MARCH 27, 2020 - STATE OF EMERGENCY BILLING
On March 4, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a State of Emergency for California, as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak. On March 12, 2020, San Gabriel Pomona Regional Center (SG/PRC) received the approved State of Emergency (SOE) notification from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). As a result of this SOE declaration, DDS is authorizing the Regional Centers, pursuant to Title 17 CCR §54326 (a)(11), to pay vendors for absences that are the direct result of the COVID-19 outbreak in California. This SOE was approved for consumer absences for nonresidential services only.
When billing for the month of March 2020, vendors may bill for services and/or appointments that were not provided due to the precautionary measures for COVID-19 or are a direct result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
MARCH 27, 2020 - VENDOR ADVISORY CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) MEETING
Attention all Service Providers - Please join San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center and its Vendor Advisory Committee for a meeting regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) related to directives from the Department of Developmental Services and to discuss resource needs for individuals served and their families. The meeting will ONLY be convened via videoconference due to the necessity to maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Time: 10am-12pm
VIDEO-CONFERENCE LINK - To join the meeting, please click on the link below at the meeting time via your computer, e-tablet (iPad or otherwise) or smart phone. Please announce yourself and have your device’s camera enabled upon joining the meeting.
https://zoom.us/j/833932169 Meeting ID: 833 932 169
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MARCH 24, 2020 - LA COUNTY ALERTS PUBLIC ABOUT INCREASING COVID-19 SCAMS, WARNS OF FRAUDULENT WEBSITES, EMAILS AND DONATION REQUESTS
Los Angeles, CA (Tues., March 24, 2020)-- Los Angeles County residents are reminded of several fraud schemes designed to prey on the vulnerable in the midst of the COVID-19 public health crisis. Reports of malicious websites, email schemes, and suspicious links have come to the attention of law enforcement and public officials.
“Malicious actors can prey upon those that are distracted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and use it to their advantage,” stated Los Angeles County Chief Information Officer William Kehoe. “The public needs to be mindful and careful, and avoid websites, phishing emails, and scams that engage people through false information about the health crisis, and steal personal user information and data. By clicking on fraudulent weblinks, hackers can deliver malware and then gain access to passwords, browsing information, credit card numbers, and other personal information. We all need to stay vigilant.” FOR MORE INFO, CLICK HERE
MARCH 23, 2020 - N95 MASK REQUEST
Attention Administrators and Program Directors - In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, DDS has provided access to a limited number of protective masks to provide to service providers serving some of the most at-risk population. We received some N95 Face Masks that are available to the person served, you and your staff, if needed. If you are in need of these masks, please click on the link below and fill out the survey as soon as possible.
We have a limited supply and want to be responsive, so please complete the survey as quickly as possible. We would like to pass out masks immediately. Administrators or Program Directors will need to complete the survey and we will contact you by email to arrange a pickup time. Thank you for all you do for the individuals we mutually support. CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE REQUEST SURVEY
MARCH 23, 2020 - ESSENTIAL WORKERS CLASSIFICATION
The question has arisen a few times about whether RC and provider staff have or can be deemed essential in response to shelter-in-place orders. According to this site (https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/), it looks like these determinations are being made by the State Public Health Officer.
The list (https://covid19.ca.gov/img/EssentialCriticalInfrastructureWorkers.pdf) includes “Workers who provide support to vulnerable populations to ensure their health and well-being including family care providers.”
MARCH 20, 2020 - SCAM ALERTS
Alert: Far Northern Regional Center has become aware of a scam occurring in our vendor community. A person is calling agencies and pretending to be from licensing. They are offering to perform training for older clients but are stating that Licensing cannot pay them at the moment. They then ask for a credit card to hold a room and pay for transportation before they arrive. This caller has been making the rounds through our vendor community and we feel it’s important to get word out.