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					                        Monday Morning Memo, August 20, 2012
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                                                                              …The Week Ahead

Monday August 20, 2012
See our bill file section for The Arc and UCP in California…

Tuesday August 21, 2012
The National Conference Executives will be meeting as a follow-up from our board meeting
in late July to assess the interest in our transition planning and to help organize the next
steps in building up our professional association.

The Health Benefit Exchange will be providing a webinar to review service center operations
models “Service Center Options” from 4:00 to 5:30 PM. Click here to register.

The Let's Get Healthy California Task Force will be hosting a webinar featuring Dr. Don
Berwick on Priorities for Affordability and Costs from 9:30-11:30am. “Health Economist and
Expert Advisor Debbie Freund, PhD, MPH, President, Claremont Graduate University, will
chair the session. Richard Scheffler, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and
Public Policy, University of California Berkeley will provide a presentation to focus our
discussion.” To register:

We’ll be participating in the stakeholder meeting for the Closure of Lanterman
Developmental Center (LDC) at 10 am by conference call at dial (877) 807-4596, and use
passcode 226498. The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is seeking input on
milestones to be achieved to measure the successful closure of LDC. “As you know,
following an extensive planning and communication process with stakeholders, the
Department submitted a proposed Plan to close LDC to the Legislature on April 1, 2010. The
Lanterman Closure Plan was subsequently approved in October 2010 through enactment of
the Budget Act of 2010 and trailer bill provisions necessary for the success of the Plan. As
part of the closure process, the Legislature has requested that the Department identify
milestones to mark the progress of the closure. With a strong commitment to an open and
collaborative process, the Department is seeking input from stakeholders on the
development of these milestones. Some potential considerations are, the number of: homes
acquired, homes licensed, consumers who have transitioned from LDC to the community,
and consumer comprehensive assessments completed.” To submit your written comments,
or for questions, or concerns contact John Schmidt at 916-654-1902, or 1600 9th Street, Room 240, M.S. 2-13; Sacramento, CA 98814.

The American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry will be hosting a webinar,
The Patient Support System, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PST) with Jeffrey Okamoto, MD and Liz
Perkins, Research Asst. The webinar will describe the roles and responsibilities of
individuals within a patient’s circle of support, assess the impact that health and non-health
professionals across disciplines have on that patient’s health and wellbeing, and design
patient-specific recommendations to reduce the risk of physical injury, etc.

Wednesday August 22, 2012
The National Senior Citizens Law Center will be hosting a webinar, Dual Eligible
Demonstrations: A Critical Moment, with Kevin Prindiville, National Senior Citizens Law
Center, Fay Gordon, National Senior Citizens Law Center, and Brenda Sulick, National
Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare , and Mary Andrus, Easter Seals from 11
AM - 12 PM Pacific. This webinar will provide a general overview of the 26 state proposals
that have been submitted to CMS. Beneficiary advocates will discuss common areas of
promise and concern and report on the latest developments in Washington DC. Information
will also be provided on the likely next steps for the demonstrations as well as ideas for how
aging and disability advocates can engage with their states as approved proposals move
towards implementation.

There will be a free webinar for women with disabilities on Health and Disability called
“Understanding the Benefits of the Affordable Care Act.” The United Spinal Association’s
membership division, National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), and the American
Association on Health & Disability are co-hosting a free webinar for women living with
disabilities from 12 pm to 1pm (PST) that will focus on the programs, benefits, and rights
under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as the healthcare reform law. The webinar
will provide useful information on: Preventive Services, Medicare Benefits, Reducing Health
Disparities, Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan, Anti-discrimination Provisions, and
coverage of children and consumer protection offered by the ACA. There will be time to ask
questions and get feedback from the webinar speaker, Barbara L. Kornblau, JD, OTR;
Consultant to American Association on Health and Disability. Register here for this free
webinar. Register for the event

The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy will be preparing a tentative action with many partners in
the Santa Rosa, North Bay region, targeting the Sonoma County District Attorney working to
put pressure on for a full investigation on the taser incidents in Sonoma Development Center
that have recently been revealed to the public. See our Projects section for details…

Thursday August 23, 2012
The Health Benefit Exchange Board will be meeting in Sacramento from 10:00 AM to 5:00
PM. The Board will discuss or be informed about, Small Business Health Options Program
policies and strategies, Qualified Health Plan (QHP) policies and strategies, Service Center
Options, relevant legislation, Eligibility, Enrollment and Retention Systems (CalHEERS),
Branding issues, and will elect a Chair, and of course much more. To see the full agenda
visit their website at: For comments or questions:

Friday August 24, 2012
We’ll be participating in the White House Monthly Disability Call from 11 am to 12 noon by
conference call at (800) 762-7308, code: White House Disability Call. “This month’s call will
feature Senior Advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, and Director of the White House
Domestic Policy Council, Cecilia Muñoz. Both will also take questions. Participants are
encouraged to call in about five minutes early due to the large volume of callers. This call is
off the record and not for press purposes.

                                                   … The Arc UCP in California Bill File

ASSEMBLY - Floor Session Today August 20, 2012 at 2:30 pm.
SENATE - Floor Session Today August 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm.

Monday August 20, 2012
Today the Assembly will hear the following bills from our bill file and vote on them:
Assembly – Senate Third Reading File
    #207 SB 1381 (Pavley D) Mental retardation: change of term to intellectual
      disability. Position: Support, Priority: Sponsor, Subject: General Systemic.
    #231 SB 345 (Wolk D) Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Position:
      Support, Subject: Criminal Justice & Civil Rights.
    #235 SB 803 (DeSaulnier D) California Youth Leadership Project. Position:
      Watch, Subject: Children & Family Services, Special Education.
    #273 SB 1051 (Liu D) Reports of death, injury, and abuse: developmental centers
      and state hospitals: mandated reporters. Position: Support, Subject: Criminal
      Justice & Civil Rights.
    #277 SB 1377 (Corbett D) Protection and advocacy agencies. Position: Support,
      Subject: Criminal Justice & Civil Rights.
    #281 SB 1522 (Leno D) Developmental centers: reporting requirements. Position:
      Support, Subject: Criminal Justice & Civil Rights.
    #295 SB 1186 (Steinberg D) Disability access: liability. Position: Watch, Subject:
      Olmstead Related.
    #303 SB 121 (Liu D) Pupils: foster children: special education. Position: Watch,
      Subject: Special Education.

Assembly Floor – Unfinished Business Concurrence in Senate Amendments
    #129 AB 2114 (Smyth R) Swimming pool safety. Status: 8/16/2012-In Assembly.
     Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after August 18
     pursuant to Assembly Rule 77. Location: 8/16/2012-A. CONCURRENCE . Position:
     Support, Subject: Prevention/FASD.

Monday August 20, 2012
Today the California Senate will hear the following bills from our bill file and vote on them:
Senate – Assembly Bills – Third Reading File
    #174 AB 2149 (Butler D) Elder and dependent adult abuse: settlement: gag
      order. Position: Support, Subject: Criminal Justice & Civil Rights.
    #212 AB 1729 (Ammiano D) Pupil rights: suspension or expulsion: alternatives and
      other means of correction. Position: Watch, Subject: Special Education.
      #215 AB 542 (Allen D) Land use: housing element: regional housing need.
       Position: Watch, Subject: Housing.
      #329 AB 1699 (Torres D) Affordable housing. Position: Watch, Subject:
      #364 AB 2370 (Mansoor R) Mental retardation: change of term to intellectual
       disabilities. Position: Support, General Systemic…
      #371 AB 2041 (Swanson D) Regulations: adoption: disability access. Position:
       Watch, Subject: Olmstead Related.

                                                                             …Action Alerts

The Arc and UCP in California (Greg deGiere, Public Policy Director)

                                               The Senate and Assembly Appropriations
                                              Committees have now made their decisions on
                                              which bills to allow to advance to the floors of
                                              their respective houses for votes. In general,
                                              but with some major exceptions, bills that get
                                              out of the Appropriations Committees will pass
                                              the Legislature and go to the governor for
                                              signature or veto. The Legislature has until
                                              adjournment on August 30 to act.

Some of our highest priority bills are on the floors now:

The R Word
Senator Fran Pavley’s SB 1381 to strike the R word from California law. We are the sponsor
of this bill.

    Senator Carol Liu’s SB 1051 and Senator Mark Leno’s SB 1522 to reform the
      developmental centers’ internal policy agency and involve outside law enforcement
      more in major crimes inside.
    Assembly Member Mariko Yamada’s AB 40 to require reporting of crimes in private
      long-term-care facilities to both law enforcement and the ombudsmen. This has been
      one of our long-term goals for protecting residents of nursing homes and other
    Assembly Member Betsy Butler’s AB 2149 to void any gag orders that protect abusers
      of people with disabilities or seniors from having their civil penalties reported to
      police and regulatory agencies.

Affordable Housing
    Assembly Speaker John Perez’s AB 1585 to save some of the low- and moderate-
      income housing funds from the now-defunct redevelopment agencies.
   Assembly Member Jared Huffman’s AB 369 to allow doctors and parents to take
      children’s communications disabilities into account in prescribing medication, thus
      reducing needless pain.

    We also lost a major prevention bill last week when the Senate Appropriations
      Committee refused to pass Assembly Member Jim Beall’s AB 540 to offer screening
      and brief, voluntary counseling about alcohol and drug use to women who are
      pregnant or of child-bearing age. Alcohol is the leading known environmental cause
      of intellectual disabilities – and FASD is 100% preventable.

The biggest fight we are facing in the remaining two weeks is over Assembly Member Tom
Ammiano’s AB 889. While this bill is intended to protect nannies and other domestic workers
from the extreme exploitation they sometime suffer now, it also would impose potentially
ruinous costs on some people with disabilities and their families and service providers. We
are still trying to reach a compromise, but I’m pessimistic about pessimistic. At this point,
we simply are trying to defeat the bill in the Legislature or through a veto by the governor.

For a complete list of the bills we’ve supported, opposed, and just watched this year, go to and click on Bill File.

Greg deGiere
Public Policy Director
The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy in California
1225 Eighth Street, Suite 350
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-552-6619 x16 (office)
916-441-3494 (fax)



From our national office…

The Office of Special Education Programs is rethinking its accountability system and wants to
shift the balance from a system focused primarily on compliance to one that puts more
emphasis on results. OSEP believes it is critical that resources be aligned to and support
improved educational results and functional outcomes for children with disabilities.

Over the next few months, OSEP will be asking questions to gain stakeholders’ perspective
on what should be included in the new accountability system. Each question will be posted
for a two-week period during which time you will have the opportunity to provide your
ideas. OSEP plans to post new questions every two weeks so that stakeholders can comment
on various aspects of this effort to move to a Results-Driven Accountability system.

The current question focuses on the relationship between improvement of educational
results and functional outcomes, and implementation of IDEA requirements. You can read
and respond to this question by clicking here.


                                                                  …Project Status Report

August 20, 2012

Dear District Attorney Jill Ravitch,

This message is to follow up and confirm my phone conversation on Friday with your
Executive Secretary, Terry Menshek. As advocates for people with disabilities from both the
North Bay Organizing Project (17 Sonoma County Community Organizations) and The Arc
(largest disability advocacy organization in California and the United States), we are
outraged at 12 adults with developmental disabilities being Tasered at the Sonoma
Developmental Center.

We are especially concerned at the lack of an independent investigation, resulting in only
misdemeanor charges from firearm possession being filed against Archie Mellora, and not
torture by the Taser gun found in his automobile. Your office was informed of these
atrocities almost a year ago, but never investigated them until the news media began asking
questions. Now the statute of limitations for filing charges against the mandated reporters
who failed to report is about to expire. We are concerned that these individuals will
continue to ignore their legal obligation to report abuse at the Developmental Center. We’re
even more outraged that Archie Mellora is now eligible to work in local Sonoma County
nursing homes or one of the other 4 Developmental Centers in the State of California, since
he was not prosecuted for the felony charges of abusing people with disabilities. The
investigation by the Developmental Center’s Office of Protective Services is comparable to
having the fox investigate missing chickens in the hen house. We are appalled at OPS’s
efforts and interference in your investigation.

We would like to meet with you no later than this week because of our urgent concerns for
both a timely independent investigation, as well as the statute of limitations running out.
We could meet at 10 A.M. this Wednesday, August 22nd. The following community
representative would like to discuss the immediacy and gravity of this investigation.
Meeting Attendees:
Tony Anderson, Executive Director, The Arc California
Tim Hornbecker, Director of Community Advocacy, The Arc California
Susan Shaw, Executive Director, North Bay Organizing Project
Davin Cardenas, Lead Community Organizer, North Bay Organizing Project
Omar Gallardo, President, North Bay Organizing Project
Reverend Lee Turner, Community Baptist Church, Santa Rosa

Thank you.
Tim Hornbecker, Director of Community Organizing, The Arc CA (415)

                                                                   …Prevention Activities

Look Before You Lock

August 17, 2012
Alexandria, VA

As a mother and new grandmother, there is nothing more frightening than the thought of
losing a child. No family should ever have to face that terrible loss especially from
something preventable like heatstroke.

So when Secretary LaHood asked our department to join the Look Before You Lock
Campaign, I said: where do we sign up?

As Secretary LaHood just explained, this campaign is about giving adults information and
tools they can use to help make sure they don’t forget about the children in their care -- or
accidentally leave a sleeping child, too small to be seen in the rear view mirror, in a van or
bus used in a preschool program.

And our department has a great resource for reaching those adults in the thousands of Head
Start and Early Head Start centers and child care programs that we support and oversee
across the country, serving more than 13 million children and their families.

So we are reaching out, by sending a joint letter to the caregivers, and administrators in
early childhood programs to enlist them as partners in the Look Before You Lock Campaign.

We are starting by asking our early care and education providers to use the Look Before You
Lock campaign’s safety tips and to share them with staff, families, and local communities.
Parents need to get in the habit of looking in the back seat before they lock the car. And,
bus drivers who transport children back and forth to preschool and child care programs,
need to walk to the back and look at every seat to make sure there is no child sleeping or
playing quietly, still in the bus.
Next, we’re distributing a new voluntary cooperative pledge that providers can use with
each family they serve. This would be a shared commitment. Both providers and parents
agree to notify each other if a child does not show up when expected. This simple step of
ensuring that adults are notified when a child isn’t where he or she is expected, can make
all the difference in preventing a tragedy.

Over the next year, our Department’s Administration for Children and Families will be
launching a nationwide training series for Head Start and other early care and education
providers. The training will be focused on child health and safety with an emphasis on
transportation safety.

What these efforts say is that we all have a role to play -- whether it is as a parent, an
educator, a child care provider, the bus driver for a Head Start program, or simply a good
Samaritan who sees an unattended child and does the right thing by taking action and calling
911. Only by working together, can we ensure that no child is ever left behind in a parked
vehicle again.

Now I’m delighted to turn things over to Dr. Leticia Ryan attending physician in Emergency
Medicine at Children’s National Medical Center. Thank you Dr. Ryan.

                                                                       …Upcoming Events

August 30, 2012 - September 2, 2012
2012 SABE National Conference: It’s all About Fairness in St. Paul, Minnesota.

September 4 - November 26, 2012 (Register Online)
Supported Employment Web-Based Certificate series includes information on assistive,
technology evaluation and application, developing business partnerships, career
development, compensatory strategies, customer choice, instruction in the workplace,
marketing and job development, job restructuring, person-centered planning, positive
behavior supports, self-employment, social security work incentives, and workplace/
coworker supports. The course consists of six lessons, each of which lasts two weeks, giving
participants ample time to complete the assignments. A new lesson is made available every
other Monday morning by 9:00 a.m. ET. The course web site is always available, and you
may log into the course at any time in order to view content, listen to the lectures, and
complete the assignments. Each lesson will require 6 - 8 hours of staff time to complete.
Please note that our online offerings are intensive, and we do not recommend taking more
than one of these courses concurrently. Participants can earn 3.5 CEUs or 35 CRCs upon
course completion. Also, a certificate of completion will be issued to all participants who
complete all course assignments
    Session 1: Federal Policy and Historical Perspective
    Session 2: Customer Profile and Employment Selection
     Session 3: Organizational Marketing and Job Development
     Session 4: Job-Site Training
     Session 5: Long-Term Support
     Session 6: Funding
If you have questions about the technology applications, please contact Andy Grizzard at
(804) 827-1280. If you have content questions, please email Katherine Inge. Laura Owens,
APSE Executive Director, the cost is $200 per person (includes a $50

September 18 and 19, 2012
ARCA's 4th New Day conference is being held in September 17th -19th at the Pasadena
Hilton. This year’s theme is centering on collaboration and working together towards a
positive future for people with developmental disabilities. New Day 2012 will provide a
forum for sharing knowledge of and expertise on the promising practices and innovations
that make employment and housing a reality for people with developmental
disabilities. This year’s theme challenges us to look at new and innovative programs
including transition from school to work, job development and marketing, transformation of
services, job support resources, internship programs and self-employment, micro enterprise,
public policy and systems change, the future of housing for people with developmental
disabilities, case studies of successful housing projects, how to access funding for housing
projects, universal design, and cooperative housing. The New Day conference is attended by
leaders, experts, and advocates from the disability field. Attendees are influential in their
fields and play an important role in the provision of services and housing for more than
250,000 people in the state of California. The conference is also attended by regional
center staff, family members, service providers, educators, researchers, administrators,
self-advocates, students, and others. This year, in addition to the amazing keynote speakers
and break-out sessions, we are adding 4 pre-conference institutes on Monday, September
17th. These Institutes are being led from leaders in the field that are from all over the
country. I would encourage you to attend! I hope you all can attend this amazing
conference. The early bird rate ends on Monday, July 2nd- so register today! Please pass on
this information to others that may be interested. Feel free to contact Lisa Jackson at 408-
218-2409 or email at if you have any questions.

September 21, 2012
The California Conference of Executives of The Arc will be meeting in Bakersfield from 10
am to 4 pm at BARC all day Friday.

September 30, 2012
Deadline for registration for the October 17th, 2012 conference, “AN EDUCATIONAL

October 17th, 2012
This conference is sponsored by the UCLA Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Research Center and The National Task Groups on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia
Practices. The outcome of this conference will be to generate clinical and research
initiatives that benefit aging adults with developmental disabilities in Los Angeles County.
Please help spread the word to caregivers, health care providers, administrators – in short
anyone in the Los Angeles County area who provide supports and or services for adults with
intellectual and developmental disabilities. More information and registration:

October 3 – 5, 2012
26th Annual SUPPORTED LIFE CONFERENCE: Supported Life 2012: Empowering All People
with Developmental Disabilities to be Fully Included in the Community. Hear Nationally-
Renowned Speakers and choose from over 35 Sessions in 11 Major Topic Areas…
...On success stories, challenges, state-of-the-art services
...Learn from our unique mix of attendees & speakers
...Choose introductory and/or in-depth training
...Hear a variety of perspectives including from: self-advocates, families, professionals
Speaker? This year is extra special for the Arc California because the California Alliance for
Direct Support Professionals (CADSP) will be hosting a track of special sessions for direct
support professionals, their attendance will be discounted, and in the end we will have our
inaugural meeting for the CADSP. Lions Gate
Hotel – new location! 3410 Westover Street, Sacramento (McClellan), CA 95652, (866) 258-

October 25-28, 2012
The Arc National Convention Achieving Inclusion Across the Globe. Join The Arc and
Inclusion International at the 2012 National Convention and International Forum to connect
with members of the intellectual and developmental disability community from across the
globe. This four-day event offers informative and inspiring sessions from experts in the
field, fun social events, networking opportunities and The Arc’s annual business meetings.
This year we're partnering with Inclusion International, a global federation of family-based
organizations advocating for the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental
disabilities worldwide. Our program will offer a international perspective on living and being
included in the community starting with a pre-conference dedicated to leadership and self
advocacy sessions, a variety of thought-provoking plenary and concurrent sessions, a film
festival, closing dance event and more. Enjoy the event's international flavor at the Grand
Hyatt in downtown Washington, D.C. and explore everything our vibrant capital city has to
offer. Convention will be held at the Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, DC. For more
information visit:

November 9 – 10, 2012
The Arc California board of Directors will be meeting at The Arc Ventura from Friday
November 9th through Saturday November 10th.

November 11th through November 17th, 2012
The Arc and Gamaliel national leadership training in San Diego. This is a weeklong
community organizing training and The Arc of California can send up to 20 advocates. See
our website for details:
Nov 28, 2012 Dec 01, 2012
The 2012 TASH Conference will be held at the Westin Long Beach in Long Beach, 333 East
Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, California 90802 - P: (562) 436-3000, F: (562) 436-9176. “For
37 years, the TASH conference has impacted the disability field by connecting attendees to
innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between different
stakeholders in the movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for the full
inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life. Join us at the 2012
TASH Conference by registering today! Attendees at the 2012 TASH Conference will have
access to:
•      150+ workshops, sessions and posters on the latest research, best practices and in-
depth discussions on a wide range of topics impacting the disability field
•      World-renown speakers leading today’s movement for equity, opportunity and
inclusion for people with significant disabilities
•      Unlimited networking opportunities for self-advocates, professionals, students and
family members to connect with peers and experts
For more information, visit or contact

                                          …Recently Released Reports, Studies, etc.

Bridging the Aging and Developmental Disabilities Service Networks: Challenges and
Best Practices by Alan Factor, Tamar Heller, and Matthew Janicki, Institute on Disability
and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, March 15, 2012.

“…By assessing key issues this population faces, and the extent to which they are being
addressed, this project identifies policy and service delivery issues pertaining to adults
aging with developmental disabilities and their families. This initiative includes discussion
of the differential and shared philosophies and values underpinning the aging and
developmental disability networks. It also provides information for the Administration on
Developmental Disabilities (ADD) and other federal agencies on being catalysts for
promoting progressive policies across aging and disability populations. And finally this
report recommends opportunities to enhance collaboration among the aging, disability, and
long-term care networks…”

                                                                           …News Articles

Updated: August 20, 2012

Developmental centers seek new police chief
California Watch August 16, 2012
By Ryan Gabrielson
… Delgadillo selected the past three Office of Protective Services chiefs since becoming
head of the Department of Developmental Services in late 2006. None of those hires had
worked on criminal investigations for outside police agencies. The first, Nancy Irving, was
not even a sworn officer during her time as interim police chief in 2007 and 2008. Irving
worked at the developmental services department for more than three decades as a labor
negotiator and government manager, before and after her stint with the police force, until
her retirement last year. Jeff Bradley started as a security guard in 1998 and moved to the
top of the force as an investigator and commander at the Lanterman and Porterville
developmental centers. He succeeded Irving as chief in June 2008, but didn't keep the job
long. In February 2010, a Tulare County grand jury indicted Bradley for his alleged
involvement in an overtime fraud scheme. A judge threw out the charges last year, saying
investigators violated his rights under the California Peace Officers’ Bill of Rights. Smith,
named chief in 2010, spent most of his career as a firefighter at the Sonoma Developmental
Center. He hadn’t worked on criminal investigations until 2006, when the department made
him the Sonoma police commander, responsible for overseeing hundreds of cases each year.
It is unknown whether Smith stepped down by choice or by administrative force. He did not
return calls for comment yesterday. On his voicemail message, Smith lists himself as
supervising special investigator, one position below chief.

In response to California Watch’s reporting, Sen. Carol Liu, D-Glendale, introduced SB 1051,
which includes a provision mandating that the Office of Protective Services chief have
significant law enforcement experience. The legislation has passed the state Senate and
awaits a vote on the floor of the state Assembly. … Every commander, detective and patrol
officer at the developmental centers underwent retraining in June. State officials, including
Smith, also have been writing new policies and practices to upgrade the force’s criminal
investigations. Montoya, the interim chief, started his law enforcement career with the
Visalia Police Department in 1988, according to an Office of Protective Services internal
memo. He spent 13 years with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, rising to the rank of
sergeant, before joining the state Department of Mental Health as an investigator at
Coalinga State Hospital in Fresno County.

The Public Eye: County settles case involving jail beating by deputies
The Sacramento Bee Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012
By Denny Walsh

Joshua Abdallah has some pretty wild dreams, but never one that conjured up what
happened at the end of that awful day more than two years ago. He was sure things had
bottomed out when he was arrested in midafternoon and tossed in jail on May 27, 2010. Yet
in less than four hours he would be lying semi-conscious in the emergency room of UC Davis
Medical Center with injuries from a beating at the hands of sheriff's deputies. He spent six
days there and two more at a psychiatric hospital. In all the times he had been in
Sacramento County's Main Jail – for convictions ranging from burglary to drunken driving – he
had never experienced or witnessed brutality by deputies, he told lawyers. He discounted
stories he'd heard as fabrications or exaggerations. But the "blunt head trauma, liver
laceration/ hematoma, blunt trauma to the chest, blunt injury of the abdomen, nasal
fracture, and facial lacerations" documented in medical records are not fabrications. The
scar on the bridge of his nose, where he says he was kicked, is a reminder of the brutality.

…Read more here:

                                                                       …Funding Opportunities

Updated: August 20, 2012

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services HHS - Office of the Secretary CMS-
Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight Cooperative Agreement to Support
Establishment of the Affordable Care Acts Health Insurance Exchanges Modification 7

ED - Department of Education Office of the Deputy Secretary (ODS), United States
Department of Education.(ED): Race to the Top--District CFDA Number 84.416 Modification 1

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources & Services Administration
Rural Health Network Development Planning Program Modification 1

ED - Department of Education Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE):
Comprehensive Centers Program CFDA Number 84.283B Modification 2

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
PPHF 2012: National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII)-Capacity Building
Assistance to Strengthen Public Health Infrastructure and Performance financed in part by
2012 Prevention and Public Health Fund Modification 4

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Nationwide Program for National and State Background Checks for Direct Patient Access
Employees of Long Term Care Facilities and Providers Modification 1

                                                                                 …Career Ladder
The Arc of California posts job announcements in the Career Ladder section every week because we
would like to contribute to steering quality candidates to professional positions that support people
with disabilities and we are trying to communicate to Direct Support Professionals that there is a real
“career ladder” in their chosen profession.

Jobs Page Links: Click Here
Updated: August 14, 2012
Program Manager – Health Promotion & Health Education, The Arc of the United States

Description The Arc advocates for and serves people with intellectual and developmental
disabilities (I/DD), including Down syndrome, autism, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders,
cerebral palsy and other diagnoses. The Arc has a network of over 700 chapters across the
country promoting and protecting the human rights of people with I/DD and actively
supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes
and without regard to diagnosis.

The Arc is seeking a Program Manager to plan, manage and participate in implementing all
activities of HeathMeet™ - The Arc’s new national initiative to advance the health of people
with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The Healthmeet™ program will be
conducted in collaboration with Chapters of The Arc throughout the United States, as well as
other relevant partners, and will include, but is not limited to, health screening and health
promotion for people with I/DD and education and training of health care professionals.

1.Work collaboratively with HealthMeet™ team members, to design and implement a
workplan and timeline for all HealthMeet™ program activities.
2.Develop an RFP process, perform proposal review, and participate in selection of sub-
grantees to conduct specific program activities.
3.Formalize participation of and provides management and oversight of sub-grantees and
sub-contractors consistent with workplan expectations and deliverables.
4.Plan, schedule and facilitate additional project activities including on site meetings,
conference presentations, webinar trainings, and telephone conferences.
5.Coordinate with internal stakeholders to develop online information resources and
platforms with which to share health promotion content with identified audiences.

1.Masters Degree in Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Public Health or Related Field.
2.Three (3) to five (5) years of experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of
education and experience in the nonprofit human services or disabilities field.
3.Excellent verbal, written, organizational, and project management skills.
4.Excellent supervisory, self-development, planning, and performance management skills.
5.Knowledge of budgeting and financial management principles and ability to track budget

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The Arc, Washington, DC,
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Health Dental, Retirement, Life and AD&D, and LTD; accrued vacation and sick leave.

By email only, please submit a letter of interest, resume of relevant experience, three (3)
writing samples, and names and contact information for three (3) professional references to

The Arc is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace including
people with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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