URGENT: ADULT DAY HEALTHCARE IS A VITAL AND COST-EFFECTIVE SERVICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND THEIR FAMILIES
California's Adult Day Healthcare Program serves the health, respite, social and nutritional needs of 35,000 California seniors and people with disabilities. It has been a model program replicated across the nation, and provides unique services that are not available through other programs.
California has a responsibility to provide cost-effective home and community-based services to its citizens with disabilities; it must not force people out of their homes and into nursing homes. In addition, the Lewin consulting group has estimated that cutting Adult Day Healthcare will directly cost the state $53 million more than it saves.
Eight centers that provide these services have already closed because of previous cuts to the program, turning the lives of people and families upside-down. Without action, all Adult Day Health programs will be forced to close their doors. The Sacramento Bee has called this program "Well worth saving," and the California Legislature has voted to restore part of the funding. The final decision now rests with Governor Brown.
Please join us in asking the Governor to take two steps to save the Adult Day Healthcare program:
- Sign AB 96 to Continue the Program
- Retain the Legislature's $85 Million Budget Appropriation to Fund the Program
-Contributed by Laurel Mildred, MSW, CFILC Olmstead Advocacy Direct</span>