The State of California minimum wage increases to $12.00 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees and $11.00 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees on January 1, 2019. The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has been allocated additional funds by the Legislature for dissemination to service providers to meet the increased minimum wage mandate. It is important to note that the funds allocated by DDS are solely to meet a service provider's costs to increase employee/staff wages to $12.00 per hour (or $11.00 per hour based on the number of employees) and the associated mandated costs (i.e. Social Security, Medicare and workers’ compensation). Please click on the link below to read the letter from DDS, then click on the Workbook link to complete your request for a rate adjustment. SPECIAL NOTE: Only one rate adjustment request per workbook. You must submit one workbook for each vendor number. If a vendor number has multiple rates that are impacted by the minimum wage increase, you must submit one workbook for each sub-code rate. REMINDER: The deadline to submit is March 1, 2019. Requests submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
Certificate and AA in Direct Support Education
Taft College, working with The Arc of California and the National College of Direct Support, is offering a new Associates degree - Direct Support Education. It is an all online program that can be accessed from anywhere. The goal of the DSE program is to help create a career ladder in working with individuals with disabilities.
The Direct Support Education (DSE) Associates Degree is designed to educate students in the care of individuals with disabilities. The program consists of six classes (18 units) that provide a broad background for working with individuals with disabilities, in addition, to the 42 units of basic education classes needed for an associates degree. The 18 units of DSE classes (CSU transferable) include: Introduction to Developmental Disabilities (DSE 1501), Documentation and Individual Rights and Choices (DSE 1502), Introduction to Medication Support (DSE 1503), Cultural Competency (DSE 1504), Teaching Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Dealing with Challenging Behavior (DSE 1505), and Maltreatment and Safety at Home and in the Community (DSE 1506). At this time, all of these classes are offered online.
This program is designed to equip students who are currently working with individuals with disabilities or want to work in this field with a strong foundation in skills in effective communication, understanding of the systems that are associated with working with individuals with disabilities, general guidelines and documentation methods, the importance of confidentiality, how to support people as they effectively and safely manage their basic health, personal needs, how to deal with behavioral issues, maltreatment of individuals with disabilities, mandatory reporting, self advocacy, and safety. The courses will also cover topics that deal with a wide variety of personal perspectives, different cultures and life circumstances.
In addition, the core classes of the DSE program can also be used by individuals who work in the medical field, social services, teachers, and any other professionals that work with individuals with disabilities for CEU’s. These classes, and the entire associate’s degree, are offered online. Since Taft College is the only Junior College that offers an Associates degree in DSE, online classes allow students to participate no matter where they live.