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What's New

DDS Joins the Governor and First Lady in honoring Jeffrey "J.J." Paris, the 2015 Capitol Christmas Tree Lighter, on December 2nd in Sacramento (11/25/15)
The Department of Developmental Services joins Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and First Lady Anne Gust Brown in celebrating the 84th Annual Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the State Capitol.

Rate Changes due to the Minimum Wage Increase (11/24/15)
Information on provider rate increases due to the change in minimum wage effective January 1, 2016.

Draft SDC Closure Plan Released for Review (09/16/15)
Public input on the draft plan will be received at a 2nd public hearing on 9/21/15 in Sonoma. Written comments will also be accepted via mail, email and the online comment form through 5:00 p.m. on September 23, 2015. Comments received on the draft will be considered in finalizing the closure plan, to be submitted on October 1, 2015 for Legislative review and approval.

Public Hearing -- September 21, 2015 (09/04/15)
An Agenda has been posted for A Second Public Hearing on the Transformation of Sonoma Developmental Center to be held on September 21, 2015. A draft closure plan specific to Sonoma Developmental Center will be posted for review on September 15, 2015 and comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on September 23, 2015.

Self-Determination Program Informational Video (08/31/15)
An informational video about the Self-Determination Program is now available. Versions of the video translated in multiple languages will be available soon.

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.

Self-Determination Program Informational Video (07/16/15)
An informational video to raise statewide awareness of the Self-Determination Program. It features consumers and families expressing satisfaction with their experiences in the Self-Determination Pilot Project. Viewers will hear factual information about the opportunities and responsibilities, and encourage families and consumers to learn more through informational meetings hosted by the regional centers.

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.

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.