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:

Self Determination Program meeting on January 14 2019

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



The North Bay Regional Center Board of Directors Opportunity Fund consists of donations from outside entities, staff donations and other donations from the community to assist people with developmental disabilities.

Doug Cleveland, a past Director of Client Services at NBRC developed the Board Opportunity Fund when he and his wife held a fund raising event for its initial donation.  Some examples of services paid through the opportunity fund include client funeral expenses, rent, social and recreational activities, food, clothing, etc.

In addition to helping clients with basic needs the Board Opportunity Fund also allows NBRC’s clients to enjoy and participate in activities NBRC cannot fund such as swimming, summer camps, horseback riding, and other adventures.  The fund also provides funding for medical support not covered by Medi-Cal or NBRC such as specialized health monitors, dental care, and wheelchairs adapted for specific needs.

For NBRC clients striving to live independently for the first time, the Board Opportunity Fund provides resources for them to obtain their own residence.

The NBRC Board Opportunity Fund is a worthwhile benefit that assists clients and families served by NBRC to experience a full range of support, activities and progress in their lives.  Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.

Donations can be made to:

North Bay Regional Center Board Opportunity Fund 

610 Airpark Rd.

Napa, CA 94558

Sonoma Developmental Center update – message from our Executive Director

­­Today, December 17th, 2018, the last NBRC client transitioned from Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) into the community.

Congratulations to everyone involved with this historic effort!

To put this accomplishment into perspective, SDC opened in 1891 and has been a fixture of the North Bay community ever since.  SDC served thousands of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities over more than a century, with several thousand people residing there during its peak.

The closure of SDC was announced in 2015, making this the fastest closure process in California history.  Since the announcement, NBRC transitioned 93 individuals into new homes – many of whom had lived at SDC for decades.  Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of our staff and community partners, the transitions were very successful.  While there were some bumps along the way, individuals and families are overwhelmingly satisfied with their new living environments.  Feedback from individuals, families, and service providers indicates that people are happy and thriving, as they adjust to life in the community.

During this process, NBRC renovated and vendored 28 homes (including the first Community Crisis Home in the state and the second Enhanced Behavioral Support Home), opened 4 new day programs, and opened the first integrated Federally Qualified Health Clinic specializing in serving people with developmental disabilities.  The resources developed are of the highest quality and will be available to the NBRC community in perpetuity.

I cannot overstate the gratitude and appreciation I feel towards everyone involved with this historic effort.  Your hard work, attention to detail, diligence, dedication and commitment are truly inspirational.  Thank you and congratulations!

We did it!

Gabriel Rogin

Executive Director

North Bay Regional Center

Mary Ida Cook Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair – Friday, December 7th

Please join us in celebrating the music, arts and crafts of our clientele at the

Mary Ida Cook Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair!

December 7th, 2018  10-1 pm

North Bay Regional Center

610 Airpark Rd, Napa

more information here:

Arts & Crafts Fair

Far Northern Regional Center Fire Relief Fund

Our hearts are hurting for our state and those who have been tragically impacted by the many wildfires burning in both Northern and Southern California.

We are especially saddened by the losses experienced by  Far Northern Regional Center… their catchment area covers Paradise, California where the devastating Camp Fire is still burning.  The good news is that they have not had any loss of life with persons served, but there have been many, many other sad and significant losses.

If you would like to help directly support the people served by FNRC in the recovery process, we are sharing their GoFundMe page:

You can also find updates from their regional center on their website:

Applications Now Open for 6 PAID Fellowships for Self-Advocates!

The Self-Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC) is excepting applications for their 2019 PAID Fellowship for Self-Advocates.

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities would like to be an organization/department to work on creative projects with a self-advocate with an innovative idea.

What is a Fellowship?

A fellowship is a one-year project. You design a project that:

  • is about self-advocacy
  • helps solve problems that many people have.

Fellows work on their projects about 6 hours each week. SARTAC pays Fellows $5,000 to complete their projects. Find an organization near you to work with you on your project. Your project must end with a report or products others can use. Six Fellows will be chosen this year. This is the 3rd year we have had Fellowships.

Deadline to applyThursday, December 20, 2018, 5 pm (Pacific time)

How to apply: Fill out the online form at: at:

Want to learn more first to decide if you want to apply?


Monday, November 26, 2018  

2:00 pm Central Standard Time


Meeting Link:

Or Join by phone:

+1-855-282-6330 US Toll Free

+1-415-655-0003 US Toll


We look forward to learning about your project idea!