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YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED TO STOP PROPOSED STATE BUDGET CUTS

We urge you to let Governor Newsom know that eliminating the funding for Adult Day Health Care Centers (CBAS) is bad for Orange County and bad for California.

Meals on Wheels OC operates two Adult Day Healthcare Centers in Anaheim and Santa Ana. These two centers keep families together by offering safe supervision and therapies 5 days a week for 322 adults with health, mental, or physical disabilities while giving their caregivers time for respite or work free of worry about their loved one.

Governor Newsom’s revised 2020-2021 budget for California calls for the elimination of these critical programs, that provide daily care for our most vulnerable residents and keep families together. Eliminating these programs would leave thousands of families without health and care for their loved ones and nowhere to turn. 

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Here’s what we need you to do:

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  2. Click here to email the Budget Committee
  3. Paste email text into the body of the email; add your name & address to the bottom
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Email Text:

Subject: CBAS & ADHC Saves Lives

Dear Representatives:

Governor Newsom’s revised budget for California calls for the elimination of funding for the critically important Adult Day Health Care/Community Based Adult Services (CBAS) program. The Adult Day Health Care model of multi-disciplinary care is proven to be an effective solution in the management of chronic conditions of older adults, saving money, and enhancing quality of life. Elimination of Adult Day Health Care/CBAS would cost California significantly more than would be saved due to cost-shifting of care to decidedly more expensive settings.

  • Adult Day Health Care/CBAS centers are the first line of defense against hospitalization or institutional care for frail;
  • Adult Day Health Care/CBAS centers alleviate the daytime burdens of caregiving for family caregivers while ensuring that frail older adults receive appropriate, safe, coordinated care from highly skilled professionals. These centers allow family members to work, attend school, handle personal business and manage their own health, knowing their loved one is well cared for and;
  • This measure is ill-advised and will NOT make economic sense.  The average cost to the State for a CBAS participant is $2,200/month, compared to hospitalization or Skilled Nursing Facility costs of well over $6,000/month. Adult Day Healthcare/CBAS has been proven to reduce hospital admissions by 60% over 12 months, and reduce Skilled Nursing Facility admissions by 70%.

In Orange County alone, 17 Adult Day Health Centers serve an estimated 2,975 frail seniors. The projected funding cuts would force all 17 centers to close.

I urge you to let Governor Newsom know that eliminating the funding for Adult Day Health Care/CBAS Centers is bad for Orange County and bad for California.

Sincerely,

(Insert Full Name)
(Insert Home Address)
(Insert City, Zip code)