EDITOR'S NOTE: The following letter was addressed to Gov. Jerry Brown and members of the Assembly and state Senate budget subcommittees.
Re: Department of Developmental Services Budget Cuts,
We have a severely disabled child named Alexandra. She is 9 years old. The proposed budget cuts will have a devastating effect on her, our family and our ability to cope with her disabilities. These cuts will not allow us to care for her in our own home. As a parent, you must realize how devastating this very real prospect is.
A cut this big, and without detail, to a department that serves some of California's most vulnerable residents is unconscionable.
We have already had Lexi in a state-funded crisis home for two months last spring. This was due to my health issues that are perpetuated by the constant stress of her care. The crisis home was only possible because of funding from the state. Our daughter is now back at home with us, and the services we receive from the state allow us to care for her in our home.