Last Years' Conference
Next Conference is March 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza, in Sacramento

Conference Partner 
The California Supported Living Network
  1. Developmental Services Talking Points. 
  2. In Home Support Services: Budget Proposals 
  3. Housing: SB 391 
  4. Criminal Justice: SB 663 
  5. Employment: SB 577 and AB 1626 
  6. Early Start: Renew Early Start- ARCA Fact Sheet
  7. Self Determination:SB 468 Fact Sheet(2013 legislation)

Visit the Lanterman Coalition page for updates and Follow us on Twitter for continuous tweets during hearings.  

Event Sponsors 
The Arc San Diego
The Arc Ventura County
The Arc Los Angeles and Orange Counties

Exhibitor Sponsors  
Exhibitor Sponsors

Alpha Resource Center Santa Barbara, a Chapter of The Arc
MRS, United Cerebral Palsy Sacramento and Northern California.
Special Needs Alliance
Placer Arc
Golden State Pooled Trust
Venture Pacific

SECOND DAY KEYNOTE LUNCH - Information Packet from the keynote  Monday March 3, 2014


Allan Bergman served as the President & CEO of Anixter Center, one of Chicago's largest community agencies, supporting more than 5,000 individuals living with disabilities through 400 employees, 72 programs, and multiple sites. His earlier positions in Washington, DC included President & CEO of the Brain Injury Association of America, and significant leadership roles with United Cerebral Palsy Associations as Director of the Institute on Disability and Managed Care, Director of State-Federal Relations, and Director of Government Relations. After completing his undergraduate degree in psychology at Cornell University, Alan's early career included responsibilities at the Texas State Commission for the Blind, as Executive Director for the Austin (TX) Cerebral Palsy Center and Executive Director of The Arc Dallas, The Arc San Francisco, The Arc of Colorado. 

Tuesday March 4, 2014
Partners Graduate Keith Visiting Policymakers in the Capitol

Great job everyone on your capitol visits with your legislators.  Your participation is most critical for a working democracy.  See you next year.

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
Will Rogers

Jim Baldwin, BARC, Assm. Shannon Grove (Assm of the Year: Olmstead Champion), and Tony Anderson, The Arc CA CEO
Kecia Weller, SCDD, and Assm. Wesley Chesbro, Employment First Champion
Senator Holly Mitchell, Early Start Champion
Senator Mark Desaulnier, (Senator of the Year) Olmstead Champion, and Barbara Maizie, The Arc Contra Costa

Senator William Emmerson, Self Determination Champion
Assm. Allan Mansoor, Olmstead Champion
Assm. Shirley Webber, "Our Budget Chair"

Tuesday March 4, 2014
 Informational Hearing on SB 946 (Steinberg)

Thank you to those who took a moment to participate in the Senate Select Committee on Autism and Related Disorders (Committee)informational hearing on SB 946 (autism mandate), which was signed into law in 2011 and took effect on July 2012.  



What an incredible event this year, don't forget to mark your calendar now for next year's 8th Annual
Developmental Disabilities Public Policy Conference from Sunday March 1, 2015 through Tuesday March 3, 2015 in Sacramento (location to be announced).

Sunday March 1, 2015 -
Tuesday March 3, 2015
Sacramento, California

Below you will find the fact sheets from the different speakers on the policy issues and the PowerPoint presentations from the speakers.  We really hope you enjoyed this years' conference, let us know what you thought:
Sunday March 2, 2014

Opening Afternoon Plenary: 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

(Registration begins at 9 am and all guests are welcome to attend The Arc California Board of Directors meeting from 9 am to 12 pm) 


Tony Anderson, Executive Director, The Arc California and Director of the Collaboration for The Arc UCP in California


1:00 pm

We're More than a Program: Why Silo Thinking Hurts Us

Marty Omoto, Director, California Disability Community Action Network 

1:05 pm

The Lanterman Act and How It Was Saved

Fred Robinson 

1:50 pm




2:50 pm

A National Public Policy Update: What Should We Be Talking About with Our Members of Congress

Annie Acosta

, The Arc United States: PowerPoint Presentation  



3:00 pm


What's Happening to Healthcare for People with Developmental Disabilities: What Do We Need To Know?

Sarah Steenhausen, Senior Policy Advisor

SCAN Foundation

PowerPoint Presentation


4:00 pm

The Advocacy Panel: Policy Priorities and Update Reports from the Advocate's Work in the Capitol Building  

Eileen Richey, ARCA; Dwight Hansen, The Alliance; Jacquie Foss and Carol McKinney, CSLN; Sue North, CDSA; Greg deGiere, The Arc and UCP; David Mulvey, SEIU; Mark Polit, SCDD; Evelyn Abouhassan, DRC; Jack Hailey, Government Action and Communication Institute (GACI)

Lanterman Coalition Webpage


5:00 pm

Public Comments/Questions

End of Conference Program for the Day

6:00 pm

6:30 pm

Viewing and Discussion: "We're Here to Speak for Justice"

The Arc of Sacramento Event:  

6:30 pm

Monday March 3, 2014

Registration: 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Day Two Morning Plenary: 8:45 am - 12:15 pm

(Sponsored by Therap)  



Tony Anderson, Executive Director, The Arc California and Director of the Collaboration for The Arc UCP in California


8:45 am


The Current State Budget Status

Scott Graves  

California Budget Project

An Incomplete Vision: Putting the Governor's Proposed 2014-2015 Budget in Context


8:55 am



California Budget Panel

Assemblymember Shirley Weber, Chair, Assembly Budget Sub#1, Health and Human Services; Peggy Collins, Principal Consultant Joint Legislative Budget Committee,Rashi Kesarwani, Legislative Analyst Office; Matt Paulin, Department of Finance  



LAO Report



9:45 am


Early Start Policy Status in California

Rick Rollens, Rollens Consulting, former Secretary of the California Senate, and parent from our community.


Fact Sheet


10:25 am

Assemblymember of the Year 2013

Assemblymember Shannon Grove


10:40 am


Power in Numbers: A Profile of American Voters with Developmental Disabilities

Chris Thomson, General Counsel and Vice President of Corporate Affairs, United Cerebral Palsy

PowerPoint Presentation



10:50 am


Leadership Award 

For her Leadership for Early Start Restoration and DC Closures

Senator Holly Mitchell


11:45 am


Senator of Year 2013

Senator Mark DeSaulnier


Legislative Leadership Award

For his Leadership in Self-Determination & So Much More...Fact Sheet 

Former Senator Bill Emmerson, Senior Vice President of the California Hospital Association



12:00 pm




12:15 pm

Monday March 3, 2014 
Join us for this special lunch as we examine the major trends, initiatives, and activities occurring in various states and from the Barack Obama administration, and the changes other states have made in response. Allan will include a review of the latest directives from CMS, lawsuits in Oregon, New Jersey, etc. and New York's response, and the kinds of changes and national rhetoric on group living arrangements, planned communities, day programs, workshops, state institutions, etc.  Advocates, families, and providers have developed a very robust service and support system that rarely receives adequate funding for implementation, and as the developmental service system evolves it is important to understand the motivation behind the changes and how we ensure that we remain focused on the needs of people with disabilities and their families. Join us for this provocative look into the present and future as we explore the world of community living and work, and the opportunities available to advance our shared visions.


Monday March 3, 2014

Conference Partners:  

Endorsed Advocacy Talking Points  


Afternoon Plenary with the California Disability Services Association: 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm


The New Vision from the Department of Developmental Services

Santi Rogers, Director and John Doyle, Chief Deputy Director, Department of Developmental Services (cancelled swearing-in ceremony conflict)


1:30 pm



Legislative Leadership Award

For his Work on Improving Employment Opportunities

Assemblymember Wes Chesbro


1:50 PM


Employment & People with Developmental Disabilities

Panel includes:Michal Clark, California Employment Consortium for Youth;
Kecia Weller, State Council on Developmental Disabilities Employment First Committee;
PowerPoint Presentation

Leo Sarkissian, The Arc Massachusetts (Blue Print for Success),

Steve Yeisley
, the Sacramento Bee and Joe Xavier, Director of the Department of Rehabilitation, will tie it all together giving us his vision for the Department under his leadership.



2:00 pm


Legislative Leadership Award

For his Contributions to Developmental Center Closures

Assemblymember Allan Mansoor


3:05 pm


Diana Dooley, Secretary of CA Health and Human Services Agency

The Future of California's Developmental Centers for People with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities

Keynote with Diana Dooley, Secretary of Health and Human Services Agency. Panel: Ron Cohen, UCP Los Angeles, Ventura; Kevin MacDonald, The Arc Los Angeles and Orange Counties; Will Sanford, Futures Explored


The Report: Plan for the Future of Developmental Centers 


3:00 pm


Break for Breakouts


4:00 pm



Breakout Assignments:

California Disability Services Association: Steamboat and School House


The Arc and UCP: Central Pacific and Tower Bridge


CSLN: Restaurant Board Room


Attendees are welcome to attend any breakout they would like regardless of membership or profession. Just go to sessions of interest to you.


Monday March 3, 2014



The Afternoon Breakouts: 4:10 pm to 6:00 pm

Break Out #1:  

4:10 pm


Governor's Budget: In Home Support Services (Central Pacific Room)

Deborah Doctor, Disability Rights California

Karen Keeslar, California Association of Public Authorities

Fact Sheet 


Mental Health and I/DD (Tower Bridge Room)

Sandi Soliday, Alameda County Public Health Department, DD Council  

Karen Toto, Executive Director, Alegria Community Living

PowerPoint Presentation


Joey Fletcher and Emily Woolford, DDS, MH Services Act Projects

PowerPoint Presentation 



CDSA Programming (Steamboat and School House)

Break Out #2: 

5:00 pm


Efforts to Promote Voting in the California Disability Community (Tower Bridge Room)

Daniel Meadows, Peer Advocate Disability Rights California


Criminal Justice: Schools, Institutions, and Community

(Central Pacific Room)

Teresa Anderson, Moderator

Sergeant Richard Ruiz, Los Angeles Special Victims Unit

Peter Alfert, JD, Hinton Alfert & Kahn LLP - "The Antioch Settlement", Abuse in Schools

Ken Hill, Chief, Office of Protective Services, DDS

Greg deGiere, The Arc and UCP California Collaboration

Kevin MacDonald, The Arc Los Angeles and Orange Counties


SB 663 Fact Sheet



- CSLN breakout (Private Dining Room)-


-CDSA Programming (Steamboat and School House) -


6:00 pm


Closing Reception

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