Assemblymember Frazier’s Statement on Historic $1.4B Funding for IDD Population

Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Fairfield), released the following statement about fighting to secure unanimous state support for the proposed $1.4 billion dollar funding for those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).

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“First, I would like to thank the California Legislature for acknowledging the urgent need for increased funding for the IDD population. This community has been severely underrepresented and underfunded throughout history, so this is a massively important step in the right direction. While there is still much to do regarding bettering the quality of life for this community, I’m thrilled to see that tide starting to change, especially after essential services have been stripped away from the IDD community due to previous budget cuts and restraints. The 2021-22 budget for California is set to include a historic funding package for the IDD community totaling $1.4 billion. This funding will be phased over the next four years and will dramatically improve the lives of IDD individuals for the better,” said Assemblymember Frazier.

Under the Lanterman Act, it is the Legislature’s responsibility to care for and support the disabled population in California. The Assemblymember has worked tirelessly for nine years to help ensure the state provides the necessary funding and support to meet this obligation.

“Due to this community and my persistence, I am proud to say that the proposed budget increase has unanimous support from both the CA Senate and Assembly. With all my heart, I wish for Governor Newsom to throw his support behind this severely underfunded and underprivileged community of incredible, hardworking folks. I would also like to give a well-deserved thank you to the NCP of the North Bay for providing essential services for this community and also advocating for their rights and the state’s responsibility to them. As Chair of the Select Committee on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, I look forward to continuing to fight for the IDD community and advocate for them in a way that creates meaningful and long-lasting change to their quality of life,” said Assemblymember Frazier.

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Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.