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IDA Policy and Advocacy Community of Practice Poll

The ultimate goal of IDA's Policy Committee is to improve the lives of young children and families by sharing recommended practices in the field of Early Intervention and influencing legislators' and policymakers' opinions and activities. Your input and participation are important to us! Please take a moment to answer this brief survey. 
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ACTION - Federal Level: Disabilities are Left Out!

HEALS ACT
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Funding needed to support the needs of those individuals with disabilities, families and the essential workforce. Must be included in this 4th go round of emergency relief efforts.

Go to www.TheArcCA.org/WeAreEssential to contact your Congressional representatives 

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IDA Re-entry Provider Survey, Tele-Intervention, DDS Directives

In response to discussions regarding re-establishing "Re-entry" plans by the Department of Developmental Services, IDA set out a Provider survey in June. One of IDA's roles is to give a voice for Infant Program providers. The attached results are from 317 programs - click here for results. Thank you to all who participated in sharing your viewpoints. The results of this survey can be used to continue discussions about the importance of having a transition plan with financial supports.

Tele-Interventions:
To assist the field in learning more about Tele-Intervention, IDA hosted several recent events to share information related to this service methodology (More Information).

Directives:
  • Latest Directives from Department of Developmental Disabilities include (More Information)
  • July 17th - Providing and Claiming for Nonresidential Services during the State of Emergency - Announces extension of retention payments to 8/31/2020; outlines an Alternative Service Delivery Framework; Technical Assistance and Training supports for Providers and Regional Centers in meeting consumers' needs and Future Steps.
Have you completed your Census Form yet? 2020census.gov

Thanks for Speaking Up!

Fran Chasen and Annie Cox
IDA Policy Liaisons

CA Budget Signed Monday!

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Monday Governor Newsom placed his signature on the CA Budget (SB74) for 2020-2021. Press release It included the rate adjustment (8.2%) for Infant Development Programs. All your hard work paid off.

"Supplemental Rate Increases for Additional Service Codes—$18 million ($10.8 million General Fund) in 2020-21 and 2021-22 to provide supplemental rate increases for Early Start Specialized Therapeutic Services, Infant Development and Independent Living Services. This approach is consistent with the supplemental rate increases included in the 2019 Budget Act. The increased funding for the three services will be suspended on December 31, 2021. The suspension will be lifted if the Administration determines through the 2021 Budget process that there is sufficient General Fund revenue to support all suspended programs." Page 63, Click Here

Please take a moment to send you’re thanks to:

Governor Newsom, Pro Tem Atkins, Speaker Rendon, Senator Mitchell, and Assembly member Ting and your representatives. Their recent conversations resulted in collaborative effort to put a budget together that recognized the most vulnerable citizens in our state. Legislative information

Now CA is looking to the Federal Government for assistance to cover the projected budget trigger in the fall.

Resources:

Public Counsel's recently released report, CONFRONTING INEQUITIES IN CALIFORNIA’S FUNDING OF SERVICES FOR CHILDREN WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES: A SOBERING VIEW OF OUR CURRENT STANDPOINT." Here is the link:

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We aim to provide state Part C and Part B, Section 619 programs with the latest information on funding and guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic. You may wish to begin by reading the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions. For specific questions pertaining to Part C or Section 619, contact your ECTA state contact. For Part B, K-21, contact NCSI.

More Information Here

Thank you for Speaking Up!

Fran Chasen and Annie Cox
IDA Public Policy Liaisons

CA Budget Moving Along

Governor Newsom and California Leadership - Senate President Pro Tem Atkins and Assembly Speaker Rendon released an agreed upon plan for a 2020-2021 Budget. It will be reviewed on June 24 at the Senate Fiscal Committee. It could be approved this week.
 
Of Note:
Of relevance to Infant Development Programs and Infant Development Therapies is the recognition of the Supplemental Rate adjustments effective January 2021.

No Uniform Holiday Schedule
No Cost Sharing fees
No Proposed 10% cut

June 24th - Standing Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, Hearing on the Call of the Chair, Agenda | To Listen:


Department Developmental Services Task Force Meetings: discussion of "re-engagement" or "re-entry" plans

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
11:00am – 1:00 pm  (First half of meeting)
Break  (1:00pm to 2:00pm)
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm  (Second half of meeting)

  • Agenda
  • Presentation
  • Community Resources Workgroup Summary
  • Oversight, Accountability and Transparency Workgroup Summary
  • Safety Net Workgroup Summary
  • Service Access & Equity Workgroup Summary
  • System & Fiscal Reform Workgroup Summary
  • Draft Guide Questions Presented to DS Task Force Families
  • Draft Re-Engagement Flow Chart

Service Access & Equity Workgroup:

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
10:00am – 12:00 pm
Safety Net Workgroup:

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
10:00am – 12:00 pm  (First half of meeting)
Break  (12:00pm to 1:00pm)
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm  (Second half of meeting)

Register prior to each meeting:

Thank you for speaking up! Your advocacy efforts made a difference.

Fran Chasen and Annie Cox
IDA Policy Liaisons

Department of Developmental Disabilities and Reach out to Governor Newsom on CA Budget

June 18th - "The Department is authorizing payments to nonresidential providers for consumer absences through July31, 2020. The Department continues to engage with service providers regarding options for coordinating, providing, and/or funding services differently. The Department will issue additional guidance regarding alternative approaches to service delivery.  (More Information)

June 15th - Extension of Early Start Services
"Early Intervention Services Act ( CEISA), that recognizes the transition to special education services for children at age three may be delayed as local schools face challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any requirements of the California Early Intervention Services Act (CEISA), including Government Code section 95014(a), mandating early intervention services end at age three are hereby waived. This waiver only applies for children who have received Early Start services through regional centers and reached their third birthday during the COVID-19 State of Emergency" More INFO

Have you made your call to Governor Newsom?
It's just a simple call, saying you strongly support a Budget that protects the developmental disabilities service system and its funding.
Will you take the time to let Governor Newsom know that supporting the developmental disabilities service system matters to you?
The past few months have totally upended life, and the state's Budget is no exception. The economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is deep. Over half a billion dollars in cuts to the system have been considered, affecting every way people with developmental disabilities are supported in communities of their choosing.

The good news is, the version of the Legislature's Budget Governor Newsom is reviewing doesn't hurt people with developmental disabilities or their families. It even helps to improve their lives in key ways. But the developmental disabilities services system may still face cuts. We need to make one last push this month to make sure that doesn't happen.

Governor Newsom needs to hear from you today . Between now and June 30th, he still has the power to make last-minute cuts to next year's Budget. The only way to make sure that doesn't happen is by telling him to you strongly support a Budget that protects the developmental disabilities service system and its funding.

What are some of the things at risk? Aside from preventing the half-billion dollars in cuts, there are a few other big things we're fighting for. The Budget on Governor Newsom's desk keeps extra funds for Early Start Therapeutic Services, Independent Living Services, and Infant Development Programs - money other services got last year. The Budget he has power over won't close access to services for any additional days. It's a plan that rejects new family fees (disability taxes). And starting next year, if your voice is heard, there will be a way to raise wages for direct support professionals as local minimum wages increase. There are also protections for other services, including Intermediate Care Facilities, In-Home Supportive Services, and some Medi-Cal health care benefits.

Every one of those things need to be defended. But you don't need to make a long speech, or write a detailed email. It's just a simple call, saying you strongly support a Budget that protects the developmental disabilities service system and its funding.
Will you take the time to  let Governor Newsom know  that supporting the developmental disabilities service system matters to you?

IDA Survey on "Re-entry?" extended June 22, 2020
You may have heard that there is discussion to "re-open face to face services" The Department is seeking input on this plan. We believe that you Infant Development Program staff have some relevant things to share.
 
What are providers thinking as they plan to re-open or how to continue as they have been open?
 
IDA has compiled a brief survey to collect some data to create talking points on these issues. We plan on utilizing this collective data and share with the Department of Developmental Services.
    
Please complete the attached survey in this Google docs link by end of day Monday June 22nd.   Early Start Reentry Survey



















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IDA Policy Update

IDA Policy Update

Directive - Additional Guidance on Payments for Nonresidential Service Providers during the State of Emergency due to COVID 19. This includes Infant Development Programs 805/116.

With a quick read, absences are still covered. Variety of locations are to be encouraged for services to be provided. April and May have different claim requirements. The new piece references "payor of last resort". Programs are encouraged to apply for federal assistance thru a variety of programs. If funds are obtained from these programs, the monies are to be deducted in the claims.

Clarification of how to support consumers:

  • Virtually connecting individuals with friends and family, even daily.
  • Delivering activities for individuals to participate in at home
  • Delivering food or needed supplies
  • Coordinating individual and or group remote connections
  • Supporting necessary activities away from the home while supporting appropriate physical distancing

Possible sharing of staff with residential providers, etc.

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Child Abuse Prevention During a Pandemic: Considerations for Early Intervention Professionals

Child Abuse Prevention During a Pandemic: Considerations for Early Intervention Professionals

By Wendy Morrison

 Child Abuse Prevention

Every April is Child Abuse Prevention month, but this year with the added stress of the state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems even more important. Families are forced to stay home, daycares and schools are closed, and parents are losing their jobs and those working might be seeing smaller paychecks. Experts are warning that all this added stress could lead to an increase in family violence and child neglect.

According to data compiled by the Department of Health and Human Services, in normal times children with disabilities (including developmental disabilities) are at least three times more likely to be victims of maltreatment.  Also, children younger than 3 are at highest risk for maltreatment. So, we know that children in early intervention programs are already in the highest risk group; during this crazy, stress-inducing moment in history, that risk is even greater.

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