the Lanterman Act, as discussed below). 

 

The Court's ruling invalidated the statewide mandatory holiday schedule.  The law creating that schedule and adding 4692 to the Lanterman Act was ABX 4 9, which went into effect immediately as an urgency statute upon the signature of the governor on July 28, 2009.  Therefore, the legal effect of the Court's ruling invalidating  4692 is to re-set the treatment of holidays to whatever was in effect on July 27, 2009. 

 

Any regional center that had a valid (see discussion of validity below) holiday schedule in effect on July 27, 2009 is not prohibited by the Court's order from now returning to that schedule.  However, it is my understanding that some regional centers had no uniform holiday schedule, but rather allowed each program to designate in its program design which days, if any, would be observed as holidays.  Since those program designs were submitted to and approved by the regional centers and DDS, providers should be entitled to observe those holidays set forth in their approved program designs. 

 

For those regional centers that had holiday schedules in effect as of July 27, 2009, those schedules are legally valid under the Lanterman Act only if they were adopted by the regional center's board, submitted to DDS, and approved by DDS.  Any uniform rule for program closure days established by a regional center must be considered a "policy," and therefore under Welfare & Institutions Code 4434(d) must be collected, reviewed, and approved by DDS "prior to implementation."  If a regional center cannot demonstrate that it submitted its holiday schedule to DDS and received approval prior to July 27, 2009, that holiday schedule is invalid and cannot be enforced.

 

For the same reason, regional centers cannot now simply create a new holiday schedule and impose that schedule on providers going forward.  To comply with the Lanterman Act in creating a new schedule, regional centers would have to develop the proposed schedule, adopt it, submit it to DDS for review "to ensure compliance with statute and regulation," and receive DDS approval prior to implementation.  In reviewing any such proposals, DDS is bound by the Lanterman Act, regulations, and the Court's ruling that changes to provider payment levels cannot be made without complying with Federal Medicaid law, including the requirement that the State demonstrate compliance with Section 30(A) and the requirement that the State obtain Federal approval prior to implementation. 

 

The District Court's Order did not create or grant any new authority for regional centers to develop their own mandatory holiday schedules.  Regional centers have no more authority than they did prior to the order invalidating the statewide schedule.  Essentially, the Order re-sets the state of the law to be what it was prior to the enactment of the statewide mandatory holiday schedule.  If a regional center had a valid holiday schedule in place on July 27, 2009, it may return to that schedule going forward.  If not, it cannot create a new holiday schedule without complying with the requirements of law. 

 

Chad Carlock, Esq.

 

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After almost four years of The Arc CA/ UCP suing the Department of Developmental Services and the Department of Health Services for unlawful enforcement of the Uniform Holiday Schedule pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code (WICD) Section 4692, DDS informs Regional Centers that vendors may now provide their regular services on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. However, we're hearing from providers that transportation providers are reporting in some areas that they will not transport on that day. One regional center in particular announced that "curb to curb service through the commercial transportation vendors WILL NOT be operating that day so programs should plan accordingly." So even if your Individual Program Plan (IPP) says that you are required to have transportation to your program or services under the authority of The Lanterman Act, lots of luck getting there! In this case the Regional Center gives with one hand, and holds back with the other.

 

You should be irate if this has happened to you! It took a lawsuit to stop the state from balancing their budget on the backs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Just when we thought that the message and the federal court's injunction against the state was clear, yet another example of making services unavailable if you need paratransit! That's discrimination! So take your rights and advocacy seriously ...... contact your Regional Center to make sure that you get to where you want on March 31st, and also on the other three 'furlough days' that you have been denied services!


Tim Hornbecker, Director of Community Organizing and Advocacy tim@thearcca.org 


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Teresa Anderson, Prevention Coordinator
PREVENTION ACTIVITIES

 

Missed Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Cases

Journal of the American Medical Association. 2015;313(12):1201. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.1856.

 

Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) often goes undetected in children, either because health care professionals miss the diagnosis or medical records don't adequately document the signs and symptoms. But if children with FAS aren't properly diagnosed, they're excluded from records-based surveillance estimates, which are used to plan clinical services for kids with the syndrome.

 

Face-to-face assessments consistently find higher FAS prevalence rates than surveillance studies, so the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Surveillance Network II attempted to improve on the accuracy of previous records-based FAS prevalence studies. The investigators used passive reporting and active review of records from multiple sources to identify children aged 7 to 9 years with the disorder in Arizona, Colorado, and New York (Fox DJ et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015;64[3]:54-57).


Teresa Anderson, MPH

The Arc California

Prevention Coordinator

teresa@thearcca.org

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

April 13-15, 2015

Save the Date: The 2015 Disability Policy Seminar will be at a new location, the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel, 999 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. The annual Disability Policy Seminar brings together advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with public policy experts and the staff of a variety of hosting organizations who serve people with I/DD to go in-depth on pressing policy issues and other topics of importance to the I/DD movement during two full-day sessions in Washington, D.C. The Seminar culminates with a third day spent on Capitol Hill where attendees have the opportunity to meet with their elected officials. Each year approximately 700 people take advantage of this chance to learn, discuss, network and advocate for change. Hosted by: The Arc, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), and Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE). Disability Policy Seminar

 

April 16-17, 2015

The California Supported Living Network's 2015 Conference will be held in the annual site, the Dana Resort on Mission Bay. After registering, use this link to book your hotel rooms now at the discounted Conference rate! By using this link, the special code for your CSLN discount is already entered for you. More Conference information will appear here as it becomes available. Register Now

 

May 5-6, 2015

Therap's Northern California Conference in Dublin California at the Holiday Inn Dublin-Pleasanton, 6680 Regional Street, Dublin, CA 94568. "Come spend a day or two with the Therap West Team and see what 20,000+ Californians are doing when they log into Therap each month. Mingle with current Therap Users and the Training and Implementation Team. Therap has been supporting agencies in California since 2006! Breakout Sessions will include: Introductions for New or Potential Users, Policy and Procedural Considerations for Implementing an Electronic System, Person Centered Planning, Daily Data Collection and Communication, Behavior Support Tracking, SIR Tracking, eBilling and other Billing tracking and claims, Health Tracking, Medication Administration, Employment Tracking and Milestones, Outcome focused documentation, managing access for Audits, and Circle of Support members, and much more.Contact kevin.dierks@therapservices.net to see if you are eligible for a discount! http://www.therapservices.net/conferences/regional-conference-in-dublin-california/

 

June 1-4, 2015

The AAIDD Annual Meeting will be held in Louisville, KY, provides researchers, clinicians, practitioners, educators, policymakers, local, state and federal agencies, and advocates with cutting edge research, effective practices, and valuable information on important policy initiatives. Conference Hotel: The Galt House of Louisville.

 

July 20-22, 2015

NCE annually hosts the Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), at different sites around the country. NCE strives to provide our attendees with educational materials that will help our members develop and hone their professional skills so that we can all work better and smarter towards our shared purpose - realization of The Arc's Core Values. This year, the Summer Leadership Institute will be held July 20-22 in Providence, RI. 

 

October 3 - 5, 2015

The Arc's 2015 National Convention, Indianapolis, Indiana

 

October 7-8, 2015

Therap's Southern California Conference in Anaheim California, Red Lion Hotel Anaheim, 1850 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92802. "

Come spend a day or two with the Therap West Team and see what 20,000+ Californians are doing when they log into Therap each month. Mingle with current Therap Users and the Training and Implementation Team. Therap has been supporting agencies in California since 2006! Breakout Sessions will include: Introductions for New or Potential Users, Policy and Procedural Considerations for Implementing an Electronic System, Person Centered Planning, Daily Data Collection and Communication, Behavior Support Tracking, SIR Tracking, eBilling and other Billing tracking and claims, Health Tracking, Medication Administration, Employment Tracking and Milestones, Outcome focused documentation, managing access for Audits, and Circle of Support members, and much more. Contact kevin.dierks@therapservices.net to see if you are eligible for a discount! http://www.therapservices.net/conferences/regional-conference-in-anaheim-california/



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RECENTLY RELEASED REPORTS, STUDIES, ETC.

 

From the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) "Field Notes"...

 

Supported Decision Making

 

Supported Decision-Making and the Human Right of Legal Capacity
An article in Volume 3, Issue 1 of
Inclusion by an author affiliated with the City University of New York School of Law examines the new paradigm of supported decision-making established by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD).  Author further explores the CRPD's call for a paradigm shift in how we view people with ID, from inquiry into what a person cannot do, to supports necessary to enable her/him to make her/his own decisions, and the legal efforts necessary to ensure that such decisions are recognized by third parties including financial institutions, healthcare providers, and government agencies.

 

A Framework for Research and Intervention Design in Supported Decision-Making
An article in Volume 3, Issue 1 of
Inclusion by authors affiliated with the University of Kansas Beach Center on Disability and Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities proposes a three-pronged framework for considering the design of assessments and interventions to promote supported decision-making; decision-making abilities, environmental demands for decision making, and support needs for decision making.

 

"The Right to Make Choices": The National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making
An article in Volume 3, Issue 1 of
Inclusion by authors affiliated with Syracuse University and the Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities examines the implications of overly broad guardianship and the potential for supported decision-making to address such circumstances. The authors introduce the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making as one means to advance the use of supported decision-making and increase self-determination.

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NEWS ARTICLES

Family fights parole board decision for Fresno murderer

The Fresno Bee March 18, 2015

By John Ellis

 

 

Mike Morganti

 

  • In late 1980, David Weidert tortured and buried alive Mike Morganti, who was mentally disabled.
  • After 34 years, a state parole board has recommended Weidert be released from prison.
  • Morganti's sister is working to convince Gov. Jerry Brown to reverse the parole board decision.

A little more than 34 years ago Mike Morganti was lured from his Clovis apartment and driven to a remote foothill location where he was forced to dig his own grave and then was beaten with an aluminum bat and stabbed with a knife before being buried - alive. As David Weidert stomped on the dirt, Morganti - just 20 and mentally disabled - thrust his arm out from beneath the ground and grabbed Weidert's leg. Weidert kicked the arm loose, stabbed at Morganti with a shovel and then he and his underage accomplice took a length of telephone wire and strangled him. Despite all that, dirt clumps were later found in Morganti's lungs, and the official cause of death was ruled to be suffocation. The premeditated murder was committed because Weidert feared Morganti would testify against him for a burglary that Weidert committed earlier in the year. It was a crime, committed by Weidert when he was underage, that likely would not have involved any jail time. Weidert's accomplice was given immunity to testify during the trial.

 

Weidert was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. A subsequent court ruling, however, allowed him to seek parole. In late January, the state Board of Parole Hearings recommended Weidert's release from the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad. Only Gov. Jerry Brown can stop Weidert's release, and Morganti's family is on a mission to convince Brown to keep him behind bars. Coming to the Morganti family's aid is Fresno County District Attorney Lisa A. Smittcamp and a bipartisan group of state legislators who already have written to Brown urging him to overturn the parole board's decision. "I literally want him to die in prison," said Morganti's younger sister, Vikki VanDuyne. She has joined with her two half sisters - women who grew up with Morganti from a young age, but were not blood related - and her mother (who was also Morganti's mother) to oppose Weidert's release. They have attended six parole hearings over the past two decades, each time making a case for why Weidert shouldn't be released.

 

Now, they are working to convince Brown. On the other side is John Weidert, David Weidert's father. Now living in Chowchilla, John Weidert said his son has earned his release from prison. "He's worked hard all these years to earn it," John Weidert said. "It doesn't bother me that people write letters." John Weidert said he's often visited his son in prison, where he did apprentice work as an electrician and took other classes. "He's not the same boy who did that," Weidert said. "He realizes what he did and he's become a better person."

 

How Brown will decide is unknown. Spokesman Evan Westrup said the governor does not comment on pending parole reviews. Backing Morganti's family is the Fresno County District Attorney's Office, which also opposed Weidert's parole. District Attorney Smittcamp has written Brown asking him to reverse the parole board's decision. Robert Romanacce, a Fresno County prosecutor who has done work on the case, said it is especially heinous because it wasn't crime of passion or one committed on the spur of the moment. Instead, he said, it was planned with the purpose of taking out a witness. It is made even worse, he said, because torture was involved and Morganti was mentally disabled.

 

VanDuyne, who was just 10 when the crime occurred, said Weidert was from the same north Fresno neighborhood as her older brother. She described her brother as a gentle person who just wanted friends, and someone who knew enough to know that he wasn't as bright as others. On June 19, 1980, a doctor's office was burglarized. During an investigation, police found that Weidert, who was 17 at the time of the burglary, had sought Morganti's assistance as a lookout. Police questioned Morganti, and he told them what he knew. At that time, police say Weidert began plotting ways to keep Morganti from testifying. Among Weidert's ideas were breaking Morganti's legs or hiring someone to hurt him. Around Thanksgiving, Weidert convinced an underage accomplice to help abduct Morganti. anDuyne said the timing couldn't have been worse. Morganti went missing at Thanksgiving, and his body was found just before Christmas. In between, his birthday passed. "His birthday was this awful sad thing where he was missing," VanDuyne said.

 

A jury eventually convicted Weidert of first-degree murder and kidnapping, and he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. On appeal, however, the special circumstances in the case were thrown out, which gave Weidert a chance at parole. Another change in the law gave the crime's severity less weight as time went by because it also took into account actions Weidert took while in prison. As more time went by, Weidert did things like take classes, steps that could be presented to the parole board. By all accounts, he has been a model prisoner. If Brown doesn't take action, Weidert will soon be released to transitional housing in San Francisco. But VanDuyne remains unconvinced. Since the parole board's decision, she and her half sisters have been trying to rally support to convince Brown to overturn the parole board decision. Already, Sens. Andy Vidak of Hanford and Tom Berryhill of Twain Harte, along with Fresno Assembly Member Jim Patterson, have authored a letter to Brown calling Weidert a "cold-blooded killer" and a "dangerous predator who should not be allowed out in free society." Also writing letters have been Assembly Member Henry T. Perea and state Sen. Cathleen Galgiani. Her letter was co-signed by five of her fellow senators.

 

In addition, Fresno attorney Dale Blickenstaff, who was the original prosecutor on the case, wrote to Brown, saying the "planned revenge killing and how they made the victim suffer will be forever etched in my mind." But John Weidert said his son will not be a danger to society. "He has made all the arrangements for living and job hunting and all of those things," John Weidert said. "Those are all in place. I know what they say in the letters. I have seen some of them. There's not much you can do and I don't want to respond to them." VanDuyne disagrees that Weidert will not be a danger when he is released. After the murder, she went on to become a volleyball star at Bullard High in the late 1980s and then at UC San Diego. She moved out of state and married. Still, she says she fears that Weidert will come after her and her family if he is released. If not that, she thinks another innocent victim may fall prey to him. "I honestly believe he doesn't have the coping mechanisms to not do it again," she said, citing his influence over her trusting, mentally disabled brother. "Those people are going to do it again - they just are."

Keep Mike Morganti's murderer in prison for life

Fresno Bee March 21, 2015

Lori Ramirez, Executive Director, The Arc Fresno/Madera Counties

The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration - a statewide coalition of people with intellectual and all developmental disabilities and their families, friends, and service providers - urge Gov. Brown to disapprove parole in the torture-murder of Michael Morganti.  If Mike Morganti were a movie star, we wouldn't be talking about releasing his murderer. But Mike was just a janitor with an intellectual disability, who some people then - and now - would consider worthless.  We are asking Gov. Brown for equal justice for Mike, his family and the developmental disability community. The governor should overturn the parole board's decision to release David Weidert.


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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The following grant opportunity postings were made on the Grants.gov Find Opportunities service:Updated: March 30, 2015

 

ED - Department of Education Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities: Model Demonstration Projects to Improve Adolescent Literacy for Students with Disabilities in Middle and High Schools, Grades 6-12 CFDA Number 84326M Modification 2 http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=275257

 

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Research to Advance Vaccine Safety (R21) Modification 2 http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=132014

 

EPA - Environmental Protection Agency 2015 HEALTHY COMMUNITIES GRANT PROGRAM Modification 1 http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=275296

 

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Planning Grants for Pragmatic Research in Healthcare Settings to Improve Diabetes and Obesity Prevention and Care (R34) Grant http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=275456

 

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Adminis. Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) Partnerships with Community-Based Organizations (CBOs). Short Title: MSI CBO Modification 1 http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=275467

 

HUD - Department of Housing and Urban Development National Disaster Resilience Competition Modification 4 http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=265608



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CAREER LADDER

The Arc of California posts job announcements in the Career Ladder section every week because we would like to contribute to steering quality candidates to professional positions that support people with disabilities and we are trying to communicate to Direct Support Professionals that there is a real "career ladder" in their chosen profession.

 

Jobs Page Links: Click Here 

 

Executive Director

The Executive Director is responsible for implementing all policy decisions of the governing Board and for the administration of all programs and services provided CVRC.   S/he is responsible for administering the Regional Center in the spirit and to the letter of the Lanterman Act and for the delivery in strict compliance and of full value under the CVRC contract with the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS). The Executive Director represents the agency to the community, including building strong relationships with key stakeholders and collaborating agencies, notably clients and families, vendors/ contracted service-providers, State and Federal funders, and the other 20 California regional centers and the Association of Regional Centers (ARCA).

 

Director of Public Policy, Advocacy and Public Affairs

The California Association for Health Services at Home is seeking a Director of Public Policy, Advocacy and Public Affairs with strong policy, legislative, and communications background. The position requires a BA/BS minimum, competitive salary, and benefits send your resume and letter to dchalios@cahsah.org.

 

Transition to Independent Living (TIL) Program Director

Under the direction of the Vice President of Instruction will be responsible to plan, organize and administer the Transition to Independent Living (TIL) program and train, supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel. Establish both short and long term TIL program goals and objectives. Serve as liaison for the program, including coordinating with Regional Centers throughout the state to ensure continued program funding. Maintain current knowledge of a variety of applicable laws, rules, regulations, District policies and requirements, including licensing related to students with Autism and intellectual disabilities. Analyze, interpret and appropriately apply to assure compliance.

 

Executive Director

The Cerebral Palsy Center for the Bay Area is seeking a proven leader with excellent communication, fundraising, and management skills who can guide this longstanding organization to the next phase of its growth and impact... A Bachelor's degree is required. A Master's degree in public administration, special education, rehabilitation, or other human services related field is desirable. SALARY & BENEFITS: Salary will be competitive and commensurate with education and experience. Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, health, dental and vision insurance and paid holidays. TO APPLY: E-mail resume, cover letter and salary requirements by January 16, 2015 to: cpcedsearch@icloud.com (e-mail applications are required). Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.  

 

Legislative Advocate

Housing California seeks a Legislative Advocate to lead our policy work around land use and housing finance. The position works on both legislative and administrative advocacy. priorities include developing new funding for affordable development, strengthening housing element law, working at the intersection of housing and transportation policy, and developing anti-displacement policies.

 


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1225 8th Street, Suite 350
Sacramento, CA 95814

916.552.6619

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