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[IP] Fwd: CALL TO ACTION ON FUNDING CRISIS!
For all SSI/Medicaid recipients and seniors in CALIFORNIA
Begin forwarded message:
> This contains very important information on proposed budget cuts that
> will significantly impact Medi-Cal recipients, SSI recipients, DDS
> consumers and those who receive County MH services. Please act
> however you feel is most appropriate- letters, phone calls, chaining
> yourself naked to the Capitol steps... whatever!
> CA UCP/CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY ADVOCACY NETWORK
> ACTION ALERT #06-2003
> January 13, 2003 - Monday morning
> CALL TO ACTION ON FUNDING CRISIS!
> WHY YOU SHOULD ACT - AND WHAT YOU CAN DO!
> WHO SHOULD ACT AND RESPOND TO THIS CALL TO ACTION?
> * People with developmental (and other disabilities) people with
> disabilities and their families and providers, advocates
> * People with mental health needs and their families, providers,
> * People with low incomes, providers and advocates
> * People who are Medi-Cal recipients, seniors, their families,
> providers, direct
> care staff, advocates, and other organizations
> WHAT IS BEING LOST, CUT, REDUCED AND ELIMINATED
> Just SOME of what is being lost, cut, reduced or eliminated include
> the following (see UCP Capitol Update for more details). All of these
> potential and actual cuts impact the people who should respond to this
> call to action (see above):
> * RIGHTS OF CALIFORNIANS BEING THREATENED
> - The "civil rights" act for people with developmental disabilities
> and their families - the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services
> Act is under serious attack, with proposals from the Governor that
> would narrow eligibility, significantly reduce or delay services and
> programs, or outright eliminate them entirely.
> - Proposed cuts and funding crisis are devastating community-based
> services and supports that many advocates say seriously undermine
> continued implementation of the 1999 US Supreme Court Olmstead
> Decision, and other federal law including the Americans with
> Disabilities Act.
> * MEDI-CAL
> - Massive, massive cuts to Medi-Cal to narrow eligibility and cut
> - Proposed cut of $302 million by the elimination of 18 of 34
> critically needed benefits for adults - especially for those with
> developmental or other disabilities, that include medical supplies,
> equipment, adult dental care, podiatry, psychology, independent
> rehabilitation centers, occupational therapy, non-emergency medical
> transportation, optician/optical lab services, hospice, durable
> medical equipment, optometry, prosthetics, speech/audiology services,
> physical therapy and more (referred to as 'optional benefits' by the
> federal government - meaning it is optional for the states to provide
> these benefits - not that the benefit is not critically needed).
> - Huge Medi-Cal provider rate reductions totaling 15% (cut of nearly
> $665 million)that will likely result in providers leaving the program
> - creating a significant problem of access to health services by
> people with developmental and other disabilities, seniors and people
> with low incomes, and people with mental health needs.
> * COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES/SUPPORTS FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL
> - Proposed cut of $100 million cut to regional center purchase of
> service budget that funds community-based services and supports for
> over 180,000 people with developmental disabilities in California that
> will result in significant reductions or outright elimination of
> community-based services, programs and providers across the state.
> - Governor's proposed $31.6 million cut (for families) to regional
> center purchase of services for many many families due to co-payments
> that would require families with incomes at over 200% of the federal
> poverty level, with children with developmental disabilities between
> ages of 3 and 17 years, to share the cost of services. The Department
> of Developmental Services (DDS) estimates that a two-parent family
> earning an income of $50,000 annually and having two children between
> ages of 3-17 and one of them with developmental disabilities, would
> pay 100% of the costs of regional center services purchased services
> up to $5,000 (the average purchased service costs in 2001-02 was
> $3,750 according to DDS). However the other impact is that largely
> lower and middle income families will be forced to pay potentially
> thousands of more dollars for the very community-based supports,
> programs and services that, at the same time, are also being reduced,
> cut or eliminated by the funding crisis and the Governor's budget
> proposals. Note: the State sees the $31 million as "revenue" and not
> a cut.
> - Huge cuts to more community-based services, currently funded through
> the Department of Rehabilitation Habilitation Services Programs
> (including work activity programs, supported employment programs) that
> the Governor is proposing to take effect THIS year (by April),
> including suspension of any rate increases for work activity programs
> that, by law, were scheduled to take effect this year, including a cut
> of $2.1 million to be effective in April this year - and another $8.8
> million to be cut in 2003-2004 (reflecting 5% reduction in rates paid
> to community-based providers).
> - Potential and actual reductions and outright elimination of adult
> education programs for people with developmental disabilities across
> the state.
> * ELIGIBILITY BEING NARROWED
> - $2.1 million proposed cut to regional center purchase of services
> due to proposed changes that will have impact of narrowing eligibility
> for community-based services for people with developmental
> disabilities with a the result that beginning July 1, 2003 through
> June 30, 2004, about 405 persons new to the system, will be deemed not
> eligible for services, who, under the current standards, would have
> been eligible. That number is likely to grow each year.
> - Eligibility is also being narrowed in other areas, including
> Medi-Cal, compounding the crisis for the same population of people
> with developmental and other disabilities and seniors.
> * SSI/SSP
> - Proposed cuts by the Governor to Supplemental Security Income/State
> Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) including suspension of state cost of
> living increases scheduled for this year, that will roll back payments
> to levels before January 2000.
> * SENIOR PROGRAMS
> - Huge cuts proposed by the Governor of over $5.1 million to senior
> services and programs, including senior nutrition program, and cuts to
> adult day care programs.
> * MENTAL HEALTH
> - Big cuts and reductions proposed by the Governor, including
> elimination of the early mental health services program (cut of $15
> million); $46 million cut to mental health managed care (reflecting
> 10% rate reduction); and moving Integrated Services for Homes and
> Children's System of Care programs to counties, while getting the
> promise this year of dedicated funding for it at the same time the
> Governor proposes to cut other funding going to counties.
> * ALL COMMUNITY BASED PROVIDER COSTS CONTINUE TO RISE
> - Workers Compensation costs - this crisis continues with no immediate
> relief from the state, with premiums doubling, even tripling, costing
> community-based providers everywhere in the state hundreds of
> thousands of more desperately needed dollars that the state is
> refusing to reimburse - pushing hundreds of community based providers
> to the brink of closure.
> * THERE IS MUCH MUCH MORE BEING LOST....
> WHAT CAN PEOPLE DO?
> In ALL instances below, we are all working to change the way we
> advocate by linking and coordinating actions and our messages
> * ADVOCACY IN SACRAMENTO
> - Attend upcoming Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human
> Services hearings THIS week on January 15 and possibly Jan 16 in
> Sacramento (see UCP/California Community Advocacy Network Alerts for
> details. If you have not received it, please email to Marty Omoto at
> the email address below).
> - Attend upcoming regular budget hearings beginning in March through
> - Come up to the State Capitol and join teams of other people with
> disabilities from across the state, for planned coordinated weekly
> office visits to key legislators and other state officials beginning
> this month through the end of the year. These visits will be twice a
> week - and coordinated with the letter campaigns, rallies, related
> hearings, and visits or meetings that occur in legislator's district
> offices with different groups of people each time.
> * ADVOCACY AT HOME - IN YOUR COMMUNITY
> - Help organize a community meeting and rallies to help train,
> coordinate, educate and share strategy on these issues (see below for
> organizing and mobilizing), including outreach to people who never
> before have been involved (especially minority communities). This
> includes helping with or actually participating on a state legislative
> district team (called "10/10 legislative team" - see below)
> - Join people within your legislative district (this will be
> coordinated) to visit and talk with your local legislator in his or
> her district office. These visits will be on-going and coordinated
> with visits in Sacramento, the letter campaigns, hearings and other
> - Write letters (see below)
> - Write letters to the editor to your local paper (see letter writing
> regarding focus on the same message)
> - Contact your local news station and other media to highlight our
> targeted issues and message.
> - Participate in planned statewide (to be announced) video conference
> to update people on strategy and issues regarding the funding crisis.
> - Volunteer to work in your legislator's district office.
> - Make phone calls (which are coordinated with other actions) as
> needed to certain legislators and other state officials.
> * LETTER WRITING
> - Write letters to policy makers at the RIGHT time, to the RIGHT
> people with the SAME message (the list of WHO and WHERE you should
> send letters changes depending on the issue, the time and which
> committee or house or person is looking at the issue. See latest
> UCP/California Community Advocacy Network Alerts for current
> information regarding this)
> - Write letters pushing the same message as everyone else in the State.
> - See latest UCP/California Community Action Network Alerts for latest
> person(s) to write to, addresses and sample letters and other
> * ORGANIZE! MOBILIZE YOUR COMMUNITY!
> - As previously announced a new non-partisan permanent statewide
> effort to organize people with disabilities, families, advocates,
> direct care workers and providers, and others, called the "California
> Community Advocacy Network" continues.
> - This effort includes establishing permanent teams of volunteers in
> every legislative district (referred to as a 10/10 legislative team
> made up of 10 individuals who reside in that legislative district and
> 10 organizations or groups that provide services or programs in that
> legislative district).
> - Several organizing meetings in communities across the state have
> been held and many more are planned.
> - The network is an effort to link all groups (statewide, local -
> large or small) and individuals with coordinated action and message on
> a statewide and local basis to maximize the message, the voices and
> every resource.
> The network includes links to existing self advocacy, leadership
> training and development and also new training and development in
> those areas.
> - The network also includes links and coordination to development of
> solutions to help solve the funding crisis on a short and long term
> basis - and research to help provide critically needed information and
> - If you are interested in participating or helping with a community
> meeting on the
> funding crisis (and to mobilize your community to take next steps)
> contact: email @ redacted
> * SAVE THE DATE FOR STATEWIDE MEETING IN SACRAMENTO
> - Statewide advocacy organizing strategy meeting will be held in
> Sacramento soon possibly later this week or next week. In addition, a
> second part of the meeting will focus on the impact of staggering
> workers compensation costs to community providers and what can be
> done. Watch for special UCP/CA COMMUNITY ADVOCACY NETWORK ACTION ALERT
> on this meeting! [note: this replaces meetings set for 1/9]. Also, a
> follow-up meeting with a march on the Capitol followed by a rally
> there is being planned for late February or March.
> * MAKE THIS ISSUE IS A CIVIL RIGHTS AND FUNDING A PRIORITY FOR YOU AND
> - If you have not already done so, you should put this funding crisis
> (and for people with developmental disabilities and their families, it
> is also a critical civil rights issue with the Lanterman Developmental
> Disabilities Services Act at stake) at the very, very top of your
> organization or group's agenda.
> - If you are person with other disabilities or mental health needs, or
> a senior (or an advocate or an organization providing services and
> supports) you should also place the funding crisis at the top of your
> - Devastation of community-based services and supports has potential
> impact on the federal Americans With Disabilities Act, the
> Rehabilitation Act, etc., and how the US Supreme Court 1999 Olmstead
> Decision implementation in California proceeds.
> WHAT CAN I DO AND WHEN?
> * The time is NOW! We are looking at a long term, consistent,
> coordinated statewide advocacy effort based in every legislative
> * Check out the latest UCP/California Community Advocacy Network
> Action Alerts that are specific to a hearing (such as the hearings
> this week in Sacramento) or to particular letter writing effort. If
> you belong to an existing organization - check with them and get them
> to coordinate actions with others in the state.
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