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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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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.  

Announcement

NCI Child Family Surveys

This announcement is intended for Families with Children ages 3 to 18, living at home, and receiving Regional Center services.

You may have recently received a Child Family Survey from the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) regarding services you receive from Alta California Regional Center.  At this time, we would like to remind you to please complete and return the surveys at your earliest convenience.  We would love to hear from you!  If you have already returned your completed survey, we thank you for your participation.  If you have not yet received a survey, you may request one by contacting SCDD directly at (714) 558-4421, or by emailing qaproject@scdd.ca.gov.

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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).