Department of Developmental Disabilities and Reach out to Governor Newsom on CA Budget

June 18th - "The Department is authorizing payments to nonresidential providers for consumer absences through July31, 2020. The Department continues to engage with service providers regarding options for coordinating, providing, and/or funding services differently. The Department will issue additional guidance regarding alternative approaches to service delivery.  (More Information)

June 15th - Extension of Early Start Services
"Early Intervention Services Act ( CEISA), that recognizes the transition to special education services for children at age three may be delayed as local schools face challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any requirements of the California Early Intervention Services Act (CEISA), including Government Code section 95014(a), mandating early intervention services end at age three are hereby waived. This waiver only applies for children who have received Early Start services through regional centers and reached their third birthday during the COVID-19 State of Emergency" More INFO

Have you made your call to Governor Newsom?
It's just a simple call, saying you strongly support a Budget that protects the developmental disabilities service system and its funding.
Will you take the time to let Governor Newsom know that supporting the developmental disabilities service system matters to you?
The past few months have totally upended life, and the state's Budget is no exception. The economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is deep. Over half a billion dollars in cuts to the system have been considered, affecting every way people with developmental disabilities are supported in communities of their choosing.

The good news is, the version of the Legislature's Budget Governor Newsom is reviewing doesn't hurt people with developmental disabilities or their families. It even helps to improve their lives in key ways. But the developmental disabilities services system may still face cuts. We need to make one last push this month to make sure that doesn't happen.

Governor Newsom needs to hear from you today . Between now and June 30th, he still has the power to make last-minute cuts to next year's Budget. The only way to make sure that doesn't happen is by telling him to you strongly support a Budget that protects the developmental disabilities service system and its funding.

What are some of the things at risk? Aside from preventing the half-billion dollars in cuts, there are a few other big things we're fighting for. The Budget on Governor Newsom's desk keeps extra funds for Early Start Therapeutic Services, Independent Living Services, and Infant Development Programs - money other services got last year. The Budget he has power over won't close access to services for any additional days. It's a plan that rejects new family fees (disability taxes). And starting next year, if your voice is heard, there will be a way to raise wages for direct support professionals as local minimum wages increase. There are also protections for other services, including Intermediate Care Facilities, In-Home Supportive Services, and some Medi-Cal health care benefits.

Every one of those things need to be defended. But you don't need to make a long speech, or write a detailed email. It's just a simple call, saying you strongly support a Budget that protects the developmental disabilities service system and its funding.
Will you take the time to  let Governor Newsom know  that supporting the developmental disabilities service system matters to you?

IDA Survey on "Re-entry?" extended June 22, 2020
You may have heard that there is discussion to "re-open face to face services" The Department is seeking input on this plan. We believe that you Infant Development Program staff have some relevant things to share.
 
What are providers thinking as they plan to re-open or how to continue as they have been open?
 
IDA has compiled a brief survey to collect some data to create talking points on these issues. We plan on utilizing this collective data and share with the Department of Developmental Services.
    
Please complete the attached survey in this Google docs link by end of day Monday June 22nd.   Early Start Reentry Survey

June 25th Invite- No Small Matters

America’s early learning infrastructure was fragile even before COVID-19. But the pandemic has pushed it to the brink of collapse. Half of all child care sites have closed, and the ones that remain open have to navigate unprecedented financial strains. With no other option but to stay home with their infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, millions of parents are unable to return to work, paralyzing efforts to restart the nation’s economy.
What has suddenly become self-evident to our country is that early education is essential. Put simply, America doesn’t work without it.

That's why on Thursday, June 25 , we will be releasing No Small Matter nationwide — LIVE on Facebook and Twitter   — to say thank you to

America's early educators, and discuss the way forward for our country's providers and families in this time of crisis.

This free town hall event will include a pre-show (just for kids!), a screening of the feature film, introduced by Alfre Woodard, and a live panel discussion highlighting the devastating impact of COVID-19 on children, families, caregivers, and the economy. This event is produced in partnership with Child Care Aware, NAEYC, Save the Children Action Network, United Way Worldwide, ZERO TO THREE, and more.

RSVP for this critical, timely conversation:

http://www.nosmallmatter.com/june25
Keep speaking up!

Fran Chasen and Annie Cox
IDA Policy Liaisons

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