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Tony Anderson, Executive Director, The Arc California

Monday September 22, 2014

We'll be participating in the Tarjan Center Community Advisory Committee at UCLA. The Tarjan Center is one of three California university centers of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (UCED). To learn more about UCEDs led by Andy Imparato (former Harkin staffer) visit the UCED association website.


The National Conference of Executives of The Arc steering committee, chair by Tim Hornbecker, will be meeting in preparation for the upcoming training and professional development activities which will occur just prior to The Arc national convention.


Tuesday September 23, 2014

The National Alliance for Direct Support Professional will be conducting part two of their organizing webinars, "The Building of the Statewide Credentialing Program" from 11 am to 12 noon (PST). "Overview: The Ohio Alliance for Direct Support Professionals is the longest running state chapter of the NADSP in the country and has developed products and services that have contributed to advancing the knowledge, skills and values of Ohio's direct support workforce; a statewide credentialing program that is aligned with the national certification, a committed board of directors, and a thriving membership organization that is affiliated with NADSP. If you are interested in joining part two of this webinar, please contact Lisa Mount at and include "NADSP Webinar" in the subject line of your e-mail. We will then send you instructions on how to join the webinar.


The National Conference of Executives of The Arc Chapter Excellence Committee (the committee charged with supporting high standards for excellence in non-profit management and board development) will be chaired by Carrie Hobbs Guiden, The Arc Tennessee.


Wednesday September 24, 2014

The national Conference of Executives of The Arc membership committee, chaired by Tony Anderson, The Arc California will be meeting t finalize proposed changes to approaches for individual and professional membership.


Thursday September 25, 2014

The Arc California committee on Direct Support Professionals development, chair by The Arc A secretary Betsy Katz, will be meeting in preparation of a major event in the future for California DSPs. To see what we've done recently check out webpage for the CADSP.


Friday September 26, 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 SCDD Area Board 3 will be conducting a training session, "Understanding Special Education Due Process" featuring Bob Varma, Presiding Administrative Law Judge, California Office of Administrative Hearings from 9am-11:30am at the Yolo County Office of Education, 1280 Santa Anita Ct. Ste. 120, Woodland, CA 95776. "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 common mistakes for families to avoid.This workshop is free of charge, but RSVPs are required.To RSVP please email: or call916-263-3085 & provide your name, email, & phone number. Space is limited.Please share flyer with others who may be interested!"


We'll be celebrating, along with many advocates and government colleagues, the meaningful and important career of Rick Ingrahm, who dedicated his work to supporting adults and children with developmental disabilities and supporting families all across the state. Congratulations Rick.


Sunday September 28, 2014

We'll be co-hosting a benefit concert with STEP to benefit the HeartRight foundation, a local organization that has dedicated many hours in supporting The Arc California in it's efforts to organize the Sacramento region with a new chapter.The concert features the "J" Band and the benefit will help people with developmental disabilities in the Sacramento region.  Join us and enjoy some great music, great food and drinks, dancing, and an outright great time and celebration.  Admission is free but sales from food and drinks will go the HeartRight Foundation and please generously support our friends The "J" Band.


Public Policy Reports 

Governor Brown Still Hasn't Acted on AB 1311: A bill to improve voting rights for people with disabilities in California


Dear Friends,


People with developmental disabilities have the same right to vote as other citizens. The only thing that can legally stop them from voting is if a court finds them to be mentally incompetent.


Yet people are routinely denied the ability to register to vote when they are placed in limited conservatorships, no matter how competent they are.


Please take 20 seconds to join us in asking Governor Brown to stop what, in my opinion at least, is an outrage. Here's how:


  1. Click on, scroll down to "Take Action," and fill in the blanks to send an email to Governor Brown. Then send the same URL to everyone you know who might be willing to help us. We need a lot of emails to get the governor's attention.


That's all you have to do.


For a full explanation of the bill we are asking Governor Brown to sign, here's the analysis:


Our community relies on elected legislators to defend the Lanterman Act and the other laws that provide our people with the supports and services they need. If there's anyone in California who needs the right to vote, it's competent people with developmental disabilities.


AB 1311 doesn't solve the whole problem of people with developmental disabilities losing their voting rights. Spectrum has filed a broad Voting Rights Act complaint with the US Department of Justice, and we may need further legislation or legal action in the future. But AB 1311 will solve a big part of the problem.


Please send your email now.

And thank you for your advocacy.


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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) 




The Arc Commends Senator Tom Harkin's 40 Years of Service


Posted on September 18, 2014 by The Arc


Washington, DC - The Arc released the following statement after Senator Tom Harkin's (D-IA) final Senate Committee Hearing on disability issues entitled "Fulfilling the Promise: Overcoming Persistent Barriers to Economic Self-Sufficiency for People with Disabilities". Senator Harkin has been a powerful advocate for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for almost four decades, serving in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.


"Today a legend in the disability community held what is likely his final Senate Committee hearing on disability issues, advocating for individuals with disabilities until the very end of his final term in Congress. Senator Harkin has been a longtime advocate for individuals with disabilities, supporting or spearheading all major disability legislation in the last 40 years. His final hearing focused on poverty, a huge problem facing many individuals with disabilities. This hearing, like so many before, highlighted one of the key issues facing people with disabilities, and challenged legislators to look for solutions.


"Senator Harkin is a hero to The Arc and our advocates across the country, and his legacy will live on. We thank him for his years of service, and friendship to our community," said Marty Ford, Senior Executive Officer of Public Policy for The Arc.


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Chaptered or Vetoed



AB 215

(Buchanan D)   School employees: dismissal or suspension: hearings.


Status: 6/25/2014-Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 55, Statutes of 2014.



AB 357

(Pan D)   Medi-Cal Children's Health Advisory Panel.


Status: 9/17/2014-Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 376, Statutes of 2014.


Governor's Message: To the Members of the California State Assembly: The Department of Health Care Services has begun a comprehensive review of how it interacts with stakeholders and the many groups that currently meet. I am signing Assembly Bill 357 so that the current advisory panel can continue to focus on children's issues in Medi-Cal, while the department conducts this review. Once the department proposes revisions to its stakeholder groups and processes, advocates should be open to possible changes in how children's issues are discussed. The department is already soliciting ideas and comments to improve interaction with all interested parties. Advocates for this measure should participate in this process to help the department achieve its goal. GOVERNOR EDMUND G. BROWN JR.



AB 523

(Ammiano D)   Department of Housing and Community Development: loans.


Status: 9/19/2014-Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 445, Statutes of 2014.



AB 1124

(Muratsuchi D)   Medi-Cal: reimbursement rates.


Status: 3/28/2014-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 8, Statutes of 2014



AB 1522

(Gonzalez D)   Employment: paid sick days.


Status: 9/10/2014-Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 317, Statutes of 2014.



AB 1523

(Atkins D)   Residential care facilities for the elderly: liability insurance.


Status: 8/15/2014-Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 205, Statutes of 2014.



AB 1572

(Eggman D)   Residential care facilities for the elderly: resident and family councils.


Status: 7/23/2014-Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 177, Statutes of 2014.



AB 1586

(Holden D)   Public contracts: hiring: priority consideration.


Status: 9/17/2014-Vetoed by the Governor


Governor's Message:  I am returning Assembly Bill 1586 without my signature. This bill requires state contractors, when hiring for specified positions, to consider all qualified applicants who are receiving unemployment benefits, who have exhausted unemployment benefits, or who live in a targeted employment area. As currently drafted, this bill lacks clarity as to what exactly employers must do to be in compliance, making it very difficult to enforce. Additionally, the bill revives the targeted employment areas created under the Enterprise Zone Act, which was repealed last year, and does not effectively integrate the job posting and notification capability of the CalJOBS website managed by the Employment Development Department. Therefore, I am directing my Employment Development Department to work with the author on a bill that addresses these issues for consideration next year. Sincerely, Edmund G. Brown Jr.



AB 1595

(Chesbro D)   State Council on Developmental Disabilities.


Status: 9/18/2014-Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 409, Statutes of 2014.



AB 1687

(Conway R)   Persons with Developmental Disabilities Bill of Rights.


Status: 7/23/2014-Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 178, Statutes of 2014.



AB 1847

(Chesbro D)   Mental health disorders: language.


Status: 7/18/2014-Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 144, Statutes of 2014.



AB 2053

(Gonzalez D)   Employment discrimination or harassment: education and training: abusive conduct.


Status: 9/9/2014-Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 306, Statutes of 2014.



AB 2560

(Bonilla D)   Teacher credentialing: applications: child abuse reporting.


Status: 7/9/2014-Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 110, Statutes of 2014.



ACR 113

(Hagman R)   Epilepsy awareness.


Status: 4/29/2014-Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter No. 20



SB 577

(Pavley D)   Autism and other developmental disabilities: employment.


Status: 9/18/2014-Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 431, Statutes of 2014.



SB 944

(Torres D)   Surplus state property.


Status: 9/20/2014-Signed by the Governor



SB 1046

(Beall D)   Insurance: mental illness: developmental disabilities: coverage: penalties.


Status: 8/19/2014-Vetoed by the Governor


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.



SB 1093

(Liu D)   Developmental services: regional centers: culturally and linguistically competent services.


Status: 9/18/2014-Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 402, Statutes of 2014.



SB 1127

(Torres D)   Emergency services: individuals with developmental disabilities and cognitive impairments.


Status: 9/18/2014-Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 440, Statutes of 2014.



SB 1224

(Correa D)   Tribal gaming: compact ratification.


Status: 8/29/2014-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 300, Statutes of 2014


SB 1445

(Evans D)   Developmental services: regional centers: individual program plans: telehealth.


Status: 8/22/2014-Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 260, Statutes of 2014.



SCR 120

(De León D)   Year of the Community: developmental disabilities.


Status: 6/16/2014-Chaptered by Secretary of State. Res. Chapter 67, Statutes of 2014.

Tim Hornbecker, Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing


Project Updates by Tim Hornbecker...


As we reported last week, The Arc California and United Cerebral Palsy San Diego lawsuit against the state challenging that the cuts made were done in a way that violated section 30A of Medicaid rules received a huge victory from the Ninth Circuit court. The court stated we were likely to prevail and supported our claims on the 30A violation, the harm caused by the holiday schedule, and the half day billing.


Currently local community providers are compiling the financial impact data of losses from the change in the holiday schedule and the half day billing: Please send in your impact data to The Arc California.


Learn more about the lawsuit.


Thank you.


Thank you

Tim Hornbecker, Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing,

The Arc CA (415) 850-8037

Teresa Anderson, Prevention Coordinator


This month is the FASD Awareness Month... 


This month is the FASD Awareness Month and tomorrow, September 9, 2014, marks the 15th Annual International FAS Awareness Day, watch for our Awareness Day announcement...


Governor Brown just signed AB 357 authored by Assembly Richard Pan, MD, a bill to establish the Medi-Cal Children's Health Advisory Panel. This law basically allows the previous advisory board from Healthy Families to re-established as the Medi-Cal Children's Health Advisory Panel which will be "an independent, statewide advisory body composed of 15 members charged with advising the State Department of Health Care Services on matters relevant to all children enrolled in Medi-Cal and their families."


In his signing message Governor Brown said, "The Department of Health Care Services has begun a comprehensive review of how it interacts with stakeholders and the many groups that currently meet. I am signing Assembly Bill 357 so that the current advisory panel can continue to focus on children's issues in Medi-Cal, while the department conducts this review. Once the department proposes revisions to its stakeholder groups and processes, advocates should be open to possible changes in how children's issues are discussed. The department is already soliciting ideas and comments to improve interaction with all interested parties. Advocates for this measure should participate in this process to help the department achieve its goal."


Teresa Anderson, MPH

The Arc California

Prevention Coordinator





September 30 - October 2, 2014

The 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 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

The 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




Intervention in 6-month-olds with autism ameliorates symptoms, alleviates developmental delay: "Infant Start" therapy treats disabling delays before most children are diagnosed with autism.(en Espanol)


MIND Institute NEWS | September 8, 2014


Promoting a New Research Agenda: Health Disparities Research at the Intersection of Disability, Race, and Ethnicity

Medical Care October 2014 - Volume 52 - p S1-S2

By Horner-Johnson, Willi PhD*; Fujiura, Glenn T. PhD; Goode, Tawara D. MA



Differences in access to and receipt of health care have been extensively documented across racial and ethnic groups. Similarly, a growing body of research has documented disparities between people with and without disabilities in obtaining needed health care. However, our understanding of the intersection of disability with race and ethnicity in health care is very limited.



The purpose of this supplement is to begin to bridge the gap between research on racial and ethnic health disparities and research on disability-related health disparities.



The papers in this supplement examine evidence of racial and ethnic disparities within various populations of people with disabilities, and explore unique issues at the intersection of disability, race, and ethnicity.



The studies in this issue provide a starting point, and are intended to serve as an impetus for building a more robust literature on health care issues impacting the expanding segment of United States population that both experience disability and belong to racial and ethnic groups other than non-Hispanic white.



Autism Therapy Now Covered Under Medi-Cal (

The California Report (KQED Radio Report) September 18, 2014

By David Gorn


California health officials Monday are launching a new benefit for thousands of children with autism who are covered by Medi-Cal, California's low-income health program. That makes California the first state in the nation to implement new federal standards on autism care. The new benefit includes coverage of the clinical standard of care for autism treatment - Applied Behavior Analysis, also known as ABA therapy. That treatment has shown significant results for a cross-section of children with autism. Of the 5 million children on Medi-Cal in California - that's roughly half the state's total children - there are an estimated 75,000 who likely have autism spectrum disorder. Of those children, experts expect about 12,000 children to access the new benefit, based on utilization figures from programs in other states.


...The basic idea of ABA therapy is to rewire all the little steps most people take for granted. For example, an ABA therapist will reward a child for sitting down with so-called "quiet hands" for two seconds. Then a reward for five seconds, then 10, and so on. After all of that, said Gregory Buch - a behavorial psychologist in Roseville, north of Sacramento - comes the arduous process of actually learning words. "The challenge is, if you have a child who is 3-years-old and has no language whatsoever, you've got about two years' of communications skills at least to teach them," Buch said. "So not only do they have to learn everything that an average child learns that they didn't learn," he said, "they have to learn it faster than the average child learned it." When you combine a slow learning process with starting out way behind, you need an intensive program to catch up, Buch said. But, he added, that's what works. "I think most kids [with autism] will benefit from some kind of ABA intervention," he said. "And for some kids, that's a really dramatic gain." This type of therapy has been a clinical standard of care for more than a decade, but that doesn't always mean people could access it. The Legislature had to order private insurance companies two years ago to pay for it. But with Medi-Cal, coverage remained blocked. Until now. "We are extremely pleased and excited that we're adding this benefit," said Toby Douglas, director of the state Department of Health Care Services.


...Earlier this month, hundreds of stakeholders gathered in a Sacramento auditorium to hash out the devilish details of implementing the benefit. Kristin Jacobson, president of Autism Deserves Equal Coverage, was at that meeting, and she says there are still miles to go before everyone eligible for therapy gets the therapy. "This has been a really, really long struggle. We've been fighting for such a long time. We're encouraged, but we are going to remain very vigilant," she said. "If Medi-Cal doesn't make sure to contract with the vast majority of current existing providers, they will not have enough providers," Jacobson said. "They will not be able to actually provide the benefit that they're saying." However, she said, the bottom line is: After years of telling her autism clients "No, no, no, no," now she's finally able to say "Yes," Jacobson said. Her organization has produced a fact sheet to answer questions about the new benefit....


Driverless cars, talking ATMs: Disabilities are transforming big business

Products designed for disabled people can be good for everyone

CBC News Posted: Sep 17, 2014

By Loanna Roumeliotis


It's not every day that Google comes calling. So when Steve Mahan got a chance to test drive the car of the not-so-distant future, the California man couldn't get behind the wheel fast enough. But he didn't have to steer it or hit the brakes. The Google Car drives itself, and Mahan, who was actually more of a test rider, became an instant convert. "I love technology. I see all those new things as open doors or opportunity and ability that I didn't need before but I desperately need now." That's because Mahan is blind. And that disability - along with the disabilities of millions of others - are transforming the marketplace as big-name companies look for ways to appeal to a vast potential customer base eager for products and services that work for them.  The population of people with disabilities is the fastest-growing minority in the world when you include aging baby boomers. Globally, it's about 1.3 billion people, a market roughly the size of China. Add their friends and family to the mix and the number doubles, to more than half the world's population. Rich Donovan, a former Wall Street whiz kid, crunched those numbers and saw gold.


Going after customers

Donovan has cerebral palsy. He's combined his business smarts and his own disability to help companies go after customers just like him. He uses an index he created called Return on Disability that is now trading on the New York Stock Exchange to help track companies' reach into a market that he says wants to be treated like everyone else. Disability, Donovan says, "is part of a complex identity just like everybody else. So when you go home after a hard day of work, you are probably not going to turn on Disability Tonight. You're going to turn on Entertainment Tonight." Disabled people, he says, "want the experience. They want the mainstream value that everybody else wants." In other words, he says, not special products for special people, just products everyone can use....




HHS - Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Immunization and Vaccines for Children Program Modification 1


HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Self-Management for Health in Chronic Conditions (R15) Grant


HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health NIDCR Behavioral or Social Intervention Clinical Trial Planning Grant (R34) Grant


ED - Department of Education Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): Preschool Development Grants: Expansion Grants CFDA Number 84.419B Modification 1


HUD - Department of Housing and Urban Development National Disaster Resilience Competition Modification 1


HUD - Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care (CoC) Grant



HHS - Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources & Services Administration Service Area Competition 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 Consortium on Biomarker and Outcome Measures of Social Impairment for Use in Clinical Trials in Autism Spectrum Disorder (U19) 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.


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


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. 


Part Time Warm Line Coordinator

WarmLine 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 services. · Maintain confidential information; respect and protect the confidential nature of information, events, and circumstances of children and families. · 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.


Development Director

Lighthouse 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 Development.


Chief Executive officers

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 or visit

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