BE A VOICE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

BE A VOICE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

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Wendy W started this petition to DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES (DDS)

The State Department of Developmental Services (DDS) provide and coordinate services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. Under the Lanterman Act, DDS is responsible for coordination and provision of services to enable people with developmental disabilities to lead more independent, productive, and integrated lives. These include The Early Start Program (Early Intervention) which provide for the delivery of appropriate services to infants and toddlers at risk of having developmental disabilities. The Department also carries out its responsibilities through 21 community-based, non-profit corporations known as Regional Centers which provide the following services to individuals with disabilities:
*Information and referral
*Assessment and diagnosis
*Counseling
*Lifelong individualized planning and service coordination
*Purchase of necessary services included in the individual program plan
*Resource development
*Outreach
*Assistance in finding and using community and other resources
*Advocacy for the protection of legal, civil and service rights
*Early intervention services (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Child Developmental Services) for at-risk infants and their families
*Genetic counseling
*Family support
*Planning, placement, and monitoring for 24-hour out-of-home care
*Training and educational opportunities for individuals and families
*Community education about developmental disabilities

Recently, the State hired consultants to take a hard look at how much the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) should pay to support the services. The consultant (Burns & Associates) submitted its draft findings earlier this month. If the new rates are implemented as proposed, the impact will be a major, detrimental financial loss to Regional Center of millions per year. These cuts would force Regional Center and the programs they support to confront some very difficult decisions.
These include the closure of many services and supports that many Californians and their families rely heavily on.


WE NEED TO RAISE OUR VOICES NOW. To support this cause please do the following:

1. SIGN THIS PETITION. Let California's lawmakers know programs that help individuals with developmental disabilities are grossly underfunded and need adequate funding in order for them to access their civil rights.

2. Request the Legislature to direct DDS to engage with its community in a truly interactive process, one that ensures that rate models have been reviewed adequately by the people who will live with the results for decades to come. The timetable for incorporating the draft rate study/model into this year's State budget is too compressed; instead, it should be the centerpiece of 2020-2021 Legislative and Budgeting process.

3. Ask lawmakers to provide an 8% increase in this year's budget to bring needed stability to the rate system, while the proposed new model undergoes a thorough and adequate review.

4. A letter, email or phone call from you will make a difference. You can find your elected State representatives' contact information at http://www.legislature.ca.gov/your_legislator.html

5.  March and rally around State offices.  If you are in the San Fernando Valley area, The Arc California will be organizing one on Friday, April 5 to demand lawmakers to #KEEPTHEPROMISE.
https://thearcca.org/statewide-keep-the-promise-rally-week/

 


NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT. To impact this decision, your elected officials must hear from you by April 5th.
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My name is Wendy, and I am a pediatric Occupational Therapist. I work with children from birth to 3 years old who have disabilities, or who are at risk for developing them, and help them to succeed later in life by improving their motor, cognitive, sensory processing, communication and play skills. My services, is only ONE of the many therapies and support services that Early Intervention provides for these families. The collection of these services benefit children with many specific conditions (e.g., Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy), AND children with no clear diagnosis. The goal is to enhance development, minimize the potential for developmental delay and help families meet the special needs of their infants and toddlers. If the budget cuts are made from the new proposal, programs that provide therapy services may close and force families to pay out-of-pocket to receive the support service their child desperately needs.  

PLEASE HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY SIGNING THIS PETITION, SHARING IT AND LETTING CALIFORNIAN LAWMAKERS KNOW INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES NEED OUR HELP.  

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