DDS Self-Advocate/Family Member Survey – NEW
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) invites you to complete this self-advocate/family member survey to help us understand how COVID-19 has impacted our community and changed your services. DDS, regional centers, and service providers are working on new ways to safely support you. Completing this survey will identify what’s working, what’s not, and what is important to self-advocates and families.
SDRC Executive Director – Messages to the Community:
- Message dated 06/11/2020
- Message dated 05/05/2020: English | Spanish
- Message dated 04/10/2020: Imperial & San Diego Counties’ Health Measures
- Message dated 04/02/2020 to Residential Services Providers
- Message dated 03/23/2020
- Message dated 03/19/20 (English) & 3/19/20 (Spanish)
- DDS Covid-19 Re-Entry Plan
- COVID-19 Communication Toolkit for Migrants, Refugees and Other Limited-English-Proficient Populations
- COVID-19 Communication Toolkit for Migrants, Refugees and Other Limited-English-Proficient Populations (Spanish)
- National Disability Institute – COVID19 Resources for people with disabilities
- How can our clients track the status of their stimulus check from the IRS?
- Economic Impact Payment Update 04/01/2020 – Social Security Recipients Will Automatically Receive Economic Impact Payments – SSA recipients no longer have to file income taxes to receive the stimulus check. “Social Security recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return do not need to take action, and will receive their payment directly to their bank account.”
- YMCA Enhanced Childcare Referrals for Health Care Professionals
- San Diego For Every Child COVID-19 Children’s Fund
- OACB RNCP Health Passport Hospital Transfer Form – For the individuals we serve who have to go into the Emergency Department or hospital and might not have their supports or accompanying caregiver. This form will give all the information the ED providers need.
Billing Guidelines during the COVID-19 State of Emergency:
- SDRC Service Provider Information
- Instructions for Billing Absenses Due to COVID-19
- Billing for COVID-19 SOE
General Information about COVID-19:
- Autism Speaks Resources for Families During COVID-19 Crisis
- State Council on Developmental Disabilities COVID-19 Information
- What you can do to help prevent the spread of viruses
- COVID-19 Information By and For people with Disabilities
- Informacion de COVID-19 Por y Para Personas con Discapacidades
- Department of Developmental Services COVID Information
- World Health Organization (WHO) Risk Communication and Community Engagement
- Center for Disease Control (CDC) FAQs
- CDC Home Care People Not Requiring Hospitalization for COVID-19
- CDC Recommendations for Patients Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings
- San Diego County HHS Public Health Services COVID-19 Information
- Imperial County Public Health Services COVID-19 Information
- California Department of Public Health
Remote Services for Early Start Clients:
- DDS has provided a directive allowing for Early Start Services to be provided through remote services. This is a waiver that will be time limited for the period of the State of Emergency and only if the family agrees to have the services provided remotely.
- We are not requiring a change in program design for this temporary service.
- Before you start working remotely with the families, please contact the assigned San Diego Regional Center Service Coordinator to let them know the family has agreed to receive remote services for their child. Providers do not need to get a signature from the family to start remote services.
- If for some reason, you are not able to, or do not wish to provide remote services, please send an email to Myriam Rodriguez Gonzalez.
- For any questions, please contact Therese Davis.
Directive from DDS that authorizes the temporary waiver in service delivery:
EARLY START REMOTE SERVICES: The requirements of the California Early Intervention Services Act, Title 17, or a child’s Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) requiring the delivery of services in-person are hereby waived. To the extent requested by a parent, guardian, or other authorized legal representative of the child due to concern related to exposure to COVID-19, a service provided to a child in-person may be provided by remote electronic communications, including Skype, Facetime, video conference, or telephone conference. Prior to the delivery of a service by electronic communications, the service provider must notify the regional center that the family requested and agrees to remote or virtual services in lieu of in-person services. The regional center shall send a follow-up letter to the family, in the family’s preferred language, confirming that at the family’s request, virtual or remote services will be provided in lieu of in-person services. The letter shall include contact information for the child’s service coordinator and their supervisor. This waiver is necessary because the Department finds that fear of exposure to COVID-19 is causing family members to miss in-person appointments for services for their children. Providing services to the child through electronic communications ensures that services necessary for the health, development and well-being of the child are delivered.