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Navigating IEPs

Lanterman Regional Center, in collaboration with TASK Parent Training Center, presents Navigating IEPs on Tuesday, November 11, 2021 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. via Zoom. Learn about

  • The rights and protections mandated for children with special needs by IDEA, the value of record keeping, the requirements of the assessment process, timelines, and other legal components of an IEP, including goals and objectives.
  • Communication techniques are interspersed throughout the workshop.

Space is limited. Registration required: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAsdeyrqz0tEtOb-qtsTZGuPhxMQUqoq9DR

Interpretation will be provided in Spanish.

For more information, contact Joe Perales at jperales@lanterman.org or 213.252.4986.

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Access Services: Services and Supports During the Pandemic / Access Services: Servicios y Apoyos Durante la Pandemia

Lanterman Regional Center, in collaboration with Access Services and Metro, invites you to participate in this workshop on Access Services continuing to provide essential services to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic and more, on Thursday, November 11, 2021 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Learn about:

  • Access Services ADA Paratransit
  • Mobility Management Partners Travel Training Program
  • Metro Strapping and Marking Program

Space is limited. Registration required: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvdOCurzsuE9P6KDJBGDJyhgbG8k1bGUtP

Interpretation will be provided in Spanish.

For more information, contact Joe Perales at jperales@lanterman.org or 213.252.4986.

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Lanterman Regional Center, en colaboración con Access Services y Metro, lo invita a participar en este taller sobre Access Services continuando brindando servicios esenciales a la comunidad durante la pandemia COVID-19  y más, el jueves 11 de noviembre de 2021 de 3:30 a 5:30 p.m. a través de Zoom. Aprender acerca:

  • Elegibilidad para los servicios del Access y ppciones como referir servicios de transportación
  • Programa de Entrenamiento de Movilidad
  • Correas de Seguridad y Programa de Marking

El espacio es limitado. Se requiere registro: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvdOCurzsuE9P6KDJBGDJyhgbG8k1bGUtP

Se proporcionará interpretación en español.

Para más información, comuníquese con Joe Perales al jperales@lanterman.org o 213.252.4986.

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Looking for 3 New Board Members, plus Board Recruitment Fair on 11/04

Lanterman Regional Center is recruiting for three potential board members, whose two-year terms would begin July 2022 and go thru June 2024. 

The Center is also looking for someone with financial, insurance or human resources experience willing to serve on the Administrative Affairs committee, which meets the second Tuesday of the month at 12 p.m. 

We are hosting a board recruitment fair on Thursday, November 4, that will explain more about the role and responsibilities of board members. Those interested in serving on Lanterman's board of directors should attend and learn more.

See below for a list of frequently asked questions, and following is some additional reference information.

W&I Code §4622 – The state shall contract only with agencies, the governing boards of which conform to all of the following criteria:

  • (a) The governing board shall be composed of individuals with demonstrated interest in, or knowledge of, developmental disabilities.
     
  • (b) The membership of the governing board shall include persons with legal, management or board governance, financial, and developmental disability program expertise. Board governance expertise may not be acquired solely by serving on a regional center board.
     
  • (c) The membership of the governing board shall include representatives of the various categories of disability to be served by the regional center.
     
  • (d) The governing board shall reflect the geographic and ethnic characteristics of the area to be served by the regional center.
     
  • (e) A minimum of 50 percent of the members of the governing board shall be persons with developmental disabilities or their parents or legal guardians. No less than 25 percent of the members of the governing board shall be persons with developmental disabilities.
     
  • (f) Members of the governing board shall not be permitted to serve more than seven years within each eight-year period.
     
  • (i) The advisory committee shall designate one of its members to serve as a member of the regional center board.

 

BOARD RECRUITMENT FAIR

Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

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Community Input and Support Needed on Alternative Staffing Model by 10/29, Meeting Being Held 10/19 About This

Lanterman Regional Center is requesting to continue its Alternative Staffing Model as described in the Welfare and Institutions Code, section 4640.6 (c). Any proposed changes to staffing must benefit clients and families served, and demonstrate clear and convincing support by the community served and impacted – such as clients, families, service providers, advocates and staff. In addition to service coordinators, our model includes two Family Support Specialist positions and two Quality Assurance positions.

Without clear and demonstrated support from Lanterman clients, families, service providers and community members, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) will not approve our alternative staffing request. If you value the Koch-Young Resource Center (KYRC) and the role of Quality Assurance staff, please take the time to write a short letter of support.

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Check Your Mail for a Regional Center Satisfaction Survey / Revise su Correo para Obtener una Encuesta de Satisfacción del Centro Regional

Check your mail! Over the next two weeks, all clients and families served by Lanterman Regional Center will be receiving a satisfaction survey in their primary language.
 
There is the option to complete a paper survey or take the survey online. Either way, please take just a few minutes to complete the survey and share with us how we are doing during these challenging times.
 
Directions for accessing the survey online are in the left-hand side of the letter you will be receiving. If you prefer using the paper survey, we have included a stamped return envelope, so once completed, just drop it back in the mail to us. Please complete the survey online or return via mail by the end of October.
 
Responses will be kept confidential and it is not necessary for you to provide your name. If you want someone from the Regional Center to reach out to you to assist with any concerns or questions, please provide your name and telephone number as well as a description of your concern.
 
We're all in this together, so please take a few minutes to share your thoughts on how we're doing.

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¡Revisa tu correo! Durante las próximas dos semanas, todos los clientes y familias atendidos por el Centro Regional Lanterman recibirán una encuesta de satisfacción.

Existe la opción de completar una encuesta en papel o realizar la encuesta en línea. De cualquier manera, tómese unos minutos para completar la encuesta y compartir con nosotros cómo lo estamos haciendo durante estos tiempos difíciles.
 

Las instrucciones para acceder a la encuesta en línea se encuentran en el lado izquierdo de la carta que recibirá. Si prefiere utilizar la encuesta en papel, hemos incluido un sobre de devolución sellado, así que una vez completado, envíenoslo por correo. Complete la encuesta en línea o devuélvala por correo antes del fin de octubre.

Las respuestas se mantendrán confidenciales y no es necesario que proporcione su nombre. Si desea que alguien del Centro Regional se comunique con usted para ayudarlo con cualquier inquietud o pregunta, proporcione su nombre y número de teléfono, así como una descripción de su inquietud.

Estamos todos juntos en esto, así que tómese unos minutos para compartir sus pensamientos sobre cómo lo estamos haciendo.

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New Provisional Eligibility for 3 and 4-Year-Old Children / Nueva Elegibilidad Provisional para Niños de 3 y 4 Años

Starting July 2021, 3 and 4-year-old children may be eligible for regional center services under the Lanterman Act provisionally. The child does not need to be found to have a developmental disability to be eligible if the child is 3 or 4 years old. However, the child must:

  • Have a disability that is not solely physical in nature, and
  • Must have significant functional limitations in at least two of the following areas:
    • Self-care
    • Receptive and expressive language
    • Learning
    • Mobility
    • Self-direction

Prior to age 5, a child must be reassessed to see if the child has a developmental disability which is needed to be eligible for ongoing regional center services.

To apply or re-apply for services, e-mail referrals@lanterman.org or contact the Intake referral line at 213.252.8610. Read more on our Applying for Services webpage.

If you currently receive Early Start services, ask your service coordinator for more information.

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A partir de julio de 2021, los niños de 3 y cuatro 4 años de edad pueden ser elegibles para los servicios del centro regional bajo la Ley Lanterman provisionalmente. No es necesario que se descubra que el niño tiene una discapacidad del desarrollo para ser elegible si el niño tiene 3 o cuatro 4 años de edad. Sin embargo, el niño debe:

  • Tener una discapacidad que no es únicamente de naturaleza física, y
  • Debe tener limitaciones funcionales significativas en al menos dos de las siguientes áreas:
    • Autocuidado
    • Lenguaje receptivo y expresivo
    • Aprendizaje
    • Movilidad
    • Autodirección

Antes de los 5 años de edad, un niño debe ser reevaluado para ver si el niño tiene una discapacidad del desarrollo que es necesaria para ser elegible para los servicios continuos del centro regional.

Para aplicar o volver a aplicar para servicios, envíe un correo electrónico a referrals@lanterman.org o comuníquese con la línea de referencia de admisión al 213.252.8610. Lea más en nuestra página web aplicar para servicios.

Si actualmente recibe servicios de Early Start, pídale a su coordinador de servicios para más información.

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National Disability Voter Registration Week, September 13-20, 2021

Lanterman Regional Center is proud to announce our participation in the National Disability Voter Registration Week during the week of September 13-20, 2021. The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) launched the REV UP campaign in 2016 with a goal to increase the political power of the disability community. The National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) grew out of the REV UP efforts and organized yearly with the help of organizations serving people with disabilities across the nation.

NDVRW is a national, nonpartisan campaign to register, educate and prepare voters with disabilities for the 2021 elections and beyond. This NDVRW is focusing on the message that our vote is powerful. One in 4 adults in America lives with a disability, and we need more of them to participate in elections. Together, we can hold our leaders accountable to make decisions that ensure people with disabilities have access to employment, community living, education, transportation, healthcare and more.

If you are not registered to vote, and would like to register, click on the link below.

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2021/22 Community Resource Development Plan Community Input Summary

Each year Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center develops Community Resource Development Plan (CRDP) and Community Placement Plan (CPP) proposals which are presented to the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to meet the needs of the clients and families we serve. Resource development feedback for 2021/22 was obtained from an online survey and input from our support group participants.

Following is a summary of the input received by Lanterman Regional Center. These are the ranked priorities based on community input:

  1. Behavior management services
  2. Employment support
  3. Early start therapies (OT, PT, speech)
  4. Social skills training
  5. Specialized housing for individuals with behaviors or health care needs
  6. Community integrated services

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Lanterman Regional Center Caseload Ratio

Dear Lanterman Community,

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has found that Lanterman Regional Center is out of compliance with the requirements of the Welfare and Institutions Code, section 4640.6 (c), which requires that regional centers maintain caseload ratios at or below specific averages.

On March 1, 2021 Lanterman reported the following caseload ratios:

  • Medicaid Waiver - 1:82 (the required ratio is 1:62)
  • Children under 3 - 1:59 (the required ratio is 1:62)
  • Individuals who moved from a developmental center over 24 months ago - 1:70 (the required ratio is 1:62)
  • Individuals who moved from a developmental center between 12 & 24 months ago - 1:43 (the required ratio is 1:45)
  • Complex Needs - 1:24 (the required ratio is 1:25)
  • Over 3, not on Waiver - 1:70 (the required ratio is 1:66)

Welfare and Institutions Code 4640.6 (f) requires a plan of correction be developed for a regional center that has not complied with the caseload ratio requirements for two consecutive years. The regional center is required to solicit input from its community, including families, adults served by the regional center, service providers, the State Council, recognized labor unions and other interested parties.  

Please read the draft response letter. If you would like to provide input, please submit via e-mail to CommunityInput@lanterman.org or send via U.S. Mail by August 31, 2021 to the address below:

Melinda Sullivan
Executive Director
Lanterman Regional Center
3303 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90010

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Welcome Back! KYRC Reopening for Visitors on 08.05.21

¡Bienvenido de vuelta! Reabriendo del KYRC para visitantes el 08.05.21

The Koch-Young Resource Center is reopening for visitors beginning Thursday, August 5, 2021. / El Centro de Recursos Koch-Young está reabriendo para los visitantes a partir de jueves, 5 de Agosto de 2021.

Contact the KYRC Help Desk to make an appointment at: kyrc@lanterman.org or 213.252.5600 / Póngase en contacto con el Help Desk de KYRC para hacer una cita en: kyrc@lanterman.org o 213.252.5600

  • Available appointment days are Thursday and Friday. Once we receive your request we will confirm your time. / Los días de cita disponibles son jueves y viernes. Una vez que recibamos su solicitud, le confirmaremos su hora.
  • All library items (including toys) will be available for loan (2 items at a time). We ask that you call ahead of time to reserve the items. Search the library catalog online at: www.library.lanterman.org  / Todos los artículos de la biblioteca (incluidos los juguetes) estarán disponibles para préstamo (2 artículos a la vez). Le pedimos que llame con anticipación para reservar los artículos. Busque en el catálogo de la biblioteca en línea en: www.library.lanterman.org
    • All items will be thoroughly cleaned upon return. / Todos los artículos se limpiarán a fondo a su regreso.
  • In order to ensure social distancing, we will enforce a maximum capacity of one visitor at a time per appointment only (no children). Masks will be required. / Con el fin de garantizar el distanciamiento social, haremos cumplir una capacidad máxima de solamente un visitante a la vez por cita (sin niños). Se exigirán mascarillas.

We are excited to begin reopening to the public! / ¡Estamos muy contentos de comenzar a reabrir al público!

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Final Budget Agreement - The Biggest Investment Our System Has Seen In Many Years

Resharing from the Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA):

Legislative leaders, members of the Senate and Assembly, and Governor Newsom have agreed to a Budget that gives our system tremendous reason for hope.

As Rita Walker, ARCA's Board President put it, "the new funds in this budget set the stage for enhancing the ability of regional centers and service coordinators to serve clients and address their individual and unique needs.”

The bottom line? A lot of money in the coming years to support a more modern, responsive system that can better meet individual and family needs. 

Key points (more details here) are:

  • A five-year phase-in of rate reform for service providers
  • A total of nearly $90 million a year for new regional center service coordinators, starting July 2022
  • Modernized technology to both help families and people served by regional centers have more control over their data and support critical system infrastructure 
  • Creation of a training and certification program for direct support professionals, as well as extra funds for cultural competency and language access
  • Restoration of social recreation and camp! (as well as educational services and non-medical therapies)
  • A performance incentive pilot program for regional centers
  • Additional funds for individuals seeking employment
  • Expanded regional center service eligibility for certain 3- and 4-year-old children
  • New support for reaching diverse communities
  • Ending the Uniform Holiday Furlough Schedule
  • Getting rid of the sunset on the ~8% rate increase for service providers


Soon, we'll be launching an effort to help you connect with your legislators to let them know you appreciate them responding to your advocacy. This is a huge long-term commitment to our system and the over 350,000 Californians it serves. It's critical they know this was the right choice. Sign up today!

ARCA's Executive Director, our own Amy Westling, said it best. 
"We are deeply grateful for the long-term commitment the Legislature and Governor have made to our community, and their collaborative work to secure this funding. As these funds come into our system, they will help ensure the needs of people with developmental disabilities, and their families, are front and center."

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Lanterman Regional Center Reopening Update

Dear Lanterman Community,

With the reopening of California on June 15, and the lifting of most restrictions by the State and Los Angeles County, we know you may be wondering when Regional Center activities will return to pre-pandemic practices.

Since COVID-19 rates are at the lowest levels since the start of the pandemic:

  • social distancing is no longer required 
  • limits on capacity at restaurants, supermarkets, gyms, etc. are lifted
  • masks will no longer be mandated for vaccinated people in most settings, (except on public transportation, in health care settings, indoors at K-12 schools, child care settings, day camps, and youth facilities, in cooling centers, and at some businesses and offices that require them).

The Center, however, has not yet reopened to the public at this time. We are in the process of preparing our offices and planning for gradually and safely resuming in-person meetings, resource center visits, etc. in the coming months. These plans will be consistent with all current directives from the CDC, California Department of Public Health, Cal/OSHA, and the appropriate local departments of public health.

We have also asked our service providers to work with us in planning for resuming in-person services that are reflective of these directives as well, taking into account all individual clients’ needs, so that their clients will be safe and successful in returning to onsite activities.

We continue to encourage everyone who is not yet vaccinated to do so. Vaccinations have played a crucial role in allowing this reopening and it’s never been easier to get a vaccine locally. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, free and effective, and are now available to everyone age 12 and up.

Let’s end this pandemic. If you have not yet received your vaccine, check for available appointments and book your vaccination as soon as you can.

Please let your Service Coordinator know if there is any assistance the Center can provide as we move into the next stages of this pandemic.

We hope that you and your family remain healthy and are able to enjoy the summer months.

Kind Regards,
Melinda Sullivan
Executive Director

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Enroll Before June 30 — No Doctor’s Signature Needed

There is nothing more important than your health. That’s why we created the Medical Baseline Allowance program. Specifically designed for households that rely on in-home medical equipment, this program allows you to use more electricity at our lowest rate, which can lower your overall monthly energy costs, assuming consistent electricity use.

Enroll Before June 30 — No Doctor’s Signature Needed
The COVID consumer protections which waived the need for a medical professional’s signature to apply for the Medical Baseline Allowance program expire on June 30 (a signature will be required after that date). A wide range of medical devices and equipment are eligible, so qualifying is easier than ever. Apply today and start saving!

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Marc is a Permanent Employee of the Blaze Pizza Team

Marc returned to SCRS-IL Employment Services Program in November 2020 after being separated from LAUSD as a Food Service Worker. After Marc was separated, he reached out to SCRS-IL for assistance in obtaining his next job.

Marc felt that if SCRS-IL Employment Services could help him find his first job, then it would make sense SCRS-IL can help him find his next opportunity. Marc returned to our Employment Services Program in November of 2020 and immediately got to work on searching for his next opportunity and learning any new skills needed.

After two months of training, Marc was offered an opportunity for a Paid Internship at Blaze Pizza in Monrovia. At first, Marc was hesitant since it was a bit further than he would have preferred. However, Marc decided to take the opportunity with the understanding that we would provide him technical assistance on site. Since Marc began his training during the Pandemic, he did encounter some hiccups at the beginning due to COVID lockdowns; however, Marc and his manager were patient with the ever changing restrictions.

After the initial month of training, the manager felt that Marc should be training directly with him and that the Blaze Pizza employees could help Marc in transitioning into the workplace. Marc was able to slowly make the transition; however, he faced yet another barrier with Access Transportation and punctuality. Marc needed assistance in learning about Friday traffic with or without a Pandemic. SCRS-IL staff worked with Marc to help him understand how tardiness can cost him his job. Soon Marc was able to arrange his trips with enough time to make it to work on time.

SCRS-IL staff also worked with Blaze Pizza Management so that Marc can have a set schedule, this minor change allowed for Marc to join the “Access to work” Program through Access Paratransit. Marc continued to do well in adapting to a restaurant setting and also learning about their peak times and down times. His adapting also included mastering the dough press, washing dishes and building pizza boxes. The Blaze Pizza Manager, Marco, did a great job with including Marc in all aspects of the job and truly making Marc feel as a member of the Blaze Pizza Team. As of May 2021, Marc joined the Blaze Pizza Team as a permanent employee!

SCRS will always be here for you, Marc – Great work!!

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Cameron Works as a Custoidan for SCRS-IL

Cameron began the SCRS-IL Employment Services Program December of 2019 with a desire to work as a gardener. In the past, Cameron had mowed his neighbors’ lawns throughout the City of Pasadena. As Cameron began to attend SCRS’ Employment Program, he decided to learn how to take public transportation to help him become more employable.

Cameron’s biggest barrier was that he was a man of very few words, mostly responding with a few words. However, he always carried a friendly smile to offer everyone he came in contact with.

Cameron was very dedicated to his training and when he began work with the Employment Specialist he was placed rather quickly to a Paid Internship with a local church as a gardener. In this position, Cameron learned general lawn maintenance which consisted of pulling weeds, using the leaf blower and filling up the bags with trash. His Internship also consisted of maintaining the church with the help of his mentor Brother Walker. Cameron was doing amazing until the Covid-19 pandemic hit California.

Since his Internship was cut short, Cameron decided to not let this opportunity of training pass him by. He continued in person training during the shutdown. Cameron became more comfortable and began to open up to staff and his social skills began to improve. After some dedication and time, Cameron applied to an open custodian position here at SCRS-IL.

The Program Director and Manager were able to interview Cameron so he can showcase his new skills. Cameron was able to get through his interview and as of May 3, 2021, Cameron has been working with SCRS Monday through Friday! Cameron has been doing an exceptional job and SCRS-IL staff has noticed a huge difference in Cameron’s personality and his skills have made a great difference in keeping the office sanitized and presentable!

WELCOME ABOARD CAMERON!!

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Sean C. Handles Packages for FedEx Ground

Sean C. began attending the SCRS-IL Employment Services Program on November 6, 2020. Previously, Sean was employed by the Glendale Community College Book Store. However, when the Covid-19 Pandemic impacted California, all colleges began remote education and Sean was left unemployed as a result.

Sean stated that he needed assistance in seeking stable employment after his “on call” status at Glendale College and no work availability. He began working with SCRS-IL employment services staff in areas such as enhancing his resume, improving his interview skills, and job searching.

During Sean’s introductory assessment, he expressed his difficulty with time management, which is essential in retaining employment. Due to this need, the employment services team was able to work with Sean and provide him with time management and workplace etiquette trainings. Sean was able to learn the importance of time management and workplace Etiquette. Soon after, Sean began his job searching and was able to obtain employment working at Dodger Stadium as a Stadium Sanitation Associate, per diem. Shortly after accepting this position, he was asked if he was interested in working for FedEx Ground as a package handler in the city of Arcadia. Sean stated that he was definitely interested in making the move and SCRS-IL staff was able to work with Sean complete his application, assessment and new hire forms.

Sean was required to participate in a two-part orientation on May 6 and May 7 which would finalize his onboarding process. Sean is really happy about his new employment opportunity working for one of the largest delivery express transportation companies in the United States.

Way to go Sean!!

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We Asked…You Answered…And This is What You Had to Say

After a year like no other, we wanted to give every client and family served by Lanterman Regional Center an opportunity to provide the Center with feedback on how we’re doing and how things are going.
 
We invited the 11,000 clients and families we serve to participate in a mail-in survey sent out in their primary language to evaluate our performance and processes, and received an above average response, hearing back from 20 percent or more of you in each of the four languages – English, Spanish, Korean or Chinese.

So, what did you have to say?
 
Overall, 93% of clients and families reported that they were satisfied or extremely satisfied with the services and support that Lanterman provides. And then we broke it down into 10 different aspects of service and support for which responses were given along a 5-point scale:

  • Extremely Satisfied
  • Satisfied
  • Not sure
  • Dissatisfied
  • Extremely Dissatisfied

We asked survey recipients questions in the following 10 areas and we’re sharing the percentage satisfied/extremely satisfied:

  1. Easy to reach by telephone – 87%
  2. Timely response to concerns as needed – 90%
  3. Respectful/professional staff communication – 97%
  4. Staff respect and honor my race/ethnic culture – 96%
  5. I feel listened to/understood by staff – 94 %
  6. Staff partner with helpful solution-based ideas – 91%
  7. Service coordinator knows and informs me about relevant services and supports – 90%
  8. Feel comfortable as active participant in IPP/IFSP – 92%
  9. I receive the services and supports I need – 91%
  10. The services and supports I receive have made a difference – 93%

In 9 out of the 10 areas, 90 percent or more were satisfied or extremely satisfied. Our lowest mark at 87 percent satisfied/extremely satisfied was how easy, or perhaps not easy, we are to reach by telephone. Overall percent satisfaction by ethnicity was also over 90% among 7 self-identified ethnicities.
 
While there is a small percentage that is unsure, dissatisfied or extremely dissatisfied, in each of these areas, overall it was reaffirming after this extraordinary year to hear back from our community that we’re mostly meeting or exceeding your expectations. Also, respondents who had expressed a question or concern in their survey response, and chose to provide contact information, received a follow-up phone call.
 
The takeaway is there is always room for improvement. And your feedback will help us deliver an ever-better experience with the regional center to our clients and families.

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What You Need to Know About the Pausing of the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Are you worried because you received the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine recently? Are you concerned because you do not have access to health care or a primary care physician you can consult with about your health and the COVID-19 vaccine? Are you not sure who to call to get medical advice and are concerned you may be experiencing side effects of the J&J vaccine, or may have symptoms/side effects that are concerning with any of the other vaccines?

Please know that the majority of people who received the J&J vaccine should be fine, you don’t need to see a doctor right away just because you recently received the vaccine, you just need to know what to watch for and report (symptoms and time frame specified below). It's important not to worry or panic as anxiety and fear can cause you to feel "symptomatic."

There are resources available to help with both medical and mental health concerns in case you need someone to talk to about you concerns, or develop unexpected or adverse side effects. LA County Public Health directs people to 2-1-1 (if you don’t have a health care provider). If you have Medi-Cal or Medicare, call your health plan or primary care physician if you have concerns. If you are having a medical emergency, do not wait,  call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.

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Lo que necesita saber sobre la pausa de la vacuna Johnson & Johnson

¿Está preocupado porque recibió la vacuna Johnson & Johnson (J&J) recientemente? ¿Está preocupado porque no tiene acceso a atención médica o un médico de atención primaria con quien pueda consultar sobre su salud y la vacuna COVID-19? ¿No está seguro de a quién llamar para obtener asesoramiento médico y le preocupa que pueda estar experimentando efectos secundarios de la vacuna J&J, o que pueda tener síntomas / efectos secundarios preocupantes con cualquiera de las otras vacunas?

Tenga en cuenta que la mayoría de las personas que recibieron la vacuna J&J deberían estar bien, no necesita ver a un médico de inmediato solo porque recibió la vacuna recientemente, solo necesita saber qué observar e informar (los síntomas y el período de tiempo para monitorear se explicará a continuación). Es importante no preocuparse o entrar en pánico, ya que la ansiedad y el miedo pueden provocar que usted se sienta mal o creer que siente síntomas.

Hay recursos disponibles para ayudar con problemas médicos y de salud mental en caso de que necesite hablar con alguien sobre sus inquietudes o si desarrolla algún efecto secundario precupante o inesperado. El Departmento de Salud Pública del Condado de Los Ángeles dirige a las personas que llamen al 2-1-1 (si no tiene un proveedor de atención médica). Si tiene Medi-Cal o Medicare, puede llamar a su plan de salud o llamar a su médico personal si tiene inquietudes. Y por supuesto, si tiene una emergencia médica no espere, llame al 9-1-1 o vaya a sala de emergencia más cercana.

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More Details are Available from Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

View the press release: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/phcommon/public/media/mediapubhpdetail.cfm?prid=3070

View the FAQ handout: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/docs/vaccine/FAQ_JohnsonAndJohnsonPause.pdf
On 4/13/21, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended a temporary pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine because 6 cases of a severe type of blood clot have been reported in people who received the vaccine in the US. The blood clot is called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST). The 6 cases were in women ages 18 to 48 and their symptoms started 6 to 13 days after they received the vaccine. These side effects are very rare. There have been almost 7 million doses nationally of the J&J vaccine administered in the U.S. and only 6 reported cases. The pause is being recommended out of an abundance of caution while the FDA and CDC complete their review of the cases. This is expected to take several days.

Key points for patients who got the J&J vaccine:

  • If you got the vaccine more than a month ago, the risk to you is very low at this time.
  • If you recently got the vaccine - within the last few weeks - you should look for any symptoms of these unusual clots. If you develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, shortness of breath, or any other concerning symptoms or health problems, you should contact you healthcare provider and seek medical treatment. If you don't have a medical provider, call 2-1-1 to be connected with a healthcare provider

General vaccine info:

  • Importantly, there are three COVID-19 vaccines available. We are not seeing these events with the other two vaccines.
  • People who have vaccine appointments with the other two vaccines should continue with their appointment.

How should I report a side-effects from the vaccine? If you experience side effects after any vaccine, please report them to the FDA/CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). The VAERS toll-free number is 1.800.822.7967 or report online to https://vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html.

Here is the statement from the FDA: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/joint-cdc-and-fda-statement-johnson-johnson-covid-19-vaccine

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Más detalles están disponibles del Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Los Ángeles

Ver el comunicado de prensa: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/phcommon/public/media/mediapubhpdetail.cfm?prid=3071

En 4/13/21, la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos (FDA) y los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) recomendaron una pausa temporal en el uso de la vacuna Johnson & Johnson (J&J) porque 6 casos de un tipo grave de coágulos de sangre se han informado en personas que recibieron la vacuna en los EE. UU. El coágulo de sangre se llama trombosis del seno venoso cerebral (CVST). Los 6 casos ocurrieron en mujeres de 18 a 48 años y sus síntomas comenzaron de 6 a 13 días después de recibir la vacuna. Estos efectos secundarios son muy raros. Ha habido casi 7 millones de dosis a nivel nacional de la vacuna J&J administradas en los EE. UU. y solo se han reportado 6 casos. Se recomienda la pausa por precaución mientras la FDA y los CDC completan su revisión de los casos. Se espera que esto lleve varios días.

Puntos importantes para los pacientes que recibieron la vacuna J&J:

  • Si recibió la vacuna hace más de un mes, el riesgo para usted es muy bajo en este momento.
  • Si recibió la vacuna recientemente, en las últimas semanas, debe buscar cualquier síntoma de estos coágulos inusuales. Si presenta dolor de cabeza intenso, dolor abdominal, dolor en las piernas, dificultad para respirar o cualquier otro síntoma o problema de salud relacionado, debe comunicarse con su proveedor de atención médica y buscar tratamiento médico. Si no tiene un proveedor médico, llame al 2-1-1 para que lo comuniquen con un proveedor de atención médica.

Información general de la vacuna:

  • Es importante destacar que hay tres vacunas COVID-19 disponibles. No estamos viendo estos eventos con las otras dos vacunas.
  • Las personas que tienen citas de vacunas con las otras dos vacunas deben continuar con su cita.

¿Cómo debo informar los efectos secundarios de la vacuna? Si experimenta efectos secundarios después de cualquier vacuna, infórmelo al sistema de notificación de eventos adversos de vacunas (VAERS) de la FDA / CDC. El número gratuito de VAERS es 1.800.822.7967 o informe en línea a https://vaers.hhs.gov/reporteventspan.html.

Aquí está la declaración de la FDA: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/declaracion-conjunta-de-los-cdc-y-la-fda-sobre-la-vacuna-contra-el-covid-19-de-johnson-johnson

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April COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility for Pasadena Area

As of April 15, COVID-19 vaccine eligibility will be expanded to include individuals aged 16-64. Please have families/clients who are Pasadena residents fill out the Pasadena Vaccination Inquiry Form for People with Severe Health Conditions to receive notification when vaccine appointments become available through the City of Pasadena. For assistance with completing the form, please contact the Pasadena Citizen Service Center at 626.744.7311.

At this time, the City is waiting for vaccine supply from the State and will offer appointments once vaccine is available. We encourage you to continue to check with other vaccine providers because they may have appointments available before the City of Pasadena. More information about the COVID-19 vaccine, including a list of other providers is available on the City’s COVID-19 Vaccine webpage.

Pasadena's plan for the distribution and administration of a COVID-19 vaccine follows the guidelines and requirements of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Where can I get the vaccine?

Pasadena residents should contact their healthcare provider or local pharmacy for vaccine availability.

California Department of Public Health My Turn: https://myturn.ca.gov

For more information on vaccine availability at local pharmacies, visit:

Rite Aid: https://www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/covid-qualifier

Vons: https://www.vons.com/pharmacy/covid-19.html

Pavilions: https://www.pavilions.com/pharmacy/covid-19.html

Ralphs: https://www.ralphs.com/rx/covid-eligibility

CVS: https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine

Walgreens: https://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/covid-vaccine.jsp

To view more information on COVID-19 vaccination locations by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, visit http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/covidvaccinedistribution/.

Vaccines may be available at Kaiser Permanente locations for members and non-members. To view appointments and determine if you are eligible, visit https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/health-wellness/coronavirus-information/covid-vaccine/vaccination-eligibility.

For those without access to a computer or the internet, or with disabilities, the call center is available to help schedule appointments.

Pasadena Citizen Service Center 626.744.7311: open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Los Angeles County 833.540.0473: open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

California COVID-19 Hotline 833.422.4255: open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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LAUSD Student and Family Wellness Hotline / Línea Telefónica de Bienestar para Estudiantes y Familia

LAUSD Student Health and Human Services has a Student and Family Wellness Hotline that can be reached at 213.241.3840 on school days Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Caregivers, parents and staff can call for consultation, support and referrals:

  • For basic needs, press 1
  • For mental health, press 2
  • For school attendance and enrollment, press 3
  • For nursing, press 4
  • For students in foster care, experiencing homelessness and/or involved in juvenile justice, press 5

Learn more at https://achieve.lausd.net/shhs.

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Servicios Humanos y de Salud Estudiantil del LAUSD tiene una Línea Directa de Bienestar Estudiantes y Familias a la que se puede llamar al 213.241.3840 los días escolares de lunes a viernes, de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m.

Los cuidadores, los padres y el personal pueden llamar para consultas, apoyo y referencias:

  • Para necesidades básicas, presione 1
  • Para salud mental, presione 2
  • Para asistencia e inscripción a la escuela, presione 3
  • Para enfermeria, presione 4
  • Para estudiantes en cuidado de crianza temporal, sin hogar y / o involucrados en la justicia juvenil, presione 5

Obtenga más información en https://achieve.lausd.net/shhs.

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Watch Rachelle Talk About Her Journey with The Campbell Center

Meet Rachelle C., The Campbell Center's (TCC) Art Academy Instructor. Rachelle has gone through such a tremendous journey with TCC from graduating college to becoming an art teacher at several nonprofits and schools.

One of the most important things for Rachelle is not to be defined by her disability and to be treated like everyone else. Rachelle's story is an important one because it reinforces the idea that every individual with a disability is exactly that: an individual. We must treat each individual with the respect and dignity they deserve.
 

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Reflecting on a Year in the Pandemic: One Year of COVID, in Under Three Minutes

From ARCA - Association of Regional Center Agencies: Reflecting on a Year in the Pandemic: One Year of COVID, in Under Three Minutes

It's been just over a year since California's shelter-in-place order started. Regional centers have transitioned to new ways of working to meet the new - and continuing - needs of the people and families they serve.

It hasn't been easy, and we're not through it yet. But we still want to salute the regional center staff who remain committed to over 350,000 Californians with developmental disabilities.

Your regional center is committed to supporting you and your loved ones during this challenging time. Support in the pandemic is not just new forms of service - it's distributions of critical personal protective equipment, school supplies, food, diapers, and finally, vaccines.

This work was made possible through community partnerships, both those that have formed in response to the pandemic, such as with pharmacies, and those that have strengthened in the past year, such as with local public health departments and the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities.

In this three-minute video, ARCA salutes and honors the diverse ways regional centers and community partners have come together in a renewed focus on the needs of those we are all committed to serving!

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The First Three Years of Every Child’s Life are Critical

Help is just a phone call away! Call the Early Start BabyLine
 800-515-BABY (800-515-2229)
(Disponible en español)

The California Department of Developmental Services and the Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention have free information for parents and professionals so they can learn more about early intervention and learn how to get the BEST help for our babies and toddlers.

How your baby or toddler plays, learns, talks, acts and moves give important clues as to how they are developing. If you have any questions or concerns about whether your baby or toddler’s development is on track, call 1-800-515-BABY to get connected with free resources near you.

If your child is already receiving Early Start services, congratulations! They are on their way to a better future, and your support is making it possible. It's important to remember you're not alone. Other parents just like you can be a great resource. Your fellow parents can offer the support that only someone who's been where you are can provide.

That's why your regional center partners with "Family Resource Centers." These centers are operated by parents and family members, and are meant to provide peer support, guidance, and information to help you focus on being the best parent possible for your child. Once you've connected with your regional center, think about reaching out to the local Family Resource Center, too!

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Check Out CHLA’s Tips for Virtual Learning for Young Children

Developed by Children's Hospital Los Angeles' (CHLA) Early Childhood Interdisciplinary Assessment Clinic team, this 2-page handout features tips for parents, teachers, and early interventionists on virtual learning for young children. It includes tips for setting the stage, and what to do both during and after learning sessions.

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Check Out Our PSA in LA Parent Online and in Print

Throughout the past year, referrals to the Early Start program have declined, and it's not because there are not as many children who need services. The pandemic, as with so many aspects of life, has affected the many avenues through which children who may be in need of Early Start services are referred to the program. So one year into this, there is an active effort to reach parents and early childhood caregivers to increase awareness of how to get help and access available resources. So check out Lanterman's PSA in the most recent edition of LA Parent online and in-print that was distributed to over 150,000 readers.

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Watch a PSA from California’s Surgeon General About Early Start

The first three years of every child’s life are critical. How your baby or toddler plays, learns, talks, acts and moves give important clues as to how they are developing. If you have any questions or concerns about whether your baby or toddler’s development is on track, call 1-800-515-BABY to get connected with free resources near you.

The California Department of Developmental Services and the Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention have free information for parents and professionals so they can learn more about early intervention and learn how to get the BEST help for their babies and toddlers.

 

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Joint Statement on Federal Public Charge Changes

State Health and Human Services Leaders Issue Joint Statement on Federal Public Charge Changes

SACRAMENTO – California’s health and human services leaders today issued the following joint statement on the Biden Administration’s announcement that it will no longer enforce the 2019 public charge final rule.

Joint statement from California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly; California Department of Social Services Director Kim Johnson; California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón; and California Department of Health Care Services Director Will Lightbourne:

“Immigrants and their loved ones across California can seek and accept medical care, food assistance and public housing without fear or confusion, thanks to changes in federal policy. They won’t be forced to choose between getting help for basic needs and their ability to stay with their families in the United States.

To immigrant families in California, we want you to know that California fought to end this shameful policy and you should continue to use available public services that help you and your family thrive and be healthy. Remember that medical testing, treatment and preventative services for COVID-19, including vaccines, will not be considered for public charge purposes. If you have questions, you can find a list of nonprofit organizations providing legal immigration services on the California Department of Social Services website here: https://www.cdss.ca.gov/immigrationcontractors.

To providers across California administering health and social services programs, thank you! We are grateful for all you do to ensure that everyone has access to basic services. Your efforts further our collective work to build a healthy, vibrant, and inclusive California for All.”

Click here for more information on federal changes to the public charge rule: https://www.chhs.ca.gov/blog/2021/03/15/alert-important-change-to-public-charge-rule/

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The following statement is from Jacey Cooper, State Medicaid Director and DHCS Chief Deputy Director for Health Care Programs:

“We welcome the federal decision to stop treating Medi-Cal as a public charge. Diseases, including deadly pandemics like COVID-19, ignore borders and legal distinctions between people, so it’s in everyone’s best interest that all individuals get the care they need.”

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Vaccine Update: Individuals w/ D.D. Become Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine March 15

PLEASE READ THIS VACCINE UPDATE

Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Become Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine tomorrow, Monday, March 15.

Read our latest bulletin for more information, including sites where you can try and schedule a vaccine appointment: https://mailchi.mp/lanterman/lanterman-e-bulletin-vaccine-eligibility-update-access-services-second-community-meeting-plus-upcoming-trainings-workshops-1461410

Please note that while you may qualify for a vaccine, vaccines are in short supply and it may take some time and multiple attempts to schedule an appointment.
 

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ARCA Budget Proposals Support Service Coordination Funds and Other Community Needs

California's 21 regional centers, represented by ARCA, are supporting a number of Budget proposals to help our community.

For one of them, ARCA is partnering with Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Together, they're pushing for new money to hire enough service coordinators to meet both your needs and the promises of the Lanterman Act.

Having too few service coordinators harms service delivery and people served, especially diverse communities. The pandemic drove that point home, with new crises overstretching staff resources. Budgeted costs for service coordinators, unchanged for two decades, have dropped from 285% to 117% of minimum wage. This has led to a shortfall of 850 service coordinators as of March 2020.

Fortunately, Assemblymember Jim Frazier, from the East Bay, has once again risen to the challenge of fighting for our community. He will be formally requesting California provide up to $55 million to fix this. Asm. Frazier has a long history of championing the needs of people with developmental disabilities. So it's no surprise he'd see how important it is to provide excellent service coordination!

ARCA, SEIU, and Assemblymember Jim Frazier are working hard to fix this. ARCA's Budget advocacy goes beyond just service coordination. ARCA's full Budget position (https://arcanet.org/pdfs/202122budgetletter.pdf) covers a wide range of needs, including:

  • Close the digital divide to equitably serve all families
  • Improve service access for diverse communities, including through the Community Navigators program
  • End sunsets on provider rate increases and the re-start of furloughs
  • Support professional wages for direct support professionals by improving the minimum wage adjustment process
  • Increased funds for IHSS, special education, and other programs
  • Better support multi-agency foster youth
  • Enhance regional centers' ability to coordinate emergency response
  • Expand crisis prevention and intervention services
  • Improve forensic support to meet complex needs

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