BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

September 11, 2019 at 6:00PM

AT WESTSIDE REGIONAL CENTER – MIKE DANNEKER BOARDROOM

The Board Meeting is being held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 6:00PM at Westside Regional Center 5901 Green Valley Circle, Mike Danneker Boardroom on the 3rd Floor, Culver City, CA 90230.

To view the agenda for the meeting click here.

Board of Directors Meeting Agenda September 11, 2019

All Board Meetings Take Place At Westside Regional Center, 3rd Floor, Mike Danneker Board Room. Everyone from the community is welcome. Committees meet in different conference rooms.

Strategic Planning Committee Meeting

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH AT 5:00PM

The Strategic Planning Committee will be meeting at Westside Regional Center on Thursday, September 5th at 5:00pm in the 4th floor Conference Room 4D. 

Equity Committee Meeting

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 AT 6:00PM

The Equity Committee will be meeting at Westside Regional Center on Tuesday, September 3rd at 6:00pm in the 4th floor conference room 4D.

There will be childcare available for this meeting.  You must RSVP with the FRC no later than 12:00pm on Friday, August 30, 2019 at (310)258-4063. Space is limited.

If you know a family that is currently impacted by funding disparities or not receiving needed services please call our FRC at (310) 258-4063 and sign up for “Office Hours”.  Families are asked to call the FRC by 12:00pm on Friday, August 30th in order for us to review the IPP, services being funded and any other pertinent information that would help in addressing the family’s concerns.  If there are any other individuals that would like to support the family during the “office hours,”  we will request that the parent or adult consumer sign a consent for release of information in order to provide Westside Regional Center authorization to openly discuss information that is considered confidential and private.

We will also have Spanish interpretation available at the Equity Committee Meeting.

A Letter from our Interim Executive Director

To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing this letter to inform the Westside Regional Center Community that effective this week, I have formally assumed the role as Interim Executive Director and will also maintain my current position as the Director of Clinical Services.  I plan to remain in the interim position until a permanent Executive Director is hired. 

I know that many of you are already aware that I was asked to fill this role, however, up to this point Carmine Manicone, the exiting Executive Director, and I have been collaborating in this capacity.  Carmine has been invaluable in assisting me in this difficult transition.  He is no longer available on site but will continue to assist me remotely in a consultation role. 

I know this is a difficult time and yet another transition for us here at Westside Regional Center.  However, I also know that we are a strong and resilient agency and community.  I ask for everyone’s continued support and also your input as I formally assume this role.

I have asked for an email to be set up, feedback@westsiderc.org where everyone can write me specifically with their concerns and thoughts.  I have a big pair of shoes to fill and will need the help and support of everyone. Thanks in advance for your understanding.

Thanks,

Thompson Kelly, Ph.D.

Interim Executive Director

Westside Regional Center

5901 Green Valley Circle Ste. 320

Culver City, Ca. 90230

Ph. (310) 258-4171

Fax (310) 338-9744

 

A Message from our Board of Directors

July 22, 2019

Dear Clients and Families of Westside Regional Center,

We are writing to inform you that, after a great deal of thought and concern, the Board of Directors of Westside Regional Center (WRC) has decided not to renew the contract of the current Executive Director, Carmine Manicone. Carmine has led our regional center for the past three years, in addition to 14 years in other positions. We thank him for his dedication and wish him well.

We wanted to reach out to you directly and assure you that this change will not affect your services. You will continue to receive support from your service coordinator and other regional center staff. We promise to work diligently to find a new director and will keep you informed of our efforts and provide you with opportunities for input and feedback. Please know that the Board of Directors, made up mostly of people with developmental disabilities and family members, did not make this decision lightly.At this point, with the approval and input of Carmine, we are fortunate to have Dr. Tom Kelly accept the position of Interim Executive Director. Currently Dr. Kelly is the Director of Clinical Services at Westside Regional Center and is a member of WRC’s executive management team.

Our Board is filled with dedicated volunteers who represent you and the nearly 10,000 stakeholders that make up the people we serve. Our roles are varied and include approving the regional center’s annual budget and significant contracts with vendors, developing policies on the services available for funding, and reviewing the performance of the Executive Director, among other duties.

We are committed to a regional center that is responsive, respectful, and fair-minded. We work hard to ensure that the regional center is providing the services that you deserve. We prioritize eliminating the substantial racial and ethnic disparities that affect so many in our community. As new opportunities and changes arise in our program areas we work to respond to them–like providing oversight of the regional center’s implementation of the Self-Determination Program, the new rule requiring inclusive settings, and the shift towards Person-Centered Thinking. In all these endeavors, we strive to make sure that every family’s and individual’s voice is heard.

We know our regional center can do better and we are committed to working closely with our devoted staff to explore areas for improvement and respond to your concerns. We invite any questions or comments you may have and encourage you to come to our Board meetings, committee meetings and other public forums—which are posted on our website at:https://westsiderc.org/. You may also contact us by email at feedback@westsiderc.org. We hope you will join us at our next Board meeting on September 11, 2019 on the 3rd floor boardroom of the Westside Regional Center where your input will be valued.

Over 50 years ago, when parents fought for the passage of the Lanterman Act that created the regional centers, it was envisioned that this new system would be led by the people with developmental disabilities and their families through volunteer boards of directors. The farsighted law also confirmed that individuals with developmental disabilities “should be empowered to make choices in all life areas,” and stated that “the contributions made by parents and family members in support of their children and relatives with developmental disabilities are important and those relationships should also be respected and fostered.”

More than a half-century later, these are the values that we continue to fight for.We thank you for your support during this time of transition. We take our oversight responsibilities as Board members very seriously and will continue to work hard on behalf of all of Westside Regional Center clients and families every single day.

With respect,

The members of the Westside Regional Center Board of Directors

 

Public Meeting on Caseload Ratios

July 29, 2019 from 10:00AM-11:30AM

&

July 30, 2019 from 6:00PM-7:30PM

At Westside Regional Center

There will be two Public Meetings on Caseload Ratios. The first one will be held on Monday, July 29, 2019 from 10:00AM to 11:30AM and the second will be held Tuesday, July 30, 2019 from 6:00PM to 7:30PM, both at Westside Regional Center, 5901 Green Valley Circle, Culver City, CA 90230.

To view the notice of the meeting click here.

Self Determination Local Advisory Committee

August 8, 2019 at 6:00pm

(NEW DATE FOR AUGUST )

This meeting that is held on the second Tuesday of each month at Westside Regional Center from 6:00-8:00 pm, except for the month of August 2019. The committee shall consist of the regional center client’s rights advocate, consumers, family members, and other advocates and community leaders. A majority of the committee shall be consumers and their family members. The committee shall reflect the multicultural diversity and geographic profile of the catchment area. The committee shall review the development and ongoing progress of the Self Determination Program, including whether the program advances the principles of self determination and is operating consistent with the requirements of this section, and may make ongoing recommendations for improvement to the regional center and the department. All are welcome to attend these meetings.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

July 10, 2019 at 6:00PM

AT WESTSIDE REGIONAL CENTER – MIKE DANNEKER BOARDROOM

 

The Board Meeting is being held on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 6:00PM at Westside Regional Center 5901 Green Valley Circle, Mike Danneker Boardroom on the 3rd Floor, Culver City, CA 90230.

To view the agenda for the meeting click here.

Board of Directors Meeting Agenda July 10, 2019

All Board Meetings Take Place At Westside Regional Center, 3rd Floor, Mike Danneker Board Room. Everyone from the community is welcome. Committees meet in different conference rooms.

Community Resource Development Plan-Community Placement Plan (CPP) FY19-20 Prioritized Projects

Westside Regional Center: Update FY19-20 Community Resource Development Plan Priorities

Post Date: May 31, 2019

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. WRC12-13-4 Continued (EBSH-8013 Ramsgate) Additional funds needed for renovation work at this residential facility.
  2. WRC1617-6 Continued (EBSH Ainsworth) –  Additional funds needed for renovation work at this residential facility.
  3. Housing services
  • Multi-Family Housing Project (s) and renovation of existing units in MF buildings to be set aside for individuals with developmental disabilities at 30% of SSI.
  • Housing Consultant service to cultivate relationships with existing developers in the community.
  • Two Family Teaching Homes with substance abuse component
  • Enhanced Behavior Support Homes
  • Specialized Residential Facility to serve the LGBTQIA community. Project will be a joint partnership with FDLRC.
  1. Specialized Day Services for individuals with chronic health issues, severe sensory issues living in WRC community and  ARFPSHN Homes
  2. Day Support services for individuals with Mental Health and Substance Abuse issues
  3. Development of partnership with specialized physicians and Medical Doctors to increase access to healthcare under the WRC  Community Resource Development Health Plan.
  4. A joint project with TCRC, NLACRC and WRC for the ARMADILLO Training Series for Individuals with high-risk behaviors.
  5.    Customized/Supportive employment for people with medical needs.
  6.    TAY – DCFS and Emancipation
  7.  Specialized Transportation Options for individuals with behavioral challenges
  8.  Self-Advocacy Groups that provide outlets for individuals to socialize and establish friendships
  9. Ride Share/Van Conversions for individuals with Medical needs

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.

 

Equity Committee Meeting

THURSDAY, MAY 30th AT 6:00PM

The Equity Committee will be meeting at Westside Regional Center on Thursday, May 30th at 6:00pm in the 3rd floor Danneker Boardroom.

There will be childcare available for this meeting.  You must RSVP with the FRC no later than 12:00pm on Friday, May 24th, 2019 at (310)258-4063. Space is limited.

If you know a family that is currently impacted by funding disparities or not receiving needed services please call our FRC at (310) 258-4063 and sign up for “Office Hours”.  Families are asked to call the FRC by 12:00pm on Friday, May 24th in order for us to review the IPP, services being funded and any other pertinent information that would help in addressing the family’s concerns.  If there are any other individuals that would like to support the family during the “office hours,”  we will request that the parent or adult consumer sign a consent for release of information in order to provide Westside Regional Center authorization to openly discuss information that is considered confidential and private.

We will also have Spanish interpretation available at the Equity Committee Meeting.