The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has released the Proposed Rate Models!  It is imperative that you review this proposed rate structure as it has serious implications  to how providers do business and what reimbursement rate will be assigned.

The WRC Rate Model can be viewed here. Our community has until April 5, 2019 to provide comments.  We need your input!

WRC will host 2 sessions on Tuesday, March 26th to gather information to send to DDS and the Legislature.  Sessions will be held from 9:30am-11:30am and 12:30pm -2:30pm in our Danneker Boardroom at WRC.   A third session will be held at Empowertech located at 9100 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045, on March 27th from 5:00pm-7:00pm.  Please plan to attend at least one but you are welcome to all.

You should additionally provide your input by completing this survey.  Please answer the questions that are relevant to the services you provide.  You are able to skip to questions in the survey that apply to your organization. ALL feedback is valuable and needed.

All comments and input must be received by Monday, April 1st to be submitted by WRC to DDS.

Please get the word out to every service provider that you know.  This is your last chance to provide input regarding this new rate structure.

Self-Determination is Approved!¡Se Aprueba la Auto-Determinación!

**Excerpt from the State Council Los Angeles News, Volume 82**

After several years of waiting for self-determination to get off the ground, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved the Medicaid waiver that was required to implement the program. The Department of Developmental Services and regional centers across the state are gearing up to implement the soft roll out of self-determination. While no specific dates have been given, the expectation is that DDS will finalize the orientation program for program participants by the end of the summer with regional centers offering this required curriculum in the fall to all who were selected in the first round.

The Los Angeles Office of the State Council will offer information and training on various aspects of self-determination throughout the summer. Training on person-centered planning and facilitation is June 16 in South Gate. The deadline to RSVP has been extended to Monday, June 11. Spanish interpretation will be provided.


**Extracto del State Council in Los Angeles News, Volumen 82 **

Después de varios años de esperar para que la auto-determinación empezara a tomar vuelo, Los Centros de Servicios de Medicare y Medicaid (CMS) ha aprobado la exención de Medicaid que se requiere para implementar el programa. El Departamento de Servicios de Desarrollo (DDS) y centros regionales de todo el estado se están preparando para implementar el lanzamiento leve de la auto-determinación. Aunque no se han dado fechas específicas, la expectativa es que el departamento (DDS) finalizara el programa de orientación para los participantes del programa para finales del verano con los centros regionales que ofrezcan este currículo requerido en el otoño a todos los que fueron seleccionados en la primera ronda.

La oficina de los Ángeles del Consejo Estatal (State Council) ofrecerá información y capacitación sobre varios aspectos de la auto-determinación durante el verano. El entrenamiento sobre la planificación y facilitación centrada en la persona es el 16 de junio en South Gate. El último día para registrarse se ha extendido al lunes, 11 de junio. Se proporcionará interpretación en español.

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