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Tony Anderson, Executive Director, The Arc California

Last week we learned that a couple important professionals for people with developmental disabilities have announced their retirement, Nancy Bargmann from the Department of Developmental Services, Bill Tapp, College of Direct Support. The Arc California would like to thank them both for their service and meaningful contributions to the lives of people with IDD and their families.

 

Monday July 20, 2015

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.

 

Implementation of the Self-Determination Program is contingent upon approval of federal funding. The Department of Developmental Services (DDS), in consultation with stakeholders, drafted a 1915 (c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver application that was submitted to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on December 31, 2014. Once the Waiver is approved, the SDP will be available for up to 2,500 participants during the first three years of the program. Learn more about the California SDP.

 

Tuesday July 21, 2015

A team of advocates from the Lanterman Coalition will be meeting with legislative supporters in the capitol to discuss the next steps in our campaign to save the developmental services system in California.

 

Wednesday July 22, 2015

The State Executive Directors in The Arc network will be meeting to discuss a variety of state public policy issues across the country such as Physician Assisted Suicide, state budgets, social security, etc.

 

Thursday July 23, 2015 - travel home

 

Friday July 24, 2015

The California Collaborative for Long-Term Services and Supports (CCLTSS) will be meeting from 9 am to 10:30 am.

 

Monday July 20, 2015 - Sunday August 16, 2015

The Lanterman Coalition Urges Advocates to Visit District Offices Over the Legislative Recess to Save Developmental Services in the Special Session 

It's been about 4 weeks since the Developmental Services  budget relief was removed from the state budget put into the Special Session and still no decisions have been made.  Meanwhile the urgency for our community continues to increase and the state of collapse worsens daily.  Please take some time during the legislative recess to meet with your representative in your district.  You can either set up a formal meeting in their district office or just go to one of their local events and talk to them there.

The Lanterman Coalition has developed a variety of talking points from several perspectives of parents, self-advocates, and other stakeholders in the developmental services system.  For more information on the severe underfunding of developmental services in California and the national comparisons check out our research page that also shows poverty statistics, the affordable housing crisis, early start, and system audits.


The Lanterman Coalition Fully Supports Senator Jim Beall's SB 2X-1, Across the Board Funding Increase

Ask your representatives to support SBX2-1, it mandates:

  • A 10% increase in the funding paid to a regional center and purchase-of-service vendors;
  • Funding to enable the regional center and the regional center's purchase-of-service vendors to fund certain costs related to minimum wage requirements; and
  • The Department of Developmental Services to develop a 10-year financial sustainability plan.

Meeting with Your Representatives Helpful Tips

PowerPoint Presentation: Advocacy Tips

Do's

Don'ts

  1. Make an Appointment
  2. Be on time
  3. Be positive and friendly
  4. State Reason for Visit
  5. Personalized the issues
  6. Reliable information
  7. Engage in the problem solving
  8. Encourage them to talk
  9. Provide them with good contacts
  10. Leave a written summary
  11. Take a picture
  12. Post the picture on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  13. Write a thank you letter
  14. Follow-up meeting later in the year
  15. Have others write letters
  1. Too many issues Too Complex
  2. Too Many Facts and Stats
  3. Stretching the truth for effect.
  4. Answering questions you don't know
  5. Messing around in the photo
  6. Forget to write a thank you letter
  7. Ignore the member the rest of the year
  8. Ignore the member the rest of the year
  9. Confrontational: The issues are personal to you, not them.  Personal attacks could close down communication.

Where Are They Now? 


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Greg deGiere, 
Public Policy Director








THE ARC UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY CALIFORNIA COLLABORATION:  Public Policy Reports 

 

It's been a month since Governor Brown called the special legislative session on the development services budget, among other issues. The Legislature has held initial hearings, some legislators have introduced bills - but there's still no action, while our community services continue to slide into collapse.

 

The Legislature is in recess until August 17, meaning most legislators will be in their home districts meeting with constituents like you. So here's your chance to give them an earful. Please take one or both of these steps:

  1. Call your state senator's and assembly members district offices TODAY and ask for appointments during the recess to ask their help with the developmental services budget. Here's how to find them. Even if you don't get an appointment, their schedulers will tell them that you asked and why, and that alone will help keep their attention. And you certain will be able to meet with a staffer.
  2. Go to one of their local public events and talk to them there.  If your legislators don't have any events listed here, call their offices and ask them when and where there will be any townhalls or other events they have planned.

The Lanterman Coalition has developed a variety of talking points from the perspectives of self-advocates, families, and other stakeholders in the developmental services system. The most important point for everyone http://www.capwiz.com/thearc/ca/issues/alert/?alertid=66721626&type=ST is to ask them to coauthor our bill to provide the funding needed to stop the system collapse -- SBx2-1 by Senators Jim Beall, Bill Monning, and Fran Pavley.

 

And here are some more general tips on how to ask legislators to support or oppose bills.

 

The Lanterman Coalition plans rallies around the state during the recess and in Sacramento after the recess. Go to the Lanterman Coalition site later this month or in early August to find out when and where, and plan on going if you can. If you're a self-advocate or family member and can't get there on your own, talk to your community service provider about getting your and others from our community rides.

 

And finally, if you have's emailed your legislators in the last two weeks, please click here to email them now. It takes about 20 seconds.

 

Thank you for your advocacy.

 


 

Greg deGiere

Public Policy Director

The Arc & United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration

1225 Eighth Street, Suite 350, Sacramento, CA 95814 (916)  

552-6619 ext. 4  Greg@TheArcCA.org

 

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Cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) On the Table to Pay for Highways

 

Next week (July 20-24), the Senate plans to take up legislation to fund our nation's highway system. On the table are amendments to partially pay for the highways bill by cutting Social Security, including proposals to cut benefits for people who receive both SSDI and Unemployment Insurance (UI).

 

Please call your Senators!   Take Action 

 

Tell them:

  • Don't cut Social Security to pay for highways. Both are vital, but Social Security must not become a piggybank to pay for important but unrelated programs.
  • Reject any proposals to pay for highways by cutting Social Security, including proposals to cut Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for people who are trying to work, and qualify for Unemployment Insurance (UI) after losing their job through no fault of their own.
  • Any cuts would erode the financial security of millions of Americans who rely on Social Security, including SSDI.
  • Cutting SSDI for beneficiaries who also receive UI because they have attempted to work - as encouraged by law - but lose their job would hurt the economic security of SSDI beneficiaries and their families, and create new work disincentives. SSDI and UI are earned benefits, paid for by workers and their employers. SSDI beneficiaries who try to work should not be treated differently from other American workers. SSDI and UI should be there for them in their time of need. It's fair and it's right.

Background:

Get the facts on harmful cuts to SSDI / UI benefits at: http://www.c-c-d.org/fichiers/CCD-DI-UI-Fact-Sheet-S499-HR918-S343-02-17-15.pdf

 

Read a letter from members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities and 75 national organizations: http://www.c-c-d.org/fichiers/CCD-Letter-DI-UI-03-17-15FINAL.pdf

 

Also, sign up for: The Arc US Capitol Insider
SIGN UP FOR OUR NATIONAL ACTION ALERTS
  
Click on The Arc UCP California Collaborative Bill File

 

Monday July 20, 2015
ASM - REV. & TAX Not in daily file. Anticipated Hearing

  • SB 251    (Roth D)   Civil rights: disability access.  Position:  Watch, Subject:  Housing.

 

Monday August 17, 2015
SEN - APPROPRIATIONS LARA, Chair 10 a.m. - John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)

  • AB 2    (Alejo D)   Community revitalization authority. Position:  Support, Subject:  Housing.
  • AB 35    (Chiu D)   Income taxes: credits: low-income housing: allocation increase.   Position:  Support, Subject:  Housing.
  • AB 348    (Brown D)   Long-term health care facilities: complaints: investigations.  Position:  Support, Subject:  Health & Medical, Residential Services.
  • AB 366    (Bonta D)   Medi-Cal: annual access monitoring report.  Current Text: Amended: 7/7/2015   pdf   html Position:  Support, Subject:  Health & Medical.
  • AB 662    (Bonilla D)   Public accommodation: disabled adults: changing facilities.  Position:  Support, Subject:  Olmstead Related.
  • AB 664    (Dodd D)   Medi-Cal: universal assessment tool report.  Current Text: Amended: 6/25/2015   pdf   html Position:  Watch, Subject:  Health & Medical.
  • AB 744    (Chau D)   Planning and zoning: density bonuses.  Current Text: Amended: 7/8/2015   pdf   html Position:  Watch, Subject:  Housing.
  • AB 1194    (Eggman D)   Mental health: involuntary commitment.  Current Text: Amended: 7/6/2015   pdf   html Position:  Watch, Subject:  Mental Health.
  • AB 1369    (Frazier D)   Special education: dyslexia. Position:  Watch, Subject:  Special Education.


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

     

Project Updates by Tim Hornbecker...

 

Advocacy and Community Organizing Report

 

It is so important that people with disabilities have full access to their communities, both literally and VIRTUALLY. My virtual I'm of course referring to the internet where people communicate, shop, get entertainment, and practice their political advocacy, etc. If you need help getting affordable access to this part of your community check out this resource below by the CFILC DAP project...  

 

Need Affordable Internet Access?

 

The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers Digital Access Project (DAP) is working in partnership with other organizations and companies to make inexpensive internet service and computers available to people with disabilities.

 

Here are some of the services they provide:

 

  • Free basic computer training class referrals
  • Low-cost refurbished computers and laptops
  • Internet service at your home as low as $10.90 a month1 (No contract or credit check!)
  • Eligible customers2 will receive a Free "hot spots" for wireless Internet when you purchase monthly service. 

Contact Cal Powers at the Digital Access Project, 916-737-5351, by email at CalPowers@cfilc.org, or sign up online at www.digitalaccessproject.org.  

 

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

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Teresa Anderson, Prevention Coordinator
PREVENTION ACTIVITIES

 

Falls are a major health and safety concern for both children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  People with developmental disabilities are at significantly greater risk for falls and these falls frequently result in serious injury and hospitalization. Studies have found injuries in this population often lead to the need to more assistance with daily living, less mobility, skilled care, psychosocial changes (specifically fear of falling again), reduction in inclusive activities and increase risk for isolation. Risk factors related to falls have been identified - demographic, medical, psychosocial, environmental and physical activity - yet researchers suggest fall prevention programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is a very understudied area.

 

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is studying a new program the uses customized care plans to evaluate fall reduction among people with developmental disabilities.  

 

For more information about the pilot project visit:

http://shriver.umassmed.edu/news/2015-07-08-130000/shriver-center-studying-falls-prevention-people-intellectual-and-developmental-disabilities

 

Teresa Anderson, MPH

The Arc California

Prevention Coordinator

teresa@thearcca.org

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

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. "

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

 

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 Is Now".


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RECENTLY RELEASED REPORTS, STUDIES, ETC.

  

Check out this great list our resource sent by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health regarding the California Children Services (CCS) redesign.   To learn more about the valuable resources they share in their newsletter sign up for the Advocacy Network.

 

CALIFORNIA CHILDREN'S SERVICES

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NEWS ARTICLES

 

Human needs of developmental community more important than numbers

LA Daily News July 16, 2015

By The Editorial Board 

 

Welcoming Special Olympics athletes to a special ceremony Monday at the state Capitol, Gov. Jerry Brown called the competition "one of the ways that people of profound differences can find their common humanity."

We know how Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian, can give substance to that soaring rhetoric about common humanity: He can grant the immediate 10 percent funding hike for developmental services for which the Lanterman Coalition, a bipartisan majority of members of the state Legislature, and this editorial board have been arguing these past several months. It's one thing to publicly appreciate the Special Olympics World Games, a fantastic athletic and community event that will begin July 25 in Los Angeles. It's quite another to put a small fraction of the state's burgeoning tax revenue toward improving the lives of Californians with developmental disabilities and those who love and care for them. So far, the Brown administration has been a roadblock.

 

The money's there, according to the Department of Finance. So we call on Michael Cohen, the governor's finance director, to get his head out of his Excel spreadsheets long enough to visit with the governor one of the many facilities where people with developmental disabilities and their caretakers struggle day after day with inadequate resources. S.T.E.P. - Strategies to Empower People - is such a place, and its main office is just 10 minutes from the state Capitol. Jacquie Foss, the CEO there, said she would love to give the governor and his finance director a tour. (jacquied@stepagency.com; 916-679-1555).

 

She would note that, for the first time in her 27 years running S.T.E.P., she's had to tell the regional centers she can take no more referrals. That her annual staff turnover has reached 50 percent, with some staffers telling her they were leaving to make more money at Wal-Mart. That clients with autism - who most of all need structure and continuity - regress to square one every time that turnover relegates them to a new caregiver. It's time for some real-world experience to color the abstract, bean-counters' view of what needs to be done. And it can be done. Revenue has been streaming into state coffers. The Department of Finance's July cash report reads in part: "Preliminary General Fund cash for June was $815 million above the 2015-16 Budget Act forecast of $16.093 billion. Year-to-date revenues are $732 million above the forecast of $114.124 billion." It would take less than half that "unexpected" cash to effect the one-time, 10 percent funding increase for regional centers and vendor rates that the developmental community has been asking for. We're pleased that legislators today introduced special session bills to increase developmental services funding and to fix a Medi-Cal funding problem.

 

We will take a look at the bills introduced separately by Democrats and Republicans as details become available; we look forward to them working through the process and sending final legislation to the governor. But the wall that legislators ran into during budget negotiations on this issue was the Brown administration. The governor and his top staffers should spend some time discovering their common humanity.

 

Assemblymember Levine Proposes Funding Fixes for Vital Health Care Services AB 4 (Levine) 2nd Ext. Creates Key Funding Solution in Legislative Extraordinary Session.

Press Release Assemblymember Marc Levine July 16, 2015

By Michael Miiller

 

Today Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) introduced legislation to close a funding gap for Medi-Cal and other vital health services, bringing a needed solution to the legislative extraordinary session on health funding.

This fix would preserve $1.1 billion in federal matching funds that were threatened after the federal government rejected a sales tax on Medi-Cal plans that California had previously used to provide its share of Medicaid funding. Resolving the problem is vital to implementation of the Affordable Care Act. AB 4 (Levine) 2nd Ext. also provides needed funding for in-home support services and developmental services.

 

"I applaud Governor Brown for convening this extraordinary session of the Legislature to act on this expeditiously, as waiting until 2016 is irresponsible," said Levine, a Member of the Committee on Public Health and Developmental Services in the Second Extraordinary Session. "This funding fix is broad-based, stable, and solves the problem we were called here to address. Almost half of all California's children receive health care through Medi-Cal, so we must come up with a real, sustainable solution now. I offer this potential solution, and welcome other proposals so that the Legislature can act on this crisis before adjourning in September."

 

AB 4 (Levine) 2nd Ext. would generate revenue through a broad-based Managed Care Organization (MCO) flat tax of $7.88 per person per month, a solution that provides $1.1 billion needed for Medi-Cal to prevent the loss of federal funds. There are 45 MCOs providing managed care coverage for 21 million Californians. Roughly 9 million of them are Medi-Cal patients. MCOs receive federal and state reimbursement for costs of services provided to Medi-Cal Californians.

 

AB 4 (Levine) 2nd Ext. would accomplish the following:

Prevent a potential $1.1 billion funding shortfall for Medi-Cal;

Restore previous cuts to Medi-Cal reimbursement rates and move to fully fund Medi-Cal;

Reinstate In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) hours; and

Increase developmental services funding.

 

California currently taxes only Medicaid MCOs, an approach recently rejected by the federal government. The federal Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) notified California in July, 2014 that our current MCO tax is not in compliance with federal rules. CMS provided direction to California to construct a new MCO tax because of the fact that states do not have the "ability to tax only Medicaid MCOs. In order for a health care-related tax on MCOs to be permissible . . . the tax would have to apply more generally to all MCOs." AB 4 (Levine) 2nd Ext. would resolve this problem.

 

Funding for Medi-Cal, IHSS, and developmental services is critical. These programs suffered deep cuts in the Great Recession, experienced increased costs, and have yet to receive adequate funding. Several organizations have called for long term funding for Medi-Cal, IHSS, and developmental services. 

 

"The community system for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is currently collapsing due to historic divestment away from supporting some of our most vulnerable citizens," said Tony Anderson, executive director of The Arc California. "AB 4 (Levine) 2nd Ext. is an urgently needed bold policy that breaks through the delay. Every day that passes means more individuals and families are at risk."  The Arc California is the state's oldest and largest advocacy association of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families fighting for the human and civil rights of the intellectual and developmental disabled community since 1950.... A brief history of the MCO tax issue is attached...

 

Statement from Legislative Leaders on Introduction of Tobacco Regulations  Press Release Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) July 16, 2015

By John Casey and Claire Conlon


 
Sacramento, CA -- The Save Lives California coalition praised Senate and Assembly Democrats for announcing a bold package of bills to fight the No. 1 cause of preventable death in California: tobacco use. The bills will be taken up during the 2nd extraordinary session, called by Governor Jerry Brown to address healthcare. In a display of strong cooperation and determination, the two houses have each introduced the same six bills aimed at preventing death from tobacco-related diseases and reducing costs of smoking on California's health system by reducing smoking and deterring young people from finding smoking attractive. "This package of bills represents a tremendous step forward for a healthier California," said Luther Cobb, MD, California Medical Association (CMA) president. "These bills will help to keep tobacco out of the hands of our youth while also helping to increase the overall health and wellness of Californians ."
 
"The addictive power of nicotine causes three out of every four kids who try cigarettes to continue smoking into adulthood where half of them will die from tobacco-related illnesses," said American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Vice President Jim Knox.  "We need to dramatically reduce those odds." "Dentists have long stood as an important line of defense not just for our patients' oral health, but their overall health," said CDA President Walt G. Weber, DDS. "Every day, our members see the devastation caused by cigarettes and other forms of tobacco use." "These bills save lives by stopping young people from picking up cigarettes, and by strengthening our health care system, which must deal with the damage caused by smoking-related diseases in our communities," said Laphonza Butler, president of SEIU California and SEIU United Long-Term Care Workers (ULTCW). "The Save Lives Coalition is proud to work with legislative leaders to reduce the toll smoking takes on Californians' health."
 
"This package of bills will increase public health and reduce teen smoking," Paul Knepprath, vice president, policy & public affairs for Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. "This is a huge step in the right direction to ensure that our kids and our communities are healthier."  "Taken together, this legislation is essential to building a healthier, smoke-free California," said Olivia J. (Gertz) Diaz-Lapham, president and CEO, American Lung Association in California. "The net effect of these bills would be millions of lives and dollars saved in our state." "This is an opportunity California can't afford to miss," said Dr. Kirk Knowlton, American Heart Association (AHA) Western States Affiliate (WSA) Board President. "Smoking contributes directly to heart disease and stroke, the number 1 and number 5 leading causes of death for Californians. The passage of this package of bills will have an immediate, life-saving impact by reducing the number one preventable cause of pre-mature death and disability.
 
The Legislature will evaluate the following bills during the extraordinary session:
 
1.      SB 5 X2 (Leno)/ AB 6 X2 (Cooper)
Add e-cigarettes to existing tobacco products definition. Senator Mark Leno
This bill addresses growing public health concerns about the unregulated use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in California. It includes e-cigarettes within the existing tobacco products definition, thereby restricting the use of e-cigarettes in the same locations as traditional cigarettes. It will also increase the penalties and enforcement options for selling e-cigarettes to minors and require e-cigarette retailers to be licensed.
 
2.  SB 6 X2 (Monning)/ AB 7 X2 (Stone)
Close loopholes in smoke-free workplace laws, including hotel lobbies, small businesses, break rooms, and tobacco retailers. Senator Bill Monning and
In 1994, California led the nation when it passed a smoke-free workplace law. This groundbreaking law helped protect millions of workers and business patrons from the health dangers associated with secondhand smoke, including cancer, heart disease and stroke, and respiratory diseases.  However, that law, which included a handful of exemptions, now lags behind other states' smoke free workplace laws because of those exemptions.  This bill repeals most of those exemptions.
 
3.   SB 7 X2 (Hernandez)/ AB 8 X2 (Wood)
Increase age of sale for tobacco products to 21. Senator Ed Hernandez and
It is estimated that 90 percent of tobacco users start prior to age 21, and 80 percent of lifetime users start before the age of 18. By increasing the minimum legal age to 21, this bill intends to prevent or severely restrict youth access to these highly addictive and deadly products.

4.   SB 8 X2 (Liu)/ AB 9 X2 (Thurmond and Nazarian)
Require all schools to be tobacco free. Senator Carol Liu and Assembly
This bill is aimed at reducing smoking prevalence among youth in California schools. Currently, only school districts and county offices of education that receive Proposition 99 Tobacco tax funding are required to adopt and enforce a tobacco-free campus policy. This bill would close that gap by requiring that all districts adopt 100% tobacco-free policies.
 
5.     SB 9 X2 (McGuire)/ AB 10 X2 (Bloom)
Allow local jurisdictions to tax tobacco. Senator Mike McGuire and Assembly
This bill would allow counties to levy taxes on tobacco distributers.  It would be subject to the usual rules for the adoption of such taxes.
 
6.     SB 10 X2 (Beall) / AB 11 X2 (Nazarian)
Establish an annual Board of Equalization (BOE) tobacco licensing fee program.
Establish an annual Board of Equalization (BOE) tobacco licensing fee that is high enough to cover the program's cost, as opposed to the current one-time fee.
Saves Lives California, a coalition of Doctors, Dentists, Health Plans, Labor,  

 


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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

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

 

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Screening and Brief Alcohol Interventions in Underage and Young Adult Populations (R01) Grant

http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277755

 

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Screening and Brief Alcohol Interventions in Underage and Young Adult Populations (R03) Grant http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277770

 

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Screening and Brief Alcohol Interventions in Underage and Young Adult Populations (R21) Grant http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277771

 

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Health Care Research and Quality AHRQ Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Clinical Decision Support Learning Network (U18) Grant http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277764

 

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Aging Research to Address Health Disparities (Admin Supp) Grant http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277696

 

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Secondary Analysis of Existing Databases in Traumatic Brain Injury to Explore Outcomes Relevant to Medical Rehabilitation (R21) Grant http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277687

 

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Neurodevelopmental Assessment of Infants and Children in Resource-Limited Settings R43/R44) Grant http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277710

 

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living Information and Planning: Understanding the Capacity of the Aging Network Modification 1

http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276384



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CAREER LADDER

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

 

Jobs Page Links: Click Here 

Assistant Executive Director

The Arc Baltimore is seeking an experienced and committed leader and manager to head its Employment and Day Services division. The Assistant Executive Director (AED) for Employment and Day Services is a senior level position that reports directly to the Executive Director. The AED is responsible for planning and oversight of all operations in the Employment and Day Services division, the agency's largest division with a budget of more than $27 million and providing services to more than a thousand individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (including autism) with about 350 staff. The Arc Baltimore is committed to maximizing employment outcomes for all people we support and continues on a path to align its supports and programs so that more and more individuals can enjoy competitive, integrated employment. The Assistant E.D. will share that commitment and bring new energy and leadership to The Arc Baltimore's strategic efforts to best align its supports to enable each individual's desired employment outcome. Candidates for this position shall have a Master's degree in a relevant field and a minimum of ten years' experience providing supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (or a closely related human service endeavor) at least half of which has included management and supervisory experience. To learn more about this position (and to apply if desired), visit The Arc Baltimore's website at www.thearcbaltimore.org and click on the 'Join Our Staff' tab.

Senior Associate Executive Director for Chapter Relations

The position will: * Develop best practice recommendations for Chapters to provide assistance in strengthening programming/operations, identify performance metrics with Chapter leadership, analyze results, and assist with strategies for assistance.  * Initiate and coordinate collaborative efforts that will allow Chapters to provide support for each other, assisting Chapters in developing and implementing collaborative ventures and partnerships * Assist the Executive Director with strategies to support Chapters with financial and/or programmatic difficulty. When interventional strategies are identified, this role shall be the lead in coordinating the State Office response strategy, including necessary on-site Chapter leadership and coordinating the response assistance capacity of other Chapters. This senior level position will assure timely, objective, quantitative identification and resolution steps regarding Chapters that are financially troubled. The position requires experience and knowledge in the intellectual and developmental disability field and previous leadership in a NYSARC Chapter or equivalent leadership experience. Strong ability to communicate across all levels of the NYSARC organization and Chapters will be necessary, including collaboration with Chapter volunteer and professional leadership, direct line management staff, individuals served, board members and families. This position requires a strong commitment to performance improvement, achieving fiscal strength and programmatic excellence

Fiscal and Policy Analyst, Legislative Analyst's Office

The 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

Program Manager, California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies

Provides 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 stakeholders.

 

Regional Director

Elwyn, 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 elwyndirector@divsearch.com. All expressions of interest are confidential.

 

Director of Major Gifts

Elwyn, 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 elwyndev@divsearch.com

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.

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