Department of Developmental Services Releases Information & Guidelines on 2nd Round of HCBS Transition Funding

Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS)

Compliance Activities Funding

In recognition that service providers will need to continue taking steps towards modifying their services, the 2017 Budget Act (AB 97, Chapter 14, Statutes of 2017) contains $15 million to fund changes that are necessary for providers to come into compliance with the HCBS rules by March 2022.

Service providers need to submit their completed application to the Regional Center by January 5, 2018.

DDS will hold two, one0hour webinars to review this process and answer questions. These optional webinars will be held on Tuesday, November 14 from 2:00- 3:00, and Friday, November 17 from 11:00-12. To register, follow the instructions found at http://www.dds.ca.gov/HCBS/

All information and documents here: CMS Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Regulations

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

Self Determination Program Informational meetings scheduled

If you are interested in the Self Determination Program, how it will work, the requirements, and how to be considered, please join us for one of these informational meetings!

Monday, Oct 30th

1pm or 5 pm

NBRC – Santa Rosa office

2351 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Self Determination Flyer Spanish

Self Determination Flyer English

 more information can be found here:

http://nbrc.net/client-services/self-determination/

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Performance Contract for Community Input & Update on Disparity Projects

NBRC Presents draft Performance Contract for Community Input

& Update on Disparity Projects

Friday, Oct 27th 6-7:30pm

ParentsCAN 1909 Jefferson St, Napa

Performance Contract announcement 10.27.17 SPANISH

Performance Contract announcement ENGLISH

North Bay Regional Center wants to make sure that we are continuously improving.  We strive to exceed our mission, desired outcomes, and that we are in compliance with all requirements.

The NBRC Performance Plan measures our ongoing performance on desired statewide outcomes, and compares North Bay Regional Center’s performance with the statewide average for all 21 regional centers in California. These desired outcomes reflect the state’s public policy direction for developmental services in the community.

Performance Contracts can be found here: http://nbrc.net/about-us/transparencyaccountability/

NBRC hosts a Self Determination Program Informational Presentation on Sept 25th

SDP Informational Meeting

5:00 pm NBRC Board Room

The Self Determination Program allows participants the opportunity to have more control in developing their service plans and selecting service providers to better meet their needs. Self Determination is about Freedom, Authority, Support, Responsibility, and Confirmation.  Come learn more about what Self Determination is, how it is different from what you have now, how it works, and how to enroll.

Self Determination Flyer 9.25.17

‘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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