Valerie’s Week in Review – Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Dear Governor Brown,

This is a belated thank you note for the passage of ABX2-1.
I know that your office was active in negotiations leading to the vote, and after complaining to you for more than a year it seems only fair to express my appreciation when you get it right.

This bill is a much-needed first step in repairing our severely damaged developmental disabilities service system. I know that you know how dire the situation is.

There is so much more to be done, and so much more funding needed.

We need to heal the Regional Centers so families have access to the services they need, and case management to help them coordinate a bewildering system. Regional Centers need to be able to pay case managers a reasonable wage and bring caseloads down to levels that won’t threaten Federal funding.

We need to ensure that Community Based Services are aligned with CMS guidelines.

We need Community Based Services for people coming out of Developmental Centers, and we also need them brought back to life for the people already living in the community.

We need to bring the service providers who have been hanging on by a thread back to health. We need to ensure that every adult with developmental disabilities has an appropriate day program and safe and reliable transportation to and from.

We have a long way to go.

Thank you, Governor Brown, for a great beginning. Please don’t stop now.

Sincerely,

Audrey deChadenedes

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