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ARCA Action Alert - Call Legislators Now

We support the funding agreement!
Will you?
  

In the past weeks, ARCA and the other members of the Lanterman Coalition have been working hard with Governor Brown's Administration to restore our system. We're thrilled to announce an agreement add over $400 million a year to serving people with developmental disabilities! But first, the Legislature has to vote on it.

We need you to call your legislators NOW and ask them to "support the Managed Care Organization and developmental services funding package." 

This proposal stabilizes our system with a funding increase, and sets the stage for reform with a study of the rates that have hurt our service providers and regional centers for years. 

We fully support this agreement, which does the following:

  • A 7.5% increase for salaries and benefits, for both service providers (POS) & regional centers (OPS) 
  • A 2.5% increase for administrative and other costs, for both POS & OPS  
  • A restoration of the supported employment rates to 2006 levels
  • A 5% increase for supported and independent living services 
  • A 5% increase for in-home and out-of-home respite services
  • A 5% increase for transportation services
  • An effective 5% increase for Intermediate Care Facilities, via a 3.75% increase and elimination of prior cuts,
  • The creation of competitive integrated employment programs, in the form of paid internships and incentive payments for helping individuals obtain and retain employment
  • An increase in vendor audit thresholds
  • A rate study plan
  • Funding for bilingual staff at regional centers, cultural competency training, and parent education efforts

The developmental disabilities services system has a long history. It is built on a promise to recognize the rights of people with developmental disabilities, and to serve them in the community. Years of underfunding have seriously hurt that promise. But now we have good reason to hope!

Call your representatives NOW, and ask them to support the Managed Care Organization and developmental services funding package. If they do, we can finally, after years of struggle, begin to #KeepThePromise.

ARCA support letter
Lanterman Coalition support letter

What you need to do

  1. Find your legislators: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov *Scroll down for legislators serving TCRC
  2. Write down the district numbers, and convert it into a phone number like this or like this.
  3. When someone answers the phone, say:
    • "My name is [FULL NAME], and I am a constituent of the member. Please ask them to support the Managed Care Organization and developmental services funding package. Thank you!"
    • Also share with them what your services and supports mean to you.
  4. Share this with everyone you know. Forward this email, or click here!

What you can say to your legislators


Talking points:
  1. The developmental services system was created by Frank Lanterman, a Republican from Pasadena, and signed into law by Governor Ronald Reagan, nearly 50 years ago.
  2. Without the legislator’s support of this package, the harm will be personal, hurting [you, your family member, etc.].
  3. The Lanterman Act has been critical in helping people live in the community, instead of state-run developmental centers.
  4. This funding package will help save small businesses in our community that are on the brink of closing their doors because of chronic underfunding by the State.
  5. Without this funding package, even more service providers will close, depriving more people with developmental disabilities of the services and supports they need to live independent lives in the community.

 

Representatives Serving the Tri Counties

Bill Monning
Senator, 17th District
1026 Palm Street, Suite 201
San Luis Obispo, CA  93401
(805) 549-3784
 
Katcho Achadjian
Assembly Member, 35th District
1150 Osos Street, Suite 207
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 549-3381
 
Fran Pavley
Office of Senator Fran Pavley, 27th District
5016 N. Parkway Calabasas, Suite 222
Calabasas, CA  91302
(818) 876-3352
 
Jacqui Irwin
Assembly Member, 44th District
2301 East Daily Drive, Suite 200, Camarillo, CA 93010; (805) 482-1904
230 West 7th Street, Oxnard, CA 93030; (805)483-4488
 
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
Office of Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
222 E. Carrillo Street, Suite 309
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-0862(ofc)
(805) 965-0702(fax)
 
Das Williams
Assembly Member, 35th District
101 W. Anapamu Street, Suite A
Santa Barbara, California 93101
(805) 564-1649 phone

 

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