Updates & Announcements

Stay up to date on all that is happening at the San Diego Regional Center

COVID-19 Information & Updates

Get the latest news from Executive Director Carlos Flores, including Billing Guidelines for Service Providers and Resources for the individuals we serve and their families.

New SDRC Office in Carmel Mountain

The San Diego Regional Center continues to grow and is now coordinating services for over 32,000 individuals! Our new Carmel Mountain Office, officially opened January 27th, serving individuals and their families living along the I-15 corridor in this area. In line with our commitment to providing excellent customer service, we are confident that the new office will allow our Service Coordinators to be more accessible to those we serve.

The San Diego Regional Center is dedicated to promoting the use of person-centered practices with individuals accessing SDRC services. This Person-Centered Thinking Training was developed by The Learning Community for Person-Centered Practices (www.tlcpcp.com) and teaches the principles behind person-centered thinking and provides attendees with a variety of tools and techniques to implement person-centered thinking practices. Information in the training is relevant to all aspects of service coordination and provision and is consistent with HCBS Final Settings Rule, Self-Determination, and Employment First. All SDRC trainers are certified by The Learning Community.

For more information about Person Centered Thinking, please contact Suzy Requarth.

SDRC Caseload Ratio Plan of Correction 2019

The SDRC Plan of Correction as required in Section 4640.6 (f) of the Welfare & Institutions Code (W&I).

Competitive and Integrated Employment Blueprint

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), California Department of Education (CDE), and California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) have entered into a new agreement consistent with the State’s “Employment First” policy and other laws, to make employment in an integrated setting, at a competitive wage, for individuals with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) its highest priority.

Affordable Housing Complex

The Pacifica Apartments is a 42 unit complex with 13 units set aside for our clients at SDRC.  All 13 units are now occupied by people we serve. Our Foundation for Developmental Disabilities contributed $750,000 towards the Pacifica project.


CalFresh is the California implementation of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program which provides financial assistance for purchasing food to low-income California residents.

Community Involvement Program

For those interested in participating in the 2020 Disney Community Involvement Program please be aware that Disney is reviewing the program with an eye towards making improvements in the process. Once details are finalized, we will be posting an update on the SDRC website.

SDRC Communicator

  • Featured Article – The Photographer’s Eye

  • Self-Determination Update

  • 20th Annual Jobtoberfest

  • Affordable Housing for Adults with ID/DD

  • Celebrating Our Success

  • Featured Article – Save the Cloud Juice

  • HCBS Provider Funding

  • Self-Determination Implementation Updates

  • Moving from failure and powerless to success and fulfillment

  • CalFresh

  • Featured Article – Strength of a Family

  • Self-Determination Update

  • HCBS Provider Funds

  • Access

  • Holiday Safety

Service Provider Announcements

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Dear Early Start 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 Myriam Rodriguez-Gonzalez.

4. For any questions, please contact Therese Davis.

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 www.FoundationforDD.org. 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.

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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.


Join the Developmental Disabilities Provider Network

Department of Developmental Services Safety Net - Helping assure clients with developmental disabilities are safe and healthy.

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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.

HCBS Self Assessment

HCBS Final Rule

DDS was requesting for the self assessment to be submitted by March 31, 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 email Tiffany Swan call (858) 576-2868.


Phone 858.576.2996

| Fax 858.576.2873

4355 Ruffin Rd. San Diego, CA 92123