Legislative Positions

DREDF letter Opposing HR 3765

July 6, 2016

Honorable Trent Franks
Chair, Subcommittee Constitution and Civil Justice
House Judiciary Committee
2435 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Honorable Steve Cohen
Ranking Member, Subcommittee Constitution and Civil Justice
House Judiciary Committee
2404 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Franks and Ranking Member Cohen:
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Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 3717)

January 28, 2014 

Dear Representative:

The undersigned members of the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Rights Task Force urge you not to cosponsor or vote for the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 3717). CCD is a coalition of national disability-related organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures full equality, self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
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DREDF Opposes California’s AB 241 Unless Amended

August 6, 2013

Honorable Kevin de León
California Senate
State Capitol 2206 Sacramento, CA 95814

AB 241: Oppose Unless Amended

The bill would amend state labor standards for domestic workers and as written, would have a negative impact on people with disabilities.

Strengthening America’s Schools Act (SASA)

Summary

SASA eliminates the 2% modified achievement standards and ensures that only students for whom the alternate assessment based on alternate academic standards (AA-AAS) is appropriate may have their progress measured by this standard. It also affirms performance targets for all students, clarifies the size of subgroups as being 15 students, requires data collection to improve school climate and measure academic growth, and ensures that schools implement multi-tier assessments and universal design for learning.

Status

Referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Ordered to be reported with amendments favorably.

Our Position: Support

DREDF believes the introduction of SASA is a move in the right direction toward ensuring that ESEA maintains a balance between student learning and achieving state standards while providing some flexibility so that states, districts, and schools have an opportunity to determine the effective evidence-based approaches to making this happen.

Medicare DMEPOS Market Pricing Program Act of 2013

Summary

Establishes an independent auction program, known as the Market Pricing Program (MPP), for durable medical equipment (DME), prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS).

Status

Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

Our Position: Support

Consumers, physicians and clinicians all agree that the current bidding program is disrupting the continuum of care by restricting consumers from going to their providers of choice in order to receive the appropriate items and services that they need. Enacting a market-based auction program will ensure that beneficiaries receive high-quality service and equipment that they have become accustomed to receiving and will lower health care costs by enabling beneficiaries to stay in their homes with the products and services on which they depend.

Enhance Rehabilitation Research at the National Institutes of Health

Improve, Coordinate, and Enhance Rehabilitation Research at the National Institutes of Health

Summary

S. 1027 is designed to enhance coordination within NIH and with other federal agencies, update and streamline rehabilitation research priorities, and facilitate implementation of recommendations published in December 2012 by a distinguished NIH Blue Ribbon Panel on Rehabilitation Research.

Status

Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Our Position: Support

DRRC and DREDF enthusiastically support the introduction of S. 1027 because we believe the time is now to enhance the stature and visibility of rehabilitation research at the world’s premier medical research agency and, by so doing, send a clear and unequivocal message that rehabilitation services and devices are critical to the health of people with disabilities, chronic conditions, illnesses and injuries. Access to rehabilitation is the key to full functioning, independent living, return to work and a high quality of life.

Affordable Accessible Housing for Low-Income People With Disabilities

SB 550 – Affordable Accessible Housing for Low-Income People With Disabilities

Summary

SB 550 – An act to add Chapter 6.25 (commencing with Section 50655.1) to Part 2 of Division 31 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to housing.

Status

Held under submission in committee

Our Position: Support

SB 550 is a modest bill which will help California meet the needs of its rapidly growing population of seniors, its veterans, and all low income people with disabilities who need affordable homes which meet their needs and enable them to stay out of institutions and be part of their communities.

Keeping All Students Safe Act (reintroduced)

Summary

Ensures that restraints are used only in emergencies posing an imminent threat of physical danger. If less restrictive and dangerous measures like de-escalation, conflict management, and positive behavioral supports will prevent the threat, the bill will require that they be used. The bill will provide similar protections from seclusion. The bill will require that schools take steps to notify parents within 24 hours, and follow up in writing.

Status

Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Our Position: Support

Efforts to reduce restraint and seclusion should be part of a strategy for school-wide safety and should include the development of district-wide policies, training for all educational staff, crisis preparation, interagency cooperation and student/parent participation. Proactive approaches need to be used, e.g., positive behavior interventions and supports that are safe, effective, and evidence-based. Research demonstrates that the use of preventative and positive approaches is a cost-saving approach that changes how schools respond to students, improving student behavior by promoting and reinforcing desired behaviors and eliminating the unintended reinforcement of and need to respond to problem behaviors.

The Government Code – Relating to Employment

Amend sections 12940 and 12965 of the Government Code, relating to employment.

Summary

In Harris v. City of Santa Monica the high court specified that an employee must prove that unlawful discrimination is a “substantial factor” motivating adverse employment action, but did not provide detail relevant to that requirement. SB 655 would codify a definition of “substantial factor” for “mixed motive” cases that is consistent with other high court precedent offering such detail. This bill would also confirm availability of FEHA remedies intended to compensate for the harmful effects of experiencing discrimination and to deter inappropriate employer conduct.

Status

In Committee process

Our Position: Support

This legislation will reaffirm the state’s strong public policy commitment to workplace success and fairness. “Mixed motive” FEHA discrimination cases raise unique issues of rights and remedies, which need to be addressed thoughtfully in order to preserve California’s strong interest in fostering workplace fairness, while also protecting legitimate employer interests.