(Sacramento, CA) -- Easterseals California will honor State Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) with a 2017 Senate Champion Award during their upcoming Annual Easterseals California Awards Dinner scheduled for March 28 in Sacramento.
Easterseals California (a grouping of all Easterseals affiliates in the state) created its Senate Champion Award to honor public officials, both elected and appointed, for their work to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.
Senator Stone has led the charge in California on disability issues. He has fought hard for the stabilization of services for individuals with a developmental disability, and he has taken an active role in moving forward the plan to transition residents of the state developmental centers into community services.
"Senator Stone's receptivity and understanding of the complex issues surrounding changes of this magnitude has been helpful, especially for those with complex needs transitioning to community services," said Carlene Holden, executive vice president of Easterseals Southern California. "He has also been a champion by co-authoring bills that have since been signed into law, such as the “Right to Try” statute, that allows terminally ill patients to use experimental drugs or procedures not yet approved for general use, and the prescription drug take back bill that allows anyone to drop unused or expired pharmaceuticals into special storage containers at participating pharmacies, keeping them away from children and preventing misuse."