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Jul 15
2009

Disability Budget Cuts

Posted by Bruce Robinson in youth , wheelchair , Santa Rosa , resources , protest , policy , nonprofit orgs , legislation , Health , government , families , disability , budget , activism

Bruce Robinson

 

Democrats in the state legislature have consistently opposed deep cuts in programs that serve California's neediest citizens.  Wednesday, a crowd of those citizens turned out in downtown Santa Rosa to raise their voices in their own defense.

 

(Photographs courtesy of Becoming independent)

Demonstrators outside the state office building in Downtown Santa Rosa July 16 (above) were uniformly concerned, and some such, as a woman named Bridget, were angry and upset.

 

 Cammy Weaver, Executive Director of Becoming Independent in Santa Rosa, is alarmed at the way proposed budget cuts in the California legislature are eroding the protections of the state’s Lanterman Act.  Moreover, she fears, once those cuts are enacted, they will remain in place for years.

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Although the state budget  "trailer bill" - the actual legislation to implement the spending cuts that are being debated in more general terms-is still tentative, it includes 36 specific items that the staff at Becoming Independent has been carefully watching. Chief among their concerns are these four:

Cuts to Early Intervention - 6,000 babies between 0-3 years of age will lose their services. Another 11,000 are at risk to lose of see major reductions in services. The result will be life-long disabilities for these babies who, with early intervention, may not even need ongoing services in their adult years.

 Use of Least Costly Program - For the first time as a matter of law, regional centers will have the authority to assign or transfer a consumer from where they want to be to a program entirely of the regional center's choosing to save money. That choice will not be subject to appeal. The IPP is destroyed for those who will be subjected to a life of someone else's choosing.

Cuts to Transportation - Relying on public transportation to move people with severe disabilities from where they are to where they need to be is a failed concept. It will work for some, but not for most. Unless the bus stops directly in front of their home and goes directly to where they need to be, it is simply impractical. It will trap people with disabilities in their homes. They won't be able to reach your program!

Cuts to Respite 
- The goal was to save $5 million by capping respite hours at no more than 90 hours per quarter. Instead, this cap imposes at least a 20% cut, "saving" more like $35 million. The reason saving is in quotes is that failure to get vital relief from 24-7 care-giving or people with severe disabilities will collapse many families and lead to much more expensive out-of-home placement.

Feb 10
2009

2-1-1 Debuts

Posted by Bruce Robinson in volunteer , veterans , Sonoma , seniors , resources , public safety , policy , nonprofit orgs , news , media , jobs , healthcare , Health , government , finances , families , energy , education , drugs , disability , community , budget , aging

Bruce Robinson

 

 

 

 

As of 8:30 this morning, getting information about non-emergency services throughout Sonoma County just  got a lot easier.

 The 2-1-1 calls are answered by operators using an extensive database of Sonoma County service providers, one that is updated every six months. But you don't have to call to make use of it. Visitors can also walk into the 2-1-1 call center, which is housed within the county's Human Services Department offices at 2550 Paulin Drive in Santa Rosa. Or you can access it directly online, right here.

 

Click here for information about how to volunteer with the Sonoma County 2-1-1 program.

 

 As for the dubious Property Tax Reassessment solicitations, homeowners are advised that the county does not charge for this service, and southern California companies that offer to do it for a fee should not be taken at face value, especially any deadlines they may set. The Sonoma County Assessor's office has set no such deadlines. If you have recieved such a solicitation, you are invited to contact the Sonoma County District Attorney's office at (707) 565-3161.

You can download the form for a no-c0st reassessment of your Sonoma County property directly from the County Assessor's website.  Questions for the Assessor's office can also be called in to (707) 5651888. 

Feb 04
2009

Budget worries

Posted by Bruce Robinson in youth , wheelchair , teens , students , Sonoma , resources , politics , policy , nonprofit orgs , news , Napa , medicine , legislation , jobs , healthcare , Health , government , finances , families , economy , disability , community , children , business , budget

Bruce Robinson

 

People with developmental disabilities and physical handicaps will be among the first to feel the consequences if California's budget stalemate lasts much longer.

 

The North Bay Regional Center mains two local offices, in Santa Rosa and Napa:

Sonoma County:
2351 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 569-2000
TDD: (707) 525-1239


Napa/Solano Counties:
10 Executive Court
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 256-1100
TDD: (707) 252-0213
Solano County phone number
1-888-256-2555


 

Dec 03
2008

Brain Fitness

Posted by Bruce Robinson in seniors , Science , Ideas , healthcare , Health , education , disability , aging

Bruce Robinson

You can teach your old brain new tricks, no matter what your age, and doing so will keep that vital organ healthy longer.

 

Dr. Michael Merzenich    

Conventional wisdom long held that some loss of mental acuity was a natural, almost inevitable consequence of aging. But Dr. Merzenich says more recent research has superceded that belief.

 

 

Not surprisingly, different types of mental exercise strengthen different areas of the brain. You can find some fun tests of three kinds of brain function here.

 

 

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