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Tony Anderson, Executive Director, The Arc California
Monday September 15, 2014
lawsuit coalition will be meeting in San Diego to receive updates from
our counsel on The Arc CA and UCP San Diego v DHCS, and DDS. The lawsuit
challenges that the state made cuts in violation of CMS Medicaid rules,
and a couple remaining cuts still causes harm (increased closure days,
and half-day /full day billing rules). Learn more on our Legal Action web pages.
Tuesday September 16, 2014
The LEAD Center will be hosting a webinar at 12 noon (PST), Improving Services for All Job Seekers by Improving Services to Customers with Disabilities, featuring Rebecca
Salon, Project Director and Elizabeth Jennings, Assistant Project
Director, National Center on Leadership for Employment and Economic
Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD Center). "During
this session, participants will learn about: (1) The new legislative
requirements under WIOA that relate to accessibility; (2) How to tap
into existing technical assistance to make sure that you are in
compliance; (3) ...existing partnerships and resources that you can
Today is the deadline day to register for the National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC) open policy session (see Thursday September 18, 2014).
Lanterman Coalition will be hosting a subgroup of advocates focused on
behavioral support services funded by the Medi-Cal from 1 - 3 pm in
Wednesday September 17, 2014
The SCDD Area Board 3 will be providing a presentation, Regional Center Fair Hearings - Improving Your Chance of Successful Outcomes, featuring Katie Hornberger, Director the Office of Clients' Rights Advocacy,Disability Rights California from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., 2033 Howe Avenue, Suite 160, Sacramento, CA 95825. "This presentation is free of charge, but RSVPs are required.To RSVP, please call 916-263-3085 or email: Monique.email@example.com
and provide your name, email address, and phone number. Space is
limited. If you need any special accommodations, please let us know
be participating in the stakeholder group for the Department of
Developmental Services Self-Determination service development in
Sacramento. To learn more about the California Self-Determination
efforts and rules visit the SDP Webpage.
Thursday September 18, 2014
The National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC) will be holding an open policy session at the Neuroscience Center, 6001
Executive Boulevard, Rockville, Maryland in conference room C/D/E,
first floor Conference Center. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30
am and conclude by 12:30 p.m. "This policy
session is an excellent opportunity for the mental health research and
advocacy communities to become informed about current programs and
priorities of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The Open
Policy Session will be held Our council meeting will also be available
for viewing over the internet via the NIH videocast website at http://videocast.nih.gov/default.asp.The
discussions planned include a report from NIMH Director, Dr. Thomas
Insel as well as a discussion of the next phase of the NIMH Strategic
Plan. NIMH also plans to have an extended discussion of several concepts
for potential future funding initiatives. Time for public
comments is currently scheduled for 12:15 pm, although the time could
change. We recommend that you check the website for additional details
concerning the agenda, available soon at http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/advisory-boards-and-groups/namhc/index.shtml.
The SCDD Area Board 3 will be hosting a workshop, Conservatorship, Public Benefits, & Trust Planning, featuring Michael Pearce,Special Needs Trust Attorney, Law office of Michael Pearce from 9 am to 2;30 pm at More Rehab Enterprises, 399 Placerville Drive, Placerville, CA 95667. The training will be delivered in two parts: Part 1 (9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) Preparing for Age 18 & Transition to Adulthood,Conservatorships
(Understanding Conservatorships, will my child need one, alternatives
to Conservatorship) & Public Benefits (obtaining SSI & Medi-Cal
benefits at age 18) and Part 2 (12:30
p.m.-2:30 p.m.) Trust Planning for Families with Special Needs, Trust
Planning Basics, Special Needs Trusts, Preserving Public Benefits for
your child with disabilities. To RSVP, please call 916-263-3085 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your name,email address, and phone number. Space is limited.
The Interagency Coordinating Committee for Early Start (ICC) Executive Committee will be meeting from 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. and will (1) discuss updating the ICC By-Laws, (2) DDS will give a department update and update on the State Systemic Improvement Plan. Following the executive committee the Committee of the Whole (COTW) will meet from 1:30 P.M.-4:30 P.M. to discuss special populations (the homeless, wards of the court, domestic violence and American Indians) as theyrelate to the birth to three populations. Get the agendas and learn more at: www.dds.ca.gov/earlystart.
Friday September 19, 2014
The CCLTSS will be meeting in Sacramento from 9 am to 10:30 am at the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC).
The General Interagency Coordinating Committee will be meeting from 8:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M. and will "hear reports
from the Chairs of the Executive Committee, the Committee of the Whole
and State Agencies. There will be a special presentation by WestEd
staff-Orientation to Early Start Personnel Development Activities
2014/15. The ICC will also receive input from the public and parents
interested in early intervention."
THE ARC UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY CALIFORNIA COLLABORATION
Public Policy Reports
We Can Change Things for the Better This Fall
year the Legislature takes actions that decide whether people with
developmental disabilities get the supports and services they need. And
it's no secret that services have deteriorated because of budget freezes
and cuts, among other actions of the Legislature.
fall we're asking you to be part of a coordinated, statewide push to
make lawmakers hear from the people who are really effected most - with
the goal of making some real progress in 2015.
someone who worked for legislators for years, I can assure you that it
can make a big difference when they hear about problems from voters like
you in their own districts. When I walk in to talk to a legislator who
has heard from people back home, it can be a night-and-day difference
from when I try to get the attention of one who has no idea what I'm
talking about or how it effects their constituents.
I tell you about the time I went to talk to a legislative staffer about
developmental services and, after a minute or so, he asked me if I was
talking about redevelopment agencies? I'm not making this up.)
fight over the developmental services budget and some other key issues
is going to be as sharp next year as it has been in a long time. We're
going to need a few - OK, a lot - more legislators who not only know
what we're talking about but feel it personally because they've heard
from people like you.
here's what we're asking you to do. It takes more time (and, let's face
it, courage) than the make-a-call or send-an-email Action Alerts I
usually send you. And because of that, it will have more impact on your
legislators. They'll know you're someone who cares enough to show up,
speak up, and maybe even talk to your friends about it. People who keep
their jobs in elections care about people like you who do that.
Here's where to start:
have two legislators, a state senator (it's not Dianne Feinstein) and
Assembly representative. If you don't know who they are, they probably
don't know who you are, either, and it's time for both of you to find
out. Go to www.TheArcCA.org,
scroll down a little to the blue and white "Contact Your Legislators"
button, put in your ZIP code, click on "Go," then scroll down a little
to "My Elected Officials." To get their numbers, click on their names
and then on "Contact."
first thing to know about the two legislators listed there is whether
they are going to be out of office at the end of this year. One good way
to find out is to call them and ask.
your senator's term goes on for two more years, or your senator or
assemblymember is running for reelection this November, or your
assemblymember is running for the Senate in November, you can ask their
staffer who answers the phone a couple of things. How do you (or you and
a group of people from the developmental disability community, who you
can get together later) make an appointment with the legislator? And do
they have any town hall meetings, campaign events, or other public
events coming up where you can talk to them?
more likely to get appointments with the legislators themselves if you
can say honestly that you are part of a group, but even an individual
can get in to talk to a legislator sometimes. If not, you'll get
scheduled with a staffer, and that's OK.
you talk to the legislator or staffer, start by telling them who you
are and why you're there (such as, "My daughter has autism and is having
trouble getting the services she needs through our regional center, and
I'm here to ask for your help").
feel like you need to know everything before you go talk to them. They
don't, why should you? But you do know how the problem effects you and
your loved ones, so tell them that. Speak from the heart. Even if your
you have a specific, individual problem, it may be that the legislator
can help solve it with a letter or phone call to the agency involved.
That's called constituent work. Legislators like to do it because it's
emotionally satisfying to actually solve somebody's problem - and also
because they're politicians and they know that they will have earned
your gratitude for ever.
likely, though, your problem is the same, big problem people all over
the state have. Usually that will be that the Legislature isn't funding
the services enough to meet the needs, though it may be any number of
don't need to know what the solution is. Make it their problem, and ask
them to work on solving it. Feel free to suggest they work on it with
your advocates in the Capitol. That's us, among others.
a legislator is going to be out of office at the end of this year, ask
their staff, "who are the candidates running to replace them". Then try
to get an appointment or find a campaign event where you can talk to
them. If that doesn't work, or it your legislator loses in November, you
can start working on the new senator or assemblymember then.
the end of talking to one of them, sum up what you agreed to do and
what you think they agreed to do. ("So I'll get your staff the
information you asked for, and then you'll contact the department about
it, right?" or "So if you're elected, you'll bring this up in the
Legislature next year and get back to me then, correct?")
Last thing before you go, ask them to pose for a picture with you. They'll love that.
follow up with a letter to the legislator thanking him or her
(everybody likes to be thanked) and again summing up what you think you
and they agreed on.
you talked with a staffer with or instead of the legislator, get that
person's name and number for future use. You have a relationship with
them now, and relationships are everything.
send me an email letting me know who you talked to and how it went. For
a professional advocate like me, that information can be pure gold.
Include the pictures of you and them -- you might see if on our web
that for a fall project? It's a lot of work, but I know you're
interested in helping with the campaign because you've read this far. If
you were satisfied with how everything is going for you and your loved
ones and others in our community, you would have stopped 20 paragraphs
Please make those first calls to your two legislators now.
And thank you for your advocacy.
And another thing. If you or anybody in your family isn't a registered
voter, that's the next step after the two calls. Go to www.RegisterToVote.ca.gov. The legislators' staffs will probably check that about whoever is coming to see them.
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Public Policy Director
Greg deGierePublic Policy Director
The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration
January 16, 2014 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued final rules
in the Federal Register that implemented section 1915(i) State Plan home
and community-based services; defined and described home and
community-based setting across all Medicaid home and community-based
services authorities; defined person-centered planning requirements for
sections 1915(c) and 1915(i) home and community-based services; and
allowed states to combine target populations in one section 1915(c)
order to receive Medicaid reimbursement from the federal government for
providing home and community-based services, states must ensure that
the services are delivered in settings that meet the new definition of
home and community-based (HCB) setting. The primary focus of this
National Policy Matters is the new definition of HCB setting...
stated intention in promulgating the final rule was to maximize
opportunities for people to have access to the benefits of community
living, including receiving services in the most integrated setting and
to ensure that Medicaid funding and policy support needed strategies for
states in their efforts to meet their obligations under the ADA and the
Supreme Court decision in Olmstead v. L.C., 527 U.S. 581 (1999)."
AB 1523 (Atkins D) Residential care facilities for the elderly: liability insurance.
AB 1572 (Eggman D) Residential care facilities for the elderly: resident and family councils.
AB 2053 (Gonzalez D) Employment discrimination or harassment: education and training: abusive conduct.
SCR 120 (De León D) Year of the Community: developmental disabilities.
Support - With Amendments
AB 215 (Buchanan D) School employees: dismissal or suspension: hearings.
AB 1124 (Muratsuchi D) Medi-Cal: reimbursement rates.
AB 1687 (Conway R) Persons with Developmental Disabilities Bill of Rights.
AB 1847 (Chesbro D) Mental health disorders: language.
ACR 113 (Hagman R) Epilepsy awareness.
SB 1046 (Beall D) Insurance: mental illness: developmental disabilities: coverage: penalties.
Governor's Message: I am returning SB 1046 without my signature. This
bill would give the Insurance Commissioner additional authority to
penalize health insurers up to $2,500 per person, per day, for each
violation of the Mental Health Parity Act, in addition to any other
penalties or remedies allowed by law. The Insurance Commissioner already
has broad penalty authority under the Unfair Insurances Practices Act.
The scope of this existing authority is currently at issue in the
courts. Until this matter is resolved, it would be premature to conclude
what changes, if any, should be made to the Commissioner's broad
statutory powers. Sincerely, Edmund G. Brown Jr.
AB 2560 (Bonilla D) Teacher credentialing: applications: child abuse reporting.
Tim Hornbecker, Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing
PROJECT STATUS REPORT
Project Updates by Tim Hornbecker...
Ninth Circuit Court agrees with The Arc and UCP SD and delivers a blow
to the state's case, while strengthening our legal claims that
California must comply with the Medicaid Act whenever it seeks to change
rates of payment. The Court of Appeals also unanimously reversed the
District Court ruling that had dismissed our assertion that the
remaining cuts caused irreparable harm.
plaintiffs sought preliminary injunctive relief against the continued
enforcement of California statutes reducing the state's compensation,
partially funded under the Medicaid Act, of home- and community-based
services provided to developmentally disabled persons. Those statutes
included a "percentage payment reduction," a "uniform holiday schedule,"
and a "half-day billing rule." The plaintiffs claimed, among other
things, that California's implementation of those statutes was
inconsistent with the Medicaid Act. The panel held that because the
percentage payment reduction, the primary state statute challenged by
the plaintiffs, expired while the case was on appeal, that challenge was
moot. The panel held that as to the other two statutes, the district
court abused its discretion in denying the plaintiffs' motion for a
preliminary injunction, because it misconstrued the Medicaid Act and
applied deference to a federal agency decision where none was due. The
panel also asserted pendent appellate jurisdiction over the dismissal of
the plaintiffs' Medicaid Act claims, and reversed.
panel held that California's implementation of the half-day billing
rule and uniform holiday schedule was inconsistent with the Medicaid Act
because the state failed to study the effect of those reductions, as
required by Section 30(A) of the Medicaid Act. The panel held that the
district court erred in construing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services' approval of California's "HCBS" waiver renewal application,
allowing a variety of non-institutional care options, as a determination
that California's payment reductions complied with the Medicaid Act,
and in viewing that approval as an agency decision entitled to judicial
panel concluded that clearly erroneous fact finding marred the district
court's evaluation of the irreparable harms facing the plaintiffs. The
panel concluded that the current record was inadequate to adjudge
whether the impact of the half-day billing rule and uniform holiday
schedule amounted to irreparable harm. It remanded to allow augmentation
of the record and reconsideration of the propriety of injunctive relief
in the changed circumstances, applying the correct irreparable harm
Lawsuit Impact So Far
Exposed Unlawful Rate Reductions
believe that our lawsuit and our advocacy was a major influencing
factor in the sun setting of the two year 4.25% rate cut and the 1.25%
cut which took its place. While the panel held that the percentage
reduction claim was moot because the reduction had sunset, it also
stated that such cuts were unlikely to recur in the future given the
Court's opinion that such cuts would likely be unlawful. However,
there has been no effort yet by the state to remove the other cuts to
providers and consumer that have caused significant financial crisis
throughout the system, namely the increased forced closure days and
half/full day billing formula. These practices were unacceptable and
sets precedence for the way future cuts will be made and must be
the court hearings to date, both DDS and DHCS representatives have
argued that the State has no obligation to consider providers' costs in
setting or adjusting rates, and that the State is not required to take
into consideration factors such as consumers' access to quality care or
even to their health, safety or welfare! Further still, they do not have
to inform the Center for MediCare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of any
changes made, even though Federal Medicaid dollars match the State
dollars and require a basic maintenance of effort to provide uniform and
lawsuit, which we reluctantly filed as a last resort, has succeeded in
exposing the State's unlawful policies and practices, and it is
requiring the State to try to justify its violation of state and federal
laws. The lawsuit has also allowed the long-ignored voices of tens of
thousands of consumers, families and community providers to be heard in
Loud and Clear: Click here to Support the Lawsuit Initiative using
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ruling is a major victory, but the fight is not over. We have come too
far to stop now! Join us! We need to raise at least another $75,000 to
help win our legal battle. We need your assistance and support to
achieve a final victory that will ensure that the rights and services of
individuals with I/DD will be protected! Please send your Tax
Deductible Contributions to The Arc California, designated: Coalition
Lawsuit. Advocacy loud and clear.
the state has reached out to discuss settlement terms for the first
time. Our lawsuit coalition will be meeting in San Diego today to
discuss this and other remedies for our claims. Again please support our
efforts and watch the developments closely as we progress through the
Tim Hornbecker, Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing,
scientists have calculated that detrimental effects of alcohol cost the
U.S. some $223.5 billion a year. We're talking health issues such as
liver disease, impaired driving, lost work due to hangovers, and
emergency room visits. Alcohol costs substantially more to Americans
than the harmful effects of illicit drug use ($151.4 billion) or tobacco
($167.8 billion). But there's a more disturbing cost that you might be
surprised to learn about that's not even factored into those staggering
numbers: fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, the conditions that can
result when a mother drinks during pregnancy. (When all of the disorders
are present, in their most severe forms, we call it fetal alcohol
syndrome.) According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, almost all of these children will have mental health
problems as adults and 82 percent will not live independently. During
adolescence, they also face an increased risk of drug and alcohol
addiction. As a result, the lifetime cost of providing services to just
one person with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in 2002 was about $2
million. And 40,000 children are born each year in the U.S. with the
one in four pregnant women in South Africa drink alcohol before
recognizing she is pregnant and, without intervention, women who drank
before realizing they were pregnant drank much more throughout their
pregnancy. Even though there has lately been much chatter about how the
occasional glass of wine with dinner should be OK, there really is no
known "safe" amount of alcohol to drink during pregnancy. There is also
no known safe period to drink during pregnancy. Binge drinking is by far
the worst thing to do while pregnant-large doses (even if infrequent)
are far worse than a small amount of alcohol routinely. Unfortunately,
among alcohol drinkers in America, one in four binge drink, typically on
weekends. This includes women who knowingly or unknowingly binge drink
while pregnant. The variations in how and when people drink may be the
reason we have not been able to eliminate the negative consequences of
alcohol during pregnancy. While access to drugs is often limited in many
parts of the world, alcohol is almost universally available, especially
in low-income countries because it can be manufactured locally. Brief,
one-time counseling sessions that focus on the vulnerability of a fetus
during pregnancy can help mothers understand the risks and reduce their
drinking while pregnant. At sessions we offered to expectant mothers in
South Africa, the influence of alcohol on a developing brain is starkly
demonstrated by cracking an egg in alcohol at room temperature-the egg
poaches. A child's brain is fried when alcohol is circulating through
its body. However, most women worldwide do not have access to these
interventions. Compounding the problem: local healers throughout the
world often use alcohol-laced remedies to help their clients relax.
Pregnant women are often encouraged to take brews that include
Teresa Anderson, MPH
The Arc California
September 30 - October 2, 2014
Arc's National Convention will convene in festive New Orleans, LA for
educational sessions, enlightening speakers and social events designed
to keep you informed and connected. Registration will open in May, so
save the date and check convention.thearc.org this Spring for program details.
October 9, 2014 - October 10, 2014
The 28th Annual "Supported Life Conference: Proactive ... Productive ... Progressive"
from October 9-10, 2014 at the Lions Gate Hotel's McClellan Conference
Center, Sacrament. This year the conference features keynotes such as,
Stuart Haskin "Using Your Voice: Communicating For Change:
Self-Determination, Independence, Leadership", Laura Nagle, "What Does
an Autistic Adult Think About Transition?", Will Sanford, "Employment:
If It Was Easy, Everyone Would Do it, and Not Just Talk About It", and
Bonnie Mintun, "30 Years of Full Inclusion: Did We Miss Anything?" In
addition to these great keynotes the conference will showcase their
usual array of high quality breakout sessions.
November 7-8, 2014
Autism Society of Los Angeles and Disability Rights California will be
hosting a one day workshop on Self-Determination in California, "Respecting Choice, Creating Innovation, and Fulfilling Dreams"
at the DoubleTree Hotel Los Angeles, 6161 West Centinela Avenue, Culver
City. The registration cost for families and people with disabilities
is$175.00 ($200 after 10/1 - contact your regional center if you need
help for funding [Vendor Number - PH0898] or ASLA for scholarship
information. The cost for professionals is $300.00 ($400 after 10/1).
The registration fee includes two full days of sessions and breakfast,
lunch, and snack both days. "Beginning in 2015, the Self-Determination
Program will be available to regional center clients and their families
so they can have more control and flexibility over the services they
need. Participants will have a Person-Centered Plan and an Individual
Budget to purchase unique services with providers who do not need to be
vendored by regional centers."
March 8-10, 2015
Save the Date: The 8th
Annual Developmental Disabilities Public Policy Conference by The Arc
and United Cerebral Palsy in California at the Holiday Inn - Sacramento
Capitol Plaza, 300 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814 (NEW SITE), Phone:(916) 446-0100.
Every year we host a public policy conference featuring legislators,
lobbyist, advocates, policymakers, and other speakers who deal with
issues impacting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
and their families. Attendees include family members, self-advocates,
direct support professionals, attorneys, and executive/ professional
staff from community agencies and regional centers. Topics Covered:
National Public Policy, State Budget Overview, Advocacy, Healthcare, New
and Proposed Legislation, IHSS, Mental Health, LTSS and Olmstead
Related Issues, Work, Education, Trusts, Conservatorship, Crime and
Abuse of People with Disabilities, and more. Visit our webpage to see
last years' program (all documents and PowerPoints are on this site) and
eventually the 2015 conference: click here.
April 13-15, 2015
Save the Date:
The 2015 Disability Policy Seminar will be at a new location, the
Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel, 999 9th Street NW, Washington,
DC 20001. The annual Disability Policy Seminar brings together
advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
with public policy experts and the staff of a variety of hosting
organizations who serve people with I/DD to go in-depth on pressing
policy issues and other topics of importance to the I/DD movement during
two full-day sessions in Washington, D.C. The Seminar culminates with a
third day spent on Capitol Hill where attendees have the opportunity to
meet with their elected officials. Each year approximately 700 people
take advantage of this chance to learn, discuss, network and advocate
for change. Hosted by: The Arc, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), Association
of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), American Association on
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), National
Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), and
Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE). Disability Policy Seminar
Calif.) - Treatment at the earliest age when symptoms of autism
spectrum disorder (ASD) appear - sometimes in infants as young as 6
months old - significantly reduces symptoms so that, by age 3, most who
received the therapy had neither ASD nor developmental delay, a UC Davis
MIND Institute research study has found. The treatment, known as Infant
Start, was administered over a six-month period to 6- to 15-month-old
infants who exhibited marked autism symptoms, such as decreased eye
contact, social interest or engagement, repetitive movement patterns and
a lack of intentional communication. It was delivered by the people who
were most in tune with and spent the most time with the babies: their
parents. "Autism treatment in the first year of life: A pilot study of
Infant Start, a parent-implemented intervention for symptomatic
infants," is co-authored by UC Davis professors of Psychiatry and
Behavioral Sciences Sally J. Rogers and Sally Ozonoff. It is published
online today in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
of the children in the study, six out of seven, caught up in all of
their learning skills and their language by the time they were 2 to 3,"
said Rogers, the study's lead author and the developer of the Infant
Start therapy. "Most children with ASD are barely even getting diagnosed
by then." "For the children who are achieving typical developmental
rates, we are essentially ameliorating their developmental delays,"
Rogers said. "We have speeded up their developmental rates and profiles,
not for every child in our sample, but for six of the seven." Rogers
credited the parents in the small, pilot study with making the
difference. "It was the parents - not therapists - who did that," she
said. "Parents are there every day with their babies. It's the little
moments of diapering, feeding, playing on the floor, going for a walk,
being on a swing, that are the critical learning moments for babies.
Those moments are what parents can capitalize on in a way that nobody
else really can."
using ground-breaking new techniques with infants essentially cured
their babies of developmental delays. For the first time, researchers
report that treating early signs of autism in infants as young as 6
months can essentially help them to avoid developmental delays typical
of the disorder. And the intervention doesn't involve pills or invasive
surgery but an intensive behavioral therapy provided by the babies'
parents, according to the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Kristin Hinson was one of those parents. She knew what autism looked
like. With two of her three children showing developmental delays, she
was on the lookout for similar signals when her son Noah was born. And
at 6 months, they came. Noah began avoiding eye contact with her and
other family members, his muscle tone was low, and he started lagging in
the early infant milestones like rolling over and responding to sounds
and people. "He was doing everything, but everything was a little
sloppy," says Hinson.
skills are "completely doable," says Hinson, and far less intrusive
than having therapists visit the home once a week, which she did for her
two older children who were developmentally delayed. "It's brilliant if
you can get the hands-on training. Because as parents, we are in their
circle all the time, every day of their lives, and what better way to
help them than to do it every day at every opportunity." While she'll
never know if the program was actually responsible for helping Noah to
avoid developmental delays, Hinson is sure of one thing. "If they could
have had something like this for my other children, I think they would
be completely different children today."
dozens of consumer complaints, the California Department of Managed
Health Care on Monday ordered three prominent health insurance companies
to stop denying speech therapy to patients. Health Net, Blue Shield and
Anthem Blue Cross were all slapped with cease-and-desist orders by DMHC
attorneys for what they said was unlawful denial of medically necessary
therapies. Health Net, with the highest number of complaints at 41, was
hit with a $300,000 fine. All three health insurers had language in
their policies that allegedly violated state law mandating access to
director of California's Department of Health Care Services will leave
his post by year's end, according to a letter to employees issued by
Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Diana Dooley. Toby Douglas,
42, was one of Gov. Jerry Brown's first appointees to head the
department that handles Medi Cal services for more than 11 million
Californians. During his four years at Health Care Services' helm, the
state added 3.5 million new to the federally-funded program. The
department employs about 3,700 workers and manages $70 billion annually.
...Dooley said Douglas told her that "'it's time for new challenges,"
and that he wants his next job to "'allow me to continue to work for
improvement in the quality of health care.'"...
- Millions of consumers will soon receive notices from health insurance
companies stating that their coverage is being automatically renewed
for 2015, along with the financial assistance they received this year
from the federal government. But consumer advocates and insurers say
they see a significant potential for confusion because some of the
information will be out of date and misleading on costs and other
aspects of coverage. Some people who have been receiving monthly subsidy
payments this year could get much less if they stay in their current
health plans. The Obama administration announced in June that most
people with insurance purchased in the federal marketplace would be
automatically enrolled in the same or similar plans next year, so they
would not need to file applications or go back to HealthCare.gov to
continue their coverage.
however, the administration is emphasizing that consumers should
revisit the marketplace to make sure they are getting the right amount
of financial assistance and to compare other health plans. President
Obama said in April that eight million people had enrolled in private
health plans through federal and state marketplaces created under the
Affordable Care Act. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the
total will climb to 13 million in the next open enrollment period, which
runs for three months starting on Nov. 15. Federal health officials
told insurers this month to send out standard renewal notices written by
the government. The notices inform consumers of the new monthly premium
for their health plans in 2015 and the most recent amount of any
subsidy, or tax credit, paid for a household in 2014. In many cases,
insurers will notify consumers that they face higher premiums but will
not provide them any information about higher subsidies in 2015, a
prospect that distresses insurers and consumer advocates...
Arc of California posts job announcements in the Career Ladder section
every week because we would like to contribute to steering quality
candidates to professional positions that support people with
disabilities and we are trying to communicate to Direct Support
Professionals that there is a real "career ladder" in their chosen
Arc of California posts job announcements in the Career Ladder section
every week because we would like to contribute to steering quality
candidates to professional positions that support people with
disabilities and we are trying to communicate to Direct Support
Professionals that there is a real "career ladder" in their chosen
Lynn Center's mental health services include a Wraparound approach to
provide intensive support for families of young children with severe
behavioral and/or emotional problems. Wraparound services are family
focused, strength based and especially designed to help
parents/caregivers develop individualized plans to solve their immediate
problems through a Wraparound team composed of their own friends,
family and professionals involved with their child. Lynn Center's
Wraparound program is looking for a Wraparound Facilitator to guide team
development and oversee the process and tasks of the team in order to
develop a comprehensive plan. This position will work closely with
program design and Wraparound staff to increase the involvement of
parents and caregivers in planning, services design and evaluation while
honoring the parent/family/caregiver perspective. Minimum
Qualifications: A commitment to children-centered services and a high
level of enthusiasm for Contra Costa ARC's mission with a strong
interest in Wraparound services to families... To apply: Forward a
RESUME and LETTER of INTEREST to Fax: 925-370-2048 or Email: email@example.com Mention "Wrap Facilitator" in subject line.
Gatepath has been "Turning Disabilities Into Possibilities" for over 90
years by creating opportunities of greater independence for children,
youth and adults with special needs and disabilities. Through education
and support services, Gatepath empowers individuals and families to
dream big, work hard and challenge themselves to be the best they can
be. Although Gatepath has a long history of service, it continually
strives to evolve from a First Class organization to a World Class
organization. Community Gatepath is a service provider, business
partner, network of support and a source of education for family
members, care providers, professionals and students reaching over 8,000
annually. Their scope of services and operations are expected to expand
rapidly over the next few years as the services and treatment landscape
for people living with disabilities is shifting quickly. Gatepath serves
families and individuals experiencing a wide range of developmental
disabilities including autism spectrum disorders (ASD). ... The
operating budget for the year ending in June 2014 is $12.4M.
Strategically, Gatepath is implementing initiatives to transform its
revenue mix currently at 60% government/40% private to 40%/60%
respectively, to mitigate against shifting current and future government
funding policies. We are seeking a leader with a experience in and an
appetite for implementing rapid growth strategies that include mergers,
organic growth, focused programmatic changes and new services;
experience in scaling an organization with the ability to build and
align essential resources including fundraising support, technology
infrastructure, and talent acquisition; and a track record in attracting
financial support from individuals, government sources, foundations and
businesses. Visit www.gatepath.org. For more information or to apply, email Lisa Grossman or Mark Oppenheim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS) Schreiber Center is
currently seeking a part-time, 20 hours per week, with benefits,
Psychiatrist. The Schreiber Center psychiatrist provides clinical
assessments; prescribes and monitors psychotropic medications; and is
expected to perform differential diagnostic evaluations to determine
behavioral health eligibility for individuals with developmental
disabilities twenty-one years and older.
is a terrific opportunity to take part in an important and dynamic
clinical team with opportunity for ongoing training and development of
expertise in responding to the behavioral health needs of individuals
diagnosed with developmental disabilities and experience co-occurring
mental health symptoms. This position is located in
California. Contact Peter Dating, Assistant to the BHCS Medical
Director, (510) 567-8110, Submit Resume and Cover Letter: Alameda County
HCSA Human Resources Department, Attention: Laura Sanders, 500 Davis
Street, Suite 120 San Leandro, CA 94577 Fax (510) 639 - 1290.
Bilinguals & Mental Health Consumers are Strongly Encouraged to
Apply. EOE. Salary $166,940 - $202,696 annually based on full-time 1.0
FTE equivalent. For more information about our behavioral health care
system, please visit: www.acbhcs.org.
Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA) has an opening for a
Senior Program Analyst. We are particularly interested in staff with
regional center experience, so your knowledge of your colleagues' (and
your own) talents, professional skills, and expertise will be an
invaluable part of this process. ARCA strives to be a top-notch resource
for its members - and their employees. When we fill this position, in
part through your assistance, we will be able to further our work and
broaden the resources available to you and your colleagues. The Senior
Program Analyst will be expected to provide research and analysis of
major policy issues related to developmental disabilities to ARCA, its
Board of Directors, and the regional centers. This individual will also
be required to represent ARCA in meetings with legislators and their
staff, the Department of Developmental Services, and other
organizations. Applicants will be required to have a minimum of 5 years
recent experience working in a California regional center in a
managerial or supervisory capacity as well as extensive knowledge of
regional center operations and the provision of services to people with
developmental disabilities. They must also possess a solid understanding
of and experience working within the developmental services system.
This position may be full time or half-time or greater. Interested
candidates are encouraged to send their resume and salary history to
Sally Williams at email@example.com.
to the board of directors, the Executive Director (ED) provides
direction and leadership for the organization's mission and vision,
represents and speaks for the organization and its work, and works with
the leadership team to manage the day to day operations and advance The
CP Center's annual and strategic plans. The ED is responsible for all
community and governmental programs, personnel, funding, fiscal
management, and agency strategic and development planning under the
direction of the Board of Directors. Key priorities include expanding
partnerships, developing new funding sources, and providing visionary
leadership that translates into action. The ideal candidate will work to
align the strengths of the organization with the opportunities and
possibilities currently available in the areas of program expansion to a
broader geographical area and to currently under served disability
Family Resource Center provides information, parent-to-parent support,
and referral to community resources for families who have young children
with special needs, and the community of professionals involved with
those children and families. WarmLine is part of California's Early
Start Program for children birth to three who are at risk for or who
have developmental disabilities. Duties: ·
Provide parent-to-parent support, information, and referral to
community resources for families of children with special needs birth-5
years old primarily, and the community of professionals providing
Maintain confidential information; respect and protect the confidential
nature of information, events, and circumstances of children and
In collaboration with WarmLine staff, schedule monthly events for
families, including support groups, play groups, and parent trainings. · Coordinate site location and reservation, participants, and presenters. · Data entry. · Provide community outreach and participate in community events. · Participate as a WarmLine representative at multi-agency team meetings. · Other duties as assigned.
is seeking a Director of Development to join our highly collaborative
team during this significant and exciting growth period of our school.
The Director of Development will work in close collaboration with the
Director of Strategic Development, other Executive Team members,
Development Associate, and Board of Directors to build meaningful
relationships with current and prospective individual and institutional
funders. S/he will help create and manage a strategy to significantly
increase Lighthouse's capacity to fundraise annual operating and
expansion funds. This includes developing and managing a communications
strategy that supports Lighthouse's growth. The ideal candidate fully
understands the public education landscape. The Director of Development
is part of the Executive Team and reports to the Director of Strategic
m/Oppenheim Associates is assisting Canine Companions for Independence in
the search for its Chief Executive Officer. As part of that process, we
are contacting members of the community for suggestions and
nominations. The organization seeks an experienced chief executive to
lead CCI through its next phase of deliberate growth, upgrade the
organization's operating infrastructure to allow for expanded services
nationwide, and sustain CCI's high standards for trained service dogs,
provided at no cost to people with disabilities. Reporting to the Board
of Directors, the CEO will provide the overall leadership, direction,
strategy and vision for CCI, its programs, staff, volunteers and
outreach to funders and partners. Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for
Independence (CCI) enhances the lives of people with disabilities by
providing them with highly-trained assistance dogs as well as ongoing
support to ensure quality partnerships. The organization is based in
Santa Rosa, California, and is the world's largest provider of
assistance dogs to people with disabilities other than blindness. For
additional information or to apply, please contact Mark Oppenheim or
Matthew Holgerson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.cci.org.
The Arc California 1225 8th Street, Suite 350 Sacramento, CA 95814 916.552.6619
Advocates for people with intellectual and all other developmental disabilities and their families since 1950.