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January 7, 2016
Pat McConahay, Communications Director
Sacramento, January 7, 2016 - Disability Rights California (DRC) issued the following responses to key issues in the governor’s proposed budget released today:
People with Developmental Disabilities – The governor’s budget provides $80 million for targeted investments in the developmental services system. The investments include smaller four-bed community based homes and funding to ensure compliance with Home and Community‑Based Services Waiver requirements and rate increases to providers to transition from services like segregated day programs and sheltered workshops to models that are more integrated in the community. We encourage the administration to continue to work toward a resolution of the managed care organization tax to further strengthen the community system to meet the needs of this diverse population.
In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) – We are pleased the governor has proposed extending the seven percent restoration of IHSS hours and look forward to making it permanent. While overtime for IHSS providers is generally beneficial, a very small number of IHSS consumers and their care providers – mostly family members – will be harmed by the restrictions which were enacted with overtime. We hoped to see an exception policy in the budget. But there is none. This conflicts with federal guidance and puts some people with disabilities at risk.
The court system – We are pleased that the governor’s budget proposes additional funding for our courts. This will help make them more efficient and accessible for all users, including people with disabilities.