Don't balance California's budget on the backs of family caregivers
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.
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.
Reinstate funding for the 11 California Caregiver Resource Centers
Dear Governor Brown and California Legislators:
We the undersigned call on Governor Brown and the California legislature to support California's family caregivers by reinstating funding for the 11 Caregiver Resource Centers.
Right now, six million Californians serve as caregivers and this is projected to soar in the coming years as California's population ages.
California caregivers deserve better.
Family caregivers throughout the state, primarily women, take on this role willingly, and provide $47 billion in unpaid care every year.
We can't do it alone.
Now is not the time to dismantle one of California's only systems of support dedicated to family caregivers.
We urge Governor Brown and the California State Legislature to include funding for the Caregiver Resource Centers in 2012-13 budget.