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					                                              Monday Morning Memo
                                                 April 28, 2008
                                   The President has proclaimed April as
                           “National Child Abuse Prevention Month, 2008.”
                                  “National Fair Housing Month, 2008.”
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                                                Week in Review
Monday April 21, 2008
The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee #3 on Health, Human Services, Labor &
Veterans Affairs, Chaired by Senator Elaine Alquist, met at 10:30 a.m. in room 112 with
advocates in a nearby overfill room. The committee discussed the proposals for reducing
county IHSS administrative costs (10%), IHSS QA, suspending SSI/SSP June 2009 Cost-of-
Living Adjustment (COLA), reductions to Child Welfare and items related to foster care were all
held open for May revise.

Tuesday April 22, 2008
We met with Jim Lockwood, executive director of the California Family Empowerment
Centers to discuss collaborative opportunities. We began early work on developing a new
website for our Partners in Policymaking program and starting organizing two alumni events for
our class of 2007.

Wednesday April 23, 2008
The Partners in Policymaking Collaborative met by conference call and began work on our
Capitol visits session for the Partners in Policymaking class of 2008. During this session the
class will come to the state capitol learn about the building, how legislation works, visit with
legislators and staff, and conduct their own mock hearing in the Capitol.

The Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services, chaired by
Assemblymember Patti Berg, met at 1:30 p.m. The committee discussed a variety of topics
from the status of the Agnews closure, the $192 million unbudgeted cost growth in regional
centers, and the reduction to Clients’ Rights Advocacy contracted with Protection and
Advocacy, and the reduction to Supported Employment Programs and held every item off to
the May Revise. Also held were several proposals regarding developmental centers such as
the proposal to defer expansion at Porterville developmental center, and capital outlay
projects. Shirley Dove, Past President of The Arc of CA gave testimony in support of director
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Terri Delgadillo’s comments assuring full funding of the entitlement of the Lanterman Act
reminding committee members of the mandate set forth in the California Supreme Court
decision of The Arc of CA vs DDS. To read this decision you can download it at:

Thursday April 24, 2008
We held meetings with stakeholders to strategize advocacy approaches in preparation for the
Governor’s May Revise expected out on May 14th. This year’s May Revise is anticipated to
new cuts to services everywhere which may require a quick and comprehensive public
information approach within our community and in the general public.

Friday April 25, 2008
We participated in the California Supported Living Network 8th Annual Supported Living
Leadership Conference on Friday in San Diego. The conference was held from Thursday
through Friday and featured Tom Pomeranz, Ed.D. on employment, and breakouts on
Generic Resources, by Jacquie (now known by her colleagues as Ja Q’ ee) Foss, CEO,
S.T.E.P, Lisa Barrows, Community Resource Manager, S.T.E.P, Donna Bettencort, SLS
Program Director, InAlliance; How Do I Show Up in Your Life?Jeffrey L. Strully, Executive
Director, Jay Nolan Community Services, Inc.; Self-Directed Services by Margaret Andersen,
Deputy Director, DDS; Planning Ahead by Joe Donofrio, Director, CHOICESS; Looking at the
Whole Person - A Team Approach by Jennifer Pittam, Independent Consultant, CQL’s Quality
Measures 2005®: Tools for Pressing Forward in Pursuit of Quality of Life by The Council on
Quality and Leadership (CQL). In talking with network members all found the conference
valuable and helpful in their efforts to support people with developmental disabilities with
Supported Living Services. We participated in the last panel of the conference which was
entitled, SLS Circle of Influence. The planners had each panelist speak on different topics and
ended with questions and answers to close. Ellen Goldblatt, DD Senior Attorney, Protection
and Advocacy Inc spoke on a SLS history and current regulations in the context of today’s
budget and public policy environment and the current threats, Tony Anderson, Executive
Director, The Arc of California, gave an overview of the status and contributions of
associations on society both on economic and social change perspective, Dwight Hansen,
representing the CA Disability Services Association, spoke on the importance of providers
participation in public policy advocacy and the need for nonpartisan advocacy, and Marty
Omoto, Organizer & Director of CA Disability Community Action Network, spoke on his
personal commitment to all people with disabilities and stressed that we are all who we are
today because of the people who touch our lives in significant ways. Mr. Omoto also stressed
the need for cross disability and cross constituencies working together in advocacy.

                                    The Week Ahead
Monday April 28, 2008
Today is the deadline for applications from states under the Election Data Collection Grant
Program (“the program”) with a funding level at $10,000,000 - $2,000,000 each to five eligible
states. Based on provisions in the Omnibus Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2008, EAC is
authorized to establish a data collection program “to improve the collection of precinct level
data relating to the November 2008 Federal elections.” “The program” is designed to: develop
and document administrative and procedural best practices; improve data collection; improve
states’ capacity to collect election data that is accurate and complete; and document data
collection policies and procedures. Each of the five chosen states will have until March 2009
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to report their data findings. See the document at:

The Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services, chaired by
Assemblymember Patti Berg, will meet at 4:00 p.m. in room 127. The committee will discuss
a variety of budget items related to the departments of Managed Health Care, Health Care
Services, and the Medical Assistance Commission & Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board.

We will be participating in a local radio interview in Bakersfield with our local chapter executive,
Jim Baldwin, President/CEO of Bakersfield Arc discussing our current activities in
Sacramento advocating for people with developmental disabilities. Later that evening we will
be attending the chapter annual meeting giving a state of the state/nation on disability public

Tuesday April 29, 2008
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s American Health
Information Community, Electronic Health Records committee will be meeting at 1:00 p.m.
(EDT). AHIC was established to advance efforts to achieve access to secure electronic health
records for most Americans. AHIC works through various workgroups to accomplish this goal.
The workgroups and AHIC’s committee listed below are scheduled to meet. For more
information, go to: To join the web cast, go

The California Special Education Advisory Committee will be meeting at Department of
General Services, Ziggurat Building, First Floor Auditorium, 707 Third Street, Sacramento from
9 am to 12 noon.

We will be meeting with Michael McCoy, the Executive Director of the CA Disability Services
Association, and Bill Tapp, Director of the national College of Direct Support to discuss the
current status of the project and future opportunities.

Wednesday April 30, 2008
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s American Health
Information Community, Quality Workgroup at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). For more information, go to: To join the web cast, go to:

The Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services, chaired by
Assemblymember Patti Berg, will meet at 1:30 p.m. in room 444. The committee will focus on
budget items for the Department of Mental Health.

Thursday May 1, 2008
We will be participating in our monthly finance meeting, with Peter Bowers, Treasurer of The
Arc of CA and preparing for our upcoming board of directors meeting to be held on Thursday
and Friday May 29 – 30th.

Friday May 2, 2008

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Today is the last day for policy committees to meet and report to the floor non-fiscal bills
introduced in their house (J.R. 61(b)(6)).

Today is the effective date for amendments to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for
Women, Infants and Children (WIC). The comment deadline is 6/2/08. The WIC program
provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition
education for low-income pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding and non-
breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five. These
amendments, which are authorized in the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004,
the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year (FY) 2006, and the National Flood
Insurance Act of 1968, address issues such as participant certification and program
administration, determinations related to exclusions from income eligibility, fair hearings, and
notices of adverse actions. See the document at:

Saturday May 3, 2008
The Arc of California Executive Assistant, Gwen Lopez, will be celebrating a very special
milestone birthday. Please join us in wishing her a happy 21st consecutive 29th birthday.

                                 Weekly Bill File Schedule
Monday 04-28-2008
TORLAKSON, Chair 10 a.m. - John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)
SB 1198 (Kuehl) Health care coverage: durable medical equipment.
SB 1317 (Steinberg) Developmental services: habilitation services.
SB 1563 (Perata) Pervasive developmental disorders.
SB 1651 (Steinberg) Mentally ill offenders.

RIDLEY-THOMAS, Chair 1:30 p.m. or upon adjournment of session - Room 3191
SB 1608 (Corbett) Disabled persons: equal access rights: civil actions.

Tuesday 04-29-2008
DYMALLY, Chair 1:30 p.m. - Room 4202
AB 2694 (Ma) Children's product safety: lead poisoning prevention.

BEALL, Chair 1:30 p.m. - Room 437
AB 2608 (Davis) Department of Rehabilitation: funding.

CORBETT, Chair 2 p.m. - John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203) SUPPORT AND
SB 1608 (Corbett) Disabled persons: equal access rights: civil actions.
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Wednesday 04-30-2008
LENO, CHAIR 9 a.m. - Room 4202
AB 1768 (Evans) Special education: due process hearings.
AB 1872 (Coto) Special education: autism spectrum disorders: clearinghouse.
AB 1887 (Beall) Health care coverage: mental health services.
AB 3010 (Blakeslee) State mental hospitals: tobacco products.
AB 3019 (Carter) Corrections: disabled and mentally ill prisoners.

SALDANA, Chair 9 a.m. - Room 126
AB 2594 (Mullin) Redevelopment: affordable housing.

KUEHL, Chair 1:30 p.m. - John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)
SB 1713 (Migden) Children's products: bisphenol and lead.

                                    Floor Schedule
Monday 04-28-2008
#144 AB 2302 (Bass) Teacher credentialing: specialist credential: pupils with autism.

#81 AB 2717 (Lieber) Special education: due process hearing: burden of proof.

#47 SB 1175 (Steinberg) Developmental services: regional center housing.

                                                 Action Alerts1
The Arc of California
Call to Action for all advocates for people with developmental disabilities throughout California.
All indications so far points to a dramatic budget deficit which may target May Revision cuts to
health and human services programs. Hard (bad) decisions are being made in almost every
program in health and human services and we’ll have to do everything we can this year to
make sure policymakers know we’re here and let them know the true impact the cuts will have
on the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families. If you’re unable to
attend this hearing you can send your letters, call, or email the committee members listed

              Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services
Committee Member                District    Phone        E-mail
Patty Berg - Chair              Dem-1          

 To access the Action Alert system from The Arc of California website ( enter your zip code in the
“Contact Congress” federal box.
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Jim Beall Jr.                 Dem-24     
John J. Benoit                Rep-64     
Hector De La Torre            Dem-50     
Edward P. Hernandez           Dem-57     
Bill Maze                     Rep-34     
John Laird - Dem. Alternate   Dem-27     
Roger Niello - Rep.                     (916)
Alternate                               319-2005

                  The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee #3 on
                      Health, Human Services, Labor & Veterans Affairs

                              State Capitol, Room 5080
Senator Elaine Alquist        Sacramento, CA 95814
(Chair)                       (916) 651-4013
                              (916) 324-0283 (Fax)
                              State Capitol, Room 4032
                              Sacramento, CA 95814
Senator Alex Padilla          916-651-4020
                              Fax: 916-324-6645
                              State Capitol, Room 4066
                              Sacramento, CA 95814
Senator Mark Wyland           Phone: (916) 651-4038
                              Fax: (916) 446-7382

The Arc of the U.S.
Despite a veto threat letter received the day before from Health and Human Services
Secretary Leavitt, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. John Dingell
(D-MI), passed by a vote of 46-0, the Protecting the Medicaid Safety Net Act of 2008 (H.R.
5613). The legislation imposes a one year moratorium on 7 Medicaid regulations including
those on rehabilitative services, case management and school based services/transportation.

                                       Project Status Report
Partners in Policymaking
By Jordan Lindsey (funded by SCDD)
This week a few alumni, Raymond Hampson, Tammy Eudy, Karen Ketterling, and Nick
Feldman were asked to participate in sensitivity training for the new hire Sergeants in the
State Capitol. This will give our Partners a great opportunity to help increase awareness of
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people first language and the importance respectful treatment of all people with disabilities in
the Capitol building.

California College of Direct Support
By Sack Keophimane (funded by SCDD grant, license fees, & contributions by chapters of
The Arc of CA) We met with Lionel Nunez of Pride Industries and Christine Lyndon of
Connection For Life, Inc. The purpose of our meeting was to present information on the
College of Direct Support. The meeting went well. Both of the managers feel that
the program's flexibility in time and place will be valuable tool for their staff development from
different locations. We also met through a conference call with Israel Ibanez, Day Program
Director, Claudia Estrada, Independent Living Services Directors, and Erick Pulido, Adult
Residential Administrator and Trainer, of the People's Care, Inc. located in Southern
California. Our meeting was very positive. We focused on the SCDD grant pilot and how they
can subscribe to the online program in the near future. We also contacted Regional Centers
and agencies who participated in the CDS pilot. We are happy to report that the students
and users have expressed positive experience from the online learning environment.

Taft Community College Fast Track Online Direct Support Education Certification Program for
the Spring Semester of 2008 from April 7th 28th to June 7th. These are the following classes:
SS1 Intro to Developmental Disabilities, SS2 Documentation and Individual Rights, SS3
Introduction to Medication Support, SS4 Cultural Competency, and SS5 Person Centered
Planning & Support. For more information, please visit or contact the
counseling Center to register at 661-763-7748 or call Lindsey Whittaker at 661-763-7841.

                                       Upcoming Events
May 10, 2008
The UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior is sponsoring, “Innovative
Approaches: Treatment for People with Developmental Disabilities & Psychiatric Disorders,
7th Annual Conference” presented by The Tarjan Center and the Department of
Developmental Services. The conference will be from 8:00AM – 4:00PM at the Doubletree
Hotel San Jose, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose (408) 453-4000. “This full-day conference will
provide psychiatrists and other health and mental health professionals an overview of the
special mental health needs of people with developmental disabilities. Speakers will discuss
the appropriate use of psychotropic medications in this group of individuals. The psychiatric
use of anti-convulsants will be reviewed. Community based primary care for people with
complex medical and behavioral needs will be addressed. A conceptual framework will be
presented for assessment and treatment of aggression in youth. Finally, a panel will discuss
care of individuals with limited communication.” Registration form: Must be emailed or
postmarked by April 26, 2008. Physicians & Psychologists, Nurses, Social Workers &
MFCCs/MFTs : 5.5 hours of continuing educational credits available. Conference is Free! No
additional fee required for continuing education credits.” For more information contact: Angie
Esparza at or call (310) 206-1270.

May 15, 2008
Save the Date: DISABILITY CAPITOL ACTION DAY. The Disabilities Action Coalition is a
coalition of Disability Organizations that serve and/or advocate for and with people with all
types of disabilities and their families. The Disabilities Action Coalition is scheduled to hold its
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fifth annual Disability Capitol Action Day on May 15, 2008. More information will be available
soon at

June 6th, 7th, & 8th, 2008
Save These Dates!!! The 13th Annual People First® of California Statewide Convention.
Make Plans Now to Attend The Largest Annual Self-Advocacy Conference in America!. FOR
MORE INFORMATION: �� Please phone the Supported Life Institute office at (916) 567-1974.
Convention Registration Materials with costs, speakers, program times are sent automatically
to past participants by March 2008. Money will be due April 30th. Mail Form
To: PFCA c/o Supported Life Institute, 2035 Hurley Way, Ste 250 Sacramento, CA 95825 or
FAX To: (916) 567-1977 Questions? (916) 567-1974 or

July 31, 2008
SAVE THE DATE: 2008 National Conference of Executives of The Arc Summer Leadership
Institute will be at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains, New York. Thursday, July 31, 2008 -
Sunday, August 3, 2008 details to follow!

September 27-28, 2008
SAVE THE DATE!! SAVE THE DATE!! The Self-Advocacy Board of Los Angeles County
presents our 10th Self-Advocacy Conference MY THOUGHTS, MY VOICE, MY LIFE...
Celebrating 20 Years of Self-Advocacy in Los Angeles. Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Airport
Hotel 6101 W. Century Blvd. Los Angeles. Featuring keynote speaker Joe Meadours,
Executive Director, People First of California; 9 workshops led by self-advocates; Exhibit Fair;
Saturday night dinner banquet; dance with disc jockey; Dating Game; raffle prizes; and much
more !!! Costs, including Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast buffet, overnight sleeping
room, and all conference workshops, exhibits, dance, and other activities will be: Own room -
$255 per person. Two people per room - $181 per person, Three people per room - S160 per
person, Four people per room - $ 155 per person Saturday only - $ 80 per person. Ask your
service coordinator NOW to request funds for you to attend the conference. Put it in your IPP
as a self-advocacy goal. Our vendor number is P24915. Start saving money now!!
Registration forms will be available in June. Questions?? Call Daniel Redmond 310-439-1425
or Colette Madore 310-370-8753 or Melody Goodman 818-543-4631.

October 8th, 2008
Save the Date: Our 15th Annual INCLUSION CELEBRATION! From 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the
DoubleTree Hotel – Sacramento. Join us on the eve of the Supported Life 2008 Conference to
celebrate the spirit and joy of inclusive communities. At this Inclusion Celebration dessert
social and awards ceremony, help us acknowledge individuals from around the state who
strive to make inclusion a daily reality in their communities. Mark your calendars now for an
inspirational evening on Wednesday, October 8th at the DoubleTree Hotel in Sacramento as
we bring you the Fifteenth Annual Inclusion Celebration. Nominations for Honorees Due
Date - Wednesday, February 27, 2008 (Applicants will be notified by May 15, 2008 whether
their nominee was selected.) To nominate someone for consideration by the Inclusion
Celebration Committee - to honor their efforts toward making inclusion a reality in their
California community - please send by February 27, 2008 the following Nomination
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Information, by: MAIL: Supported Life Institute, 2035 Hurley Way, Ste 250, Sacramento, CA
95825. EMAIL (Word Attachment or text): or FAX: 916-567-1977. 1.
Name of person you are nominating, their Address (including Zip), Daytime Phone, Email
address, and their Role (parent, consumer, educator, service provider, employer, other). 2.
Description of how this person has advanced the cause of inclusive communities (up to 200
words). 3. Your own Name, Agency/Affiliation, Address (including Zip), Daytime Phone, and
email address.

October 8th – 10th, 2008
Save the dates: SUPPORTED LIFE 2008: Dignity and Justice for All, at the DoubleTree Hotel,
Sacramento. Choose from over 50 concurrent sessions in 9 major topic areas and hear
nationally-renowned speakers: Norman Kunc, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, Disability
Rights leader; Educator; Axis Consultation and Training Ltd.: Jayne Chase, Florence,
Alabama, Parent Advocate, Partners in Policymaking State Coordinator; Michael Callahan,
Gautier, Mississippi, Founding Member, Employment for All; President, Marc Gold &
Associates; and Tom Pomeranz, Indianapolis, Indiana: President, Universal Lifestiles; creator
of “Universal Enhancement” promoting community participation.

November 6-8, 2008
Save the Date: The Arc's 57th Annual Convention at the Albuquerque Convention Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico. Click here for information from your 2008 Local Host Committee.
The Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau.

                            Recently Released Reports, Studies, etc.
Repeat Due to Popular Demand - Guidance on Applying for Tax Rebates from the
Economic Stimulus Package by the Disability Policy Collaborative of The Arc and UCP.
How Much Money can I get?
The federal government, via the IRS, is issuing one-time economic stimulus payments to more than 130 million households
starting in May. The amount of the stimulus payment is:
     1. $300 for qualifying single individuals receiving just Social Security or veterans-disability benefits; and
     2. $600 for married couples.

However, the payment amount could be more for:
    a couple where one individual is also working (up to a $1,200 rebate);
    a single person with a disability who had earned other income (up to a $600 rebate); or
    a person/couple with children under the age of 17 (an extra $300 for each child under 17).

To get an estimate of what your stimulus payment may be, use the IRS calculator.

If I receive a stimulus payment, will it affect my tax returns or government benefits?
The stimulus payments are not taxable and will not affect your 2007 or 2008 tax returns in any way. The IRS also assures the
public that the stimulus payments will not count toward or negatively impact any income-based government benefits, such as
Social Security benefits, food stamps and other similar programs.

Who is eligible to receive a stimulus payment?
   1. People who meet the following three simple requirements:
   2. Have a valid Social Security number (SSN). Only those with a valid SSN are eligible for the one-time stimulus
        payment. Those with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) instead of an SSN are not eligible. If
        married filing jointly, both must have valid SSNs, otherwise neither can receive the payment.
   3. Have at least $3,000 in qualifying income. Fortunately, the definition of qualifying income is broad and includes:
        earned income from a job; net self-employment income; Social Security benefits such as Social Security Disability

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         Insurance (SSDI); and veterans-disability payments. However, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) does not count
         as qualifying income.

File a 2007 federal tax return. If you normally file a federal tax return from year to year, you will not have to do anything
else other than file your 2007 individual income tax return to receive a stimulus payment this year. Payments are calculated
and sent automatically by the IRS. However, people who do not normally file an individual tax return (such as individuals
who only receive minimal SSDI benefits or otherwise have low incomes, and who may not generally owe taxes), will need to
file a 2007 federal tax return in order to receive the one-time stimulus payment.

What Form should I use if I don’t normally have to file a tax return and need one for the stimulus payment use?
The 2007 Form 1040A. See the IRS’s sample pre-filled Form 1040A for reference.

What is the deadline?
To receive your economic stimulus payment in 2008, you must file Form 1040A with the IRS by October 15, 2008.

What if I don’t qualify this year?
If your circumstances change and you become eligible after you file your 2007 federal tax return, you can still file an
amended return using IRS Form 1040X to get the stimulus payment. If you are not eligible this year but become eligible next
year, the economic stimulus payment can be claimed next year on your 2008 tax return according to the IRS.

Can I get someone to help me file my tax return?
Yes. You have the following options:
1) Call the IRS hotline at 1-866-234-2942; or
2) Visit one of the following organizations in your area
   IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers
   Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) sites
   Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITC)
   local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites - To locate the nearest VITA site, call 1-800-829-1040
3) Contact your local chapter of The Arc, which may also be able to assist you. Locate the chapter nearest you at:

                                                   News Articles
State’s sex-offender tracking broken
The San Francisco Examiner Newspaper April 21, 2008
Editorial Staff
SAN FRANCISCO - Eleven registered sex offenders in San Francisco and four in San Mateo County
are living at state-licensed facilities that care for children, mentally disabled persons and the elderly.
Seven of those facilities are believed to be child care centers such as foster homes and day care facilities.
This shocking news surfaced when the Bureau of State Audits compared addresses on the Department of
Justice database of registered sex offenders with the addresses of all 75,000 facilities licensed by the
Department of Social Services. Some of the sex offenders living at licensed homes were even currently
on supervised parole. The Social Services Department quickly suspended licenses of 10 Southern
California child care facilities where registered sex offenders were found residing last week. Officials
said there is no immediate indication that any children were abused. Naturally it is already illegal for
those convicted of sex crimes to reside in licensed California facilities where particularly vulnerable
populations are served. Day care and foster care licensees are required to report the names of all adults
living in or associated with their facilities, so that Social Services can conduct background checks.

Obviously this entire system of purported safeguards has broken down. At-home day care operators or
foster parents possibly don’t understand their responsibilities under the law. Or else they simply choose
not to risk their licenses, since they are unlikely to get caught anyway. When a troubled cousin comes
seeking help, or renting a spare room brings needed income, it is easy to forget about filing all the
required paperwork. The audit report’s primary recommendation is that the state departments of justice
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and social services should link their databases to automatically reveal when sex offenders are living at
the addresses of licensed homes. Most of the California sex-offender databases are unreliable and there
is no way to know how many more violators might not be registered.
Assembly members Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, and Anthony Adams, R-Hesperia, were appalled by the
auditors’ findings. They are now drafting legislation to strengthen California’s long-term supervision of
resident sex offenders…

Families Face Hard Choices as State Eyes Cuts to Programs for Disabled
First Coast News April 23, 2008
By Grayson Kamm
ORANGE PARK, FL -- Families across the First Coast are facing some very tough choices in the
coming months. Programs that help people with disabilities -- $120 million worth of them -- are set to be
cut by the Florida Legislature. For families, it's more than a numbers game. Playfully shouting, "The
giant muscles of Mom!" Melanie Coughlin lifted her adult son Adam out of his bed and settled him into
his wheelchair. "Adam was 8 pounds when I started. Now he's 110. But, hey, I worked up to it," she
laughed, sitting beside him in their Orange Park home Wednesday. Coughlin feels she doesn't ask the
state for much when it comes to her adult children. State funding transports Adam, who has severe
cerebral palsy, to a daily therapy program that's only offered 30 minutes away. "He really enjoys going
to his day program. He enjoys the people there," she said. State funding pays to pick up her daughter
Angela, too. Angela has a rare genetic condition called Prader-Willi Syndrome that leaves her able to
communicate, but hampered by learning disabilities.

Why does she get that state transportation? "So I can work -- earn money. Cash!" she said, smiling and
rubbing her fingers and thumb together, giving the international signal for "money." Her job packing
paper products, even though it pays little, is more fun and fulfilling for her than anything she can do at
home. But a planned state budget cut of $120 million will slash services to many of the 30,000
Floridians like Adam and Angela. "It's the most significant reduction in services that I have ever seen,
and I've been doing this for 30 years," said Jim Whittaker, the director of The Arc Jacksonville. He says
the cuts would make Florida the state that's dead last in what it spends per person to help people with
disabilities. Under the new plan, Whittaker says the state will pay for either Adam's day program or the
transportation that gets him there. Not both.

Preteens Feel the Effects of Mom’s Pregnancy Bad Habits
Brain Blogger, Merck Medicus April 20, 2008
By Karen Vieira, MBA, PhD
It has been known for years that babies in utero (womb) suffer ill effects from their mothers’ exposure to
tobacco, drugs and alcohol. A new study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and performed
by Michael Rivkin of Children’s Hospital Boston showed that children exposed to these toxins may
suffer effects well into early adolescence. Using MRI technology, the study looked into the long term
effects of prenatal exposure to drugs, alcohol, tobacco or a combination of the three on the brain
structure of preteens. The study found that these kids have thinner cortical grey matter than subjects who
did not suffer exposure to toxins in utero. This study also showed a reduction in brain volume directly
tied to this exposure.

There have been many studies pointing to the long term effects of alcohol on babies in utero but
generally these types of studies have only looked at children suffering from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
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There is a lack of studies on children who were not diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome but may be
affected by even their limited prenatal alcohol intake. There is continuing research into the many effects
of prenatal alcohol use.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, which is the diagnosis for these affected preteens, is not itself a
disease but is a group of symptoms. The neurological effects can range from mild to very serious. The
symptoms include everything from epilepsy, seizure disorders, hearing loss, clumsiness, poor gait, and
impaired fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. It also may cause another related disorder called
Sensory Integration Disorder or SID…

6 Questions Adolescents Have About Alcohol
Addiction researchers answer teens' questions about drinking
US News and World Report April 25, 2008
Compiled by Sarah Baldauf
The National Institute on Drug Abuse recently offered adolescents the first ever "Drug Facts Chat Day."
Students from high schools and middle schools across the country submitted anonymous questions
online—about alcohol, the brain, addiction and everything in between—to NIDA scientists, including
some of the nation's top experts in substance abuse. The scientists then responded with personalized,
nonjudgmental answers. Below is a sample of the inquiries that relate specifically to alcohol. All the
questions and answers below are unedited. Among the scientists were Steve Grant, a neuroscientist who
investigates cognitive processes in addiction at NIDA; Aria Crump, who helps develop drug prevention
programs for NIDA; Ivan Montoya of NIDA's Division of Pharmacotherapies and Medical
Consequences of Drug Abuse; Barry Hoffer, a neuropharmacologist and director of NIDA's Intramural
Research Program; Marsha Lopez, an epidemiologist at NIDA's National Advisory Council on Drug
Abuse who has expertise in behavioral pharmacology, drug epidemiology, and co-occurring psychiatric
conditions as they relate to drug use…

brody - Ephrata - why is it bad to drink while youre pregnant
Barry Hoffer - when you drink alcohol it goes right into your bloodstream and large amounts of it will
reach the fetus. While the baby brain is forming, alcohol can disrupt the delicate process of brain
development and produce Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). This causes, at worst, physical deformations
that are obvious at birth and mental retardation.For more information on alcohol abuse, including fetal
alcohol syndrome, go to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism at

                                     Funding Opportunities
ED - U.S. Department of Education Demonstration Projects To Ensure Students With
Disabilities Receive a Quality Higher Education Program CFDA 84.333A Grant

ED - U.S. Department of Education Strengthening Institutions Program CFDA 84.031A

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention National Organizations' Support for Oral Health Programs Modification 1
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HHS - Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging
Elder Abuse Existing Project Grant

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health
Adverse Metabolic Side Effects of Second Generation Psychotropic Medications
Leading to Obesity and Increased Diabetes Risk (R01)Grant

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health
Transdisciplinary Research on Fatigue and Fatigability in Aging (R01) Grant

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health
Transdisciplinary Research on Fatigue and Fatigability in Aging (R21) Grant

ED - U.S. Department of Education NIDDR Disability and Rehabilitation Research
Projects and Centers Program--Disability Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRPs)--
Center on Postsecondary Education for Students With Intellectual Disabilities
(84.133A-12)Modification 1

                        The Arc of the United States, in partnership with GrantStation, brings you the
                        GrantStation Insider each week. The GrantStation Insider provides you with the
                        latest information on new funding programs, upcoming grant deadlines,
                        conferences, trainings, and relevant information for grantseekers. The Arc of
                        California Monday Morning Memo includes a small clipping of resources from
  the GrantStation Insider, visit their website to learn more:

High School Retention Programs Funded
AT&T High School Success Special Grants Program (
The AT&T High School Success Special Grants Program, an initiative of the AT&T Foundation, will provide support to high
schools, school districts, and nonprofit organizations across the United States. Existing high school retention programs with a
successful track record are eligible for project grants of $50,000 to $100,000 per year for up to four years. New high school
retention programs that need additional resources are eligible for planning/capacity-building grants of $25,000 to $35,000 per
year for one year only. Applications for both types of grants must be received by May 19, 2008. Visit the website listed above
for application guidelines and forms.

Support for Children in Need
Mattel Children’s Foundation: Domestic Grantmaking Program
The Mattel Children’s Foundation's mission is to better the lives of children in need. Through the Domestic Grantmaking
Program, support is provided to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that directly serve children. Grants are
available to local organizations that use creative methods to address the needs of children from birth to 12 years of age.
Funded programs must address one of the following issues: the health and well-being of children, with emphasis on promoting
healthy, active lifestyles; increased access to education for underserved children, in particular, innovative strategies to
promote literacy; and the self-esteem of girls up to age 12. Online applications must be submitted by July 15, 2008. Visit the
website listed above to take the eligibility quiz.

Grants Promote Financial Services on Reservations
First Nations Development Institute: Little Eagle Staff Fund (
First Nations Development Institute works to restore Native control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they
own and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native communities. First Nations’ Little Eagle Staff Fund
provides Reservation-Based Nonprofit Development Organizations (RNDOs) with early stage investment and capitalization so
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that they can increase organizational capacity and enhance their development of new financial products and services. Grants
will be provided to new and emerging RNDOs that serve as “one-stop shopping” for educating future consumers of financial
services and products. First Nations expects to award approximately four to six grants ranging from $15,000 to $45,000 under
this initiative in 2008. The deadline for letters of intent is June 23, 2008; full proposals will be due August 15, 2008. Visit the
website listed above to download the application guidelines.

Funds for U.S. Film Festivals
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Festival Grants Program (
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Festival Grants Program provides grants to a wide variety of U.S. film
festivals. Grant recipients include major international film festivals, independent and alternative festivals, and those that
support social and cultural diversity. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that make festival events more accessible
to the general public, give screening access to minority and less visible filmmakers, and bring the public into contact with films
and filmmakers. Grants are available only to festivals that have been held for at least five years. The 2008 application deadline
is July 1. Grant range information and application guidelines are available on the website listed above.

Seed Grants for Refuge Friends Groups
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: National Wildlife Refuge Friends Group Grant Program
NTID=9395) The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation recognizes the important role refuge Friends organizations play in
building community support for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System. Through the National
Wildlife Refuge Friends Group Grant Program, seed grants of $1,500 to $5,000 are provided to innovative proposals that seek
to increase the number and effectiveness of organizations interested in assisting the Refuge system nationwide. Eligible
applicants include refuge Friends organizations, cooperative and interpretive associations, Audubon chapters, and other
citizen support organizations interested in assisting a specific National Wildlife Refuge or the Refuge system as a whole.
Applications must be submitted by June 1, 2008. Visit the website listed above to review the funding guidelines and access the
Foundation’s Easygrants system.

Grants Assist Children with HIV/AIDS
Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (
The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that
provide direct care and assistance to children, age birth to 13 years, who are infected with HIV or otherwise affected by
HIV/AIDS. The Psychosocial Support category provides funds for family therapy, support groups, and life skills classes. The
focus of the Basic Needs category is on services such as clothing, food, transportation, emergency childcare, and respite
programs. The Social and Recreational category promotes programs that involve children in social activities such as arts and
crafts, sports, field expeditions, etc. Through the Camp Services category grants are provided to increase the number of
children attending camp and for camp-related expenses. The application deadline for all categories is May 16, 2008. Visit the
website listed for online application information

To view additional funding opportunities on an ongoing basis visit the Funding News Section of the Quality Mall. The
Quality Mall is maintained by the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota with
support from the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, the Human Services
Research Institute and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

                                                     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

Position: Executive Director, The Janet Pomeroy Center
Description: The Executive Director serves as Chief Executive Officer of The Janet Pomeroy Center and reports
to the Board of Directors. The Executive Director directs and oversees strategic planning and achievement of the
mission and goals, fiscal and budgetary management, program and services development, community relations
and fundraising, operations, and facilitates employee development for a $6 to $10 million organization with more
than 550 clients on five acres in San Francisco with a satellite office in San Rafael.
Salary: Negotiable within range, based on experience, Benefits: Medical and dental premium paid for employee
by company, Medical and dental coverage available for spouse or domestic partner and/or dependents, Two

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retirement plans, Supplemental Insurance available, Two weeks paid vacation, Paid sick leave, Nine paid
holidays, Two personal leave days, Other rewards for attendance, service, performance, and teamwork
How to Apply: Email (preferred): Submit resume and cover letter to:, Fax: 415-665-
7543, Mail: Download Employment Application from our website and send to: The Janet Pomeroy Center, Attn:
Human Resources, 207 Skyline Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94132. For more program information, visit our
website:, Closing Date: Until filled.

Position: Director of Corporate Relations, The Arc of the United States
Description: The Arc of the United States, the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization advocating for
service and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is seeking exceptional candidates
for the position of Director Corporate Relations. The Arc is looking for an experienced professional to increase
corporate support through contributions, program sponsorships, cause marketing and affinity programs. This is a
great opportunity for a highly creative, entrepreneurial fundraising or marketing profession with a track record in
attracting corporate support. A minimum of Five years of related experience, bachelors degree, exceptional
communications skill are essential. Please send a cover letter, salary history and resume in confidence to
Salary: Competitive
How to Apply: Send resume to

Position: Development Consultant The Achievable Foundation
Description: The Achievable Foundation seeks a part-time (20 hours per week) Development Consultant whose
primary focus includes design, planning, implementation and management of all development activities and
fundraising efforts. As an independent contractor, this individual will work with staff and the board of directors to
support Achievable mission of significantly improving the quality of life of low-income children and adults who
have a developmental disability such as mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy and/or epilepsy. The
Achievable Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 to bridge the gap in services for people with
developmental disabilities and help families overcome the financial challenges of obtaining services. The
Achievable Foundation is committed to four key areas that support people with disabilities to achieve their
greatest potential: 1) access to health care, 2) emergency support, 3) mobility and communication, and 4)
Salary: Excellent hourly rate, commensurate with experience
How to Apply: For consideration, please email resume and cover letter to: or mail to: The
Achievable Foundation, Attn: Jobs – Ida S., 5901 Green Valley Circle, Suite 320, Culver City, CA 90230.

Position: Chief   Executive Officer, National Association of Councils on Developmental
Description: The Chief Executive Officer manages the programmatic and financial operations of the National
Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) to accomplish the goals and objectives of the
Association as determined by the Member Councils. The Chief Executive Officer will demonstrate national
leadership and public policy experience in advocating with and on behalf of individuals with developmental
disabilities and their families using the values of inclusion and self-determination.
Salary: The NACDD offers an excellent salary and benefit package, which is comparable to other Associations
within its size and budget. NACDD encourages people with disabilities and people representing other minority
groups to apply. NACDD is an equal opportunity employer.
How To Apply: Submit a cover letter describing the reasons for interest in the position, a resume of relevant
experience, and contact information for 3 references via mail or e-mail to: CEO Search, National Association of
Councils on Developmental Disabilities, 225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 650B, Alexandria, VA 22314. Or: NACDD will not pay for travel expenses to the interview. Out of state interviews will be
conducted via telephone. NACDD will not pay for moving expenses for individuals needing to relocate.

Below is a list of national professional openings in our field published by the Human Services Connections
We hope you find this helpful. From time to time we will publish their full listing in our MMM Career ladder.
You want to provide quality services to people with disabilities...

We can help Human Service Connections provides real solutions for the issues facing disability organizations
today. If your organization is facing an immediate need for leadership, HSC provides nationwide executive level
recruitment searches. We can help your organization find qualified individuals that fit your agency's culture and

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will lead your organization toward providing excellent supports to people with disabilities. If your organization's
leadership changes will be in the future, HSC provides assistance with succession planning to ensure a seamless
transition of leadership for your organization. In addition, HSC provides other consultative services in the areas of
strategic development & implementation, business development, executive coaching, turnaround assistance for
agencies in crisis, and training on various topics for audiences from direct support to executive level leadership.
Contact us to learn how HSC can help you fulfill your mission

NEW! Executive Director - West Virginia
Salary: please include salary requirements in application
Description: Not-for-profit organization serving children and adults with developmental disabilities seeks well-
qualified individual to serve as our Executive Director. The organization employs 150 staff who support
approximately 150 consumers residentially. The Executive Director will oversee day-to-day operations with the
support of an exceptional management team.

Vice-President of Operations - San Antonio, TX
Salary: $125,000
Description: Large social service provider is looking for a motivated, independent leader to head up their
developmental disability division. The VP of Disability Services will be responsible for the full range of disability
services the organization offers including residential, day, ICF/MR and foster care programs. Services are
located in Texas and Nevada. The position will be based in San Antonio with a fair amount of travel to properly
oversee services throughout the two states.

Interim Program Directors - Nationwide
Salary: Commensurate with experience and expertise
Description: Human Service Connections is looking for experienced leaders in the disability field who want to
offer their services to organizations in distress for short-term interim placements. Candidates will need to have a
schedule that allows them to leave for a placement quickly and to be on location for periods of two to four months.
(For most placements, visits home on the weekends will be possible).

State Director - Montgomery, AL
Salary: $90,000
Description: Multi-state human service provider is looking for an experienced leader to oversee all programs in
Alabama. The State Director will supervise eight program managers who are responsible for 85 social workers
and staff. The program largely provides foster care services and supports

Area Director - Birmingham, AL
Salary: $56,500
Description: Large disability services provider is looking for a "hands on" leader with experience in the
developmental disability field to run a growing residential program with a budget of $2.6 million. The Director will
supervise four residential Program Directors supporting 33 individuals in 12 homes. Current residential
operations are supported by 50 Direct Support Professionals.

Accounts Payable Manager - Raleigh, NC
Salary: $60,000 - $70,000
Social Service Provider is looking for a Accounts Payable Manager for our Raleigh, NC office. Manager will
supervise two to three employees. Will be responsible for all activities in the accounts payable function. Ensure
timely payments of vendor invoices and expense vouchers and maintains accurate records and control reports.
Review applicable accounting reports and accounts payable register to ensure accuracy.

Special Projects Director - Remote Position can be based anywhere in the US

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Salary: $75,000
Description: National disability service provider is looking for an experienced, self-starter with a broad
understanding of the disability field to work on several projects across the country. Projects will be varied, but will
include assisting with the startup of new programs and providing support to programs in transition. This position is
for someone who enjoys a lot of variety in their work and doesn't mind travel. It's also a great opportunity for
someone to work remotely from home when they aren't on location.

Director - Columbus, OH
Salary: $57,000
Large, person-centered disability provider is looking for a disability professional with community services
experience to oversee their services for adults with disabilities in Columbus, OH. This program supports 57
people at 29 sites with a budget of $4.5 million. Director will have the support of four Program Coordinators.

Clinical Psychologist - Dixon, IL
Salary: please include salary requirements in application
Description: Progressive developmental disability services provider is looking for a Clinical Psychologist to
provide comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and family based therapies for children with autism and their

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