Prevent Cuts to Services
A letter from the Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA): Governor Newsom has released his updated Budget proposal. Called "the May Revise" (because it comes out in May, and revises an earlier proposal), it factors in the major impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our state's economy. In real terms, this means well over half a billion dollars in money taken away from our service system. Some of this comes from new ideas being cancelled. And a huge part of it is cuts to service providers and Regional Centers. However, there's one escape...
These are "trigger" cuts. If new federal funding is provided to the states, these cuts will not be triggered. The House of Representatives needs to negotiate with the Senate, as well as the White House. Regardless of whether your member of Congress is a Democrat or Republican, they need to hear from you today! Can you take 3 minutes to make a call?
Advocate For Federal Support for California!
A quick call (or email!) to your member of Congress is how you can help prevent hundreds of millions of dollars being cut from our service system!
1) Go to https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative and enter your zip code.
2) When it identifies your representative, click on the "mail" icon under their picture.
3) You may be asked to re-enter your zip code. If you don't know the extra four digits, that's usually ok!
4) Either fill out the email form, or scroll to the bottom of the screen for the phone number for their office. You can call their district office or the office in Washington, D.C. (note that D.C. is three hours ahead of California, so call before 2pm!)
What do you say? That's easy! Our message is very simple....
"I am a constituent of the Representative. Please support extra federal funding for California to help save disability services. And please ask your colleagues in the Senate to support it, too!"
That's it! You've just asked your representative for the funds that will help prevent major cuts to your services, and most importantly, you've told them you also want them to encourage their colleagues to be a part of the solution.
This isn't about Democrats or Republicans. It's about the services that make full, integrated lives possible for over 350,000 Californians with developmental disabilities. Your advocacy can make a difference, but only if you act now!