Advocacy Updates

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 Advocates for California disabled face uphill quest for more money

Source-Sacramento Bee- July 24, 2014

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April 7, 2015

Here’s an article that is fodder for closing DC’s and moving their residents to community-based programs.

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.

Click here to read the full article.

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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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Support the Developmental Disabilities Community in California by signing the Change.org petition created by the Lanterman Coalition. Sign the petition here.

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.

News Update! December 31, 2014

Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order

Latest decision overturning the Department of Labor’s new definition of “companionship services” follows NAHC’s previous court victory on DoL’s proposed overtime rules that would negatively affected access to home care and hospice services.  Read the full article here.

Update on Rate Adjustments Planned for January 1, 2015 – Department of Developmental Services. Read it here.

Statewide Transition Plan Information:

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is developing a Statewide Transition Plan (STP) for submission to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  The STP, due to CMS on December 19, 2014, proposes how the State will come into compliance with new Federal Home and Community-Based (HCB) setting requirements that became effective March 17, 2014.

While the comment period closed on December 8, 2014 we will continue to provide updates as new information on the STP becomes available. Please sign up for email alerts below.

Get more information on the HCBS Statewide Transition Plan here.

View the response submitted to the State by INALLIANCE. Read it here.