Rally to Protest Arizona’s Div. of Developmental Disabilities Cuts


The following is the text of a flyer that I received:

Don’t Cut Us Out!
Thursday, March 19, 2009

Show your support for our 29,000 Arizona Community Members with disabilities and continue the efforts to permanently restore services to our 4000+ individuals ranging from 2,000 infants to adults with severe disabilities, and prevent ANY cuts in FY 2010 and forward!!!

Demand the Governor & AZ Legislature: Don’t Cut Us Out!
Don’t Cut Us Out of our independence; Our right to live our best life; Our hopes; Our dreams; Our future!

MARCH starting at 11:30a
Route will be on the sidewalks around Wesley Bolin Memorial Park adjacent to the Capitol.

RALLY starting at 1:00p
The Senate Lawn at the State Capitol; Speech by Arizona State Rep. Kyrsten Sinema and other community/political leaders, community members, and advocates.

Theme: GOVERNOR, AZ LEGISLATURE: DON’T CUT US OUT!!!
Participants please wear a black t-shirt to represent the mourning/loss of independence, best life, hopes, dreams, and future!

Activities during the Rally: Voter Registration, Locate Your Legislator, Participation via Petition, Give the Governor Your Opinion, Send a Message to Your State Legislator; Music, Singing, Chanting

Sponsors: Community service providers for individuals with developmental disabilities represented by the Arizona Association of Providers for People with Disabilities (AAPPD), and advocacy groups represented by Specializing in the Education of Exceptional Kids (S.E.E.K).

DON’T CUT US OUT GOVERNOR BREWER; AZ LEGISLATURE!

WHY WE ARE MARCHING AND RALLYING:

1/31/09 the AZ Legislature passed a bill that drastically cut funding for 29,000 Arizona developmentally disabled adults, children, and their families. Governor Janice K. Brewer signed the bill.

2/13/19 the Department of Economic Security (DES) announced the most severe cuts in services and provider rates since the community system for people with disabilities was founded 30 years ago. More than 4,000 people with developmental disabilities were to be removed from service effective Friday, March 13th, ranging from 2,000 infants in early intervention to adults with severe disabilities, many of whom had received services for over two decades. The already fragile network of service providers was hit with a 10% rate reduction in payment for services even while a recent DES study indicated that provider rates were already substandard.

2/27/09 the providers, advocates, developmentally disabled individuals, and their guardians from various parts of the State sued the State of Arizona and DES in Superior Court over these cuts. They asked the Court for an immediate injunction to stop the suspensions of services and the rate cuts that would jeopardize the continuing availability of essential services.

3/11/09 Judge Joseph B. Heilman enjoined the State of Arizona and DES from making those cuts. His ruling is retroactive to March 1st. The ruling notes that, in the State’s rush to fix its budget problems, it acted so hastily – without public input – and that it ignored the immediate safety and welfare of some of its most vulnerable citizens.

• The State intends to appeal the judge’s ruling.

Contact Governor Jan Brewer:
1700 West Washington, Phoenix AZ 85007
Toll free 1-800-253-0883
FAX 602-542-1381 Phone 602-542-4331
Or online link at azgovernor.gov/Contact.asp

DON’T CUT US OUT GOVERNOR BREWER; AZ LEGISLATURE!

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