You Can Help Make California’s Crisis Care Guidelines Inclusive – Here’s How!

Picture by Doug Spearman

Here is an important message, and call to action, from the #NoBodyIsDisposable coalition. Please consider taking the actions below and/or sharing this information and boosting the signal:

California for All!

On Sunday, April 19, the California Health & Human Services Agency issued guidelines for the rationing of medical care and treatment. The state missed an opportunity to work with community, including disabled persons, fat people, older adults, people of color, LGBTQ+ persons, and their families.

Thanks to a rapid community response, California has agreed to revise the guidelines!

Thank you to many #NoBodyIsDisposable Coalition partners who signed on to this letter detailing our concerns. We were excited to contribute our expertise to this letter, led by the national disability rights organization, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF).

Help make sure California’s revisions to the Crisis Care Guidelines live up to their commitment to being a “California for All.”


Share your Solidarity Selfie & tell state leadership what’s most important in these revised guidelines — that the lives of people of color, fat people, older adults, and disabled people are valuable and they deserve care.

Sample Tweets/Messaging
(easily adaptable for Facebook and Instagram)

remember to use the #NoBodyIsDisposable hashtag and tag state leaders

Use one of the templates below, or create your own

CA needs #CrisisCare guidelines that include people like {ME/LOVED ONE}. TY @CAGovernor @CDPHDirector TY for revising so PoC, fat people, older adults & disabled people are cared for. #CaliforniaForAll requires medical care for all. #NoBodyisDisposable #DontRationOurCare

TY @CAGovernor @CDPHDirector for revising CA’s #CrisisCare guidelines to include people like {ME/LOVED ONE}. #CaliforniaForAll requires medical care for all. POC, fat people, older adults & disabled folks must be part of the process #NoBodyisDisposable #DontRationOurCare
Who to reach out to:

Key decision-makers:

Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary of HHS
Twitter: @CHHSAgency
Mission: CHHS oversees departments providing health care, social, mental health, alcohol and drug treatment, income assistance and public health services.

Office of the Governor of California Gavin Newsom
Twitter: @CAGovernor, @GavinNewsom
General number: 916-445-2841

Sonia Y. Angell, MD, MPH State Public Health Officer & Director
Twitter: @DrSoniaAngell
Official: @CDPHDirector
Phone: 916-558-1700

Other stakeholders & influencers:

Official Press Office for California Governor Newsom
Twitter: @GovPressOffice

California Department of Rehabilitation
Twitter: @CaliforniaDOR
CA Department of Rehabilitation provides counseling, vocational rehabilitation, and independent living services to all Californians with disabilities.

California Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
Twitter: @CaliforniaDDS
The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) serves individuals who have developmental disabilities.

California State Council on Developmental Disabilities
Twitter: @CalSCDD
The California State Council on Developmental Disabilities ensures that people with developmental disabilities receive the services and supports they need.

OFFICIAL ACCOUNT for CA Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).
Twitter: @Cal_OES

California Department of Aging
Twitter: @CalAging

Kim McCoy Wade
Twitter: @kimwadedc

California Public Health
Twitter: @CAPublicHealth

Mark S. Ghilarducci
Twitter: @CalOES_Dir
Director, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and Homeland Security Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom

Jennifer Siebel Newsom
First Partner of California. Filmmaker
We are fighting for our lives, and are so grateful you are here with us. Please keep spreading the word. This is far from over.

In solidarity,
The #NoBodyIsDisposable Coalition
FLARE (Fat Legal Advocacy, Rights & Education)
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One thought on “You Can Help Make California’s Crisis Care Guidelines Inclusive – Here’s How!

  1. I checked out the No Body Is Disposable website. How great! I loved their tips, like having a power of attorney in place before you go to make sure the decision-making power can’t be taken away from people you trust in situations where it can be taken from you, or writing instructions on yourself with marker should you fall unconscious, or remembering (and reminding those involved in your care) that even when the doctor’s first choice for treatment legitimately isn’t available due to shortages, that doesn’t mean the next step should be withdrawing care, not when there may be a second or third choice for treatment that might not be The Best but could still get the job done (the example used on the site was requesting an oxygen tank if ventilators are unavailable). That’s great advice.

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