CASELOAD RATIO STATUS

We will be discussing the caseload ratio status and collecting public input on ways TCRC can improve caseload ratios at the upcoming Board meeting in Oxnard. Please join us and share your ideas.

WHEN: Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 10:00 am

WHERE: TCRC Office, 2401 E Gonzales Road, Suite 100, Oxnard, CA

TCRC 2017 Caseload Ratio Plan of Correction letter to DDS (draft)

From the Executive Director - Spring 2017

Budget concerns have been a long-standing companion of the developmental services system.  In 2016 we acknowledged successful advocacy that resulted in hard won additional funding for providing services and operating regional centers.  As the proposal of the fiscal year 2017-2018 Budget for California was announced in January 2017, we now shift focus to potential reductions in funding from the federal government. Approximately 40% of regional center funds come from the federal government.

There are two major funding concerns for the developmental services system.  The first is a possibility of reduced State funding for Medicaid (Medi-Cal for California.)  Secondly, there may be use of General Fund monies for healthcare services if a repeal or partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) occurs without a seamless transition to another program and the state continues to fund services as currently provided through the ACA.  Over twenty billion dollars in federal funding is included in the proposed budget for provision of healthcare coverage for five (5) million people in California through ACA insurance and Medi-Cal.  This allocation is also planned to support expansion of Medi-Cal.  For fiscal year 2017-18, the developmental services system is proposed to be funded with approximately $6.9 billion. Federal funds should amount to $2.5 billion, roughly 40% of the proposed state funding.  

The January budget includes funding for new and important resources for people receiving services, including paid internships and incentive payments for competitive integrated employment (CIE.)  Developing employment opportunities for people receiving services is such an important part of supporting a quality community life.  Funding was provided in the 2016-2017 budget to ensure the delivery of culturally and linguistically competent services. TCRC welcomed Lilia Rangel-Reyes into her new role as Multicultural Specialist in January. Ms. Rangel-Reyes has been accepted to participate in a national Leadership Institute on Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence. We look forward to Lilia’s contributions in this important work.

Funds have also been earmarked for:

  • Safety Net Services
  • Self-Determination Services
  • Enhanced Behavioral Supports Homes and Crises Homes
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Final Regulations for Home and Community Based Services
  • Developmental Services Task Force 

Our system has continued to refine our resources and plans to support individuals with higher needs for behavioral support.  Safety Net Services are intended for individuals moving to the community from IMDs and from developmental centers, including individuals residing in the Porterville DC secure treatment program.  Intensive supports within a community residential model are best suited for individuals moving from these more highly restrictive and specialized residential services. Enhanced Behavioral Supports Homes and Crisis Homes are also in development to assist individuals to move into the community.  

Self-Determination Services are closer to approval from CMS.  The Department of Developmental Services has now responded to all requested information from CMS for federal approval for the delivery of services.  TCRC’s Local Advisory Committee for Self-Determination has met regularly quarterly; look for information about the Committee and the future meeting dates on the TCRC website.  If you are interested in applying for Self-Determination Services, let your Service Coordinator know.

Another initiative awaiting CMS approval is the Statewide Transition Plan (STP), as the Department of Health Services has re-submitted the STP) for approval. This Plan will ensure compliance with regulations for Home and Community-Based Services for individuals receiving Medicaid.  DDS will develop a process for implementing federal regulations through the input and guidance of a stakeholder group.  2016 funding allows for regional center staff to assess providers’ compliance as well as fund service providers to make necessary modifications.  TCRC will develop methods of ensuring that providers are supported to meet the requirements. 

With the uncertainty around the impact of any changes in federal funding for the developmental services systems as a result of reductions in Medicaid, or the Affordable Care Act, we face very different challenges than in recent years.  It is critical for our system to develop strategies for informing members of Congress in Washington, as well as legislators in Sacramento.  

Once the May 2017 revision of the 2017/2018 California Budget is announced, we will have more information about talking points and specific issues to emphasize in our communications with our legislators and the federal government.  For more information about the budget and to track budget committee and subcommittee hearings, visit the Budget Watch section on the TCRC web site.  Please stay informed and opt into TCRC’s email list.

As the developmental service system faces this potential challenge, TCRC remains committed to ensuring that quality services support community lives for people with developmental disabilities.  Let’s all work together to respond with a strong advocacy plan as we learn more about the framework of the CA budget and the potential impact of reductions in federal funding.  I commend those who have worked tirelessly advocating on behalf of people with disabilities, we will stand strong, we will remain united.

TCRC Welcome Orientations

You are invited to a TCRC Welcome Orientation

Welcome Orientation Flyer and Form

Folleto de Orientación de Bienvenida y Formulario

 We hope you will join us for this informative meeting to learn more about how TCRC can help you and your family. We recognize you may have many questions and are eager to find answers. This orientation will give you an overview of services available and explain the role of your TCRC Service Coordinator. 

During the orientation you will be able to: 

 

  • Get information about the services and supports available to you
  • Ask questions
  • Learn how to best work with your TCRC Service Coordinator
  • Meet TCRC Managers, Staff, and Family Resource Center Parents
  • TCRC Welcome Orientations will be offered once per quarter in each TCRC office. 
  • Welcome Orientations are available in English and Spanish

 

UPCOMING WELCOME ORIENTATIONS

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM August 17, 2017 | San Luis Obispo

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 17 de agosto de 2017 | San Luis Obispo 

10:00 AM -12:00 PM August 18, 2017 | Santa Barbara

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM de agosto de 2017 | Santa Barbara

10:00 AM -12:00 PM September 12,2017 | Oxnard

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 12 de septiembre de 2017| Oxnard

1:00 PM -3:00 PM September 13, 2017 | Santa Maria

1:00 PM -3:00 PM 13 de septiembre de 2017 Santa Maria

10:00 AM -12:00 PM October 12, 2017 | Simi Valley

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 12 de octubre de 2017 Simi Valley

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM October 18, 2017 | Atascadero

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 18 de octubre de 2017 Atascadero

10:00 AM -12:00 PM November 16, 2017 | San Luis Obispo

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 16 de noviembre de 2017 San Luis Obispo

10:00 AM -12:00 PM November 17, 2017 | Santa Barbara

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM de noviembre de 2017 | Santa Barbara

10:00 AM -12:00 PM December 12, 2017 | Oxnard

10 AM - 12:00 PM 12 de diciembre de 2017 | Oxnard

1:00 PM -3:00 PM December 13, 2017 | Santa Maria

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 13 de diciembre de 2017 | Santa Maria

10:00 AM -12:00 PM January 11, 2018 | Simi Valley

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 11 de enero de 2017 | Simi Valley 

1:00 PM -3:00 PM January 17, 2018 | Atascadero

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 17 de enero de 2017 |Atascadero 

 

Children are welcome. However, no childcare will be provided. 

There are many ways you can register for the Welcome Orientation nearest to you: 

1.Online by inserting the link of the location you would like to attend into an internet browser (requires an email address)
2.Contact your Service Coordinator for assistance with registration.
3.If you do not yet have a Service Coordinator, please contact Colleen Duncan for assistance at 805 823-2305 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
4.FAX your information to 805-512-8513, using the form below.

 

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