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Implementation of June 2015 Trailer Bill Language (08/24/15)
Letter to Regional Center Directors and Board Presidents regarding Trailer Bill language affecting regional centers, developmental centers and the developmental services system.

Self Determination Program and Waiver Application Update (08/07/15)
Updated information on the Self-Determination Program, including a revised Waiver application that is now posted for comment for at least 30 days as required by the federal government.

Website Temporarily Unavailable (08/04/15)
This website will be offline for infrastructure maintenance on 7 a.m. Saturday, August 15, 2015 to 7 p.m. Sunday, August 16, 2015.

Public Hearing on the Transformation of Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) Scheduled for July 18, 2015 (07/09/15)
As an important part of the development of a closure plan specific to SDC, DDS is holding a public hearing and accepting public comment from interested persons and organizations. These comments will be summarized in the closure plan to be submitted by October 1, 2015, for Legislative approval.

California Announces Agreement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for Continued Federal Funding for Sonoma Developmental Center (07/01/15)
California entered into an agreement on June 30, 2015, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to continue federal financial participation for Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) for up to two years. The settlement constitutes a “stay” of termination from the Medicaid Program that resulted from the decertification of several Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) residential units at SDC which were found in violation of federal requirements late last year.

Rate Changes due to AB 1522, Employee Sick Leave (06/29/15)
Information on the implementation of AB 1522 which enacted the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, entitling employees to receive specified sick leave, effective July 1, 2015.

Governor's Letter on Drowning Prevention (06/10/15)
With the approach of summer weather and the swimming season, Governor Brown issued his support of Drowning Prevention. Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related deaths among children ages five and under. The Governor urges all Californians to enjoy activities but remain vigilant around babies and toddlers, and swimmers of all ages.

Self-Determination Program Implementation Update (06/05/15)
An update on activities and information related to implementation of the Self-Determination Program (SDP); specifically, the status of the SDP Home and Community-Based Services Waiver application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; the establishment of the SDP Local Volunteer Advisory Committees; and, the SDP enrollment process.

Competitive Integrated Employment Blueprint for Reform (06/02/15)
Information on the development and implementation of the Blueprint to improve Competitive Integrated Employment Outcomes.

Budget Highlights (05/14/15)
2015 May Revision Highlights for the Department of Developmental Services.

April 2015 ICC Public Meeting Notice (03/20/15)
The following is information regarding the April 23 and 24, 2015 Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention (ICC) Meeting which will be held at the Department of Social Services (DSS) in Sacramento.

Injunction Against Enforcement of Uniform Holiday Schedule and Half-Day Billing for Services (03/17/15)
Department of Developmental Services program directive to regional centers regarding the injunction issued related to Welfare and Institutions Code sections 4692 and 4690.6.

Annual Part C Grant Application (02/24/15)
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS), as lead agency for Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C, is providing the public the opportunity to review and comment on California's draft IDEA, Part C grant application for 2015 federal early intervention funds.

2015 Lanterman Act (01/26/15)
Available in PDF includes Supplemental Codes.

DDS Fact Book - Twelfth Edition (01/23/15)
The DDS Fact Book offers a look at the demographics and characteristics of individuals served by DDS.

CMS Home and Community-Based Services Regulations (01/16/15)
Information on the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regulations for Home and Community-Based Services.

Update on Rate Adjustments Planned for January 1, 2015 (01/06/15)
Letter regarding the impact of the United States District Court's temporary restraining order on the 5.82% rate increase scheduled to begin January 1, 2015.

Regional Center Purchase of Service Data (12/31/14)
DDS and regional centers are to annually collaborate to compile data relating to purchase of service authorization, utilization, and expenditure by each regional center.

Self-Determination Waiver Application Submitted (12/31/14)
The Department is pleased to announce that on December 31, 2014, a Home and Community-Based Services Waiver application seeking federal funding for the Self-Determination Program was submitted to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Early Start Post-Referral Timeline and Exceptional Family Circumstances (12/01/14)
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is providing the public the opportunity to review and comment on a federally mandated regulatory change to Title 17, California Code of Regulations (CCR), Section 52000 and 52086. This technical change is required in order to comply with federal regulations under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regarding the provision of early intervention services.

83rd Annual State Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony (11/21/14)
The 83rd Annual Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony took place in the Rotunda of the State Capitol on December 2nd due to inclement weather. Kimie Metcalf of Chino, California, helped the Governor "flip the switch" and kick off the holiday season.

Implementation of June 2014 Trailer Bill Language (09/19/14)
Letter to the Regional Center Directors and Board Presidents regarding Trailer Bill language affecting regional centers, developmental centers and the developmental services system.

DC Task Force Implementation Workgroups - 2014 (08/01/14)
The Department has invited stakeholder representatives to participate in a series of statewide workgroup meetings in late August and early September. The workgroups are part of a stakeholder process to gather input on proposals implementing the DC Task Force Recommendations passed with the 2014-15 Budget and the development of related regulations.

CHHS Secretary Diana S. Dooley Reconvenes DC Task Force (07/07/14)
California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Diana S. Dooley today announced she will reconvene the Task Force that developed the Plan for the Future of Developmental Centers in California. The first meeting of the Task Force will be July 24, 2014.

Section 811 - California Project Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (06/26/14)
The program is a collaboration between the State Department of Health Care Services, the California Housing Finance Agency, and the Department of Housing and Community Development to provide, through a Notice of Funding Availability, $12 ML that was awarded to California by the Housing and Urban Development Section 811; Project Rental Assistance Demonstration Program.

Rate Changes due to the Minimum Wage Increase (05/16/14)
Information on provider rate increases due to the change in minimum wage effective July 1, 2014.