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    Our Lives Are Worth Living

    Our own Jessie Lorenz had a powerful op-ed piece in the SF Examiner.  What are your feelings about the state of healthcare access in the the USA, as it relates to people with disabilities? We'd love to hear your story and, if you're involved in any kind of advocacy related to healthcare access, tell us about it. Advocacy by the disability community has been a huge success story of 2017, … [Read more...]

    ADA 25: President Obama Speaks about The Americans with Disabilities Act

    https://youtu.be/AKyBrk6ntaM … [Read more...]

    ILRCSF Adds Legal Services to Our Disability Advocacy Toolbelt

    For a long time, now, we at ILRCSF have had a desire to offer on-site legal services to people with disabilities. Many consumers come to us with questions and circumstances - mostly having to do with benefits - that require the services of an attorney. Over the years, we've provided such consumers with a list of lawyers they could contact. This often means that we never find out how consumers fair … [Read more...]

    State Halts Implementation of Overtime Regulations for IHSS Workers

    From: California Department of Social Services To: IHSS Recipients and Providers   On December 31, 2014, the California Department of Social Services notified the public that implementation of the California In-Home Supportive Services Program’s new overtime, travel and wait time rules was being delayed due to a federal court order. This letter contains further guidance. In two orders … [Read more...]

    Governor’s Proposed 2015-2016 State Budget Would Restore 7% Cut to In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)

    From the Disability Organizing Network: January 9, 2015 Forwarded from California In-Home Supportive Services Consumer Alliance (CICA) and the California Association of Public Authorities (CAPA), SACRAMENTO, CA [CDCAN LAST UPDATED 01/09/2015 - 10:12 AM] -  Governor Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr.'s proposed 2015-2016 State Budget released this morning includes a major proposal to restore the … [Read more...]

    Request from Disability Rights California to IHSS Recipients and Providers

    New federal rules require that In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) workers receive overtime pay starting on January 1, 2015.  California has limited the amount providers can work each week to 61 - 66 hours, with no exceptions. The state will not enforce the new rules until April 1, so no need to rush to act!  These new rules will be a problem for some consumers. Disability Rights California … [Read more...]

    Important Trainings on New IHSS Overtime Rules

    There will be a series of complicated changes to how hours are counted and recorded, going into effect January 1, 2015. Consumers, providers, and advocates are strongly encouraged to attend an information session to learn more. Please note that the times and locations for each session are listed below. The trainings will be hosted by Senior and Disability Action, and the San Francisco IHSS … [Read more...]

    Call To Action – Speak Up About Home and Community-Based Settings

    New Rules about Home and Community Based (HCB) Settings New federal rules say that community settings (including assisted living and group homes & day and work programs) must give people choice, privacy, and independence.  People also have a right to have a say in their planning and to be included into their communities. What Do the New Rules Say? The new federal rules say that HCB settings … [Read more...]

    ILRCSF Chimes in on Laura’s Law

    The following is a letter submitted to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, regarding The City's attempt to implement Laura's Law.   Dear Supervisors, Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco (ILRCSF), an advocacy agency for persons with disabilities, joins such organizations as Disability Rights California, California Association of Patient Rights Advocates, and Mental … [Read more...]

    On the road to easier Medicaid enrollment for those who qualify?

    Not to sound cyncial, but this article amuses me greatly. As I prepare to depart from ILRCSF (with much sadness and many goodbyes still be made to consumers and colleagues), I also prepare to become, or try to become, a consumer of the Medicaid system in Florida. And folks, I am fearful.  I know how labyrinthine the process can be to access Medi-Cal … [Read more...]