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  • DDS Issues Notice of Potential Breach

    The Department of Developmental Services informed the public about a recent incident that may have resulted in the breach of confidential information. On February 11, a break-in occurred at the DDS legal and audits office building in Sacramento.

    04/09/2018 4:49 PM

  • Survey for Community Resource Development Funds

    Significant changes have been made in statute which affects the future of funding for the development of new services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities in the community. The California Budget Act of 2017 included the addition of Section 4679 to the Welfare and Institutions

    03/30/2018 11:55 AM

  • 2018 Emergency Preparedness Safety EXPO - April 18, 2018

    All are welcome to come to SG/PRC on April 18th from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm to participate in the 2018 Emergency Preparedness Safety EXPO.

    03/20/2018 5:51 PM

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • **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

  • 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

  • Statewide Transition Plan for CMS/HCBS Final Rule

    The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is developing a revised Statewide Transition Plan (STP) that will be submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in October 2016. The STP describes how the State will come into compliance with new Federal Home and Community-Based (HCB) Settings Final Rule.

    09/08/2016 11:50 AM