Announcements from Department of Developmental Services

Announcements from Department of Developmental Services

Alternative Nonresidential Services and the Methodology for Calculating Monthly Payment Rates
On October 14, the Department of Developmental Services shared information on Alternative Nonresidential Services and the Methodology for Calculating Monthly Payment rates. Materials from the training can be found here under the “Alternative Services” tab. The recording will be posted tomorrow. Live stream video is available on the DDS YouTube channel here:

Prior to sharing rates with providers Regional Centers have an opportunity to meet with DDS and Representatives from Burns & Associates during the week of October 19th. Stay tuned for your appointment with your Regional Center for a discussion of your program rates - Alternative.

Service Access & Equity Workgroup
The Department of Developmental Services is supporting a DDS Task Force. The Service Access & Equity Workgroup is part of this process. For questions and additional information, please email [email protected].

Monday, October 26, 2020
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Please register in advance for this webinar:
Register Today

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with your link to join the webinar

OCTOBER 15TH - LAST day to respond to the CENSUS more information

The information collected from the census determines how funds are allocated to your community, how many representatives you have, etc. Share with your colleagues and families:

  • Mail in: fill out the paper form and mail it back.
  • Online: visit to complete the form online.
  • Phone: call 844-330-2020 where assistance is available in multiple languages.

Voting - Do you have a Plan for getting your ballot? Registration ends October 19th

Voting deadlines
Application by mail - Oct 27
Application online - Oct 27
Submission by mail - Nov 3
Submission in person - Nov 3

Healthy Voting Tips
Find healthy, secure, and safe ways to cast your ballot this year. more information

Official Election Website
Get details and deadlines for voting in your area. more information

Survey of interest to Early Intervention
Survey of interest to Early Intervention: Early Intervention Telepractice in time of COVID-19 - Provider Survey - more information

This study is being done by Megan Schumaker Murphy, from Salem State University and Dana Childress from Virginia Commonwealth University. Additional details provided on the link to the survey.

"Who can participate in this research study?
We want to hear from any early intervention provider over the age of 18 who transitioned from in person to online telehealth services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic."

The California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) is excited to announce the first in a series of monthly California Statewide Self-Advocacy Chats and encourage those who are interested to join in the conversation!
What/Why: The “California Statewide Self-Advocacy Chats” are designed to provide self-advocates throughout California the opportunity to speak about topics that they want to talk about. After each meeting, participants will receive a follow-up email with resources and information related to the topics discussed. Information and resources shared will be designed to help advocates learn about issues important to them and advocate for change in their communities.
When: The third Wednesday of each month.
The first California Statewide Self-Advocacy Chat will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 11:00am.
Where: We will be meeting virtually via Zoom. Registration is required to attend the California Statewide Self-Advocacy Chats. Register Today
This month’s topic is Mental Health and Isolation during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Some questions to think about for the first California Statewide Self-Advocacy Chat:
1.   What issues or problems do you know of in your region, city or town that are due to mental health or isolation during COVID-19?
2.   What have you been doing during COVID-19 to continue your advocacy work?
3.   What have you been doing during COVID-19 to find resources about COVID-19?
4.   What have you been doing to stay connected to families, friends and important contacts?
5.   What topics would you like to see in future Statewide Self-Advocacy Chats?
This month’s Chat will be facilitated by Riana Hardin, Self-Advocacy Coordinator for the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities. Please email [email protected] or call 916-263-8196.

Fran Chasen and Annie Cox
IDA Liaisons

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