The Public Authority, through its staff and Advisory Committee, supports and advocates for public policy that maintains and improves services that help seniors and people with disabilities live safe, healthy, independent lives by engaging in efforts to influence and educate legislators, the public and public institutions. Our advocacy includes public education, meeting and communicating with legislators and government officials, providing stories and information to the media, mailings, attending and testifying at hearings, and participating with the advocacy efforts of other organizations.
The Public Authority for IHSS in Alameda County has an Advisory Committee, whose members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Committee meetings are open to the public. View the Advisory Committee page to find out more about its role, scheduled meetings, agendas, minutes, and members.
Public Authority Advisory Committee Chair, Michelle Rousey, Speaks Out about the “restoration” of services.
When I first heard that the cuts had been restored I was grateful – until I found out that it was only for a year. If the state doesn’t find a permanent funding source for the IHSS program then we will be right back living with the hardship of the 7% cut. I don’t know about you but that makes me angry. There needs to be an enduring solution. We need to contact our elected representatives and let them know that we need a permanent funding stream for the IHSS program. And no more cuts for the IHSS program. Not now or in the future. I don’t know about you but I’m tired of being the one that is being cut and having to decide which of my services to not do today. It’s inhumane. No one should be asked to not have the care they really need. Please join me, write a letter, make a phone call or visit your legislator in person. We all need to Speak Out. Thank you, Michelle Rousey
Legislation on IHSS
Find IHSS-related legislation of interest on the California Association of Public Authorities’ website at www.capaihss.org.
The World Institute on Disability has a great list of advocacy organizations on their website at www.wid.org.