January 17, 2017  
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Tim Hornbecker
Interim Executive Director, The Arc California

Monday January 17, 2017
The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long, But It Bends Towards Justice!
-Martin Luther King Jr.
As we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day yesterday, let his Hopes, Dreams and Legacy live on, especially now!
The Arc is all about advocacy and leadership, just like Martin Luther King, Jr. Every one of the700 local chapters in the country advocates for the civil and human rights of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) and their families. And I'm honored to announce and welcome our newest chapter in the country from Kern County, California, the Exceptional Family Center, and their president, Grace Huerta. Their mission is to celebrate the success of families and their children with a developmental disability through collaboration, education, empowerment, and mutual support.
The Arc/UCP 10th Annual Public Policy Conference
New federal policies may be impacting our community and we need to be aware and alert. We are still dealing with the implementation of several state initiatives with statewide implications for our entire community and Governor Brown has just released his 2017 Budget!
Come to our 10th Annual Public Policy Conference on March 26 and 27th and stay in Sacramento to meet with your representatives on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Conference is convenient to the capitol at Sacramento's Holiday Inn Downtown-Arena 916-446-0100.
We have a power packed conference this year, with inspiring speakers from across the country and real conversations about the future of persons with developmental disabilities and their families in California and the country.
Some featured speakers are Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc U.S. to let us know how The Arc is preparing for the new administration; Sue Swenson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office for Special Education Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) who will share the real threats and solutions facing life under the new administration. Tom Coleman, Legal Director of the Disability and Guardianship Project of Spectrum Institute to speak on "Supported Decision-Making" a topic families and professionals are struggling to understand. The implementation of the ABLE ACT is here and we have the national expert, John Ariale and state implementation director, Christina Elliot here to show us the way to success. Scott Graves of the California Budget & Policy Center will, once again, breakdown the Governor's Budget for everyone to understand. We will also be addressing SSI, Affordable Housing opportunities, IHSS updates, CCS and the Transition to Managed Care. And of course we will highlight our Lanterman Coalition and their work as we work through our 2017 Campaign to 'Keep the Lanterman Promise' with family IPP trainings available both mornings at breakfast. And there's more................
Stay tuned to your Monday Morning Memo for more details as we unveil more about our program and speakers.
Keep Saying No
The Arc of United States along with the other 58 member organizations, has signed a letter to Senators and Representatives expressing strong opposition to block granting, setting of per capita caps, or significant cuts to the Medicaid program. Medicaid is the lifeline of funding for people with I/DD. Medicaid is funded with matching State and Federal funds. The Federal funds are almost a 50:50 match to cover costs of services to ensure that public policies are carried out; for example, self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
Monday January 16, 2017
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day   Holiday
Friday January 20, 2017
Last day to submit bill requests to the Office of Legislative Counsel

State Budget Battle Starts - Our Community Mobilizes


Governor Brown released his $179-billion budget plan last week, and it's clear we're facing an uphill fight to continue to stabilize our community services and restore the cuts made during the Great Recession.


Brown's plan, typically, is based on revenue estimates much lower than those of the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office. But the analyst also suggests the Legislature set its target for state reserve funds at - or even higher - than the target Brown wants. Economic uncertainties and the question of what President-elect Trump and Congress may do make this prudence reasonable, the analyst argues.


It's clear that the governor's May budget revision plan this year may include even more changes than it does in most years.


We, along with the rest of the Lanterman Coalition of developmental disability organizations, are finalizing our 2017 budget strategy this week. Our strategy likely will have goal including:


  • Comply with the new federal Home and Community Based Services rules to prevent further service cuts due to loss of federal funds.

  • Maintain the state developmental center assets for the state community services system as the DCs are closed, and include enough money to meet residents' needs as they exit the DCs

  • Provide emergency funding to save community services that are on the edge of going under for lack of adequate state support. We will point out that this emergency funding will prevent the disruption and trauma that comes when people with DD are forced to move to other programs - and also will save the state money, because the programs they must move to almost always cost more.


Our community's hard, three-year fight succeeded in generally stabilizing the service system and preventing more cuts. We've proved that mobilizing the community can work wonders. Please get ready to help again this year by signing up for the Arc-UCP Action e-List.


Greg deGiere, Public Policy Director

The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy California Collaborative


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As we get ready to start the new legislative session it would be very helpful for advocates to have the legislative calendar in your records.  Below you will find the dates the legislators focus on certain parts of the legislative process:




Jan. 1 - Statutes take effect (Art. IV, Sec 8(c)).

Jan. 4 - Legislature reconvenes (J.R. 51 (a)(1)).

Jan. 10 - Budget Bill must be submitted by Governor (Art. IV, Sec. 12(a)).

Jan. 16 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Jan. 20 - Last day to submit bill requests to the Office of Legislative Counsel.

Feb. 17 - Last day for bills to be introduced (J.R. 61(a)(1), J.R. 54(a)).

Feb. 20 - Presidents' Day.

Mar. 31 - Cesar Chavez Day.

Apr. 6 - Spring Recess begins upon adjournment (J.R. 51(a)(2)).

Apr. 17 - Legislature reconvenes from Spring Recess (J.R. 51(a)(2)).

Apr. 28 - Last day for policy committees to hear and report to fiscal committees fiscal bills introduced in their house (J.R. 61(a)(2)).

May 12 - Last day for policy committees to hear and report to the Floor nonfiscal bills introduced in their house (J.R. 61(a)(3)).

May 19 -Last day for policy committees to meet prior to June 5    (J.R. 61(a)(4)).

May 26  -Last day for fiscal committees to hear and report bills to the    Floor (J.R. 61(a)(5)). Last day for fiscal committees to meet prior to June 5 (J.R.  61(a)(6)).

May 29 -Memorial Day  observed.

May 30-June 2 -Floor Session only. No committee may meet for any  purpose except Rules Committee, bills referred pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.2, and Conference  Committees (J.R. 61(a)(7)).

June 2 -Last day to pass bills out of house of origin (J.R. 61(a)(8)). Committee meetings may resume (J.R.  61(a)(9)).

June 15 -Budget Bill must be passed by midnight (Art. IV,     Sec.12(c)(3)).

July 4-Independence Day.

July 14 -Last day for policy committees to hear and report fiscal   bills for referral to fiscal committees (J.R.  61(a)(10)).

July 21 -Last day for policy committees to hear and report bills    (J.R. 61(a)(11)). Summer Recess begins upon adjournment, provided Budget Bill has been passed (J.R. 51(a)(3)).

Aug. 21-Legislature reconvenes from Summer Recess (J.R.  51(a)(3)).

Sep. 1 Last day for fiscal committees to meet and report bills to    the Floor (J.R. 61(a)(12)).

Sep. 4  -Labor Day.

Sep. 5-15 -Floor Session only. No committee may meet for any    purpose except Rules Committee, bills referred pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.2, and Conference Committees  (J.R. 61(a)(13)).

Sep. 8 -Last day to amend on the Floor (J.R.   61(a)(14)).

Sep. 15 -Last day for any bill to be passed J.R. 61(a)(15)). Interim   Recess begins upon adjournment (J.R.  51(a)(4)).

Oct. 15 -Last day for Governor to sign or veto bills passed by the Legislature on or before Sept. 15 and in the Governor's possession after Sept. 15 (Art. IV, Sec.10(b)(1)).





Greg deGiere

Greg deGiere
Public Policy Director
The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy California Collaborative
1225 Eighth Street, Suite 350, Sacramento, CA 95814
The Arc on the ACA: "For People with Disabilities This is a Matter of Health, Independence, and So Much More"
Posted on January 12, 2017 by The Arc
Washington, DC - As the U.S. Senate passed a budget resolution that begins the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), The Arc released the following statement and background information on why the law is critical for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD):
"Repealing the ACA without a replacement turns back the clock to a time when too many people with disabilities were discriminated against in the health insurance market. For those who were lucky enough to find affordable coverage, many were faced life and death care decisions because of arbitrary financial limits under those plans, or were stuck with service or support options that segregated them from the community.
"All people with disabilities need comprehensive, affordable care - the ACA took our country a giant step forward toward accomplishing this goal. The Arc has long supported expanding Medicaid coverage to adults and raising the income eligibility. Due to those changes, millions of Americans, including people with disabilities, gained access to affordable, comprehensive health care.
"This is about people's lives - their health, independence, financial stability, and so much more. The clock is ticking for millions of Americans, including people with disabilities," said Peter Berns, CEO, The Arc.
The ACA made significant progress in expanding access to health care for individuals with I/DD. The ACA allowed states to extend their Medicaid programs to childless adults earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level. This change has provided coverage to individuals with I/DD and other disabilities and chronic health conditions who were not otherwise eligible for Medicaid, were in the waiting period for Medicare, or did not have access to employer sponsored health insurance because they were not working or working in low wage jobs without benefits.
  • The ACA provided federal money to support Medicaid expansion. The additional federal contribution to expanding Medicaid has helped many people with disabilities access health care. It has also enabled states to continue and expand programs that provide supports and services to people with I/DD.
  • Several provisions of the ACA were designed to assist states to rebalance their long term supports systems, allowing more people with I/DD to receive the services and supports they need while living in the community instead of costly and outdated institutions. These include the Community First Choice Option (CFC) and the State Plan Home and Community-Based Services Option (also known as 1915(k) and 1915(i).
  • The ACA reversed years of discrimination against people with disabilities and chronic health conditions through its insurance reforms. Prior to the ACA, when people with disabilities or chronic health conditions tried to purchase health insurance in the individual market they often could not obtain coverage at all because of their pre-existing conditions; others faced sky high premiums, or were only granted very limited coverage.
    Learn more from The Arc's ACA fact sheet, and sign up for our Disability Advocacy Network to know when to take action when it matters the most. 

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Project Updates
Tim Hornbecker, Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing
Community Organizing
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and in celebration of his famous "I Have a Dream Speech" we are including the full text in the MMM. Disability rights are civil right s as well because many help to give our constituents access to their communities. Since the speech covers so much space we are not submitting for the articles, studies, or the funding opportunities sections this week as encouragement to take the time to re-read this important civil rights speech.
I Have a Dream (Also at this link is the authenticated audio version)
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.
We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.
We cannot turn back.
There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. *We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: "For Whites Only."* We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."¹
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.
Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."2
This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.
With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:
My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,
From every mountainside, let freedom ring!
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.
And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.
But not only that:
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
               Free at last! Free at last!
               Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!3
Tim Hornbecker, Director of Community Organizing and Advocacy
President of the National Conference of Executives of The Arc

Teresa Anderson, Prevention Coordinator

Last week we published information on the importance of recognizing mental health needs and emotion well-being for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As a follow-up to last week's article we would like to publish some feedback we received from Dr. Nora Baladerian.  Nora Baladerian, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in Los Angeles, California, practicing both clinical and forensic psychology.  We greatly appreciate our long-standing relationship with Nora and value her expertise in the area of mental health and well-being for people with I/DD.  Please see her comments below and for more information and resources visit the websites she has included. 
The following comments were submitted by Dr. Nora Baladerian;
Identifying: Improvement is needed not only in identifying these conditions, but their causes.  I believe a glaring and under identified cause is abuse. As you know, I work with kids (and adults) all over the nation who are victims of abuse. In these cases, the parents are unaware that their children are being abused when away from the home. Their child's symptoms are veritable lists of "signs of abuse," but parents, unaware of such lists, do not know that. They take their child to a doctor who medicates them but also does not recognize the list of changes described by the parents as mirroring signs of abuse. Thus the Disability and Abuse Project created the Rule Out Abuse Campaign, an educational campaign for physicians.  Once abuse is suspected, the ball can keep rolling to discovery of abuse and withdrawing the child from the source. The child can receive appropriate treatment for the myriad changes s/he has acquired in response to daily dangers faced and trauma experienced. The Rule Out Abuse Campaign materials are available in full and free at
While you mention the importance of first ruling out possible medical conditions, it is important to also directly address the symptoms, and to identify them not as behavioral matters, but psychological.  Depression and anxiety, after all, are not behavior issues, but psychological ones. Thus, psychological treatment is indicated. But what treatment? As you point out, communication can be a barrier, thus those who know the individual are essential team members to inform the treating mental health practitioner of when changes began and what circumstances preceded the change in the individual's well-being.  I have treated many non-verbal and low-verbal individuals for PTSD, or depression and anxiety whose parents informed me of abuse they had experienced. Obviously, I cannot have a two-way conversation with the patient, but they hear and understand much of what is said. Using Energy Psychology methods allows me to provide effective therapy, and reduce or eliminate the depression, anxiety, and other conditions they acquired.  Treatment is no longer limited to pills and talk therapy! I realize that many parents feel that their child's needs is like a square peg in a round hole, but Energy Psychology, now over 40 years old, provides effective treatment for many conditions such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, phobias, sleep disturbances, etc.  I encourage you to add this information in a follow-up article, opening the door to awareness for your readers, that there is more available than they perhaps had been aware of. An advantage of Energy Psychology (EP) is that the patient need not "tell their story."  This is often seen a s a barrier to treatment among talk-therapy practitioners, but is not a barrier at all for practitioners of Energy Psychology.  The Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology last year invited me to speak, and the recorded presentation is available on their website: Treating Individuals with I/DD with Thought Field Therapy.



February 27-28, 2017
The 15th Annual Family Voices of California Health Summit & Legislative Day sponsored by Family Voices of California will be in Sacramento from February 27-28, 2017.
March 3-4, 2017
Cal-TASH Conference in San Diego Inclusion Through the Lifespan: This is What Inclusion Looks Like. Embracing the Intent of Home and Community-Based Services: Living Enviable Lives from Birth Through End of Life. carlos
March 20 - 22, 2017
The national Disability Policy Seminar will be at the Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC. Every year we attend the conference to learn about current national IDD public policy and visit our members of Congress following the conference. To view last year's conference information click here.
March 26, 27, 28, 2017
The 10th Annual Developmental Disabilities Public Policy Conference, Hosted by The Arc and UCP California Collaboration at the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza Hotel, 300 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Every year we sponsor this IDD Public Policy conference to learn about current state policies impacting our community and advocates visit their representatives in the California Assembly and Senate. To watch last year's conference click here.





The following grant opportunity postings were made on the Find Opportunities service:

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.
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The Arc California is seeking an energetic, self-motivated and experienced professional dedicated to the supports, services, civil rights, and protections for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in every facet of today's modern society. Our next executive director will continue our 66+ year history as a vibrant leader in all public policy matters impacting our community. Details here. more information.
Description The Arc seeks a Director of Advocacy and Mobilization to harness the power of and expand The Arc's nationwide advocacy network of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), their families, and our 650+ chapters in support of our federal public policy agenda. This new position offers an opportunity to join a deeply committed, high-impact, collaborative policy team at The Arc working to advance the civil rights and full inclusion of people with I/DD. In 2017, The Arc plans both to quickly ramp up engagement of our chapters and activists on key issues during what we expect to be a fast-paced, high-demand year, and also to lay the groundwork to continue to build our movement over the long term. This position will lead The Arc's work to strengthen our current chapter and activist advocacy engagement capacity, including online engagement and story sharing. This position will also work closely with The Arc's policy, communications, online communications, and marketing teams on mid-range and long-range planning initiatives already underway.
The North Los Angeles County Regional Center (NLACRC) Deputy Director shall be responsible for the leadership, planning, organization, development and direction of the Consumer and Clinical Services of the Regional Center ("Center") in accordance with the Center's contract with the State of California's Department of Developmental Services ("DDS") and the policies established by the Board of Trustees ("Board"). The Deputy Director assists and supports the Executive Director in the overall management of the Center. S/he advises the Executive Director and the Board on policy matters that would further the mission of the organization and ensures compliance with various contractual, regulatory, legal and other requirements. The Deputy Director shall serve as a staff liaison to the committees of the Board, as appropriate. Upon direction, represent the Center at community, local, state and national meetings. The Deputy Director will serve as the Executive Director upon his/her absence.
More generally, the Assistant Directors serve to assist the Agency Director and Chief Operations Officer in the overall leadership activities of the Agency, and to provide oversight and management to an assigned branch: Social Services, Behavioral Health, Public Health, or Administration. The Assistant Directors oversee the development and implementation of policies and procedures for branch programs in accordance with state and federal regulations; delegate responsibilities, monitor assignments, ensure staff accountability and compliance, and oversee information/communication functions; direct the supervision of other positions as assigned and encourage a supportive work environment with open, honest, direct and respectful communication; provide timely information to the Director and Chief Operations Officer in anticipation of changing service delivery needs and the needs of staff; and provide timely information to staff regarding decisions and plans within the Agency. When assigned, acts as representative of the Agency to other community groups or agencies.
The Legislative Director position is based in Sacramento and is part of the team responsible for DRC's legislative activities in California. The position reports to the Advocacy Director. The Legislative Director provides overall direction to DRC's public policy activities with the goal of increasing DRC's legislative presence. The position supervises legislative advocates.
Under administrative direction, serves to assist the Agency Director and Chief Operations Officer in the overall leadership activities of the Agency, and to provide oversight and management to an assigned branch: Social Services, Behavioral Health, Public Health, or Administration. The Assistant Directors oversee the development and implementation of policies and procedures for branch programs in accordance with state and federal regulations. Assistant Directors delegate responsibilities, monitor assignments, ensure staff accountability and compliance, and oversee information/communication functions. Assistant Directors direct the supervision of other positions as assigned and encourage a supportive work environment with open, honest, direct and respectful communication. In the absence of the Agency Director, may assume responsibility for the budget process, and the allocation of infrastructure, information technology, and fiscal resources throughout the Agency. Acts on behalf of the Agency Director or Chief Operations Office in their absence as delegated.
The ideal candidate will have a strong history of leadership in complex behavioral health systems, quality assurance, budgetary and financial management, grants administration, regulatory compliance, and working in a collaborative labor-management setting. The candidate will have a demonstrated track record of successful, strengths-based management, possess excellent analytical and oral presentation skills, and the ability to successfully communicate with a broad variety of stakeholders. A demonstrated aptitude for data-driven quality management is critical to success in this executive position.
The Arc Maryland is seeking a new dynamic Executive Director to lead this statewide organization, which is one of the largest grassroots disability advocacy organizations in Maryland. The Arc structure consists of ten local chapters located throughout Maryland providing both direct services and advocacy and is affiliated with the national organization. The Arc Maryland has been awarded Standard of Excellence certification from the Maryland Nonprofits Association.
Working closely with the Director of Individual Philanthropy, the Manager is accountable for planning and implementing sustainable fundraising strategies and tactics for the individual giving program in conjunction with The Arc's overall organizational objectives. S/he will identify, cultivate, and solicit donors through a variety of philanthropic channels including direct mail, online, acquisition, major donor and federated giving. This position will require the ability to analyze data to define program success and inform future strategy. She/he oversees the implementation of a donor database for data entry and gift processing. This position will communicate regularly with key donors, including managing a portfolio of major gift prospects. S/he plays a key role in the message creation and dissemination of all fundraising materials. This position must be able to work in a collaborative team environment as well as autonomously to meet fundraising goals.
This position will share responsibility for reinvigorating and growing The Arc's major gift and planned giving program with the Director, Individual Philanthropy. The officer must have experience with cultivation and closing planned and major gifts. S/he is responsible for identifying, and managing relationships with planned giving and high-capacity potential donors across the country. In addition, the officer will be responsible for a portfolio of planned and major gift donors. S/he possesses exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively with donors and prospective donors. The officer will have excellent organizational skills with particular attention to systems, processes, and details, and possess the capacity to multi-task. S/he will play a key role in the message creation and dissemination of all planned giving materials. The officer must be able to work in a collaborative team environment as well as autonomously to meet fundraising goals. S/he will be required to travel throughout the United States to meet with donors and prospective donors. This position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the Director, Individual Philanthropy.
The Executive Director, as the Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for the management and operation of all programs and services provided by Contra Costa ARC, for implementing all policy decisions of the governing Board, and for employing and supervising a staff whose dedication and high morale creates a healthy working environment and produces quality of service more than adequate to achieve Board objectives. S/he oversees the administrative and fiduciary functions of the agency. S/he represents the agency to the community, and builds strong relationships with key stakeholders, agency staff, and the Board. S/he partners with the Board in fundraising to support Contra Costa ARC programs. . .

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