WRC Employment First Business Advisory Committee- September Meeting Date Changed to Tuesday the 18th

Please join us!

WRC Employment First & Business Advisory Committee

**Next meeting: Tuesday, September 18th at 1pm** (3rd floor Danneker boardroom)
We will continue to work on our strategic plan activities and upcoming committee sponsored events- October Career Fair & Chamber Mixer

Westside Regional Center
Employment First Advisory Committee

Committee Purpose:
Partnership and collaboration, promoting outreach and education regarding community-based, integrated employment, resulting in the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace and community.

Committee Composition:
Individuals Served
Service Provider Representatives (Employment Support preferred)
WRC Staff- Client Services & Support Departments
Board Members
Community Business Owners
DOR Representatives
Educational Representatives
State or Local Advocacy Representatives
Community Partner Agencies

The WRC Employment First Committee meets monthly
Meetings are typically held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 1-2:30pm at WRC (September 2018 meeting changed to Tuesday)

Please inquire about joining the committee with Pam Arturi at pamelaa@westsiderc.org or 310-258-4276

WRC Self-Determination Local Advisory Committee (LAC) Update & Information Sessions- September Meeting Moved to Monday 9-17

WRC Self-Determination
Local Advisory Committee Meeting
6-8 pm
3rd Floor Board Room
Westside Regional Center
5901 Green Valley Circle
Culver City CA 90230


DDS Dates of Implementation

June 6 – Federal funding (waiver) approved

July 19 – Statewide Self-Determination Advisory Committee convened by the State Council on Developmental Disabilities in Sacramento/Testing of orientation

July 20-August 31 – Local committees provide feedback to DDS on orientation

September 17 – Final date to send in names for SD lottery

October 1 – Random selection (lottery) of 2,500 names for phase-in of SDP

Month of October – DDS conducts train the trainer sessions for regional centers and local advisory committees

November onward – Orientations, participants begin self-determination

Westside Regional Center Information Meetings (see below)
(to sign up for the lottery; all sessions held at Westside Regional Center Board Room)

Wednesday, August 29, 6-8 pm – In English

Saturday, September 8, 10 am – 12 pm – In Spanish

Thursday, September 13, 7 – 8:30 pm – In English
Final Informational Meeting before lottery



LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NEW SELF-DETERMINATION PROGRAM SEE ATTACHED & WRC website: https://westsiderc.org/self-determination-program/

Learn about:
• How the program allows you to make meaningful choices about the way you live your life!
• How the program will work.
• How you can get support from others to be part of the program.
• How you can sign up for the lottery to be picked for the first 3-year phase-in.

NOTE: To sign up, the person served by the regional center will need their Unique Client Identifier (UCI) number. If you do not know your UCI#, contact your Service Coordinator or you can get it at this meeting.

All sessions below held at:

• Wednesday, August 29th 6 pm – 8 pm
• Thursday, September 13th 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Links to register for sessions:
8/29/18: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/informational-meeting-on-the-self-determination-program-tickets-47754092777
9/13/18: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/informational-meeting-on-the-self-determination-program-tickets-47754282344

**If needed, additional childcare hours can be requested through your WRC service coordinator.**
Please note WRC will be providing limited childcare for this event (ages 0-13 for client or family relation). Please contact the FREC directly at (310) 258-4063 no later than 4 days prior to the session, to provide information on your child(s) needs.

For more information/RSVP: (310) 258-4013/email RSVP@westsiderc.org

Sponsored by the Self-Determination Local Advisory Committee of the Westside Regional Center




APRENDE MÁS SOBRE EL NUEVO PROGRAMA DE LA AUTODETERMINACIÓN PERSONAL VER ADJUNTO & WRC website: https://westsiderc.org/self-determination-program/

• Cómo el programa te permitirá tomar decisiones que impactan cómo vives tu vida!
• Cómo trabajará este programa.
• Cómo puedes obtener apoyo de otros para ser parte del programa.
• Cómo te puedes apuntar para participar en la lotería donde se escogerán los participantes para la primera fase de los primeros 3 años.

NOTA: Para participar en la lotería, necesitarás el número universal de identificación al cliente (UCI#) de tu hijo(a). Si no lo tienes, llama a tu coordinador(a) de servicios o puedes obtenerlo en esta junta.


10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Usa este enlace para registrarte para en Español:
9/8/18: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/junta-de-informacion-sobre-el-programa-de-la-autodeterminacion-personal-tickets-47755386647

*Si necesitas cuidado de niños, puedes pedir horas adicionales haciendo el pedido a tu coordinador(a) de servicios del Centro Regional del Oeste.
Tenga en cuenta que WRC proporcionará cuidado infantil limitado para este evento (edades 0-13 para client o relacion familiar). Comuníquese con FREC directamente al (310) 258-4063 a más tardar 4 días antes de la session, para proporcionar información sobre las necesidades de su (s) hijo/a.

Para más información/RSVP: (310) 258-4013/email RSVP@westsiderc.org

Patrocinado por el Comité de Asesoría Local de Autodeterminación del Centro Regional del Oeste


Westside Regional Center: UPDATE FY 2018-19 Community Resource Development Plan Priorities

Westside Regional Center’s 2018-2019
Community Resource Development Plan

Post Date: August 15, 2018

Westside Regional Center (WRC) priorities considered for the Community Resource Development Plan (CRDP) proposals* to the Department of Developmental Services include but may not be limited to development in the following areas:

1. Housing services

  • Multi-Family Housing Project (s)
  • Enhanced Behavior Services Homes (EBSH)
  • Transitional Homes
  • Family Teaching Homes

2. Enhanced Behavior Services Supported Living Services
3. Adult Employment Readiness Services for individuals with limited communication skills and sensory issues.
4. Family Foster Home Agency (FFA) for children
5. In-Homes Respite Agency to provide respite services tailored for individuals with significant behavior issues.
6. Services Provider(s) to provide Person Center Thinking training to individuals served by WRC, families and service providers
7. Crisis Stabilization Services to provide short term intensive support and training services to stabilize individuals in their homes.

Any additional input from persons served/family members, service providers and advocates in the WRC community should be submitted to WRC as soon as possible for consideration in the development of proposals for submittal to DDS for funding requests. Please submit input to Daniel Hoyos at danielh@westsiderc.org or (310) 258-4134.

*All projects for the WRC CRDP will be culturally and linguistically sensitive and will be in compliance with the Home and Community Based Services Settings Rule.

Westside Regional Center’s 2018-2019
Community Resource Development Plan

Public Meeting on Caseload Ratios

July 30, 2018 from 10:00AM-11:30AM


August 1, 2018 from 6:00PM-7:30PM

At Westside Regional Center – Mike Danneker Boardroom

There will be two Public Meetings on Caseload Ratios. The first one will be held on Monday, July 30, 2018 from 10:00AM to 11:30AM and the second will be held Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 6:00PM to 7:30PM, both at Westside Regional Center, 5901 Green Valley Circle, Danneker Boardroom 3rd Floor, Culver City, CA 90230.

To view the agenda for the meeting click here.




2018 Service Provider Rate Study- Additional Service Codes Added

2018 Service Provider Rate Study- Additional Service Codes Added (7-2-18)

Please note the additional service codes added to the rate study:

017 – Crisis Team- Evaluation & Behavioral Intervention
073 – Parent Coordinator Supported Living Program
115 – Specialized Therapeutic Services- 3 Yrs. Up to not Including 21 Yrs.
116 – Specialized Therapeutic Services- Less than 3 Yrs.
117 – Specialized Therapeutic Services- 21 Yrs. and Over
420 – Respite Services- Family Member
465 – Participant- Directed Respite Services- Family Member
475 – Participant- Directed Community-Based Training Service for Adults
490 – Financial Management Services – F/EA
491 – Financial Management Services – Co-Employer
858 – Homemaker
864 – In-Home Respite Worker
883 – Transportation Broker
900 – Enhanced Behavioral Supports Home – Facility
901 – Enhanced Behavioral Supports Home – Individual Services
902 – Community Crisis Home Facility Component
903 – Community Crisis Home Individualized Services & Supports Component
899 – Community Crisis Home Transition Component

·More detailed information is on our WRC Website under Providers/Service Provider Forms.

·In order to complete the survey, click on “download the report” and then you will see the sheet to fill out. You will need to open it and eventually “save as”. You may refer to page 2 on the survey instructions, it tells you how to name/save your submission to send via email attachment.

·If your agency is providing multiple services, including a service not included in the rate study, you may add that information/revenue from that service code in the DDS Revenue tab on the excel sheet for the survey (line #86)

·Completed surveys are due by Friday, August 3rd and should be submitted to DDSProviderSurvey@burnshealthpolicy.com .

If you have any questions regarding the rate study, you may contact Pamela Arturi, WRC HCBS Manager at pamelaa@westsiderc.org (310) 258-4276 or Mary Lou Weise-Stusser, WRC Community Services Director at MaryLou@WestsideRC.org or (310) 258-4042. You may also contact DDS at vendorsurvey@dds.ca.gov or (916) 654-2300.


Presentation of findings from Client Satisfaction Survey

Wednesday, April 25th 2018

Please join us in learning about the findings of the Client Services Accessibility and Satisfaction Survey conducted by Kinetic Flow Corp.  The purpose of the survey was to quantify the voice of people served by Westside Regional Center and to determine their satisfaction with the regional center and our services.

Ami Sullivan from Kinetic Flow will present the results and answer questions about the how the survey was administered and the results gathered.

We hope you’ll be interested in hearing her presentation and we encourage you to attend and share your ideas on how we translate the results into improved satisfaction and better services for our Westside community.

I look forward to seeing you there.

All the best,

Carmine Manicone (Executive Director)



Session #1: For CAC members and Self-Advocates (4:30PM – 5:30PM)

Session #2: For ETF members, BOD members, families, relatives, stakeholders, service providers (6:00PM – 8:00PM)

Location for both sessions: Westside Regional Center, Danneker Boardroom, 3rd Floor

**Spanish interpreter services will be available during both sessions**


Local Self-Determination Information Sessions:

Pacific Community Center via Lanterman Regional Center

When: Thursday, February 8, 2018

Time:     4:30 – 5:30 p.m. (Spanish session)

6 – 7 p.m. (English session)

Where: Pacific Community Center

501 South Pacific Ave., Glendale, CA 91204

If you would like to register, contact



Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center

When: Second Tuesday of every month

Time:     9:30-10:30 Spanish

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Korean

5:30-6:30 p.m. English

Where: 3303 Wilshire Blvd., 1st Floor (KYRC Conference Room)

Los Angeles, CA 90010



Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center Boardroom

When: February 6, 2018

Time:     6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: 1000 S. Fremont Ave.

Alhambra, CA 91803

(626) 299-4772


North Los Angeles Regional Center

When: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Times: 10:00 a.m. OR 6:30 p.m.

Where: 43210 Gingham Avenue

Lancaster, CA 93535

(818) 778-4416


South Central Los Angeles Regional Center

When: 2nd Wednesday of the month

Times: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: 2500 S. Western Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90018



Autism Society of Los Angeles

When: January 29, 2018

Times: 10am-12pm

Where: Mychal’s Learning Place

4901 W Rosecrans Ave,

Hawthorne, CA 90250

(310) 297-9333


California’s Self-Determination Program

The Department of Developmental Services is developing the Self-Determination Program that will let participants have more control over selecting their services and supports. One of the ways this can be done is by giving participants (or their parents or legal representatives) a specific budget to purchase the services and supports that they need to make their person-centered plan work better for them. Participants may choose their services and pick which providers deliver those services. Participants are responsible for staying within their annual budget.

The Self-Determination Program is based on beliefs that people —

  • Plan their own lives and make their own decisions
  • Determine how funding is spent for their services and supports
  • Plan and choose their own formal and informal supports
  • Take responsibility for the decisions made
  • Validate those decisions through maintaining ongoing control

The five principles of self-determination are –

  • Freedom to exercise the same rights as all citizens; to establish, with freely chosen supports, family and friends, where they want to live, with whom they want to live, how their time will be occupied, and who supports them;
  • Authority to control a budget in order to purchase services and supports of their choosing;
  • Support, including the ability to arrange resources and personnel, which will allow flexibility to live in the community of their choice;
  • Responsibility, which includes the opportunity to take responsibility for making decisions in their own lives and accept a valued role in their community, and,
  • Confirmation, in making decisions in their own lives by designing and operating the service that they rely on.