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ACRC Completes Sonoma Developmental Center Closure Activities

In May 2015, Sonoma Developmental Center’s closure was announced.   An ambitious date of December 2018 was set for the closure and to successfully move 400 residents from the developmental center to the community.   Prior to the closure announcement, ACRC moved out approximately six clients a year from Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) through the Community Placement Plan (CPP).   With the closure announcement being made, ACRC needed to move 54 individuals in a three and a half year period.  ACRC completed these placements into the communi

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Self -Determination Waiver Approved

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved the Self-Determination program.   Below is the announcement from Nancy Bargmann, Director of the Department of Developmental Services.  As noted below, there is still some work to do to begin this new program.  A timeline will be published by the DDS on June 18, 2018 with information on the implementation. 

 

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Clients at Work

ACRC continues to support clients who are working or desire to work.  We recently learned about a video of four ACRC clients who work at SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District).  

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Quality Assessment Interviews-NCI

The California Department of Developmental Services want to hear from individuals to find out if they are satisfied with Regional center services

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities-North Coast office will be overseeing the process.

The National Core Indicators (NCI) questions address key areas of concern, including service planning, community inclusion, choice, health and safety and employment.

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Art Access at the Crocker Art Museum

The Crocker Art Museum has initiated an Art Access program to ensure art is available to everyone.  The Wonder Lab is one such program that is offered the 3rd Sunday in March, June and November from 11 am-2 pm.  It’s an inclusive drop-in program designed especially for children with special needs and their families.

The Art Access programs and services are offered FREE of charge.  for more information about what’s offered, call (916) 808-1962, TYY Relay: (800) 735-2929 or education@crockerartmuseum.org.

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Changes in Behavioral Health Treatment (BHT) for individuals receiving Medi-Cal
The state of California intends to provide BHT services as a covered Medi-Cal benefit

For individuals under 21 years of age with autism spectrum disorder, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has communicated a change that will effect persons currently receiving BHT through regional center funding.  Behavior Health Treatment will be provided as a covered benefit, meaning families will receive the service funded by Medi-Cal.

Your Service Coordinator will be working with you on this transition.

DHCS has put out a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document to help the public understand the changes.  

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