Don't balance California's budget on the backs of family caregivers
  • Petitioned Governor Jerry Brown and the California State Legislature

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Governor Jerry Brown and the California State Legislature

Don't balance California's budget on the backs of family caregivers

    1. Petition by

      California Caregiver Resource Centers

August 2012


The petition, along with visits, phone calls, emails, and letters to editor, helped keep funding for the California Caregiver Resource Centers.

UPDATE:  The enacted 2012-13 budget kept funding for the 11 Caregiver Resource Centers. Thank you to everyone for signing the petiion, calling, visiting, and emailing your elected representatives, and writing letters to the editor.  While the funding is "safe," California remains in a precarious budget situation, so we may ask for your assistance again to protect the 11 Caregiver Resource Centers.

Thank you!

In the Governor's proposed 2012-13 budget, the California Caregiver Resource Centers are slated for elimination. 

This is a bad idea.

Six million Californians care for a family member or friend with a long-term illness or disability such as Alzheimer's, Stroke, Parkinson's Disease, or Traumatic Brain Injury.  The Caregiver Resource Centers offer much-needed support in a variety of ways to informal caregivers who are oftentimes overwhelmed, physically, emotionally, and financially, with their caregiver responsibilities.

We need you to tell the Governor and the legislature that now is not the time to eliminate funding for California's families, especially women, who provide the majority of care.   California's senior population is expected to double by 2030 to 8.84 million (18% of California's population).

Family caregivers form the backbone of California's long-term care system.  Over 75% of adults with chronic health conditions are cared for in their homes by non-professional caregivers. Caregiver Resource Centers provide essential information and critical support for 12,000 caregivers throughout the state.

The proposed budget undermines 30 years of California's support for family caregivers.

The $2.9 million (total) for the CRC system of care acts as a match for federal funding from the Older Americans Act, enabling California to "draw down" additional federal money.

Now it’s time to act.  The single most powerful thing you can do right now is to sign this petition today.  Your signature sends a clear message to our elected leaders that family and friends caring  for a loved one have a voice in California and deserve to be supported.  The second most powerful thing you can do is to share the link to this peition with your friends and network, through email and through Facebook and ask your friends to sign the petition.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. Legislative Analyst's Office Finds CRC Elimination "at odds"...

      "This proposal is somewhat at odds with the Governor’s Coordinated Care Initiative to provide better coordinated care for seniors and persons with disabilities in order to reduce fragmentation in the state’s long-term care services continuum. To the extent that the state would be relying more on home and community-based services under the Governor’s initiative, the role of the CRC would support those objectives."

    3. Pictures of Family Caregiver Alliance Staff meeting with Elected Officials

      Family Caregiver Alliance: Bay Area Caregiver Resource Center is one of the 11 CRCs. During the past month, staff from FCA have met with Bay Area elected officials and their staff members to discuss the need for the CRCs, especially as California’s senior population doubles by 2030. FCA is one of the 11 CRCs meeting with elected officials to discuss the impact on their constituents of eliminating the CRCs.

    4. Who Cares for the Caregivers?

      This article from CaliforniaHealthline provides an overview of the hearing on March 13th focused on family caregivers. From the article: "One of the budget cuts proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is elimination of the state's Caregiver Resource Centers, and that's bad news for caregivers in remote areas, according to Susanne Rossi of the Mountain Caregiver Resource Center, based at Chico State University."

    5. Hearing on Caregiver Crisis

      On Tuesday, March 13th, the Assembly Aging and Long Term Committee is holding a meeting focused on the caregiver crisis in California entitled: "Who Cares? -- Planning, Protecting and Paying
      for the Future of Caregiving in California." The hearing will include testimony from family caregivers, and a variety of stakeholders who support caregivers in California. The hearing starts at 1:30pm on Tuesday, March 13th, and will be televised live on

    6. Reached 3,000 signatures
    7. California website offers help on long term care coverage

      "The website states that the majority of long-term care is provided by relatives, and provides a link to 11 Caregiver Resource Centers, which assist those who provide care to family members. However, as Coffey noted, Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2012-13 budget would eliminate funding for the caregiver centers and make big cuts in the In-Home Supportive Services program, which would impact 254,000 recipients whose household tasks are frequently handled by family members."

    8. Testimony for California Assembly Select Committee on Disabilities

      Kathleen Kelly testified on behalf of the 11 CRC's about the importance of the CRC's:

      "Indeed, informal caregivers – family members, friends, neighbors – form the silent army of care providers who contribute over 80% of the care in the state to those who need assistance."

    9. Reached 2,500 signatures
    10. Del Mar offers caregivers a helping hand in Salinas

      From "The Center is funded through the California Department of Mental Health, private foundations, government grants and private contributions. They offer services that range from respite care so that a full-time caregiver can get a break away from caregiving; care planning that connects caregivers with resources in the community and helps them to develop plans to share duties with other family members or friends; legal and financial consultation to help with planning for the cost of long-term care or setting up living wills and power of attorney; counseling and support groups; and workshops and training for caregivers."

    11. Interviews with California's Family Caregivers

      This 3 minute video, released as part of the Southern Caregiver Resource Center's 25th Anniversary, features interviews with several family caregivers about the challenges of caregiving and the role that the Southern Caregiver Resource Center plays in helping caregivers to navigate caring for a loved one.

    12. Reached 2,000 signatures
    13. Quarters for Caregivers?

      This blog posting discusses the state's current investment of $2.9 million in the California Caregiver Resource Centers. This works out to 50 cents each for the 5.8 million caregivers in California.

      "Now the Governor’s budget wants to cut even this tiny level of support for caring families in the state.
      Don’t let this happen. Don’t let the first in the country caregiver support program – the Caregiver Resource Centers – and the enabling legislation disappear."

    14. Reached 1,500 signatures
    15. Chico Enterprise-Record Budget cuts: Who will care for the caregivers?

      The Mountain Caregiver Resource Center was profiled by the Chico Enterprise-Record on 2/11/2012. An excerpt: "Caregivers are all kinds of people. "Some of them are working full time. Some have kids at home, while they are taking care of a parents. And there are those caring for adult children with health problems, or siblings," said Khanchandani. "Caregivers don't know where to start," said Rossi. "It's something no one is prepared for ... How do you go from being an adult child or spouse, to being a caregiver?""

    16. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Sandy Singleton SAN JOSE, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I have two elderly parents,that need assistance- and certainly social security income will not pay- and I am also turning 62 years next year -and worry about my future.

    • Linda Rocco SANTA ROSA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I live with my mother 24/7 which keeps her out of a nursing home. I have been doing this for almost a year. I am grateful to Redwood Caregiver Resource Center for advising me and helping me with education and respite. Without them I would not have known where to turn. Anyone who thinks this is an easy job...needs to do it for a year...then we'll talk.

    • Lorna Dunham COARSEGOLD, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a caregiver for my adult son who is an acquired brain injury survivor

    • Michaela Robertson FOLSOM, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am an RN Case Manager, and I refer patients and families with Dementia, Alzheimer's, Stroke and Parkinsons to Del Oro Caregiver Center all the time. Please do not cut this very valuable resource. It offers wonderful support to those in need, along with much needed educationals programs!!

    • cynthia Mann GILROY, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I was a caregiver to my husband who died of Lung Cancer. I sure could have used support/resources such as the CRC has to offer, it is truly overwhelming to do on your own!


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