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Announcements, Clients, Service Providers | May 16, 2024

Public Meeting Announcement

Issue

The Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB) is requesting a 637 waiver to the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) for an Alternative Services Delivery to waive California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 17, Division 2, Chapter 3, section 54342(58) (A)&(B) which governs out-of-home respite services and lists by service code the type of agencies which may be vendored to provide such respite service. The provision does not include an FHA as a type of agency that can provide out-of-home respite.

Enriching Lives is a Family Home Agency vendored with The Regional Center of the East Bay.  Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB) is requesting that California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 17, Division 2, Chapter 3, section 54342(58) (A)&(B) be waived to allow Enriching lives as an FHA to be an agency that can provide out-of-home respite to all current 5 tier level rates.

Impact to RCEB Clients Under Proposal

This request will affect RCEB clients in the following way:  this proposal is to allow FHA model to offer out-of-home respite to adults living with their families.

Impact on Regional Center and State Budget

There are no additional costs to The Regional Center of the East Bay. The bed used for respite may not be the same bed funded by the Regional center for a permanent resident.

Payment for respite services shall be calculated according to CCR, Title 17 Section 57332, and Maximum Rates of Reimbursement for Non-Residential services.

Public Comments

This information will be made available via the RCEB website www.rceb.org, on Wednesday May 15th 2024 . A public meeting for comments on this proposal will be held on Wednesday May 29, 2024 from 10am to 11am via Zoom:

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Written comments can also be sent to: Rparada@rceb.org through May 29th, 2024.


Announcements, Clients, Service Providers | May 2, 2024

Master Plan for Developmental Services

Over the last few years, in partnership with the Legislature, the Newsom Administration has made historic investments to increase rates within the developmental services system. The Master Plan will leverage these investments to strengthen accessibility, quality, and equity for all consumers.

In recognition that California’s developmental disabilities system is deeply connected to other health and social systems, the Master Plan will seek to create and strengthen bridges that connect the developmental services system to other critical systems across CalHHS, and other systems and services including education, housing, employment, transportation, and safety.

For more information about the Master Plan, roster of committee members, and meeting dates/locations, please visit the Master Plan website.


Announcements, Service Providers | February 14, 2024

CRDP Priorities and Award for 2023-24

Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB) would like to thank you for filing out and submitting the survey regarding the types of services and supports to meet current and future needs of individuals and their families in the community.

The information gathered in this survey will be considered for new program development as part of the Community Resource Development Plan (CRDP). The goal of the CRDP is to expand the availability, accessibility, and types of services and supports to meet current and future needs of individuals and their families in the community.  Limited funding from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) will be available for program development.

 

Based on the information gathered from the surveys, RCEB will prioritize requesting start up funding to DDS for the following services:

 

  • Affordable Housing10 affordable housing units at a Multifamily development in Newark, California.
  • A service provider for a specialized residential facility to serve 4 individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and require staff fluent in American Sign Language.
  • Specialized transportation that can support the changing mobility and vision needs or our clients.
  • A wrap around service to support children under the age for 18 in areas of benefits, medical, school advocacy, transportation, and access to other important services to meet the preferences and needs of the child, along with their family.
  • A service provider for an enhanced behavior supports home that can work with individuals with behavioral, forensic, and/or mental health needs.

 

On January 18, 2024, the Department of Developmental Services approved RCEB funding for:

 

  • Affordable housing (10 units) through Satellite Affordable Housing’s Thornton Avenue Apartments in Newark.
  • A service provider for a specialized residential facility to serve 4 individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and require staff fluent in American Sign Language
  • Affordable Housing (10 units) through Christian Church Home’s Russell City Apartments for RCEB client’s ages 55 and older in Hayward.
  • Specialized transportation that can support the changing mobility and vision needs of our clients.
  • A wrap around service to support children under the age for 18 in areas of benefits, medical, school advocacy, transportation, and access to other important services to meet the preferences and needs of the child, along with their family.
  • A service provider for an enhanced behavior supports home that can work with individuals with behavioral, forensic, and/or mental health needs. $245,000

Announcements, Clients, Service Providers | August 11, 2023

The Grinnell – Multifamily Affordable Housing Complex

In fiscal year 2019-2020, Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB) received Community Resource Development Plan funding from the Department of Developmental Services to develop affordable housing units. RCEB has been working with Satellite Affordable Housing (SAHA) on  a multifamily project called  “The Grinnell”. The Grinnell is located at 2527 San Pablo Avenue, in Berkeley, on the corner of Blake Street and San Pablo Avenue.

 

The Grinnell is a 63 unit, affordable housing complex which is nearing construction completion and it is anticipated to open in early 2024. The Grinnell will have on site housing support services through Housing Consortium of the East Bay and all units will be accessible.

 

RCEB has 12 units (8- one bedroom and 4-two bedroom units) that are set aside for clients of the Regional Center of the East Bay. All units will be project based section 8, meaning that there are income limits that are 30% of the Adjusted Median Income (see flyer for details).

 

As these units are set aside for clients with an intellectual disability, at least one of the household members needs to have a developmental disability.  If there are non-disabled parents, with a child with that has a developmental disability, who meet the income requirements, and are in need of affordable housing, they could potentially qualify.

 

We are starting to develop a list of potential clients for these units and will be collecting names as referred by the case manager. We will be randomly selecting names from this list to submit to SAHA. The due date for collecting names will be August 25, 2023.

 

Please contact your RCEB case manager with questions and to be added to the list. Please let your case manager know your house hold size and your address, phone, and/or email address. You can also email this information directly to  Grinnell@rceb.org

 

Satellite Affordable Housing Associates staff will reach out to those who are selected and will be working with the client through the process of certification for the project based section 8. SAHA is hoping to have individuals complete the certification process by December 2023.

 

Please see the flyer for more details.


Announcements, Request for Proposals, Service Providers | July 3, 2023

RFPs for Self-Determination Local Advisory Committee

RCEB’s Self-Determination Local Advisory Committee has prioritized the needs in the local area for the use of the provision of funds and is seeking proposals from interested parties to carry out one or more of the projects which the committee wishes to fund.

Applicants outside of the Bay Area may apply. Applicants with disabilities and/or diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. For more information on each specific project, please click on the descriptions below:

Project A – SDP Tracking Platform
Project B – Joint RCEB/FMS Presentation for Trained Independent Facilitators
Project C – Update and Promote Online Independent Facilitator Training
Project D – Promoting Self-Determination Program to Underserved Communities
Project E – Self-Determination Information Sheets
Project F – Post-Transition Webinars


Announcements, Service Providers | January 5, 2023

Rate Changes Due to Minimum Wage Increase

Effective January 1, 2024

Minimum Wage Increase Letter

Alternative Residential Model (ARM) Rates effective January 1, 2023 can be found here.


Announcements, Clients, Service Providers | November 10, 2022

CRDP Priorities for the 2022/ 2023 Fiscal Year

Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB) would like to thank you for filling out and submitting the survey regarding the types of services and supports to meet current and future needs of individuals and their families in the community.

The information gathered in this survey will be considered for new program development as part of the Community Resource Development Plan (CRDP). The goal of the CRDP is to expand the availability, accessibility, and types of services and supports to meet current and future needs of individuals and their families in the community.  Limited funding from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) will be available for program development.

Based on the information gathered from the surveys, RCEB will prioritize requesting start up funding to DDS for the following services:

1)      A service provider for a specialized residential facility to serve 4 individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and require staff fluent in American Sign Language.

2)      10 affordable housing units at a Multifamily development in Newark, California.

3)      A special needs dental surgery resource for clients who may require dental work completed under sedation or general anesthesia.

4)      A short term step down Specialized Residential Facility designed to work with adult clients transitioning from Community Crisis Home and other crisis facilities.

5)      Behavioral respite that can provide supports to clients residing in the family home who may require Registered Behavior Technician level of staffing.

6)      An employment services vendor that may be able to provide supports to adult clients interested in micro-enterprise or self-employment.


Announcements, Service Providers | September 27, 2022

HCBS Consultant Request for Proposal

RCEB has identified a need for a contract consultant with substantial experience and well-versed
in HCBS Final Rule and compliance requirements to create educational material that center
people we support and implement workshops on the HCBS Final Rule.

For more information, please review the full HCBS Consultant Request for Proposal.


Announcements, Service Providers | September 27, 2022

HCBS Communications Consultant RFP

RCEB has identified a need for a well-qualified contract media/communications consultant to
create marketing materials and implement marketing strategies around the HCBS Final Rule. The
purpose is to disseminate information that is accessible to a wide variety of audience in
collaboration with a number of subject matter experts. The target audience of this work will be
individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, their family members, direct support
professionals, contracted vendors and Regional Center employees.

For more information, please review the full HCBS Communications Request for Proposal


Announcements, Service Providers | September 21, 2022

Community Care Facility Rates Effective July 1, 2022

The Budget Act of 2022 includes a change to how the purchase of service (POS) component of the overall rate paid to Community Care Facility (CCF) providers with rates based on the Alternative Rate Model is computed. Effective July 1, 2022 the POS component of the overall rate will be maintained when the Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) amount increases.

Letter from the Department of Developmental Services (September 20, 2022)


Announcements, Service Providers | September 21, 2022

Rates for CCFs Vendored for Seven or More Individuals

As part of rate reform efforts, including implementation of the 2019 Rate Study, the Department of Developmental Services (Department) is continuing to review rate model assumptions for specific services. This letter communicates a change related to Community Care Facilities (CCFs) vendored for seven or more individuals.

Aligned with federal guidance when the 2019 Rate Study was released, rate models were not included for homes vendored for seven or more individuals. After evaluation of stakeholder feedback and updated federal guidance, the CCF rate schedules have been amended to reflect rates for CCFs vendored for four or less individuals and five or more individuals.

Letter from the Department of Developmental Services (September 20, 2022)


Announcements, Clients, Service Providers | July 6, 2022

21-22 CRDP/ CPP Project Awardees!

The Department of Developmental Services has approved RCEB to seek housing development organization(s) to acquire, build and or renovate a suitable property for: 1-enhanced behavior support home for females and 1-specialized residential facility for those who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing who require staff who are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL).

The Community Resource Development Project/ Community Placement Plan awardees for Fiscal Year 2021-22 are:

Housing Developer Organization to acquire and renovate One (1) Enhanced Behavior Support Home for Four (4) adult females who are dually diagnosed.
Awardee: Brilliant Corners
Acquisition Amount: $400,000          Renovation Amount: $400,000

Housing Developer Organization to acquire and renovate One (1) Specialized Residential Facility to serve Four (4) regional center clients who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing or who require staff fluent in American Sign Language
Awardee: Bay Area Housing Corporation
Acquisition Amount: $400,000          Renovation Amount: $350,000

 


Announcements, Service Providers | May 18, 2022

Rates for Providers Serving Consumers from Multiple RCs

Please see the linked letter to regional centers sent May 9, 2022 by the Department of Developmental Services regarding rates for providers serving consumers from multiple regional centers.

Rates for Providers Serving Consumers from Multiple RCs


Announcements, Service Providers | May 12, 2022

Public Meeting Announcement

Issue

The Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB) is requesting a 637 waiver to the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) for an Alternative Services Delivery to waive California Code of Regulations, Title 17 §56088 (b)(7), which state “that the family home shall be used exclusively as a residence by the FHA which issued the Certificate of Approval”.  Enriching Lives is a Family Home Agency vendored with The Regional Center of the East Bay.  Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB) is requesting that Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Sections 4689.1(7) (b) be waived to allow the two RCEB clients to continue to live with their current Family Home provider while she is operating her business.

Impact to RCEB Clients Under Proposal

This proposal is to allow a current Family Home Provider to operate a business out of the garage of the family home, and the request is client specific to the two individuals currently living in the family home.

Impact on Regional Center and State Budget

There are no additional costs to The Regional Center of the East Bay.

Public Comments

This information will be made available via the RCEB website www.rceb.org, on May 11, 2022. A public meeting for comments on this proposal will be held on May 25, 2022 from 10am to 11am via Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/8807672305

Meeting ID: 880 767 2305
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Announcements, Service Providers | April 27, 2022

Rate Review Process for 4/1/22 Rate Adjustment

Please see the link below for the DDS directive regarding the rate adjustment review process and the rate review form. Completed forms should be submitted to RCEB Rate Specialist Chase Kalbaugh at ckalbaugh@rceb.org.

RATE ADJUSTMENT EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2022 – RATE REVIEW PROCESS


Announcements, Service Providers | April 26, 2022

Department of Developmental Services Set Rates Effective 4/1/22

Please see the Department of Developmental Services set rates effective 4/1/22 as posted on the DDS website, linked below:

2023 Rates By Regional Center


Announcements, Service Providers | September 16, 2021

Call for Promoting Service Access and Equity Grant Program Applications – Deadline is Nov 3rd!

Dear Service Providers:

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is now accepting 2021-22 Service Access and Equity Grant applications from community-based organizations (CBOs) regional centers (RCs). Please help us share this important information to prospective applicants by sharing this message and the linked documents with your networks.

This year’s grant focus is to reinforce effective strategies that will lead to a culturally and linguistically responsive developmental disability service system to improve service access and empower all individuals and families served. Proposals must address a local community or statewide issue/barrier identified through POS data, stakeholder feedback, and/or RC plans and recommendations to promote equity and reduce disparities.

Applicants must review the 2021-22 Guidelines and follow the DDS Application Instructions located on the Department’s website here. All applications must be submitted online through GrantVantage here no later than 5:00 p.m. PST on November 3, 2021. A list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) will be posted to the Department’s website.

The Bidder’s Conference will be held via Zoom on September 16, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Register in advance for the Bidder’s Conference here. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit questions in advance of the Bidder Conference to: SAEgrantprogram@DDS.ca.gov. Interpretation will be provided in ASL, Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Linked below are the shareable PDFs that have additional details and links to the 2021-22 Guidelines and the Bidder’s Conference.

Call for Promoting Service Access and Equity- Grant Program Applications- Notice to Prospective Applicants

Convocatoria de Aplicaciones del Programa de- Subvenciones para Promover el Acceso al Servicio y la Equidad- Aviso a los Posibles Solicitantes

呼吁促进服务可及性和公平性- 补助项目申请- 潜在申请者须知

Kêu Gọi Thúc Đẩy Quyền Tiếp Cận Dịch Vụ Và Công Bằng- Đơn Đề Nghị Chương Trình Tài Trợ- Thông Báo Gửi Các Đương Đơn Tiềm Năng

We appreciate your assistance with sharing information about the 2021-22 Service Access and Equity Grant funding opportunity!

Sincerely,

Department of Developmental Services


Announcements, Service Providers | September 3, 2021

Joint Stakeholder Announcement

The State of California is pleased to announce it has selected Sandata Technologies, LLC as the State Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) Vendor. As California’s Phase II EVV partner, Sandata will provide comprehensive EVV solutions in compliance with the 21st Century Cures Act. EVV solutions ensure all Medicaid-funded personal care services and home health care services are electronically verified at the time of the visit.

Sandata is providing California with a robust EVV solution that includes the ability to capture data elements during the visit, data portals that allow providers to view and report on visit activity, and an EVV Aggregator to provide California with EVV program oversight and analytics. The EVV Aggregator will also receive data from providers that choose to use their existing EVV system. The California EVV program will include over 7,000 provider agencies and 180,000 members.

California and Sandata will actively engage stakeholders to support a successful launch. California plans to implement EVV functionality for personal care services by January 2022, and for home health care services by January 2023. Stay tuned for more exciting information to come!

Joint Stakeholder Announcement


Announcements, Service Providers | June 22, 2021

Vendor Independent Reviews and Audit

Welfare and Institutions (W&I) Code section 4652.5
Vendor Independent Review and Audit RequirementsATTACHED

The Department of Developmental Services (Department) issued the ATTACHED January 31, 2018 correspondence to regional centers regarding these statutory requirements.


Announcements, Service Providers | December 2, 2020

Alternative Services and Supports Technical Assistance and Training

San Diego Regional Center (SDRC) and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) have identified a need to create a Statewide Technical Assistance and Training Agent to coordinate a variety of supports to service providers to implement the Alternative Nonresidential Services model.  The Request for Proposals has concluded; Easterseals Southern California and California Disability Services Association were selected.  Please see the attached announcement from SDRC and DDS and share it with your service providers and other stakeholders.

DDS Alternative Services and Supports Technical Assistance and Training Announcement