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Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront  

100 Capital Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814

Driving Directions

The block at the Embassy Suites has sold out. The hotel has limited availability at a higher rate outside of the room block. 

Other hotels in the area with current availability are listed below.  Availability and prices listed below are subject to quick change:
0.2 miles from Embassy Suites
1000 Front Street 
Sacramento, CA 95814
approx. $184

0.9 miles from Embassy Suites
300 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 446-0100
approx. $188

0.8 miles from Embassy Suites
500 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 545-7100
approx. $309


PRIDE Industries will be providing shuttle service to and from the Capitol for Wednesday's meetings.  If you wish to walk, it's a pleasant 10-block walk to the Capitol down the tree-lined Capitol Mall.


The Embassy Suites is 10 miles from the Sacramento International Airport. The hotel does provide complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport, based on availability.

Parking options: 

  • Valet: $32/night (based on availability)
  • Self Parking Rates (garage across the street): $24.00


Chris Rice 
California Disability Services Association 
916-441-5844 x106

Sponsorship Opportunities

Please contact:

Jim Scott 
California Disability Services Association 



2020 CDSA Legislative Affairs Conference


The gap between what the state is funding and what the DD system needs is still more than $1 billion.  We need to address implementing the rate models, adjusting the models, and fixing the minimum wage increase mechanism.  We must also show policymakers that budgeting for caseload growth and minimum wage won't solve the underlying peril to the system. 

Our issues are complex and there are admirable competing initiatives for funding.  At the Legislative Affairs Conference, we need relentless executives, poised DSPs, and concerned self-advocates and family members to share the stark current budget realities, concerns about the future, and stories about the impact on their lives. 

On Tuesday, we’ll prepare you with current messages and data.  Then, we’ll review our current connections to legislators, who our key contacts are, and the number of touches we need to make.  On Wednesday, you’ll meet with legislators and share your success at an evening reception.  On Thursday, we’ll get the LAO’s perspective on the DDS budget, review the Assembly Budget Subcommittee hearing, discuss the HCBS self-assessment and transition process, and identify the next steps in the campaign. This campaign must persist to the day the budget passes!

We will conclude after lunch at 1:00 on Thursday afternoon.  Plan your departure accordingly. 

Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, March 3

12:00 – 5:00

Registration Open

Embassy Suites

1:00 – 5:00

General Session – Talking Points, Schedules, Visits, and Coordinated Presentations

Embassy Suites

Wednesday, March 4


Breakfast on your own - Attendees offsite for the day visiting with Legislators @ the Capitol. For those of you staying at the Embassy Suites, breakfast is included in your stay.

9:00 – 4:00

Answer Table with Staff

6th Floor Cafeteria, Capitol

9:00 – 4:00

5:00 – 6:30

Meetings with Legislators


At the Capitol

Atrium @ Embassy Suites

Thursday, March 



8:30 – 9:00


9:00 – 9:45


10:00 – 10:45


10:45 - 11:30




11:30 – Noon

Noon – 1:00

Breakfast on own

All activities at Embassy Suites:

Review of Legislative Visits – Barry Jardini, Sue North, CDSA

The LAO View of the Budget – Sonja Petek, Legislative Analyst’s Office

Self-Assessments and the Next Steps in the HCBS Transition Process – Jim Knight, DDS (invited)

Review of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee Hearing – Harry Bruell, PathPoint; Jami Davis, Marin Ventures; Will Sanford, Sanford Creative and Consulting Services

Issue Review and Next Steps – Barry Jardini, CDSA



Thank you to our Annual Sponsors!




Registration Rates

Early Member Discount ends on Thursday February 13th.  Registration is open through Wednesday, February 19th.

  • Early Member Discount: $375 (after February 13 - $445) 
  • Multi-Attendee Discount (additional registrants from same agency): $325 (valid during early bird registration only) 
  • Community Advocate: $145 (valid for entire registration window)  
  • Support Staff (max one per community advocate): included in Community Advocate registration