From the Center for Elders’ Independence.
Since you reached out to California Legislators last week, The Senate voted to reject the proposal that would result in eliminating Adult Day Health Care Centers!
The Assembly is meeting on Thursday, June 4 at 10 a.m. to discuss the 2020 state budget.
Governor Newsom must sign a budget by June 15th and it’s not clear what will happen in budget negotiations between the Assembly, Senate and Governor.
The threat is not over.
Just 4 weeks ago, Governor Newsom praised Adult Day Health Centers for keeping vulnerable seniors safe during COVID-19.
Sheltering in place is the #1 tool we have to fight the Coronavirus presently. There is a complete and puzzling disconnect between what we know is working and what Governor Newsom’s May Revised Budget is proposing. These cuts will go into effect on July 1.
Call to Action
Our calls are working! We must keep up the pressure! Please make just 3 calls or send 3 emails…and share the video below.
Here are links, phone numbers and tools to help you. Leaving a message is fine. Include your name, where you live, and your number to call back.
Governor Gavin Newsom
Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting
Senate Budget Chair Holly Mitchell
(844) 291-6364 #6226558
Share the “Save Seniors” Video
Link to this video in your emails (https://youtu.be/L8rrH13oOTE) and share it on your social media channels.
What to Say or Write
I am (NAME) and I live in (TOWN/CITY). I am concerned/outraged to learn that Legislators are considering eliminating funding to some essential senior services.
Close to 50,000 frail older adults in California live at home and avoid nursing homes with help from Community-based adult day health care programs support.
Adult day health care programs are keeping our frail seniors out of nursing homes where seniors are dying from COVID-19 every day.
I urge you to Reject the Proposal to eliminate Adult Day Health Centers and other services for seniors in the May 2020-21 Budget Revision. The State Senate Budget Subcommittee has already rejected the proposal. Please follow their lead.
Do not balance the budget deficit caused by COVID-19 on the backs of those older Californians who need the most help.Signed, (Name)
We will keep you posted on developments. For assistance, contact Cynthia Shane Smith at 510-318-7162 or email.
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Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center Nurse Navigator Connie Beech felt compelled to record a video urging the State of Calirornia not to cut funding for Adult Day Health Centers.
Hi, my name is Connie and I’m a nurse navigator for an adult day health center in Mountain View called Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center. We serve the frail elderly, people with disabilities, and people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. We’re not a senior center.
We have nurses who oversee medical needs and dispense medications. We have social workers who help with community resources and counseling for participants and families. We have a comprehensive activities department that provides wonderful enriching programs every day for our participants.
Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center is our participants’ very lifeline. In my two years here, I have seen nurses, teachers, homemakers, engineers, physicists, mayors, and veterans of multiple wars. These people have been taxpaying, contributing citizens of the State of California. I think they deserve our care in the remaining years of their lives.
If these [Adult Day Health Centers] are eliminated, there will be increased costs for emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and nursing home admissions—if you can find a bed. I urge you, please keep the Adult Day Health Centers in the California State Budget. Thank you.
If you’d like to record your own video, we’ll be happy to share it here. But first, make sure to let Governor Newsom and your state legislators know how you feel!
This video was produced in response to Governor Newsom’s proposed budget cuts, which would take away funding for Adult Day Health Services/Community Based Adult Services (meaning Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center) unless the federal government provides relief funding to California to restore them.
You may notice a few familiar faces.
We need your help now, more than ever.
In the 1970s, nursing home placement was on the rise, while wrongful deaths and frightening stories highlighted on nightly news exposed problems.
Adult Day Health Care was born as an alternative to nursing home placement. California led the way.
Adult Day Health Care (ADHC), also known as Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS), are Department of Public Health licensed and Medi-Cal certified programs.
They treat the health and psycho-social needs of adults with chronic conditions in a safe day-program setting.
On April 3, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom delivered his daily COVID-19 briefing, calling seniors a top priority as the most vulnerable Californians.
He specifically mentioned working with Adult Day Health Care facilities to protect this population from the effects of COVID-19.
The issues that are our top focus in addition to homelessness—today we continue to also focus with acuity on what’s happening in our skilled nursing facilities, what’s happening with our senior centers and our adult care daycare facilities throughout the state of California. We said at the beginning of this epidemic that homelessness and our seniors were our top priorities. They remain so, and that’s where so much of our energy and focus resides, and appropriately so, because of the vulnerabilities within those populations within those communities.California Governor Gavin Newsom, April 3, 2020
The governor’s recognition of the essential role that Adult Day Health Care plays inspired each of us.
Nurses, social workers, and other healthcare staff from 260 centers across California answered the governor’s call to action.
Center staff quickly worked in unprecedented partnership with the Newsom Administration to transform CBAS into an alternative home-based program to keep these most vulnerable seniors safely sheltering in place.
CBAS programs have provided over 36,000 COVID-19 screenings and psycho-social health assessments each week to frail elders and their families.
Our essential team members delivered meals and activities, coordinated medical care, conducted health screenings, and much more, to keep people safe at home.
Now, the impact of COVID-19 on the state budget threatens to undo 40 years of progress…
On May 14, 2020, the governor proposed to permanently eliminate this essential service unless federal relief funds are provided to California.
Governor Newsom’s budget delivered a grim message.
36,000 of our most vulnerable, chronically ill senior lives will be used to balance the budget.
If the legislature does not act NOW to reject the May budget revision, eliminating CBAS will leave 36,000 vulnerable seniors in grave danger.
Will you let this happen to your mother or father? Husband or wife? Grandparents? Neighbor? Friend?
We need a solution to our budget issues, but sacrificing senior lives to balance the budget is not the answer Californians want.
Poster: We Need Our CBAS Centers. #isthisthemasterplanforaging? #CBASisessential
Here is how you can help!
Contact your State Assembly Members and Senators. Tell them that eliminating ADHC/CBAS will be devastating.
This message has been endorsed by CAADS, Alliance for Leadership & Education, NADSA, County of Yolo, Choice in Aging, Family Bridges, Inc., Alzheimer’s Orange County, OC Adult Day Services Coalition, Neighborhood House Association, Easterseals, and Collabria Care.