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CDCAN DISABILITY RIGHTS REPORT
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ADVOCACY WITHOUT BORDERS: ONE COMMUNITY – ACCOUNTABILITY WITH ACTION
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State Capitol Update:
SPECIAL SESSION ON HEALTH CARE FUNDING OVERVIEW HEARING THURSDAY
DDS HOME & COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING TODAY – AGENDA RELEASED
SPECIAL SESSION OH HEALTH CARE FUNDING OVERVIEW HEARING THURSDAY
SACRAMENTO, CA [CDCAN LAST UPDATED 07/01/2015 09:40 AM] – The Senate Public Health and Developmental Services Committee, one of three committees formed by the State Senate for the special session on on health care funding will hold an overview informational hearing , , at or upon adjournment of the Senate floor session, at the State Capitol in Room 4203.
The informational hearing will provide an overview for committee members on “California’s Medi-Cal and Developmental Disability Services Funding Challenge”. The hearing will be televised and streamed live by CalChannel (CDCAN will provide this information in next report later today)
Brief public comment will likely be allowed during the hearing as called by the chair, Senator Ed Hernandez.
No action will be taken at this hearing, and it is one of many first steps that each house will take for both special sessions during the next several weeks and likely through the summer.
CDCAN will send out more information on this overview hearing when an agenda becomes available later today.
TODAY: DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES HOME AND COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE PUBLIC MEETING WED TO – CONFERENCE CALL NUMBER AVAILABLE – AGENDA RELEASED
Advisory Committee Helping DDS To Develop Implementation Steps For State’s Regional Center Funded Services and Supports to Fully Comply With Sweeping New Federal Regulations
SACRAMENTO, CA [CDCAN LAST UPDATED 07/01/2015 09:30 AM] – The Department of Developmental Services’ Home and Community Based Services Advisory Committee, composed of stakeholders including advocates, family members, people with developmental disabilities and regional center representatives, will hold a second public meeting today, (July 1st) from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Department of Social Services building (Building 9), 744 P Street, Second floor auditorium/large meeting room, Sacramento, CA 95814. There is a conference call line for persons not able to attend the meeting in public (see below).
Public comment and questions will be taken during the meeting. The meeting agenda was released at this morning and is reproduced below.
The committee will hear and discuss updates and next steps toward implementation and full compliance of the new federal Home and Community-Based Services regulations that went into effect last March 2014.
States generally have 5 years to comply, though new proposals to the federal government, including new waivers – such as the recent Self Determination Program Waiver – have to fully comply when submitted.
The new regulations will have sweeping impact of many of the long term services and supports across the nation and in California, especially those impacting site-based programs – including day programs, work activity programs, sheltered workshops, and group homes funded under a Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services waiver.
Medicaid services not covered by the Home and Community Based Services regulations include the developmental centers – the remaining three now slated for closure and transition, and other health facilities such as Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF).
PHYSICAL MEETING LOCATION – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
WHAT: DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Department of Social Services - Building 9
Second Floor Auditorium (large meeting room)
744 P Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Note: The Department of Social Services offices has two towers or buildings. The lobby entrance to Building 9 is on the P Street side, near 8th Street. Meeting organizers advise people attending to allow enough time to find street parking and to check in at the security desk in the lobby.)
AGENDA: reproducd below
CONFERENCE CALL NUMBER: (866) 590-5055
ACCESS CODE: 6542759
NOTE: this is not an operator assisted conference call. To avoid sounds from the phone of each person calling in from causing loud noises on the conference call line and possibly disrupting the conference call, persons calling in are being asked by meeting organizers to put their phones on “mute” until public comments are taken.
The following is the complete agenda for the July 1, 015 Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Home and Community Based Services Advisory Committee Meeting:
Meeting Notice and Agenda
July 1, 2015
Department of Social Services, Auditorium, 2nd floor
744 P Street, Sacramento 95814
(866) 590-5055, Code 6542759
Phone Attendees – please mute phones when not speaking
2. Statewide Transition Plan Update
3. Recap of March Meeting
4. Workgroup Status/Progress
a. Community Information
b. Assessment Workgroup
BREAK FOR LUNCH
5. HCBS Regulations Compliance Efforts
a. Proposed Timeline
b. Provider Assessment
6. Wrap-Up and Next Meeting Date
Please note: Opportunities for public comment will be provided.
LINKS ON HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES REGULATIONS IMPLEMENTATION
For more information on the Department of Developmental Services efforts toward implementation and compliance, go to the Department’s webpage at: http://www.dds.ca.gov/HCBS/index.cfm
For a 14 page powerpoint presentation by the Department of Developmental Services to the first meeting of the advisory committee held on February 15, 2015, that provides an overview of the regulations and next steps:
For information on the Department of Health Care Services efforts on the Home and Community-Based Services regulations compliance efforts see department webpage at (Note: the Department of Health Care Services is the lead state agency that oversees all of California’s Medicaid (called Medi-Cal) funded services):
CDCAN - MARTY OMOTO YOUTUBE CHANNEL
A CDCAN (Marty Omoto, family member and advocate) youtube channel was set up and has several videos dealing with current – and previous state budget issues, disability and senior rights, and advocacy.
To see the current videos, including March 2014 San Andreas Regional Center Aptos Legislative Breakfast, January 2014 panel discussion on services for adults with autism spectrum and related disorders in Palo Alto, and older videos including video of April 2003 march of over 3,000 people with developmental disabilities, families, providers, regional centers and others from the Sacramento Convention Center to the State Capitol (to attend and testify at budget hearing on proposed massive permanent cuts to regional center funded services, go to the CDCAN (Marty Omoto) Channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEySEyhnr9LQRiCe-F7ELhg
More videos – including new current videos (an interview with longtime advocate Maggie Dee Dowling is planned, among others) – plus archive videos of past events – will be posted soon.