HCBS Final Rule Webinar Recording Now Available

DDS hosted a Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule webinar titled “Strategies for Providing Services in Alignment with the Final Rule” on 10/1/20.

If you weren’t able to attend or would like to use the video for training purposes, DDS has now posted the recording here:


This recorded webinar offers regulation-by-regulation guidance regarding how providers can align with the Finale Rule, discusses the importance of person-centered planning, and highlights various implementation practices to assist providers in the alignment process.

The Final Rule regulations apply to providers of residential, day program and employment services. A list of the specific service codes, as well as more information about the HCBS Final Rule can be found on the NBRC website here:


Consejos para un evacuación segura durante la pandemia

Consulte estos gráficos útiles con información sobre como evacuar de manera segura durante una pandemia.

Tips for Safe Evacuation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Please see these helpful graphics with information about evacuating safely during a pandemic. Continue to stay safe out there!

Happy National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

We warmly welcome October, which is the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).  This year’s theme is “Increasing Access And Opportunity.”

In our catchment, we continue to actively engage our vendors and community partners to promote employment that is integrated and competitive.  Earlier this year, we had the opportunity of acknowledging over 200 individuals who have continued working as essential workers.  We are proud of them and remain motivated to continue seeking opportunities that support their employment goals.

Some of our efforts include exploring ways to engage our business community, expanding our Paid Internship programs and seeking opportunities for additional employment focused supports.

Here’s additional information on how to begin exploring the different venues that support employment goals for people receiving North Bay Regional Center services.

North Bay Regional Center Employment First Brochure

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2020

DDS HCBS Final Rule Training 10/1/20 – Strategies for Providing Services in Alignment with the Final Rule

On Thursday, 10/1/20, DDS is hosting a training for stakeholders on Strategies for Providing Services in Alignment with the HCBS Final Rule.

This training will be from 10 am to 12:30 pm and held via webinar. It will focus on the intent of the HCBS Final Rule, the importance of person-centered planning, and implementing practices that consider both in the way services are provided. Examples of strategies for achieving alignment will be provided for each of the federal requirements. There will also be the opportunity to brainstorm and reflect on your current practices to see where some of these strategies may be applied to achieve alignment.

A copy of the informational flyer can be found here.

To register please use this link:  http://bit.ly/CADDSHCBSStrategiesTraining

Identified providers must come into compliance with the HCBS Final Rule by March 17th, 2023. More information about the HCBS Final Rule can be found on the NBRC website here or the DDS website here.

Census 2020: There’s still time to be counted!

When We Get Counted, Everyone Benefits!
Children and adults with disabilities and older adults need all Californians to complete the 2020 Census by September 30, 2020.
Act Now – Take the 2020 Census today! There are only 12 more days to be counted. Here are three ways you can complete the 2020 Census:



 Online https://my2020census.gov

 Phone (844) 330-2020

 Mail: Return your paper Census form you received in the mail

The Census is available in almost every language and there are Census workers who are also available to support all families in completing the form in whichever language is preferred. For more information, visit https://census.ca.gov/

If you have questions about the 2020 Census, please contact Lindsay Franco, Diversity & Equity Specialist at LindsayF@nbrc.net or you can leave a message at 707.256.1102.

PG&E Rolling Black out Alert

This is a message from North Bay Regional Center. Please be aware that PG&E will begin rolling blackouts starting today at 3 pm. You may lose power without notice. Please take the necessary precautions.

Please remember to :

  • Charge up all battery dependent medical equipment and cell phones.

  • Have flashlights and batteries ready.

  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines.

For more information about how you can prepare for a power outage, follow this link: https://www.ready.gov/power-outages

Thank you, North Bay Regional Center.

NBRC Emergency Response (800) 884-1594.