News

Welcome to “News Central” for Redwood Coast Regional Center. Check here often for current events and news updates. 

 

SELF DETERMINATION PROGRAM (SDP)  NEWSLETTER! Click here to read

¡PROGRAMA DE AUTODETERMINACIÓN  (SDP)  BOLETÍN INFORMATIVO! Hagan clic aquí para leer

 

Redwood Coast Developmental Services Corporation (RCDSC) ANNUAL Meeting of the Board of Directors will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at the C.V. Starr Community Center, 300 South Lincoln Street in Fort Bragg, CA. Of particular interest will be a discussion to propose an amendment to the RCDSC Bylaws to update Section 5.09 Removal of a Director for Cause. The recommendation is to include reference of the Redwood Coast Regioinal Center (RCRC) Personnel Policies (approved March 16, 2019) Section 8.03 Confidentiality and Section 8.04 Business Conduct and Ethics.  Public input regarding this potential update should be directed to Kim Orsi, RCRC Executive Assistant at 707-462-3832 x 260 or by email at korsi@redwoodcoastrc.org by May 1, 2019. Please click here to access a current copy of the RCDSC Bylaws

Upcoming Hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities- Redwood Coast Regional Center is pleased to share the following announcement reagarding the upcoming Hearing with the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Intellectual & Developmental Disability, Assemblymember Jim Frazier on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Eureka City Council Chambers located at 531 K Street, Eureka CA.  Please click here for additional information and to complete the Regional Center Survey.

 

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.

Housing and Urban Development.docx

 

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.

City of Arcata Tenant Based R.A.P..pdf

 

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
  • Transportation

Below click the link below to view the Rate Study information:

https://www.burnshealthpolicy.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Draft-Rate-Models_ver20190225.pdf

http://www.burnshealthpolicy.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Regional-Cost-Adjustment-Factors.pdf

Comments are being accepted through March 31st, 2019. Please provide sufficient time for Redwood Coast Regional Center to incorporate your feedback in the comments summary to be submitted to Burns & Associates. The public comment form is below:

Rate Study Public Comment

Once completed, please email the form to: vendorratestudy@redwoodcoastrc.org

In Honor of Autism Awareness Month

Redwood Coast Regional Center Dr. Lucille Esralew has two upcoming trainings: one on Social Thinking for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum, and the second will be the RCRC Parent Academy.

Video will be available at RCRC offices: Eureka, Lakeport, Crescent City, and Fort Bragg. Please RSVP with Alysia Barnes (707) 462-3832 ext. 262. Please click the links below to view the flyers.

Social Thinking for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum by Dr. Lucille Esralew Thursday, April 4th, 2019 9:30am-12:00pm

RCRC Parent Academy presentation Thursday, April 11th 2019 11:30am-1:30pm

 

April is Autism Awareness Month!

There are many events which have been planned in Humboldt, Del Norte, Lake & Mendocino Counties where people can come together to laugh, learn, play, and dance! Please see the links below for calendars and fliers in your county.

Humboldt & Del Norte Counties Autism Awareness Month Calendar of Events & Fliers (English)

Lake & Mendocino County Autism Awareness Month Calendar of Events & Fliers (English)

¡Abril es el mes de consciencia sobre el autismo! Ay varios eventos planeados para reunirnos y reír, aprender, jugar y a veces hacer servicio a la comunidad en los condados de: Humboldt, Del Norte y el Mendocino. Por favor haga clic el enlace abajo para ver calendarios y volantes de eventos en su condado.

Humboldt y Del Norte Condados de la Conciencia del Autismo Mes Calendario de Eventos y Volantes (Español)

Lake y Mendocino Condados de la Conciencia del Autism Mes Calendario de Eventos y Volantes (Español)

Families Advocating Autism Now (FAAN) is one of our community partners in Humboldt County primarily run by parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. To learn more about FAAN and see all the exciting ways you can get involved with a FAAN event in April please click here:

https://www.humboldtfaan.org/

 

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.

Chick here for surveys:

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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

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Redwood Coast Regional Center's DRAFT 2019 Performance Plan Contract Measures and Activities - Please click here to review.

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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.

General information about the Norovirus from the CDC

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 2018 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 hereFor 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 : 2018 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.

RCRC's Procurement of Services and Supports Statement

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:

What is a Tsunami?        How to Survive a Tsunami        Tsunamis in California

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