Service Provider Announcements
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
For additional information or log in support please email Tiffany Swan call (858) 576-2868.