What We Do
- Lobbying – CDSA has a staff of two lobbyists who advocate directly on behalf of providers to state agencies and the Governor’s Office, to legislators and their staffs, and testifies in legislative and administrative hearings by articulating the policy positions of the Association based on member participation and adopted priorities. We educate our members on the details of the Budget from January when introduced to its adoption in July. We produce written materials to convey our analysis and priorities to budget decision makers throughout the process. We track and report on the state budget, bills, and regulations as they become available. In addition, we develop and sponsor new legislation to support membership organizations and disability services. We provide policy statements and counter-proposals in easy to understand language that you can share with families and local legislators. We also provide training on how to communicate your concerns to legislators and facilitate an annual day at the Capitol.
- Training – CDSA provides timely workshops and seminars at locations throughout the state focused on government decision making strategies, addressing programs, best practices, management, how-to, state regulations, and board governance.
- Communications – CDSA keeps you informed through timely legislative updates and alerts, and a monthly e-mail newsletter. There’s a listserv where members respond with advice and insights to any request for information or sample materials.
- Meetings – At local caucus meetings, you have an opportunity to explore issues in depth and share your concerns. CDSA holds a fall annual meeting focused on training, two winter meetings (North and South) to update you on current issues, and a spring legislative affairs conference. The information is up-to-date and important, but networking with peers draws many to these meetings.
- Employment – CDSA helps members secure contracts with state, city, and county agencies, as well as assisting with the employment of clients in private industry. We create and identify opportunities, and provide advice through the entire process.
- Business Support – We monitor and report issues pertaining to business operations and other non‐developmental disabilities matters related to CDSA members.
CDSA’s close connections:
- CDSA is a member of ACCSES, a national association of providers for persons with ID/DD that engages in similar advocacy and education at the national level. The exchanges of information among the members is invaluable especially in these times of major federal policy shifts through Medicaid waiver regulations as well as the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), currently being implemented across the country.
- CDSA developed interactive communication and working relationships with the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) which produced active member participation in stakeholder groups created by the Department and its oversight agency, the California Health and Human Services Agency.
- CDSA established quarterly meetings with DDS and the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), as well as important groups and associations within the Lanterman Act community services delivery system, including the Association of Regional Center Agencies, The Arc of California, California Supported Living Network, California Respite Association, and Disability Rights California. There are many others.
- CDSA stays abreast of our members’ current business models and plans for the future, their challenges with the state departments and the system, and the support they need within their service communities.