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October 27, 2014
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National Disability Employment Awareness Month


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Tony Anderson, Executive Director, The Arc California

Monday October 27, 2014

The National Conference of Executives of The Arc Steering Committee chaired by Tim Hornbecker will be meeting from 11 am to 12 noon (pst) to review a variety of new ideas for engaging members and attracting new members.


Tuesday October 28, 2014

We'll be meeting with staff members of termed-out legislative leadership from last session to review outcomes and discuss possible next steps in advocating for the needs of people with developmental disabilities.


The California Senior Legislature will be be meeting in the State Capitol building in various hearing rooms to discuss issues impacting seniors in the state. The 40 Senior Senators and 80 Senior Assembly Members are elected by their peers to deliberate on and select the top priorities for policies impacting seniors. To learn more visit:


We'll be meeting with state chapters of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals chaired by our NADSP Executive Director Joe MacBeth.


Wednesday October 29, 2014 - California Senior Legislature 9:00 am to 4:45 pm


The Lawsuit Coalition for The Arc California, UCP San Diego v. Douglas and Delgadillo will be meeting with our attorneys by conference call. To learn more visit our Lawsuit webpage.


Family Voices of California is hosting a webinar, Our Children Eat Differently: Raising a Child with a Feeding Tube, from 12 noon to 1 pm. "Tens of thousands of children in the U.S. depend on feeding tubes to receive the nutrition they need to grow and thrive. Dr. William Berquist, Professor of Pediatrics in Gastroenterology at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, will focus on the history of feeding tubes, their benefits for children with a range of medical conditions, and the pros and cons of different types of feeding tubes. Michele Byrnes will discuss her perspective as a parent raising a child with a feeding tube and share the resources she's gathered since her son was diagnosed with failure to thrive as a newborn four years ago. Space is limited:


Thursday October 30, 2014 - California Senior Legislature 9:00 am to 1:45 pm


We'll be participating with other advocates in the State Systemic Improvement Plan Task Force meeting from 9 am to 4 pm. The purpose of the meeting is to "discuss possible State Identified Measurable Result (SiMR) for Child and Family Outcomes and to recommend a SiMR to the Department of Developmental Services"


The Arc's National Center on Criminal Justice & Disability (NCCJD) will be hosting a webinar, Day and employment opportunities for individuals with Intellectual / Developmental Disabilities and forensic/sexual offending behaviors, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. (PST). The webinar features Chris Snell, Director of Specialized Employment Services (SES) at CLASS Inc. and Dr. Paul Van AlmKerk, Clinical and Organizational Consultant to the SES program. "CLASS's SES program employs a person-centered, data-based treatment model to provide effective vocational training and employment opportunities for adults with developmental, cognitive, mental health, and/or SORB-related, high-risk issues. The SES program structure relies on a staffing ratio of 1 to 4 and emphasizes the therapeutic value of employment for individuals with complex life experiences, psychiatric diagnoses and behavioral challenges. The SES treatment approach incorporates a multi-tiered model of universal expectations for all individuals in the program, which includes targeted group contingencies for identified issues and individualized treatment interventions designed to address significantly challenging issues. This webinar will provide an SES program overview and the obstacles and opportunities in providing this treatment modality will be discussed. Register here. For more information: Contact: Kathryn Walker, Criminal Justice Fellow, Phone: 202.534.3700, Email:


Today is the deadline for submitting applications for the University of Delaware's National Leadership Institute on Developmental Disabilities (January 11 - 16, 2015). This week-long, intensive leadership development program is designed for current executive-level leaders and emerging leaders. Participants may work in areas of management or program leadership in organizations that provide, advocate for, or fund supports for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families. The focus of the Leadership Institute is on assessing and strengthening leadership skills, setting organizational direction, and understanding the future of the intellectual/developmental disabilities field. Institute participants come away with demonstrated leadership ability and a firm grasp of the skills and values critical for quality, individualized supports. Only the Gary Smith Scholarship (for people working for local, state or the federal government) is available for this session. For questions e-mail Nancy Weiss at:, Click here for more information.  


Friday October 31, 2014 - Happy Halloween

Governor's Press Conference on the California Senior Legislature's Top Priorities.


The CCLTSS will be meeting in Sacramento from 9 am to 10:30 am at the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC). 

Public Policy Reports 

We've been sharing with our readers some disturbing facts of poor dental health outcomes for people with developmental disabilities and this week the State Council on Developmental Disabilities is starting a campaign to gather more information from our community about these problems. Once they gather this information they will share it with the government departments responsible quality dental care under the Medi-Cal program. Please check out their outreach and respond to the questions if you an experience to share and/or get this feedback request to someone else who has an experience to share.


Anesthesia Dentistry Stories

Your stories are important; we would like to hear from you!


You may have heard about a "crisis" in the access to anesthesia or hospital dentistry resources that are available in parts of California. Click here for a link to Dental articles from June and October. Please help us gather stories of children and adults with disabilities who require this specialized level of dental care.

*        Do you or your child need this level of care?

*        Do you have a dentist who can provide this care?

*        How long have you had to wait?

*        Has insurance denied this procedure?


Don't be "invisible" to those making policies - Let your voice be heard! Stories will be shared with the Department of Health Care Servic  es (DHCS) and other government and private agencies working to improve access to care for those who need this specialized level of dental care.


Share the below information:

Name (optional): 

Phone or email (optional):                    

County you live in:

Diagnosis (optional):                            

Age (optional):            

Your story (add additional sheets if necessary):                        

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Greg deGiere

Public Policy Director

Greg deGierePublic Policy Director

The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration

1225 Eighth Street, Suite 350

Sacramento, CA 95814

916-552-6619916-552-6619 x16 (office)

916-441-3494 (fax) 





Sign the Pledge to Stop Violence, Abuse, and Bullying

Over the last few months, there have been several high profile cases of violence, abuse, and bullying against people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). These incidents, particularly in Ohio and Delaware, grabbed the attention of the media and the public. While the authorities are pursuing charges in both cases, too many instances of violence, abuse, and bullying of people with I/DD go unreported, unnoticed, and unresolved.

The Arc is launching a pledge to rally our chapters and the public to stop this kind of behavior before it starts. We need you, as chapter leaders, to:

  • Sign the pledge to show your support for this effort.
  • Share the pledge with your contacts - your members, staff at your chapter, community partners, and the public. Feel free to share The Arc's recent social media announcement of this pledge.
  • Alert The Arc's national staff when a case of violence, abuse, or bullying of a person with I/DD occurs in your area. Contact Kristen McKiernan at

This pledge is The Arc's first step in leading the charge to stop this kind of behavior before it starts. Look for more resources and activities from the national office in 2015.

Also, sign up for: The Arc US Capitol Insider




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Click on The Arc UCP California Collaborative Bill File for details...

Tim Hornbecker, Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing


Project Updates by Tim Hornbecker...


Last weekend the Board of Directors of The Arc California, chaired by Richard Fitzmaurice of The Arc Alameda and the California Conference of Executives of the Arc, chaired by Michael McGinnis, met in Santa Barbara starting with meetings and events on Thursday and ending Saturday late afternoon. The meetings were jammed packed with rich policy content and though at times it looked like we weren't going to be able to cover it all every issue still got the attention to fully inform our leadership. Our meetings and materials are open to the public and always posted on-line at:


If you're interested in our updates of the projects here are a few:

  1. Workforce Development - CADSP
  2.  Lawsuit Update  
  3. Community Organizing - registration due soon.
  4. Voting Rights

Thank you

Tim Hornbecker, Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing,

The Arc CA (415) 850-8037

Teresa Anderson, Prevention Coordinator


Below is a follow-up report to the study published in early October 2014 related to poor dental health outcomes. Check it out it features our own California dental policy expert Dr. Paul Glassman of the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco.


Caregiver training may help mentally disabled adults with dental care

Fox News October 03, 2014

By Reuters


Helping adults with developmental disabilities brush and floss their teeth is often hard for paid and unpaid caregivers, but family members could be in extra need of training, a new study suggests. [see the MMM Oct 13, 2014 Prevention Section...] Researchers found poor brushing and flossing habits and high rates of dental disease in a survey of disabled adults, and many caretakers lacked confidence in their ability to help their charges with daily dental care. People with disabilities have more cavities and periodontal disease than the general population, which can lead to loss of teeth and infection. They also have cognitive, behavioral and physical challenges that can make brushing and flossing difficult. "It's a critically important element to their quality of life," Paula Minihan, lead author of the study, told Reuters Health in an interview. More than 70 percent of the nation's 4.9 million adults with developmental disabilities live at home, while the rest live in long-term care facilities, community-based settings or in independent homes. So Minihan and colleagues at the Tufts University schools of medicine and dental medicine looked at what kind of at-home dental care this population is receiving. They surveyed 808 caregivers, three quarters of them paid and about 15 percent family members, who brought adults with developmental disabilities to appointments between September 2011 and May 2012 at four Tufts Dental Facilities for Persons with Special Needs clinics. The adults in the study, which is published in the October Journal of the American Dental Association, were mostly men and between 40 and 59 years old. Caregivers in this study reported that 79 percent of the adults with disabilities brushed twice daily and only 22 percent flossed daily. ...


Dr. Paul Glassman developed a training program for caregivers, with DVDs on behavioral techniques, overcoming resistance, preventive medication, brushing techniques and mouth rests. "I recommend starting slowly, using lots of praise, gradually encouraging the individual to allow you to do more or to do more for themselves," said Glassman, who directs the Pacific Center for Special Care at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California. Glassman also started a teledentistry program, where dental hygienists help treat various undeserved populations - both disabled and not - with virtual help from dentists. Electric toothbrushes can also help people without the fine motor skills to use manual ones, according to Valerie Lynch, director of Nursing at Sertoma Centre, Inc., a non-profit for people with developmental disabilities, in Alsip, Illinois.


Teresa Anderson, MPH

The Arc California

Prevention Coordinator



November 7-8, 2014

The Autism Society of Los Angeles and Disability Rights California will be hosting a two 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. DEADLINE FOR GROUP RESERVATION DISCOUNT - OCTOBER 17th! To make a reservation with the special conference rate: BY PHONE:  Call 310-349-1776, Use code "ASO" or "Autism Society of Los Angeles" OR ONLINE . 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




Alzheimer's, Down syndrome link found

San Diego Union Tribune October 26, 2014

By Bradley J. Fikes


A team at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla has reported an explanation for why people with Down syndrome often develop Alzheimer's disease. The study builds on research last year that suggested a cause for the mental disability that accompanies Down syndrome. If the continuing analysis results in new therapies, the syndrome could be alleviated and scientists might be able to harness that knowledge in treating - and perhaps even preventing - Alzheimer's in the general population. Such applications are years away because the study involves basic research, said Huaxi Xu, a Sanford-Burnham researcher who is senior author of the new paper, published Thursday in the journal Cell Reports. Xu and his colleagues - including Xin Wang, co-author of the latest report - are trying to translate the research into possible experimental drugs. The common thread in both conditions is SNX27, a brain protein involved in complex molecular pathways that are still being scrutinized...


Alzheimer's connection: The new study discovered that SNX27 also regulates levels of beta amyloid plaques - tangled masses of protein that damage brain cells, causing them to die. The plaques have long been linked to Alzheimer's in the general population. Nearly all people with Down syndrome develop the characteristic beta amyloid plaques by age 40. Most of those individuals will develop Alzheimer's symptoms - 25 percent of them by age 35 and 75 percent of them by age 65. Xu's team found that miRNA-155 suppresses production of SNX27 by adding another link to the complex chain of molecular events. Because SNX27 regulates production of beta amyloids, reducing it in turn lowers levels of beta amyloids. There's no conclusive proof that beta amyloid causes Alzheimer's. In fact, a number of clinical trials aimed at treating the disease by reducing beta amyloid production have failed or shown extremely modest results. But the evidence that beta amyloid damages neurons is so strong - and the correlation with Alzheimer's so consistent - that Alzheimer's researchers such as Dr. Paul Aisen at UC San Diego said it's likely that potential therapies were previously given too late in the disease process, when symptoms already appeared. A new trial to test an experimental Alzheimer's drug from Eli Lilly & Co began this year. Aisen is a leader in that trial, which is exclusively testing people who do not show Alzheimer's symptoms, but show accumulations of amyloid buildup...




KanCare initiative concerns parents of developmentally disabled adults

KDADS officials say beneficiaries free to opt out of health homes

By Dave Ranney

Kansas Health Institute News Service Oct. 20, 2014


OVERLAND PARK - Parents of adult children with developmental disabilities say state officials are breaking a provision in deliberations that led to legislators last year agreeing to include Medicaid-funded home- and community-based services for the developmentally disabled in the state's KanCare program. "I have one thing I want to say to the (Kansas) Department for Aging and Disability Services: 'Liar, liar, pants on fire,'" said Susan Jarsulic, whose 35-year-old daughter, Jayne, has severe physical and developmental disabilities. Jarsulic and others are upset over reports that a "health home" initiative recently announced by KDADS includes language that encourages - but stops short of requiring - KanCare companies to let developmentally disabled Kansans keep their current case managers if they so choose. During several hearings last year, state officials promised families that if KanCare were to take over management of services for the developmentally disabled, beneficiaries' families would be allowed to keep their case managers, who would help them navigate the new system. Legislators, in turn, agreed to the so-called KanCare "carve in."


Case managers play a key role in assessing beneficiaries' needs, determining which services they need to continue living in community-based settings, arranging for those services and making sure they're provided. "My daughter's case manager has been with her for 18 years now," Jarsulic said. "She's wonderful. She knows Jayne, she knows the system and she really knows how to get things done."   Under the KDADS health home initiative, KanCare health care providers - a group that includes physicians, safety-net clinics, mental health centers and home health agencies - are eligible for additional funding for integrating primary and behavioral health care with services designed to help people live in community-based settings rather than institutional care. A health home is not a place but a concept of care delivery built on close coordination among a patient's medical providers so that health crises can be prevented or reduced.


The plan, Jarsulic said, included language that encouraged but did not require health home providers to allow beneficiaries to keep their case managers. The change created a loophole that could lead to some families losing their case managers, she said, undercutting their abilities to advocate for their loved ones. "Let's be honest about this," Jarsulic said. "This is just a back-door way of getting rid of the case managers that we've come to know and trust, and letting the managed care companies do whatever they want to do." Jarsulic, who lives in Shawnee and runs a Lenexa-based activity program for 10 severely disabled adults, is active in Provider Advocate Coalition of Kansas (PACK), a group that organized a town hall-style meeting here last week that included nearly 200 parents, case workers, service providers, and KDADS Secretary Kari Bruffett.


Bruffett assured the audience that KDADS is in full support of families keeping their case managers. The decision to encourage rather than require the arrangement, she said, was driven in large part by federal policies that consider case management to be a service that a health home would provide. "CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) does not allow us to bill for both kinds of services," Bruffett said, adding that the two services - health home coordination and case management - are considered duplicative. But there is nothing to stop a health home provider from subcontracting with a beneficiary's case manager on its own, she said. And, Bruffett said, anyone who's assigned to a KanCare health home that doesn't allow them to keep their case manager can switch to a health home that does or opt out of health homes altogether. "You don't have to be in a health home," Bruffett said. "We'd like you to be in one, but you don't have to be in one." Those who opt out of their health homes, she said, will be allowed to keep their case managers....


Medicaid expansion leaves out people with disabilities

The New Mexican October 21, 2014

By Patrick Malone

More than 170,000 New Mexico residents have enrolled in Medicaid, thanks to expansion of the program, according to a report to state lawmakers Tuesday. But advocates for people with disabilities said the broader access to services that they expected hasn't materialized. Centennial Care, a state program launched this year in conjunction with the Medicaid expansion, was expected to cut down the waiting list of thousands for a program designed to keep low-income New Mexicans with an array of physical and functional limitations out of nursing homes. But that hasn't been the case, the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee was told Tuesday. "One of the things we found most exciting about Centennial Care was that it should be increasing access to long-term care services," said James Jackson, executive director of the nonprofit organization Disability Rights New Mexico. "So far, our experience has been just the opposite."


The hearing featured disparate points of view about the state's success getting the poor into the long-term care program. Representatives of managed care organizations that contract with the state to administer Medicaid-funded programs described valiant feats by their care coordinators, the front-line gatekeepers to programs and services, in pairing struggling New Mexicans with the help they needed. These workers seek out homeless people under bridges to get them enrolled in safety net programs and haggle with landlords to keep their mentally unstable clients from being pushed out on the streets, their employers told the committee. But advocates for people with disabilities painted a sharply contrasting picture. "I have received phone calls from consumers throughout the state only to find out how frustrating Centennial Care has been for them," said Guy Surdi, a disability specialist for the Governor's Commission on Disability. "I hear about a wide range of problems. Some of the problems have been the consumers' inability to get ahold of their care coordinator or to get assistance in a timely manner."


The conflicting points of view centered on the state's Home and Community-Based Waiver Services program, or HCBS. It offers services such as home health aides, housing modifications such as ramps, occupational and physical therapy, and transportation for elderly residents of the state, people deemed medically fragile, AIDS patients and people with traumatic brain injuries. A similar Medicaid waiver program exists for people with developmental disabilities. Currently, 2,945 people occupy the coveted and limited slots in HCBS, according to Julie Weinberg, director of the Medical Assistance Division of the Department of Human Services. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has authorized the state to offer 4,289 slots in the program, raising questions among advocates for people with disabilities and lawmakers about why the spots are not all filled when the waiting list for the program consistently stands at about 15,000 people....


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders More Prevalent Than Expected

MPR (Monthly Prescribing Reference)
October 27, 2014By HealthDay News


As many as one in 20 U.S. children may have health or behavioral problems related to alcohol exposure before birth, according to new research published online Oct. 27 in Pediatrics. Philip May, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and colleagues selected a nationally representative town in the Midwest for the study. The town had an average annual alcohol consumption rate about 14 percent higher than the rest of the United States. The town had 32 schools with a total of 2,033 first-graders. About 70 percent of the parents allowed their children to participate in the study. May's team identified first-graders who had a developmental problem or were below the 25th percentile for height, weight, or head circumference. Then the researchers administered cognitive and behavioral tests to these children and to a comparison group of typically developing first-graders. They also assessed the children for the physical attributes of fetal alcohol syndrome disorder, which include small eye openings, a smooth upper lip, a thin red border to the upper lip, and smaller heads. The researchers found that six to nine of every 1,000 children had fetal alcohol syndrome. And, between 11 and 17 per 1,000 children had partial fetal alcohol syndrome. "Knowing not to drink during pregnancy and not doing so are two different things," especially before a woman knows she is pregnant, May told HealthDay. He said the high prevalence of children affected by drinking during pregnancy may be due to social pressures or women's difficulty in changing their drinking habits.


Disabled woman dies from injuries sustained in attack

KVUE October 22, 2014

CEDAR PARK, Texas -- A disabled woman, who police said has a mental illness, was assaulted in Cedar Park on Monday. She died from her injuries on Tuesday, according to a press release from the Cedar Park Police Department. Yancy Laurence Faulkner, 40, is accused of assaulting 62-year-old Gracie Arguijo in the 2400 block of South Bell Boulevard at Virtue Day Habilitation. Arguijo, who used a walker to assist her in standing and walking, had a serious injuries to her neck and head, the affidavit said. Faulkner told police he was upset that Arguijo woke him up from sleeping, and police said he grabbed her neck and they both fell to the floor. Medical staff said Arguijo was not breathing and they had to perform CPR. Faulkner is being held in the Williamson County Jail for Injury to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual with intent serious bodily injury with a bond set at $175,000. The following is a statement from Brad Parnham from Virtue, LLC., where the attack happened: The entire virtue staff and I are deeply shocked and grieving this terrible tragedy. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of our beloved member. I have personally dedicated the last 26 years to serving adults with developmental disabilities of our community with love, respect, and understanding and our entire staff remains fully committed to the well-being and care of our members and their families. While Virtue continues to provide care and support for our members, we will do everything in our capacity to assist local state officials in their ongoing investigation.


Updated: October 27, 2014


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DOT - Department of Transportation DOT/Federal Railroad Administration FY15 Capital and Debt Service Grant and American Disabilities Act Grant to Amtrak Modification 2


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The 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 profession.


Jobs Page Links: Click Here 


Assistant Director of Health and Social Services

Solano County is seeking an Assistant Director of Health and Social Services. We are seeking a candidate with a solid background implementing a shared department vision; a successful track record of overseeing special projects affecting our department, organization and community; leadership experience overseeing organizational administration and personnel; overseeing local programs and services in California Health and Social Services agency. This position is the second in command overseeing a comprehensive super agency including public health, behavioral/mental health and social service programs with over 1,200 employees. Salary: $144,432 - $175,558 DOQ/DOE, plus longevity pay. Apply by November 10, 2014 via sending your resume and cover letter to:, or Fax to 866-244-1423. Please contact Wendi Brown with any questions: 541-858-0376 (direct).


Deputy Director, Best Buddies Jobs - California

The deputy director, jobs is responsible for overseeing the statewide jobs program. They work with state leadership team to hire and manage the jobs staff and are responsible for oversight of the contractual agreements for the jobs program. They serve as the point of contact for all contractors, manage all timelines for reporting to contractors, and support the jobs staff as required. The deputy director is responsible for creating awareness of the jobs program statewide including leveraging current business relationships across regions as well as attending networking opportunities to establish new relationships.


Executive Director

Reporting 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 groups.   


Executive Director

APSE Executive Director APSE, the Association for People Supporting EmploymentFirst, is seeking a dynamic manager and leader to become its next Executive Director. APSE, a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Rockville, MD, is a 3,000+ national and international membership organization whose mission is to advance employment and self-sufficiency for all people with disabilities through education and advocacy. APSE is a stable, 25 year old organization, highly visible within its field, that is well-positioned for future growth. APSE has a 6 person staff and is governed by a 24 member Board of Directors. APSE currently has an annual budget of approximately $1,000,000, generated primarily via membership dues and an annual national conference, along with additional revenue sources.


Wraparound Facilitator for Lynn Center

The 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: Mention "Wrap Facilitator" in subject line.


Psychiatrist-Outpatient Services

Alameda 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. It 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 Hayward, 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:


Senior Program Analyst

The 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


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