The Lanterman Coalition and ARCA (Association of Regional Center Agencies) campaigned strongly to restore 10% to this crumbling system for the 2015-16 budget year, but in the end the Governor and the legislature did nothing.
As we move into the 2016-17 budget season and the system continues to deteriorate, we are warned by people close to the center that we won't be getting any restoration of funds in this budget either, in fact we should expect more cuts. This is in spite of the fact that the General Fund is healthy and the state has been taking in a surplus - above what the Governor's office projected - of approximately $200 million a month in the new fiscal year.
We must speak up. Advocates are planning much stronger action for the coming months. Please consider joining one of the gatherings we list here or contacting Governor Brown and your own legislators to voice your concerns.
You can email Governor Brown here: https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php
Find your local legislators here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov
Please join the protest:
WE'RE (STILL) HERE TO SPEAK FOR JUSTICE
KEEP THE LANTERMAN PROMISE
MARCH TO THE CAPITOL &
PROTEST ON THE NORTH STEPS
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10TH, 2015
Gather at Raley Field, 9:30-10:30 AM
400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento, CA
March to Capitol 10:30-11:00
Meet at North Steps 11:00
Protest at North Steps of Capitol - 11:00 -1:00
Protest at Governor's Mansion 1:00 - 2:00 PM
The developmental services community has endured a decade of rate cuts and freezes. We are a community that is falling apart. The Governor can no longer ignore us. We need help now!
For more information, visit our website at www.supportedliving.com or California Supported Living Facebook page or contact Carol McKinney at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mark Melanson at email@example.com
To travel or meet up with other PANDH-SF members, contact Audrey deChadenedes at firstname.lastname@example.org