Provider Announcements

1. Dear Early Start Service Providers,

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.

1. We are not requiring a change in program design for this temporary service.

2. 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.

3. If for some reason, you are not able to, or do not wish to provide remote services, please send an email to

4. For any questions, please contact

This is the 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-personservices. 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.

2. Foundation for Developmental Disabilities Request for Proposals

FDD RFP Cycle VII 2018/2019 – The 2018/2019 Foundation for Developmental Disabilities (FDD) Request for Proposal (RFP) Cycle VII Program is now open with $180,000 in the budget for this year’s project. Areas of priority are:  Housing, Employment, Transportation and/or Family Support Services.

The Foundation will be accepting proposals until noon on March 6, 2019.  Complete information and application pdf is available at  Click on PROGRAMS tab and then scroll to the RFP link at the bottom of the page.  There is also a link to download a pdf application form.

3. Local Partnership Agreement (LPA) – The California Department of Education, California Department of Rehabilitation, and the California Department of Developmental Services, issued the California Competitive Integrated Employment Blueprint. This Blueprint is a five-year initiative that is the result of the commitment between the three departments to provide opportunities for Californians with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (ID/DD), regardless of the severity of their disability, to prepare for and participate in competitive integrated employment.

Local Partnership Agreements between regional centers, local Department of Rehabilitation Districts, and LEA/school districts incorporate strategies for collaboration and coordinated service delivery to transition-aged youth who are leaving school for competitive wage employment in the local communities. Individuals with ID/DD are connected with community resources and appropriate services and supports from transition to adulthood, including benefits planning to encourage employment.

The San Diego Local Partnership Agreement can be found here.

4. Join the Provider NetworkDDPN Form

5. DDS Safety NetworkThe DDS Safety Net Website – Helping assure clients with developmental disabilities are safe and healthy.

6. Home & Community Based Services – Home and Community Based Services Self Assessment is to help providers align their program with the HCBS Final Rule federal regulations. The Self Assessment is available to for providers who provider grouped services such as Day Programs and Residential Services. For more information on the Self Assessment please follow the link: and more information regarding HCBS Final Rule:

DDS was requesting for the self assessment to be submitted by March 31st 2020 however they have now extended the deadline to June 30, 2020 due to the current state of emergency. For additional information or  log in support please contact Tiffany Swan by email or by phone (858) 576-2868.

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