North Bay Regional Center Senior Companion Program – Recruiting for Volunteers!

The Senior Companion Program offers men and women, 55 years of age and older who meet the qualifications, the opportunity to serve their community by sharing their time and attention with adults that have require specialized support. We serve adults in the catchment area of North Bay Regional Center. These are caring volunteers who devote 5-40 hours per week to helping these adults lead a more independent and productive life. In improving the lives of the people who they serve, the volunteers enrich their own lives. No formal education is required. What is important are life experiences and the wisdom that the seniors will share. Senior companion volunteers served in local Art Galleries, Vocational sites, Adult Day Care Centers, and Day Treatment Programs specializing in working with people with developmental disabilities.


Senior Companion receive the following benefits:

  • A Tax Exempt Stipend (Does not effect rent, social security or other benefits)
  • Transportation Reimbursement
  • Daily Meal Reimbursement
  • Paid Holidays
  • Annual Leave Time
  • Orientation and monthly In-Service Training
  • Field Trips and Recognition events
  • Socialization opportunities


For more information: Ana Horta (707) 566-3005;

SCP Informational Flyer

We are currently developing sites, please call us if you are interested in having volunteers at your program

Learn about the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Vendor Rate Study

Do you or a family member receive Regional Center services? Your opinion is important.  

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is working with a contractor to complete a rate study about service provider rates. More information about the rate study can be found here.

The attached flyer provides information about upcoming meetings. Space is limited so please register as soon as possible.

During these meetings you will:

  • Hear about what is included in the rate study and how it was done .
  • Have a chance to give feedback and ask questions

Meetings will be held at the locations listed here: Rate Study OR  Rate Study SPANISH The address for the meeting is included in the link.  Space is limited, so reserve your spot using the link for your preferred location.

If you have questions, please contact Jami at

Call (503) 924-3783 X10 for help signing up.


Request for Proposal Released: Early Start, Crisis Home and Spiritual Care Coordinator Funding Available – due March 22nd

NBRC is excited to announce we are accepting Request for Proposal (RFP) applications for 4 projects!

Below are the current projects available plus a link to the  RFP.

More information, instructions and forms can be found here

  1. Early Start Services (1819-7) $75,000
  2. Spiritual Care Coordinator (1819-8) $25,000
  3. Housing Developer Organizations  (1819-10) $525,000
  4. Community Crisis HomeResidential Provider Funding ONLY (1819-11) $175,000

Important Dates:

Technical Briefing Meeting March 13th 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m Napa & March 18th 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Santa Rosa
RFP Due Date March 22, 2019
Interviews April 2nd and April 5th
Selection Notification Week of April 8th 2019

DDS Rate Study- Public Comment Period extended to April 5th

NBRC is requesting Public Comment on the rates paid to providers of services for individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code Section 4519.8, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) contracted with Burns & Associates, Inc. to complete a rate study of the regional center rate system.  An overview of the rate study including project principles and tasks, as well as information on Burns & Associates, Inc., is available here

The rate study report was presented by Burns & Associates earlier this week (2/28/19) statewide. Documents found here  outline the proposed rates, along with the assumptions that informed the development of those proposed rates.

The public has until April 5th to provide feedback and comments on the rate study.  There are two ways to have your voice heard.

  1. NBRC is gathering input from the providers in the North Bay.  Please email comments to:

  2. Otherwise, you are welcome to respond directly to Burns & Associates at

Self Determination Program meeting on March 11, 2019

Please visit our Self Determination page for agenda and minutes of past meetings

NBRC Hosts Town Hall Meetings to Discuss Purchase of Services Disparity

Join NBRC staff at one of 3 opportunities to learn about additional funding for Regional Centers to address purchase of service disparities and proposal for Outreach efforts. Presentations will be provided in Spanish.

Let us know your suggestions for overcoming cultural barriers to accessing and using services

Dates: February 25th – Napa

            March 13th – Santa Rosa

             March 25th – Vallejo

More information here:

Town Hall Meeting information and dates

Town Hall Meeting information and dates SPANISH


Governor Newsom Has Release the FY 2019-2020 Budget

From The Office of the Governor:

1/10/19: SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom submitted his 2019-20 “California for All” budget proposal to the Legislature today – a fiscal blueprint that builds a strong financial foundation by investing an unprecedented $13.6 billion in budget resiliency and paying down unfunded pension liabilities.

Links to DDS Highlights and Regional Centers and Developmental Centers Estimate can be found here: