State Budget Update
- 2020/2021 Budget Update (posted 7/2/2020): Governor Gavin Newsom signed the $202 billion 2020/2021 Budget on Monday, June 29th. The budget that took effect Wednesday, July 1st assumed a $54 billion deficit brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and his March stay-at-home order, which halted much of the state’s economy. The budget also includes a $716 million fund the Governor can use for emergency pandemic spending. It also authorizes up to seven extra weeks of the federally funded emergency benefits for unemployed workers.
In addition, the Governor and the Legislature avoided forcing cuts to the developmental disabilities system. We would like to send everyone a big thank you! Your advocacy efforts through sending emails and making phone calls really paid off. This was a big victory for the individuals we serve and their families. Thank you! For detailed information regarding the 2020/2021 State budget please refer to the full budget summary. A summary of the Department of Developmental Services highlights will be forthcoming.
- Governor Gavin Newsom released the 2020-2021 Budget proposal on January 10, 2020. For detailed information about its impact on the developmental disabilities system please view the Department's Highlights
- There was also a presentation to the Vendor Advisory Committee on 01/22/2020 providing an overview on the proposed budget. View the presentation.
- For information on the current budget and how it impacts Regional Centers and the individuals we serve View the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) budget page
The Learning Marketplace Presents: Legislative Training
Do you want to know more about the legislative or budget process? How a bill actually becomes a law? Do you want to learn how to better engage and get involved with your elected officials? If so, contact Roxy Ortiz for more information regarding upcoming sessions email@example.com
These are several bills that will impact the regional center system (this is a limited list, for a more comprehensive list (please visits ARCA’s website).
- AB-261 (Mathis) Developmental services: regional centers: suspension of services
- AB-311(Frazier)- Regional centers: daily rates
- AB-438 (Frazier) Regional centers: holidays
- SB-412 (Stone) developmental services: fees
- SB-683 (Grove) Developmental services: regional centers
You can also search for other bills by visiting the California Legislative Information bill search.
October 2018: The Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA) has released its newest report: Building A System for Tomorrow: Supporting People with Developmental Disabilities to Lead Inclusive Lives. This paper focuses on the essential resources the developmental services system needs to build a system for the future - to support individuals with developmental disabilities to lead inclusive lives they choose for themselves in their own communities.
Additionally, reports authored by ARCA in earlier years explain how funding limitations have negatively impacted regional centers’ ability to provide quality services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. By posting these reports, ELARC hopes that they will increase your understanding of the challenges the developmental services system faces in supporting each Californian with a developmental disability as envisioned by the Lanterman Act.
Previous ARCA Reports
Please note: The Budget Page is updated when actions taken on the California state budget from the State Legislature and/or Governor's office and/or Department of Developmental Services have or may have significant impact for individuals with developmental disabilities.