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ARCA Action Alert - But will they vote Yes?

Committees say yes, but we need
the whole Legislature to support us!

Yesterday, a "Conference Committee" met at the Capitol to vote on our system. The room was packed with advocates, ready to #SpeakForJustice. Under our community's watchful eye, they passed the two bills that will get more money for, and invest in, our system! This means we're almost finished, and you can be sure we're looking forward to seeing a final victory.

The fact that this two-bill package was voted on, and passed, is a major milestone. But we need 2/3rds of the Legislature to win - most likely at 9am this Thursday.

That's why you need to pick up the phone today and tomorrow, call your legislators, and ask them to "support the Managed Care Organization and developmental disabilities services funding package."

One bill fixes a tax on health insurance companies (the "MCO reform"), bringing money in. The other spends it on people with developmental disabilities. Both need to pass. We can't reinvest in our system without the money from the MCO reform!

That means we needs Democrats to support this. We need Republicans to support this. We need the Legislature to support this.

Because at the end of the day, what they're really doing is voting on YOU and YOUR service system. So take a couple minutes, pick up the phone, and ask your representatives to vote YES on YOU!

ARCA support letter
Lanterman Coalition support letter

How to call

  1. Find your legislators: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov *Scroll down for TCRC legislators.
  2. Write down the district numbers, and convert them into phone numbers 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 vote to support me by voting for the Managed Care Organization and developmental disabilities 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!

Ideas you can use to #SpeakForJustice!


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.
Legislators in the TCRC Catchment Area
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) 965-07(fax)

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