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ACR-77 Developmental centers.(2017-2018)

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Amended  IN  Senate  January 25, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  July 17, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 77


Introduced by Assembly Members Lackey and Mathis
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Brough, Harper, Kiley, Steinorth, Acosta, Arambula, Baker, Berman, Bigelow, Bloom, Bocanegra, Bonta, Burke, Caballero, Calderon, Cervantes, Chau, Chávez, Chen, Chiu, Choi, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Cunningham, Dababneh, Dahle, Eggman, Flora, Fong, Frazier, Friedman, Gallagher, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gipson, Gloria, Gonzalez Fletcher, Grayson, Holden, Irwin, Jones-Sawyer, Kalra, Limón, Low, Maienschein, Mayes, McCarty, Medina, Melendez, Mullin, Muratsuchi, Nazarian, O’Donnell, Patterson, Quirk, Quirk-Silva, Rendon, Reyes, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Rubio, Salas, Steinorth, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Voepel, Waldron, Weber, and Wood)
(Coauthor: Senator Wilk)

April 26, 2017


Relative to public social services.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 77, as amended, Lackey. Developmental centers.
This measure would express the Legislature’s support for reinvesting revenues and cost savings from the closure, sale, and reuse of developmental centers into the community of persons with developmental disabilities, including through creation of a self-sustaining income mechanism to support persons with developmental disabilities and the establishment of a working group to examine the potential sale or reuse of developmental center properties. The measure would express the Legislature’s intent that all moneys in the Department of Developmental Services Trust Fund should be allocated for the support of persons with developmental disabilities, as specified.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, A state hospital under the jurisdiction of the State Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is known as a developmental center; and
WHEREAS, Existing law requires DDS to allocate funds to private, nonprofit entities known as regional centers, which are required to provide or arrange for the provision of services and support for persons with developmental disabilities; and
WHEREAS, Existing law requires the closure of the three remaining developmental centers, not including the secure treatment program at Porterville Developmental Center, no later than 2021; and
WHEREAS, Existing law requires DDS to comply with procedural requirements when closing a developmental center, including submitting a detailed plan to the Legislature and holding at least one public hearing; and
WHEREAS, It could be beneficial to consider potential revenue-generating opportunities that would benefit persons with developmental disabilities transitioned to the community after a property’s closure; and
WHEREAS, A portion of the site at Fairview Developmental Center has been transformed into Harbor Village, a mixed-use housing project that has stayed within the DDS system. As DDS’s income from Harbor Village grows, DDS may use the money to support the development of additional living arrangements, including the community safety net, and purchase services for persons with developmental disabilities; and
WHEREAS, The investments made to support the community of persons with developmental disabilities through Chapter 3 of the Second Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2016 were a good start to bring further fiscal stability to programs that allow persons with developmental disabilities to lead independent and productive lives that maximize their potential and reflect the dignity afforded all Californians; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature intends that the proceeds from the sale of developmental center properties, any cost difference between services provided to a client in a developmental center and services provided to a client through a regional center, and the revenues generated from the reuse or continued innovative use of developmental center properties, such as that of Harbor Village, should continue to support the community of persons with developmental disabilities; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature intends to establish a working group to determine how the sale or reuse of the developmental center properties can be utilized for the maximum benefit of the community of persons with developmental disabilities in a way that optimizes use of moneys in the Department of Developmental Services Trust Fund (DDSTF) without violating the Constitution’s requirements relating to the disposition of surplus properties; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature encourages the creation of a self-sustaining income mechanism to support persons with developmental disabilities; and be it further
Resolved, That it is the intent of the Legislature that all moneys in the DDSTF should be allocated in the ordinary course of budgeting by the Legislature, but should be used for the support of individuals with developmental disabilities, including programs, services, and providers, whose services and supports help ensure that persons with developmental disabilities in California can live independent and productive lives in communities of their choice; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the Director of Developmental Services, to the Director of General Services, and to the author for appropriate distribution.