Public Meeting Notice Reducing Purchase of Service Disparities – Oakland

The Department of Developmental Services will hold three public meetings to consult with stakeholders, including consumers and families, advocates, providers, and  protection/advocacy agencies, to review purchase of service data and develop recommendations to help reduce disparities. Discussion areas will include identifying cultural
barriers and challenges in obtaining regional center services and the areas that need  clarification for people to understand the service delivery system, as well as, plans and recommendations to promote equity and reduce disparities in the purchase of services.

Please join us on:
Monday, November 6, 2017
9:00AM – 12:00PM

On-site translation will be provided in the following languages:
Spanish, Vietnamese, and Cantonese

State Council on Developmental Disabilities
1515 Clay Street, Suite 300
Oakland, CA 94612

DDS Informational Flyer
Aviso de reunión pública Cómo reducir las desigualdades en la adquisición del servicio

Napa/Sonoma/Solano Fires – Updates

Last updated: Thursday, November 1, 9:15am
  • Reminder: TODAY is the last day to apply for Disaster Assistance Services for Immigrant Californians.  Please note, Social Security Numbers are NOT required to apply.

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has issued information about services and resources available to immigrants living in areas impacted by wildfires and is asking that the information be distributed widely.

DSS is advising of two important developments and resources for immigrants impacted by the wildfires.

1. Guide to Disaster Assistance Services for Immigrant Californians: CDSS has published a guide to disaster relief services for immigrants, which you can access here.

2. Disaster CalFresh (Disaster SNAP) for Wildfire Survivors: Enrollment only available from Wednesday, October 25 – Wednesday, November 1. Disaster CalFresh (D-CalFresh) is a one-time, one-month food assistance benefit for households impacted by the wildfires in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma and Yuba Counties. To be eligible, individuals must:

– Have been residing or working in the disaster area at the time of the disaster;
– Purchased or plan to purchase food during the benefit period;
– Have experienced an adverse effect due to the disaster.

Please note that social security numbers are not required to apply. Click here for additional D-CalFresh eligibility information.  Please share this information as appropriate.

  • From the Department of Developmental Services: 10/17/17, 7:30 P.M. – Residents and staff remain at the Dixon Fairgrounds. We are developing a plan to return to SDC and are exploring clean up, repair and remediation options for the grounds and buildings.Local officials determined residents of Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) who were sheltered at Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building and Adele Harrison Middle School have been relocated as a precautionary measure. Residents and staff relocated to the Dixon Fairgrounds. This shelter is for SDC residents only. Staff and volunteers are focused on safely supporting each individual during this relocation. There is ample food, water and access to medical attention and necessary medications. DDS has established an information line specific to the Sonoma fires at (916) 261-4149. SDC social workers will be reaching out to families with individual updates.Sonoma Developmental Center Staff – for questions about where to report to work, please call Monica Damsten at (707) 363-4183.

    Sonoma Developmental Center Families – DDS has established an information line specific to the Sonoma fires at (916) 261-4149. Additionally, Sonoma Developmental Center social workers are in the process of reaching out to families with individual updates.

  • Wildfire updates:The SoCo Fire Relief is trying to reach families that that don’t have insurance and therefore really have lost everything. Some may have even lost their homes and their jobs.The Fire Relief has received a ton of brand new items, as well as gift cards to hand out for families to purchase what they need.They are asking fire victims to email a list of items that they need and the group will try and gather those items for the family.

    Please share with families and those who need our support during this difficult time…

    More information can be found on their website at: SOCOFIRERELIEF.COM

 

  • Statement from Dixon Police Department regarding residents from Sonoma Developmental Center:

ATTENTION DIXON RESIDENTS

The Dixon Police Department is working in conjunction with Federal, state and local agencies to assist in the care and security of evacuees from the Sonoma area at the Dixon May Fair.

AT THIS TIME THERE IS NO NEED FOR SUPPLIES, PERSONNEL OR RESOURCES FROM THE PUBLIC.

Again, at this time, there is no need for volunteers, clothing, supplies of any kind in this event. Please do NOT come to the May Fair property, access to the property is being restricted to evacuees, medical staff, and other emergency management personnel.

If the situation changes we will advise. Please share this far and wide to make sure we don’t do anything to inhibit the efforts of our emergency management personnel.

 

  • Update from DDS: 10/11/17, 7:30 P.M. – Local officials determined residents of Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) who were sheltered at Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building and Adele Harrison Middle School have been relocated as a precautionary measure. Residents and staff relocated to the Dixon Fairgrounds. This shelter is for SDC residents only. Staff and volunteers are focused on safely supporting each individual during this relocation. There is ample food, water and access to medical attention and necessary medications. DDS has established an information line specific to the Sonoma fires at (916) 261-4149. SDC social workers will be reaching out to families with individual updates.Sonoma Developmental Center Staff – for questions about where to report to work, please call Monica Damsten at (707) 363-4183.Sonoma Developmental Center Families – DDS has established an information line specific to the Sonoma fires at (916) 261-4149. Additionally, Sonoma Developmental Center social workers are in the process of reaching out to families with individual updates.The Department and Sonoma Developmental Center staff continue to monitor the situation. Updates will be posted at www.dds.ca.gov as they become available.
  • BREAKING: Evacuation advisories for parts of Sonoma and Healdsburg took effect Wednesday; Napa County evacuated all Calistoga residents.
  • Current Sonoma County road conditions
  • Current Sonoma County evacuation center information

 

  • Please consider using the American Red Cross’ Safe and Well Program to check in and let people know your current status.  The Press Democrat says in today’s top story over 500 people are reported missing in Sonoma County.
  • NBRC’s Napa and Santa Rosa offices will be closed again on October 11.  Please continue to use our 24-hour line to reach our on-call coordinator.
  • From NBRC Associate Executive Director Dr. Michi Gates:
    Dear Vendor Community,
    Both NBRC offices will continue to be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, October 11, 2017 due to the fires. We are posting information on our website and Face Book page. In addition DDS will be posting information about the fires impacting Northern California on their website. Our executive team and various other staff are working in spite of the office closures. We continue to monitor your responses to our Everbridge communications to ensure everyone is okay under the circumstances. We have management staff also calling vendors who have not responded to Everbridge to learn whether they are safe. Please do not hesitate to email me if anything is needed.I hope all of you, your families, friends and clients impacted by the fires continue to be safe. I have heard from providers and their staff who are going above and beyond to support clients. Thank you all and let us hope the fires are contained soon.
    Michi A. Gates, Ph.D.
    Associate Executive Director
    North Bay Regional Center
  • From Airbnb: As you may have heard, Airbnb has activated its Disaster Response team in response to the devastating fires affecting (Napa/Sonoma).Airbnb has activated its Open Homes tool for Hosts in Marin, Alameda and Mendocino Counties as well as San Francisco, to support those evacuating from the Tubbs and Atlas Fire. This means that Airbnb hosts in these areas can list their space for free to accommodate evacuees who urgently need shelter. We did not activate this in Napa and Sonoma due to the rapidly changing direction of the fire and it not being clear where in these two counties homes may be affected. This allows victims to get out of the devastation altogether. Mendocino was activated because many in north Sonoma County cannot travel south.
  • NBRC will be closing both Napa and Santa Rosa offices today, October 10 as a precaution for staff and client safety. You can call our 24-hour line to reach the on-call coordinator to reach the appropriate staff during this time.
  • Statement from DDS regarding Sonoma Developmental Center:

All residents of Sonoma Developmental Center have been evacuated safely to either the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building or Adele Harrison Middle School. Staff and volunteers are with residents now. There is ample food, water and access to medical attention and necessary medications.

Sonoma Developmental Center Staff – for questions about where to report to work, please call Monica Damsten at (707) 363-4183.

Sonoma Developmental Center Families – DDS has established an information line specific to the Sonoma fires at (916) 261-4149. Additionally, Sonoma Developmental Center social workers are in the process of reaching out to families with individual updates.

The Department and Sonoma Developmental Center staff continue to monitor the situation. Updates will be posted at www.dds.ca.gov as they become available.

 

Sonoma County law enforcement and people with autism gather to teach each other

JULIE JOHNSON
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | September 21, 2017

Volunteering from the audience, Andrew Kirk of Sonoma sat on a chair on stage at a Sonoma County church for a demonstration of a hypothetical arrest.

Cotati Police Officer Tyler Wardle held him at gunpoint — using a fake rubber weapon in a day-glow orange — while Petaluma Police Officer Tyler Saldanha pulled his arms behind his back and applied handcuffs.

Read more… 

‘The Good Doctor’ Gets Boost From Real MD With Disability

PASCAGOULA, Miss. — An ABC News “20/20” film crew arrived at Singing River Hospital recently to interview Dr. Tyler Sexton, a staff pediatrician who overcame the odds and became a doctor even with cerebral palsy.

The network is using his inspiring story to help promote a story of their own — a new television series, “The Good Doctor,” that debuts Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. ET.

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New faces of autism in ‘Sesame Street,’ ‘Power Rangers’ movie could help dispel stereotypes

Study: Medicaid block grants would save feds $150 billion

A Republican proposal to fund Medicaid through block grants could save the federal government more than $100 billion over five years, according to a new analysis released Monday.

The analysis from healthcare firm Avalere Health shows that if Medicaid were funded through block grants instead of through the open-ended commitment the program receives now, the federal government would save $150 billion by 2022.

Similarly, shifting to per capita caps, in which states would receive a set amount of money per beneficiary, would save $110 billion over five years.

“Medicaid block grants and per capita caps serve as vehicles to control federal spending on the program and put more of the decision-making on things like covered services and program eligibility in the hands of the states,” said Avalere president Dan Mendelson.Congressional Republicans argue that changing Medicaid’s funding mechanism would give states more control over their programs. Democrats say that beneficiaries would face slashed benefits under either proposal, while states would face more costs.

According to the study, only one state – North Dakota — would see increased funding under the block grant model.

The remaining states and Washington, D.C. would face a reduction in federal funding.

Through per capita funding, 26 states and D.C. would see decreases in federal funding while 24 would get an increase.

The proposals are also opposed by AARP.

“AARP opposes Medicaid block grants and per capita caps because we are concerned that such proposals will endanger the health, safety, and care of millions of individuals who depend on the essential services provided through Medicaid,” Joyce Rogers, AARP’s senior vice president for government affairs, wrote in a letter to lawmakers last week.

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