HCBS Final Rule Webinar
This training will focus on the intent of the HCBS Final Rule, the importance of person-centered planning, and implementing practices that consider both in the way services are provided. See flyer for more details.
Thursday, October 1, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Click here to register and participate in the live webinar: http://bit.ly/CADDSHCBSStrategiesTraining
Flu Season Alert 2020
With flu season approaching, it is time to get your flu shot. We are striving for 100% participation from all SDRC personnel and service providers. This is even more important this year as it’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter and they can cause similar symptoms. If you have flu-like symptoms this year, you will be considered to likely having COVID-19 until proven otherwise, which will mean taking appropriate measures like being in home isolation. The flu viruses keep changing, so each year a new shot is necessary. This year is no different. Last year’s shot will not cover you for this year. If you hate shots and are under 50, think about the Nasal Spray that is available to individuals ages 2 to 50.
This is extremely important because our clients cannot fight off infection. They get sicker and have a greater number of serious complications. 30,000 people in the U.S. a year die from the flu. The very young, the very old, and individuals with a disability are particularly vulnerable. Protect yourself, your co-workers and our clients, get the flu shot. Most individuals may be eligible for free flu shots through their health insurance plans. Flu shots are available at no or low cost at County Health Department facilities, from primary care providers, pharmacies, and other locations.
Good reasons for everyone to get the shot:
- So you will not get sick with the flu
- So you will not get your co-workers sick if you come to work with the flu
- To prevent symptoms that may be similar to COVID-19
- So you will not get our clients sick if you come to work with the flu.
Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) Self Assessment Survey Results
The HCBS Final Rule Compliance Information Key can be viewed Here.
The HCBS Final Rule Compliance Final Report can be viewed Here.
Early Start Service Provider Guidelines
The directive from DDS allows Early Start Services to be provided through remote services. This is a waiver that will be time limited during the “California State of Emergency” and only if the family agrees to have the services provided remotely.
- SDRC is not requiring a change in program design for this temporary service.
- Before you begin working remotely with a family, please contact the assigned SDRC Service Coordinator to inform them that 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 you are not able or wish to provide remote services, please send an email to Myriam.Rodriguez-Gonzalez@sdrc.org
- For any questions, please contact Therese.Davis@sdrc.org
DDS Directive authorizing the temporary waiver in service delivery for Early Start 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.
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