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Urge Governor’s Support of Early Start, System Funding Review and Reform

Please read the following message from the Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA) about the need for advocacy and action to ensure that the Governor also supports Early Start and system funding review and reform.

Dear Friends,

We've come a long way over the past few months in our efforts to renew Early Start. What started as a modest grassroots campaign has grown to include a very large community of dedicated advocates with one goal... renew Early Start. Within the past few months, thousands of people have signed the petition to renew Early Start. Forty different organizations jointly signed a letter specifically urging this reinvestment. And the Lanterman Coalition made it a top budget priority. As a result of this effort, both the Assembly and Senate Budget Subcommittees voted unanimously to return eligibility to pre-2009 reduction levels, and funded the program with $15.7 million a year, starting January 1, 2015.

Last night, the Senate and Assembly gave final approval to their action and sent both the Budget and concurrently needed changes in law to the Governor for his consideration. The Governor has the power of the "line item veto," meaning he can cut individual programs' funding - or even eliminate them. He will be taking action on this - and all other Budget items - between now and June 30.

Alongside this renewal of Early Start is an opportunity to begin the process of reforming the regional center system's budgeting and funding processes. In the Budget approved last night by the Legislature, there is a requirement that the Department of Developmental Services convene workgroups to review and develop new ways to approach the real-life funding needs of service providers and regional centers.

We know service providers and regional centers are woefully underfunded for the work they do. Our system needs a cost-based Budget to properly serve not only children who need services after Early Start - but all of the 270,000 Californians with developmental disabilities served by the regional center system.

The two-fold message Governor Brown needs to hear is: Early Start is an investment that saves California money by changing lives; and a system based on true costs is more effective and efficient. Please don't veto Early Start or the system rate reviews. We have seen and lived firsthand the impact of Early Start - for those who had the benefit, and those who were denied it. And we all deeply understand how our system cannot effectively provide services and supports without a reality-based budget method. The Governor needs to hear this from you now.

There are four ways to send this message:

1) If you're a traditionalist, you can send a letter to:
Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

2) If you want to email his office online, please click here.

3) You can fax a letter to 916.558.3160.

4) Or you can even call, at 916.445.2841.

Whatever method you choose, please, do it today. Do it now. Then forward this to your friends. Because tens of thousands of children and families have waited too long for access to this critical program, and because hundreds of thousands live each day in a system that desperately needs to be rebuilt.

Thank you for your advocacy.

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YOUR URGENT ACTION REQUIRED ~ Contact Your Legislators About the Lanterman Coalition Letter

It's the road map back to a healthy sustainable developmental services system.

Over fifty years ago, California made a promise to this State's most vulnerable residents. The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act sets forth the State's commitment to people with developmental disabilities. Due to budget cuts over the past 30 years, California is failing to keep its promise to Californians with developmental disabilities. In order to keep that promise to individuals with developmental disabilities living in the community and to provide a viable community alternative to persons currently living in the developmental centers, the Lanterman Coalition has made a number of budget recommendations.

Read more about the Coalition's budget recommendations

Contact Your Legislators About the Lanterman Coalition Letter
After you've read the letter, be sure to contact your legislator.

Developmental Services budget hearings start tomorrow.
Assembly: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 1:30 p.m., Room 4202
Senate: Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 9:30 a.m., Room 4203

Find your legislator's contact info

This Lanterman Coalition document was endorsed by the 17 major stakeholders in California's community based developmental services system: The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration, the Association of Regional Center Agencies, Autism Society of California, California Disability Services Association, California Supported Living Network, Disability Rights California, Family Resource Centers Network of California, People First of California, Service Employees International Union, Cal-TASH, Easter Seals, The Alliance, Autism Speaks, the Alliance of California Autism Organizations, ResCoalition, and the California Respite Association.

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Los Angeles-Based Advocates Showcase Broad Range of Support for Early Start, ARCA Launches Petition

Fifteen groups join together to spread the word about the benefits of this critical service, and urge its full funding.

Last Friday, well over 100 advocates, activists and concerned citizens came together in Los Angeles for 211 L.A. County's Early Start Advocacy Day. Under the coordination of Patricia Herrera, project director, and Maribel Marin, executive director, the standing-room only crowd heard about the program, federal perspectives, personal stories from families and advocates, and updates on both clinical and therapeutic developments. This event showcased the broad range of support for Early Start.

The Association of Regional Center Agencies Launches Petition to Fully Fund Early Start
The Assembly Budget Subcommittees will be discussing developmental services tomorrow, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, and the groups are circulating ARCA's petition to urge Early Start's full funding and have a goal of 1,000 signatures by tomorrow.

The Senate hearing is on March 27, 2014, and their goal is to get to 2,000 signatures on the petition prior to the Senate hearing.

View the Association of Regional Center Agencies petition to fully fund Early Start and add your name to the petition

Organizations Sign Open Letter to Governor Brown to Fully Renew and Restore Early Start
Check out the many organizations that joined in support of last Friday's 211 L.A. County-led Early Start town hall: First 5 LA, Zero To Three, Children's Bureau, IDA California, Child Development Institute, Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center, Children Now, California Consulting, San Gabriel Valley Civic Alliance, L.A. Care, Health Net, Alliance for Children's Rights, and Autism Speaks - Southern California Chapter.

In the vein of organizations supporting Early Start, the Association of Regional Center Agencies has a new open letter to Governor Brown, specifically for organizations to sign on to. Big or small, groups are welcome to join in support of this new prong in an ever-growing grassroots effort to renew Early Start. E-mail ARCA at renewearlystart@arcanet.org if your organization wants to sign this letter.

View the open letter from ARCA to the Governor

View more information online


Ongoing Social/Recreational Opportunities

Even though it's winter, we all still need to find the time to enjoy social and recreational opportunities. 

Following are links to flyers for various activites and opportunities being offered in and around the Lanterman area. Some of these are organized/planned specifically for adults with developmental disabilities.

Click on the flyer link to view more information.

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Happy Holidays from Lanterman, Plus Regional Center Holiday Closures

On behalf of Lanterman Regional Center, we send our heartfelt wishes for a wonderful holiday season to all of our client, their families and our service providers. May your celebrations be safe, peaceful and joyous and best wishes for a happy, healthy and hope-filled new year.

Lanterman Regional Center Holiday Closures

Please be advised that Lanterman Regional Center will be closed on the following days during the holiday season:

  • Monday, December 23, 2013
  • Tuesday, December 24, 2013
  • Wednesday, December 25, 2013
  • Wednesday, January 1, 2014

If you have an emergency during the holiday closures and need assistance from the Regional Center, call the main phone number at 213.383.1300 and follow the recorded instructions.


Summertime Social/Recreational Opportunities

Summertime brings with it a break from the routine and regular schedule of the school year, but with the free time also comes the need to find social and recreational opportunities to make the most of that time.

Following are links to flyers for various summer activites and opportunities being offered in and around the Lanterman area, always as outside our area.

Click on the flyer link to view more information.
(New information will be added as it becomes available, so check back periodically.)

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Community Lawyers Upcoming Legal Clinics and Workshops in July

Community Lawyers is hosting a variety of legal clinics and worskhops in July covering topics such as immigration, small claims and eviction, expungement, family law and worker's rights. A $25 donation is appreciated. Clinics take place at 1216 East Compton Blvd., Compton, CA 90221. To make an appointment, call 310.635.8181. For more information, visit www.community-lawyers.org.

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Magnolia Place is Offering Free Tax Preparation Through April 10

Not much is free these days, but Magnolia Place is offering free tax preparation, including free e-file, free direct deposit and free ITIN application.

Why pay $40-200 for simple tax preparation? Many tax credits, like the Earned Income Tax Credits can be as high as $5,600, and often go unclaimed.

Dates: January 23, 2013 to April 10, 2013
Location: Magnolia Place - 1910 Magnolia Ave., LA, CA 90007 (Magnolia Place is located near Hoover and Washington)
Contact: Call 323.909.1975 to make an appointment
What to Bring:

  • Photo Identifications for tax filers
  • SS Card or ITIN cards for everyone on the tax return
  • W-2 and any other income forms
  • Bank account number for direct deposit
  • Proof for any credits or deductions

** For tax filers submitting a Married Filing Joint return - both tax filers must be present to sign and submit the forms electronically **

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Enroll Through January for Low Cost Children’s Health Insurance Through Kaiser Permanente

Need affordable health care for your uninsured child? Kaiser Permanente Child Health Plan is pleased to offer quality health care for just $8 or $15 per child, per month, for up to three children. Additional children are covered at no extra premium. Westlake FamilySource Center is offering assistance with enrollment. They are located at 501 S. Bixel St., Los Angeles, CA 90017. Call 213.482.8618.

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Happy Holidays from Lanterman, Plus Regional Center Holiday Closures

On behalf of Lanterman Regional Center, we send our heartfelt wishes for a wonderful holiday season to all of our client, their families and our service providers. May your celebrations be safe, peaceful and joyous and best wishes for a happy, healthy and hope-filled new year.

Regional Center Holiday Closures
Please be advised that Lanterman Regional Center will be closed on the following days during the holiday season:

  • Monday, December 24, 2012
  • Tuesday, December 25, 2012
  • Monday, December 31, 2012
  • Tuesday, January 1, 2013

If you have an emergency during the holiday closures and need assistance from the Regional Center, call the main phone number at 213.383.1300 and follow the recorded instructions.


Disability Political Action Voice (DPAV) Established: Seeking Support from Stakeholders

The co-author of the Lanterman Act and other leaders in developmental services in California -  Arthur Bolton, Norman Green, Denny Amundson, Shirley Dove, Bruce Mackenzie, Julie Jackson, and Elaine Lewis - have been named as the steering committee of a new Disability Political Action Voice.

Their message: Our goal is simple and we will, through polictial action, seek to maintain the Lanterman Act and reduce the severe budget cuts to California's developmentally disabled people. With your votes and contributions we can and will make an impact on the funding losses that are diminishing the very best developmental disabilities system in the United States.

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

"The End of Bullying Begins with Me" is the message during PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month in October. It’s a time when communities can unite nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach and education. PACER created the campaign in 2006 with a one-week event which has now evolved into a month-long effort that encourages everyone to take an active role in the bullying prevention movement.

Resources from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center make it easy to take action. Check out the resources online at www.pacer.org/bullying.

Also, be sure to wear orange on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 for Unity Day - "Make it Orange and Make it End." If you care about students who are bullied and want bullying to end, make your color orange on Unity Day. That’s the day everyone can link together - in schools, communities and online - and send one large, orange message of support to students who have experienced bullying. In 2011, Ellen DeGeneres promoted the cause on television by wearing orange and reminding millions of viewers about the importance of bullying prevention. Facebook supports the cause during October by providing users with information on PACER activities on its safety, educator, and privacy pages. Learn more about Unity Day at www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/unity-day.asp.

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California Secretary of State Launches New Online Voter Registration Application Process

Secretary of State Debra Bowen has launched the new California Online Voter Registration (COVR) application process. Anyone who is eligible to register to vote in California can submit an electronic voter registration application by going to www.sos.ca.gov/elections/register-to-vote or www.registertovote.ca.gov.

For more information about how the online voter registration process works refer to the Secretary of State's frequently asked questions (FAQ) document at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_faq.htm for answers to some of the most common questions people ask about applying to register to vote online.

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Free Braces for Kids in Los Angeles County

Free braces are available for kids in Los Angeles County, including any child without insurance, one who is part of  Medi-Cal, Health Families or Healthy Kids, with no proof of immigartion status needed. Free braces is contingent on qualification for services (State Scale Qualified by Clinical Screening). For more information, contact Hawthorne Dental at 310.973.6428.

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Surviving the Heat: Tips from LA County’s Emergency Survival Program

As the temperature rises and summer heat sets in, it's important that we all take precautions to reduce and prevent heat-related health issues. So, if you plan to be outdoors, please take precautions to protect yourself from the sun and heat. And if you need a place to cool down, check out the list of LA County Cooling Centers. Please note, if you are planning to visit one of the Cooling Centers, it is advisable that you call in advance to make sure there is still seating available. If a Cooling Center is not operational, check the attached list for another Cooling Center nearest you or call “211.” Check with your local library when looking for a place to cool down. They have great resources and plenty to read while you escape the heat.
 

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Dr. Barak and His Chicken Herbert are Coming to Read Two Books on August 27

Dr. Barak and his chicken Herbert are coming to the Koch-Young Resource Center library on Monday, August 27, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to read two books: "The Snail Who Lost His Trail" and "The Octopus Who Tried To Grow A Mustache."

For more information about Dr. Barak and Herbert, visit www.threechickenbooks.com.

Please RSVP with the KYRC at 213.252.5600 or kyrc@lanterman.org. The KYRC library is located on the first floor at Lanterman at 3303 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

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Summertime Social/Recreational Opportunities

Summertime brings with it a break from the routine and regular schedule of the school year, but with the free time also comes the need to find social and recreational opportunities to make the most of that time.

Following is a link to a Summer Fun Packet (in PDF format) which is a compilation of agencies, organization, ideas, activities and more for the summer that was created by Westside Family Resource and Empowerment Center.

There are also links to flyers for various summer activites and opportunities being offered in and around the Lanterman area.

Click on the flyer link to view more information.

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