Legislators Should Stand Up for those with Developmental Disabilities

By The Editorial Board, Long Beach Press Telegram

Sometimes, a glass half full doesn’t cut it. That’s the case for the state budget’s progress vis-a-vis the Lanterman Coalition’s call for a 10 percent hike in funding for services for those with developmental disabilities.
That quick funding boost, as we’ve detailed in previous editorials, is necessary to stabilize a system that — due to years of declining support — is “On the Brink of Collapse,” as a report from the Association of Regional Center Agencies is titled. Since mid-2011, 435 residential homes for adults with developmental disabilities have closed, a loss of nearly 2,300 beds. Read more.