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Monday June 29, 2015
of now there are no scheduled events for the Special Session to address
the funding increases for developmental services, and the IHSS 7%
reduction and Medi-Cal provider rates. However, Special Session
legislators anticipate caucus meetings this week with the first hearing
Tuesday June 30, 2015
The Disability and Aging Collaborative will be hosting a webinar, "Changing Nature of Family Caregiving: New Research and Policy Implications" at 12:30 PDT. This
webinar presents findings from recent family caregiving studies. A
National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP study, Caregiving in the US
2015, provides an updated profile of caregivers. Analysis from the
Community Living Policy Center highlights the changing patterns of
caregiving. Finally, a study by Easter Seals, with support from
MassMutual Financial Group, takes a closer look at Millennial and
Generation X caregivers. An open discussion about implications for
policy, practices, and service delivery will follow the presentation.
Hosted by the Disability and Aging Collaborative, with support provided
by the Community Living Policy Center (#90RT5026) and Family Support
Research and Training Center (# 90RT50320-01-00) and funding by the
Administration on Community Living, National Institute on Disability,
Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). Closed
captioning is available. Register Here!
The US House of Representatives completes action on annual appropriations bills.
Self-Determination Program stakeholder sub-group working on the
training resources will be meeting to review the latest developments to
help the SDP be successful. Click here to learn more about theCA Self-Determination program.
is the deadline for the public comments on the On-Site Assessment Tool
for the state training assessors, and the Provider Self-Assessment forms
for the residential and non-residential services. HCBS Settings Assessment Tool public comments.
Wednesday July 1, 2015
be participating in the stakeholder group for the Home and Community
Based Settings new rules from 10 to 3 pm in Sacramento. During the
meeting we will review the public comments provided on the assessment
Thursday July 2, 2015 - Friday July 3, 2015 - Independence Day Holiday
California State Independent Living Council, chaired by Ben Jauregui,
will be meeting from Thursday, July 2, 2014 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM) through
Friday, July 3, 2014 (9:00 AM -- 3:00 PM) at the San Diego Mission
Valley Marriott, 8757 Rio San Diego Dr, San Diego, CA 92108 (Phone: (619) 692-3800).
The SILC will discuss conduct some board business such as elect a vice
chair and give committee reports, hear featured presentations like "Cup
SPIL-leth Over: A Discussion About What It Is Like to Write a State Plan
for Independent Living", "Community Integration; From Nursing Home to
Your Home", get project/program presentations and updates on the SILC
ADRC Project, the San Diego Veterans Independence Services at any Age
(SD-VISA), and the Do!Network. Represented state agencies will report
out and Supervisor Dave Roberts serving San Diego County's Third
District will address the SILC. Public Comment will be received during
the meeting. Public Teleconference Line: 1-866-718-9441 FREE, Participant Passcode: 4147933.
Public Policy Director
THE ARC UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY CALIFORNIA COLLABORATION: Public Policy Reports
hard to know whether to feel encouraged or discouraged about the
continuing battle to save our community services. The two things I know
for sure are that we're in a different kind of situation than ever
before, and that we have no choice but to go on fighting.
first, here's the kinds of call to action I know you've probably acted
on before. The power that we've built this year -- the only reason
there's hope -- comes mostly from grassroots action, and we need to keep
two of the 10 key LA County legislators only accept emails from outside
their districts if they come through their web sites, so the ones you
send per the above paragraph will bounce back to you. Click here to email Senator de Leon. Click here to email Assembly Member Gomez. If you want to send them the same message you sent the other eight, you can cut and paste it into their web site forms.
Now for the Analysis/Opinion.
one hand, last week the Governor signed a budget that contains no
funding relief for regional centers and provider rates and continues the
community system down the path to system collapse. The legislature
accepted Governor Brown's consistently, unrealistically low revenue
estimates, leaving little money for anything new. They gave in,
evidently, because they know Gov. Brown has a line-item veto and can
simply take out any money they put in beyond his revenue estimates. They
gave no consideration for a veto override which was implemented the
last time Governor Brown Jr was in office. And after they accepted Gov.
Brown's low revenue estimates this month, they didn't prioritize us high
enough to get any of what little new money Gov. Brown admits exists; or
at least that's what the governor said at his press conference with the
Sounds bad, doesn't it?
the other hand, they put us into the special legislative session along
with high-priority, big-ticket items like road repair and MediCal
provider rates, while they left a lot of other services on the cutting
room floor. There's not a chance in the world we'd be in the special
session were it not for our community's first-ever united lobbying in
the Capitol, our low-budget but effective media work statewide, and the
unrelenting grassroots campaign of meetings, calls, rallies, tweets,
Facebook postings, petitions, and emails. We've got more genuine
sympathy in the Legislature -- and more political power -- than I've
ever seen. That's been reflected again in the last two weeks by public
statements from the legislative leaders and very strong speeches on the
Senate floor by both Democrats and Republican legislators. And the
Democrats have a plan to convince the enough Republicans to vote for
targeted revenue increases to cover the costs.
So that sounds good, doesn't it?
no way to tell how the fight will turn out, or whether it will go on a
few weeks or many months. So all I can suggest is let your anger over
being left out of the budget get you motivated, and let your hope for an
ultimate win keep you motivated. What else can we do?
Thank your advocacy.
Public Policy Director
The Arc & United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration
1225 Eighth Street, Suite 350, Sacramento, CA 95814 (916)
week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued several landmark decisions for all
Americans, including people with intellectual and developmental
disabilities and their families.
In a 6-3 opinion in King v. Burwell,
the Supreme Court held that federal tax subsidies are being provided
lawfully in those states that have decided not to run the marketplace
exchanges for insurance coverage. This is a huge win for the Affordable Care Act and people with disabilities throughout the country.
this case, the Supreme Court ruled that housing discrimination is
illegal, even if it is not intentional. This decision upholds a
longstanding principle under the Fair Housing Act,
known as "disparate impact." By finally settling the question of
whether the language of the Fair Housing Act allows for claims based on
disparate impact, as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does, the decision
supports our nation's progress toward integrated, inclusive communities
that foster opportunities for all Americans.
the case, a fair housing advocacy organization sued the state of Texas,
alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act for awarding federal tax
credits in a way that kept low-income housing out of predominantly white
neighborhoods, thereby denying minorities access to affordable housing
in communities where they might access better schools and greater
economic opportunity. The state was not accused of intentionally
excluding African-Americans from predominantly white neighborhoods, but
of structuring its tax credit assignments in such a way that they had a
stake in this case was not only the claims brought against the state of
Texas, but also whether the key legal protections provided under
disparate impact would continue to be available under the Fair Housing
noted in the Supreme Court's majority opinion, Congress enacted the
Fair Housing Act of 1968 following the assassination of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. "to eradicate discriminatory practices within a sector
of the Nation's economy." As amended, today the Fair Housing Act
prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of disability, race,
national origin, religion, gender, and familial status.
impact is a legal doctrine that holds that the Fair Housing Act and
other civil rights laws prohibit policies and practices that
discriminate, whether or not the policies were motivated by the intent
to harm a particular group.
over 40 years, the disparate impact doctrine has been a key tool
protecting the rights of people with disabilities, people of color, and
other groups covered by the Fair Housing Act and other civil rights laws
to have equal opportunity to live and work in the communities that that
they choose. It has formed the basis for federal regulations and has
been used extensively by the Department of Justice, the Department of
Housing and Urban Development, and civil rights organizations to fight
housing and employment discrimination across the United States.
ability to allege disparate impact under the Fair Housing Act has been
upheld by 11 federal appeals courts, but the Supreme Court has never
before issued an opinion in a fair housing disparate impact case.
a majority of the Supreme Court upheld the disparate impact standard,
finding that recognition of disparate impact claims is consistent with
the Fair Housing Act's central purpose.
week's decision marks an important milestone in our nation's path
toward integration and inclusion. It's a major victory that shores up
the progress that people with disabilities and civil rights
organizations have made over the last four decades, and strengthens our
ongoing work to end discrimination in all its forms.
Tim Hornbecker, Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing
PROJECT STATUS REPORT
Project Updates by Tim Hornbecker...
Advocacy and Community Organizing Report
we prepare for the upcoming special session that will indeed require
even more community organized advocacy action take a look at this video
that shows legislators speaking in favor of our community and in favor
of the 10%. We still have a ways to go to and even though it may feel
like we gave it our all to get to the finish line only to have it moved
even further away, our community resilience and resolve is much stronger
than the policymakers anticipated. We are in a fight for the lives of
people with developmental disabilities and the continued existence of
their system of supports and services and while it is discouraging and
even enraging at times we have no choice but to fight, there is too much
Wishing you all a very fun and joyous 4th of July Celebration this
weekend. Please keep in mind the need for extra attention to safety for
young children and even adults with developmental disabilities who
require additional supervision and attention to noise sensitivities.
Everyone in our community deserves to celebrate in a manner that doesn't
endanger them or cause great discomfort, it's supposed to be fun for
year, Americans celebrate the 4th of July by setting off firecrackers,
bottle rockets, and sparklers. This celebration can quickly turn into
tragedy with the improper use of fireworks. In 2011, an estimated 9,600
people were sent to the emergency room in the U.S. for treatment of
firework-related injuries. Approximately two-thirds of these injuries
(6,200) occurred during the one month period surrounding the 4th of July
The best way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display performed by trained professionals.
Fireworks are not safe to use at home.
some parents think sparklers are "safe" fireworks, they are
actually the leading cause of firework-related injuries.
Sparklers can reach temperatures of 2000º F. This is hot enough to melt gold and can easily catch clothes on fire.
One in four firework-related injuries to children occur to bystanders.
Teach your children about the dangers of fireworks.
Four out of ten firework-related injuries occur among children younger than 15 years old.
Make sure they understand that fireworks are not toys and that they can cause serious injury.
the summer season, many Californians enjoy activities involving
swimming at a pool, river or beach. Careful vigilance can prevent
tragedy, especially drowning. Drowning is a leading cause of
injury-related deaths among children ages five and under. More than half
of these accidents occur in residential swimming pools.
were over 60 drowning deaths among children ages five and under per
year over the last five years. Additionally, children who survive a near
drowning incident often suffer permanent brain damage. The California
Department of Developmental Services currently serves 717 survivors of
near drowning accidents who require lifelong services for their
how to prevent drowning is a critical step in keeping children safe and
helping them live to their full potential. I urge Californians to enjoy
the summer fun, but to follow safety steps, such as constant
supervision of children in and around water and the protection of
fences, latches, poles and personal floatation devices.
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
Aug. 4-7, 2015
The 20th Annual Conference of QDDPs. "We
are excited to announce online registration is now open for the 20th
Annual Conference of QDDPs to be held Aug. 4-7, 2015, at the Royal
Sonesta New Orleans, LA! Go to www.qddp.org
and click under the Conference Tab to register! You'll be inspired by
two dynamic keynote sessions: "Fully Charging Your Work and Life" by Tom
Rath and "My ipad Has My Back " by Marsha Threlkeld. In addition, enjoy
over 40 unique breakout sessions focusing on this year's theme "Every Day Wellbeing." It's
a great time to network, learn, share and re- energize with colleagues
committed to providing supports to individuals with disabilities."
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. "
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will include: Introductions for New or Potential Users, Policy and
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November 18-20, 2015
The NADD 32nd Annual Conference & Exhibit Show,
"Equality, Recovery, Access: Integrating Treatment & Services for
Persons with IDD/MI" will be in San Francisco, California this year. The
32nd Annual NADD Conference Co-Chairpersons will be Peggie Webb, MA,
San Diego Regional Center, San Diego, CA and Michael Kennedy, MFT,
Behavioral Health Services, Sonoma, CA. The featured keynote speakers
include: Dave Hingsburger, Vita Community Services, Toronto, Ontario,
Canada, "ID and Identity: Claiming and Owning Difference" and Brian
King, MD, MBA, Center on Human Development and Disability, University of
Washington, Seattle, Washington "Equality/Recovery/Access: The Future
part of the state-federal partnership in administering the Medicaid and
CHIP programs, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
issues guidance in the form of letters to State Medicaid Directors,
letters to State Health Officials (often regarding CHIP policy or
financing issues), Informational Bulletins, and Frequently Asked
Questions to communicate with states and other stakeholders regarding
operational issues related to Medicaid and CHIP. In addition, CMS issues
federal regulations that codify statutory provisions and also policies
that have been previously outlined in sub-regulatory guidance. The
supporting documents are searchableon this page.
periodically issues regulations to codify policies based on statutory
provisions of the Social Security Act. Regulations come in several
forms, including the following:
of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes policy approaches to
implementing provisions of the statute and solicits public comment on
Final Rule with Comment goes into effect when it is published, but
will be open for public comment for a specific period of time and
then potentially revised and issued as a Final Rule.
Final Rules take comments into consideration and formally codify policies that were proposed in the NPRM or IFC.
For regulatory policy guidance not found on this page, please visit Regulations.gov
Voting Rights Restoration Project
Gregory Demer, a 28-year-old autistic man who lives in Los Angeles,
took a piece of paper and wrote on it: "I want to vote." He asked
attorney Thomas F. Coleman to help him regain the right to vote -- a
right that was improperly
taken from him when he became a limited conservatee 10 years ago. On
June 26, 2015, Coleman informed Judge Carolyn Kuhl of the failure of two
judges and two attorneys to restore Gregory's right to vote. Kuhl is
the presiding judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court. Coleman reminded
her that thousands of others are also waiting for court orders
restoring their voting rights. The Arc of California has offered to get
the word out to its clients that they too can ask for their voting
rights to be restored. The
Arc and United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration will spearhead a
Voting Rights Restoration Project. We envision other disability service
agencies following their lead as word spreads about the project.
Court-appointed attorneys violated Disabilities Act, federal complaint says
disability-rights group has filed a federal complaint alleging that the
Los Angeles County Superior Court has systemically violated the civil
rights of intellectually disabled residents who are under limited
conservatorships by failing to provide effective legal assistance
through its court-appointed attorneys. The class-action complaint, filed
with the U.S. Department of Justice in Los Angeles on Friday, claims
that court-appointed attorneys routinely violate the Americans with
Disabilities Act during limited-conservatorship proceedings. Parents and
other guardians can seek the power to make decisions related to their
disabled child's residence, education, contracts, medical and other
legal matters after they turn 18. The court-appointed attorneys
represent the conservatees during the process. The court determines who
controls certain legal affairs of adults if they are deemed in court to
be at least partially incapable of looking after themselves. About
12,000 people have open limited-conservatorship cases in L.A. County,
according to the complaint.
Thomas F. Coleman, an attorney and executive director of the Disability
and Guardianship Project, which filed the complaint, called on federal
authorities to investigate and force court officials to "clean up their
act." The lack of effective representation leads to people with
disabilities inappropriately losing their rights, Coleman said at a news
conference. "We're not interested in making people look bad - we're
interested in solutions," he said. "But to get solutions, we need to
tell the truth." The group filed a complaint last year with the U.S.
Department of Justice contending that the court has wrongly stripped
people under limited conservatorships of the right to vote if they could
not fill out a voter registration affidavit. Last month, federal
authorities announced that they were investigating the allegations. Nora
J. Baladerian, director of the Disability and Abuse Project, said the
court system for decades has mistreated and failed some of society's
most vulnerable citizens. "The court routinely treats individuals with
disabilities who come before them as 'less than.' Less than human, I'm
sorry to say," she said.
Pam Erickson, the conservatorship attorney at Bet Tzedek Legal
Services, defended the court and its attorneys, saying they take on a
tremendously difficult job with care and compassion for the families
they serve. "The court almost bends over backward to do the right
thing," she said. "Are there some problems? Sure. But the attorneys, I
believe, are advocating for the best interests of their clients." Thom
Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles, said
officials will look into the allegations. "The complaints will be
reviewed to determine what, if any, action should follow," he said.
parole of David Weidert, who was convicted of torturing Mike Morganti
and burying him alive in 1980, has been reversed by Gov. Jerry Brown,
the governor's office announced Friday. Weidert lured Morganti from his
Clovis apartment and drove him to a remote foothill location. There, he
forced Morganti to dig his own grave, and then Weidert beat him with an
aluminum bat and stabbed him with a knife before burying him in the
shallow grave. "I have considered the evidence in the record that is
relevant to whether Mr. Weidert is currently dangerous," Brown said in a
statement. "When considered as a whole, I find the evidence shows that
he currently poses an unreasonable danger to society if released from
prison. Therefore, I reverse the decision to parole Mr. Weidert."
Weidert, father of David Weidert, could not be reached for comment
Friday. Morganti and Weidert worked as janitors in a doctor's office,
and in June 1980 Weidert convinced Morganti to serve as a lookout while
he burglarized the office. Morganti was developmentally disabled and
easily manipulated, court documents said. After Weidert was arrested for
his part in the burglary, Weidert learned that Morganti had given him
up to authorities, and so he plotted to kill him.
governor's decision to keep Weidert in jail reverses the decision made
by the state Board of Parole Hearings in January. "I'm crying. I just
can't stop crying. I just can't believe it," said Morganti's sister,
Vikki VanDuyne, who has worked tirelessly over the years to keep Weidert
behind bars. She knew Brown's decision was coming Friday, and she was
expecting the worst. "I go by worse-case scenarios," VanDuyne said.
"What's the worst thing that can happen?" But after sitting and waiting
all day, she and her family decided to go out to dinner. "I did all I
could," she said. "If the governor was going to be an idiot, he was
going to be an idiot. I can't control that." Instead, VanDuyne's phone
was blowing up with congratulatory calls. Among them were Fresno County
District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp and Linda Penner, Fresno County's
former chief probation officer, who is now executive officer of the
Board of State and Community Corrections.
Friday, Smittcamp issued a statement: "The Fresno County District
Attorney's office is pleased that Governor Brown took the time to
diligently review this matter, and to conclude that inmate Weidart is
not a suitable candidate for parole. The family of Mike Morganti should
be commended for their zealous advocacy on behalf of their beloved
the battle isn't over. Now, it's on to the next parole hearing.
VanDuyne doesn't know when that will be, but said probably in the next
six to nine months. It comes quickly because the state parole board must
decide what to do with Weidert now that Brown has reversed its
decision. VanDuyne, who now lives out of state, said she'll be at the
hearing. For now, though, she'll celebrate. "Every day that Weidert's in
prison is a good day," she said.
Jim Beall sent Gov. Jerry Brown a letter signed by a bipartisan
majority of the Assembly and Senate seeking a 10 percent increase in
payments to care providers for 280,000 Californians with developmental
disabilities. On June 15, the Legislature passed a budget that included
an increase of a little over 2.5 percent for these programs. The next
day, however, Brown and the two houses' leaders announced a "deal" that
deleted this increase, calling for a special session and linking the
prospects for increased funding to a tax increase on managed care
organizations. Once again, people with developmental disabilities and
those who serve them are on the outside looking in.
the cost of living has risen by more than 30 percent during the past 12
years, the state has provided exactly one increase to programs for
Californians with developmental disabilities. I see firsthand the impact
of these programs being ignored. As the parent of a young man who just
completed high school and faces these challenges, I am hopeful and
scared for his future and the future of others I have met in this
community. As a volunteer board member for a 63-year-old agency, I know
how difficult it is to maintain quality staff and services in the face
of this lack of support. The budget "deal" dedicates $530 million to
serve 1,000 people with developmental disabilities who live in outdated,
state-run institutions such as Sonoma Developmental Center.
And that's where the story takes a horror-film-like turn. Some of these
developmental centers, formerly called state hospitals, have been the scene of horrific events, such as rape,
physical abuse and deaths under cloudy circumstances. In one
heartbreaking case, a woman with intellectual disability was sexually
assaulted and became pregnant. According to reports, the facility failed
to do a rape kit, so potential evidence was lost, and the primary
suspect fled the country. The family now raises her child.
autistic man's neck was broken to the point of paralysis and,
ultimately, death. The state settled a wrongful-death lawsuit with the
man's family. These stories and more were recounted when lawyers
representing the Center for Investigative Reporting sued to force the
state to release 900 unredacted pages documenting abuses in these
model of care has been so poor that the federal government decertified
some of the state-run units and cut off millions in funding. California
taxpayers pay even more to operate units that the federal government
deems unfit, with average annual per-person costs approaching $550,000.
Today, more than 4,300 state employees serve the 1,000 people remaining
in the 24-hour, seven-day-a-week institutions. As of May 7, the list of
decertified units had grown from four to 11, though a temporary reprieve
on funding of seven units was obtained. Keeping these units open is
unacceptable and fiscally irresponsible.
addressed this issue by using the budget revision in May to set
timelines for closure. The Legislature added language stating that as
the institutions close, the resources should shift to starved
community-based programs. Abuse does occur in community settings. This
population is vulnerable, and attackers should be punished harshly. When
abuse is reported in community-based programs, they are closed and
predators are fired, arrested, prosecuted and punished. Brown's answer
to close the developmental centers is right, and he should support the
Legislature's intent. The $530 million used to keep the institutions
open should be shifted to help all people with developmental
disabilities live fulfilling lives in our communities.
feds would pay half the cost of care for every person who moves from
one of the federally defunded units to a community-based program. Funds
from the property and assets of empty institutions also should be
dedicated to serving this population. Closing institutions and putting
more resources into community programs is consistent with every
civil-rights philosophy, court ruling and gain made on behalf of people
with developmental disabilities. We have a chance to produce a sequel to
the horror film, one with a much happier ending.
London is a parent, lobbyist, advocate for community-based programs,
and a board member of InAlliance, a Sacramento-based agency that serves
people with developmental disabilities. Carl.email@example.com
June 16 Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr announced a California budget
agreement for $115.4 billion. The budget reflects an improved economy
and resources returning to schools and low-income Californians. However,
people with disabilities and the people who provide vital services for
them were given nothing. The entire system that provides services for
people with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, intellectual
disabilities and other developmental disabilities is about to collapse
according to a February 2015 report. There are 21 Regional Centers
throughout California that receive federal and state money and contract
services for people with disabilities. The report prepared by the
Association of Regional Center Agencies is ominously titled "On the
Brink of Collapse." An excerpt states the main idea in a nutshell:
"California can no longer assure the federal government that sufficient
services and supports are available to ensure the health and safety of
Californians with developmental disabilities, putting billion of dollars
of federal funds at risk." The report, details how residential homes
and day programs throughout the state have been forced to close or offer
reduced services due to lack of funding. http://arcanet.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/on-the-brink-of-collapse.pdf
San Diego-Imperial Counties, the Regional Center provides services for
24,000 people with developmental disabilities. One service group called
the Arc of San Diego provides services for 2,500 children and adults.
When asked about the various programs The Arc of San Diego offers,
President & CEO David W. Schneider said "We provide many levels of
service including early intervention services for children from birth to
three years old. We work on helping these children catch up to their
development milestones, and often those children no longer need any
future services - which is huge!" "We also provide respite services for
families; we send out a care provider to help care for family members
with disabilities." "The Arc of San Diego also offers community-based
programs where clients work at different sites either as a volunteer or
for a paycheck. We teach transportation skills, how to take the bus
around town, and we teach shopping skills. "Senior programs are also
offered for adults age 50 and older and they usually engage in
activities at a more relaxed pace. They participate in gardening and
volunteer at places like animal shelters. It's pretty amazing-all of our
clients last year donated over 12,000 hours to local organizations
which demonstrates how much they are able to give back to our
community." "We have day programs throughout San Diego County for adults
who are 22 and older. They are able to learn life skills as they engage
in a variety of activities including fitness, arts & crafts,
technology, and self-advocacy. A lot of those clients are the ones who
attended the rally at Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins' office on June 17th
to bring attention to the important need for funding."
crisis for the Arc and other programs that provide services for people
with disabilities is that the rates paid through state and federal
funding have remained the same since early in 2000. Caregivers, job
coaches, counselors have been paid at the same rate for years, a rate so
low that some workers have turned to fast food jobs." At The Arc of San
Diego we do what we can to fill the funding gap with private
donations," Schneider said.
a June 23 call to Assembly Speaker Atkin's Sacramento office, Selena
stated "There are still special sessions going on at the moment, and
once those are resolved there will be a new statement from her [Atkins].
Selena said she didn't have an idea when that would be, however, when
asked if there was still a possibility that these groups might get some
funding she said, "Yes."
The following grant opportunity postings were made on the Grants.gov Find Opportunities service:
ED - Department of Education Coordinating Center for Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities into Higher Education (TPSID): Model Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities CFDA Number 84.407B
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
Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) provides nonpartisan fiscal and
policy analysis to the California Legislature and has done so since
1941. The LAO (1) assists the Legislature in all aspects of the budget
process, through its analytical and oversight activities; (2) responds
to legislative requests for information and analysis of the state's
budget and programs; and (3) conducts independent studies and produces
self-generated reports on topics of importance to the state. Additional
information about the LAO can be found on our Web Site at http://www.lao.ca.gov
a variety of program management, administrative and clerical support to
the Association. Duties include researching/compiling information;
coordinating calls, meetings and committees for the Association;
maintains electronic files and data; generates and formats meeting and
committee reports, and other documents using full range of software
skills including spreadsheets, word processing, desk top publishing,
presentation software, database management; assumes responsibilities for
special projects; attends board meetings and committees for
administrative support; researches and analyzes data to develop reports
for management decision-making. In addition, this position is
responsible for the conference planning and logistics for the production
of the triennial membership meetings. This position requires
considerable use of tact, diplomacy, discretion and judgment as the
Program Manager includes routine correspondence with the members, state
officials, legislative epresentatives, vendors, consultants, and
one of the nation's oldest private non-profit organizations serving
people with intellectual, developmental and behavioral challenges, seeks
a Regional Director for Northern California. The Regional Director will
have responsibility for the day-to-day operations and long-term
planning for 14 of Elwyn California's Residential Care Facilities for
people with developmental disabilities. Elwyn seeks a customer-focused
and externally facing leader with a minimum of 3-5 years in management,
preferably in health or social services. S/he should also possess
expertise in clinical service delivery to individuals with disabilities
as well as experience growing an organization and opening new group
homes. For referrals and/or to submit a resume, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. All expressions of interest are confidential.
one of the nation's oldest private non-profit organizations serving
people with intellectual, developmental and behavioral challenges, seeks
a Director of Major Gifts for Northern California. The Director of
Major Gifts will assist in determining the fundraising priorities and
strategies for Elwyn California based on knowledge of the philanthropic
climate in the region. Elwyn seeks a successful major gift fundraiser
with a minimum of 5-7 years of experience. S/he should possess the
ability to articulate the case for support for individual donors and
prospects; formulate and recommend major prospect strategies and
timelines based on the needs and goals of the organization; and
identify, cultivate and solicit individual and organizational prospects.
For referrals and/or to submit a resume, please contact email@example.com. All expressions of interest are confidential.
The Arc California 1225 8th Street, Suite 350 Sacramento, CA 95814 916.552.6619
Advocates for people with intellectual and all other developmental disabilities and their families since 1950.