Assemblymember proposes ILC funding

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Disabled advocates testified before a state assembly committee Wednesday to push for base funding for independent learning centers.  A bill introduced by Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) if approved would allow funding for all 28 of those centers.  Salas said 3 of the 28 ILCs, including Independent Living Center of Kern County, receive zero state funding despite providing the same services offered at other centers throughout the state.

“By no fault of their own, these three centers have been excluded from receiving state funding,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Equally funding our state’s Independent Living Centers will improve their ability to operate and have long-lasting positive impacts on the lives of those they serve.”

The three centers that do not currently receive state funding serve thousands of individuals and their families in ten counties including Kern, Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne, and Mariposa, Placer, El Dorado, and Alpine. “We would like to thank Assemblymember Salas for addressing a long-standing problem for base rate funding of all Independent Living Centers that needs to be addressed,” said Jimmie Soto, Executive Director of Independent Living Center of Kern County.
In California, ILCs serve over 100,000 individuals with physical, sensory, cognitive and mental health disabilities each year providing employment, housing, technology, and advocacy services, according to a news release. These services benefit both the individual as well as their families.

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