California’s protection & advocacy system
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Each month DRC is contacted by nearly 2000 Californians who need disability services. As we face the threat of cutbacks in some of our grants, your donations are needed more than ever to support our advocacy, training, litigation and publications. As a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, we rely on your tax-deductible contributions to respond to as many people as possible who need our interventions and information.
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Disability Rights California
1831 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
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An ongoing problem exists in California as many people found incompetent to stand trial languish in jails, state hospitals, or other restrictive settings despite the fact that they have not yet had a trial. In 2013 at the Governor’s request, a workgroup was formed to address the problems with placement and the back log of individuals found incompetent to stand trial who are charged with a felony but have not been convicted. The workgroup continues to meet. Members of the workgroup include representatives who are impacted by the problem such as: judges, Department of State Hospital officials, State Financial representatives, law enforcement personnel, public defenders, district attorneys, and Disability Rights California, among others. As a member of the workgroup, Disability Rights California consistently voices support for community based restoration of competency programs. Our voice is essential as much of the discussion is focused on expanding bed space at restrictive placements such as state hospitals or jails. In future meetings, DRC hopes that members will begin to understand the importance of supporting the least restrictive placement alternative.
Jorge was placed in a hospital because he was thought to be a danger to himself and others. He did not agree and wanted to be released, but could not find anyone to help. DRC helped Jorge demand the hospital provide a hearing where they had to show cause to continue holding him. Jorge did well at the hearing and was released that day to return home with his wife.
Alicia worried as her medical transcription career disappeared into the past. She knew she needed new skills to compete for a job. DRC got her training from the Department of Rehabilitation, and assistive technology to accommodate her blindness in the workplace.
Tito was sexually assaulted but neither his service coordinator nor the Adult Protective Services reported it in time for law enforcement to respond effectively. DRC worked with the Police Special Victims unit to set up a direct line for reporting assaults of victims with disabilities.
Tanya lived for many years in California's state developmental centers. Her mother and guardian was shocked to receive a bill for $250,000 for services when one center lost its federal funding due to rights violations. DRC worked with the Dept of Developmental Services to make sure she was not responsible for the bill. Tanya has left the center to live in the community close to her relatives.
Adam was living in squalor at a room and board home with no kitchen. A portable plastic shed in the yard with a two burner propane camp stove and garden hose was being used as a make-shift kitchen. After DRC started investigating, code enforcement staff arrived and closed the kitchen. The home has since been completely renovated for the 11 residents.
A regional center client, Walter worked for many years in a sheltered workshop for less than $6 a week. Discouraged, he asked the Dept of Rehab for assistance: he was found qualified for supported employment services but his case was closed without help. DRC Office of Clients' Rights Advocates and its Client Assistance Program staff represented Walter and secured services to achieve his goal of again working in the restaurant industry. He is now in a three month paid training program, earning $9.00 an hour, the first step toward his dream job.