We need your help BEFORE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10 to Save Disability Services.
The California Senate and Assembly have rejected the Governor’s proposed $500 million in cuts for services that support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Instead, they have proposed an alternative budget that the Governor should adopt. We must ensure that the alternative budget is adopted without any cuts to vital services for the more than 350,000 Californians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals with developmental disabilities are at higher risk for COVID-19 infection and complications. The essential safety net of services, equipped to meet their unique needs, should be a priority for state funding during this public health crisis.
For two decades, the State of California has chronically underfunded the developmental disability service system. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, a Rate Study conducted by the State identified a funding gap of over $1.4 billion for disability programs. The current public health crisis only made this problem worse, significantly increasing the cost of safely delivering services to those with developmental disabilities. Any additional cuts will result in reduction of services, significant increases in waiting lists, and additional program closures.
Please use the California Disability Services Association ACTION CENTER developed by Gatepath to EMAIL, TWEET AND CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS IN ONE CLICK URGING THEM TO REJECT ANY CUTS TO DISABILITY SERVICES IN THE STATE BUDGET.
We THANK YOU in advance!
Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) has been transforming the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1981 and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing since 2000. In 2020, we launched Disabled Veteran Employment Services. TMI strives to help our clients to realize their hopes and dreams by providing Employment Solutions, Community Living and Family Support Services throughout San Diego, Riverside and Imperial Counties. To stay connected with us, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Together we can share acceptance and awareness, ultimately contributing to further inclusion.