Survival Coalition members are concerned about the safety of people with disabilities and support policies that lead to prevention and effective response to abuse. However, our analysis finds that AB 462 will not increase safety and we have concluded this bill will result in negative unintended consequences.
Survival Coalition has substantive concerns about how such a policy intersects with employment and non-discrimination laws, the rights of the patient versus the right given to a parent or guardian when parties are not in agreement, the challenges of implementing such a policy especially in the context of the caregiver crisis, and fiscal concerns as this policy change may lead to increased staffing requirements without increasing quality of service or the amount of services provided to Medicaid recipients. Our testimony is focused primarily on whether this policy is an effective strategy to improve safety. Read full testimony