The State Council on Developmental Disabilities and Alta California Regional Center announce a Mask Giveaway from June 1st through June 3rd for Regional Center Clients and Families. This giveaway is intended for ACRC clients living independently or with their families. View the Mask Giveaway Flyer in English or Espanol Regalo de Máscaras Volante
Who: Regional Center clients living independently or with members of their circle of support (ACRC has another process for distributing PPE to care homes, supported living, and family home agencies).
Dear ACRC Clients and Families,
While our offices are not open to the public for meetings or visitors, ACRC remains open for business. As always, we are committed to serving our clients and our community. If your service needs have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact your Service Coordinator by phone or email and request a brief review of your Individual Program Plan. As a proactive measure to support clients who are impacted with school and Day Program closures, ACRC has automatically increased the authorized hours for Day Care, Personal Assistant (PA) in lieu of Day Care (for clients 22 and older), and Respite Services. Please continue to visit our website for future updates. We will get through this together!
All County Directors Welfare Letter: The purpose of this All County Welfare Directors Letter (ACWDL) is to inform counties of the expedited implementation of Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) online purchasing which will be available to EBT cardholders statewide on April 28, 2020.
Starting April 28, you can visit these special links to shop online at Amazon and Walmart using your CalFresh EBT card
You can order food that you would normally buy with your EBT card in person and select “home delivery”
New guidance was just issued by the California Department of Public Health on hospital visitations that now allows for a support person to accompany a person with disability when that person is hospitalized due to Covid-19. The All-Facilities letter can be read here.
During this COVID-19 public health crisis, we wanted to share with you an informational form created by Michelle Ballan, PhD, Professor, School of Social Welfare & Family, Population and Preventive Medicine Stony Brook University to collect and summarize vital information about an individual that can be provided to the care team in the hospital. Please click below to access this fillable disability form for your completion.
This form was developed in conjunction with Emergency Room (ER) and hospital physicians, individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) and parent advocates. It is designed to be an informational support tool for individuals with I/DD who may need to go to the ER or be hospitalized due to symptoms of COVID-19.
Alta California Regional Center creates partnerships to support
all eligible individuals with intellectual and/or developmental
disabilities, children at risk, and their families in choosing
services and supports through individual lifelong planning.
The Self Determination Program (SDP) has begun! As a
reminder, the SDP will begin with 2,500 clients state-wide
chosen by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS).
The number of client chosen to participate from ACRC catchment
area is 179.
The names of the participants for the first three
years were identified on October 1, 2018 and were notified,
via a letter sent by the DDS. To continue in the
program, participants were required to attend an SDP Orientation
and confirm their decision.
While our offices are not open to the public, ACRC remains open
for business. If you would like to speak to someone please
call us at (916) 978-6400. Please click
here for our business hours and staff
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has issued a new
Directive regarding the reporting of special incidences related
to COVID-19. This Directive supersedes any previous training or
correspondence provided by ACRC. The Directive calls for regional
centers and all providers to complete a special incident report
(SIR) for any of the following events, even if
the incident does not otherwise meet California Code of
Regulations, Title 17 reporting:
Alta California Regional Center continues to closely monitor the
outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new)
coronavirus (named COVID-19). ACRC staff, including our medical
professionals, have met to develop a coordinated
response. ACRC encourages our service providers to follow
the prevention strategies developed by:
Effective January 1, 2020 the minimum wage in California
will increase from $12.00 in 2019 to $13.00 in 2020
per hour for employers with 26 or more employees and
from $11.00 to $12.00 per hour for employers with 25 or
less employees. Regional center service providers that
are currently paying a wage below these amounts may be
entitled to an increase. Please review the information below to
determine the steps necessary to apply for a rate adjustment.
To ensure the protection of sensitive client information, any
email containing client identifying information sent to an email
address outside of ACRC must be encrypted. ACRC uses
Barracuda Email Encryption Service.
ACRC’s Governing Board is comprised of ACRC clients, parents, and
community members. Our Board represents people in a large
and very diverse community that includes the following ten
Northern California Counties: Sutter, Yuba, Yolo, Alpine,
Sierra, Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, Nevada, and Colusa.
Overcoming addiction in the face of pressure is difficult, but
Emily made that possible through her resiliency, benevolent
personality, and determination to overcome tough obstacles. Now
she is a thriving adult, happy with her job and the social
circles she is a part of. She is spiritual, a costume jewelry
collector, and she knows what she wants in life. Before she
became the confident person she is today, Emily needed to grow
and learn that the life she was living isn’t the life she wants.
Kristin began her career at Alta California Regional Center
(ACRC) in 1998 as a Service Coordinator in the Early Start
program, which focuses on providing early intervention services
for families with a child with a developmental delay or
established risk or high-risk condition, from birth up until
their third birthday. She received her Bachelor’s degree in
Psychology, and her Master’s degree in Social Work, providing the
technical knowledge necessary to effectively help our clients.
There is something to be learned from the youth of today. Caden,
a young boy who views being autistic as another way of being
human, doesn’t let his youthfulness stop him from educating the
community around him. Caden is very honest and immensely
welcoming to those around him, especially if he can sense
something “different” about a person. Being autistic has
increased his empathy and his awareness, allowing him to identify
and connect with others who have neurodiverse minds.
Mike and Natalie are highly creative and driven individuals. They
have worked at Developmental Disabilities Service Organization
(DDSO) part-time since the early 2010’s. DDSO is a nonprofit
organization based in Sacramento and Stockton which annually
provides 400 adults with disabilities the opportunity to receive
job training, gain employment, learn about physical education,
and express themselves through visual and performing arts. Their
welcoming and charismatic personalities help them communicate
with students and employees alike at DDSO.