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Schedule of Meetings & Hearings Impacting People with Disabilities

California Budget Crisis:


  • Feb 09 – Healthy Families Program Transition to Medi-Cal Meeting
  • Feb 23 – Autism Task Force on SB 946 Health Insurance Implementation
  • Feb 23 – Senate Budget Info Hearing on Governor’s Managed Care Proposals
  • Mar 07 – Assembly Info Hearing on Long Term Care & Managed Care Proposals


SACRAMENTO, CA (CDCAN)  [Last updated 02/06/2012 06:30 PM] – The following is the latest update on scheduled public legislative hearings and meetings by various state agencies that have some impact on people with disabilities, mental health needs, the blind, seniors or low income families.  CDCAN will issue an updated schedule every Monday on these statewide meetings. 


New Special On-Going CDCAN Regional Reports, Telemeetings and Meetings

CDCAN will also issue a special regional report covering Monterey, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties every Friday covering various local updates – including schedule of local meetings and hearings impacting people with developmental and other disabilities, mental health needs and others, along with a complete schedule of CDCAN regional telemeetings and physical meetings that will be held in those counties to provide updates, hear and resolve local issues and problems.  These special regional reports, telemeetings and meetings are made possible by a grant through Area Board 7 on Developmental Disabilities. The first regional telemeeting for the Monterey, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties will be held February 10th, Friday morning from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.  Details will be provided in the February 7th (Tuesday) special CDCAN Regional Report covering those counties. 

That first report was meant to come out last Friday (Feb 3rd) but will instead come out Tuesday, due to technical email problems (now resolved).

Similar on-going regional reports (and schedule of CDCAN regional telemeetings and physical meetings to provide updates, hear and resolve local issues and problems) covering Sacramento, Alpine, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo & Yuba counties will also be issued, made possible by a grant from Area Board 3 on Developmental Disabilities.

The CDCAN list of statewide meetings and hearings will be incorporated in the regional reports listing of important local meetings and hearings by local government and local agencies...more


Obama Administration Announces Additional $749 Million to Fund Housing

An update from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):

November 16, 2011


WASHINGTON – Thousands more very low-income senior citizens and persons with disabilities will have access to affordable supportive housing thanks to $749 million in housing assistance announced today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These grants will help non-profit organizations produce accessible housing, offer rental assistance, and facilitate supportive services for the elderly and persons with disabilities.   

The grant funding awarded under HUD’s Sections 202 and 811 Supportive Housing programs will kick start construction or major rehabilitation on more than 189 housing developments in 42 different states and Puerto Rico.  When complete, more than 4,800 elderly households and persons with disabilities will be affordably housed with access to needed services. Read a detailed summary of each grant.

“The Obama Administration is committed to helping our senior citizens and persons with disabilities find an affordable place to live that is close to needed health care services and transportation,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.  “Recent bipartisan changes to these two supportive housing programs will allow us to better serve some of our more vulnerable populations who would otherwise be struggling to find a safe and decent home of their own.”

Enacted early this year with strong bipartisan support, the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act and the Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Act provided needed enhancements and reforms to both programs.  Nonprofit grant recipients will now receive federal assistance that is better connected to state and local health care investments, allowing greater numbers of vulnerable elderly and disabled individuals to access the housing they need even more quickly.  

Section 202 Capital Advanceswill provide $545 million nationwide to 97 projects in 31 States and Puerto Rico.  In addition to funding the construction, acquisition, and rehabilitation of multifamily developments, HUD’s Section 202 program will also provide $54 million in rental assistance so that residents only pay 30 percent of their adjusted incomes.  Section 202 provides very low-income elderly persons 62 years of age or older with the opportunity to live independently in an environment that provides support services to meet their unique needs (see attached funding chart).

Section 811 Capital Advanceswill provide $137 million nationwide to assist very low-income persons with disabilities through 92 projects in 34 states.  An additional $12.6 million will be available for project rental assistance contracts (see attached funding chart).  Most of the housing supported through the Section 811 Program will be newly constructed, typically small apartment buildings, group homes for three to four persons, or condominium units that are integrated into the larger community.  Residents will pay 30 percent of their adjusted income for rent and the federal government will pay the rest.

HUD’s Section 811 program provides housing for households with one or more very low-income individuals with a disability.  Under this program at least one person must be 18 years or older and have a physical or developmental disability or chronic mental illness.  The program provides persons with disabilities the opportunity to live independently in their communities by increasing the supply of rental housing with the availability of supportive services.

HUD provides these funds to non-profit organizations in two forms:

  • Capital Advances.  This is funding that covers the cost of developing, acquiring, or rehabilitating the development.  Repayment is not required as long as the housing remains available for occupancy by very low-income elderly persons for at least 40 years for (under Section 202) or very low-income persons with disabilities (under Section 811). 
  • Project Rental Assistance Contracts.  This is funding that goes to each development to cover the difference between the residents’ contributions toward rent and the cost of operating the project. 

Residents must be “very low income” with household incomes less than 50 percent of their median for that area.  However, most households that receive Section 811 or Section 202 assistance earn less than 30 percent of the median for their area.  Generally, this means that a one-person household will have an annual income of about $13,500...more

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Elimination of Adult Day Health Care is Delayed  

A report from the California Disability Community Action Network:


Agreement Reached November 17th Delays Elimination of Medi-Cal Benefit Until February 29, 2012 - New Medi-Cal Program To Be Created

SACRAMENTO, CA (CDCAN)  [Last updated 11/18/2011 06:55 AM] -  As reported yesterday, the scheduled elimination date of Adult Day Health Care as a Medi-Cal "optional" benefit will be delayed from December 1, 2011 to February 29, 2012 under a settlement announced Thursday (November 17) of a federal lawsuit between recipients in the program and the California Department of Health Care Services under the Brown Administration.   The settlement agreement was hailed as a major victory by advocates for people with disabilities and seniors across the State, with the legal team headed by Disability Rights California (DRC) being widely praised for its work.

Still, some advocates and Adult Day Health Care program providers, while strongly praising the settlement note that many providers have been forced to close, laying off hundreds of workers - and it is not clear yet how many of the existing program providers - and their workers - will be able to survive under the new program that will be established under the settlement agreement. Others still fear the impact of State Budget "trigger cuts" on critical services and supports and a new round of State Budget cuts still to come when Governor Brown releases his new 2012-2013 State Budget in January - with massive spending cuts likely in order to close what is now projected to be a nearly $13 billion budget shortfall.   But almost all advocates, providers and program participants and policymakers welcomed the settlement agreement as an end to the uncertainty and confusion and turmoil that began since last March when the Legislature approved Governor Brown's proposal to eliminate Adult Day Health Care as a Medi-Cal benefit...more

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Congressional Super Committee Updates

Super Committee Cannot Leap Over Ideological Chasm; President Warns He Will Not Allow Gutting of Automatic Cuts

A report from the Coalition on Human Needs:

Monday, November 21 was the day the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction had to provide details of its plan to the Congressional Budget Office so its costs and savings could be estimated.  Unable to agree on a plan, the Committee’s co-chairs Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) released a statement acknowledging that.

The so-called “super committee” was granted special powers in the Budget Control Act, requiring legislation that could pass the Committee with a majority vote to proceed on a fast track through Congress, unencumbered by amendments or procedural delaying tactics.  But that expedited path would only be possible if the Joint Select Committee could get to “yes” by November 23.  They could not.

Evenly split among Democrats and Republicans as well as House and Senate, the Joint Select Committee foundered because the Committee’s Republicans were dogged in using the deficit reduction goal to shrink domestic programs while even further reducing the tax burden of upper-income individuals and corporations...more

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