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BREAKING NEWS – April 7, 2015

13 deaths blamed on abuse and neglect at California state-run homes

Abuse, neglect and lack of supervision at California’s state-run homes for the developmentally disabled have directly caused the deaths of 13 people since 2002, newly released records from the state Department of Public Health show.

The developmental centers – which house men and women with severe autism, cerebral palsy and other debilitating conditions – bear some responsibility for the deaths of another six residents because they allowed living situations so dangerous that there was a great probability that deaths would occur, the state said.

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Restore funding for those with developmental disabilities: Editorial

By The Los Angeles News Group Editorial Board, LA Daily News

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Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA) released its newest report, titled On The Brink Of Collapse, meant to provide policy-makers, advocates, and the citizens of California an understanding of the crisis engulfing our state’s developmental services system. Learn more on our Advocacy page.

Support the Developmental Disabilities Community. The Lanterman Coalition has created the 10 for 10 campaign and have created a petition on Change.org, complete with a letter to Governor Brown regarding the history of the Lanterman Act and with an urge to consider funding to be included in the January budget. Learn more and sign the petition here.

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 SAVE THE DATE!  MAY 5, 2015

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