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Lanterman Providers Approved for Teletherapy

We have compiled two lists of service providers (those providing Early Intervention services on one and providers serving other ages in the second) who have been approved to provide services in some type of alternative model or location in response to the COVID-19, in most if not all cases through teletherapy.

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DDS COVID-19 FAQ

DDS has put together a frequently asked questions COVID-19 handout for individuals and families, as well as vendors and service providers.

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Other Relevant Info: DDS COVID-19 Directives and CDPH Guidance on COVID-19 Lab Testing

Please read for additional information including:

  • DDS COVID-19 Directives
  • CDPH Guidance on COVID-19 Lab Testing

DDS COVID-19 Directives

In the last several days, DDS has issued several new directives. They are posted on their Web site, and we're providing links to the new directives here too:

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CDPH Guidance for Prioritization of Patients for Laboratory Testing for COVID-19

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced testing for COVID-19 is expanding, but still largely limited to the following populations:

  • Hospitalized patients who have signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 in order to inform decisions related to infection control or medical management.
     
  • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities with signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19.
     
  • Other persons who are at higher risk for severe infection with signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19. These persons include older adults (age >65 years) and individuals with chronic medical conditions.
     
  • Residents and staff of correctional facilities and other congregate settings with signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19.
     
  • Healthcare personnel with signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19.

Persons in these categories with mild illness should contact their health care provider by phone to discuss the need for testing.

Click here to see the full guidance from CDPH

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Plain Language COVID-19 Answers and Resources/Respuestas y recursos de lenguaje sencillo COVID-19

The current public health emergency is rapidly changing. The State Council on Developmental Disabilities has put together the most common questions received in the past week and the answers. They also include resources where you can find more information./La actual emergencia de salud pública está cambiando rápidamente. El Consejo Estatal de Discapacidades del Desarrollo ha reunido las preguntas más comunes recibidas en la última semana y las respuestas. También incluyen recursos donde puede encontrar más información.

Here are the NEW Resources/Aquí están los NUEVOS recursos::

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COVID-19 Los Angeles Community Resources

A dedicated group of volunteers has been compiling a list of food, housing, health, transportation and education resources in LA County for the coronavirus crisis that is divided into three general categories: children and youth, adults, and elderly.

Please view this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S-WJaMa4q3yNrEBfSFKEdSQArcNc_MTI2LiUA63Ycyg/preview.

With the rapid spreading of COVID-19, our most vulnerable populations are trying to find food safely while dealing with public panic and grocery stores running out of food (and toilet paper!). This is a list of resources that the compilers believes to be accurate as of March 16, 2020. If you see any inaccuracies, please let them know.

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Financial Resources for Residents Impacted by COVID-19

The Department of Public Social Services is aware of the financial impact that the Coronavirus is having on the health and financial well-being of County of Los Angeles residents, leaving thousands unemployed or underemployed.  The department has provided the below resources to help residents who may be experiencing financial challenges due to the pandemic:

IF YOU HAVE HAD YOUR HOURS CUT, BEEN FURLOUGHED, OR LAID OFF:

If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file for unemployment insurance. If you are expecting to return to your job after the dust settles, you do not have to be actively seeking new work during the outbreak. But you must be "able and available to work" to get these benefits, which generally range from $40-$450 per week for up to six months.

https://edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Filing_a_Claim.htm

IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY SICK WITH THE CORONAVIRUS OR HAVE BEEN EXPOSED:

Individuals who are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim.

Disability Insurance provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50 - $1,300 a week.

https://edd.ca.gov/Disability/How_to_File_a_DI_Claim_in_SDI_Online.htm

IF YOU ARE CARING FOR SOMEONE ELSE WHO IS SICK:

Californians who are unable to work because they are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim.

Paid Family Leave provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

https://edd.ca.gov/Disability/How_to_File_a_PFL_Claim_in_SDI_Online.htm

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Governor Newsom Issues New Executive Order to Protect Renters & Homeowners During COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 16, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a new executive order that authorizes local governments to halt evictions for renters and homeowners, slows foreclosures, and protects against utility shutoffs for Californians affected by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

The Governor's Executive Order comes as Californians are experiencing substantial loss of hours or wages, or layoffs related to COVID-19, affecting their ability to keep up with their rents, mortgages and utility bills.

“People shouldn’t lose or be forced out of their home because of the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Newsom. “Over the next few weeks, everyone will have to make sacrifices – but a place to live shouldn’t be one of them. I strongly encourage cities and counties take up this authority to protect Californians.”

The Governor's order does not relieve a tenant from the obligation to pay rent, or restrict the landlord’s ability to recover rent that is due. The protections are in effect through May 31, 2020, unless extended. The order also requests banks and other financial institutions to halt foreclosures and related evictions during this time period.

The Governor’s Executive Order asks the California Public Utilities Commission to monitor measures undertaken by public and private utility providers to implement customer service protections for critical utilities, including electric, gas, water, internet, landline telephone, and cell phone service on a weekly basis.

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DPSS Offices Temporarily Closed Until Further Notice

All DPSS offices are temporarily closed to the public until further notice; however, they are continuing to provide services through their Web site and call centers.

For New Applicants:

Customers can apply for the following benefits online through the Your Benefits Now Web site or by Calling the DPSS Customer Service Center at 866.613.3777.

CalFresh:  Food benefit program for individuals and families;

General Relief: Cash assistance program for single adults;

CalWORKS: Cash assistance program for families;

CAPI: Cash assistance program for immigrants; and

Medi-Cal: Health benefits for individuals and families.

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS): in-home provided care for persons with a disability can be applied for by calling the IHSS Application line at 888.944.4477 or the IHSS Helpline at 888.822.9622.

For Existing Customers:

Customers can upload period reports (QR-7 or SAR-7), annual recertifications or renewals, or verifications online through the Your Benefits Now Web site or by calling the Customer Service Center at 866.613.3777.

The Customer Service Center is also available to respond to general inquiry for all programs including CalFresh, General Relief, CalWORKS, Medi-Cal, and CAPI.

IHSS: The IHSS Helpline is available for recipients and IHSS providers by calling 888.822.9622.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources

The State is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local governments, and health care providers across California to respond to the outbreak of COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus. While COVID-19 has been detected in multiple countries around the world, including the U.S., the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reports the health risk to the general public in California remains low.

DDS has a Web page that provides links to general information about coronavirus, as well as resources for service providers, that will be updated as new information is available.

We have also curated an easy to read handout about the Coronavirus that is available in four languages with basic info and prevention tips. You can download them from the links below.

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Census 2020: Why and How to Participate

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau takes a new count and your participation matters! Your information is PRIVATE and CONFIDENTIAL and cannot be used against you in any way. 

Why participate?

  • Everyone counts – only once
  • It is mandated in the constitution
  • It is about fair representation – the results are used to reapportion seats in the US House of Representatives
  • It is about redistricting – state officials redraw boundaries in legislative districts
  • It is about the distribution of federal funds $$$
  • It affects transportation, care centers, housing, etc.
  • It is your civic duty

How to Participate:
YOU can COUNT by submitting via paper form, in-person, on the phone, and starting March 12, 2020, online.

If you are living at home with your family: 
95% of American households will receive an invitation to respond online via mail. The other 5% will receive the Census Information when a Census Taker drops it off. Less than 1% will be counted in person, and only in very rural areas. 

If you are living in a care facility, or a group home:
The Census calls this “Group Quarters” and it refers to residential schools for people with disabilities, care homes or intermediate care facilities dormitories, correctional facilities, etc.

  • Paper form called “Individual Census Questionnaire” is mailed to the individuals residing in the Group Quarter 
  • Drop Off, Pick Up by a Census Taker schedules a time to drop off the questionnaire at the facility and then picks it up at a later time
  • Group Quarter Self-Counting means the Group Quarter opts to conduct the count of the residents itself

If you are experiencing homelessness:
Please go to your local shelters, soup kitchen, regularly scheduled food vans, etc. These all serve as Service Based Counters so you can participate. 
The dates to be counted: 

  • March 30 - April 1

How to Respond: 

  • Paper Form
  • In-Person
  • Phone
  • Online (starting March 12, 2020)

Census Mailing Strategy:

  • March 12-20: Invitation to respond online
  • March 16-24: Reminder letter
  • March 26 - April 3: Reminder postcard
  • April 1: CENSUS DAY!
  • April 8-16: Reminder letter and questionnaire
  • April 20-27: Final reminder postcard

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Cafecito con el Centro Regional Lanterman

Los invitamos a tomar un café y charlar con la Directora Ejecutiva del Centro Regional Lanterman Melinda Sullivan.

Patrocinado Por Grupo la Esperanza en lunes, 13 de julio de 2020, 9:30-11:30 a.m. en el Centro Regional Lanterman.

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Does Public Charge Apply to You? Federal Rule Change Takes Effect February 24

On Monday, February 24, the Federal Administration's long-awaited revision to the Public Charge rule will take effect in Los Angeles County and throughout the nation. For many in L.A. County’s immigrant communities currently receiving public assistance, the rule change will not affect their benefits.

“Public Charge” is a term that describes a non-U.S. citizen who is likely to become dependent on public assistance and depends on public benefits to meet their basic needs, such as cash assistance programs or long-term care. The term is used in immigration law as a ground for inadmissibility and deportation.

The rule change does not apply to the following situations:

  • U.S. CITIZENS: You and your family members are U.S. citizens;
  • GREEN CARD HOLDERS: If you and your family members are renewing a green card or applying to become a U.S. citizen. (Please consult with an immigration attorney if you plan to leave the country for more than 180 days, as public rule charge may apply);
  • SPECIAL VISA APPLICANT/HOLDERS: Those with the status of refugee, asylee, Violence Against Women Act Petitioner, Temporary Protected Status Applicant/Holder, U&T Visa Applicant/Holder, Special Immigrant Juvenile, or other non-citizen groups, such as DACA Renewal Applicants.

Benefit experts and immigration lawyers have created Keep Your Benefits, a public website* that screens and determines whether the Public Charge rule will impact an individual who is seeking U.S. citizenship. The answers provided on the site are private and safe.  

The Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) is encouraging those who are uncertain about how the Public Charge rule will affect their status, in terms of becoming a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, to consult with reliable and trained immigration attorneys to discuss their specific situations.

“DPSS has a moral and civic responsibility to every one of our residents, regardless of immigration status, to deliver essential public services and benefits that promote their health and improve their quality of life,” said Director Antonia Jiménez.

Jiménez shared that DPSS has developed an informative “Does Public Charge Apply to Me?”  flyer available in English, Spanish, Armenian, Chinese, Cambodian, Korean, Native American, Filipino, Vietnamese, which includes contact information for the County’s Office of Immigration Affairs (OIA) for referrals to free or low-cost legal services.

Updates on the Public Charge rule are available on the Office of Immigrant Affairs website by visiting http://oia.lacounty.gov/ or by calling 1.800.593.8222.

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New Autism and Evidence-Based Treatment Page Launched on Lanterman Web site

We're introducing a new page on the Lanterman Web site called "Autism and Evidence-Based Treatment." The increase in autism prevalence has seen a corresponding increase in available interventions. Through this page we will share information and resources rooted in evidence-based practices (EBPs) which are guided by the best available scientific evidence, the family’s values and preferences, and professional clinical judgement.

This page will feature quarterly updates from Lanterman's clinical services department, along with periodic sharing of resources important to the overall health and well-being of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

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Help Shape Housing Policy in LA County

Lanterman Regional Center received the following invitation from the County of Los Angeles to participate in a housing survey. Take a moment to click on one of the links below to take their survey. Make your voice heard if you need or want to see more affordable housing in Los Angeles County.

The County of Los Angeles is currently updating the Housing Element of the General Plan. The County’s Housing Element serves as a policy guide to address housing needs for the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. The primary focus of the Housing Element is to ensure decent, safe, sanitary and affordable housing for current and future residents of the unincorporated areas, including those with special needs. Your voice is important in this process. We invite you to help inform the Housing Element Update by participating in this survey (Spanish and Chinese versions are also available).

For more information on the County's housing policy initiatives, visit their Web site at http://planning.lacounty.gov/housing/initiatives, or contact them at housing@planning.lacounty.gov and 213.974.6417.

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New Housing Opportunity in Pasadena for Lanterman Clients, Waiting List Sign-ups Start Now

Are you a Lanterman Regional Center client looking for housing?

There is a new housing opportunity in Pasadena that will be available for occupancy in 2020:

  • 4 units - 1 bedroom, for a household size of 1-2
  • 2 units - 2 bedrooms, for a household size of 2 (roommate)

Waiting list sign-ups start now.

Contact Lanterman Housing Specialist Shannon Rains to be added to the waiting list at 213.252.8644 or srains@lanterman.org.

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7 LA County Affordable Housing Site-Based Waiting Lists Now Open

Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) has opened 7 waiting lists for elderly families. The lists will be open from February 10 at 8 a.m. to August 10, 2020 at 4 p.m., however, if LACDA receives sufficient applications before August 10, the list will close.

An Elderly family is a household whose head, co-head, spouse or sole member is at least 62 years of age. May include two or more persons who are at least 62.

The complexes below are in Lanterman Regional Center’s catchment area:
WEST KNOLL
838 North West Knoll Drive, West Hollywood, CA 90069
studios and one-bedroom units

PALM SENIOR
959 North Palm Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069
studios and one-bedroom units.

FOOTHILL VILLA SENIOR
2423 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta, CA 91214
62 units with one bedroom

You can choose to register at one or all of the properties. But applicants will be selected from each waiting list in order of admission preferences and then by date and time. Register online at www.lacda.org or call 626.586.1845.

Please note: If you are offered a unit from any one of the waiting lists that you have selected and you reject that unit, your name will be removed from all other selected waiting lists. Only apply for locations where you want to live.

This information is available in other languages: http://www.pascla.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/1.23.20-Site-Based-Waiting-Lists-Property-Descriptions-all-languages.pdf

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Your Needs, And How Regional Centers Meet Them

Have you ever wanted to learn how over 350,000 Californians with developmental disabilities and their families are connected to services? Through the Lanterman Act, service starts with their regional center. The most important servicecenters provide is service coordination.

And it's not just program plans and meetings. It's a lifelong resource and relationship. To be effective, service coordinators need to know many systems and programs, and have diverse talents, to help people pursue their lifelong goals.

Have you wanted to learn more about what service coordinators do, and what their work looks like?

Download the service coordination infographic from ARCA

How Underfunding Service Coordination Hurts Us All

This year, ARCA is pleased to work with other members of the Lanterman Coalition to advocate for phasing in the rate study's recommendations for service providers, ensuring providers who got left out receive last year's funding increases, making those increases permanent, and ensuring minimum wage needs are met. The Coalition's proposal also has one other part.... 
 
"Take immediate actions to comply with Federal and State caseload ratios"

Service coordinators are the backbone of California's 21 regional centers. Their work is built on the fundamental goal of forming lifelong trusting relationships that help ensure people (and families) can make their goals into realities - for their entire lives.
 
But for years, centers have struggled to provide people the individualized attention and support they need, because the State of California has made hardly any change to the money given to centers to hire these critical staff.
 
ARCA requests the full funding of regional center caseload ratio needs, inclusive of the staffing needs to support service coordinators required to meet statutory caseload requirements.

With a system that needs an estimated 800 additional service coordinators to properly serve people, it's now time to commit to a permanent fix so our system can:

  • Better serve diverse communities and meet their unique needs;
  • Ensure billions of dollars in federal matching funds; and
  • Support people with developmental disabilities who seek the most productive, community-integrated, and independent lives possible.

Read why California needs to act to support the dedicated professionals who provide a lifetime of connection for people with developmental disabilities, their families, and the service providers who help make community life possible.

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U.S. Census 2020: Shape Your Future

Census 2020 is a once-a-decade count that determines congressional representation, billions of dollars in federal funding, and provides data that will impact all communities for the next decade. The 2020 Census counts every single person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. Your voice counts. The census is accessible in various formats, and by law, your information is protected.

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The Abilities Expo is Coming February 21-23

The Abilities Expo is coming in 2 weeks to Los Angeles from February 21-23 at the LA Convention Center. It's free to attend, but you do need to register online at abilities.com.

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Join Award Honoree Dani Bowman/Danimation at the Two-Day Aquarium Of The Pacific Festival

The two-day Annual Festival of Human Abilities at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is happening the end of this month on Saturday and Sunday, January 25 and 26, 2020. An annual celebration of the creative spirit of people with disabilities, be sure to check out Dani Bowman/Danimation at her usual table at the Aquarium. And we're pleased to share that she will be receiving the 2020 Glenn McIntyre Heritage Award for outstanding service to people with disabilities at 1:40 p.m. on Sunday, January 26.

The Festival of Human Abilities is an amazing inclusionary event that the Aquarium holds each year to showcase the creative spirit of people with disabilities.

The attached flyer is good for FREE ADMISSION to the Festival of Human Abilities for any person with a disability and one attendant, with advance reservation, see below for details. Admission is normally $34.95 per person so it’s a huge savings for a great day out.

Please read the special terms and conditions below.

ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED for everyone using this special offer to ensure the best possible experience. Valid January 25 and 26, 2020 only. Individuals and groups using this offer must call 562.590.3100 to make a reservation by Monday, January 20, 2020. Reservations will be taken from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please mention the code D-HAS when making your reservation. Guests will be assigned a specific date and time to enter. Please reserve early to get the time and date(s) of your preference. Guests may attend and use this offer both days of the festival, subject to availability. Each arrival time will have limited capacity for reservations, and we expect some arrival time slots to fill up. Please bring this flyer with you, as you may be asked to present it. Festival Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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