Uniform Holiday Schedule and Half Day Billing Statutes No Longer in Effect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SCHEDULE NOTICE: The statute requiring regional centers and service providers to follow the Uniform Holiday Schedule is no longer in effect [Welfare & Institutions Code Section 4692].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.


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  Given the recent court decision, the half day billing statute is no longer in effect and there is only full day billing.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)

Self-Determination Advisory Committee Currently forming, click here for Interest Form

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?

The Self-Determination program will be available once it is approved by the federal government. California sent an application to the federal government at the end of last year for them to review and hopefully approve.

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

To be able to receive services and supports through the Self-Determination program, you must be receiving services from a regional center and meet other requirements that will be made clearer once the federal government approves the program.

Once the federal government approves the program, there will be two parts or phases. During the first phase of the program, each regional center will be able to offer the program to a small group of people over the first three years. 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.

For the second phase of the program, there will be no limits on how many people can receive 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 to persons served 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’s worth 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.

What’s next?

At this time, we do not know when the Self-Determination program will begin.  There are still a lot of unanswered questions. Things like: 

  • When it will all get started?
  • How will participants be selected to participate in the program during the first phase?
  • And what will the final rules 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.

Also, TCRC and the Central Coast Office of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities will be working together on a variety of activities in preparation for the Self-Determination Program.

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

State Council on Developmental Disabilities: http://www.scdd.ca.gov/

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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