Welcome to “News Central” for Redwood Coast Regional Center. Check here often for current events and news updates.
STAKEHOLDER SURVEY: The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is partnering with Support Development Associates (SDA) to develop training on person-centered thinking and practices. Knowledge of the principles of person-centered practices and the ability to apply such principles is important for the successful implementation of the Self-Determination Program and meeting the HCBS settings requirments outlined in the January 2014 federal regulations. SDA is compiling information from California stakeholders to inform our understanding of the current state person-centered practices in California. This information will be used to develop and facilitate trainings throughout the state in the coming months.
All service providers, individuals receiving services and those who support them are encouraged to complete the Stakeholder Survey by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020. The survey will take approximately 3 - 5 minutes and your input is greatly appreciated. Please click the following link for full details and links to complete the survey:
UPCOMING PUBLIC MEETING: RCRC will be hosting a public meeting on Monday, March 9, 2020 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino Conference Room, 1545 State Hwy 20, Nice, CA to learn about how our 2018/19 funding was used and help us improve how we serve your community. Please click here for more information.
Próxima reunión pública: RCRC organizará una reunión pública el lunes 9 de marzo de 2020 de 3:00 a 5:00 p.m. en la sala de conferencias Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino, 1545 State Hwy 20, Nice, CA para conozca cómo se utilizaron nuestros fondos en el 2018/19 y ayúdenos a mejorar la forma en que servimos a su comunidad. Haga clic aqui para más información.
Announcement of Retirement:
Dr. Rick Blumberg has communicated his intent to retire from the position of Executive Director of the Redwood Coast Regional Center in the Spring of 2020. Dr. Blumberg has served the RCRC community for the past five years, as Behavioral Psychologist/Autism Clinical Specialist, and as Executive Director. He has committed over 40 years of his professional life to the service of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. During his career, Dr. Blumberg has served in many roles including, service provider, regional center service coordinator/supervisor, clinician, university professor and researcher.
"It has been my honor to serve as Executive Director of the Redwood Coast Regional Center. I am very excited by the many programs and initiatives we are undertaking as a community. I am very grateful for the support of our Board of Directors, the person centered work of our talented and committed staff and service provider community. I believe RCRC is well positioned to support our shared vision of inclusion, equity, diversity and self determination for the people we serve."
Steven Perez, President of the RCDSC Board of Directors, has appointed a Selection Committee to begin the search for a new Executive Director. The Committee will soon release a recruitment announcement and position description.
El Dr. Blumberg ha comunicado su intención de retirarse del cargo de Director Ejecutivo del Centro Regional de Redwood Coast en la primavera del 2020. El Dr. Blumberg ha servido a la comunidad de RCRC durante los últimos cinco años, como Psicólogo conductual/Especialista clinico en autismo, y como Director Ejecutivo. Ha dedicado más de 40 años de su vida profesional al servicio de las personas con discapacidades del desarrollo y sus familias. Durante su carrera, el Dr. Blumberg ha desempeñado muchos roles, incluyendo proveedor de servicios, coordinador/supervisor de servicios del centro regional, clinico, profesor universitario e investigador.
"Ha sido un hono para mí servir como Director Ejecutivo del Centro Regioinal de Redwood Coast. Estoy muy entusiasmado con los muchos programas e iniciativas que estamos emprendiendo como comunidad. Estoy muy agradecido por el apoyo de nuestra Junta Directiva, el trabajo centrado en la persona de nuestra comunidad de proveedores de servicios y personal talentoso y comprometido. Creo que RCRC está bien posicionado para apoyar nuestra visión de inclusión, equidad, diversidad y autodeterminación para las personas a las que servimos."
Steven Pérez, Presidente de la Junta Directiva de RCDSC, ha designado un Comité de Selección para comenzar la búsqueda de un nuevo Director Ejecutivo. El Comité pronto publicará un anuncio de reclutamiento y una descripción del puesto.
Humboldt County Holiday Resources. Click here for more information.
2020 David A. Isom Excellence in Service Award: Nominations are now being accepted through March 15, 2020 by the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) North Coast office for the David A. Isom Excellence in Service Award. This award is presented to individuals who provide exceptional services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake and Mendocino counties. Nominations are made by Redwood Coast Regional Center clients and families. The SCDD is working in collaboration with the Redwood Coast Developmental Services Corporation (RCDSC) Board of Directors who will reach out to parent groups and self advocacy groups to help select the recipients of this award from the nominations received. Please click here if you would like to download the nomination form.
2020 David A. Isom Premio a la Excelencia en el Servicio: Las nominaciones están siendo aceptadas hasta el 15 de marzo de 2020 por el Consejo Estatal de Discapacidades de Desarrollo (SCDD) para el Premio a la Excelencia en el Servicio David A. Isom. Este premio se otorga a las personas que brindan servicios excepcionales a personas con discapacidades intelectuales y del desarrollo en los condados de Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake y Mendocino. Las nominaciones son hechas por clientes y familias del Centro Regional Redwood Coast. El SCDD está trabajando en colaboración con la Junta Directivia de la Corporación de Servicios de Desarrollo de Redwood Coast (RCDSC) que se comunicará con grupos de padrea y grupos de autodefensa para ayudar a seleccioinar a los destinatarios de este premio de las nominaciones recibidas. Please clic aqui si desea descargar el fomulario de nominación
VOLUNTEER BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED: The Board of Directors for Redwood Coast Regional Center is seeking interested persons to fill board vacancies in Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino Coast and Lake Counties. For more information please click here. La Junta de Directores del Centro Regional De Redwood Coast está buscando personas interesadas para llenar las vacantes de la junta en los condados de Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino y Lake. Para más información, haga clic aquí
Self-Determination Program, Independent Facilitator Training - July 2019 Flyer (English/Spanish)
Dr. Laurie Sperry of Autism Programs and Services will be offerring a Train the Trainer event for behaviorist and licensed counselors, using inclusive teen social skills to prevent and minimize the risk of sexual offending among teens with autism spectrum disorder. Please click on the links below for the Eureka or Ukiah schedule:
**Home & Community Based Services Settings Final Rule Webinar**
This webinar is the first in a series of trainings and will describe the HCBS Final Rule, who it applies to, and why it exists. We will establish a common understanding of terms, discuss the review process for settings in California, and reinforce the important role stakeholder input plays.
Dates: Thursday August 1, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Thursday August 8, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday August 14, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday August 20, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Registration Link: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5094337/HCBS-Final-Rule-Training-Registration
CalABLE: Redwood Coast Regional Center is excited to announce that the CalABLE account is now here in California. This is available for people with disabilities including those served by RCRC. CalABLE is a tax-advantaged savings and investment program designed to help eligible individuals save for disability-related expenses without jeopardizing their public benefits. Learn more about CalABLE at their website: https:calable.ca.gov/ or by downloading the informational booklet ABLEAct
CalABLE & Housing Development: Please click below on the latest information from ABLE regarding housing.
The City of Arcata has a Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program. Provides 1 year of rental assistance for qualified applicants, and my be renewed depending on funding availability. Please click on the link below for more information.
DDS and Burns & Associates Rate Study:
DDS and Burns & Associates have completed a Rate Study that impacts the rates for service providers/vendors. Please take a look at the two links below that will direct you to Burns & Associates where the Rate Study information is held. There are three methodologies that are being used for the study:
- Base Rates by Service Codes
- High/Low cost areas
Below click the link below to view the Rate Study information:
The California State Assembly Select Committee on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
needs your help!
The Select Committee wants to know what clients and vendors experience in their work with the Regional Center system. Please take some time to complete the survey below that best describes your relationship with the Regional Center system.
We are happy to announce RCRC’s Service Provider Incentive Project! RCRC received funding from the Department of Developmental Disabilities to award incentives to service providers who hire and retain bilingual/bicultural staff to support RCRC clients and their families. For more information click on the Service Provider Incentive Project Announcement and the Service Provider Incentive Project Application Form
Effective March 17, 2018 - We wish to inform our clients, families, service providers, government agencies and community partners, that Redwood Coast Regional Center and the Board of Directors of Redwood Coast Developmental Services Corporation is changing its official business address to the location of its Executive Offices: 1116 Airport Park Blvd., Ukiah, CA 95482. This change of address is for legal/business purposes only and will not affect the location of any Regional Center services. Thank you.
The following is a copy of the article in the Lake-County Record-Bee, People Services Makes a Difference in Clearlake.
Answers to questions from regional centers and service providers regarding provider rate increases effective July 1, 2016 are now posted on the Department's website. We'll provide updates to the responses that are still outstanding as they become available. You can also use the links on our website Service Provider Supports page by clicking here.
Service Provider ABX2-1 Mandated Survey- Details for Registration and Survey
Effective January 1, 2018, Welfare and Institutions Code section 4686.5 is repealed and the limits on the purchase of respite services will no longer apply. Redwood Coast Regional Center will continue to work with clients and families to identify individual needs based on the person centered planning process and individual needs assessment process. For further information please access the following link: http://www.dds.ca.gov/SupportSvcs/Respite.cfm
A partir del 1º de enero de 2018, la Sección 4686.5 del Código de Bienestar e Instituciones será derogada y los límites en la compra de servicios de relevo (respiro) ya no se aplicarán. Redwood Coast Regional Center continuará trabajando con clientes y familias para identificar necesidades individuales basades en el proceso de planificación centrado en la persona y en el proceso de evaluación de necesidades individuales. Para más información, visite el siguiente enlace: http://www.dds.ca.gov/SupportSvcs/Respite.cfm
RCRC's DRAFT 2020 Performance Contract Measures and Activities - please click here
RCRC's 2019 Performance Contract Measures and Activities - please click here
Families Advocating Autism Now (FANN) is one of our community partners in Humboldt County primarily run by parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. To learn more about FANN and see all the exciting ways you can get involved with a FANN event, please click here.
Information and timeline requirements for SIR reporting to RCRC, for full details please click here.
Redwood Coast Regional Center is pleased to share the attached information from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) that will allow for a 5.82% rate increase for In-Home Respite Services, Personal Assistance Services, and Supported Living Services. To review the directive from DDS, please click here.
RCRC is pleased to provide information and supports on Security and Security Breach. For additional details, please click here.
Announcing exciting new changes for the Direct Support Professional (DSP) Program! For details, please click here.
Redwood Coast Regional Center is accepting nominations for the Annual David A. Isom Excellence in Service Award. For more information, please Click here for nomination form.
The Client Benefit Committee of the RCDSC Board of Directors announces that the Client Benefit Fund will accept grant requests in the months of February and June. To submit a request, (A) Complete the CBF Request FORM, (B) Give the completed form to your Service Coordinator to finalize (C) After finalizing the form, the Service Coordinator will give the form to Kim O. @ the Ukiah office and (D) Kim O. will give the requests to the Client Benefit Fund Committee. For Client Benefit Fund information in English, click here. For the CBF Request Form in Spanish, click here.
IMPORTANT UPDATE RE: FY 2014/15 UNIFORM HOLIDAY SCHEDULE- For more information from the Department of Developmental Services regarding the injunction issued related to W & I Code Sections 4692 (Uniform Holiday Schedule) and 4690.6 (Half-Day Billing for Day Services), please click here
Providers with DDS set rate, use the following link: 2020 Minimum Wage Adjustment per Senate Bill (SB)3
Providers with RCRC negotiated rates, please click here.
Revised Mandated Reporter Reporting under the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Prtotection Act. Effective January 1,2013. For more information please click here.
Medicaid Integrity Disclosure Statement Requirement for All Vendors. If you are a vendor, you are now required to submit a Disclosure Statement , Form DS 1891. For more information on this requirement, please click here. To access the DS 1891 form in pdf format, please click here.
Important memo regarding Provider of Care Claim Forms, for more information please click here.
Denti-Cal Services, coming back for individuals over 21 served by regional centers. For more information, please click here.
DDS Safety Net informational website, please click here.
Redwood Coast Regional Center's Conflict of Interest Policy Overview, to review please click here.
Redwood Coast Regional Center's Conflict of Interest Policy, to review please click here.
Redwood Coast Regional Center needs Spanish Translators. To learn more about how to become a Service Provider, click here.
Redwood Coast Regional Center Office Hours, Updated July 1, 2012, click here.
WE Include- To learn more about consumer employment resources, click here to go to the RCRC WE Include webpage.
Families Creating a Vision and Building Inclusive Lives for Their Children- This link has been added to our Resources webpage, and you can go directly to the pdf document by clicking here.
RCRC's Whistleblower Policy Statement and Procedure, click here.
RCRC's Whistleblower Policy Statement and Procedure in Spanish, click here.
DDS Whistleblower Policy Statement and Procedure, click here.
Epilepsy Guide- RCRC has provided an excellent resource guide entitled "Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders- A Guide for Parents." This link has been added to our Resources webpage, and you can go directly to this resource web page for the pdf document by clicking here.
General Budget Reduction Information and Uniform Holiday Schedule can be found at the DDS website link, click here.
Emergency preparedness information by FEMA, including an easy to follow Emergency Supply List, click here.
Earthquake Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities and Other Access or Functional Needs, please click here.
RCRC has provided the following links for Tsunami information: