THURSDAY the Senate and Assembly are finishing up final negotiations on the Budget and we have the first opportunity in years to possibly restore camping and social recreation, and lift the cap on respite.... but only if we call immediately!
Nick at Camp, such an important experience!
For those of you who are not aware, the Regional Center used to provide funding so our children, just like typical children, could enjoy social recreational activities, like summer camp!. These supports were pulled from the budget and for the first time in at least 10 years we have a shot at getting them back. Will you help?
Everybody can contact the Governor and the Department of Finance (the state's accountants), and if you are also represented by a member of the Conference Committee, call them too. This is movingfast,and will be done byThursday, so CALL TODAY!
(4) Everybody can also call two key leaders in the Legislature (Senate President Kevin de León,916-651-4024, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon,916-319-2063) to say this matters to you!
Why do we need these services back?
Respite reduces the stress experienced by families and oftentimes allows a trusted relative or friend to provide the service. Some families prefer camp or social recreation services because of the added benefit of group social opportunities for the individual while the family is taking a break from their care. For some, a blending of these services meets their needs best. In 2009, many services, including these, were cut to save money.
In a recent Budget hearing, Democrats and Republicans both said they understand just how valuable these services are to our community. They are interested in restoring them. But we need to put the pressure on to make sure this happens! And we have to act fast, because our chance ends Thursday, when the hearings are finished.
Everybody must remind the Governor, his accountants, Senate President Kevin de León, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, that bringing this back helps families!
Assembly Member Joaquin Arambula (Coalinga/Fresno, 916-319-2031)
You can make a difference! Raise your voice to support bringing back these important services today.
(1) Contact the Governor, and also click here to email his representative in the Department of Finance. (2) Tell legislative leaders Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (916-651-4024) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (916-319-2063) that this matters! (3) Find out who your Senator and Assemblymember are. If they are on the list above, call them! (4) When you contact any of these officials, say who you are, and that "I support restoring social recreation and camp, and lifting the cap on respite, to help people with developmental disabilities."