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

 

 

Solano County hosts resource fair and website launch for people with disabilities

 

A Disabilities Resource Fair is planned for next Thursday, March 15 in Solano County, in observance of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, county officials announced.

Solano County Health and Social Services, in partnership with the DisABILITY Planning Group, will host the event from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday at the County Events Center, 601 Texas Street in Fairfield. This event is free and open to the public, they said.

At the resource fair, the County will unveil the SolanoCares.org – Disabilities website, an online hub of resources, services, health topics and events designed specifically for Solano residents with disabilities.

“Like its sister site SolanoCares4Seniors.org, this one-stop resource website provides people with disabilities, their family members, caregivers, and health care professionals a means to easily look up disability-related information,” officials said.

The site’s key features include a comprehensive service directory of local, state and national resources, community calendar, learning center, nationwide news stories and health library, they said.

“The website aims to empower people with disabilities by providing them a streamlined platform to find resources in an easy-to-read format,” officials said. “SolanoCares.org is ADA-compliant and available in multiple languages.”

Following the launch, guests are welcome to explore the website through multiple demo stations, event organizers said. Attendees can also learn about more than 20 organizations that cater to those with disabilities, including support and advocacy groups, transportation services, nonprofit agencies and government programs, they said.

“Finding resources can be challenging, and even more so if you have a disability,” Solano County Health Officer Bela Matyas said. “Our goal is to make it simpler for those with disabilities to find services that best meet their needs. The resource fair gives them the opportunity to learn about services available to them in the community and the website stores information about all these services in one convenient place which can be accesses anytime and anywhere.”

Light refreshments will be served.

To RSVP, register by Wednesday, March 14, at, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solanocaresorg-disabilities-website-launch-resource-fair-tickets-43450881757

For more information about the Disabilities Resource Fair and website launch event, contact Shai Davis, Senior Health Education Specialist at (707) 784-8679 and KBDavis@SolanoCounty.com.

 

Self Determination Advisory Committee Mtg – February 28th

On October 9, 2013 Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 468 into law, amending the Lanterman Act and mandating Regional Centers to implement a Self Determination Program. Per the law, the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has applied for approval of federal funding for this new Self Determination Program as of December 31,2014. The application is still in review at the federal level. Meanwhile, Regional Centers, in partnership with our community are beginning planning.

Please join the Self Determination Advisory Committee meetings for more information. A list of these meeting times, agendas, and minutes can be found here:

Self Determination Program Information

2/28/18 Meeting agenda:  SDAC_Agenda_2.28.18

 

SCDD: Program Development Grant Cycle 41 Proposals DUE March 6th!

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)

has announced Requests for Proposals!

One or more Program Development Grants in each Regional Office area

will be awarded up to $20,000 per area

Interested parties, please go to www.scdd.ca.gov for information and instructions on the PDG Cycle 41 Request for Proposals and for more information on the SCDD State Plan Goals.

Proposals must relate to one or more SCDD State Plan Goals:

  • Goal 1: Self-Advocacy
  • Goal 2: Employment
  • Goal 3: Housing
  • Goal 4: Health and Safety
  • Goal 5: Early Intervention, Education, Transition & Post-Secondary Education
  • Goal 6: Formal & Informal Community Supports

SAVE the DATE:

 

February 6, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities will host and record a non-mandatory pre-bidders conference call to review the RFP and address questions.

Call in number:  1-800-839-9416  –  Pin number: 861-0332

North Bay Regional Center Announces New Executive Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Anh Nguyen
(916) 799-6373

NORTH BAY REGIONAL CENTER ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Gabriel Rogin has worked with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 25 years

NAPA – The North Bay Regional Center (NBRC) Board of Directors announced on January 10th, 2018 the hiring of Gabriel Rogin as their next Executive Director. The Board initiated its Executive Search process with the support of Kinetic Flow in August 2017 following the retirement announcement from outgoing Executive Director Bob Hamilton.

Mr. Rogin most recently served as the Chief Deputy Director of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities where he played a lead role in advancing the Council’s advocacy, capacity building, and systemic reform efforts for 690,000 people with developmental disabilities throughout the State. His previous management and supervisorial experience at Golden Gate Regional Center, Regional Center of the East Bay and community-based organizations has given him extensive experience with diverse populations and an in-depth understanding of the needs within the developmental services system.

“We are excited to have Gabriel join the NBRC family,” said Angel Giroux-Greber, Vice-President of the Board. “The experience, passion, and knowledge he brings will be an asset to our regional center and staff, the individuals that we serve, families, service providers, and the community at large. With the many changes being proposed at the state and federal level to our service delivery system, the Board is grateful to have a strong leader in Gabriel.”

In his over 25 years of experience working with individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, Mr. Rogin has served as a direct support professional, case manager/service coordinator, and in multiple regional center management positions. He has been recognized with the James Latin Self-Advocacy Memorial Award, by the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities, and is the recipient of Executive Director’s Award for Leadership, by Golden Gate Regional Center.

“I’m humbled to have been selected to serve as the next Executive Director of North Bay Regional Center and continue the agency’s legacy of providing quality support for the over 9,000 people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who receive regional center services in Solano, Sonoma and Napa counties,” Rogin said. “I look forward to working with NBRC staff, people we serve, service providers, and community partners in the coming months, as we work to achieve targeted outcomes and realize the promise of the Lanterman Act.”

Mr. Rogin holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an Emphasis in Organizational Change from California State University, East Bay and will assume the position of NBRC’s Executive Director beginning February 12th, 2018.

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North Bay Regional Center provides services and supports to over 9,000 children and adults with developmental
disabilities in Solano, Sonoma and Napa counties. More information about NBRC can be found on our website at
www.nbrc.net.

Kinetic Flow is a human service consulting firm specializing in support to California’s regional center system
and organizations providing services to people with developmental disabilities. www.kineticflowcorp.com

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