Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) Monday announced a bill to restore social recreation and camp services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). This bill is a bipartisan measure authored by ASM Mathis (R-Visalia) and ASM Frazier (D-Discovery Bay).
“As a father of children with IDD, I believe that is it crucial for this community to access such important services,” said Mathis. “These programs help to increase a person’s independence while also promoting social development and opportunities that people with IDD may have never received otherwise. Further, this offers a cost-effective support option for families who could use the help.”
Most people with developmental disabilities in California live with their families, including most adults from diverse communities. Prior to the 2009 budget cuts, regional centers provided social recreation and camp services to help support families.
These services increased integration in the community and improved socialization skills, while simultaneously offering families a break and respecting cultural preferences for home-based family care.
Families relied heavily on social recreation and camp services to enable them to maintain individuals at home. Restoring social recreation and camp services will once again provide a meaningful and cost-effective way to support families.
“Social recreation and camp are high-value, low-cost services that have life-changing benefits for individuals and families while respecting cultural preferences,” said Amy Westling, Executive Director of the Association of Regional Center Agencies. “We welcome this bipartisan effort to restore these programs.”
“The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration appreciates the dedication and commitment of Assembly Member Mathis and his co-authors, Assembly Member Frazier (Joint Author), Assembly Member Wood, Assembly Member Gallagher, Assembly Member Cooper, and Assembly Member Patterson, to the intellectual and developmental disabilities community in introducing AB 261,” said Teresa Anderson, Director of Public Policy at The Arc & UCP California Collaborative. “Restoring social recreation and camp services will allow people with IDD to thrive in a variety of inclusive environments ensuring that children and adults have access to opportunities that meet their individual and personalized needs.”