Uniform Holiday Schedule and Half Day Billing Statutes No Longer in Effect

UNIFORM HOLIDAY SCHEDULE NOTICE: The statute requiring regional centers and service providers to follow the Uniform Holiday Schedule is no longer in effect [Welfare & Institutions Code Section 4692].  Effective February 13, 2015, regional centers can no longer require uniform provider holidays.  The Vendor Advisory Committee (VAC) is working on a mutually agreeable holiday schedule for TCRC's day program and transportation providers.  A similar schedule was in place before the enactment of WIC Section 4692. 

Certain services, such as 028 socialization training programs, 605 adaptive skills trainer, 048 client/parent support behavior intervention training programs, 055 community integration training programs, 063 community activities programs, and 093 create arts programs, were not previously included in TCRC's vendor holiday schedule.  All vendors will have the option of following the VAC holiday schedule or another schedule of their choice. 

The VAC holiday schedule will be posted on TCRC's website and e-Billing site when final.  We will be asking all providers to let us know what days they will be closed for holidays for the remainder of FY 14/15 and FY 15/16.

CLICK HERE FOR DDS NOTICE TO REGIONAL CENTERS

HALF DAY BILLINGS: February 13, 2015, a federal court issued a ruling that Half-Day Billing requirements could not be enforced until such time as the State of California had obtained CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) approval for the requirements.  Given the recent court decision, the half day billing statute is no longer in effect and there is only full day billing.    CLICK HERE FOR REGIONAL CENTER LETTER TO SERVICE PROVIDERS

Self-Determination Program

(Senate Bill 468)

Programa De Auto-Determinación - en español

Self-Determination Services (SDS) Overview

In October of 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., signed into law, Senate Bill 468, establishing the Self-Determination Program. The Self-Determination program will provide children and adults served by the regional center, and their families more freedom, control, and responsibility in choosing services and supports to help them meet the goals in their Individual Program Plan (IPP).

When will the Self-Determination program be available?

California’s Department of Developmental Services submitted the required application to the Center of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) by December 31, 2014. However, due to a number of questions from CMS, the application will need to be re-submitted. When that happens, the 90-day time line begins again.

Who can get services and supports through the Self-Determination program?

To be eligible to receive services and supports through the Self-Determination program, you must be receiving or eligible to receive services from a regional center and must be at least three years old to enroll in the program.

Once the application is approved, the Department of Developmental Services will select the 114 individuals from Tri-Counties Regional Center (TCRC) to participate. This includes 16 individuals who are currently participating in TCRC’s Self-Determination pilot project, plus an additional 98 individuals served by TCRC.   Recent legislation may increase our numbers to include those coming from the developmental centers.

Individuals, who are interested in Self-Determination, will be required to attend an informational meeting about the program. At this meeting, people will learn about the opportunities and the increased responsibilities involved in accepting more control over coordinating their services. Understanding this information will help people decide if the Self-Determination Program is a good option for them.

If after the meeting, a person decides they would like to participate, TCRC will submit their name to DDS. Then, DDS will randomly select the initial participants from that list; taking into consideration the ethnicity, age, gender and the type of developmental disability of the person served.

For the second phase of the program, there will be no limits on how many people can participate in the program and anyone who receives regional center services can request to be part of the program.

What services are included in the Self-Determination Program?

In the Self-Determination Program, planning teams will use a person-centered planning process to develop all Individual Program Plans (IPPs). Persons served, and those who support them, will see many changes in the choice of services and supports available to them. For example, a person served may be able to receive services that regional centers are not allowed to pay for because of past changes to state law; services like camping, certain types of therapies, and behavior services.

Regular regional center services such as supported living services, independent living services and day program services will still be available and can be purchased through the Self-Determination program. Also, there may be new and different services available through local businesses or community agencies that can be purchased through the Self-Determination program.

How will the IPP process be different under the Self-Determination Program?

Self-Determination program participants will have the opportunity to be more active in creating IPPs and taking on more responsibility in the decision-making process for selecting services and supports. Participants will receive information and training from regional center staff about managing services and supports and hiring staff and agencies. Participants in the program have the option of using an “Independent Facilitator” who can help in planning their services and supports and other tasks related to managing their IPP.

How will budgets be determined under the Self-Determination Program?

Each participant will receive a budget based on the amount of money the regional center spent on services and supports for them from the year before. The budget amount can be changed by the IPP planning team if the participant has some sort of a change in circumstances, needs or resources.

For those who are new to the regional center system, or who have not had a year of regional center services, the planning team will determine the services and supports needed. Using this information, the regional center will put together a budget based on the average cost of similar services.

What is a Fiscal Management Service and what does it have to do with the Self-Determination program?

A Fiscal Management Service (FMS) is a service that helps a participant to manage their budgets under the Self-Determination program. The FMS representative will help the participant make sure that they have enough money to last throughout the year.

The FMS is a required part of the Self-Determination program by California law.  The FMS representative must be part of an agency that contracts with the regional center for services. The FMS representative cannot be a parent or family member of the participant on the Self-Determination program.

Self-Determination Advisory Committee

TCRC, in conjunction with the Central Coast Office of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities have been working together on a variety of activities in preparation for the Self-Determination Program.  Our first order of business was to select the members of the Self-Determination Advisory Committee.

We were fortunate that we received a large number of applicants from our community. TCRC worked with the Central Coast office of the State Council, to identify candidates who are individuals receiving services from the regional center as well as family members. In addition, the committee reflects the multicultural diversity of those we serve. We are thrilled to have such a talented group who will guide us as we move forward with the implementation of the Self-Determination Program.

The first Self-Determination Advisory Committee meeting was held on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. The committee learned about the Self-Determination Program as well as person-centered planning. They also received updates on the status of the waiver application to CMS.

The Self-Determination Advisory Committee will meet quarterly and the next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at the TCRC office in Santa Barbara.

What’s next?

At this time, we do not know when the Self-Determination program will begin.  And what the final rules about the program will be.

However, as we wait for more information about the Self-Determination program, TCRC is involved with the Self-Determination Committee through the Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA) to provide information and suggestions to the Department of Developmental Services about the program.

Thank you for your interest in the Self-Determination program and please check the Self-Determination page on the DDS website at:  www.dds.ca.gov/sdp/SDPUpdates.cfmfor the most recent updates.

For more information, click on the links below:

Department of Developmental Disabilities Services:  www.dds.ca.gov/sdp/SDPFAQ.cfm

Disability Rights California: http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/pubs/F07701.pdf

Autism Society Los Angeles County: http://autismla.org/resources/Fact_Sheet_for_Consumers_and_Families.pdf

New TCRC Office in Simi Valley

en Espanol

The Tri-Counties Regional Center office in Simi Valley is moving February 9 - 20, 2015.

We will be available to support your needs during this transition. The new office will open on February 23, 2015.

Our phone and fax numbers will not change.

Telephone:   (805) 522-8030     
Call toll free:  (800) 517-2524
Fax:  (805) 522-8142 

Our New Address is:

Tri-Counties Regional Center
2635 Park Center Drive, Suite A
Simi Valley, CA 93065

Action Alert - Advocate for People with Developmental Disabilities

Help spread the word and let the Governor and the Legislature know that their actions are critical to sustaining the developmental services system.

Here are three sample letters that you can print, sign and mail.  They include several clear steps that key legislators can take to support people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Advocacy Letter to Governor Brown

Advocacy Letter to Assemblymember Shirley Weber

Advocacy Letter to Senator Ellen Corbett

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