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

RCDSC Board Meeting Schedule Update:  Following the January 13, 2021 Board meeting, the Board will reconvene on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. as there will be a Board Training held on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Please click here for the updated schedule.

Actualización del calendario de reuniones de la Junta de RCDSC: después de la reunión de la Junta del 13 de enero de 2021, la Junta se volverá a reunir el miércoles 10 de marzo de 2021 a las 6:00 p.m. ya que habrá una capacitación de la junta que se llevará a cabo el miércoles 10 de febrero de 2021. Haga clic aquí para ver el calendario actualizado.

Department of Developmental Services Survey - COVID-19 Impact:  The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is asking for your help. All self-advocates and families are asked to participate in a survey that will inform DDS, as a system, how COVID-19 has impacted your community and changed services. This survey will also help identify what is important to self-advocates and families.

The survey below includes fifteen questions and is available in 10 languages. Please take a few minutes to complete the surevey and provide valuable information to DDS:

Chinese (Simplified):
Chinese (Traditional):


RCRC's DRAFT 2021 Performance Contract Measures and Activities will be reviewed for Board approval during the upcoming RCDSC Board of Directors' Meeting that will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. by Zoom Video/Teleconference.  Please click here to review a copy of the DRAFT and please join us at the upcoming Board meeting if you'd like to provide additional input.

January 27th, 2021 (English) January 28th, 2021 (Spanish) from 2:30-4:00 p.m.

Tools for Supporting and Achieving Social-emotional Wellness During COVID-19 and Beyond

February 24th, 2021 (English) February 25th, 2021 (Spanish) from 2:30-4:00 p.m.

The Importance of Play: Tools for Guiding your Child's Social Emotional Development through Fun and Games!

March 24th, 2021 (English) March 25th, 2021 (Spanish) from 2:30-4:00 p.m.

Teamwork: Tools to Help You Accomplish Your Goals Through Effective Communication and Collaboration

English ~~~~~~~ Spanish

Free Online Trainings presented by Dave Hingsburger, M.Ed., in January and February 2021

Early Start Personnel Development Webinar: Supporting Family Mental Wellness and Resilience

The Department of Developmental Services Director is encouraging and reminding each of us to keep each other safe and help stop the spread of COVID-19 by using a number of strategies. To view the letter please click Critical Holiday Risk Mitigation Strategies.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information in Plain Language


Friday, October 23, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., RCRC whill be hosting a public meeting by Zoom Video/Teleconferencing to discuss and obtain community input to develop RCRC's Draft 2021 Performance Plan. Please click here for complete details.

Viernes 23 de octubre de 2020 a las 10:00,  El RCRC organizará una reunión pública a través de Zoom Video / Teleconferencing para discutir y obtener comentarios de la comunidad para desarrollar el Borrador del Plan de Desempeño 2021 del RCRC. Haga clic aquí para obtener detalles completos.

Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 3:00 p.m., RCRC will be holding a public meeting by Zoom Video/Teleconferencing to discuss and obtain input to develop a plan of correction as RCRC has not been in compliance with the caseload ratio requirements for two consecutive reporting periods, per Section 4640.6(f) of the W&I Code.  Please click here for additional information.

El jueves 29 de octubre de 2020 a las 3:00 p.m., RCRC llevará a cabo una reunión pública por Zoom Video / Teleconferencing para discutir y obtener información para desarrollar un plan de corrección, ya que RCRC no ha cumplido con los requisitos de proporción de casos durante dos períodos de informes consecutivos, por sección 4640.6(f) of the W&I Code. Haga clic aquí para obtener información adicional.

Register to Vote:  RCRC will be hosting a Voter Registration Workshop by Zoom Videoconference on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. for English and 6:30 p.m. for Spanish. Please click here for additional details.  The upcoming Election is Tuesday, November 3, 2020 and the Voter Registration Deadlines for the upcoming Election is October 19, 2020.  If you would like assistance, please contact RCRC Voter Registration staff.  To register to vote in California you must be a United States citizen, be a resident of California, be at least 18 years old or older on Election Day, not be currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony, not be currently found to be mentally incompetent to vote by a court. If you have not yet registered to vote or you would like to check your registration status, you may do so online by clicking the following link:

Registrarse para votar: RCRC organizará un Taller de registro de votantes por Videoconferencia de Zoom el martes 13 de octubre de 2020 a las 6:00 p.m. para inglés y 6:30 p.m. para español. Haga clic aquí para obtener más detalles.  La próxima elección es el martes 3 de noviembre de 2020 y la fecha límite para el registro de votantes para la próxima elección es el 19 de octubre de 2020. Si necesita ayuda, comuníquese con el personal de registro de votantes de RCRC. Para registrarse para votar en California, debe ser ciudadano de los Estados Unidos, ser residente de California, tener al menos 18 años de edad o más el día de las elecciones, no estar actualmente en una prisión estatal o federal o en libertad condicional por la condena de un delito grave. no ser encontrado actualmente mentalmente incompetente para votar por un tribunal. Si aún no se ha registrado para votar o desea comprobar el estado de su registro, puede hacerlo en línea haciendo clic en el siguiente enlace:

RCRC Honors Direct Support Professional Recognition Week September 13th-19th, 2020

From Teresa Anderson, Policy Director, The Arc & UCP California Collaboration

"RECOGNITION, CELEBRATION, UNDYING GRATITUDE, RESPECT... are just but a few of the words that I think of when it comes to the thousands of Direct Support Professionals that serve and support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Anyone who is, has been, or knows a DSP knows that they are essential, and we didn't need a global pandemic to tell us that. This year has been like no other and, once again, DSPs remain on the front-line supporting people within IDD through a pandemic, raging wildfires, monumental life changes, and in some cases, unspeakable losses and trauma. To all the DSPs, THANK YOU!

WE MUST support the DSP Profession in policy and in practice - livable wages and benefits, meaningful career ladder, sufficient supplies of personal protective equipment, and an elevated awareness of the complexity of the profession. There is no system of supports and services without a DSP workforce."

The National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals is offering the 2020 Virtual Event "FROM PRAISE TO PROMISE."

To view the schedule, list of speakers and register visit:


Orr Creek Commons Project Construction Update:  Redwood Coast Regional Center and Rural Communities Housing Development Corporation is pleased to share the following photos of recent construction under way. click here

FREE VIRTUAL SUMMER SERIES: RCRC is pleased to share that Autism, Advocacy and Intervention (AAI)  will be providing their regions of service with a free virtual summer series. Here is additional information from  AAI Director, Brian Marrier:   The list of participants is rather exciting.  Please know that most of the funds for this event have been provided by an RCRC grant. AAI will be hosting the event on our secure Zoom platform.  Currently, we can manage around 1000 participants (possibly more if RSVPs increase).  There is an extensive but limited supply of free event t shirts that will be mailed to RSVPs.   RCRC’s logo has been added on to the front chest.  Please visit:   for more information and if you are interested to RSVP.  This event is designed to support families under this most challenging time - so please feel free to openly share/forward this information and the attached links to organizations and families located in our regions that you feel would enjoy this opportunity.


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


A message from Redwood Coast Regional Center Interim Executive Director, Dr. Kimberly Smalley:

At Redwood Coast Regional Center, we stand firm with others within California, across the nation and the world in decrying recent events. We recognize the diverse backgrounds of the communities which RCRC serves, and endorse ongoing efforts to work with community partners to address disparity, racism, discrimination and injustice. We remain committed to the rights of eligible individuals and families to equitable access to services. We understand that our diversity is a source of strength, and that we must work with all members of our community to ensure that all of us share in the promise of justice and liberty. In a rapidly changing political and economic environment, we will be doing our best as a Regional Center to be responsive to the needs and aspirations of those we serve.

In the coming months, we will be creating opportunities for communication and dialogue with clients and families, our service provider community and valued community partners to educate and advocate. We will use our collective wisdom and creativity, to maintain a strong, just, sustainable, and culturally responsive community.

Kim Smalley, PhD
Interim Executive Director

Un mensaje de la Directora Ejecutiva Provisional del Centro Regional de Redwood Coast, Dra. Kimberly Smalley:

En Redwood Coast Regional Center, nos mantenemos firmes con otros en California, en todo el país y en el mundo, denunciando los eventos recientes. Reconocemos los diversos orígenes de las comunidades a las que sirve RCRC, y respaldamos los esfuerzos continuos para trabajar con socios de la comunidad para abordar la disparidad, el racismo, la discriminación y la injusticia. Seguimos comprometidos con los derechos de las personas y familias elegibles al acceso equitativo a los servicios. Entendemos que nuestra diversidad es una fuente de fortaleza, y que debemos trabajar con todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad para garantizar que todos compartamos la promesa de justicia y libertad. En un entorno político y económico que cambia rápidamente, haremos nuestro mejor esfuerzo como Centro Regional para responder a las necesidades y aspiraciones de aquellos a quienes servimos.

En los próximos meses, crearemos oportunidades para la comunicación y el diálogo con clientes y familias, nuestra comunidad de proveedores de servicios y socios comunitarios valiosos para educar y defender. Utilizaremos nuestra sabiduría y creatividad colectiva para mantener una comunidad fuerte, justa, sostenible y culturalmente receptiva.

Kim Smalley, PhD
Directora ejecutiva interina



Board of Directors Meetings: 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 future Board meetings by ZOOM Video/Teleconference and AT&T Teleconference.  Please click here for details.

Reunión de la Junta Directiva: 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 Directores de RCDSC llevará a cabo futuras reuniones de la Junta por video/teleconferencia de ZOOM y teleconferencia AT&T. Haga clic aqui para más detalles.


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:



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)

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


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

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: 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:

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:


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.

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:

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:

RCRC's2020 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 an application, (A) Complete the CBF Application FORM, (B) Deliver the completed form to your Service Coordinator to finalize with a clinician (C) After completing the form, the Service Coordinator will send the form to the Executive Assistant and (D) she will submit applications to the Client Benefit Fund Committee. El Comité de Beneficios para el Cliente de la Junta Directiva de RCDSC anuncia que el fondo de Beneficios del Cliente aceptará solicitudes de subvención en los meses de febrero y junio. para enviar una solicitud, (A) Complete el FORMULARIO de solicitud de CBF, (B) Entregue el formulario completo a su Coordinador de servicios para finalizar con un médico (C) después de completar el formulario for, el coordinador de servicios enviará el formulario al Asistente Ejecutivo y (D) ella presentará las solicitudes  al Comité del Fondo de Beneficios del Cliente. Póliza del Fondo de Beneficios del Cliente # 10 Español CBF Formulario de solicitud en español, 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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