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Performance Contract – Requesting Community Input

ACRC is requesting community input to develop new planned activities that aide in the progress of meeting the policy measures for our 2024 Performance Contract.  Welfare & Institutions Statue 4629 (c)(1)(B) requires community engagement opportunities and we are seeking your ideas and feedback.

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Alta Connections

Quarterly Newsletter

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Public Comment Period on Potential Updates to Data Collection Categories

The Department of Developmental Services continues to work to strengthen accessibility, quality, and equity for all individuals served by regional centers. 

They are asking for your comments by the end of April 2024 about possible updates to the information collected about race, ethnicity, language, residence and status codes, and sexual orientation and gender identity. Visit their website to learn more about submitting a comment.

 

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Let Your Voice Be Heard

Participate in the National Core Indicators Family Surveys

Don’t forget to participate in the National Core Indicators (NCI) Family Surveys until June 2024 (ver el folleto en español)! These surveys evaluate the services and supports you and your family member receive through your regional center and service providers. The surveys address topics like:

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Help Us Improve the MIND Institute Transition to Adulthood Program!

The UC Davis MIND Institute recently established a new clinic to support youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities as they transition from pediatric to adult health care and take steps towards thriving as adults in the community.

Your participation in our survey (available in English and Spanish) would be greatly appreciated as we strive to tailor the clinic’s services to better meet the needs of our patients, families, and communities.

To participate:

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Adult Transition Graduation

On June 8, 2023, Alta California Regional Center had the pleasure of participating in the Adult Transition Graduation for Sacramento City Unified School District. You can watch a video featuring photos of the event via YouTube.

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California Department of Public Health Updated COVID-19 Guidance

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has updated their COVID-19 guidance on vaccines, testing, and treatments. On March 3, 2023, the CDPH announced updates to several state public health officer orders. The updates to the orders are related to vaccination, masking, isolation, and quarantine and will take effect in the coming days and weeks.

Please note that there remains to be vaccines, testing and treatments at low or no cost to everyone.

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New COVID Vaccine Booster

There is a new COVID Booster that is available to all; Bivalent Booster.

The FDA authorized bivalent formulations of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for use as a single booster dose at least two months after completing primary or booster vaccination.

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Budget Deal

Recently, the Legislature approved a Budget deal that includes many critical funding changes that will help our service system. Among other things, their proposal would end family fees, reform the way regional centers are funded, and speed up rate reform for service providers.

Now the final negotiations are underway with the Governor. It’s guaranteed that not every proposal will be in the final Budget that gets signed into law.

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Budget Proposals – We need your help!

Key leaders in the Legislature announced a Budget deal that includes many important funding changes that will help our service system! Their proposal would end family fees, reform the way regional centers are funded, and speed up rate reform for service providers! We are as close as we have ever been to realizing an update in the core staffing formula. We need this update in an effort to meet the staffing ratio requirements.

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Assembly Bill 2378

Three people stand next to each other, smiling at the camera. On the far left, a man wearing a burgundy polo and glasses holds a cane and papers in one hand. On the far right, a man wearing a gray suit and blue striped tie holds a paper in one hand. In the middle, a woman wearing a navy t-shirt and khaki blazer has her arms on either side of the men.On Monday, April 25, 2022, David Lopez, Client Advocate, represented Alta California Regional Center to deliver a testimonial in support of Assembly Bill 2378, authored by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, which is designed to provide tax credits to businesses that hire people with disabilities and seeks to secure and sustain quality job opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

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Medi-Cal Continuous Coverage Requirement

In January 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a Public Health Emergency (PHE) in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. Special rules were put in place during the COVID-19 PHE to allow more people to get access to and keep their Medi-Cal benefits. When the continuous coverage requirement expires at the end of the PHE, California will need to conduct a full redetermination for all beneficiaries.

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Vaccine Song

Members of the Client Advisory Committee composed a song and came together to perform it on video to encourage you to get vaccinated!

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Advocacy for Service Coordination

Ready to Advocate for Service Coordination?

Association of Regional Centers Agencies (ARCA), the regional centers, other advocacy groups, legislative champions, and community members like you are joining a push to help regional centers hire enough service coordinators to meet every family’s needs.

And now’s your chance to help! We need advocates like you to call your local legislators and say:

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Free COVID-19 Testing

Sign up for free COVID-19 Testing every Friday from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm at 
7710 Stockton Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95823!

Walk-ins are accepted on Fridays between 8:00 am – 11:00 am.

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Parents and Caregivers for Wellness Survey

Parents and Caregivers for Wellness is a group of Parent/Caregiver run organizations from across California who are working together to improve behavioral health services and supports to children and their families. 

Families are the best resource they have to identify the strengths and needs of California’s families. To help them understand what behavioral health services and supports are needed in California, they are asking that you fill out the following survey.  The information you provide will help them develop training and advocacy activities.