Message from Executive Director Chris Rice
Your membership in CDSA is critical to CDSA’s success in 2016-17.
We’re proud of the important roles we played in securing $420 million funding increase for developmental disability services, in keeping pressure on for closure of the remaining three developmental centers, and in practical discussions on how to achieve the expectations of the HCBS settings rule, the Self-Determination waiver, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, rate reform, and – most immediate – quickly moving new funding to providers.
Our participation continues in the DDS Advisory Group for the HCBS Transition Plan, Secretary Dooley’s Developmental Services Task Force, and meetings on the Self-Determination waiver. We continued our collaboration with 18 other organizations on the Lanterman Coalition, met regularly with the Association of Regional Center Agencies, and coordinated our lobbying efforts with the Arc of California, California Supported Living Network, California Respite Association, and many others.
We have increased our national expertise through our memberships in ACCSES and ANCOR, and expanded our California presence with two Government Affairs staff and a contract with Nielsen Merksamer, one of the preeminent political law, government law, and lobbying firms in the country.
For all the successful steps we’ve taken, we still face a long journey to HCBS compliant, stable services with a well-trained, well-paid workforce. The administration moves at a snail’s pace on the HCBS State Transition Plan, regional centers are developing their own interpretations, and CMS moves forward, holding firm to the March 2019 deadline. The cloud of issues around rate reform continues to swarm, including cost statements, rate consultants, and the possibility of a managed care approach.
While we participate in policy and stakeholder discussions on the need for clarity on transition to the HCBS settings rule, we recognize that the time for action is NOW. CDSA needs to help providers position themselves so they can easily adjust when requirements finally jell. And we’re helping members educate their boards, and their clients and families about the coming changes.
Policy changes from the federal level keep popping up as the administration reaches for its last hurrah. The Brown administration, too, is making moves for its legacy, working with legislators, unions, and the business community in new ways. That’s why you need to be fully informed, and we need your voice. Don’t be left out of the conversation about what’s happening and how to anticipate changes in your services!
Your membership in CDSA will make a difference!
We have the power to move our agenda forward because of your membership—because of the powerful statistics our total membership presents. CDSA speaks on behalf of nearly 100 providers, with some 19,000 staff serving 52,000 clients. Every member contributes to the weight of constituents we bring to discussions with legislators.
Your dues ensure that we are working on your behalf and keeping you informed year ’round. Your dues fund the delivery of our messages through our two lobbyists. Your dues support the communications system that produces charts and graphs on budgets, legislative updates, and newsletters. We need your commitment for 2016-17 so CDSA can continue providing the advocacy, communications, and training you depend on.