Advocacy Corner

By and large, the workgroups which the state Department of Developmental Services uses to help develop new policy have not been meeting during the COVID-19 crisis and the meetings that have occurred have been largely crisis focused.  The next sign  we have longer-term thinking by...

There are frequent (several a month) directives from the California Department of Developmental Services governing both operating requirements and special funding.  We track these and will inform you if one is especially constructive or terrifying. If you like to follow the action at home, they all...

The legislature passed a budget without cuts to Imagine's funding. Overall the state is supporting the system during the pandemic with a great deal of extra funding which may or may not be adequate for all parts of the developmental disability system but has been...

The Governor has signed the state budget. You can read it all here.  The "trigger cuts" which would have steeply reduced Imagine's revenues weren't approved by the legislature. Imagine remains in a cautious posture, however, because the state budget replies on pleasant surprises and depleting the...

The Governor released the "May Revised" budget and, as we expected, it is very different from the original budget released in January with substantial proposed cuts throughout the state budget including to health, education, public health, prisons and other programs.. The State Senate has rejected...

As reported here last month (and everywhere else,) the economy in California has collapsed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The consequences to the state budget are currently very hard to guess and depend in large part on the depth of the current economic distress, the...

The Governor's emergency declaration resulted in a great deal of temporary regulatory and funding actions intended to reduce the risk of spreading the Novel Coronavirus to and among individuals with disabilities and to insure that needed care is sustainable. Day programs are currently permitted to...

The Governor's budget for 2020-2021 came out on schedule. There were few surprises and none to the downside.  The Oversight, Accountability and Transparency Workgroup of the Developmental Services Task Force will meet March 23 in Pomona. As other meetings are scheduled, we'll try to keep you up...

The Governor's budget for 2020-2021 came out on schedule. There were few surprises and none to the downside.  It was good to see a very small fund set aside to reward regional centers that track outcome data well and produce some basic results.  We were...

The Governor's budget for 2020-2022 should be released in early- to mid-January. Recent budgets have been relatively kind to our system but tax revenues have been running below trend and semi-wise or wiser chief executives have begun preparing for a recession. California's Governor, one such...

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