We Need Your Help!
In a highly compressed time period, we have gone through budget subcommittee hearings on the originally proposed budget, the revised budget, and the rate study – and we’ve come out the other side with the same message we started with: We need an 8% across-the-board rate increase to stabilize the service system.
We need EVERYBODY to reinforce this message. Contact the Capitol office of your legislators. You can find the phone numbers here: Legislators
If they haven’t signed the 8% rate increase letter, ask them to sign. (See the list of signers below.)
In the Assembly, it’s the Frazier-Holden budget request letter. In the Senate, it’s the Stern budget request letter.
If they have signed the 8% rate increase letter, tell them we still need their support.
While we appreciate the interest the Governor has shown, his proposal isn’t enough to stabilize the system and save programs.
If you’re in the district of a legislator who championed our need during the budget hearings, please thank them and urge them on.
In Senate Budget Subcommittee #3: Senators Jeff Stone and Melissa Hurtado
In Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1: Assembly Members Eloise Gomez Reyes (chair), Jim Frazier, Devon Mathis, Blanco Rubio, and Jim Wood
The revised DDS budget proposes a January 2020 rate increase for only certain programs that are struggling and more HCBS compliant: some residential CCF homes, Supported Living Services, Supported Employment, Supplemental Services (includes Personal Assistant), Transportation Assistant, and Family Home Agencies. The Governor’s boost for specific programs would be a fine addition, but all programs need the 8% to reach keep the whole system operating, provide choice, and allow transition to the HCBS settings rule. The rate increase is also limited to two years. This increase is $164 million Total Funds/$99 million General Funds for half a year and will raise rates for the chosen services by an average of 18%.
The revised budget also suspends the 14-day uniform holiday schedule for two years. It doesn’t address the half-day billing requirement.
Below are lists of all the Democrats who have signed the budget request letters in each house. All Republicans have signed their own letter in support of the 8% rate increase.
Letter from Frazier (D-Oakley) and Holden (D-Pasadena)
Chu, Kansen (D-San Jose)
Garcia, Eduardo (D-Coachella)
Gloria (D-San Diego)
Maienschein (D-San Diego)
Mullin (D-S. San Francisco)
Nazarian (D-No. Hollywood)
Rivas, Robert (D-Salinas)
Rubio, Blanco (D-Baldwin Park)
Smith (D-Santa Clarita)
Letter from Stern (D-Canoga Park)
Beall (D-San Jose)
Hill (D-Palo Alto)
Hueso (D-San Diego)
Rubio, S. (D-Baldwin Park)
Stone, J. (R-La Quinta)
Wiener (D-San Francisco)
Wilk (R-Santa Clarita)