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October 20, 2014
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Tony Anderson, Executive Director, The Arc California
Monday October 20, 2014 - Voter Registration Deadline Day


In California, the deadline to register to vote for any election is 15 days before Election Day, so please register NOW! 


The CA Service Advisory Committee Chairs will be meeting from 2 pm to 3 pm by conference call. The CASACC is a coalition of vendor advisory committee chairs from each regional center that meets monthly to discuss local trends and to communicate between the Lanterman Coalition and the CASACC.


While yesterday was the deadline for submitting comments to the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) on the Home and Community Based Services Statewide Transition Plan, the state has indicated they will take comments. To view the state's transition plan for meeting the CMS new rules for HCBS integrated settings click on the HCBS Statewide Transition Plan and to learn more about the process on the DHCS Transition Plan webpage.


The SCDD Area Board 3 is hosting a training, "Understanding Special Education Due Process" featuring Bob Varma, Presiding Administrative Law Judge, California Office of Administrative Hearings, from 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at More Rehab, 399 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. "When families and school districts disagree on placements or educational services for a child with disabilities, a due process hearing may be a last resort in resolving the dispute. This seminar is an opportunity to de-mystify what a Due Process hearing is and how it works, and to learn about common mistakes for families to avoid. This seminar is free of charge, but RSVPs are required. To RSVP please email: or call (916)263-3085 provide your name, email & phone number.


Tuesday October 21, 2014

Today is the first stakeholder meeting for the Statewide Transition Plan (STP) for the new Federal Home and Community-Based (HCB) Setting requirements that were effective March 17, 2014.  DHCS will post the STP on September 19, 2014 which initiates the 30-day public comment period.  This first meeting will be by teleconference from 10am - 12pm, and the call in number is: 888-829-8671  Participant passcode: 7335142.


The Self-Determination stakeholder group will be meeting today from 1-4 here at the Department of Developmental Services.  The group will work on the Financial Management Service parameters, and review a variety of elements for the CMS application. Don't forget to follow us on twitter for the latest developments: ArcCAadvocacy.


Wednesday October 22, 2014

Today is the final day for preparations for The Arc California Board of Directors meeting. To view the agenda and the handouts and summary reports visit the site periodically throughout the week.


Thursday October 23, 2014 - Staff travel day for The Arc CA Board of Directors meeting

The SCDD Area Board 3 is hosting a seminar on Conservatorship, Public Benefits, & Trust Planning featuring Michael Pearce, Special Needs Trust Attorney, Law office of Michael Pearce at the Yolo County Office of Education, 1280 Santa Anita Court, Ste. 120, Woodland, CA 95776. 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). 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. The Seminar is free, but RSVPs are required. Attend Part 1, Part 2, or both. To RSVP, please call 916-263-3085 or email: and provide your name, email address, and phone number. Space is limited.


Friday October 24, 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 California Conference of Executive of The Arc chaired by Michael McGinnis, The Arc Butte County, will be meeting at Alpha Resource Center, our Santa Barbara chapter, from 10 am to 4:30 pm.


The Arc California Board of Directors will be meeting from 7 pm to 9 pm at SlingShot a professional artist's studio for artists with disabilities served by Alpha Resource Center.


Saturday October 25, 2014

The Arc California Board of Directors will be meeting from 9 am to 3:30 pm at SlingShot a professional artist's studio for artists with disabilities served by Alpha Resource Center.


Public Policy Reports 

A couple of weeks ago the Senate Human Services Committee held an informational hearing, "Promise of Lanterman Act" in the Los Angeles City Hall and we'd like to thank a few key individuals who helped make this an effective and productive hearing. Of course thanks to Senator Jim Beall and Senator Carol Liu for their career commitment, so many great self-advocates and family advocates, Eileen Richey of ARCA, who provided excellent testimony on our system, Steve Miller, advocate from Los Angeles who by all accounts really "drove home" the condition local providers are in and the state of community services.


This was a great first start to the upcoming policy session impacting our community. Check out the excerpt from the Legislative Analyst Office, Overview of Major DDS Budget, Solutions Affecting the Community, Caseload-2003-04 to 2014-15...


"Over the past decade, DDS implemented numerous budget solutions. Here, we have highlighted major budget solutions-affecting the community caseload and RC administration-that generally yield annual estimated savings of $15 million General Fund or more. These major budget solutions fall into five broad areas.

  • Implementation of vendor rate restrictions to avoid General Fund costs.
  • Pursuit of additional federal Medicaid funds to offset General Fund costs.
  • Increased reliance on "generic resources" and other stricter standards for purchasing services to offset or reduce General Fund costs.
  • Suspension or alteration of services to reduce General Fund costs.
  • Reductions to RC administration funding.


Restrictions on Vendor Rates.

Between 2003-04 and 2014-15, several restrictions on rates paid to vendors were implemented as a means of achieving budgetary savings. These restrictions generally fall into the following three categories: (1) rate freezes,(2) implementation of median rates, and (3) provider payment reductions.


 Widespread Rate Freezes . . . By implementing permanent vendor rate freezes, DDS has avoided costs associated with rate increases that would otherwise have occurred to reflect vendors' increasing costs.

Rate Freezes Began in 2003-04. Some vendor services, including community-based and similar day programs, in-home respite, supported living services, and transportation, experienced permanent rate freezes beginning in 2003-04. By 2008-09, all vendors with rates negotiated with the RC experienced these permanent rate freezes


. . With Some Exceptions. There are some limited exceptions to the widespread rate freezes currently in place. Once these exemptions were granted, rates were frozen at

the new level.

-Some Rate Increases Have Been Provided. Vendors with rates set by DDS and some vendors with rates negotiated with the RC experienced a 3 percent rate increase in 2006-07.

-Rate Increases for Minimum Wage and Overtime. Certain vendors received rate increases directly related to increases in the state's minimum wage in 2006-07, 2007-08, and 2014-15. Vendors providing in-home care received a rate increase related to federal overtime pay requirements beginning in 2014-15.

-Health and Safety Exemptions. Some vendors have exercised their ability to request an exemption from the rate freeze or the median rate (described below) if a consumer's health and safety is at risk.


 Implementation of Median Rates Beginning in 2008-09. When negotiating rates with new vendors, the RC is required to negotiate a rate that does not exceed the statewide median rate or the RC median rate for the service-which-ever is lower. In 2011-12, a new survey was conducted that resulted in lower median rates, and therefore avoided costs that would have otherwise occurred if the median rate remained higher.


 Provider Payment Reductions Implemented Beginning in 2009-10. In addition to the rate freezes and implementation of the median rates, provider payment reductions impacted all vendors-except SEP providers and providers with usual and customary rates-on a year-to-year basis.


The SEP Rate Was Effectively Increased by a Net of 14 Percent From 2006-07 to 2008-09.

The SEP providers received a 24 percent rate increase in 2006-07 at an estimated General Fund cost of $11 million. In 2008-09, SEP providers experienced a 10 percent rate reduction, for estimated General Fund savings of $8 million..."


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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) 





Thank you for attending The Arc's 
2014 National Convention


We hope you enjoyed New Orleans and left feeling energized and passionate about being a part of The Arc! This year, we updated our survey to make it a little easier to fill out and provided more opportunities for you to share your personal insight. And the best part, you can complete it in less than 5 minutes (ok, maybe 10 minutes)!

We know you want to #Go2Indy! & completing this survey could be your ticket to get there! Between now and October 31, 2014, The Arc will draw names from those that completed this survey and the prizes are listed below:

  • Week 1 (Friday, October 17)
    1 Complimentary Registration
  • Week 2 (Friday, October 24)
    2 Complimentary Registrations (You and your best friend)
  • Week 3 (Friday, October 31)
    4 Complimentary Registrations (You, your best friend, your boss, and your neighbor) + a spooky surprise.

Don't wait! Ensure you are eligible for all 3 drawings by completing this survey before October 17. And just so we are all on the same page, you don't have to bring your boss!

Important: If you registered multiple attendees under one email address, please be sure to forward this email to the group. We don't want anyone to miss the opportunity to provide feedback and win a chance to bring family & friends to Indianapolis!

Also, sign up for: The Arc US Capitol Insider




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


Last week Governor Brown completed the bill approval process and ended the 2013-2014 two year session. Here's a link to our current status of the bills by subject area in our bill file including the governor's message where provided.


Tim Hornbecker, Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing


Project Updates by Tim Hornbecker...


Why Bother Voting?


You could just let other people decide for you, I'm sure they will always have "your" best interest in mind. While you're at it you might as well let teachers and case managers decide what should be in your son or daughter's IEPs, IFSPs, and IPPs or let others tell you what your dreams and goals are in your IPP or your career path in your ITP. This sounds crazy I know, but it's just as crazy to let everyone else decide who will represent you in the public policy arena. An arena where decision are made all the time that will impact your life on a very personal level. So please, if you haven't registered to vote yet, drop everything and do it now and if you know someone who hasn't registered yet please let them know that today is the day:


By the way...


The top ten democracies in the world are:

  1. Norway
  2. Sweden
  3. Finland
  4. Switzerland
  5. Denmark
  6. Netherlands
  7. Germany
  8. New Zealand
  9. Austria
  10. Belgium

The United States is ranked number 15 in the most recent ranking in 2013.


The worst ten (out of 115) democracies in the world are:

106     Bahrain

107     China

108     Libya

109     Nigeria

110     Pakistan

111     Guinea

112     Togo

113     Central African Republic

114     Syrian Arab Republic

115     Yemen. Rep.


Thank you

Tim Hornbecker, Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing,

The Arc CA (415) 850-8037

Teresa Anderson, Prevention Coordinator


The Ionia Sentinel-Standard has published 3 of a 4 part series on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Below we have listed three of articles with links, stay tuned for part 4 next week...


Community Wellness: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder -- The missing diagnosis

The 3rd in a 4-part series on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Date: October 17, 2014  

By Sue Gabriel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Ionia County Community Mental Health


Tracy (not her real name, but a real daughter of a friend in another state) is a 13-year-old gymnast, artist, music lover, animal lover, member of her church youth group and an all-around engaging young lady. She's polite with adults, helpful with students with "special" needs, and tries hard to keep up with her chore list at home. She wouldn't dream of using alcohol or other illegal substances. Why then are her adoptive parents called to school multiple times each week for her "bad behavior"? Why are they considering home-schooling, feeling the public school system has failed Tracy?


Tracy struggles with the life-long effects of having been prenatally exposed to alcohol. Her biological mother drank alcohol while pregnant with her. As a result, in spite of being very bright, with a normal IQ, Tracy struggles to focus, regardless of typical ADHD medications, to control her emotions, to follow multi-step directions and to learn from usual consequences. Her teachers do not see these "hidden disabilities" and feel that Tracy "just doesn't try hard enough," that her parents don't punish her sufficiently or that she's "just a trouble maker!" What those same teachers don't see is a young lady devastated by her challenges, who wants to understand, and is often overwhelmed by the ever increasing demands of middle school.


On Sept. 9, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a Certificate of Awareness joining others in the international fight to recognize Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day. The FASDs are the No. 1 cause of preventable intellectual disabilities (mental retardation) and learning disabilities in America, and are likely more common than autism. Its only cause is the mother consuming alcohol during pregnancy. It is 100 percent preventable when any woman of childbearing age that chooses to drink alcohol also recognizes she cannot have unprotected sexual activity. Conversely, if women are in a position to possibly become pregnant, or are pregnant - no matter where they are in the pregnancy - they should not drink. It's that simple. There is no known safe amount of alcohol, period...


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




Testimony for The Lanterman Act: Promises and Challenges Hearing

By The Association of Regional Center Agencies'

October 9, 2014


Today, California operates the nation's largest developmental services system, funded by $2.6 billion in state funds, and nearly $2 billion in federal financial support that is contingent upon meeting various requirements. During the recent recession, California's developmental services system endured over $1 billion in total funding reductions. These cuts destabilized the developmental services system and have significantly compromised its ability to meet all of its obligations to individuals served, their families, and the federal government. These short-sighted cuts also led to the limitation of choice and funding flexibility in the planning team process as well as the availability of family support services. Service provider rates and regional center operations funding suffer from chronic underfunding that threatens service quality, federal funding, and most importantly, the health and safety of the nearly 275,000 individuals served by the system today. In order to carry out California's commitment to individuals with developmental disabilities, a significant ongoing investment must now be made in the service system. State law intends that these services "maximize opportunities and choices for living, working, learning, and recreating in the community." However, regional centers can not always offer the most appropriate service for the individual's needs, only what is available given the current environment. In an effort to document the chronic underfunding of the developmental services system ARCA authored two reports, Inadequate Rates for Service Provision in California and Funding the Work of California's Regional Centers.



Kansas has created chaos for those with disabilities

The Kansas City Star October 14, 2014

By Susan Jarsulic

It really isn't a very good time to live in Kansas if you have an intellectual/developmental disability. Over the strong objections of persons with these disabilities, their families and advocates, Kansas moved people like my daughter into KanCare for her long-term care needs. While the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services and Kansas Department of Health and Environment continue to amaze us with how wonderfully things are going, families and providers of services to disabled persons face a much different reality.


One of the biggest claims made by former Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services Secretary Shawn Sullivan and members of the Kansas Legislature was that we would not lose our targeted case manager. In our case, our case manager has been with us more than 18 years and knows my daughter and her needs. The Kansas department and the three insurance companies running Medicaid now have instituted "Health Homes" and are automatically assigning people to health homes without any advanced communication. If a person fails to opt out of a health home assignment, they no longer have their targeted case manager. This appears to be a backdoor method of removing case managers.


The Department of Labor has made changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act, effective Jan. 1, 2015, which states that in-home caregivers must be paid at least the minimum wage and overtime for hours over 40 in a week. In a public meeting in Wichita several weeks ago attended by Governor Sam Brownback, he asked the attendees to contact the Department of Labor and ask that Kansas be exempted from paying a fair wage. At these same meetings held in various cities in Kansas, families and providers were advised that Kansas will not be paying overtime and that any caregiver is limited to 40 hours per week. In some parts of the state it is difficult, if not impossible, to find caregivers who will work for $9.35 per hour. By the way, the payment rates haven't changed in years. Persons who need assistance during the night and have sleep cycle support may lose that support because of its cost. Currently, a caregiver makes $25 for the entire night, which comes out to $3.13 per hour for an eight-hour shift. The new labor rules say that service should be paid at an hourly rate equal to or better than minimum wage. The Kansas approach is to first attempt to get an exemption from the federal government or secondly, advise their residents that they will no longer have overnight support and that their only option may be nursing home care.


I really don't think my 36-year-old daughter would want to move to a nursing home. My 77-year-old mother did not want to go to a nursing home even for a short rehabilitation after a shoulder injury. I am also the president of an adult day program attended by my daughter and 10 other individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Sunflower State Health Plan (one of the managed care organizations) has sent emails three times recently that they are delaying payments by one or two days. I don't have the option to delay payments or payroll for my business. Why does the state of Kansas allow an insurance company to delay payments for services we have provided? Kansas took a system that was working fine and has managed to create chaos.


LAPD, children with autism learn to understand each other

Los Angeles Daily News October 9, 2014

By Susan Abram,

As an 11-year-old with autism, Manuel Salinas thinks police officers are great. "They're first to come when you need help," he said. "They protect people." Police hope that when Manuel becomes an adult with autism, he'll think the same way. As part of a project called Mission Possible, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Autism Society of Los Angeles came together Thursday to give 100 area children and teens with autism and related disorders a chance to spend the day with members of law enforcement. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck called the program a valuable way to bring two sides together to learn more about each other. "This is an excellent way to break down barriers," Beck said.


During the event, each student was paired with an LAPD officer or Sheriff's Department deputy to have lunch, talk about how to ask for help and how to follow instructions if they are stopped, and then to spend some time examining equipment inside a police car. Mission Possible was formed back in 2007 when the LAPD approached the Autism Society of Los Angeles for help. The program's goal is to help reduce the misunderstandings that can arise between those with autism and police, said Emily Iland, Autism Awareness Project Manager with Autism Society of Los Angeles. "Someone with autism may not know how to talk to or act with a police officer," Iland said. "At the same time, we want police officers to know what it's like to understand certain facial expressions, to understand that (those with autism) are not acting out of defiance." The program, for example, teaches youth about laws, respect, how to follow instructions and how to tell an officer about a disability. The timing is especially critical, she said, because one in 68 children, mostly boys, are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. At the same time, 50,000 of these youth turn 18 years old each year, and as adults may have more encounters with police. While incidents do happen in police situations, Iland said they happen less frequently because of the heightened awareness between police and adults with autism. "We think we're seeing some success," she said. Raising that level of success will depend on continuous training, said LAPD Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur....


Shedding a limiting label to embrace a new identity as artist

PBS Newshour

October 14, 2014 at 2:34 PM EDT


If you attend an art show at Arc of the Arts, a studio in Austin, Texas, you'll find paintings and drawings, jewelry and flash animation. The studio houses over 60 artists a week, all of whom are adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. "I think there is this misunderstanding that people with disabilities can't create art that is just as good as any of the art out there and so I think highlighting that at a lot of the shows is eye-opening," said Andrew Grimes, lead art instructor at Arc of the Arts. Each artist that passes weekly through their doors receives comprehensive, individualized instruction. "We really don't focus in on the disability too much, it's more about their interests in the art," said Ann Alva Wieding, the program manager at the studio. "The lessons are really what you'd find in a college level art course. We've just slowed down the pace a little bit and we do some repetition with it."


The artists sell their pieces, oftentimes learning the marketing skills to help promote the work that they create. Wieding says that having a final product really boosts self-esteem.  "For a lot of people with disabilities, they've had a label most of their life. Now, suddenly, they become an artist and they're not carrying around that label anymore." People with developmental disabilities can struggle to find educational opportunities or a professional outlet, but Arc of the Arts believes the "bridge" they've created to the community can help fill that void. "It's a great way of self-expression, especially for some people who have communication disabilities," said Wieding. "They may not have a very strong voice with which to share their story, but they have now a medium that they can display what they are really interested in to the world." Local Beat is a weekly series on Art Beat that features arts and culture stories from PBS member stations around the nation.


Man charged with abuse of 'vulnerable adult'

TahleQuah October 14, 2014

By Josh Newton

A Wagoner-area man who allegedly admitted to sexually abusing an 18-year-old man with a developmental disability this year has been charged in district court. Donald Franklin Gartrell, 44, is charged with sexual abuse of a vulnerable adult. Court records show he is jailed with a $75,000 bond, and is set to be in court today for his initial appearance at 1 p.m. Gartrell was employed as a caretaker at a group home in Cherokee County, where three 18-year-old men with intellectual disabilities were living, according to Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault. Earlier this year, a case manager for the Department of Human Services' Developmental Disabilities Services Division spoke with authorities when she learned Gartrell might have committed inappropriate acts with one of the men, classified by the state as a "vulnerable adult."


That resident of the home suggested Gartrell had repeatedly asked to "cuddle," and hinted that Gartrell might have done other inappropriate things to him. Chennault said Gartrell first denied accusations against him, but later confessed he had sexual contact with one of the 18-year-olds in the home when the man was wearing only a towel and asked for help setting the temperature in a shower. When Gartrell went into the bathroom, he adjusted the water for the shower but also told investigators he noticed the victim's private area had been exposed through the towel he was wearing. Gartrell allegedly confessed to investigators he asked the 18-year-old what the wanted Gartrell "to do about that," then engaged in a sexual act on the alleged victim. Gartrell allegedly referred to the act as a "stupid choice."



Updated: October 20, 2014


ED - Department of Education Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): Preschool Development Grants: Expansion Grants CFDA Number 84.419B Modification 4


HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Systems Developmental Biology for Understanding Embryonic Development and the Ontogeny of Structural Birth Defects (R01) Grant


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


HHS - Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources & Services Administration Service Area Competition Grant


HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Biobehavioral and Technological Interventions to Attenuate Cognitive Decline in Individuals with Cognitive Impairment or Dementia (R15) Grant


HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health NINDS Institutional Center Core Grants to Support Neuroscience Research (P30) Grant


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 

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.


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.


Chief Executive Officer

Community 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 For more information or to apply, email Lisa Grossman or Mark Oppenheim at


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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