Upcoming DS Task Force Meetings and Town Hall-Alternative Delivery of Non Residential Services

Upcoming Department of Developmental Services Meetings

DS Task Force Monthly Check-In meeting on Thursday, August 27, 2020, from 9:00 to 11:00 am. The conversation will include COVID-19 related updates and discussion.
 
Meeting information:
Thursday, August 27, 2020
9:00 – 11:00 am
Please register in advance for this webinar. Register Here
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

System & Fiscal Reform Workgroup
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Please register in advance for this webinar. Register Here
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Service Access & Equity Workgroup
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Please register in advance for this webinar. Register Here
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Input on Alternative Delivery of Non-residential services Regulations: 8/25; 8/26; 8/28
DDS has scheduled a series of three (3) Zoom “Town Hall” presentations to seek input on the emergency regulations for the alternative delivery of nonresidential services option. DDS will provide an overview and invites technical questions, concerns and recommendations for operationalizing the new model. The same presentation is being given on all three dates to accommodate as many schedules as possible. Click here for flyer
 
The emergency regulations and corresponding Notice and Finding of Emergency (NOFE) may be accessed on the Regulations page of the DDS website. Comments should be sent simultaneously to DDS and the Office of Administrative Law at [email protected] and [email protected] no later than August 26.

As shared in IDA's 8/19/20, Department of Developmental Services is offering input opportunities to the public regarding the proposed changes to Title 17 regulations in an Emergency. The goal is to have them in place for September 1. Services are optional and may not be permanent.

Many pieces are still being clarified:

  • It has been announced to alleviate additional burden for RC and providers, Burns & Associates are determining the average billing per code. Minimum wage requirements and the 8.2% rate increase will be considered.
  • Monthly billing - either by consumer or the service code
  • Keep all records for possible future audit.
  • Deadline for consumer meetings prior to September 1 is agreed upon as unreasonable. Suggestions for a meaningful and individualized process are being looked for with a time frame ( 30-60 days)
  • Program certification - process to be decided upon

ACTION STEPS | Voting and Census:

  • There is an election coming November 3rd. Last day to register is October 19th. Maybe share information with the families in your care? Are you and your family members registered to vote?  Click Here
  • Returning your Ballot by Mail. Click Here
  • League of Women Voters Easy Voter Guide. An easy to understand, nonpartisan guide to the candidates and ballot measure that will be on our ballots.  Click Here
  • Have you completed your Census Form? Representation and Community services are determined by these numbers. Click Here

IDA Policy and Advocacy Community of Practice Poll
The ultimate goal of IDA's Policy Committee is to improve the lives of young children and families by sharing recommended practices in the field of Early Intervention and influencing legislators' and policymakers' opinions and activities. Your input and participation are important to us! Please take a moment to answer this brief survey.

Fran Chasen and Annie Cox
IDA Policy Liaisons

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