Regional Center Directives

DDS frequently distributes directives to regional centers that provide guidance and instruction on a variety of policy issues. Beginning on October 1, 2019, all directives will be posted to this page, although they may also be found in other sections of the DDS website.

DateSubject
03/29/2024Assistive Technology (AT) in Early Start
03/25/2024New Service: Coordinated Career Pathways
03/22/2024Provisional Eligibility for Regional Center Services
03/06/2024Coordinated Family Support Services - Monthly Vendor Implementation Incentive Payments
02/06/2024Social Recreation, Camping and Nonmedical Therapies – Legislative Intent and Provider Access
01/23/2024Nursing Policies & Procedures/Competency Training for Staff in the Adult Residential Facilities for Persons with Special Health Care Needs (ARFPSHN) & Group Homes for Children with Special Health Care Needs (GHCSHN)
01/22/2024Self-Determination Program: Clarification Regarding Updated Billing Requirements for Services
01/22/2024Payment Assistance for Intermediate Care Facilities During the Transition to Managed Care
(Please see the 01/30/2024 email update for the most recent information)

01/08/2024HCBA Waiver Guidance and Other Services
01/08/2024Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule: Monitoring and Compliance Reporting
12/26/2023Self-Determination Program: Billing Requirements for Services

Enclosure A - Sample Invoice Template

Enclosure B - Participant Guide Billing Requirements
12/22/2023Self-Determination Program: Updated Initial Person-Centered Plan and Pre-Enrollment Transition Supports Guidance
Enclosure A - Service Definition - General SD Supports
Enclosure B - Initial PCP and General SD Supports Sample Invoice Template
12/22/2023Self-Determination Program: Financial Management Services Transition Supports
12/19/2023Workforce Development and Training: Direct Service Professional Training Stipend Program – Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF)
12/11/2023Adjustments to Independent Living Services Rate Models and Provider Rates Effective January 1, 2024
12/01/2023HCBS Monitoring & Corrective Action
11/30/2023Transportation Services Monthly Reimbursement Rate Through June 30, 2025
11/30/2023Remote Services Flexibility Through June 30, 2025
11/28/2023Intermediate Care Facility for Developmentally Disabled Transition to Managed Care
11/22/2023Self-Determination Program: Updated Goods and Services
Enclosure A
Enclosure B
Enclosure C
11/22/2023Self-Determination Program: Remote Services
11/22/2023Coordinated Family Support Services in the Self-Determination Program
11/17/2023Self-Determination Program: Funding to Support Implementation of the SDP - Fiscal Year 23/24
11/3/2023Trailer Bill Changes for Restored Services and New Participant-Directed Services Enclosure A - Standardized Vendorization Packet for Restored Services Checklist
    Enclosure B - DS1890 Vendor Application
      Enclosure C - DS1891 Applicant Vendor Disclosure Statement
        Enclosure D - W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification
          Enclosure E - HCBS Provider Agreement Form with Sample
            Enclosure F - Service Description
              10/31/2023Self-Determination Program: Meetings of the Local Volunteer Advisory Committees
              10/26/2023Regional Center Performance Measures - Phase I Recognition and Incentive Payment Methodology
              10/13/2023Updated Claiming Deadline for Regional Center Operations Expenditures Funded by ARPA
              09/29/2023Self-Determination Program: Service Provider Background Checks
              09/29/2023 Self-Determination Program: Financial Management Services Payments
              09/27/2023Quality Incentive Program - Prevention and Wellness Measure - Expansion to FHA, EBSH, and RCFE
              09/20/2023Board of Directors’ Training Plan and Report
              09/12/2023Workforce Development and Training - Direct Service Professional Training Stipend Program

              08/21/2023Absence Billings During a State of Emergency
              08/16/2023Early Start Specialized Therapeutic Services Requirements
              08/15/2023Grants for Enhanced Community Integration for Children and Adolescents (Social Recreation Grants) Outreach Plan
              08/02/2023Electronic Visit Verification: Provider Compliance in The Self-Determination Program

              07/20/2023Self-Determination Program: Meetings of The Local Volunteer Advisory Committee (LVAC)
              07/14/2023Quality Incentive Program – Employment Capacity Incentives
              07/14/2023Quality Incentive Program – Employment Access Incentive Payments
              07/14/2023Grants for Enhanced Community Integration for Children and Adolescents – Additional Grant Awards
              07/05/2023Harbor Regional Center Social Rec Grant Award Letter
              07/03/2023Harbor Regional Center Social Rec Grant Award Letter YMCA and Affiliates
              06/30/2023 Self-Determination Program: Final Extension of Initial Person-Centered Plan and Pre-Enrollment Transition SupportsEnclosure
              06/08/2023Regional Center Performance Measure – Equity & Cultural Humility, Language Access
              05/11/2023Updated Rates for Participant-Directed Services Effective January 1, 2023 (Minimum Wage Increase)
              05/11/2023Percentage of Rate Adjustment Used for Wages and Benefits for Direct Care Staff
              04/27/20232023 Reimbursement Rate for In-Home Respite Agency Worker Travel Costs
              04/26/2023Self-Determination Program: Financial Management Services Revised RatesEnclosure
              04/19/2023Coordinated Family Support Services Pilot Program for Adult Consumers Who Reside with Their Family
              04/18/2023Electronic Visit Verification Provider Compliance
              04/14/2023Monthly Reports from Vendors to DDS: Incidents of Behavioral Restraints, Seclusion, and Involuntary Emergency Medication
              04/14/2023Payments and Claims for Social Rec Grants - Updated
              04/12/2023Regional Center Performance Measures – Employment, Participation in Competitive Integrated Employment
              03/29/2023Regional Center Employee Tuition Reimbursement Program
              03/27/2023Update on Public Health Topics
              03/27/2023Ending Special Incident Reporting for COVID-19 and Mpox
              03/21/2023Position Statements and Exchange of Evidence in the Appeal Process
              03/20/2023Self-Determination Program: Standardized Vendorization Packet for Pre-Enrollment SupportsEnclosure A - Vendor Packet Checklist
                Enclosure B - General Self-Directed Supports Qualifications and Agreement Form
                  Enclosure C - Financial Management Services Self-Directed Supports Qualifications and Agreement Form
                    Enclosure D - DS1890 Vendor Application with sample form and FAQs
                      Enclosure E - DS1891 Applicant/Vendor Disclosure Statement with sample form
                        Enclosure F - Conflict of Interest Form with FAQs
                          Enclosure G - Business Associate Agreement/HIPAA Form with FAQs
                            Enclosure H - Home and Community-Based Services Provider Agreement Form with sample form
                              Enclosure I - W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification
                                03/13/2023Regional Center Performance Measures – Equity and Cultural Humility, Service Coordinator Competency in Cultural and Ethnic Diversity
                                03/13/2023Update on Enhanced Service Coordination
                                03/10/2023Home and Community-Based Services Final Rule: Action Required For Non-Compliant Service ProvidersEnclosure
                                03/07/2023Requirements Under the Americans with Disabilities Act to Provide Effective Communication to Deaf Consumers
                                03/03/2023Updated Rate Schedules for Community Care Facilities Effective January 1, 2023 (Minimum Wage Increase)
                                03/02/2023Appeals Process Implementation:
                                03/02/2023Self-Determination Program: Updates to Billing ProcessesEnclosure
                                02/28/2023Purchase of Service Data Meetings and Reporting
                                02/28/2023Requirements Waived: Behavioral Therapy Services & Clinical Assessment Activities For Lanterman Act Eligibility
                                02/16/2023Extension of Waivers Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                02/13/2023Resumption of the Parental Fee Program
                                02/10/2023Regional Center Performance Measures – Equity and Cultural Competency, Linguistic Diversity
                                02/01/2023Funding to Support Compliance with the Home And Community-Based Services Final Rule
                                01/27/2023Coordinated Family Support Services Pilot Program for Adult Consumers Who Reside with Their Family
                                01/26/2023Extension-of-Waivers-Modifications-and-Directives-due-to-COVID-19
                                01/25/2023Reimbursement for Early Start Provider Training
                                01/24/2023Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule: Action Required for Non-Compliant Service Providers
                                01/20/2023Self-Determination Program: Financial Management Services Payments
                                01/19/2023Quality Incentive Program - Data Submission for Prevention and Wellness for Adult Residential Facilities for Persons with Special Health Care Needs
                                01/12/2023 Quality Incentive Program - Service Access & Workforce Capacity
                                01/11/2023Regional Center Audit Schedule – Fiscal Year 2023/24
                                01/06/2023Transportation Services Monthly Reimbursement Rate
                                01/03/2023Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C - Early Start and Implementation on Individualized Basis
                                12/30/2022Self-Determination Program: Continuing the Individual Budget and Spending Plan
                                12/28/2022Changes Impacting the Individual Program Plan and Individualized Family Service Plan Process
                                12/28/2022Regional Center Performance Measures – Person Centered Services Planning, Service Coordinator Facilitation Skills
                                12/20/2022Extension of Waivers Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                12/19/2022Minimum Wage Increase Effective January 1, 2023
                                12/15/2022Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Specialists
                                12/15/2022Quality Incentive Program – Service Access & Workforce Capacity
                                12/13/2022Regional Center Performance Measures - Early Start, Child Find and Identification
                                12/13/2022Regional Center Performance Measures - Early Start, Timely Access to Early Start Services
                                12/05/2022Establishment of the Office of The Ombudsperson
                                12/02/2022Self Determination Program: Extensions & Standardized Vendorization Packet
                                12/01/2022Alternative Nonresidential Services
                                12/01/2022Tailored Day Services
                                11/23/2022Remote Services – Day Programs and Independent Living Services
                                11/18/2022Extension of Waivers Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                11/16/2022Guidance on Payments for Restored Services
                                11/08/2022Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule: Initial Guidance Regarding Non-Compliant Service Providers
                                10/24/2022Extension of Waivers Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                10/13/2022June 2022 Trailer Bill Language Affecting Regional Centers
                                10/10/2022Quality Incentive Program – Employment Access
                                10/10/2022Quality Incentive Program – Employment Capacity
                                09/30/2022Quality Incentive Program - ARFPSHN Prevention & Wellness
                                09/30/2022Quality Incentive Program – Service Access & Workforce Capacity
                                09/29/2022 Self-Determination Program: Funding to Support Implementation of the SDP - Fiscal Year 22/23 - September 2022
                                09/28/2022Extension of Waivers Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                09/27/2022Reporting Special Incidents Related to Monkeypox (MPX)
                                09/23/2022Quality Incentive Program - Overview
                                09/20/2022Community Care Facility Rates Effective July 1, 2022
                                09/20/2022Rates for Community Care Facilities Vendored for Seven or More Individuals
                                09/20/2022Attendance of Attorneys in the Appeal Process
                                09/15/2022 Self-Determination Program: Adjustments to Individual Budget
                                09/14/2022COVID-19 Policy Updates
                                09/12/2022Self-Determination Program: Financial Management Services Payments and Notifications
                                08/29/2022Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                07/29/2022Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                07/28/2022Self-Determination Program: Initial Person-Centered Plan and Pre-Enrollment Transition Supports Guidance
                                07/28/2022Provisional Eligibility for Regional Center Services
                                07/27/2022Early Start Eligibility Changes
                                07/27/2022 Self-Determination Program: Regional Center Payment of Financial Management Services for SDP Participants
                                07/22/2022 Meetings of the Local Volunteer Advisory Committee for the Self-Determination Program
                                07/05/2022Emergency Preparedness Notice July 5, 2022
                                06/30/2022Claiming for Regional Center Operations Expenditures Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act
                                06/20/2022 Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                05/25/2022 Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                04/26/2022 Guidelines for Enhanced Service Coordination for Consumers with Low or No Purchase of Service
                                04/22/2022 Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                04/21/2022Regional Center School Transition Liaison for Consumers Transitioning to Preschool or Kindergarten
                                04/14/2022 Funding to Improve Language Access & Cultural Competency
                                03/22/2022 Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                03/17/2022Self-Determination Program: Home and Community-Based Services Setting AssessmentEnclosure AEnclosure B
                                03/10/2022Tracking COVID-19 Incidence
                                02/24/2022Extension of Waivers Modifications, and Directives due to COVID-19
                                02/11/2022Funding to Support Implementation of the Self-Determination Program
                                02/08/2022Sub-Code for Social Recreation Activities
                                01/28/2022Self-Determination Program: Individual Budget Development and Certification Tool and Spending Plan Frequently Asked Questions
                                01/21/2022 Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                01/13/2022Self-Determination Program: Goods and ServicesEnclosure AEnclosure BEnclosure C
                                12/23/2021Booster Shot Mandate and Other Information
                                12/22/2021Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                12/14/2021 Universal Indoor Mask Mandate and Booster Update
                                12/09/2021 Omicron Variant of COVID-19
                                11/04/2021Participant Choice Specialists
                                11/03/2021COVID-19 Vaccines for Children
                                10/27/2021Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                10/25/2021COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot Update
                                10/19/2021July 2021 Trailer Bill Language Affecting Regional Centers
                                10/07/2021Restoration Of Camping, Social Recreation And Other Services Per Welfare And Institutions Code Section 4648.5
                                10/04/2021Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                09/28/2021State Public Health Officer Order Regarding Worker Vaccination Mandate
                                09/27/2021Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                09/24/2021COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots
                                09/16/2021Annual Presentation of National Core Indicators (NCI) Data
                                09/15/2021Facility Directives from Other State Agencies, Covid-19 Vaccination, and PPE
                                08/25/2021Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                08/24/2021Guidelines For Implementation of Changes to the Paid Internship Program Effective July 2021
                                08/24/2021Guidelines for Implementation of Changes to Competitive Integrated Employment Incentive Payments Effective July 2021
                                08/13/2021Guidance Regarding Alternative Nonresidential Services
                                08/09/2021State Public Health Officer COVID-19 Orders and Related Guidance
                                08/05/2021Provisional Eligibility For Regional Center Services
                                07/29/2021Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                07/22/2021Guidance Regarding Reimbursement for Transportation Services for Alternative Nonresidential Services
                                07/21/2021Rescission of Directive Regarding Day Services for Consumers at High Risk for Serious Illness due to COVID-19
                                07/16/2021Vendor Fiscal Audit Administrative Reviews
                                07/15/2021Self-Determination Program: Consumer Supports for Transitioning into the Program
                                07/07/2021Self-Determination Statewide Availability - July 2021
                                06/29/2021Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                05/28/2021Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                05/05/2021Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                04/27/2021Updated Overtime Rate for Participant-Directed Respite Services During the COVID-19 State of Emergency
                                04/21/2021Visits to Individuals Residing in Licensed Residential Facilities
                                04/21/2021In-Person Monitoring Visits
                                04/02/2021Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives Due to COVID-19
                                03/29/2021Provider Attestation for Absence Payments for Nonresidential Services During COVID-19
                                03/29/2021 Guidance Regarding Reimbursement for Group Supported Employment for Alternative Nonresidential Services
                                03/29/2021Guidance Regarding Reimbursement for Transportation Services for Alternative Nonresidential Services
                                03/29/2021Guidance Regarding Rates for New Vendors for Alternative Nonresidential Services
                                03/23/2021Funding Available to Develop 2 Homes Specific to Individuals Transitioning from Porterville DC: Seeking Letters of Interest from Regional Centers
                                03/17/2021Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives Due to COVID-19
                                03/16/2021SANDIS Contact Fields Changes – Consumer Contact Type
                                03/09/2021Contacting Consumers Ages 16-64 Regarding Eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccination
                                03/01/20212021 Purchase of Service Disparities Data Meetings and Reporting
                                02/18/2021Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives Due to COVID-19
                                02/12/2021Contacting Consumers Regarding Eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccination
                                01/29/2021Contacting Consumers and Planning for COVID-19 Activities
                                01/27/2021Guidance Regarding Reporting Requirements for Alternative Nonresidential Services
                                01/15/2021Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                01/08/2021Rates for Supported Living Services When Quarantine/Isolation is Necessary During COVID-19
                                01/04/2021Update Regarding Monthly Rates for Transportation and Group Supported Employment for Alternative Nonresidential Services
                                01/04/2021Guidance Regarding Reporting Requirements for Alternative Nonresidential Services
                                12/23/2020Overtime Pay for Participant-Directed Respite Services During the COVID-19 State of Emergency
                                12/23/2020Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                12/18/2020Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                12/02/2020Guidance Regarding Monthly Rates and Applicable Services for Alternative Nonresidential Services
                                12/01/2020Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                11/19/2020Waiver of Self-Determination Program Budget Restrictions for Financial Management Services
                                11/10/2020Guidance Regarding Reporting Requirements for Alternative Nonresidential Services
                                10/30/2020Self-Determination Program: Payments for Initial Person-Centered Planning Services
                                10/28/2020Update on Monthly Rates for Alternative Nonresidential Services
                                10/28/2020Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                10/07/2020Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                10/02/2020Waiver of Half-Day Billing Requirements for Day Services
                                09/18/2020Funding to Support Implementation of the Self-Determination Program
                                09/02/2020Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                08/31/2020Policies and Procedures for Utilizing Alternative Nonresidential Services During the COVID-19 State of Emergency
                                08/10/2020Guidance on Day Services for Consumers at High Risk for Serious Illness Due to COVID-19
                                08/10/2020Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                07/28/2020Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                07/17/2020Providing and Claiming for Nonresidential Services During the State of Emergency
                                07/16/2020New Service Code for Intensive Transition Services for Individuals Transitioning from Institutions for Mental Diseases into Alternative Community Settings
                                07/15/2020Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                07/10/2020Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                06/22/2020Criminal Background Checks for Self-Determination Program and Family Home Agencies
                                06/18/2020Additional Guidance on Payments for Nonresidential Services
                                06/15/2020Extension of Early Start Services
                                06/08/2020Extension and Rescission of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                06/08/2020Availability of Personal Protective Equipment
                                05/22/2020Guidance for Fingerprint Clearance and Transfers
                                05/22/2020Amended Requirements for Reporting Incidents Related to COVID-19
                                05/18/2020Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                05/08/2020Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                05/07/2020Additional Guidance on Payments for Non-Residential Services
                                05/01/2020Regional Center Messaging to Local Communities during COVID-19 Outbreak
                                05/01/2020COVID-19 Resources for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
                                04/16/2020Reporting Deaths Related To COVID-19 In SANDIS
                                04/16/2020Training Resources for Residential Service Providers Hiring Direct Support Professionals
                                04/15/2020Guidance for Residential Facility Payments and Rates, Vendor Audits, HCBS Info, RBT Certification, CIE and Parental Fees
                                04/03/2020Lanterman Act Presumptive Eligibility Coding in SANDIS
                                04/02/2020Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19
                                03/30/2020Guidance for Additional Participant-Directed Services
                                03/30/2020Joint Guidance on Non-Discrimination in Medical Treatment for COVID-19​​
                                03/25/2020Guidance for Admissions and Discharges from State-Operated Facilities
                                03/25/2020Guidance for Eligibility, In-Home Respite Workers and Family Fees
                                03/25/2020Guidance for Reporting Incidents Related to COVID-19
                                03/23/2020Guidance for Immediate Risk Management Strategies for ARFPSHN and ICF/DD-CN
                                03/23/2020Guidance for Visits to Licensed Residential Facilities
                                03/20/2020Guidance for Regional Center Requests for Placement into Residential Settings.
                                03/20/2020Guidance for Fingerprint Clearance and Exemption Transfers
                                03/18/2020Guidance for Flexibility in Provision of Services and Supports for Consumers and Providers
                                03/18/2020Guidance for Regional Center Monitoring Staff and Activities
                                03/12/2020Guidance for Consumers in a Day Program at High Risk for Serious Illness to Stay Home
                                03/12/2020Guidance for Waiving Requirements for In-Person Eligibility, Services, or Individual Program Plan Meetings and Authority to Regional Centers for Health & Safety Waiver Exemptions
                                03/12/2020Guidance for Regional Centers to Pay Vendors for Absences as a Result of COVID-19
                                03/02/2020Funding to Support Implementation of the Self-Determination Program
                                11/04/2019Self-Determination Service Provider Background Checks
                                10/23/2019Public Safety Power Shutoff Event
                                09/03/2019Self-Determination Program: Payments for Initial Person-Centered Planning Services
                                02/13/2019Self-Determination Program: Initial Person-Centered Planning Services
                                01/11/2019Self-Determination Program: Individual Budget Development and Spending Plan
                                12/21/2018Independent Facilitators
                                12/21/2018Financial Management Services


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                                Last modified: April 29, 2023