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

HCBS Provider Self Survey Deadline Extended to June 30th, 2020. For Details see page 4 of DDS Directive dated 3/18/2020.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION AND RESOURCES:  https://www.dds.ca.gov/corona-...

IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF REDWOOD COAST DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES CORPORATION (RCDSC):

On June 1, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. the RCDSC Board od Directors will hold a Special Emergency Meeting to discuss the Client Benefit Fund and COVID 19 Funding. This meeting will be held by Zoom video/Teleconferencing and AT&T Teleconference. Please click here for the agenda and Zoom AT&T meeting connection details.

El 1 de junio de 2020 a la 1:00 p.m. La Junta de Directores de RCDSC llevará a caba una Reunión Especial de Emergencia para discutir el Fondo de Beneficios para el Cliente y el Financiación de COVID19. Esta reunión será realizada por Zoom Video/Teleconferencia y Teleconferencia AT&T. Haga clic aqui para ver la agenda y los detalles de conexión de la reunión Zoom/AT&T.

 

May 2020 Board of Directors Meeting: Pursuant to Governor Gavin Newsom's Proclamation of a State of Emergency dated March 4, 2020, and Executive Order N-25-20 issued on March 12, 2020 and statewide shelter-in place, the RCDSC Board of Directors will be holding the May 16, 2020 Board meeting by ZOOM Video/Teleconference and AT&T Teleconference.  Please click here for full details.

Reunión de la Junta Directiva de mayo de 2020: Aviso importante de la Junta de Directores de Redwood Coast Developmental Services Corporation (RCDSC): De Conformidad con la Proclamación del Gobernador Gavin Newsom de un Estado de Emergencia con fecha del 4 de marzo de 2020 y la Orden Ejecutiva N-25-20 emitida el 12 de marzo de 2020 y refugio en todo el estado, la Junta Directiva de RCDSC celebrará la reunión de la Junta de 16 de Mayo de 2020 por video/teleconferencia de ZOOM y teleconferencia AT&T. Haga clic aquí para más detalles.

RCDSC Board of Directors Proposed Update to Bylaws, Section 5.08 Meetings:  To review the proposed updates to the Bylaws that will include language from the Brown Act please click here.  Public input is requested no later than May 8, 2020 by contacting RCRC Executive Assistant, Kim Orsi at korsi@redwoodcoastrc.org or 707-462-3832, extension 260.  Thank you.

Actualización propuesta de la Junta Directiva del RCDSC a los Estatutos, Sección 5.08 Reuniones: Para revisar las actualizaciones propuestas a los Estatutos que incluirán el lenguaje de la Ley Brown, haga clic aquí. Para obtener información del público antes del 8 de mayo de 2020, comuníquese con Kim Orsi, Asistente Ejecutiva de RCRC, a korsi@redwoodcoastrc.org o al 707-462-3832, extensión 260. Gracias.

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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:

https://www.dds.ca.gov/initiat...

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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.

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Announcement of Interim Executive Director:

Dear Redwood Coast Community,

It is with great pleasure that I announce that our Board of Directors has selected Dr. Kim Smalley to serve as Interim Executive Director of RCRC, as the search for Executive Director continues. Dr. Smalley has served RCRC for the past 13 years in the position of Behavioral Analyst/Autism Clinical Specialist, and prior to that has a long history of service to individuals with disabilities and their families as a service provider, educator, researcher, program administrator and clinician. I have had the experience of working closley with Dr. Smalley and find her to have a deep understanding of the people we serve, to be a tireless and effective advocate, an innovative, collaborative capacity builder, and an ethical person centered professional. Dr. Smalley is taking on a difficult role at a difficult time, and will require all of our support.  I am grateful for Dr. Smalley's willingness to serve, and hope you will join me in welcoming her as our Interim Executive Director.

Rick Blumberg, PhD

Anuncio de la Directora Ejecutiva Interina:

Estimada comunidad de Redwood Coast,

En un gran placer anunciar que nuestra Junta Directiva hs seleccionado al Dr. Kim Smalley para servir como Director Ejecutiva Interino de RCRC, mientras continúa la búsqueda de Director Ejecutivo.El Dr. Smalley ha servido a RCRC durante los últimos 13 años en el puesto de Analista de comportamiento/Especialista clinico en autismo, y anteriormente tiene un largo historial de servicio a personas con discapacidades y sus familias como proveedor de servicios, educador, investigador, administrador de programas y clinico. He tenido la experiencia de trabajar en estrecha colaboración con la Dr. Smalley y descubrí que tiene unn profundo conocimiento de las personas a las que servimos, que es una defensora incansable y efectiva, una creadora de capacidad innovadora y colaborativa y una profesional centrada en la persona ética. El Dr. Smalley está asumiendo un papel difícil y requerirá todo nuestro apoyo. Estoy agradecido por la disposición del Dr. Smalley para servir, y espero que se unan a mí para darle la bienvenida como nuestro Director Ejecutiva Interino.

Rick Blumberg, PhD

 

 

 

 

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Humboldt County Holiday Resources. Click here for more information.

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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

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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

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Self-Determination Program, Independent Facilitator Training - July 2019 Flyer (English/Spanish)

Community Resource Development Plan: Proposed Projects for Fiscal Year 2019/2020

 

SELF DETERMINATION PROGRAM (SDP)  NEWSLETTER!     July 2019     June 2019    May 2019   Sep 2019

¡PROGRAMA DE AUTODETERMINACIÓN  (SDP)  BOLETÍN INFORMATIVO!  Mayo 2019  Septiembre 2019

**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

Flyer: Overview of the Home & Community Based Services Settings Final Rule Webinar Offered by DDS

 

 

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

 

Diversity Fair on April 22, 2020

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

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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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 DRAFT 2020 Performance Contract Measures and Activities - please click here

RCRC's 2019 Performance Contract Measures and Activities - please click here

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: 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.

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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