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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

 

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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Request for Proposal – Spiritual Care Services Coordination

North Bay Regional Center (NBRC) is a community- based, private non-profit corporation that is
funded by the State of California to serve people with developmental disabilities as required by the
Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Act. North Bay Regional Center is one of 21 Regional
Centers throughout California serving individuals and their families who reside within Napa, Solano,
and Sonoma Counties. NBRC receives funds from the Department of Developmental Services to
fund services in the community for persons with developmental disabilities.

NBRC is in need of services in the following areas:

**Coordination of Spiritual Care Services Program for individuals with
developmental disabilities.

IMPORTANT DATES
Closing of RFP: June 20, 2018
Initial review period: June 21, 2018
Announcement of those proposals moving to interview phase: June 22, 2018
RFP Candidate Interviews date: June 25, 2018
Notification of selected service provider June 27, 2018
Signing of NBRC start up contract June 30, 2018

for more information. please see our Service Provider webpage:

https://nbrc.net/service-providers/resource-needs-requests-for-proposals/

 

Self Determination Waiver Approved

The Department is very pleased to announce that the application for federal funding, or Waiver, for the Self-Determination Program was approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  This news represents an essential step toward providing people who receive regional center services and their families an alternative way to coordinate their services, with more freedom and control over how the services are provided and the individuals who support them. We would like to express sincere appreciation for the assistance and guidance from the Department’s self-determination advisory workgroup and other stakeholders, which has been instrumental in gaining CMS’ approval of the Waiver. We also thank and recognize the work and technical assistance received from many representatives of CMS and California’s Department of Health Care Services.

 

In October 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown signed Senate Bill 468, authored by Senators Bill Emmerson and Jim Beall and co-authored by Assembly Members Holly Mitchell and Wesley Chesbro, into law. This law, championed by remarkable and determined self-advocates, family members and advocacy organizations, established a statewide Self-Determination Program that adheres to the following principles to ensure those who participate have:

 

  • Freedom – to exercise the same rights as all citizens; to establish, with freely chosen supporters, family and friends, where they want to live, with whom they want to live, how their time will be occupied, and who supports them;
  • Authority –  to control a budget in order to purchase services and supports of their choosing;
  • Support – including the ability to arrange resources and personnel, which will allow flexibility to live in the community of their choice;
  • Responsibility – which includes the ability to take responsibility for making decisions in their own lives and accept a valued role in their community, and
  • Confirmation – in making decisions in their own lives by designing and operating the system that they rely on.

 

Self-determination in California began almost twenty years ago as a small pilot project in limited areas of the state, with the intention of eventually expanding the program statewide.  The time from the start of the pilot project, to Governor Brown’s signing of the law in October 2013, to now has only heightened the desire to implement self-determination broadly in California.

 

While approval of the Waiver represents the key step towards implementation of the Self-Determination Program, the Department and the self-determination advisory workgroup must continue to focus on finalizing program components for implementation.  Providing information and support, in particular training and orientation materials, needed to assist those who are selected and choose to participate is central to implementation and is in the final stages of completion.  We remain committed to implementing this important program and look forward to the continued collaboration, not only with the Department’s advisory workgroup, but also the local volunteer advisory committees and the Statewide Self-Determination Advisory Committee.  The Department will publish a timeline with key dates for implementation by June 18, 2018.  Updates will be posted on the Department’s dedicated website page for Self-Determination at: https://www.dds.ca.gov/SDP/.  If you would like to be notified of future updates about Self-Determination, please send an email to sdp@dds.ca.gov.  Information for those who are interested on how they can be considered for participation in the Self-Determination Program can be found at https://www.dds.ca.gov/SDP/sdpEnrollment.cfm

 

Please join me in celebrating the approval of the Self-Determination Program Waiver and thanking the Department’s self-determination advisory workgroup for their dedication and countless hours of work to make it happen.

 

 

NANCY BARGMANN, Director

Department of Developmental Services

 

DDS ISSUES NOTICE OF POTENTIAL BREACH OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION

On Friday, April 6, North Bay Regional Center was notified by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) of a possible data breach of personal health information as a result of forced entry and vandalism of one of their secure office locations on February 11, 2018. DDS has been working closely with state officials and law enforcement to investigate this incident.

While there is no evidence that any information has been compromised, accessed, stolen or removed from the site, it is out of an overabundance of caution that they are notifying individuals served and the public about the incident. A notification letter from DDS Director Nancy Bargmann outlining the details of the breach and steps being taken to support those who have concerns regarding their personal data can be found on the DDS website.

Please know that NBRC is in regular contact with the DDS on this matter and will notify our community immediately if there are any further developments to this issue. Information about the data breach and who you can contact for more information can be found in the DDS notification letter.

Frequently Asked Questions

DDS Data Breach Call Center
If you have more questions about this breach, please contact DDS’s call center Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., or Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time, at (877) 790-8160.

You may also e-mail DDS directly with questions at SecurityBreachQuestions@dds.ca.gov.

Please do not include your social security number or medical information in an e-mail to DDS.

Waiver Application for Self Determination Program Submitted March 13, 2018

Memo from DDS, dated 3/13/18:

 

The Waiver application for the Self Determination Program was submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today.  The application is back “on the clock” and CMS has 90 days to take action to either approve the application, deny the application or request additional clarification.  Because of all the work that’s been done up front to prepare CMS for the formal submission and to respond to their questions and concerns, [the Department is] very hopeful that the application will be approved.

 

A copy of the Waiver application is now posted on the Department’s website:

http://www.dds.ca.gov/SDP/SDPUpdates.cfm

 

 

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