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Budget Update; Upcoming Webinars

June 2020

Budget Update:
Focus On the Senate and the Assembly

While federal advocacy is going to be an important part of our system's strategy, there's critical work needed now, in California!

Earlier this month, Governor Newsom proposed over half a billion dollars in cuts to the developmental services system that serves you and your community.

The Senate's Budget Committee recently gave their unanimous support for our system, service providers, and regional centers. Both the Governor and the Senate recognize our state's major financial crisis. But the Senate proposal would need to find money in other parts of the Budget and make sure people with developmental disabilities don't have to suffer any more cuts. This is quite possibly the best we could hope for, and we strongly support it!

What's the Senate version?
The Senate proposal keeps extra funds for Early Start Therapeutic Services, Independent Living Services, and Infant Development Programs - money other services got last year. They would delay the start of unpaid holidays for service providers, reject extra family fees (disability taxes), and create a way for providers to get funds for local minimum wage increases. The Senate's proposal also rejects cuts to critically important social services such as Medi-Cal and In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). Most importantly, they propose rejecting all cuts to service providers & regional centers - over half a billion dollars!

What's the Assembly version?
The Assembly Budget proposal is the same as the version the Senate released in late May. They rejected service provider funding reductions, cuts to regional center operations, the Uniform Holiday Schedule (mandatory furloughs), increased family fees, and other proposed cuts.

Now, the Legislature will still have to negotiate with the Governor. We need to make sure, at every step of the way, the Budget stays at least as strong as the Senate version.

What can I do?
The Budget has to be passed by June 15th. Between now and then, you need to let your State Senate and Assembly representatives know that supporting the developmental disabilities service system matters to you. If you can make two quick phone calls, and forward this on to your friends, you'll be helping ensure the Legislature will continue to protect your services and prevent the Governor from reinstating cuts!

How To Protect Your Services!

1) Go to and enter the address of your home.
2) Click the name of your Senator to go to their website

3) On their website, click the "Contact Me" link. It's usually in the upper right corner.
4) Find the "district office" closest to you and call them. Say you're a constituent, and you strongly support a Budget that protects the developmental disabilities service system and its funding.

5) Now go back and click on the name of your Assemblymember!

6) On their website, you'll most likely find their phone number at the bottom or down on the right side of the main page.
7) Find the district office closest to you and call them. Say you're a constituent, and you strongly support a Budget that protects the developmental disabilities service system and its funding.

SEMINARIO WEB En Espanol: Retos Frente al Trastorno de Espectro Autismo

Webinar: Estate Planning and Special Needs Trusts
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
2:00-5:00 pm
Register for this Webinar. Space is Limited

This training for parents, family members and caregivers of individuals with special needs covers the laws governing inheritance, what it will mean in terms of entitlements, how to choose between wills and trusts and what the differences are. Presented by Richard Schwartz, Attorney at Law.

Interpretation available by advance reservation, by contacting Grace Paez at (310) 792-4548 by June 17th.

Interpretación disponible con reserva previa, comunicándose con Grace Paez al (310) 792-4548 antes del 17 de junio.

Public Meeting Notice
Serving Our Diverse Community
Friday, June 12, 2020
3:00 - 5:00 pm

Harbor Regional Center will hold a public meeting to review data about how our clients use purchased services, by age, ethnicity, residence etc. Join us hear from HRC and our community partners about programs and efforts to increase support, information, and access to services.

This meeting will be held via video-conference on Zoom, due to the necessity to maintain social distancing during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Interpretation in Spanish will be available within the Zoom session.

Join us on this webinar:
After registering on Zoom, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
For more information, email