March 16, 2015:
As the Parent Hospital Association (PHA’s) annual legislative meeting convened last Saturday, the overwhelming message to save the Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) from closure was heard from a patient crowd lined up all the way out the back door of Wagner Hall on the SDC Campus. Some speakers have loved ones who are clients at SDC, some spent their career caring for the developmentally disabled at the site, and some were just concerned citizens. With an audience of more than 200 people, as well as elected officials and representatives from Sonoma County and state, the support for saving the Sonoma Developmental Center was heard loud and clear. State Senator Mike McGuire, Assemblyman Bill Dodd, Supervisor Susan Gorin and representatives from Congressman Thompson, State Senator Lois Wolk and Assemblyman Mark Levine all expressed their support for creating working partnerships for a successful outcome, as well a unified message that the focus should be on those who still call SDC their home.
As many expressed, one of numerous concerns was that SDC could be the last resort for the type of care needed for those with severe physical or mental health challenges. Therefore, the importance that SDC remain open is critical, although many know that “change is on its way.”
It was also announced that the first ‘Transform SDC’ Project workshop is now set for May 2nd at the Vintage House in Sonoma from 9am to 12pm. Additional information will be provided in the following weeks to come.
For further information on how the SDC Legislative Meeting progressed please follow the link below.
Passionate Pleas to Save Sonoma Developmental Center
Provided courtesy of the Press Democrat website, by Robert Digitale.
March 14, 2015:
John McCaull, pictured here is just one of the many speakers that day presenting to an audience of more than 200 people, as well as elected officials and representatives from Sonoma County and state, where the support for saving the Sonoma Developmental Center was heard loud and clear.
Photo courtesy of Sonoma Land Trust.
January 15, 2015:
You Are Invited to Join
Parents Hospital Association supporting the residents, families and friends of
The Sonoma Developmental Center
At the Annual March Legislative Meeting
March 14, 2015-10 until noon
Wagner Building on the Sonoma Developmental Center Campus
PHA will hold its annual March legislative meeting this year in order to give the residents, their families and friends, staff, and local community members a chance to speak directly to their legislators about the future of Sonoma Developmental Center. This year it is more important than ever that everyone who cares about the center attend. Sonoma Developmental Center continues to lose population as older residents pass away, younger and healthier residents are placed in alternative settings, and the Department of Developmental Services continues to pursue a policy of non-admission. This meeting is our best chance to offer legislators our perspective on the importance of the quality services residents of Sonoma Developmental Center receive, the gaps in service for residents outside the center, and the importance of the open space surrounding those who live there.
We will plan to have an agenda, but also open the floor to anyone in attendance who wishes to share. Because this meeting is well attended we often run out of time before we run out of folks who wish to share. We apologize in advance for if we fail to give everyone the chance to speak. We will impose a time limit on those presenting to allow the greatest number of people the chance to speak. We urge you to not hesitate to speak but to plan your remarks so that you make your comments and time count.
PHA is grateful that Sonoma Developmental Center is located in Sonoma, a community of caring and support for our loved ones who reside there. We have always welcomed members of the community to the Sonoma campus and they have always welcomed the center residents into the local community restaurants, and businesses, and shared open spaces. We are also grateful to the wonderful Sonoma staff and want them to feel welcome to attend our meetings and join with PHA in having a voice about the future of the center. We hope you will chose to join with us for the March legislative meeting and let your voice be heard!
The official PHA website is parenthospitalassociation.org
Announcement courtesy of Kathleen Miller, President of the Parent Hospital Association.