Budget Watch

In an effort to keep our stakeholders informed about the state of California budget, and how the budget will impact funding, as well as programs and services, we post news on “Budget Watch”. This page features updates from the Governor and Legislature, links to important news articles and various budget and advocacy related web sites, as well as important information about how you can get involved to make a difference. Visit this page regularly to keep current on budget issues.

ARCA's Email - Upcoming Budget Hearings

Dear TCRC Stakeholders,
 
TCRC, the TCADD Board of Directors, ARCA, and The Lanterman Coalition, are continuing the push to reform the way the developmental services system is funded.
 
The message is clear: The California developmental services system needs a 10% increase to stop the current system collapse.
 
So far, our champions in the legislature have shown they intend to fight for our community, but they can't do it alone. We are truly in a system-wide collapse and what happens this year will determine whether we begin to stabilize our support system, or continue the harm to people with disabilities, their families, and their support workers. In many ways, the direction depends on all of us!
 
TCRC and the TCADD Board of Directors are planning to attend two very important advocacy events in Sacramento. We hope you will join us:
 
Budget Committee Members are Appointed and the Budget Hearings for Developmental Services are Set:
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015: 
The Assembly Health and Human Services
Budget Sub-Committee #1
Chair: Assembly Member Tony Thurmond 
1:30 PM, Room 4202 (Staff: Jazmin Hicks)  

ASSEMBLY   BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE NO. 1 ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Democratic Alternate: . Republican Alternate: . Fax (916) 319-3560. REPUBLICAN CAUCUS: Julie T. Souliere (Human Services) - 319-2614, Michelle Baca (Health) - 319-2636

Member

District

Party

Room

Phone

Fax

Bonta, Rob

18 

6005 

916 319 2018  

916 319 2118 

Chiu, David

17 

2196 

916 319 2017 

916 319 2117 

Grove, Shannon

34 

4208 

916 319 2034 

916 319 2134 

Jones, Brian

71 

3141 

916 319 207916 319 2071 

916 319 2171 

Thurmond, Tony (Chair)

15 

5150 

916 319 2015 

916 319 2115 

March 12, 2015:    
The Senate Health & Human Services Budget
Sub-Committee #3,
Chair: Senator Holly Mitchell
9:30 a.m., Room 4203 (Staff: Peggy Collins) 

 

SENATE   BUDGET AND FISCAL REVIEW SUBCOMMITTEE NO. 3 ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
REPUBLICAN CAUCUS: Kirk Feely - (Health) 651-1775, Chantele Denny - (Human Services) 651-1784; Phone: (916) 651-4030(916) 651-4030. Room 5080.

Member

District

Party

Room

Phone

Fax

Mitchell, Holly (Chai

30 

5080 

916 651 4030
916 651 4930

Monning, William

17 

313 

916 651 4017
916 651 4917

Stone, Jeff

28 

4062 

916 651 4028 
916 651 4928   
 
What's Happened So Far
October 2014: The Senate Human Services  Committee (last sessions' committee) held a comprehensive informational hearing in Los Angeles on the developmental services system. The hearing culminated in a letter in support of repairing the "fragile regional centers and providers' network of support. The letter was signed by Senator Jim Beall, Senator Carol Liu,  Senator Marty Block, Senator Fran Pavley,  Assemblymember Joan Buchanan, Assembly member Rich Gordon, Assembly member Brian Jones, and Assembly member Mariko Yamada.

December 2014
The Lanterman Coalition 100% unanimous agreement on the 10% campaign, delivers initial letter to the governor and begins lobbying the administration and legislature.  So far we've been engaged in 20 twenty plus meetings to date... 
 
Senate & Assembly Budget Overview Hearings  

January 22, 2015:
Overview Gov's Budget 2015-2016-DDS Conversation
Overview Gov's Budget 2015-2016-DDS Conversation
Overview Gov's Budget 2015-2016: DDS Funding Senator Beall
Overview Gov's Budget 2015-2016: DDS Funding Senator Beall
During the budget overview informational hearing for the Senate,Senator Bill Monning, Senator Mark Leno, Senator Jim Beall, Jr.,  and others made it a point to stand up for our community express their concerns over the Governor's lack of attention in the 2015-2016
budget.

"...no increases to providers since 2006 but cost keep increasing"  while government studies the need the homes are closing".
Senator Monning

(In support) I want to echo Senator Monning's, Senator Stone's, and Senator Leno's comments"...  "over 100 residential homes have closed. Senator Jim Beall 
 
 
Confirmation Hearing for Santi Rogers, Director of Developmental Services
February 4, 2015:  
The 
AreYouReadyToLead
"Are You Ready To Lead"
Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon.  The committee held a very informed and pointed hearing focused on the problems with the developmental centers, the loss of federal funding, abuse of people with developmental disabilities and they stressed the importance of straight forward communication with the legislature.