Press Releases & 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.
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 – 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.
(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.
Oakland, CA – August 2, 2016) The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) found that the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) discriminated against a student by subjecting him to inappropriate and excessive restraint and seclusion.
(Sacramento, CA – May 27, 2016) Disability Rights California (DRC) today urged the state to step up efforts to develop community services for residents of the Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC). This follows a decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to terminate federal funding for 7 of the SDC’s 11 intermediate care facilities. Beginning July 1, it will cost the state an additional $26 million to provide 24-hour care and rehabilitation to adults with developmental disabilities.
(Sacramento, CA – May 16, 2016) Disability Rights California (DRC) today released a report (DRC Report and Sonoma County Response) accusing the Sonoma County Jail of neglecting prisoners with disabilities. According to the findings, there are two types of neglect; improper and inadequate mental health treatment for prisoners with mental health disabilities and excessive isolation.
Sacramento, February 25, 2016 - Disability Rights California (DRC) today released two reports ( Report on San Francisco Youth Guidance Center and Report on Inspection of the San Diego Juvenile Detention Facilities ) on conditions in juvenile halls in San Diego and San Francisco.
Sacramento, February 23, 2016 - Disability Rights California (DRC) today released a report criticizing the Santa Barbara County Jail for its treatment of prisoners with disabilities. According to the report ( Report on Inspection of the Santa Barbara County Jail ), prisoners are denied basic mental health care, held in solitary confinement and housed in conditions that violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Sacramento, February 17, 2016 - Students with mental health needs are denied an equal education as a result of their placement in a segregated school operated by the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), according to a class action lawsuit filed last week in Los Angeles federal court. Read the class action complaint .
Sacramento, October 29, 2015 – Disability Rights California (DRC) released a report criticizing the Sacramento County Jail for its treatment of prisoners with disabilities. According to the report ( Report on Inspection of the Sacramento County Jail ), prisoners with mental health needs are subjected to excessive isolation and solitary confinement, and are denied basic mental health care.
Fresno, CA—Under a proposed settlement with Fresno County officials, prisoners in the Fresno County Jail will no longer be denied adequate health care. The agreement, filed today in federal court in Fresno, would settle a class action lawsuit on behalf of all present and future prisoners in the county jail.
Sacramento, January 26, 2015 ‑‑ The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), Department of Developmental Services (DDS), and Department of Education (CDE), in collaboration with Disability Rights California (DRC), recently took an historic step as one of a handful of states to transform its provision of employment services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Currently, under certain circumstances, employers can pay people with disabilities less than minimum wage based on their productivity. This practice is most often applied to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who are in “sheltered workshops” where they do not work alongside people without disabilities.
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