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Donate today to support Sophie’s Gallery and the 15th Anniversary
Featured Artist Tim Conaway
Dreamscape of possibilities…Tim ConawayAs an artist and a visionary, Tim Conaway has an amazing talent to share. By merely turning pages in the atlas he carries, Tim takes us on a journey as he travels the world through his visionary-art-of-possibilities. From Kentucky to Alaska, Norway to Madagascar, Tim’s beautiful landscapes are drawn from his unique autistic point of view, in a style that he refers to as “dreamscapes”.Sophies 15th Anniversary-(Final)Tim has taken a few art classes over the years and was no stranger to the art world. But it wasn’t until he came to St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center that his talent truly evolved. Tim started coming to the Center in 2009 because of Sophie’s Gallery Art Program – an innovative art program that Tim’s family had heard so much about.We are asking YOU to celebrate our 15th year of Sophie’s Gallery Art Program with a gift of $15 (or more).  Your generosity will help us continue to teach, nurture, and inspire adult artists with developmental disabilities.



Please make a phone call to make a difference.


We heard powerful words during Assembly Budget Sub Committee #1’s hearing on Monday promising support for the community services to over 280,000 individuals with developmental disabilities that raised hope in our community. Now, we need action; we need the Committee to put forward a Proposal to increase funding to community services.

It is critically important that the Legislature step up and fund the Lanterman Coalition’s request for a one-time, 10% increase in state support for community services.

The community service system has suffered under inadequate and stagnant rates for almost 30 years, and it’s on the brink of collapse. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT.

Please call the individuals listed below and ask them to make sure their Budget Sub-Committee includes the “Lanterman 10% funding support” for Community Services. Starting NOW, we need these calls to be made by next Thursday, May 21.

Assembly Budget Sub-Committee # 1
Chair: Tony Thurmond, District office (510) 286-1400, Sacramento Office (916) 319-2015

Rob Bonta, District Office (510) 286-1670, Sacramento Office (916) 319-2018
David Chiu, Sacramento Office (916) 319-2017
Shannon Grove, Sacramento Office (916) 319-2034
Brian Jones, Sacramento Office (916) 319-2071
Senate Budget Sub-Committee # 3
Chair: Holly Mitchell, Sacramento Office (916) 651-4030
Bill Monning, Sacramento Office (916) 651-4017
Jeff Stone, Sacramento Office (916) 651-4028
Please share this information with your colleagues, friends and family, and let’s hold the Governor accountable to taking care of California’s 280,000+ individuals with developmental disabilities. #KeepThe Promise and #WeAreYou.

Background Info:
• If your salary were the same today as it was in 1991, would you still be in that job? That’s exactly how the State has funded Case Managers to help people with developmental disabilities find the supports they need to live in the community.
• Would you pay a childcare worker the same hourly amount that they earned in 2000? That is how Respite Agencies are currently funded (with exception of mandatory changes due to minimum wage increases).
The State Budget for community services has grown over time and the budget for next year is no different, there is more money being spent on the system, but the payments to service providers are the same. The budget growth for next year is:
• To fund the State mandated increases in minimum wage and the requirement to provide sick leave (positive steps, but only to maintain the status quo) – $62.4 Million
• To fund case load growth for the additional 10,000 plus individuals we will provide services to – $121 Million
• To cover the costs of moving individuals from State run Developmental Centers to the community, a positive move for the individuals if the costs are covered – $42 Million
• To start the closure process for the 1,000 remaining individuals living in State Developmental Centers, a great victory for integrations and support, but the investment is in infrastructure for the movers and not the community – $48 Million
• To payback money to the State General Fund from shortfalls in prior budget years – $61 Million
So, all the increased funds do not solve the fundamental problem. We need the Legislature to demand the support that is necessary to re-build the community supports that let our folks live full, contributing and included lives in their community.

A Look at the Lanterman Coalition’s 10% Increase:
• A 10 percent increase would require $357 Million from the state but would provide $500 Million in improved services;
The difference — $143 million — would come from federal matching grants. Without the state funding boost, California is leaving federal money on the table that could improve many thousands of lives;
• California also risks losing much more federal funding because funds are contingent on a level of service that the state is failing to meet.
Additional Calls – if possible

Kevin de Leon, Senate President Pro Tem – Dem – 916.651.4024
Mark Leno, Senate Budget Chair – Dem – 916.651.4011
Toni G. Atkins, Assembly Speaker – Dem – 916.319.2078
Shirley N. Weber, Assembly Budget Chair – Dem – 916.319.2079