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DDS Releases Additional Extension Directives and Monthly Rates and Applicable Services for Alternative Non-Residential,etc.

New Directives from the Department of Developmental Services have been released
The Dec. 1 extensions on Waiver on Half Day Billing, Early Start Services, Req. Waived due to Covid 19 and Additional Guidance - CA Department of Developmental Services

We have heard that the rates are to be released shortly to the Regional Centers directly and then to providers. Alternative Services rate is projected to begin on January 1, 2021. Details in December 2 Directive. See above DDS Directive link.

Do not forget the Self Advocate and Family survey - Due 12/15 - Self-Advocate and Family Survey ( Please share with your families- in a variety of languages.

DDS Training grant awarded: Technical Assistance Contract awarded | more information

Good source for COVID | more information

URGENT NEEDS OF DUAL LANGUAGE LEARNER CHILDREN AND FAMILIES - Dual Language Learners • Advancement Project California

CA Master Plan on Early Learning and Care:
Master Plan released - Summary and Complete versions
Save the Date:
IDA Listen -  December 19, 9:30am - 10:30am - Opportunity to participate in added Policy Focus Group on Impact of current changes on Infant Development Program, Sign up here

Monday, January 25 - IDA 6th Annual Policy Update - Hear updates, ask questions on state and federal items related to CA Early Start and Early Care and Education

Annie Cox and Fran Chasen
IDA Liaisons

DDS Survey, Directives, National Children's Day, etc.

DDS Survey: Please share with your families.

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) invites you to complete this self-advocate/family member survey to help us understand how COVID-19 has impacted our community and changed your services. It will be online till December 18th. DDS, regional centers, and service providers are working on new ways to safely support you. Completing this survey will identify what’s working, what’s not, and what is important to self-advocates and families.

The survey below includes fifteen questions and is available in 10 languages. DDS will share the combined information from all responses on its website.


Once you click on the survey link above, you have the option in the top right corner of the page to select alternative languages from a drop-down menu where it says “English.”

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DDS Latest Directive: Monthly Alternative Rates not till 12/1/20

DDS Latest Directive: Monthly Alternative Rates not till 12/1/20

Today, the Department of Developmental Services released an..... "Update of Monthly Rates for Alternative Nonresidential Services" indicating that providers shall continue to follow the methodology and rules outlined in the August 31,2020 Directive for September and October 2020." The monthly unit rates for Alternative Services will become effective December 1, 2020." Check the California Department of Developmental Services website for additional information.

Prior DDS Briefing:
Alternative Services: Provider Briefing on Monthly Rates
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Presentation more information
Payment Rate Methodology more information
Methodology Examples more information
Meeting Recording with Audio Transcript here (Available till October 30)

Provider Informational Updates: A series of four symposiums highlighting examples of real-world service delivery innovations.
October 28 - 4:00PM - Focus on Adult Services
November 4 and 12 - Check here

CA Early Start - Child Find and Referral Information: Please review the attached materials and share with your local medical, health, Early Care and Education Community partners. Remind them that CA Early Start is open and serving families and their children.

The Early Start Community Flyer: An informative flyer for families who may have a concern about their child’s development.
Community Resources Infographic  (English) (Spanish)   
Early Start also has a variety of additional multilingual brochures, booklets, publications, and other free resources that are available for parents, professionals, and others.

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