NOTICE REGARDING IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES (IHSS)
In 2009, the State of California tried to cut IHSS domestic and related hours and to cut funds for IHSS workers who make more than $9.50 an hour. In 2011, the State tried to cut IHSS hours by 20%.
In response, IHSS recipients and labor unions filed lawsuits. They won temporary orders stopping the cuts. The State appealed the lawsuits. No one knows if the courts would allow the cuts or not. Now there is a settlement. If the court approves the settlement:
• There will be no 20% cut in IHSS hours. There will be a one-year cut of 8% starting around July 1, 2013. This is 4.4% below current hours because there is already a cut of 3.6% that is not part of these lawsuits. (3.6% + 4.4% = 8%).
• Around July 2014, the cut in IHSS hours will go down to 7%. (3.4% on top of the 3.6% current cut).
• There will be no cuts in State funding for IHSS wages.
• You CAN ask the county for extra hours if your circumstances change.
TO GET MORE DETAILS OR FILE AN OBJECTION WITH THE COURT:
You can get a copy of the class notice and the settlement agreement from your county welfare office, public authority or online at: DOWNLOAD IHSS SETTLEMENT CLASS NOTICE
THE DEADLINE TO OBJECT TO THE SETTLEMENT IS MAY 3, 2013.
You don’t have to do anything if you do not object to the settlement.
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ADA IS PROTECTED AND EXPANDED BY TESTIMONY IN SACRAMENTO
We can thank the remarkable testimony from the disability community January 23 & 24 at the California Building Standards Commission for convincing the Commission to revise some of the most egregious of the code change proposals that concerned us. Congratulations to everyone who called in and those who attended the hearing. Great job!
Here’s what was accomplished:
1. The exception for “structural impracticability” that was proposed to apply to both new and existing construction will be eliminated.
2. We will no longer be held forever to using the 2010 code for telephones, restrooms, drinking fountains, signs and entrances. As the proposed code was written, any building that was remodeled and had to make these features accessible would not have to make any upgrades if they met the 2010 standards. Instead, the this section will be amended to allow this kind of “grandfathering” only for one code cycle back (the code changes every three years.)
3. An accessible route will be required to water slides, wrestling & boxing arenas, animal containment areas, and raised diving boards & diving platforms
4. Hotel and motel rooms which are not accessible will still have to have accessible room and bathroom entrances and access into and through the bathroom. Access into the bathroom had been proposed to be eliminated.
5. The color contrast required for way finding surfaces for persons with vision impairments will be maintained.
6. The center line of toilets will have to be between 17 and 18 inches from the wall. The proposed code was to allow 16 to 18 inches, which would create a barrier for many users.
Many issues for the vision impaired were discussed by those testifying and will also be the subject of future code development as will be our issues which did not get addressed yesterday. The Commission also voted to direct the State Architect to work more openly with people with disabilities.
What we will have in the new code that goes into effect January 1, 2014 is the best of the ADA Standards which provide more access requirements than we have had in state code and the best of the state code which we have used since 1982.
It’s amazing how effective the disability community can be. However, much appreciation must go to the Secretary Anna Caballero who chairs the Commission meetings. She was most gracious and went out of her way to insure we had an opportunity to make ourselves heard. Appreciation also goes to the staff for the State Architect, who met advocates the evening of the 23rd to discuss our concerns, which was very helpful in clarifying the issues so that they could be addressed under the parameters of the Commission authority.