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Increasing access and equal opportunity for people with disabilities by building the capacity of Independent Living Centers. Learn more about CFILC and what we do.

CFILC Announces State Budget Request Restoration of Funding of the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Consumer Advisory Committees/Governing Board Funding March 18th, 2022

Sacramento, CA – (March 18th, 2022) – The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) announced today its state budget request in co-sponsorship with collaborators at the CA In-Home Supportive Services Consumer Alliance (CICA). The budget request will restore critical funding for the IHSS Public Authority Consumer Advisory Committees and Governing Boards. This funding was significantly reduced from $56,000 to $6,000 per county during the budget crisis of 2011. This funding has never been restored and it restricts consumer input on IHSS policies and practices.

At the same time this funding cut was made, the mandate on counties to operate these IHSS advisory committees was removed through a budget trailer bill amendment. Unfortunately, this reduced the ability of IHSS advisory committees to serve as a forum lead by consumers to improve IHSS.

This funding would provide $56,000 per year for each county-based Public Authority Consumer Advisory Committee and Governing Board (58 counties total) to implement the consumer input mandate of the IHSS Public Authorities legislation established in AB 485 (1992) and AB 1682 (1999).

If approved, this funding will re-establish these county-based committees and boards, which are essential in providing consumer input to policy makers regarding IHSS policies and practices.

At the time of this publication, Assembly Member Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) has agreed to be the champion (author) of CFILC’s and CICA’s state budget proposal to restore funding of the IHSS consumer advisory committees.

“Consumer control and empowerment is a core value of the Independent Living Network. The IHSS program is a critical part of keeping and allowing disabled people to live their best lives in the community. While there is much work to be done to improve and expand IHSS to meet the needs of California's growing population, there is a fundamental need to have individuals with lived experience that bring diversity, equity and inclusion advising counties on how the program can be improved. CFILC is grateful to be partnering and advocating for this change with our friends at CICA,” Christina Mills, CFILC Executive Director said.

Read the full budget request.

If you have questions, please contact CFILC’s Public Policy Manager, Dan Okenfuss at dan@cfilc.org

CFILC and COVID-19 Steps taken to address the pandemic March 16th, 2020

A graphic reading A CFILC Public Advisory. Image of virus cells in the background. A graphic reading A CFILC Public Advisory. Image of virus cells in the background. Sacramento, CA – The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) is taking steps to keep our community safe and well during the COVID-19 pandemic. CFILC is working closely with our members and state partners to keep the lines of communication open and the experiences of people with disabilities elevated. We will continue to advocate for the needs of our community and encourage everyone to be socially responsible for each other and their loved ones.

CFILC will be sharing COVID-19 disability related information through our social media pages, which we invite you to share with your networks. We will continue to actively participate in the weekly California Office of Emergency Services, Access and Functional Needs briefs on the outbreak and will share all helpful resources provided.

Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, CFILC will transition to a virtual office. CFILC staff will continue their work remotely through the end of March. We have cancelled all work travel as well as postponed in-person meetings and events.

We appreciate all our partners and allies who have been involved and who have joined us in assuring that the rights of people with disabilities are met throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.

CPUC, Senator Beall, and Partners Host Open House for iPad Loan Program iPad Voice Options demonstration on Friday, April 7th at 11am. All are welcome to attend the Open House! March 30th, 2017

San Francisco, CA – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose), the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC), and the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC) are hosting an Open House in San Jose to celebrate and give a demonstration of Voice Options, which offers iPads with speech applications at no-cost to people with speech disabilities.

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All are welcome to attend the Open House! Light refreshments served.

WHEN: April 7, 2017, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

WHERE: Silicon Valley Independent Living Center: 2202 N. 1st St., San Jose, CA 95131

WHAT: Voice Options is a pilot program of the CPUC associated with Assembly Bill 136 (Beall, 2011) and administrated by CFILC. The program loans iPads with speech applications to Californians who are not able to speak, or who have difficulty speaking, so they can determine if using an iPad increases their ability to communicate.

• Opening remarks by Senator Beall, CPUC Commissioner Clifford Rechtschaffen, and SVILC
• Demonstration of the iPads and apps in action by CFILC; attendees will also have the opportunity to use the iPads to see how the apps work

All program iPads are equipped with the following 5 speech apps:

• Go Talk NOW Plus
• LAMP words for Life
• Predictable
• Proloquo4Text
• TouchChat

Individuals may borrow an iPad at no cost for up to 30 days to determine if using a speech app increases their ability to communicate. If the user determines a speech app on the iPad works well for them, they may apply for a long-term loan of the device and their favorite speech app. Long-term loans require a verification of disability status by a designated professional.

Individuals can participate in this program by visiting one of 10 Demonstration Centers operated by CFILC in the following cities: Anaheim, Grass Valley, Los Angeles, Redding, Sacramento, Salinas, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Jose, and Santa Ana, or by visiting http://VoiceOptions.org, or calling toll-free (800) 390-2699, or emailing info@voiceoptions.org.

California Phones from the Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program of the CPUC will have California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) equipment on display and staff available to discuss CTAP.

For more information about the CFILC, please visit http://cfilc.org.
For more information about the CPUC, please visit http://cpuc.ca.gov.

• Terrie Prosper, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), 415.703.1366, news@cpuc.ca.gov
• Kyla Aquino Irving, California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) 916.995.1658, kyla@cfilc.org,

Disability Advocates Call on Congress to Preserve the Affordable Care Act Disability advocates call on California Congressional delegation to preserve critical parts of the Affordable Care Act March 21st, 2017

Sacramento, CA – The House plans a full floor vote on the American Health Care Act on Thursday, March 23. The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers and Disability Rights California will hold a news conference to urge Congress to preserve access to Medicaid services (Medi-Cal in CA). Advocates will focus on preserving Community First Choice Option (CFCO). It is an optional Medicaid funding incentive that provides additional funding for community-based services for people with disabilities.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Sacramento State Capitol, Room 1190

INFORMATION: Under the proposed American Health Care Act, 24 million people would lose their health insurance and there would be nearly $900 billion in federal cuts to Medicaid, which is Medi-Cal in California. The legislation would eliminate the CFCO by 2020 as part of a strategy to introduce block grants and cut Medicaid. Members of the disability community will express their concerns that the House is pursuing legislation without consideration for the many people with disabilities whose lives hang in the balance.

The California Foundation Foundation for Independent Living Centers is a non-profit disability advocacy organization focused on increasing access and equality for people with disabilities by building the capacity of Independent Living Centers. Visit us at http://cfilc.org, Facebook: @CFILC, and Twitter: @_CFILC


Kyla Aquino Irving
Communications Manager
(916) 995-1658