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Budget Update

Advocacy for Service Coordination Funding
For More Client/Family Contact and Support

California's 21 regional centers, represented together as the Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA), are supporting a number of Budget proposals to help our community. Together, we're pushing for sufficient funding to hire enough service coordinators to meet both your needs and the promises of the Lanterman Act.

Budgeted costs for service coordinators have been underfunded and unchanged for two decades. As a result of this underfunding, in 2020 we had a shortfall of 850 service coordinators statewide. Having too few service coordinators harms service delivery and people served, especially diverse communities. The pandemic drove that point home, with new crises overstretching staff resources.

Fortunately, Assemblymember Jim Frazier, from the East Bay, has once again risen to the challenge of fighting for our community. He will be formally requesting California provide up to $55 million to fix this. Asm. Frazier has a long history of championing the needs of people with developmental disabilities. So it's no surprise he'd see how important it is to provide excellent service coordination!

Join In Support This Wednesday, the 17th!

Are you free Wednesday afternoon? Do you want to help support better service coordination? Join us starting at 2:30pm! During the hearing, there will be "public comment," which is your chance to phone in to say:

"I support Assemblymember Frazier's request for service coordination funding!"

There are two ways to join....

By Wednesday morning, a phone number and access code will be posted right here on the Assembly Budget Committee's website.

There's also the easy way! 😉 We've got a special RSVP.
Sign up, and on Wednesday morning, we'll send you an email with all the info you need. We'll also send you a heads-up during the hearing to let you know when it's time to call in. By being your eyes and ears, you won't have to wait around all afternoon. Just make sure you get notifications of new emails!. Sign up now!

Our Budget advocacy goes beyond just service coordination. ARCA's full Budget position covers a wide range of needs, including:

  • Close the digital divide to equitably serve all families
  • Improve service access for diverse communities, including through the Community Navigators program
  • End sunsets on provider rate increases and the re-start of furloughs
  • Support professional wages for direct support professionals by improving the minimum wage adjustment process
  • Increased funds for IHSS, special education, and other programs
  • Better support multi-agency foster youth
  • Enhance regional centers' ability to coordinate emergency response
  • Expand crisis prevention and intervention services
  • Improve forensic support to meet complex needs

Read the Association of Regional Center Agencies Budget Letter here