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  1. More than 245,000 people with developmental disabilities receive community support services in the State of California.
  1. Services include Day Program activities, Residential assistance, In-Home Respite Services, Supported Living, Supported Employment, Work Activity Programs, Transportation, and many others. 
  1. These life-saving services are in jeopardy.
  1. The State has ignored warnings from its own experts.  More than a decade ago, the Department of Developmental Services warned that inadequate funding would “destabilize the service delivery system,” perpetuate the “continued and rapid deterioration of service delivery,” and create a “significant risk to the health, safety, and well-being of consumers.” 
  1. Despite this warning, the State continued to underfund the system. In 2003, the State froze reimbursement rates paid to providers and most rates have effectively remained the same – or even decreased - despite substantial spikes in operating costs and a major increase in the number of people served.
  1. In 2009, the State cut reimbursement rates by 3 percent.  The State said the cut would end after that year but instead the cut was increased to 4.25 percent.  This cut was supposed to end but has been extended through the 2011-2012 budget year. 
  1. In July 2009, the State also cut the number of service provider days by an additional 14 days a year, further reducing payments and available services.
  1. The rate cuts and freezes threaten the financial solvency of service providers, decreasing access to quality care, endangering people with developmental disabilities and increasing the cost of long-term care for those who will need to be institutionalized. 
  1. The rate cuts and freezes violate Federal law because the state has not obtained the required federal approvals, and has not adequately considered the detrimental and discriminatory impacts of inadequate funding on the availability and quality of services.
  1. Inadequate funding also violates state law – “The Lanterman Act.” An October 1999 report by the California State Auditor concluded that,  until the State commits to ensuring that sufficient funding is available for this program, it will never be able to realize the spirit of the Lanterman Act. 
  1. The Lanterman Act, proposed in 1969 by Assembly Member Frank Lanterman and signed into law by Gov. Ronald Reagan, establishes basic civil rights for Californians with developmental disabilities and guarantees them the support services they need to live as independently as possible in their local communities.   
  1. Prior to the Lanterman Act, many California citizens with developmental disabilities were housed in state-run institutions.
13. According to the current Department of Developmental Services budget, it is 19 times more expensive to serve a person with a disability in a developmental center than it is to serve that same person in the community (developmental center cost of $346,169 per person per year vs. an average cost of $17,049 per individual receiving community-based services)


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