Disability Thrive Initiative

DDS Provider Survey Request by June 30, 2022

DDS is collecting data from providers about what’s impacting the Direct Service Professional (DSP) workforce. Survey links will be emailed in May 2022, make sure you complete yours by June 30th! For more information please visit:


2022 Equity & Disparity Presentations




Wellness & Safety Bulletin: Crime Prevention

Learn what steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of becoming the victim of a crime, and what to do if victimized. Information is available on the DDS website in the Wellness Toolkits section: DDS Wellness Toolkit.

For Self-Advocates and Families:

For Vendors and Direct Service Providers:

COVID-19 At-Home Tests Available for Free!

COVID-19 at-home tests are now available for free on USPS.com!
To order, visit the following link:

Flu Season 2021/2022

2021 December Influenza Vaccine

Omicron Variant-What We Know

2021 December Omicron Fact Sheet

DDS Directive – Vaccination Mandate

Below please find the latest directive from the Department of Developmental Services which summarizes the 9/28/21 California Department of Public Health Order.  Please pay particular attention to letter (e) below which mandates that all regional center and service provider employees must become vaccinated by November 30, 2021.


The new Public Health Order (PHO) requires full vaccination of the following individuals by November 30, 2021:

  1. All workers that work in Adult and Senior Care Facilities licensed by the California Department of Social Services (Community Care Licensing)
  2. All in-home direct services workers, including registered  home care aides and certified home health aides
  3. All wavier personal care services providers and In Home Support Services (IHSS) providers
  4. All hospice workers who are providing services in home or in a licensed setting
  5. All regional center employees as well as service provider workers, who provide services to a consumer through the regional center to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, except for those workers who only provide services to a consumer with whom they live or who are a family member of the consumer for whom they are providing services.

The PHO states that all workers who are eligible for the live-in and family member exceptions outlined in sections b, c and e above must only provide services to a single household.

Exemptions and Record Keeping

The PHO allows for specified exemptions for religious beliefs or qualified medical reasons.  If a worker is exempted they must be tested weekly for COVID-19 and wear a surgical mask.  If a worker is exempted the employer must retain a record of the exemption and the workers weekly COVID-19 test results.

Employers must retain a record of vaccination for each employee.  Per the PHO record keeping includes: (1) full name and date of birth; (2) vaccine manufacturer; and (3) date of vaccine administration (for first dose and, if applicable, second dose)

Full Vaccination Defined

One does of a one dose vaccine such as Johnson and Johnson or both doses of a two does vaccine such as Pfizer or Moderna