Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Compliance Funding Availability for Service Providers for 2017-18 - Deadline January 5, 2018. DDS has provided correspondence to the regional centers about the process for service providers to access this compliance funding in 2017-18
11/08/2017 8:01 PM
The Business Associate Agreement (BAA) is a newly required agreement between the regional center and service providers and speaks to the business relationship between the regional center, the service provider and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS)….
11/08/2017 7:39 PM
Public Meeting Notice Reducing Purchase of Service Disparities The Department of Developmental Services will hold three public meetings to consult with stakeholders, including consumers and families, advocates, providers, and protection/advocacy agencies, to review purchase of service data ....
10/25/2017 5:28 PM
ABX2-1 Finalized Survey for Provider Rate Increases – Deadline to Complete Survey is October 1, 2017 As part of the ABX2-1 rate increases, that service providers received on July 1, 2016, the Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) section 4691.10 (b)(4) requires DDS to survey all the providers who received the increase in order to determine how the rate increase was administered by service providers. Per a DDS memo dated July 17, 2017, DDS has finalized the Survey for Provider Rate Increases. This survey is being administered online and all service providers are expected to complete the survey on or before October 1, 2017.
07/19/2017 12:12 PM
New federal regulations (Fair Labor Standards Act) in 2015, resulted in a 5.82% rate increase effective December 1, 2015, for service providers in the categories of Supported Living Services (SLS; service code 896), Personal Assistance (service code 062) and In-Home Respite Agencies (service code 862).
07/07/2017 1:36 PM
Effective July 1, 2017, the County of Los Angeles enacted a minimum wage ordinance which increases the minimum wage in the unincorporated areas of L.A. County to $12.00 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees and $10.50 for employers with 25 or less employees. The City of Pasadena has adopted a similar ordinance which also became effective 7/1/17. Service providers who have staff providing services in these areas, and who are paid minimum wage are expected to comply with this ordinance.
06/15/2017 7:55 PM
Notice is hereby given that San Gabriel/Pomona Valleys Developmental Services, Inc. will be soliciting public input from state council, local organizations representing consumers, family members, regional center employees, including recognized labor organizations, and service providers, and other interested parties
05/12/2017 3:43 PM
In an April 25, 2017 memo, DDS announced the provider concepts/proposals that were selected for CMS Compliance funding. For fiscal year 2016-17, the California legislature allocated $15 million for service providers to make changes to their services in order to meet the requirements of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) final regulations, or rules.
05/08/2017 12:08 PM
On July 1, 2016, service providers of selected categories received rate increases as a result of enactment Assembly Bill (AB) X2-1. As part of this rate increase, the statute (Welfare and Institutions Code 4691.10 (b)(4)) requires the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to survey all providers who received the rate increase in order to determine how the rate increase was used.
05/03/2017 5:00 PM
As of April 1st, vendors of certain in-home services can now apply for a monetary Incentive for hiring and retaining bilingual staff.
03/30/2017 3:07 PM
Effective January 2, 2017, due to the implementation of Senate Bill (SB) 3, the minimum wage in California will increase from $10.00 to $10.50 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees. As authorized by the 2016 State budget and the 2016 changes to the Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) sections 4681.6(b), 4691.6(f) and (g), and 4691.9(b), many vendors will either receive, or be eligible to request, a rate increase if necessary to adjust employees’ pay to comply with the new minimum wage.
01/12/2017 5:08 PM
Request for Proposals (RFP): FY 2016-2017 ABX2-1 Funding: Proposals to Promote Equity and Reduce Disparities in Purchase of Services (POS) The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has approved SG/PRC to receive funds for three (3) ABX2-1 equity proposals that exceeded $100,000.00: In accordance with the SG/PRC Board-approved policy, a Request for Proposal (RFP) process shall be used to solicit applicants for each development or project that has a budget in excess of $100,000.00.
01/05/2017 2:46 PM
Each year, the regional center is required to review the utilization of POS funded services and identify any issues or trends related to the under-utilization of these services. This review includes considering all factors that would affect a client or family in utilizing or not utilizing a service, including SG/PRC’s communication with clients and families about available services, but also vendor-related reasons......
12/22/2016 5:01 PM
Attention Service Providers of Crisis Intervention Facility (service code 090), Residential Services (905, 910, 915, 920, 113), Supported Living Services (896), Long-Term Health Care Facilities (925, 930, 935, 114) and Acute Psychiatric Hospitals (700). Developmental Services Trailer Bill, Assembly Bill (AB) 1606 was enacted on June 27, 2016. AB 1606 amends Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 4659.2 (b) which expands the special incident reporting responsibilities of the aforementioned service categories and requires these service categories to report specific incidents to Disability Rights California (per WIC 4900 (i)).
12/06/2016 2:31 PM
The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is developing a revised Statewide Transition Plan (STP) that will be submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in October 2016. The STP describes how the State will come into compliance with new Federal Home and Community-Based (HCB) Settings Final Rule.
09/08/2016 11:50 AM
Based on the information gathered through the 13 community meetings held in February and March, 2016, there were three central themes that emerged in terms of addressing POS disparity and promoting equity: Information, Training, and Outreach. The proposals presented below are organized into those three main groups.
08/30/2016 2:32 PM
The proposed plan will be presented at two meetings: Client Services Committee of the SG/PRC’s Board of Directors and the Board of Directors’, both meeting on September 28th, 2016. The public is welcomed to provide comments during the public input portion of these meetings.
08/30/2016 1:31 PM
The State budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17, and Assembly Bill (AB) X2-1 provides for a number of rate changes and/or increases for some service providers. The rate increases are only applicable for providers with rates set by DDS (including rates set in statute or regulation), or providers with rates set through negotiation between regional centers and the provider. The rate increases do not apply for providers with usual and customary rates or rates that are set by other entities.
08/29/2016 6:50 PM
Implementation of Paid Internship Program & Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) Incentive Payments
The enactment of the State Budget for 2016-17, on July 1, 2016, that includes new initiatives to increase CIE outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities.
08/11/2016 6:31 PM
Background: In January 2014, the deferral Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published final rules defining what constitutes a home and community-based setting for Medicaid reimbursement purposes under Section 1915 (c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers, Section 1915(i) HCBS State Plan programs, and Section 1915(K) Community First Choice State Plan Options. The effective date of the regulations is March 17, 2014. CMS spent several years developing the final regulations through its rule making process, compiling and analyzing numerous comments from consumers, advocates, provider, state and local government agencies and the public. The final regulations provide guidance about the qualities that make a setting home and community-based, rather than focusing on what settings are institutional in nature
08/04/2016 5:52 PM