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LATEST REPORT:  CDCAN Report 197-2008  09/16/08 (click here)   BUDGET APPROVED BY SENATE 29 to 11 - BUDGET PASSES ASSEMBLY 61 to 1 - GOES TO GOVERNOR - MAY NOT SIGN IT - BUDGET STAND-OFF SHIFTS TO GOVERNOR - HUNDREDS PROTEST BUDGET DELAY IN LA  - The Legislature passed, after a record breaking 78 days, a State budget and a package of budget related bills, that stretched into the early morning hours of Tuesday, September 16th.  The State Senate passed the State budget just after 12:30 AM Tuesday morning by a vote of 29 to 11.  The Assembly later, just before 2:10 AM Tuesday morning (September 16th), passed the State budget bill by a vote of 61 to 1.  That margin of approval was one of the largest in recent State history.  The Assembly adjourned its long session at 2:30 AM (September 16th). The Senate had adjourned an hour earlier. 

CDCAN Report 196-2008  09/16/08 (click here)  State Senate Passes Budget 29-11 - Heads To Assembly - Still In Session - Hundreds Protest In LA Budget Delay; Governor Threatens Veto of Budget Bill If Stronger Budget Reforms Aren't Included - Not Certain If Demands of Governor Were Met  - With California 78 days without a State budget, the State Senate in a long drawn out floor session, finally passed a State budget by a vote of 29 to 11, just after 12:30 AM early Tuesday morning (September 16). AB 88 - Supplemental Budget bill, a companion bill to the main budget bill also passed the State Senate 28 to 12.  The main budget bill, AB 1781, along with a package of several budget related bills (called trailer bills) head to the Assembly, for approval.  The Assembly, as of 12:51 AM, Tuesday (September 16) is still in session.  The State Senate is close to adjourning its session, which began Monday afternoon at 4 PM.  Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger earlier in the evening wrote a letter to the four legislative leaders saying he would veto the budget bill unless some additional budget reforms were included.  It is not clear if the changes made during the evening in some of those reforms would meet the Governor's demands.

CDCAN Report 195-2008  09/14/08 (click here) FOCUS TO SOON SHIFT TO OVER 900 BILLS PASSED IN AUGUST BY LEGISLATURE  THAT WILL BE SENT TO GOVERNOR FOR FINAL ACTION - IF BUDGET IS PASSED FIRST - Dozens of Bills Have Major Impact To Children and Adults With Disabilities, Mental Health Needs, Seniors - People Need to Send Letters to Governor About Their Support or Opposition and Concerns About Bills Passed As Soon As Possible With September 30th Deadline Approaching.  If the State Senate and Assembly, as expected, finally passes the long delayed State Budget - now 76 days late Monday afternoon or possibly Tuesday, the focus will almost immediately shift to nearly 900 bills that the Legislature passed in August but have not sent to the Governor yet. 

CDCAN Report 194-2008  09/14/08 (click here) LEGISLATIVE LEADERS REACH BUDGET DEAL - Democratic and Republican legislative leaders said today (Sunday, September 14) that they have reached a budget agreement that will end the three month stand-off - the worst in California history.  No details are officially available, and the deal still needs the approval of the Democratic and Republican caucuses (members) in both the Senate and Assembly, but it seems almost certain now that the budget stand-off will end within days now. 

CDCAN Report 193-2008  09/14/08 (click here) POSSIBLE BUDGET DEAL IN STATE SENATE - VOTE ON BUDGET COULD HAPPEN NEXT WEEK - Senate Democrats Working With Republicans Toward Budget Agreement Though No Final Deal Yet - No tax Increases or Borrowing or Spending Cap Will Be In Plan - With the California budget crisis continuing into its 74th day without a State budget, a possible budget deal is coming together in the State Senate, with Senate Democratic and Republican leaders agreeing on the broad outlines that could mean a budget agreement and a vote on a revised budget plan next week, possibly as early as Tuesday (September 16th). No details are available and nothing is final - and the situation is fluid and could change.  However the movement toward a deal iin the State Senate appears to be real. 

CDCAN Report 187-2008  08/28/08 (click here) STATE SAYS IT WILL COMPLY WITH MEDI-CAL COURT ORDER - WILL RESTORE MEDI-CAL PROVIDER RATES THIS MONTH  - With the California budget crisis continuing with no end in sight, the Department of Health Care Services, which oversees the State's federal Medicaid program (called "Medi-Cal") filed papers yesterday (September 4) with US District Court Judge Christina S. Snyder saying it will comply with her court order to restore the 10% Medi-Cal provider rate cut for most fee for service providers by today (September 5) and dental providers by September 9th. [see CDCAN Report August 19, 2008 for more details on lawsuit at www.cdcan.us and for copy of the order itself]  That means that from those dates, Medi-Cal providers covered by Judge Synder's August 18th temporary court order (injunction) will be paid the full Medi-Cal reimbursement rate as it was before the 10% reduction took effect on July 1, 2008. 

CDCAN Report 169-2008  08/28/08 (click here) State Senate Will Vote on Governor's Compromise As Revised By Senate Democrats Friday August 29 - As previously reported, the State Senate is scheduled to vote on a State budget plan sometime on Friday, August 29. The plan that will be put up for a vote is the Governor's "August Revised" budget compromise that he released August 20th - but with several significant revisions by Senate Democrats.  [for a copy of the revised plan, go to the CDCAN website at www.cdan.us]  It is not clear if there are votes from at least 2 Senate Republicans to pass the budget - though the Senate Republican leadership says it is opposed to any tax increases, including sales tax increases, which the plan contains.  

CDCAN Report 153-2008  08/19/08 (click here)  .More Details On Federal Judge Order Temporarily Blocking Medi-Cal 10% Provider Rate Cut : In a major victory for Medi-Cal recipients and providers, US District Court Judge Christina A. Synder issued a temporary order Tuesday (August 19) to temporarily half the 10% Medi-Cal provider rate reduction that went into effect July 1. The judge's order impacts the Medi-Cal rate reductions for Medi-Cal "fee for service" providers including doctors, dentists, pharmacists, adult day-care centers and other providers who provide services to people in the Medi-Cal program.  The order reverses the 10% cut to those Medi-Cal providers for dates of services provided on or after July 1, 2008. 

CDCAN Report 152-2008  08/19/08 (click here)  .Federal Judge Orders Temporary Halt To  Medi-Cal Provider Rate Cut : A federal district court judge ordered a temporary halt to the 10% Medi-Cal provider rate reduction that went into effect July 1. The judge's order impacts the Medi-Cal rate reductions for Medi-Cal doctors, dentists, pharmacists, adult day-care centers and other providers who provide services to people in the Medi-Cal program.  The order excludes some hospitals who do not contract with the State and do not provide emergency care.

CDCAN Report 144-2008  08/07/08 (click here)  .Appropriations Committee Approves SB 840 - Kills Hundreds of Bills : Both the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees took action on over 430 bills late this afternoon, approving many that have impact on people with disabilities, seniors, people with mental health and low income families (see CDCAN Report later this evening for full report on all bills), including a major landmark health care reform bill. 

CDCAN Report 143-2008  08/06/08 (click here)  .Final Appropriations Committee Hearings - Hundreds of Bill Wait Action  -  Both the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees will meet Thursday, August 7 to decide the fate of over 430 bills in what will be the final major committee hearings for the 2008 session, which is scheduled to end on August 31 

CDCAN Report 142-2008  08/06/08 (click here)  .Governor Says He Will Veto Bills Sent To Him Until Budget Is Passed -  In an unprecedented action, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said late today (August 6) in a press conference at the State Capitol that he will veto any bill that is sent to him by the Legislature from this point forward, until a State Budget is passed and sent to him. The impact of the Governor's action is not certain if the Legislature decides to delay sending him bills that they passed, but it is not clear however what the Governor will do with bills currently on his desk or being sent to him in the last day or so, before his announcement. 

CDCAN Report 141-2008  08/04/08 (click here)  .Governor Proposes Temporary Sales Tax Increase To Bridge Budget Gap - Wants Spending Controls: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed to legislative leaders on Sunday, a temporary sales increase of 1 cent that would raise about $5 billion per yet to help close the State's $15.2 billion budget gap in exchange for major budget reform proposals to control spending and new authority to cut spending in future years. California is now 35 days without a State

CDCAN Report 140-2008  08/04/08 (click here)  .Governor Meets With Legislative Leaders on Budget - No Agreement: With California now 34 days without a budget, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the four State Senate and Assembly leaders met early Sunday evening (August 3), though by the meeting's end, no budget deal was near.  Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (Democrat - Los Angeles) said talks would continue through the week but insisted that the $15 billion budget deficit could not be closed by cuts alone.   The Governor met with Assembly Speaker Bass, Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata (Democrat - Oakland), Senate Republican Leader Dave Cogdill (Republican - Fresno), and Assembly Republican Leader Mike Villines (Republican - Clovis) for about an hour an a half. 

CDCAN Report 139-2008  07/29/08 (click here)  Memorial Service for Joan Lee Set for August 15 in Sacramento: A memorial service for Joan Lee is set for August 15, Friday morning at 11:00 AM in Sacramento. As previously reported Saturday, Joan B. Lee, a beloved and admired advocate for seniors and people with disabilities and a leader of the Sacramento Gray Panthers died Saturday evening at around 7:30 PM (July 26, 2008) at Kaiser Hospital in Sacramento.  Her husband Arnie Godmintz, who helped Joan in many of her advocacy efforts, was with her at the time of her death, surrounded by pictures of her family, cards and flowers sent by friends and family.

CDCAN Report 138-2008  07/28/08 (click here)  California Mourns Passing of Joan Lee - Dies Saturday July 26: As previously reported Saturday, Joan B. Lee, a beloved and admired advocate for seniors and people with disabilities and a leader of the Sacramento Gray Panthers died Saturday evening at around 7:30 PM (July 26, 2008) at Kaiser Hospital in Sacramento.  Her husband Arnie Godmintz, who helped Joan in many of her advocacy efforts, was with her at the time of her death, surrounded by pictures of her family, cards and flowers sent by friends and family.

CDCAN Report 127-2008  06/19/08 (click here)  Medi-Cal Bill SB 483 Amended 6/18 - Set for Hearing 6/24: With the State budget deficit still unresolved and the end of the budget year fast approaching, the Legislature faces another major deadline of June 27th to pass bills out of policy committees in both houses.  Policy committees - like Assembly and Senate Health Committees, will be holding their final hearings for the 2008 session next week, with many major and controversial bills scheduled for hearing. One of those major bills, SB 483 by Sen. Sheila Kuehl (Democrat - Santa Monica, 23rd District) that would make changes to existing State laws in order to implement long delayed major changes on Medi-Cal eligibility required by the passage in February 2006 by the federal "Deficit Reduction Act" (DRA),  was amended yesterday (June 18th) in the Assembly. The bill is set for hearing on June 24, 2008 (Tuesday) at 1:30 PM, Assembly Health Committee State Capitol, Room 4202.       

CDCAN Report 125-2008  06/05/08 (click here)  Robert F. Kennedy: America Remembers 1968 Campaign and Message of Hope on 40th Anniversary of Assassination  -  In the midst of a history making presidential campaign in 2008, many Americans will pause and reflect today and tomorrow, marking the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, after his triumph in the California presidential primary at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. 

CDCAN Report 123-2008  06/03/08 (click here)  SB 483 Medi-Cal Eligibility Bill Amendments  - Report on SB 483 by Sen. Sheila Kuehl (Democrat - Santa Monica, 23rd District) that would implement long delayed major changes on Medi-Cal eligibility required by the passage in February 2006 by the federal "Deficit Reduction Act" (DRA), amended on June 2, 2008, with a hearing likely in Assembly Health Committee either ojn June 10th and possibly June 17th.  The June 2, 2008 amendments took out changes that would have impacted existing State laws requiring life insurance agents to provide disclosures, and also inserted a paragraph that clarifies that the eligibility changes apply prospectively from the date that State regulations are adopted and filed with the Secretary of State. 

CDCAN Report 122-2008  06/02/08 (click here) Proposition 98 June 3, 2008 Ballot Initiative - Proposition 98, an initiative that would abolish all rent controls and make changes to laws protecting renters in the State, is on the Tuesday (June 3) California primary election ballot, and though losing in a recent Field Poll last week, could squeak by to victory if voter turn-out reaches an "historic low" as one local election official predicted today. 

CDCAN Report 121-2008  05/30/08 (click here) - Budget Panels Take Steps Toward Restoring Medi-Cal Provider Cuts; Reject Optional Benefits Cuts - Both the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on ealth and Human Services and the full Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee held hearings today (May 30) focusing on health issues and took different actions to move toward restoring some level of the permanent Medi-Cal provider 10% rate reductions that will take effect July 1, 2008, barring a court decision or action by the Legislature and the Governor before then.  It means however the issue of restoring some or all of the Medi-Cal provider rates will at least be discussed and considered in the upcoming budget conference committee.

CDCAN Report 120-2008  06/02/08 (click here) IHSS and Medi-Cal Optional Benefits Cuts Rejected - The full Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee chaired by Sen. Denise Ducheny (Democrat - San Diego, 40th District) and the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services, chaired by Assemblymember Patty Berg (Democrat -Eureka, 1st District), held separate hearings late afternoon on Thursday (May 29th) and rejected the Governor's proposed major cuts to In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) and many other human service programs, under the enormous shadow of a growing budget shortfall.

CDCAN Report 120-2008  06/02/08 (click here) IHSS and Medi-Cal Optional Benefits Cuts Rejected - The full Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee chaired by Sen. Denise Ducheny (Democrat - San Diego, 40th District) and the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services, chaired by Assemblymember Patty Berg (Democrat -Eureka, 1st District), held separate hearings late afternoon on Thursday (May 29th) and rejected the Governor's proposed major cuts to In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) and many other human service programs, under the enormous shadow of a growing budget shortfall.

CDCAN Report 098-2008  05/11/08 (click here)  Proposition 98 Abolish Rent Control - Report on a  little known initiative on the June 3 California primary election ballot would prohibit new rent control measures and eventually abolish existing rent controls in the State that advocates say will have a major impact on accessible and affordable housing for tens of thousands of low income people with disabilities, seniors, low income workers who provide supports and services, including those in communities of color. The ballot measure, Proposition 98 is titled "Eminent Domain: Limits on Government Authority" and would amend the State Constitution. 

CDCAN Report 097-2008  05/10/08 (click here)  State Budget Crisis - Bad budget news will get worse on Wednesday, May 14, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will release budget revisions and changes (referred to as the "May Revise") with policymakers and advocates fearing that that new massive permanent spending cuts to a wide range of critical programs are now all but certain to be proposed. 

CDCAN Report 095-2008  05/09/08 (click here)  Autism Health Insurance Coverage & Update of Autism Bills - Report on SB 1563, by Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata (Democrat - Oakland, 9th District) [pictured left] that would require two state agencies to convene a workgroup of stakeholders to make sure that health insurance companies are providing coverage that is appropriate and fair to persons with autism spectrum disorder, easily passed the 40 member State Senate yesterday (May 8) by a vote of 33 to 1. Also update on other autism related bills including the latest status of the package of 8 bills that came as a result of the Autism Commission findings.

CDCAN Report 094-2008  05/07/08 (click here)  Recall of State Senator Dropped - Report on outgoing Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata (Democrat - Oakland, 9th District) said late today (May 7) that he was dropping his support for the recall of  Republican Sen. Jeff Denham (Republican - Merced, 12th District) [pictured at the State Capitol last year] .in a effort to take steps to avoid another long budget stalemate that paralyzed the State last year for 52 days.  Perata's action will have immediate impact on the State budget process reducing partisan bitterness that was growing each day due to the recall. 

CDCAN Report 093-2008  05/07/08 (click here)  SB 1608 and Access Rights. Report SB 1608 by Sen. Ellen Corbett (Democrat - San Leandro) dealing with the issue of the rights of children and adults with disabilities, seniors, mental health needs, the blind and others to accessible communities will be the focus of a CDCAN Townhall Telemeeting, May 8th, Thursday afternoon from 1 to 2:40 PM.  The townhall telemeeting will specifically provide updates, questions and answers and debate on the pros and cons of SB 1608.  The townhall is open to anyone, and is meant to bring public policymaking to people with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors and others who cannot afford to come to Sacramento or have health or other issues.  People can participate via toll free lines and the internet (high speed access) live, or for later listening via an audio recording on the CDCAN website (also free) at www.cdcan.us   The bill was amended on May 6 (latest copies of the bill are available on the CDCAN website). 

CDCAN Report 092-2008  05/06/08 (click here)  Medi-Cal Provider Rate Reduction Lawsuit. Report on the coalition of Medi-Cal funded community-based providers who provide critical health services to millions of Californians, including children and adults with disabilities, the blind, low income seniors, filed a class action lawsuit to block the Governor's 10% rate reduction in Medi-Cal and Dental-Cal payments.  The permanent 10% rate reductions were proposed by the Governor in January and approved by the Legislature in February and are scheduled to effect on July 1, 2008, unless legal action stops it.  A court hearing is expected in the next 30 to 45 days.

CDCAN Report 091-2008  05/06/08 (click here)   Medi-Cal Eligibility.  Report on SB 483 by Sen. Sheila Kuehl (Democrat - Santa Monica), amended with major changes May 5th,  dealing with Medi-Cal eligibility that will have major impact on the rights of hundreds of thousands of seniors and people with disabilities.  The changes, proposed by the Department of Health Cares Services, are meant to put the State in compliance with  key provisions of the federal 2005 "Deficit Reduction Act" by the US Congress and signed by the President in February 2006.

CDCAN Report 090-2008  05/05/08 (click here)  Medi-Cal Eligibility. Report on a little known piece of legislation that will have major impact on Medi-Cal eligibility that will impact the rights of hundreds of thousands of seniors and people with disabilities, SB 483 by Sen. Sheila Kuehl(Democrat - Santa Monica) was amended today (May 5) with major changes inserted into the bill that will implement key provisions of the federal 2005 "Deficit Reduction Act".

CDCAN Report 089-2008  05/05/08 (click here)  Access Rights and SB 1608 and State Budget Crisis and Developmental Services. Report on two CDCAN Townhall Telemeetings scheduled for May 8 focusing on access rights and SB 1608 by Sen. Ellen Corbett and featuring Corbett and legislative staff and advocates both for and against the bill, and also May 14th Townhall Telemeeting with Kim Belshe, Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency  to provide update on the Governor's revisions to his 2008-2009 State Budget.  

CDCAN Report 088-2008  04/30/08 (click here)  Report on the State Budget CrisisCiting the urgent need for budget reforms including a rainy day fund and a spending cap, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger told business and local government leaders this week that California's budget crisis will likely get even worse, with a budget deficit that could swell to over $20 billion by the end of the 2008-2009 State Budget year, which ends June 30, 2009. That figure is at least $6 billion higher than what some legislative and other analysts think the budget gap will be, which some believe will be over $14 billion. 

CDCAN Report 087-2008  04/30/08 (click here)  Report on the State Budget Crisis and CDCAN Townhall Telemeeting.  The budget and other issues impacting 230,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities, community organizations and workers who provide services and supports, regional centers, developmental centers and others will be the focus of today's (Apriul 30) CDCAN Townhall Telemeeting from 1 to 2:40 PM featuring the director of the Department of Developmental Services, Terri Delgadillo and also other senior staff.  

CDCAN Report 086-2008  04/29/08 (click here)  Report on the State Budget Crisis and also developmental services update.  With California's budget situation growing worse and projections of a budget shortfall of well over $14 billion, a CDCAN Townhall Telemeeting is scheduled for April 30, Wednesday afternoon from 1 to 2:40 PM featuring the director of the Department of Developmental Services, Terri Delgadillo, [pictured left] and also other senior staff covering updates and information about regional center funded community-based services and supports, and also developmental centers.  

CDCAN Report 085-2008  04/24/08 (click here)  Report Special Education. The Assembly Education Committee passed on Wednesday (April 23) a key special education bill, AB 2717 by Assemblymember Sally Lieber (Democrat - Mountain View, 22nd District) that would place the burden on proof on the local school agency in a special education due process hearing.   The bill heads next to the Assembly floor for a vote - and if successful there, would head to the State Senate. 

CDCAN Report 084-2008  04/23/08 (click here)  Report US Congress and federal Medicaid Regulations.  In a stunning defeat for the Bush Administration, the US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly today (April 23)  349 to 62 (with 20 members not voting) to approve HR 5613 which would delay for one year at least seven federal Medicaid regulations that supporters of the bill say would result in cuts over $33 billion to the program nationwide over the next ten years.  

CDCAN Report 079-2008  04/19/08 (click here)  Report on Memorial Service for San Diego Advocate. The  celebration of the life of Betty Bacon, a widely admired and loved San Diego advocate for disability rights who believed that "...we must work toward a world and a community that includes us all and values our differences," scheduled for April 20, 2008 (Sunday) at 2:00 PM at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in the Mission Valley area of San Diego. Included also in this report are tributes and a photo of Betty Bacon.  

CDCAN Report 078-2008  04/18/08 (click here) Report on SB 1608 Amendments - Breaking News on introduction of SB 1608 by Senators Corbett and Steinberg on civil rights - impacting access rights for people with disabilities, seniors and mental health needs and others. Includes summary of proposed legislation.  

CDCAN Report 077-2008  04/18/08 (click here) Report US Congress and federal Medicaid Regulations. Report on passage of HR 5613 by the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce that would impose a one year moratorium or delay on seven federal Medicaid regulations that advocates and supporters of the bill say would, if implemented, result in enormous cuts to the program.   

CDCAN Report 076-2008  04/18/08 (click here)  Report that Assemblymember Karen Bass (Democrat - Los Angeles, 47th District), a former community organizer will make national history when she officially as the 67th Assembly Speaker on May 13th - four months sooner than planned, with Fabian Nunez (Democrat - Los Angeles, 46th District) stepping down after four years. Also brief update on State Sen. Dave Cogdill taking over April 15th as the new Senate Republican Leader.

CDCAN Report 075-2008  04/17/08 (click here) Report on hearings set for important civil rights bills impacting children and adults with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors and others. AB 2533 and SB 1766 dealing with access rights set for hearing on April 29 in the Assembly and Senate Judiciary Committees

CDCAN Report 074-2008  04/17/08 (click here) Report Assembly Budget Subcommittee hearing on April 16th focusing on In-Home Supportive Services, SSI/SSP, Adult Protective Services budget reduction proposals - all held "open".  Also update on April 17th Senate Budget Subcommittee hearing on regional centers and developmental centers.

CDCAN Report 073-2008  04/16/08 (click here) Report bills that had action on 4/15/08 that impact people with disabilities, seniors, people with mental health needs, foster children and others.  

CDCAN Report 072-2008  04/16/08 (click here) Report on SB 1136 by Sen. Elaine Alquist being amended (on April 14) changing it so it no longer made it a crime but an unlawful act that can be addressed in a civil suit for any one charging an "unreasonable fee" to help another person obtain or remain on (including fair hearings) public social services. 

CDCAN Report 071-2008  04/15/08 (click here) Report on the upcoming Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services hearing on Wednesday afternoon (April 16) at 1:30 PM to consider the Governor's major proposed reductions to In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), Adult Protective Services, and proposed elimination of cost of living increases for grants to the lowest income seniors, persons with disabilities and the blind (SSI/SSP or Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Payment). The Assembly budget panel will also hear other proposals dealing with food programs and also Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI), which provides state funded grants similar to the SSP program for legal immigrants who are seniors, blind or with disabilities, and a proposed reduction to the Disability Determination Program.

.CDCAN Report 070-2008  04/15/08 (click here) Report on April 15, 2008 Assembly Human Services Committee hearing and approval of AB 1768 by Assemblymember Noreen Evans that would reinstate a provision in the State's special education law that would require a school district to continue to provide the same services to a child with special needs received in early intervention if a dispute on whether those services should continue was being appealed in fair hearing (referred to as "stay put").  Update also on the committee's action on approving AB 2263 on IHSS Case Management and Payroll System; AB 2424 On Education and Employment and AB 1872 Special Ed Autism Spectrum Clearinghouse

CDCAN Report 069-2008  04/14/08 (click here) Report on the April 14th Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health, Human Services, Labor and Veteran Affairs hearing to reject the Governor's proposed reductions to the Deaf Access Program and State Hearings workforce under the Department of Social Services and a 10% rate reduction to Community Rehabilitation, Individual Service and Contract providers under the Department of Rehabilitation. 

CDCAN Report 068-2008  04/14/08 (click here) Breaking News on SB 1136 by Sen. Elaine Alquist and scheduled hearing for April 15th in Senate Public Safety Committee was being cancelled.  The bill faces a deadline to pass out of policy committee by April 18th unless it is amended (and the provisions that create a new crime) or is granted special permission from the Senate Rules Committee to waive the policy committee deadline.  See also CDCAN Report #072-2008 for report on SB 1136 being amended 

CDCAN Report 067-2008  04/14/08 (click here) Report on major budget subcommittee hearings this week impacting Medi-Cal, In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), SSI/SSP, Adult Protective Services, Regional Centers, and also full list of all policy committee hearings with bills that impact people with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors and others. 

CDCAN Report 066-2008  04/13/08 (click here) Report on the upcoming 4th Annual California Asian Pacific Islander Policy Summit, sponsored and convened by the California Legislature's Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, and will feature the for the first time a workshop and topic dealing with Asian Pacific Islanders with disabilities, mental health needs and seniors. The workshop will be led by CDCAN and other advocates.  

CDCAN Report 065-2008  04/10/08 (click here) Breaking News on Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services vote to reject the Governor's proposed 10% reduction to the Department of Social Services' Community Care Licensing program.  

CDCAN Report 064-2008  04/10/08 (click here) Report on release of report to the Department of Developmental Services that reviews the impact of the various temporary "cost containment" measures to control regional center spending. Those measures were put in place - the first in 2002, and in February 2008 made permanent.  A copy of the report is on the CDCAN website.  

CDCAN Report 063-2008  04/09/08 (click here) Report on Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services hearing on April 10th focusing on cuts to senior, adult protective services and community care licensing programs.  

CDCAN Report 062-2008  04/08/08 (click here) Report on two important budget subcommittees scheduled for April 9th (Wednesday)  and April 10th (Thursday) that have critical importance to people with disabilities, mental health needs and seniors and community-based organizations that provide services and supports.  Many analysts now predict that the budget shortfall will almost certainly grow even larger by mid-May when the Governor releases his revisions to his proposed 2008-2009 State Budget - referred to as the "May Revise" or the "May Revision".  The Legislature is expected to take most of its final actions on many major budget issues after that. 

CDCAN Report 061-2008  04/07/08 (click here) Reprint of three articles are from  Los Angeles Times, April 7, 2008 online edition (Health Section) and two of the articles were published in the hardcopy version of the paper.  The writer wrote three different articles - one on rising stars who are actors with disabilities, the other focusing on a studio that helps actors with their craft, and a short article about the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act, the civil rights act for people with developmental disabilities in California.  Includes photos from the three articles.  

CDCAN Report 060-2008  04/07/08 (click here) Report on the release on April 4,  of the Department of Developmental Services 102 page report "Controlling Regional Center Costs" (posted on the CDCAN website at www.cdcan.us and the Department's website.   While the report is potentially significant  in terms of what could happen during the budget process this year - or for next year, what type of impact it will have on policymakers and others is not certain.   

CDCAN Report 059-2008  04/06/08 (click here) Report federal legislation (HR 5613 and S. 2819) that seeks to block implementation of at least seven federal Medicaid regulations, including those covering targeted case management, rehabilitation services, for one year - April 1, 2009.  Full report on the bills and impact and details of the regulations.  

CDCAN Report 058-2008  04/04/08 (click here) Report release Friday (April 4) of a  report to the Legislature by the Department of Developmental Services required by AB 203 (passed in August as part of the package of budget related bills) to provide a list of options (including pros and cons) to control spending of regional center operations and services.  

CDCAN Report 057-2008  04/03/08 (click here) Report CDCAN Townhall Telemeeting scheduled for April 30, 2008 featuring the director of the Department of Developmental Services, Terri Delgadillo and other senior department officials and also announcement that several other townhall telemeetings will be scheduled.  

CDCAN Report 056-2008  04/03/08 (click here) Report on Martin Luther King, Jr and the 40th anniversary of his assassination on April 4, 1968 - including excerpts from his last speech in Memphis, and remarks by Senator Robert F. Kennedy announcing his death and honoring his memory.  

CDCAN Report 055-2008  04/02/08 (click here) Report unveiling of package of 8 bills to address what the federal Centers on Disease Control and Prevention calls the exploding numbers of children and adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, a growing "national public health crisis" and related updates.   

CDCAN Report 054-2008  04/02/08 (click here) Breaking News report just minutes after the passage of AB 1768 by Assemblymember Noreen Evans in the Assembly Education Committee dealing with special education hearings provision sometimes referred to as "stay put". 

CDCAN Report 053-2008  03/31/08 (click here) Report on Cesar Chavez Day with photos of Chavez, and also Chavez with Robert F. Kennedy in March 1968.  Report and update of bills (and budget subcommittee hearings) scheduled April 1-4, 2008 impacting people with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors, low income families, workers and community organizations, organized by topic (then hearing date).   

CDCAN Report 052-2008  03/29/08 (click here) Report on amendments to SB 1136 dealing with public social services and other bills set for hearing on April 8th, in the Senate Human Services Committee.  

CDCAN Report 051-2008  03/28/08 (click here) Report on Assembly and Senate budget subcommittee hearings impacting regional center and developmental centers. 

CDCAN Report 050-2008  03/26/08 (click here) Report on Governor's remarks that it would be "big mistake" to blame illegal immigration on state budget shortfall; report on latest Public Policy Institute of California poll on Californian's views on budget crisis. Also latest report and update on budget hearings impacting people with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors and children.  

CDCAN Report 049-2008  03/25/08 (click here) Report on bills set for hearing in policy committees this week and next week impacting people with disabilities, seniors, people with mental health needs.  

CDCAN Report 048-2008  03/18/08 (click here) Report on recall election of Sen. Jeff Denham and impact on State budget crisis

CDCAN Report 037-2008  2/16/08 (click here) Report on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's signing of the 6 emergency budget bills sent to him by the Legislature that includes major spending cuts to Medi-Cal, regional centers, SSI/SSP, CalWORKS - but holds off on actions on other proposed cuts.   

CDCAN Report 036-2008  2/15/08 (click here) Report on the full Assembly and State Senate approving the emergency budget actions, that include major cuts in spending to Medi-Cal, regional centers, cost of living suspension from June to October 1, 2008 for the state funded part of the SSI/SSP and CalWORKS. 

CDCAN Report 035-2008  2/14/08 (click here) Report on the farewell to executive director Cheryl Cairns of the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center in San Jose by her current and former staff, after her shocking and unexpected death in the early morning hours of Monday (February 11).  Includes new photo and brief account of the deaths of three other independent living center directors who died within a 6 week time span (from August 28 to October 6, 2007), with photos of those three other directors.  

CDCAN Report 034-2008  2/14/08 (click here) Report on Assembly Budget Committee actions on the proposals, identical to the actions taken by the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee on February 13 (though using Assembly bills as the vehicles for those proposals instead of the Senate bills).  See CDCAN Report #032-2008 and #033-2008 for more information.  

CDCAN Report 033-2008  2/13/08 (click here) Report (second of two) on what major proposals the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review did NOT take action on - holding off action for further review later in the regular budget process.   

CDCAN Report 032-2008   02/13/08  (click here) Report on actions taken February 13th, Wednesday evening by the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee on some of the Governor's proposals to cut the current year State Budget, cuts proposed for next year's budget and also proposals that address the State's cash flow crisis.  Cuts approved by the Senate Budget panel include a major over $500 million reduction to the Medi-Cal Program, with a 10% rate reduction, effective July 1, 2008 for most Medi-Cal providers, approval of regional center "cost containment" measures already in place to continue next year and more.. 

CDCAN Report 031-2008   02/13/08  (click here) Report on unexpected death (early Monday morning on February 11th) of Cheryl Cairns, executive director of the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center, becoming the 4th independent living center director in California to die within a six month period.  Staff at the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center were shocked and saddened by Cairns' death, as were advocates in Santa Clara county and across the State. .  

CDCAN Report 030-2008   02/12/08  (click here) Report on scheduled Assembly and Senate Budget Committee hearings for February 13, 2008 to likely take final action on some - but not all - of the Governor's budget proposals.