Here's an important message from the Association of
Regional Center Agencies ("ARCA")
New Funds For Service Coordination?
California's 21 regional centers, represented by ARCA, are supporting a number of Budget proposals to help our community. More details are at the bottom of this email!
For one of them, we are proudly partnering with Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Together, we're pushing for new money to hire enough service coordinators to meet both your needs and the promises of the Lanterman Act.
Having too few service coordinators harms service delivery and people served, especially diverse communities. The pandemic drove that point home, with new crises overstretching staff resources. Budgeted costs for service coordinators, unchanged for two decades, have dropped from 285% to 117% of minimum wage. This has led to a shortfall of 850 service coordinators as of March 2020.
Fortunately, Assemblymember Jim Frazier, from the East Bay, has once again risen to the challenge of fighting for our community. He will be formally requesting California provide up to $55 million to fix this. Asm. Frazier has a long history of championing the needs of people with developmental disabilities. So it's no surprise he'd see how important it is to provide excellent service coordination!
Join In SupportThis Wednesday, the 17th!
Are you free Wednesday afternoon? Do you want to help support better service coordination? Join us starting at 2:30 pm! During the hearing, there will be "public comment," which is your chance to phone in to say:
"I support Assemblymember Frazier's request for service coordination funding!"
There's also the easy way! 😉 We've got a special RSVP mailing list. Sign up, and on Wednesday morning, we'll send you an email with all the info you need. We'll also send you a heads-up during the hearing to let you know when it's time to call in. By being your eyes and ears, you won't have to wait around all afternoon. Just make sure you get notifications of new emails!. Sign up now!
Our Budget advocacy goes beyond just service coordination. ARCA's full Budget position covers a wide range of needs, including:
Close the digital divide to equitablyserve all families
Improve service access for diverse communities, including through the Community Navigators program
Endsunsets on provider rate increases and the re-start of furloughs
Support professional wages for direct support professionals by improving the minimum wage adjustment process
Increased funds for IHSS, special education, and other programs
Better support multi-agency foster youth
Enhance regional centers' ability to coordinate emergency response
Expand crisis prevention and intervention services
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