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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Cerebral Palsy Foundation Offers Scholarships

Cerebral Palsy Scholarship Foundation 2014/2015 Scholarship Program

Scholarship categories:

1. For credit course work scholarships for full or part-time student; award to $2,500 per scholarship

2. One course scholarship- for the student who would like to take only one course, for credit or audit; $500 award 

Award money may be applied to tuition, textbooks, lab supplies or an in class assistant for note taking, communication, navigation or health needs.

This program is open to California residents, age 17 or older, with a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy who will be attending an accredited U.S. undergraduate college, university or vocational school Fall 2014/Spring 2015. Scholarships will be awarded based on a combination of financial need, past academic performance, passion (as detailed by a short essay) and other criteria such as personal challenges. Completed applications must be received by May 1, 2014. Applications are available on website www.cerebralpalsyscholarship.org

Participate in Brain Development Research

Early Childhood and School Age Brain Development Research
Boys with fragile X syndrome, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, and typical development are invited to participate in an NIH-funded research study designed to increase our understanding of brain development and behavior. Currently recruiting boys ages 4 to 9 years.

The study involves cognitive, behavioral, and language assessments, parent interviews, and an MRI scan. Compensation is given for time and travel expenses.  Reports will be provided regarding the outcomes of the individual assessments.

Click here to learn more about participating in the upcoming study at Stanford

News - Purchase of Services (POS) Reports by Ethnicity, Language, & Diagnosis

Visit this page regularly for additional information.

Recent amendments to the Lanterman Act require Regional Centers and the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to collect and post the following data related to Purchase of Service (POS) authorization, utilization and expenditures for each regional center:

FISCAL YEAR 2012-13
Services by Diagnosis-Legislative: Per DDS Request, WIC 4519.5(a)(4)
Services by Diagnosis – Summary (NEW)
Services by Diagnosis - Expanded
Services by Language: WIC Section 4519.5(a)(3)
Services by Ethnicity:  WIC Section 4519.5(a)(2)
Services by Residence (NEW)
No Services by Ethnicity or Race: WIC Section 4519.5(b)
No Services by Diagnosis-Legislative: Per DDS Request, WIC 4519.5(b)
No Services by Diagnosis – Summary (NEW)
No Services by Diagnosis- Expanded
No Services by Language (NEW)
No Services by Residence (NEW)

The FY 2012-13 reports will be reviewed and discussed at the public Board of Directors meeting on March 8, 2014.  Click here for more info.

Posted 12/31/13

FISCAL YEAR 2011-12
Services by Diagnosis-Legislative: Per DDS Request, WIC 4519.5(a)(4)
Services by Diagnosis- Expanded
Services by Language: WIC Section 4519.5(a)(3)
Services by Ethnicity:  WIC Section 4519.5(a)(2)
No Services by Ethnicity or Race: WIC Section 4519.5(b)
No Services by Diagnosis-Legislative: Per DDS Request, WIC 4519.5(b)
No Services by Diagnosis- Expanded

These reports were reviewed and discussed in a public meeting on June 8, 2013.  Please click here for more information

Originally Posted 3/31/2013
Revisions Posted 4/3/2013

Regional Center Purchase of Service (POS) Data Limitations of POS Expenditure Data

Purchase of Service Costs
Client Count
Contract Purchase of Service Expenditures
Authorized Services and Utilized Services
Clients with Multiple Diagnosis
Category 5 Clients

Purchase of Service Costs

The Purchase of Service (POS) data displayed represents the cost of services that Clients received that are paid for by the regional center.  This POS expenditure data does not include the cost of services Clients receive that are paid for by Supplemental Security Income, Medi-Cal, the school system, and other generic agencies.  The POS expenditure data represents expenditures the regional center made for services Clients received during the indicated Fiscal Year (FY) based on regional center POS state claim data that was provided by DDS.  The regional center may still make payments for services provided to Clients during each fiscal year for two years after the end of that fiscal year.

Client Count

The total number of Clients who received services during the fiscal year will be greater than the regional center’s actual caseload.  A Client is included in the data if the Client received a regional center funded service at any time during the fiscal year.  A Client who received a single service once during the year is counted the same as a Client who received ongoing monthly services.  The Client is also counted regardless of their current status with the regional center.  The data may include Clients whose current status is closed, transferred-out, in-active, etc. if the Client received regional center services during the fiscal year.

Contract Purchase of Service Expenditures

Due to the limitations of the regional center uniform fiscal system (UFS), POS expenditure data may not include payments made by the regional center that are paid to a service provider under a “contract”.  Currently, UFS is unable to allocate expenditures paid to a service provider under a “contract” to Clients utilizing the “contract” service.  Therefore, POS expenditures paid under a “contract” are excluded from the POS data.   Typical services paid to a service provider under a “contract” may include, but are not limited to, transportation services and supported employment program (SEP) group services.  Therefore, the total amount of POS expenditures reported will not reconcile with the regional center’s actual POS expenditures for each fiscal year.

Authorized Services and Utilized Services

Services that are authorized “encumber” the funds needed to pay for those services.  The “Utilized” percentage shows what percent of authorized services are used and is determined by total expenditures divided by total authorized services.

Clients with Multiple Diagnoses

There are many clients who have more than one diagnosis.  In the summary reports for Purchase of Service Expenditures by Diagnosis and Consumers with No Purchase of Service by Diagnosis these consumers will be counted in every category for which they have a diagnosis.  As an example, a client with a diagnosis of both autism and epilepsy will be counted in both the “Autism” and “Epilepsy” categories.  Therefore, the sum of the clients reported in all the categories will be more than the total number of clients served by the regional center.

Category 5 Clients

Clients listed in Category 5, according to Welfare and Institutions Code section 4512, are individuals who have “disabling conditions found to be closely related to mental retardation or to require treatment similar to that required for individuals with mental retardation, but shall not include other handicapping conditions that are solely physical in nature.”

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