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Contra Costa ARC is committed to keeping you informed about current grassroots political activities so that your voice can be heard.

When grassroots action is needed, you can find out about it here.

We cannot cover all the issues, but we will try to always include those with the greatest direct impact on children and adults with developmental disabilities in California.

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  • When an issue is controversial, we will tell you both sides of the issue so that you can make your own decision.
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Current Action Needed

April - May, 2014

State Budget cuts starting in 2009 have seriously damaged community services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Programs all over the state have closed or are near the point of collapse. Community agencies, including Contra Costa ARC, have done everything possible to survive, but without some funding relief programs simply cannot be sustained.

All major advocacy groups have joined together in an historic unified coalition (The Lanterman Coalition) to save the community services system. California's economy has improved and it is time now for the Legislature and the Governor to take action to save our system. We must convince them to act now.

Assembly Member Wes Chesbro has taken the lead and is requesting his fellow Assembly Members to sign on to a letter on behalf of our community.  Please contact your Assembly Member and ask him or her to sign on to the Chesbro letter.


Find out if your representative has signed the "Chesbro Letter"

Please call or write your legislators today and urge their support and endorsement of our community by signing onto the letter written by Assemblymember Wes Chesbro.
It's the road map back to a healthy sustainable developmental services system.

Don't know who your legislators are? Find Your Legislator

Advocacy Letters:   

Legislative Champions

Senator Jim Beall
Advocacy Letter
Assem. Fran Pavley
Advocacy Letter
Developmental Services Budget Hearings
Follow the action at @ArcCAadvocacy

Lanterman Coalition Members 
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The Arc United Cerebral Palsy CA Collaboration: 
 Budget Letter 
 
Association of Regional Center Agencies: 
Budget Letter  - new 
 
Disability Rights California: 
 
FRCNCA
Budget Letter 
 
Autism Speaks:
Budget Letter 
 
  





  

 



 
 

 
ACTION ALERT:  
Ask your representatives to sign on to Assm. Wes Chesbro's letter supporting the Lanterman Coalition proposals for a Road Map to Sustainability  

(download the following "Dear Colleague" letter, give it to your legislative representative, and ask them to please join Mr. Chesbro and the Developmental Disabilities Community on this path back to sustainability.) 

 

April 10, 2014

To: Members of the Legislature
From: Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro
Subject: Budget Support Request: Developmental Disabilities


During a time of repeated and extreme budget deficits over the last decade, the Legislature has made severe cuts to the already overburdened and underfunded developmental disability system. Inadequate rates, services, and policies have hindered California's ability to meet the basic obligations to the thousands of Californians with developmental disabilities. Recognizing we are still under a time of budgetary caution, it is time to reinvest in this population that is in dire need of our assistance. I hope you will join me in supporting a reasonable plan to stabilize this crumbling system of supports and services and make cost-efficient investments in some if not all of the following areas.

  1. Support the plan for the future of the developmental centers developed by HHS Secretary Diana Dooley's task force, and ask the administration to submit implementation steps in the May Revise.
  2. Increase provider rates and regional center operating funds by 5% as a down payment on system sustainability.
  3. Direct the administration to begin work on a rate structure that covers the actual costs, something we haven't seen in years. This is consistent with Secretary Dooley's plan to focus on the community services and supports system between now and 2015.
  4. Invest in early intervention for babies and toddlers at risk of developmental disabilities. We know that lack of these services, eliminated in 2009, already is increasing state costs as these children develop life-long disabilities.
  5. Invest in employment services for adults with developmental disabilities, one of the best paths to integrating people with development disabilities into the wider society.
  6. Allow regional centers to cover co-payments and deductibles for autism and other developmental services now covered by private insurance. Senator Steinberg's hearing found reports that that prohibiting regional centers from covering these costs actually increases state costs later.
  7. Invest in supporting the family caregivers with the programs that build on their resilience and strengthen the families caring for people with developmental disabilities at home.
  8. Repeal other failed policies that save the state nothing and in some cases cost more.
Yes, I would like to support the developmental disability community's Budget proposal to keep the promise to Californians with Disabilities
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Member Name              Member Signature 

 

Please return this form to the office of Assembly Member Chesbro, Room 2141, or fax to (916) 319-2102. If you have any questions, please contact Chantel Johnson at (916) 319-2002(916) 319-2002.  

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SupportersWho is Supporting Us So Far?
  1. Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro, author
  2. Assemblymember Das Williams
  3. Assemblymember Cristina Garcia 
  4. Assemblymember Robert Weickowski
  5. *Senator Jim Beall
  6. *Assemblymember Matthew Dababneh
  7. *Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra
  8. *Assemblymember Rob Bonta  
  9. **Assemblymember Mariko Yamada

*verbally committed

**indicated interest 

Please call them and thank them for their support, it's important. 

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Your Representative Hasn't Signed-On in Support.  It must be an oversight.  Give 'em a call and ask them to sign the letter.

find your legislator
  1. Adam Gray (D), Assembly District: 21- Area: Merced    
  2. Adrin Nazarian (D) Assembly District: 46 - Area: Sherman Oaks    
  3. Al Muratsuchi (D) Assembly District: 66 - Area: Torrance. 
  4. Alex Padilla (D) Senate District: 20 - Area: Pacoima    
  5. Allan R. Mansoor (R) Assembly District: 74 - Area: Costa Mesa. 
  6. Andy Vidak (R) Senate District: 16 - Area: Hanford. 
  7. Anthony J. Cannella  (R) Senate District: 12 - Area: Ceres. 
  8. Anthony Rendon Ph.D. (D) Assembly District: 63 - Area: Lakewood. 
  9. Ben Hueso (D) Senate District: 40 - Area: San Diego.
  10. Beth Gaines (R) Assembly  District: 06 - Area: Rocklin. 
  11. Bill Quirk (D) Assembly District: 20 - Area: Hayward.
  12. Bob Huff (R) Senate District: 29 - Area: Diamond Bar. 
  13. Bonnie Lowenthal (D) Assembly District: 70 - Area: Long Beach. 
  14. Brian Dahle  (R) Assembly District: 01 - Area: Bieber.
  15. Brian Maienschein (R) Assembly District: 77 - Area: San Diego.
  16. Brian Nestande (R) Assembly District: 42 - Area: Palm Desert.
  17. Brian W. Jones (R) Assembly District: 71 - Area: Santee.
  18. Carol Liu (D) Senate District: 25 - Area: La Canada Flintridge.
  19. Cathleen Galgiani (D) Senate District: 05 - Area: Stockton. 
  20. Cheryl Brown (D) Assembly District: 47 - Area: San Bernardino.
  21. Chris Holden (D) Assembly District: 41 - Area: Pasadena.
  22. Connie Conway (R) Assembly District: 26 - Area: Tulare.
  23. Curt C. Hagman (R) Assembly District: 55 - Area: Chino Hills.  
  24. Dan Logue (R) Assembly District: 03 - Area: Marysville.
  25. Darrell Steinberg (D) Senate District: 06 - Area: Sacramento.
  26. Diane L. Harkey (R) Assembly District: 73 - Area: Dana Point.
  27. District 40 Vacant     None     State Assembly    District: 40     Area: Rancho Cucamonga     
  28. Donald P. Wagner (R) Assembly District: 68 - Area: Irvine.
  29. Ed Chau (D) Assembly District: 49 - Area: Arcadia.
  30. Ed Hernandez O.D. (D) Senate District: 24 - Area: West Covina. 
  31. Ellen Corbett (D) Senate District: 10 - Area: Hayward. 
  32. Eric F. Linder (R) Assembly District: 60 - Area: Corona.  
  33. Fran Pavley (D) Senate District: 27 - Area: Agoura Hills. 
  34. Frank Bigelow (R) Assembly District: 05 - Area: O'Neals.
  35. Freddie Rodriguez (D) Assembly District: 52 - Area: Pomona. 
  36. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D) Senate District: 19 - Area: Santa Barbara. 
  37. Henry T. Perea (D) Assembly District: 31 - Area: Fresno.
  38. Holly J. Mitchell (D) Senate District: 26 - Area: Los Angeles. 
  39. Ian C. Calderon (D) Assembly District: 57 - Area: Whittier.
  40. Isadore Hall III (D) Assembly District: 64 - Area: Compton. 
  41. Jean Fuller (R) Senate District: 18 - Area: Bakersfield.
  42. Jeff Gorell (R) Assembly District: 44 - Area: Camarillo. 
  43. Jerry Hill (D) Senate District: 13 - Area: San Mateo.
  44. Jim L. Frazier Jr. (D) Assembly District: 11 - Area: Oakley.
  45. Jim Patterson (R) Assembly District: 23 - Area: Fresno. 
  46. Jim W. Nielsen (R) Senate District: 04 - Area: Gerber.
  47. Jimmy Gomez (D) Assembly District: 51 - Area: Los Angeles.
  48. Joan Buchanan (D) Assembly District: 16 - Area: Alamo. 
  49. Joel Anderson (R) Senate District: 36 - Area: Alpine. 
  50. John A. Pérez (D) Assembly District: 53 - Area: Los Angeles.
  51. Jose Medina (D) Assembly District: 61 - Area: Riverside.
  52. Katcho Achadjian (R) Assembly District: 35 - Area: San Luis Obispo.
  53. Ken Cooley (D) Assembly District: 08 - Area: Rancho Cordova.
  54. Kevin de Leon (D) Senate District: 22 - Area: Los Angeles. 
  55. Kevin Mullin (D) Assembly District: 22 - Area: South San Francisco.
  56. Kristin M. Olsen (R) Assembly District: 12 - Area: Modesto.
  57. Leland Yee (D) Suspended Senate District: 08 - Area: San Francisco.
  58. Lois Wolk (D) Senate District: 03 - Area: Davis.
  59. Loni Hancock (D) Senate District: 09 - Area: Berkeley.
  60. Lorena Gonzalez (D) Assembly District: 80 - Area: San Diego.
  61. Lou Correa (D) Senate District: 34 - Area: Santa Ana.
  62. Luis Alejo (D) Assembly District: 30 - Area: Watsonville.  
  63. Marc B. Levine (D) Assembly District: 10     Area: San Rafael.
  64. Marie Waldron (R) Assembly  District: 75  Area: Escondido.
  65. Mariko Yamada (D) Assembly     District: 04     Area: Davis.
  66. Mark DeSaulnier (D)  Senate  District: 07     Area: Concord     
  67. Mark Leno (D) Senate District: 11 Area: San Francisco     
  68. Mark Stone (D) Assembly     District: 29     Area: Scotts Valley     
  69. Mark Wyland (R) Senate District: 38 Area: Escondido     
  70. Marty Block     D     State Senate     District: 39     Area: San Diego     
  71. Melissa Melendez     R     State Assembly     District: 67     Area: Lake Elsinore     
  72. Mike Gatto     D     State Assembly     District: 43     Area: Los Angeles     
  73. Mike L. Morrell     R     State Senate     District: 23     Area: Redlands     
  74. Mimi Walters     R     State Senate     District: 37     Area: Laguna Nigel     
  75. Nancy Skinner     D     State Assembly     District: 15     Area: Berkeley     
  76. Nora Campos     D     State Assembly     District: 27     Area: San Jose     
  77. Noreen Evans     D     State Senate     District: 02     Area: Santa Rosa     
  78. Norma J. Torres     D     State Senate     District: 32     Area: Pomona     
  79. Paul Fong     D     State Assembly     District: 28     Area: San Jose     
  80. Philip Y. Ting     D     State Assembly     District: 19     Area: San Francisco
  81. Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr.     D     State Assembly     District: 59     Area: Los Angeles     
  82. Ricardo Lara     D     State Senate     District: 33     Area: Bell Gardens     
  83. Richard D. Roth     D     State Senate     District: 31     Area: Riverside     
  84. Richard H. Bloom     D     State Assembly     District: 50     Area: Santa Monica     
  85. Richard Pan M.D.     D     State Assembly     District: 09     Area: Sacramento     
  86. Richard S. Gordon     D     State Assembly     District: 24     Area: Menlo Park     
  87. Rocky Chávez     R     State Assembly     District: 76     Area: Oceanside     
  88. Roderick D. Wright     D     State Senate     District: 35     Area: Inglewood     
  89. Roger Dickinson     D     State Assembly     District: 07     Area: Sacramento     
  90. Roger Hernandez     D     State Assembly     District: 48     Area: West Covina     
  91. Ronald S. Calderon     D     State Senate     District: 30     Area: Montebello     
  92. Rudy Salas     D     State Assembly     District: 32     Area: Bakersfield     
  93. Scott T. Wilk     R     State Assembly     District: 38     Area: Santa Clarita     
  94. Sebastian Ridley-Thomas     D     State Assembly     District: 54     Area: Los Angeles     
  95. Shannon L. Grove     R     State Assembly     District: 34     Area: Bakersfield     
  96. Sharon Quirk-Silva     D     State Assembly    District: 65     Area: Fullerton     
  97. Shirley N. Weber     D     State Assembly     District: 79     Area: San Diego     
  98. Stephen T. Knight     R     State Senate     District: 21     Area: Palmdale     
  99. Steve Fox     D     State Assembly     District: 36     Area: Palmdale     
  100. Steven Bradford     D     State Assembly     District: 62     Area: Gardena     
  101. Susan Bonilla     D     State Assembly     District: 14     Area: Concord     
  102. Susan Talamantes Eggman     D     State Assembly     District: 13     Area: Stockton     
  103. Ted Gaines     R     State Senate     District: 01     Area: Rocklin     
  104. Ted W. Lieu     D     State Senate     District: 28     Area: Torrance     
  105. Tim M. Donnelly     R     State Assembly     District: 33     Area: Twin Peaks     
  106. Tom Ammiano     D     State Assembly     District: 17     Area: San Francisco     
  107. Tom Berryhill     R     State Senate     District: 14     Area: Modesto     
  108. Tom F. Daly     D     State Assembly     District: 69     Area: Anaheim     
  109. Toni G. Atkins     D     State Assembly     District: 78     Area: San Diego     
  110. Travis Allen     R     State Assembly     District: 72     Area: Huntington Beach     
  111. V. Manuel Pérez     D     State Assembly     District: 56     Area: Coachella     
  112. William W. Monning     D     State Senate     District: 17     Area: Carmel  
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This Lanterman Coalition document was endorsed by 19 major stakeholders in California's community based developmental services system: The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration, the Association of Regional Center Agencies, Autism Society of California, California Disability Services Association, California Supported Living Network, Disability Rights California, Family Resource Centers Network of California, People First of California, Service Employees International Union, Cal-TASH, Easter Seals, The Alliance, Autism Speaks, the Alliance of California Autism Organizations, ResCoalition, and the California Respite Association, Infant Development Association, and Educate-Advocate.  

 

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The Arc California | 1225 8th Street, Suite 350 | Sacramento | CA | 95814

January, 2011

Governor Brown has proposed a budget for 20112012 that makes such severe cuts to services for people with developmental disabilities that the basic rights guaranteed in the Laterman Act are at immediate risk.

To stay informed about the evolving and always changing crisis visit:

www.KeepingTheLantermanPromise.org

August, 2009

In 2009, the California State Legislature and the Schwarzenegger Administration enacted devastating changes to the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act. They reduced the legal rights and services for people with developmental disabilities in California and seriously eroded the historic and unique promise of the Lanterman Act for all of California's citizens with developmental disabilities.

The links below provide information about our efforts to stop these changes and background on the issues.

Background Information on State Budget Cuts. Click here for PDF!

Action Alerts and Information on State Budget Crisis
(click on links below for information)

06/29/09
06/16/09
06/01/09
Crisis UpdateEnglish
Crisis UpdateSpanish
05/04/09
04/17/09
03/17/09

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