Each year DRC develops bill ideas to fix issues affecting people with disabilities. Based on priority, political climate and the approval of our Board of Directors, we decide which bills, if any, we will sponsor. Then we work to persuade the right legislator to take on the bill.
DRC is sponsoring the following bills.
Require regional centers to post all guidelines, protocols and assessment tools used to determine consumer’s service needs. Currently, each regional center must publicly post, on its website, DDS-approved purchase of service policies and, as required by the legislature last year, internal guidelines, protocols and assessment tools for respite.
Expands the availability of crisis services by requiring: 1) contracts between the department and regional center to require the regional center to have, or contract for mobile crisis services to ensure that consumers are able to remain in the least restrictive environment; and 2) the Department of Developmental Services to establish guidelines by community placement plan funds appropriated through the budget process to address the needs for services and supports of consumers living in the community including mobile crisis services.
Would establish the California Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Benefits Board to oversee a program to provide LTSS to eligible Californians. It would also establish the California LTSS Benefits Trust to manage and invest revenues made available to pay for LTSS for eligible older adults and persons with disabilities, mobility, sensory, intellectual/developmental, and mental health disabilities.
Increases the Medi-Cal Aged and Disabled (A&D) Program Income Level to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). The eligibility standard has not been adjusted since the program’s 2001 creation while the eligibility standard for other Medi-Cal programs has to the current 138%.
Increases the Medi-Cal home upkeep allowance (HUA) to help a person living in a nursing home maintain and return to their own home and establishes a transitional needs fund for individuals who do not have a home.
Helps prevent loss of Medi-Cal coverage for seniors and persons with disabilities who are also enrolled in Medicare when the state begins paying their Medicare Part B premiums. Currently, some people experience months of on-again/off-again eligibility for Medi-Cal without a share-of-cost if their income fluctuates.
Updates citation penalties and standards for negligent care to safeguard nursing home and long-term care residents. Building on a 2018 state audit report and DRC-sponsored legislation from last session, AB 1335 (Kalra), the bill increases citation amounts, requires an annual inflation adjustment, and requires the Department of Public Health (DPH) to issue a separate citation for each resident harmed.
Currently extends the effective date of existing law which specifies that the Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) for persons with disabilities.
Currently a “spot bill,” AB 216 is intended to improve on DRC-sponsored legislation from last year (AB 2657 (Weber)), which enacted strong prohibitions on many unsafe student interventions.
Requires the State Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to implement and administer the California Community Transitions program (CCT), as authorized under federal law and pursuant to the terms of the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration.
Removes dehumanizing language from California law that perpetuates stigma and discrimination against people with mental health disabilities. Specifically, this bill updates sections of California law to reflect people-first terminology used to promote the dignity of all Californians experiencing mental health challenges.