Thursday, May 23, 2013

Capitol Alert: Disability-rights advocates flock to Capitol


A flier at the event listed some key issues affecting Californians with disabilities, including:

  • Funding for In-Home Supportive Services, Medi-Cal, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.
  • Senate Bill 320: Would require health plans and health insurers to provide coverage for certain treatments involving acquired brain injuries.
  • Senate Bill 330: Would require mental health to be included in the next revision of California's health education framework.
  • Senate Bill 468: Would require creation of a "self-determination program" that would allow consumers of regional centers to use an individual budget for purchasing services and supports.
  • Senate Bill 391: Would impose a $75 fee on the recording of various real estate documents to generate revenue for affordable housing.
  • Senate Bill 651: Would require investigators of state developmental centers and state hospitals to authorize a sexual assault forensic examination for any resident suspected of being abused.
  • Senate Bill 705: Would bolster funding for the Disabled Students Program at community colleges.
  • Senate Bill 22: Would require health plans and health insurers to submit annual reports certifying compliance with mental health parity requirements.
  • Senate Bill 550: Would require adoption of future building standards to boost the number of residential public housing units containing mobility and communications features for people with disabilities.
  • Assembly Bill 420: Would restrict the authority of a school superintendent or principal to suspend or expel a student for "willful defiance."

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