Regional centers must post information regarding how providers are doing with ensuring individuals served are part of their communities (Welfare and Institutions Code section 4519.2(b)). This information is to be updated at least every six months until DDS has determined that statewide compliance has been met.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Info and Resources
The Internet is awash in info and resources about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the federal to the state and local levels. We're starting this page to share some of the resources and info we found most helpful and accessible, plus to share information specific to Lanterman about any effects this is having on our operations, our service providers and community as a whole.
COVID-19 Community Services and Resources in the Los Angeles Area
We’ve compiled a list of community services and resources in the Los Angeles Area providing assistance related to COVID-19, as well as online resources. They are broken down into the most common category of resources we’re seeing including food resources, financial resources, children’s resources, teletherapy and much more.
Read the 06.10.20 Update - Lanterman E-bulletin: Service Provider General Updates
Read the 05.22.20 Update - Lanterman E-bulletin: Service Provider COVID-19/SOE Related Updates, plus EPG for IHSS Providers
Read the 05.18.20 Update - Lanterman E-bulletin: Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants, Emergency Rental Assistance, CalFresh Presentation, plus Donate Towards Food
Read the 05.15.20 Update - Lanterman E-bulletin: Service Provider General Updates
Read the 05.13.20 Update - Lanterman E-bulletin: LA Hot Lunch Meal Program, KYRC Groups & Training Head Online, Donate Towards Food & COVID-19 Needs Assessment Survey
Read the 05.05.20 Update - Lanterman E-bulletin: Yes, We're Open plus Coronavirus Updates, Giving Tuesday Now Donations Towards Food, COVID-19 Needs Assessment Survey and more
Read the 04.30.20 Update - Lanterman E-bulletin: Service Provider General Updates
Read the 04.29.20 Update - Lanterman E-bulletin: COVID-19 Needs Assessment Survey, Donate Towards Food, NOC COVID-19 Resources and more
Read the 04.22.20 Update - Lanterman E-bulletin: Service Provider Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Read the 04.15.20 Update - Lanterman E-bulletin: Donate to Help Lanterman Families Experiencing Food Insecurity Due to COVID-19
Read the 04.10.20 Update (includes a letter from the executive director as well as info on countywide Critical Delivery Service)
Read the 04.03.20 SOE Service Provider FAQs (this is specific to service providers and includes a list of frequently asked questions)
Read the 03.30.20 Update (includes info on continued office closure and phone calls from unknown numbers, as well as info on creating community from SCDD, food resources for Pasadena residents, a thank you message from ARCA and lists of providers offering teletherapy)
Read the 03.27.20 Update (this update is specific to service providers and includes info for non-residential providers about provision of remote serivces during SOE and info for residential providers about compensation for additional hours, as well as need to notify service coordinators regarding client COVID-19 exposure, symptoms or diagnosis and HCBS self-assessment dealine extension to 06.30.20)
Read the 03.20.20 Update (includes Lanterman office closure notice in English and Spanish, as well as community resources, financial resources, DPSS program info and Governor's executive order regarding evictions and foreclosures)
Read the 03.19.20 Update (this update is specific to service providers and includes info about state of emergency billing, DDS directives and CDPH Covid-19 lab testing guidance)
Read the 03.14.20 Update (includes info about replacing face-to-face meetings with remote electronic communication, suspended meetings and trainings, ceasing library circulation, and links to reliable resources for more info about COVID-19)
Read the 03.13.20 Update (this update is specific to service providers with info from DDS and Lanterman about remote communication as well as notification requirements)
Read the 05.13.20 Update (NEWS: Summaries)
Read the 05.05.20 Update (How is Levi getting his services?)
Read the 04.22.20 Update (NEWS: Summaries)
Read the 04.20.20 Update (URGENT: Stimulus check deadline!)
Read the 04.15.20 Update (COVID-19 - Stimulus checks, health care, unemployment benefits)
Read the 04.01.20 Message (about the Census)
Read the 04.01.20 Update (with general resources for individuals, families, workers, employers)
Read the 06.08.20 Directive (Extension and Rescission of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19)
Read the 04.02.20 Directive (extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19)
Service Provider Closures
- AbilityFirst (most programs as of 03.17.20)
- Danny's Farm (as of 03.15.20)
- Tierra del Sol (Sunland Campus and Art Studios – both Upland and Sunland as of 03.13.20)
- The Help Group (school programs as of 03.16.20)
Service Providers Approved for Teletherapy
- Download list of Early Intervention Providers Approved for Teletherapy/Remote Communication (as of 04.17.20)
- Download list of Other Providers Approved for Teletherapy/Remote Services (as of 04.17.20)
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Practice daily preventive care
Every person has a role to play. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends taking everyday preventive actions to reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses including COVID-19. These are the same precautions you would take to avoid the flu:
- Wash your hands frequently with water and soap for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If water and soap are not readily available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If tissues are not available, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you become sick with respiratory symptoms including fever and cough.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces at home, work and school.
- Practice healthy habits: get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
- If you have not received your annual flu shot, please schedule one with your provider to help protect yourself against the flu.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask: CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Public Health Services is working with partners in health care, education, business, law enforcement and others.
- As this situation evolves, we will continue to update the public.
This is a rapidly evolving situation. To everyone, please beware of misinformation which may be shared, and be sure to turn to reliable and official sources of information. Following are links to local, state and federal resources you should visit for reliable information about Coronavirus (COVID-19). We encourage you to check the following Web site and their social media accounts routinely:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Web page:
- California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Web page:
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Web page:
- California Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
- Labor and Workforce Development Agency
- Employment Development Department (EDD)
- State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)
Download Various Helpful Handouts, Flyers and Other Documents
- View Steps to Stop the Spread of COVID-19
- Download Steps to Stop the Spread of COVID-19
- SCDD 1-page Plain Language COVID-19 Prevention Recommendations
- Longer COVID-19 Plain Language Information By and For People with Disabilities - Green Mountain Self-Advocates
- CDPH’s COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Individuals with Access and Functional Needs
- CDC document includes separate pages w/ steps to keep workplaces, schools, your home and commercial establishments safe from coronavirus