05/23/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/23/2020 12:13
Did you get our action alert about how to advocate for federal support? Do you want another way to help? If so, we're sharing another chance for you to help fight to protect your services!
You might have heard the Governor released an updated Budget for California. Because of the major impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our state's economy, it proposes over half a billion dollars in cuts to our service system. Some of this comes from new ideas being cancelled. But the biggest part of it is in cuts to service providers and regional centers. While we're pushing for federal money to prevent that, it's also critical our state legislators know why our system matters.
TOMORROW, Sunday, May 24th, the Senate Budget committee that focuses on our system will be holding a hearing. It is the last chance to voice your concern this year. Normally, it's hard for people to attend these hearings. But because of COVID-19, they are opening up the phone lines and will be taking public comment! Will you be a part of it?
Starting no sooner than 2pm, that committee will review all 'human services' issues - including developmental disabilities. It may start later if an unrelated part of the agenda takes longer than expected.
The updated information says you will need to call 1-877-336-4441, and use access code 985260, to join in. If that number does not work, please check here for updated information. Instructions on how to make your comments will be given at various times during the hearing. When you do, be sure to say your full name and something like
'Please oppose cuts to developmental services! I'm worried there won't be enough servicesto meet my needs.'