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Pre Vendor Workshop – September 18th

For any applicants that are interested in becoming a vendor or are in the process please attend our Pre Vendor Workshop held on September 18th at the Napa office.

Pre Vendor Workshop Informational Flyer

Pre Vendor Workshop Registration Form

 

NBRC Development Survey – we need your input!

Hello Community,

For the first time in many years the State is allowing regional centers to use startup funds for new programs/services that do not have to do with moving individuals from locked settings.  For this process NBRC must develop a plan that states what our local priorities are for resource development.

For this process we want your input on what services are needed in your community.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3KN3PMZ

 

About Survey

NBRC is developing a Community Resource Development Plan for approval by the Department of Developmental Services.  This plan will provide start up funding for new programs needed in Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties.  NBRC needs your input into what services are needed and what priorities our plan should have.  Please take a few minutes to answer our survey questions.  NBRC’s plan will be posted on our website for more input, 2 weeks prior to submission to the Department of Developmental Services

HCBS Compliance Projects update

NBRC has a new addition to our website that will assist with keeping providers and the community updated on CMS Settings Rules, DDS notifications, and NBRC instructions.

Please visit: https://nbrc.net/hcbs-compliance-projects/

 

Self Determination Program Informational Meetings in July

Self Determination Program – Informational Meetings

Thurs, July 19th, 3-5 Board Room, 610 Airpark Way, NAPA

Thurs, July 26th, 1-3 Oaks Thai, 2351 Mendocino Ave, SANTA ROSA

Spanish speaking staff will be present for any interpretation needs!

*attending a presentation is a requirement in order to be considered for the Self Determination Program

Please rsvp to: SDP@nbrc.net

more information on Self Determination can be found here: https://www.dds.ca.gov/SDP/

 

Self Determination Program Implementation Updates

June 18, 2018

The Department, in collaboration with the self-determination advisory workgroup and other stakeholders, has been working on the major components necessary to implement the Self-Determination Program (SDP). Outlined below are some of the major components requiring completion prior to the SDP becoming operational. The list below is not exhaustive but includes the key components and steps under active development.

The Department will post updates on the progress of each component.

  • Federal Funding Approval
    As noted in the June 7, 2018 update, the application for federal funding, or Waiver, was approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Status: Completed
  • Individual Budgets – Target for completion: August 15, 2018
    Task: Finalizing guidance information on how the individual budget amount is calculated, and the process for adjusting the budget when needed.
  • Financial Management Services (FMS) – Target for completion: August 31, 2018.
    Task: Finalizing FMS vendorization requirements and rates.
  • Independent Facilitators – Target for completion: August 31, 2018.
    Task: Defining the role(s) an independent facilitator may play and how this may be different if a participant chooses to select their service coordinator to fulfill the functions of an independent facilitator.
  • Participant Selection – Target for completion: October 1, 2018
    Task: Selection of the initial SDP participants. It’s important to note that only those individuals who have participated in an informational meeting and whose names have been received by the Department will be considered for selection as participants in the SDP. The Department will provide a final date for submission of names to be added to the selection group for random selection (by the Department) in a future update. Information for those who are interested on how they can be considered for participation in the SDP can be found at www.dds.ca.gov/SDP/sdpEnrollment.cfm.
  • Home and Community-Based “Settings” Requirements – Target for completion: October 31, 2018.
    Task: Finalizing training materials on the federal requirements, how they apply to services in the SDP and the assessment process for ensuring all services, or “settings”, meet the requirements. Due to federal regulations effective in March 2014, everywhere someone receives services (e.g. the “setting” where the service is provided,) must promote, and not prevent, community participation and inclusion. The target date projects time needed to provide training to those who will be involved in the assessment process.
  • Orientation Materials – Target for completion: October 31, 2018.
    Task: Finalize all orientation materials. The orientation materials will form the basis of the information participants need to support them in the SDP. In addition to the components above, the orientation will include information on what services are available in the SDP and tools to help participants choose qualified service providers. Training for those providing these orientations will also be necessary prior to participant orientations.

GOVERNOR BROWN SIGNS 2018-2019 STATE BUDGET AND TRAILER BILLS

June 27, 2018 – Governor Edmund G.”Jerry” Brown Jr. today signed this afternoon the 2018-2019 State Budget and budget trailer bills – the 16th and last state budget before he leaves office in January.
“When I took office back in 2011 with the state facing a $27 billion deficit, I pledged to work with the Legislature to fix California’s financial mess,” said Governor Brown. “Today, the final budget I sign delivers on that pledge and prepares us for the future.”
The Governor was joined today by Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (Democrat – San Diego), Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (Democrat – Lakewood) and  legislative budget chairs Senator Holly Mitchell (Democrat – Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Phil Ting (Democrat – San Francisco).
“This budget is the product of all of us working together to craft a fiscally responsible plan that serves the people of California while at the same time saves for the future,” said Senate President Pro Tem Atkins. “I especially want to thank Governor Brown’s leadership – in this, his last budget – for helping to bring back California from a historic recession and onto a solid economic footing.”
“Devastating budget cuts first compelled me to run for the Assembly. I thought we needed to do better, and this budget does better,” said Assembly Speaker Rendon. “There is more to do, but by investing in our people and saving for the future, this budget gives us the tools we need to keep doing better.”
“Governor Brown has done an admirable job in leading our state out of budget deficits to financial stability. This is a spending plan we can be proud of because it makes the right investments and reflects many of California’s values,” said Assemblymember and Assembly Budget Committee Chair Ting. “I’m especially glad we were able to partner with cities and counties to help them address the homeless crisis with unprecedented funding for more shelters and services.”
“This budget strikes an appropriate balance that strengthens our state’s fiscal stability with an unprecedented level of reserves, while prioritizing investments that will address the pressing needs of this state,” said Senator and Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee Chair Mitchell. “We continue to work toward restoring programs that still have yet to be made whole from devastating cuts during the great recession and prioritize funding to confront the challenges associated with homelessness and disaster response.”

For full text of the Budget Act and associated legislation, visit: www.leginfo.legislature.ca.gov. Additional details on the 2018-19 State Budget can be found at www.ebudget.ca.gov.

 

Statewide Survey on Housing for People with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities

Hello,

The Lanterman Housing Alliance, in partnership with the Corporation for Supportive Housing and the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, has created a survey to gather data on the housing needs of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) living in California. You are being asked to take this survey because of your unique insights related to this issue.

Your answers will help LHA craft a statewide strategic framework that will be used by policymakers, service providers, and housing developers to better create affordable housing opportunities for this population.

At the start of the survey you will be asked to identify which category of stakeholder you fall into. If you don’t fall exactly into any listed category, but you are still knowledgeable on the subject, please identify yourself as an “advocate.”

This short survey should take no longer than 20 minutes to finish. Please forward this email to any relevant stakeholders in California.

Lastly, if you are a service provider, service coordinator, or family member/friend of a person with I/DD, we encourage you to assist them as needed in completing the survey. The direct opinions and ideas of people with I/DD on this subject matter is essential to informing the process of creating a statewide strategic framework to increase housing opportunities that meet the diverse needs of this important segment of our community.

Thank you. If you have any questions or need help, please email us at housing@lantermanhousingalliance.org. Your question will be answered as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

The Lanterman Housing Alliance

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