(Sacramento, CA) – The Senate Committee on Health Services unanimously passed Senate Bill 412 by Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) to restore funding for developmental disability services that was cut during the Great Recession of a decade ago.
While California’s economy has rebounded, many of these cuts remain in place.
California serves more than 300,000 individuals with developmental disabilities through contracts with independent, non-profit regional centers.
Because of the funding cuts of years ago, families now pay fees to make up the difference in the cost of those necessary services.
“These fees should really be called disability taxes,” Senator Stone told the committee. “They are a barrier between children and the services they need. By repealing these fees we can remove these barriers to service for children with developmental disabilities and their families.”
Senate Bill 412 now advances to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLtMtxz7z40&t=64s