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April 20, 2015  
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Tony Anderson, Executive Director, The Arc California

This week we've starting adding job announcements that are sent to our office as an outreach to hiring people with disabilities. Check it out in the Career ladder section.


Monday April 20, 2015

The Assembly Budget Sub-committee on Health and Human Services chaired by Assembly member Tony Thurmond, will meet at 1:30 pm in the State Capitol, Room 447 (note room change). The committee will discuss budget items for the Department of Health Care Services (Community Mental Health, Substance Use Disorder Services, Med-Cal Rates) and the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission.


The Arc Riverside will hosting their 6th Annual "Value of One" Charity Golf Classic at Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside. Several members of The Arc throughout California will be supporting this event that their "Value of One" initiative, a campaign on dignity, respect and inclusion of individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.


Tuesday April 21, 2015

We'll be participating in the stakeholder group on the implementation of the Self-Determination program at the Department of Developmental Services. For more information on Self-Determination visit our group's SDP Frequently Asked Questions.


Wednesday April 22, 2015

We'll be participating in meetings with legislators and other policymakers throughout the day to discuss the Lanterman Coalition's 10 Campaign and the current condition of developmental services in our state.


We'll be participating in a webinar to advocates an update on the 10 Campaign, the status on the Lanterman Coalition's strategic plan, and urge the grassroots to stay the course and continue with their advocacy through to the end of the entire budget process. Register for this Lanterman Coalition Status Update webinar and join us from 6:30 pm to 8 pm.


Thursday April 23, 2015

Executive Committee (EC) of the Early Start Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) will be meeting from 10 am to 12 pm at Department of Social Services (DSS) 744 P Street, Room 205 (at the corner of 8th Street and P Street), Sacramento, CA 95814. The EC will discuss strategic planning. The Department of Developmental Services will give an update regarding the Annual Performance Report (APR) and the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP). This meeting will be followed with the meeting from 1 pm to 4 pm of the Committee of the Whole (COTW) which will discuss strategic planning, including goals and objectives for the ICC.


The Senate Budget, Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, chaired by Senator Holly Mitchell will meet at 9:30 am in the John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203). Items to be discussed include: Department of Aging (Oversight: Coordinated Care Initiative), the Department of Health Care Services (Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Fee, Oversight - Behavioral Health Treatment, Managed Risk Medical Insurance Program, Family Health Programs (CCS, GHPP, CHDP, EWC), and State-Only Health Programs Proposal) and the Department of Public Health (Oversight - Office of Health Equity, Women, Infant, and Children Program, and Other Items).


Friday April 24, 2015

The ICC will continue strategic planning, address an action item regarding proposed changes to the ICC By-Laws, and hear reports from the State Department Representatives. The ICC will also receive input from the public and parents interested in early intervention. This meeting will be at the same place as yesterday and will be from 9 am to 1 pm.


The San Diego based DDPN will be hosting, the "10 for 10, Your Advocacy Matters: 11th Annual Legislative Community Forum at the Balboa Club, 2144 Pan America Road West, San Diego from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PDT).  The forum will include speakers Marty Omoto from California Disability Community Action Network, Will Sandford from California Disability Services Association, Assemblymember Shirley Weber, Senator Marty Block, and Assemblymember Brian Maienschein. This event is an excellent opportunity to meet with elected officials and to advocate for people with disabilities, their families and those that serve them on the issues that are most important to ensuring they continue to receive good quality services.

Public Policy Reports 

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






Dear Friends,

Please take 20 seconds to tell Governor Brown to stop the early release of the man who tortured and murdered Mike Morganti, a 20-year-old man with a developmental disability.


If Mike were a Hollywood star tortured and buried alive to prevent him from testifying in court, no one would even consider paroling his killer. But instead, he was a janitor with a developmental disability, one of those whom some people treat as less worthy of life.


If you need the sickening details of how the murderer tortured Mike and forced him to dig his own shallow grave, where he died of suffocation - and then laughed about it -- here they are:

Justice for Mike:


Please click the blue "Take Action!" button in the upper right corner of this report and let Governor Brown know that the developmental disability community insists on equal justice for Mike.


And please forward this action alert to everyone you know who might we willing to take 20 seconds to help.

Thank you for your advocacy


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Greg deGiere

Public Policy Director

Greg deGierePublic Policy Director

The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration

1225 Eighth Street, Suite 350

Sacramento, CA 95814

916-552-6619916-552-6619 x16 (office)

916-441-3494 (fax) 





Supporting The Age Wave: Baby Boomers and Autism

Posted on April 15, 2015The Arc


Since 2010, baby boomers in the United States have been turning 65 at the rate of approximately 10,000 a day. Some of these new baby boomers are people with autism. At the same time, over 3.5 million adults with autism and other developmental disabilities are living with family members. In nearly 25 percent of these households, the family caregivers are over 60 years of age. During Autism Acceptance month, we should address the challenges that the age wave creates for people with autism and their family members.


To start, people with autism over the age of 65 should learn about benefits that may be available to them in the disability and aging service systems. Learn about what public benefits the person with autism may be eligible for and apply for the appropriate benefits. In addition, Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) can help you access services and support available to seniors. AAAs offer a variety of home and community-based services such as respite, meals on wheels, and transportation. Visit for more information about additional benefits available to seniors.


Supporting aging parents of people with autism is another critical issue that needs to be addressed. In addition to the health and financial issues that all seniors face, caregivers are often overwhelmed by concern about what the future will look like for their son or daughter once they can no longer provide support. Although planning for the future can be challenging and emotional, it is necessary and possible.


Discussing these major life transitions and putting a plan in place may actually alleviate some of the stress experienced by adults with autism, their caregivers, and other family members. The Arc's Center for Future Planning offers information and resources to adults with I/DD, aging caregivers, and other family members. During Autism Acceptance Month, here are some ways you can access more help:


Read more information about future planning and see how other families have planned.


View The Arc's webinar on supports and services for aging caregivers.

Contact The Arc's national office at or 202-617-3268 for more help.


The Arc's Center for Future Planning aims to support and encourage adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families to plan for the future. The Center provides reliable information and practical assistance to individuals with I/DD, their family members and friends, professionals who support them and other members of the community on areas such as person-centered planning, decision-making, housing options, and financial planning. Visit the Center's website at for more information.

Also, sign up for: The Arc US Capitol Insider

Click on The Arc UCP California Collaborative Bill File.



Monday April 20, 2015 
ASM - UTILITIES AND COMMERCE RENDON, Chair 3 p.m. - State Capitol, Room 437:


  • AB 24    (Nazarian D)   Transportation network companies: public safety requirements. Position:  Watch, Subject:  Criminal Justice & Civil Rights.

LARA, Chair 10 a.m. - John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)

  • SB 3    (Leno D)   Minimum wage: adjustment.  Position:  Oppose - Unless Amended, Subject:  General Systemic.
  • SB 36    (Hernandez D)   Medi-Cal: demonstration project.  Position:  Support. Subject:  Health & Medical.


Tuesday April 21, 2015 
ASM - AGING AND LONG-TERM CARE BROWN, Chair 2 p.m. - State Capitol, Room 127:


  • AB 74    (Calderon D)   Care facilities: regulatory visits.  Position:  Watch Subject:  Criminal Justice & Civil Rights, Residential Services.
  • AB 332    (Calderon D)   Long-term care insurance. Position:  Watch, Subject:  Health & Medical, Residential Services.
  • AB 348    (Brown D)   Long-term health care facilities. Position:  Support, Subject:  Health & Medical, Residential Services.
  • AB 643    (Nazarian D)   Emergency services: Silver Alerts. Position:  Support, Subject:  Criminal Justice & Civil Rights.
  • AB 664    (Dodd D)   Medi-Cal: universal assessment tool report. Position:  Watch, Subject:  Health & Medical.
  • AB 1261    (Burke D)   Community-based adult services: adult day health care centers. Position:  Watch, Subject:  Health & Medical.


ASM - BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS BONILLA, Chair 9 a.m. - State Capitol, Room 447:

  • AB 662    (Bonilla D)   Public accommodation: disabled adults: changing facilities. Position:  Support, Subject:  Olmstead Related.


ASM - HEALTH BONTA, Chair 1:30 p.m. - State Capitol, Room 4202:

  • AB 741    (Williams D)   Comprehensive mental health crisis services. Position:  Watch, Subject:  Mental Health.
  • AB 1147    (Maienschein R)   Health facilities: pediatric day health and respite care facilities. Position: Support, Subject:  Health & Medical.
  • AB 1300    (Ridley-Thomas D)   Mental health: involuntary commitment. Position:  Watch, Subject:  Criminal Justice & Civil Rights, Mental Health.


  • AB 54    (Olsen R)   Public accommodations: construction-related accessibility standards: tax credit.  Position:  Watch, Subject:  Olmstead Related.

ASM - PUBLIC SAFETY QUIRK, Chair 9 a.m. - State Capitol, Room 126

  • AB 1227    (Cooper D)   Peace officer training: mental health training. Position:  Support - With Amendments, Subject:  Criminal Justice & Civil Rights.


  • SB 589    (Block D)   Voting: voter registration: individuals with disabilities and conservatees.   Position:  Support, Subject:  Voting.

SEN - HUMAN SERVICES MCGUIRE, Chair 1:30 p.m. - Room 113

  • SB 490    (Beall D)   Regional centers: audits. Position:  Support, Subject:  General Systemic.

SEN - TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING BEALL, Chair 1:30 p.m. - John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)

  • SB 580    (Liu D)   Surplus residential property: affordable housing: historic buildings.  Position:  Watch, Subject:  Housing.


Wednesday April 22, 2015
ASM - APPROPRIATIONS GOMEZ, Chair 9 a.m. - State Capitol, Room 4202

  • AB 703    (Bloom D)   Juveniles: attorney qualifications. Position:  Watch

Subject: Criminal Justice & Civil Rights.

  • AB 763    (Burke D)   Medi-Cal: program for aged and disabled persons. Position:  Support, Subject:  Health & Medical.
  • AB 918    (Stone, Mark D)   Health and care facilities: seclusion and behavioral restraints. Position:  Support, Subject:  Criminal Justice & Civil Rights.
  • AB 962    (Maienschein R)   Sex offenses: disabled victims. Position:  Support Subject:  Criminal Justice & Civil Rights.
  • AB 987    (Levine D)   Employment discrimination, unlawful employment practices.  Position:  Support, Subject:  Work.


ASM - EDUCATION O'DONNELL, Chair 1:30 p.m. - State Capitol, Room 126:

  • AB 854    (Weber D)   Educational services: pupils in foster care. Position:  Watch, Subject:  Special Education.
  • AB 1369    (Frazier D)   Special education: dyslexia. Position:  Watch, Subject:  Special Education.


ASM - LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT ROGER HERNANDEZ, Chair 1:30 p.m. - State Capitol, Room 447:

  • AB 304    (Gonzalez D)   Sick leave: accrual and limitations. Position:  Watch Subject:  General Systemic.
  • AB 488    (Gonzalez D)   Rehabilitation: dignity stipend.  Position:  Watch Subject:  Health & Medical.


ASM - LOCAL GOVERNMENT MAIENSCHEIN, Chair 1:30 p.m. - State Capitol, Room 127

  • AB 2    (Alejo D)   Community revitalization authority.  Position:  Watch, Subject:  Housing.



  • SB 377    (Beall D)   Income taxes: insurance taxes: credits: low-income housing: sale of credit.  Position:  Watch, Subject:  Housing.


SEN - HEALTH HERNANDEZ, Chair 1:30 p.m. - John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203):

  • SB 243    (Hernandez D)   Medi-Cal: reimbursement: provider rates. Position:  Watch, Subject:  Health & Medical.


SEN - HEALTH Not in daily file. Anticipated Hearing

  • SB 190    (Beall D)   Health care coverage: acquired brain injury. Position: Watch, Subject: Health & Medical.


SEN - INSURANCE ROTH, Chair 1:30 p.m. - Room 112:

  • SB 575    (Liu D)   Long-term care insurance.  Position:  Support, Subject:  Health & Medical, Residential Services.


SEN - LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS MENDOZA, Chair 9:30 a.m. - Rose Ann Vuich Hearing Room (2040)

  • SB 406    (Jackson D)   Employment: leave.  Position:  Support, subject: Children & Family Services, Work.

Tim Hornbecker, Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing


Project Updates by Tim Hornbecker...


Advocacy and Community Organizing Report


Our voices need to be heard both locally, state wide and nationally. Visiting our elected officials at their home offices and going to our State Capitol to speak with legislators and attend rallies is so important. Emailing, texting, tweeting and calling them is equally important. But The Arc is local, state and national! That's why 15 representatives from The Arc of California and affiliate organizations joined with over 700 other advocates from around the country to attend the Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C. Our California delegates learned about the most pressing disability issues and budget cuts, then visited the offices of our 56 legislators. We spoke with our Senators and Congressman and/or their Legislative Assistants who focus on education, health, employment, housing and federal funding.


Our key message was that Congress must preserve Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, SSI, and other vital programs for people with disabilities. We asked both senators and congressman to take a leadership role in forming a new "Family Caregiver Caucus" (bicameral, made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate). The Caucus would develop legislation and supports for families to take care of their member with disabilities or seniors at home or in their communities, instead of nursing homes or institutions. Fact: only 2% of the federal health care budget is spent on keeping families in the community, the rest goes to pay for care institutional care!


We asked legislators to finally increase the limit of how much a person can make (120% of their local poverty income level) before losing their eligibility for Social Security benefits and DDS eligibility. One of the large fears of parents for their sons or daughters leaving sheltered workshops is that they will get employment which jeopardizes their current benefits. Of course we also asked for the reauthorization of the Work Incentive and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and more funding for Supported Employment to pay for the new Employment First initiative. We asked for reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), Keeping All Students Save Act (limiting the use of restraints and seclusion), and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Finally, we asked Congress to provide at least $252 million for HUD's Sections 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities in FY 2016.


At the end of the Disability Seminar, all 700 plus attendees called, texted or tweeted at the same time, to their legislator or Senator Lamar Alexander, R, Tenn., Chair of the Education Committee, to defeat an amendment that would mean less money for the education of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities! A great advocacy and community organizing tactic!


Keep on Advocating with a Loud Voice and Take Action!


Thank you.

Tim Hornbecker, Director of Community Organizing and Advocacy 

Teresa Anderson, Prevention Coordinator


from Valerie Lipow, FASD Network of Southern California...


The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Network of Southern California presents, "Prenatal Alcohol Exposure, A Perspective on Post-Childhood Brain Development and Behavior and the Adolescent, featuring Ira Chasnoff, M.D.


Chasnoff Workshop Registration Form 4-15-2015.pdf 


"The FASD Network of Southern California is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit charitable educational organization. Its mission is to empower persons in Southern California, through information, advocacy and service, to enhance the quality of life for children, adolescents and adults affected by prenatal alcohol exposure, and to support those who care for or serve them."

Teresa Anderson, MPH

The Arc California

Prevention Coordinator




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 to see if you are eligible for a discount! 


May 20, 2015

Disability Capitol Action Day 


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.


June 19-20, 2015

Board of Directors meeting in Sacramento.


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 to see if you are eligible for a discount! 



Autism Rising 

By the Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area

April 15, 2015


A summary of key data is as follows:

* DDS autism cases now surpass 76,000. The DDS autism caseload stood at 2,701 in 1987, but in late 2014 surpassed 75,000 cases, and as of the date of this report, 76,000. This represents a 28-fold increase over 28 years. Sixteen years ago, DDS had considered 1998's autism caseload of slightly more than 11,000 a number of considerable concern, but now the volume nears seven times that level.


* DDS intake is now reflecting nearly 5,000 DDS autism births per year. Prior to the 1980s, DDS autism cases reflected an underlying count of 200 or fewer autism births per year. Today the number is nearing 5,000 such births per year feeding into the DDS system, a 25-fold increase over birth rates three decades ago. In addition, about 1.2% of all male births (2008 birth year sample) in California now result in DDS autism. In 1987, that rate was .017%.


* DDS autism cases run at a rate about 59% of autism cases identified by special education. Based on a comparison of DDS autism cases by birth year to California special education autism cases of the same birth year, it appears that DDS autism rates represent a population of approximately 59% of the size of the population identified in special education.


* Autism occupies an increasing portion of the overall DDS caseload. Autism intakes now represent about 70% of all DDS intakes. By contrast, in 1987, autism represented just 4.85% of the entire DDS caseload.


* Adult DDS autism cases are poised to double in the next five years and triple in the next ten. The DDS autism population aging out of school at age 22 is of particular importance to DDS, since the costs for support generally shift from school districts to the regional centers at that time. DDS autism 22+ caseload, if projected over time, will double over the next five years and triple over the next ten years, to about 42,000 cases at the end of 2025.


* Regional center costs to support DDS adults with autism will soar. Based on the most conservative estimates, that is, current averages for purchase of services for DDS autism adults, regional center annual costs to serve DDS autism adults (aged 22+) will nearly triple over the next ten years, to about $1.2 billion.


* The greater Bay Area experienced a more than 15-fold increase in its counties' DDS autism caseload between 1990 and 2014. The Bay Area is now home to about 12,000 DDS autism cases, up from 754 in 1990.


* Currently, about 94% of DDS autism cases statewide reside at home with parents or family.


Beatings, Murder, Rape in California Asylums 

The Daily Beast April 16, 2015

Elizabeth Picciuto  


A 900-page report exposes horrific crimes in five institutions, 13 of which ended in death. America's broken mental-health system is downright lethal. In December of 2010, a resident of Porterville Development Center (a California facility for the intellectual and developmental disabled, or I/DD), broke a rule. The directive he ignored was a simple one, issued by an employee named Alex* who had a history of violence: Stay here. The 44-year-old, with the cognitive level equivalent to that of a 10-year-old, didn't stay. He left the group area in which he'd been instructed to remain. "Polite" and "non-aggressive," according state documents following the incident, he reportedly went to his room with the intention of lying down. His noncompliance-however mild-enraged 6-foot-3, 400-pound Alex, who stormed into the man's room, threw him to the ground, and began stomping on his back. Screams from inside prompted other staff to enter and stabilize the resident, holding down all four of his limbs. Alex wasn't finished. He climbed onto the resident's back and choked him until he turned a grayish-blue, lost consciousness, and went into cardiac arrest. Most of the staff members panicked and fled the scene. One pushed Alex off and began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation-ordering the attacker to begin chest compressions. Alex reportedly performed just 10 before walking away and muttering, "Fuck him." The client remained in the intensive care unit for 11 days on a ventilator with bruises in the shape of shoe prints. Eventually he recovered and was released. Despite a history of abusing clients, including hitting, arm-twisting, and sexual assault, Alex had been cleared to go back to work at the clinic. He attempted to save his job yet again by coercing his colleagues to falsify documents, asserting that the resident had spit on him and hit him. One colleague eventually confessed.


... Nancy Lungren, spokesperson for California's Department of Developmental Services, told The Daily Beast that her organization takes these findings very seriously. "When deficiencies are identified, plans of correction are implemented and submitted to CDPH for approval. Many of the incidences reported are over a decade old and deficiencies addressed and resolved," Lungren said. "DDS is fully aware of the need for continuous improvement in the delivery of services at the Developmental Centers." ...The National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that helps craft policies related to disability, issued a report based on peer-reviewed research comparing large facilities with various home- and community-based options. The preponderance of the peer-reviewed data they gathered indicate that people with I/DD who live alone, with their families, or in very small group settings-as opposed to those in larger facilities-had more self-determination, were less lonely, experienced greater satisfaction, and exhibited fewer challenging behaviors. Even people with severe disabilities were more likely to be able to make choices for themselves in smaller facilities. Health outcomes, however, particularly regarding obesity, tended to be better in large facilities. Tony Anderson, executive director of The Arc of California-a national advocacy organization for people with I/DD-is strongly in favor of the HCBS option. "Everyone with a developmental disability can live fully in their community," he commented. "We have over a century of evidence telling us that all institutions, no matter how beautiful, no matter how carefully designed, no matter how well-intentioned, fail. Every time," added Julia Bascom, director of programs at The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, a disability rights organization run by and for autistic people. HCBS seems like it would be significantly more expensive than housing people in larger facilities, but the opposite is the case. According to figures from the National Council on Disability, in 2009 the average yearly per capita cost of maintaining someone in a large facility was $188,318, while HCBS cost $42,486.


... Dominic Sisti, director of the ScattergoodEthics Program and assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, suggests that a dissolution of all larger facilitiesshould be rethought in the case of mental illness. A small percentage of such patients could benefit from larger facilities. In an interview, he agreed that we should reconsider asylums for a small number of people with I/DD as well. He acknowledged the many problems that have plagued larger facilities, but did not think that meant larger facilities are inherently terrible places. "Does this cost too much? That depends on our priorities as a society. If we're saying it's too expensive to take good care of our most vulnerable citizens, that's a statement."


"Past institutions were awful, but appeals to history are not compelling. The history of biomedical research is riddled with serious abuses, but we didn't stop science. We built in ethical protections and oversight; it is still not perfect but it is dramatically improved," he told The Daily Beast. "The same could happen with long-term care in psychiatry. The past does not necessarily predict the future." Sometimes, however, it is the families of people with disabilities who most volubly disagree with the HCBS approach. Even in California's beleaguered system, families are begging to keep larger facilities open. Amy Lutz is the mother of a severely autistic son and president of the EASI Foundation, which is aimed at ending aggression and self-injury among people with I/DD. She is ardently in favor of keeping large facilities as an option. "No one should be forced to live in a larger facility, but nobody should be forced to live in a community if they're overwhelmed, or they need more supervision," she says. "It's a violation of a disabled person's right to decide where they should live." Lutz charges that HCBS is not meeting its overarching goal, which is to integrate people with I/DD into the community. "A lot of families with loved ones in group homes are finding that there is not a lot of interaction with neighbors," she says. "Neighbors are not inviting them over for barbecues. When my son socializes, it's going to be with peers who are like him." The research that shows people with I/DD are able to make more choices in smaller settings, Lutz argues, obscures that there is a larger choice that is being taken away from people with I/DD and their families: the right to choose where to live.


...What's patently clear is that the current system is broken-grossly failing to support the people who need it. Whether they are in HCBS or large facilities, people with I/DD need far better funding, support, and care from other members of their communities.


Vaccine exemption bill temporarily stalls in California Senate Education Committee 

San Jose Murcury News April 15, 2015

By Tracy Seipel

SACRAMENTO -- A controversial bill to require vaccinations for all California school children ran into trouble Wednesday, when its author delayed a key Senate committee vote after enraged parents opposed to the legislation demanded lawmakers answer a central question: Don't all kids -- whether they are vaccinated or not -- have a right to a public education? With bill co-author Sen. Richard Pan facing similar questions from fellow committee members, the Sacramento Democrat put the brakes on a scheduled vote in the Senate Education Committee, promising to return with answers in a week for another hearing. The unexpected retreat seemed a promising turn of events for hundreds of opponents who again showed up in Sacramento to challenge lawmakers and insist the bill would deprive them of their right to choose not to vaccinate their children.


... "I have a real concerns about the education piece," said Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, who recalled that she and her husband were so busy working that they would not have had time nor likely been the best ones to home-school their kids. "I feel we don't have a good answer for the education route ... that's a big concern for me as well as not having a religious exemption," said Leyva. "I feel that is a problem as well." Loni Hancock, D-Oakland, and Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, also said they could not support the bill. Hancock said she believed in vaccines but was looking for the "compelling state interest here in doing something as draconian as" force parents who choose not to vaccinate their children to "personally home-school them with nobody but their family members in the home schools." For his part, Huff said that he was mostly wrestling with the fact that the bill "would take personal freedoms and subject them to government mandates." Even early supporter Marty Block, D-San Diego, wanted to see "a less restrictive education solution" than what the bill proposed. "I am concerned," he said, "that we will basically throw kids out of public school and if the person (parent) cannot home-school them, they (still) have a right to an education.'' ... Pan and other health experts believe the rising number of parents taking advantage of California's personal belief exemption that allows them to forgo their children's vaccines was a factor in the outbreak. In 2000, fewer than 0.77 percent of California kindergartners had vaccination exemptions. By 2014, the rate had more than tripled to 2.5 percent, or 1 in every 40 children.



The following grant opportunity postings were made on the Find Opportunities service:Updated: April 20, 2015


HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health NIH Summer Research Experience Programs (R25) Modification 1


DOL - Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration Face Forward 3-Intermediary and Community Grants Modification 2


HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Centers of Excellence in Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) Research (CEER) (RM1) Grant


CNCS - Corporation for National and Community Service 2015 September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance Grant


USDOJ - Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Office for Victims of Crime OVC FY 15 Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking Grant


HHS - Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living National Minority Aging Organizations (NMAO) Technical Assistance Centers Grant


HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Research Partnerships for Going to Scale with Mental Health Interventions in Low-and Middle-Income Countries (U19) Grant


ED - Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement Development grants Pre-Application CFDA Number 84.411P Modification 3


ED - Department of Education Institute of Education Science (IES): Special Education Research CFDA Number 84.324A Grant


ED - Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES): Research Training Programs in Special Education CFDA Number 84.324B Grant


HHS - Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services administration Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program Grant


HHS - Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) /State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) Hard-to-Reach Beneficiary Project Grant



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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Legislative Specialist 

The California State Independent Living Council seeks to hire a LEGISLATIVE SPECIALIST.  This is a full-time, benefited, exempt position in Sacramento working for the State of California by facilitating the work of the State Independent Living Council. Please think about your network and the people within it who are passionate about disability rights.  We need a strong advocate who will be vigilant against threats to Independent Living in California. By May 15, 2015, interested applicants will need to pass the state SSM 1 exam online, complete a state employment application, and send the application, proof of exam, resume and cover letter to Danielle Hess, Office Manager at the SILC office. I'm attaching the job description and have added the links for the position listing and how to take the exam below. The link to the SSM I exam is: 


Executive Officer

Under the general direction of the Deputy Director of Independent Living and Community Access Division, the Executive Officer supports the CCEPD to its work of achieving full inclusion of people with disabilities in the workforce in accordance California's Workforce Inclusion Act, Assembly Bill 925 and amended in Assembly Bill 119. The incumbent will be responsible for direction and oversight of the assigned DOR staff to administer the operations of the CCEPD in its development and implementation of identified priorities, and building collaborative relationships with other state and local partners to accomplish these priorities. Duty Statement is available upon request. For more information and to submit application: Department of Rehabilitation Attn: Cresenda Manning, 721 Capitol Mall Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 558-5815

Health and Human Services Agency Director Glenn County 

The Health and Human Services Agency Director plans, directs, and reviews the activities and operations of the Health and Human Services Agency and its subordinate divisions, including social services, community action, employment services, behavioral health, and public health. Coordinates the activities of the Agency with other County departments and outside agencies. Provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Board of Supervisors, the Community Action Partnership Board of Directors, and the Mental Health Advisory Board. May serve as the County Director of Mental Health pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code .5600, the County Drug and Alcohol Administrator pursuant to 11795 and 11960 of Division 10.5 of the Health and Safety Code; the Director of Public Health pursuant to Title 17, Division1, Chapter 3 of the California Code of Regulations; and the Executive Director to the Colusa-Glenn-Trinity Community Action Partnership.Salary: 

$100,089.60 - $121,680.00 Annually


Legislative Advocate (Housing) 

Western Center on Law and Poverty, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, leads the fight to secure housing, healthcare and a strong safety net for low-income people in California. is seeking an experienced legislative advocate to advocate on behalf of Western Center clients before the state legislature and administrative agencies regarding legislation, the state budget, regulations, and policies involving housing. The areas of responsibility include housing policies affecting low-income persons, including landlord-tenant, fair housing, redevelopment, land use, housing programs, tax policies, foreclosures and low-income homeowner issues, homelessness, health and safety and building codes and enforcement, mobile homes, and others.


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).




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Employer: AppleOne

Job Title:  Dispatcher   Reference Code: 926882

City: Livermore   State: CA   Zip Code: 94551   FEIN#: 

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Employer: AppleOne



Job Title:  Receptionist   Reference Code: 926734

City: Fremont   State: CA   Zip Code: 94538   FEIN#: 

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Job Title:  Claims Examiner   Reference Code: 926726

City: Fremont   State: CA   Zip Code: 94538   FEIN#: 

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Job Title:  Escrow Assistant   Reference Code: 927071

City: San Jose   State: CA   Zip Code: 95123   FEIN#: 

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Job Title:  Retail Underwriter - Pleasanton - Up to $84K   Reference Code: 927269

City: Pleasanton   State: CA   Zip Code: 94588   FEIN#: 

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Job Title:  Escrow Assistant   Reference Code: 927225

City: Pleasanton   State: CA   Zip Code: 94588   FEIN#: 

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Employer: Coca-Cola Refreshments

Job Title:  Merchandiser - FT -   Reference Code: HV051300

City: Marysville   State: CA   Zip Code: 95901   FEIN#: 580503352

Description:  HV051300

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Employer: Sears Holdings Corporation

Job Title:  Installer I   Reference Code: 471680BR

City: Rancho Cordova   State: CA   Zip Code: 95670   FEIN#: 


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Employer: Sherwin-Williams

Job Title:  Sales Associate   Reference Code: 150006A6-1245

City: Roseville   State: CA   Zip Code: 95678   FEIN#: 

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