Updated: May 14, 2019
(TMI's Associate Executive Director Jessie Campbell, Director of HR Rebeca Valenzuela, Executive Director Rachel Harris and Director of Community Living Services Angela Newmeyer)
Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) Executive Director Rachel Harris, Associate Executive Director Jessie Campbell, Director of Human Resources Rebeca Valenzuela and Director of Community Living Services Angela Newmeyer attended the 2018 California Disability Services Association Legislative Affairs Conference this week which addressed the developmental disability service system.
(TMI's Executive Director Rachel Harris at the CDSA Legislative Affairs Conference)
Issues discussed included opposing the budget proposal to reduce service days which would financially impact clients and staff, temporary rate relief until the system wide rate study is implemented, protecting the choice and options for individuals with developmental disabilities, improving employment outcomes, and a proposal to invest funds that become available from any repurposing of developmental center land to provide affordable housing for people with developmental disabilities. TMI had the opportunity to meet with Senator Jeff Stone and many other senators or their representatives.
(TMI's Executive Director Rachel Harris with Senator Jeff Stone, representatives and advocates)
It was a productive conference. We hope to see much needed change to our system in the near future!
An estimated 1 in 6 people are born with a developmental disability. Just like you they are born with hopes, dreams and the drive to contribute to society. Since 1981 Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) has transformed thousands of lives by providing assistance to children and adults with developmental disabilities, giving them the ability to realize their hopes and dreams.