Service Provider Message COVID-19 SIR Reporting

Ending Special Incident Reporting for COVID-19 and Mpox


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. On March 27, 2023, the Department of Developmental Services released Ending Special Incident Reporting for COVID-19 and Mpox.

Effective Monday, April 3, 2023, this Directive ends all COVID-19 and Mpox reporting requirements, through special incident reports and also about vaccination status information, by regional centers and service providers that previously were established by the Department. This Directive supersedes the directives issued September 27, 2022; March 10, 2022; May 22, 2020; and March 25, 2020 regarding reporting on these topics. 

The federal public health emergency for Mpox ended on January 31, 2023. The state public health emergency for COVID-19 ended on February 28, 2023. The federal public health emergency for COVID-19 will expire May 11, 2023. Effective Monday, April 3, 2023, and in light of ongoing reporting requirements established for facilities licensed by the California Department of Public Health and California Department of Social Services, mandatory reporting to the Department through special incident reports regarding Mpox and COVID is ended. This includes reporting of COVID-19 and Mpox cases, hospitalizations and deaths specific to COVID-19.  Reporting of vaccination status information also is ended. The SANDIS data system’s ability to capture and report this information remains available for regional centers that wish to continue to use it. 

Regional centers must share this Directive with all providers and are encouraged to share it with their staff. The Department is deeply grateful to the entire developmental services community for their longstanding efforts to protect the health of the individuals we serve.  If you have any questions regarding this Directive, please contact Leslie Morrison at (916) 214-3706 or