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  • State Minimum Wage Increase - Effective January 1, 2018

    Effective January 1, 2018, due to the implementation of Senate Bill (SB) 3, the minimum wage in California will increase to $11.00 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees and $10.50 per hour for employers with 25 or less employees.

    12/06/2017 5:45 PM

  • Important change in the law for Respite Services

    We want to inform you about an important change in the law for respite services. The law currently states that regional centers cannot purchase more than 90 hours per quarter of in-home respite and cannot purchase more than 21 days of out-of-home respite for a family, unless an exemption is granted

    11/28/2017 5:47 PM

  • HCBS Compliance Funding Availability for Service Providers

    Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Compliance Funding Availability for Service Providers for 2017-18 - Deadline January 5, 2018. DDS has provided correspondence to the regional centers about the process for service providers to access this compliance funding in 2017-18

    11/08/2017 8:01 PM

  • Business Associate Agreement (BAA)

    The Business Associate Agreement (BAA) is a newly required agreement between the regional center and service providers and speaks to the business relationship between the regional center, the service provider and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS)….

    11/08/2017 7:39 PM

  • 2017 DDS Disparity Meetings

    Public Meeting Notice Reducing Purchase of Service Disparities The Department of Developmental Services will hold three public meetings to consult with stakeholders, including consumers and families, advocates, providers, and protection/advocacy agencies, to review purchase of service data ....

    10/25/2017 5:28 PM

  • 29th Annual Golf Tournament

    To Benefit People with Developmentally Disabilities in the San Gabriel/Pomona Valleys Area....click for more information

    08/04/2017 3:46 PM

  • ABX2-1 Rate Increase Survey

    ABX2-1 Finalized Survey for Provider Rate Increases – Deadline to Complete Survey is October 1, 2017 As part of the ABX2-1 rate increases, that service providers received on July 1, 2016, the Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) section 4691.10 (b)(4) requires DDS to survey all the providers who received the increase in order to determine how the rate increase was administered by service providers. Per a DDS memo dated July 17, 2017, DDS has finalized the Survey for Provider Rate Increases. This survey is being administered online and all service providers are expected to complete the survey on or before October 1, 2017.

    07/19/2017 12:12 PM

  • Change in Effect Date for 5.82 Percent Rate Increase

    New federal regulations (Fair Labor Standards Act) in 2015, resulted in a 5.82% rate increase effective December 1, 2015, for service providers in the categories of Supported Living Services (SLS; service code 896), Personal Assistance (service code 062) and In-Home Respite Agencies (service code 862).

    07/07/2017 1:36 PM

  • Local Minimum Wage Ordinance - Rate Adjustment Options

    Effective July 1, 2017, the County of Los Angeles enacted a minimum wage ordinance which increases the minimum wage in the unincorporated areas of L.A. County to $12.00 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees and $10.50 for employers with 25 or less employees. The City of Pasadena has adopted a similar ordinance which also became effective 7/1/17. Service providers who have staff providing services in these areas, and who are paid minimum wage are expected to comply with this ordinance.

    06/15/2017 7:55 PM

  • NOTICE OF COMMUNITY MEETING - May 31, 2017

    Notice is hereby given that San Gabriel/Pomona Valleys Developmental Services, Inc. will be soliciting public input from state council, local organizations representing consumers, family members, regional center employees, including recognized labor organizations, and service providers, and other interested parties

    05/12/2017 3:43 PM

  • Ochoa v. City of Long Beach.

    Notice of Settlement for the disability rights class action case Ochoa v. City of Long Beach. This Settlement addresses the accessibility of the City of Long Beach’s pedestrian right of way for individuals with mobility disabilities. The judge in this case ordered plaintiff’s counsel to distribute this Notice to disability rights organizations to ensure the Long Beach disabled community was aware of the settlement.

    05/11/2017 2:06 PM

  • **NEW** DDS Announcement regarding CMS Compliance Funding

    In an April 25, 2017 memo, DDS announced the provider concepts/proposals that were selected for CMS Compliance funding. For fiscal year 2016-17, the California legislature allocated $15 million for service providers to make changes to their services in order to meet the requirements of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) final regulations, or rules.

    05/08/2017 12:08 PM

  • ABX2-1 Draft Survey for Provider Rate Increases / Webinars and Feedback

    On July 1, 2016, service providers of selected categories received rate increases as a result of enactment Assembly Bill (AB) X2-1. As part of this rate increase, the statute (Welfare and Institutions Code 4691.10 (b)(4)) requires the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to survey all providers who received the rate increase in order to determine how the rate increase was used.

    05/03/2017 5:00 PM

  • VENDOR INCENTIVE - Bilingual Staff

    As of April 1st, vendors of certain in-home services can now apply for a monetary Incentive for hiring and retaining bilingual staff.

    03/30/2017 3:07 PM

  • Emergency Preparedness EXPO

    This is a free event that includes several different presentations throughout the event that will give you valuable information about being prepared for all hazards.

    02/14/2017 5:32 PM

  • State Minimum Wage Increase

    Effective January 2, 2017, due to the implementation of Senate Bill (SB) 3, the minimum wage in California will increase from $10.00 to $10.50 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees. As authorized by the 2016 State budget and the 2016 changes to the Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) sections 4681.6(b), 4691.6(f) and (g), and 4691.9(b), many vendors will either receive, or be eligible to request, a rate increase if necessary to adjust employees’ pay to comply with the new minimum wage.

    01/12/2017 5:08 PM

  • NEW Purchase of Services (POS) Equity Proposals

    Request for Proposals (RFP): FY 2016-2017 ABX2-1 Funding: Proposals to Promote Equity and Reduce Disparities in Purchase of Services (POS) The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has approved SG/PRC to receive funds for three (3) ABX2-1 equity proposals that exceeded $100,000.00: In accordance with the SG/PRC Board-approved policy, a Request for Proposal (RFP) process shall be used to solicit applicants for each development or project that has a budget in excess of $100,000.00.

    01/05/2017 2:46 PM

  • POS Expenditure Reports -Utilization Memo December 2016

    Each year, the regional center is required to review the utilization of POS funded services and identify any issues or trends related to the under-utilization of these services. This review includes considering all factors that would affect a client or family in utilizing or not utilizing a service, including SG/PRC’s communication with clients and families about available services, but also vendor-related reasons......

    12/22/2016 5:01 PM

  • Notice to Service Providers re: AB 1606

    Attention Service Providers of Crisis Intervention Facility (service code 090), Residential Services (905, 910, 915, 920, 113), Supported Living Services (896), Long-Term Health Care Facilities (925, 930, 935, 114) and Acute Psychiatric Hospitals (700). Developmental Services Trailer Bill, Assembly Bill (AB) 1606 was enacted on June 27, 2016. AB 1606 amends Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 4659.2 (b) which expands the special incident reporting responsibilities of the aforementioned service categories and requires these service categories to report specific incidents to Disability Rights California (per WIC 4900 (i)).

    12/06/2016 2:31 PM

  • Special Presentation: Life After High School

    Success After High School: Little Known Resources for Funding and Supporting Students with Disabilities in Postsecondary Education Presented By: Hadassah Foster of H&H Associates Saturday, September 17, 2016 In the 21st century, it is the increasingly rare student with disabilities who will not participate in some sort of postsecondary education. Whether it is a four-year bachelor’s degree program or a two-year vocational program, education does not end with high school. Accordingly, parents, schools and service providers must prepare all of our children to continue learning throughout their lifetimes. Anything less fails to meet the vision of IDEA.

    09/12/2016 6:29 PM