Self-Determination Update as of 1/10/19–Orientations are Still Postponed at this Time

The Self-Determination Orientations originally scheduled for January 2019 have been postponed. WRC is awaiting the approval of the orientation materials by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). In the meantime, you can stay informed by attending the Self Determination Local Advisory Committee (LAC) meetings. They are typically held on the second Tuesday of every month in the WRC Boardroom. The next LAC is February 12th at 6:00pm.  Additionally, please visit our WRC Self-Determination Page.  

New Information on Independent Facilitators (IF) and Financial Management Services (FMS):

View the directive related to Independent Facilitators and  view the directive related to Financial Management Services (FMS)  in the Self-Determination Program (SDP).  This information is also available on the Department of Developmental Services’ (DDS)  website at https://www.dds.ca.gov/SDP/SDPUpdates.cfm.  DDS is continuing to work on additional SDP information, including training for local advisory committee members and regional centers on conducting participant orientations and guidance for developing the individual budget.  Updates on progress in completing these and other items needed as we move toward implementation will also be posted on the Department’s website.  If you have any questions, please send an email to sdp@dds.ca.gov.  

 

 

Attention Service Providers!! Make Your Voice Heard About Rates: Surveys Available Now

Post Date: January 03, 2019

From the Los Angeles and San Diego Coalitions of Service Providers

To the Executive Leadership of all organizations providing services funded through regional centers,

As you all know, we are rapidly approaching the critical moment in Sacramento when the Department of Developmental Services will deliver to the Legislature its study on our current rates system as well as its proposals to bring sustainability to our system through increases in rates of reimbursements paid to providers.

We are working hard to prepare for this moment by meeting ahead of time with members of the Legislature and key Legislative staff.  We must make sure that the Legislature understands how long overdue rate reform is in California.  We must make sure the Legislature knows how much our system has been strained over the past two decades as a result of frozen rates and the imposition of arbitrary Statewide median rates for critically needed services.

We need everyone’s help to tell this story with the urgency necessary to justify the significant new funding that we expect the report to call for when it is delivered in March. 

We are asking you to participate by responding to the two very brief online surveys whose links are included in this notice.

The first is the Provider Impact Survey initially distributed last March. We would like to get a much broader response to fully represent our State.  If you did not take this survey last March, please take the few minutes necessary to do so now. This can be completed by the CEO or her/his designee.

Here is that link:   https://surveyhero.com/c/e9650710

The Second Survey was created by the Arc/UCP to report on the status of our Direct Service Provider (DSP) workforce in California.  For this survey – please distribute this survey to your DSP workforce and ask for their participation in advocating for higher wages for our highly valued DSP workforce by filling out the survey.

Here is that link:

Online Survey (English) https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DSPenglish

Online Survey (Español) https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DSPespanol

WE NEED YOUR IMMEDIATE ACTION.  We would like to have as many responses as possible to these two surveys by January 7, 2019.  Please try for this date – but if you can’t get it done by then – please respond as soon thereafter as possible.

Thank you!

For any questions or comments please contact Steve Miller:  steve.sj.miller@gmail.com

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

January 9, 2019 at 6:00PM

AT WESTSIDE REGIONAL CENTER – MIKE DANNEKER BOARDROOM

The Board Meeting is being held on Wednesday, January 9, 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 January 9, 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.

WRC CIE & PIP Technical Assistance Sessions for Providers- Monthly in 2019

Westside Regional Center Service Providers
Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) & Paid Internship Program (PIP) Technical Assistance Sessions

WRC PIP CIE TA Sessions 2019- Flyer

Please join us on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 3pm at WRC (5901 Green Valley Cir., Ste. 320 Culver City, CA 90230) to learn more about CIE & PIP implementation, development, funding and reimbursement process. This meeting will occur directly after the bi-monthly SEP Roundtable meeting and also during the “off” months.

The 2019 meeting dates below are all Wednesdays from 3-4pm:
January 16
February 20
March 20
April 17
May 15
June 19
July 17
August 21
September 18
October 16
November 20
December 18

For more information, please contact Liddy Amador, WRC QA Employment Specialist at lideniraa@westsiderc.org (310) 258-4034

Client Services Committee Meeting

DECEMBER 12th 4:00PM

AT WESTSIDE REGIONAL CENTER – CONFERENCE ROOM 4D

The Client Services Committee reviews services and policies as they relate to clients and families.  The Committee will be meeting at Westside Regional Center on Wednesday, December 12th at 4:00pm in the 4th floor, conference room 4D.

Health & Safety Waiver Exemptions (as result of Local Minimum Wage)- Vendor Instructions

12-1-18

Health and Safety Waiver Exemptions

(as a result of Local Minimum Wage)

All requests must be submitted to Min-Wage-Request@WestsideRC.org

For questions, please contact:

Mary Lou Weise-Stusser, WRC Community Services Director

MaryLou@WestsideRC.org  (310) 258-4042

WRC EMPLOYMENT FIRST BUSINESS ADVISORY COMMITTEE- NO DECEMBER MEETING

THE WRC EMPLOYMENT FIRST BUSINESS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (BAC) WILL NOT MEET IN DECEMBER

WE WILL RESUME OUR REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULE ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16TH 2019, AT 1PM AT WRC

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

CalABLE Launch Events December 18 and 19!

The CalABLE program will officially launch next month, on December 18!

To mark this occasion, CalABLE will be hosting two media kickoff events with California State Treasurer John Chiang – one in Berkeley on December 18 and another in Los Angeles on December 19. CalABLE would like to invite you to attend a launch event, and also hope that you will help spread the word. Click the following link to get more information and/or to RSVP: https://www.calable.org/news

In addition, CalABLE has created an event posting for each launch event on their Facebook page; if you are using Facebook, please feel free to share these as well:

Berkeley Event on December 18

Los Angeles Event on December 19

For questions about enrollment, please access the CalABLE enrollment website which will go live December 18 and will have additional instructions for enrolling at that time: https://www.calable.ca.gov

Those who are interested in receiving program updates can subscribe to the CalABLE email listserv at: https://app.e2ma.net/app2/audience/signup/1864790/1809089.90961601/. They can also follow CalABLE on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CalABLE/.

 

Upcoming ACRE Trainings in Customized Employment- Culver City-San Bernardino-Irvine-Citrus Heights

National ACRE Course

EasterSeals WorkFirst and Westside Regional Center are co-hosting Griffin-Hammis Associates’ 40 hour training on Community Employment Services, with an emphasis on Customized Employment

This is a nationally recognized certificate course through the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE)

*Ideal for Job Developers and Employment Service Supervisors*

Topics include: Customized Employment, Discovery, Job Development and Negotiation, Work Incentives, Systematic Instruction, Benefits, and Job Site Supports

The first ACRE course is being held in West LA (Culver City) at Westside Regional Center on:
January 29 – 31, 2019 &
February 27 – 28, 2019
Reservations for the West LA Training at WRC must be received by January 11th

To register: http://griffinhammistraining.com/trainings/

Please see attached flyer for Culver City training and http://www.griffinhammistraining.com/trainings, for other trainings and more information.

EasterSeals WorkFirst is sponsoring quarterly ACRE trainings in 2019, beginning in West LA and moving throughout the area.
The additional three ACRE courses will be offered in San Bernardino, Irvine, and Citrus Heights. These courses are being offered at $600 per participant.

Please feel free to share with your networks, co-workers, communities of practice, via email, social media, etc.

WRC SELF DETERMINATION LOCAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE- UPDATES

Self-Determination Local Advisory Committee (LAC) Meetings
For all dates- held at WRC:
6-7 pm – Committee meeting – All are invited
7-8 pm – Welcome/Training with SDP Participants and Family Members

Tuesday, 10/16 – Welcome to the Self-Determination Program!
Tuesday, 10/30 – Break into groups to meet each other
Tuesday, 11/13 – Intro to Person-Centered Planning

Tuesday, 11/27 – Person-Centered Planning – Part II
Tuesday, 12/4 – Participants, Financial Management Services, & Independent Facilitators from the pilots

Tuesday, 1/8/19 – Regularly scheduled LAC meeting

**Initial Orientations (For the 64 individuals selected in DDS lottery)**
For selected participants only. Led by committee members and staff.

9-10 am – For participants who didn’t attend the committee meetings on PCPs
10 am-1pm – Orientation

Saturday, 1/12/19 –POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE- STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM DDS

Monday, 1/14/19  –POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE- STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM DDS

Note: Participants will attend only one of the dates. More dates for additional orientations to come.

Independent Facilitators Training- SOLD OUT- MORE TRAININGS TO BE SCHEDULED IN 2019
Open to all individuals interested in becoming professional independent facilitators

Friday, 11/30 – 9 am – 1 pm
Monday, 12/3 – 9 am – 1 pm

You must be at BOTH dates to receive the certificate of attendance.

For more information, please contact Cesar Garcia at cesarg@westsiderc.org (310) 258-4090.