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. Currently, in-person meetings are suspended as directed by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) found under the Directives heading. ACRC encourages our service providers to review information and follow the prevention strategies listed below:
- Centers for Disease Control
- California Department of Public Health
- Community Care Licensing
- Local Health Departments by County
- Webinar Led by National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals
Request Letters for Vaccine Prioritization for People with Disabilities by County
Alta California Regional Center is requesting by letter to each of our 10 counties’ Public Heath Officer vaccine prioritization for people with disabilities. Individuals with developmental disabilities experience health inequities and are at greater risk for poorer outcomes from COVID-19. By definition, they are considered hi-risk. We have observed a heightened risk of death for our client population as well.
State of Emergency Billing:
On March 4, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a State of Emergency for California, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak (otherwise being referred as the Coronavirus). This memo will provide guidance to service providers for the State of Emergency (SOE) billing for Alta California Regional Center vendored providers.
As a result of the State of Emergency declared for California, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is authorizing, pursuant to Title 17, California Code of Regulations section 54326(a)(11), regional centers to pay vendors for absences that are a direct result of COVID-19 outbreak in California.
Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Directives:
Visit the DDS website to view compiled list of additional directives.
Service Provider Messages from ACRC:
COVID-19 and Flu Season:
This bulletin provides information on how to slow the spread, how to protect yourself and the people you serve as well as testing information, the importance of mental health and other resources available. It is available in multiple languages.