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ARCA Budget Proposals Support Service Coordination Funds and Other Community Needs


California's 21 regional centers, represented by ARCA, are supporting a number of Budget proposals to help our community.

For one of them, ARCA is partnering with Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Together, they're pushing for new money to hire enough service coordinators to meet both your needs and the promises of the Lanterman Act.

Having too few service coordinators harms service delivery and people served, especially diverse communities. The pandemic drove that point home, with new crises overstretching staff resources. Budgeted costs for service coordinators, unchanged for two decades, have dropped from 285% to 117% of minimum wage. This has led to a shortfall of 850 service coordinators as of March 2020.

Fortunately, Assemblymember Jim Frazier, from the East Bay, has once again risen to the challenge of fighting for our community. He will be formally requesting California provide up to $55 million to fix this. Asm. Frazier has a long history of championing the needs of people with developmental disabilities. So it's no surprise he'd see how important it is to provide excellent service coordination!

ARCA, SEIU, and Assemblymember Jim Frazier are working hard to fix this. ARCA's Budget advocacy goes beyond just service coordination. ARCA's full Budget position (https://arcanet.org/pdfs/202122budgetletter.pdf) covers a wide range of needs, including:

  • Close the digital divide to equitably serve all families
  • Improve service access for diverse communities, including through the Community Navigators program
  • End sunsets on provider rate increases and the re-start of furloughs
  • Support professional wages for direct support professionals by improving the minimum wage adjustment process
  • Increased funds for IHSS, special education, and other programs
  • Better support multi-agency foster youth
  • Enhance regional centers' ability to coordinate emergency response
  • Expand crisis prevention and intervention services
  • Improve forensic support to meet complex needs

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