Consolidating school districts pros cons
That 1999 decision, filed on behalf of two Georgia women with developmental and other disabilities - Elaine Wilson and Lois Curtis, among other things, required the states to take steps to avoid the unnecessary or unjustified institutionalization of people with disabilities, mental health needs & seniors.(Click here to read full report from CDCAN Report #131-2010) (Click here for 3 page pdf file of federal district court judge's restraining order) (Click here for 30 page pdf file of motion for restraining order requested by lawyers for IHSS workers)(Posted June 28, 2010) Section 1115 Medicaid Waiver Proposal: Sweeping Changes To Medi-Cal Program Impacting Hundreds of Thousands Of People With Disabilities, Mental Health Needs, Seniors & People Uninsured Focus of 2 Bills Setc For Hearing June 29th in Assembly Health Committee (SB 208) and June 30th in Senate Health Committee (AB 342) SACRAMENTO (CDCAN) - Sweeping changes to the State's Medicaid program - called "Medi-Cal" contained in the Schwarzenegger Administration proposal submitted to the federal government earlier this month that will have major impact to hundreds of thousands of children and adults with disabilities, mental health needs, the blind, seniors, and persons without health insurance, is the focus of two identical bills to be heard Tuesday (June 29) at PM before the Assembly Health Committee (SB 208) at the State Capitol in Room 4202 and Wednesday (June 30) at PM before the Senate Health Committee (AB 342) at the State Capitol in Room 3191.Approval from the federal government could take several months.The proposed waiver seeks to renew and significantly expand the existing Section 1115 Medicaid Waiver that is due to expire August 2010, will have, as proposed, sweeping impact on thousands of people with disabilities, mental health needs, the blind and seniors in the Medi-Cal program (Click here for CDCAN Report #110-2010 on this issue) (Click here for 71 page pdf official "Bridge to Reform" Section 1115 Medicaid Waiver Proposal) (Click here for 4 page scanned pdf letter to federal government) (Click here for 243 page pdf file Interim Evaluation Report of the HCCI in California with appendix A-H) Note: "HCCI" stands for "Health Care Coverage Initiative"(POSTED JUNE 7, 2010) - HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS AND CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS & THEIR FAMILIES FOCUS OF JUNE 10TH SENATE AUTISM SELECT COMMITTEE HEARING SACRAMENTO, CA (CDCAN) - The Senate Select Committee on Autism and Related Disorders, chaired by Senate President Pro tem Darrell Steinberg (Democrat - Sacramento), [photo left of Sen.The federal district court judge ordered Schwarzenegger Administration officials to take all steps immediately to rescind any approval given to Fresno County to reduce those wages and to officially notify the court of compliance.
This is the final week of budget subcommittee hearings - though the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee is meeting and taking final action instead of its 5 subcommittees this week Both houses of the Legislature have held and scheduled their final budget subcommittee hearings Wednesday and Thursday this week, taking final action on several of the Governor's major proposals impacting people with disabilities, mental health needs, the blind, seniors and their families, before the budget process heads to the next phase of "budget conference committee" hearings in early June.
Advocacy Without Borders: Connecting thousands of people with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors, families, workers, low income families to disability rights, senior rights, civil rights and unified action(POSTED MAY 19, 2010) MARTY OMOTO COMMENTARY - "PRAYING FOR TIME" SACRAMENTO, CALIF - These are - and have been for the past several years - hard times for our community of people with disabilities, mental health needs, people with traumatic brain and other injuries, people with MS, Alzheimer's and other disorders, seniors, their families, community organizations and workers who provide supports and services.
Year after year after year of facing threats of cuts or outright elimination of programs and services, rollbacks in eligibility, and actual loss of needed services, and loss of jobs or the constant fear of losing all of those things. Many in our communities - including those people with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors in the Asian and Pacific Islander, Latino and other communities of color - do not understand the workings of state government and politics nor have first hand information of what will or will not happen.
In speaking to hundreds, sometimes thousands of people across the State, I know while they may not know about the "Olmstead Decision" or about the "ADA" [Americans with Disabilities Act] they do know about their own life or the lives of their children and family.
They know what is right - and they know what is happening to them is wrong. (Click here to view or download Marty Omoto Commentary "Praying for Time" ) (Click here to view or download previous Commentary "Defying Gravity" - that outlines some budget solutions)(POSTED JUNE 30, 2010) FRESNO COUNTY IHSS WORKER WAGE CUT STOPPED BY FEDERAL JUDGE - ADVOCATES CLAIM VICTORY FOR DISABILITY RIGHTS AND COMPLIANCE WITH 1999 US SUPREME COURT "OLMSTEAD DECISION" SACRAMENTO, CALIF (CDCAN) [Updated 06/30/2010 AM (Pacific Time)] - As reported late yesterday afternoon, federal district court judge Claudia Wilken blocked Fresno County from implementing an hourly wage cut to their In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) workers from .25 to per hour, that was scheduled to go into effect in July, granting a temporary restraining order that was requested by lawyers representing SEIU on behalf of IHSS workers and persons receiving services under the IHSS program.