News Releases and Statements
(Sacramento, CA – May 15, 2017) Virginia Knowlton Marcus has joined Disability Rights California (DRC) as Director of the Legal Advocacy Unit. Knowlton returns to DRC after 11 years as the Executive Director of our sister organization, Disability Rights Maryland. Virginia has been advocating for people with disabilities on a broad array of issues at the state, federal and international levels for 25 years.
Disability Rights California cheered the March 23 U.S. House leadership move to pull the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from the floor without a vote. The action was in response to overwhelming pressure by advocates and the public as well as opposition from Democrats and some Republicans. They understood the devastating effect this legislation would have on millions of Americans.
(Sacramento, CA – March 22, 2017) Disability Rights California (DRC) and the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) today called on the California congressional delegation to preserve access to Medicaid services (Medi-Cal in CA). The plea comes on the eve of the House’s March 23 vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
(Sacramento, CA – March 9, 2017) This statement is from Catherine Blakemore, Executive Director of Disability Rights California, on the American Health Care Act:
(Sacramento, CA – February 3, 2017) Blind and visually impaired Californians who are enrolled in the Medi-Cal In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program can now read their IHSS communications and submit timesheets privately and independently.
(Sacramento, CA – January 13, 2017) In releasing his 2017-2018 state budget, the governor said this year’s spending plan is the most difficult California has faced since 2012 due to possible federal policy and funding changes. While he projects a deficit, we are pleased the proposal continues funding existing health and human service programs.
(Sacramento, CA – January 9, 2017) Disability Rights California (DRC) found the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), which licenses nursing homes, does not consistently impose adequate penalties when a resident’s death is caused by staff misconduct. As a result, nursing home residents remain in harm’s way. The finding is contained in a report (http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/pubs/703101.pdf) DRC released today following an investigation into the deaths of nursing home residents.
Disability Rights California (DRC) found the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), which licenses nursing homes, does not consistently impose adequate penalties when a resident’s death is caused by staff misconduct. As a result, nursing home residents remain in harm’s way.
(Sacramento, CA – September 20, 2016) Army veteran Charles Guerra has trouble getting to and from his college classes and other places on campus due to his mobility disability. He relied on a campus shuttle service until the school and district terminated it earlier this year. Officials refused to provide an alternative.
“Without the shuttle, I fell and injured myself trying to get to class,” Guerra said. “This has made it difficult for me to pursue my education, which means so much to me.”
(Los Angeles, CA – September 1, 2016) The Los Angeles City Council agreed to settle litigation brought by three nonprofit disability and fair housing advocacy groups that claimed the city’s housing programs were inaccessible to people with disabilities.