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Directors’ Packet September 2007


DIRECTOR’S REPORT September 28, 2007 Table of Contents Page Number PURCHASE OF SERVICE Overview 06/07 FY .............................................................................. 1 Allocation of Expenses 6/30/07 ........................................................... 2 Expense Charts ............................................................................ 3 - 10 OPERATIONS Status – FY 06/07 & 07/08 ................................................................ 11 Comparison of Projected Revenue and Expenses 6/07 ................... 12 Comparison of Projected Revenue and Expenses 6/08 ................... 13 MANAGEMENT REPORT Monthly Activity Report – June .......................................................... 14 Caseload Averages 06/07 ................................................................. 15 Monthly Activity Report – July ............................................................ 16 Monthly Activity Report – August ....................................................... 17 Caseload Averages 07/08 ................................................................. 18 COMMUNITY SERVICES REPORT Current Activities................................................................................ 19 COMMUNITY SERVICES/PUBLIC INFORMATION REPORT Report to the FNRC Board of Directors ............................................. 20 Vendor Bulletin – September ...................................................... 21, 22 PERSONNEL REPORT Transfers, Separations, Recruitments and New Hires……….. ... 23, 24 CONSUMER ADVOCATES UPDATE Current Projects and Activities .................................................... 25, 26 MISCELLANEOUS Difficult to Service Projects .......................................................... 27, 28 “Jet Fuel” ............................................................................................ 29 Telemedicine Article ........................................................................... 30 Update on State Council’s SB1270 Report to Governor & Legislature ......................................... 31 - 36 i


FAR NORTHERN REGIONAL CENTER PURCHASE OF SERVICE OVERVIEW FISCAL YEAR 2006-07 September 10, 2007 Non-CPP Expenses – DDS funds $1.4 million deficit estimate; small surplus now projected with some late bills yet to be received A deficit estimate of $1.4-$1.6 million was reported at the June 2007 Board of Directors meeting. Since that time, DDS allocated $1.4 million to the Regional Center and expense estimates decreased slightly. As a result, a surplus of approximately $227 thousand is expected. Estimates of bills that will be submitted and paid late are included in the projected surplus. Expenses increased by $9.2 million, or 13.4%, over the prior year. The increase was caused by (in millions): - Rate increases mandated by DDS or health and safety - Development of new Community Integrated Training programs for more consumers with intensive support needs Creative Art, Micro-business programs - Increased use of services –consumers with autism - More/ more expensive supported living placements - 2.0% growth in consumers served - Full year cost of Specialized Residential Facilities - Other Increase in expenses from prior fiscal year

$ 3.4

1.4 1.1 .9 .7 1.1 .6 $ 9.2

Over one-third of the increase in expenses resulted from mandated rate increases granted to Residential Care, Day and like Day program, Supported Employment, and Respite/other vendors. In addition, some transportation vendors received rate increases due to the high cost of fuel. Enrollment in newly developed Community Integrated Training programs met the needs of consumers who had previously resided in or were at risk to enter State Developmental Centers. Also, more persons were placed into higher cost Specialized Residential Facilities started in the prior year. Finally, new Creative Art and Micro-business programs were utilized as alternatives to traditional programs. Supported Living services were also used to provide suitable living arrangements for consumers requiring a high level of support. The number of consumers using this service rose from 134 to 148 (an increase of 10.4%), and the average cost per consumer also increased 5.1%. Consumer growth (growth in active consumers plus at risk infants aged less than 36 months) increased only 2.0%. New consumers served tend to have more needs than consumers who are leaving the Regional Center system because of more restrictive eligibility criteria adopted in 2001. The demand for more and more expensive services is another reason why expenses are rising at a greater percentage than the number of consumers served. Community Placement Plan (CPP) expenses The Regional Center placed eight consumers residing in State Developmental Centers into the community during the fiscal year. The Regional Center’s initial goal was to place four consumers. No surplus or deficit is projected because DDS has already committed to fund the actual costs of the program. Projected costs of almost $1.9 million include almost $1.3 million in funding to develop community programs and residential options for consumers currently residing in developmental centers. A significant portion of this work is still in progress. Questions or want more detailed information? Contact Michael Mintline at 222-8795, x3321 or mmintline@farnorthernrc.org

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Far Northem RegionalCenter Purchaseof Service Allocation versus Expenses Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2007

Updated:September10, 20AT Latestmonthpaid:June2007 Non-CPP costs

CPP costs

Total

Purchaseof Serviceallocation: AmendnrentC AmendmentG1 AmendmentC-2 AmendmentG3 AmendmentC-4

$59,691 13,971 3,162 580 1,3U

$844 365 1,165

77,417 143

1,448 818

Total Projectedexpenses: TotalexcludingStartup costs Startup costsapprovedby DDS Total UnallocatedReserve

$u8

$508

$736

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IOtherservices 92,025

lHousing 9455

trGommunityandSocialSupport $869 I Individual/Famity Training$704

I HeatthAssistance$2,560

tr lndependentLiving/SSprestoration $3,129 ElSpecialized Autism Services/Speectr Therapy $2,979 lTherapy andCounseling92,E56

I CommunityIntegrated Training 94,2U lRespite and bay Care 93,816

ITransportation98,007

trWork Programs$6,444

I CommunityCareFacilities $20,452 I DayTrainingandCreativeArt s14,062 trSupportedLiving $6,919

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FAR NORTHERN REGIONAL CENTER EXPLANATION OF INCREASES IN LARGE EXPENSE CATEGORIES FISCAL YEAR 2006-07

Community Care Expenses $25,000 $20,452 Dollars Spent (thousands)

$20,000

$18,342 $16,132

$15,000

$10,000

$5,000

$FY 2004-5

FY 2005-6

FY 2006-7 (Projected)

Fiscal Year

Expenses increased by $2.1 million, or 11.5%. Part of the increase was due to $720 thousand in mandated rate increases and $450 thousand in placement costs funded by the CPP program in the prior year. The remaining $930 thousand increase in expenses resulted from more placements, mostly in relatively expensive Level 4 and Specialized health facilities. In total, 775 beds were paid for in June 2007 versus 718 in June 2006. Residential and Specialized health facility costs rose due to more placements of young adults than in prior years (they typically lived with their parents before placement) and development of costlier new facilities for difficult to serve consumers.

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FAR NORTHERN REGIONAL CENTER EXPLANATION OF INCREASES IN LARGE EXPENSE CATEGORIES FISCAL YEAR 2006-07

Day Training expenditures decreased from FY 2004-05 to FY 2005-06 due to the reclassification of an infant development program to another expense category. After the program was reclassified, it focused on intensive autism services. Specialized autism services and speech therapy comprise close to 5% of projected FY 2006-07 expenditures. Expenditures increased $1.3 million, or 10.3%, over FY 2005-06 due primarily to rate increases of $457 thousand, an increase of $173 thousand in infant development programs provided by local County Offices of Education, $118 thousand from new Social Recreation programming, and growth in the number of hours paid for Behavior Management and other day programs. 1,228 consumers used Day Training services in June 2007.

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FAR NORTHERN REGIONAL CENTER EXPLANATION OF INCREASES IN LARGE EXPENSE CATEGORIES FISCAL YEAR 2006-07 Supported Living Expenses $8,000 $6,919

Dollars Spent (thousands)

$7,000 $5,990 $6,000 $5,000

$5,403 $4,912

$4,000 $3,000 $2,000 $1,000 $-

FY 2003-4

FY 2004-5

FY 2005-6

FY 2006-7 (Projected)

Fiscal Year

Supported Living expenditures rose $900 thousand over the prior year. Reasons for the increase include $220 thousand in rate increases, plus the fact more persons are using the service (of 134 in June 2006 versus 146 in June 2007). In addition, placements of more difficult and costly consumers are occurring at a more frequent rate than previously. Some consumers and their families are requesting supported living arrangements instead of choosing to live at home or in community care facilities. The average cost per month of a supported living placement is now approximately $4,150 per month, up from $3,870 per month in the prior year.

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FAR NORTHERN REGIONAL CENTER EXPLANATION OF INCREASES IN LARGE EXPENSE CATEGORIES FISCAL YEAR 2006-07 Work Programs Expenses

Dollars Spent (thousands)

$9,000

$6,444 $5,799 $6,000

$5,402

$3,000

$0 FY 2004-05

FY 2005-06

FY 2006-07 (Projected)

Fiscal Year

Expenses increased from $5.8 to $6.4 million due primarily to approximately $700 thousand in rate increases for Supported Employment Programs less a $190 thousand decrease in Work Activity Program expenses. The decrease in Work Activity Program expenses resulted from the closure of one program and a decline in enrollment in another program.

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FAR NORTHERN REGIONAL CENTER EXPLANATION OF INCREASES IN LARGE EXPENSE CATEGORIES FISCAL YEAR 2006-07

Transportation Expenses $7,000 $6,007

Dollars Spent (thousands)

$6,000 $5,340 $4,731 $5,000 $4,000 $3,000 $2,000 $1,000 $0 FY 2004-05

FY 2005-06

FY 2006-07 (Projected)

Fiscal Year

Expenses increased $667 thousand from the prior year due primarily to rate increases of $440 thousand, a $109 thousand increase in public transportation expenses, and more miles driven as result of consumer growth. The increase in public transportation expenses resulted from increased utilization of public transit plus the timing of bus pass purchases.

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FAR NORTHERN REGIONAL CENTER EXPLANATION OF INCREASES IN LARGE EXPENSE CATEGORIES FISCAL YEAR 2006-07 Community Integrated Training Expenses $5,000 $4,500

$4,284

Dollars Spent (thousands)

$4,000 $3,500 $3,117 $3,000 $2,500 $2,000 $1,500 $1,121 $1,000 $500 $0 FY 2004-05

FY 2005-06

FY 2006-07 (Projected)

Fiscal Year

Community Integrated Training services are non-traditional day services provided to consumers. Some of the consumers require intensive support. Expenses increased by $1.1 million due to development of new programs or large expansions of programs started in the prior year. In addition, costs increased by over $100 thousand due to rate increases.

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FAR NORTHERN REGIONAL CENTER EXPLANATION OF INCREASES IN LARGE EXPENSE CATEGORIES FISCAL YEAR 2006-07

Specialized Autism Expenses $4,000

$3,500

Dollars Spent (thousands)

$2,978 $3,000

$2,500 $2,228 $2,000

$1,500

$1,000 $541 $500

$FY 2004-5

FY 2005-6

FY 2006-7 (Projected)

Fiscal Year

Specialized autism expenses are used primarily by 0-3 consumers. Expenses increased significantly due to a 15% increase in the number of consumers diagnosed with autism, high demand for services from families, and efforts to provide intensive services to 0-3 aged consumers. Prior to FY 2005-06, significant unmet demand for services existed.

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FAR NORTHERN REGIONAL CENTER OPERATIONS STATUS FISCAL YEARS 2006-2007 and 2007-08 September 2007 Fiscal Year 2006-07 The Regional Center has used all but $29 thousand of the funds that could be allocated by the State Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Personal Services (Salary and benefit) costs were $11.4 million and Operating expenses were almost $2.7 million. Monthly Personal Services cost rose steadily due primarily to the hiring of more Service Coordinators and a 2% Cost of Living increase implemented in February 2007. Benefit costs as a percentage of salaries declined slightly due to lower workman’s compensation rates and more persons electing to use a HighDeductible Health Plan or receive cash back in lieu of health insurance. Operating expenses were higher than in prior years due to the purchase of upgraded servers ($45 thousand), a document imaging system ($56 thousand), replacement of copiers ($37 thousand), a new I-5 series computer mainframe ($64 thousand) and purchases of workstations ($20 thousand). Efforts were also made to provide more training for Service Coordinators ($30 thousand). Expenses for equipment and training will be reduced in Fiscal 2007-08 and future years. In addition, travel costs increased over the prior year due primarily to increases in standard mileage rates paid for travel ($30 thousand). Increased interest revenue helped fund the equipment and technology expenses, as short-term interest rates remained unusually stable during the year.

Fiscal Year 2007-08 The Regional Center is expected to fully utilize the $13.4 million allocated from DDS and does not expect a large reserve or deficit. Allocated funds are expected be about the same amount as in Fiscal 2006-07. Additional revenue for more consumers served was offset by discontinued funding for the Part D Medicare Prescription Drug Program ($124 thousand) and decreases in amounts allocated for Medicaid Waiver services and the Part C (Early Start) program. In addition, a Fiscal 2006-07 allocation of $50 thousand for purchase of a new I5 series computer system will not recur this year. Interest revenue is expected to drop approximately 5% this year, as short term rates are expected to decline in Fall 2007. Personal Services costs are expected to increase to almost $11.7 million, as expense for a full year will be incurred for employees hired and Cost of Living increases implemented during the prior year. In addition, a part-time Medical Director has been hired for the Redding office. Expense estimates include mid to late year additions of one Service Coordinator and one Clinical staff. Operating expenses will drop from $2.7 to less than $2.4 million because spending on equipment, technology, and training will be decreased this year. More efforts will also be made to reduce paper ordered, printed, and/or stored.

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FARNORTHERN REGIONAL CENTER COMPARISON OF PROJECTED REVENUEAND EXPENSES OPERAflOG BUDGET FISICALYEAR ENDING JUNE30,2OO7 PROJECTEDEXPENSES: PERSONAL SERVICES CunenflyEmployedWorkForce Work forcevacanciesor projectednewpositions

$

11,413,494 -

11,413,494

$

Less: Atfilion Factorfor FufurePayrollPeriods

0

EXPENSES OPERATING

.

TOTALPROJECTED EXPENSES

2,676,112 14,089,606

PROJECTED REVENUE: REGIONAL CEI{TERCONTRACT Amendment C-[

13,444,583

INTEREST

674,433

TOTALPROJECTED REVENUE u NALLOCATED RESERVE{DEFtCtT)

14,119,016 $

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29,410

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FARNORTHERN REGIOML CENTER OFPROJECTED RB'ENUEANDEXPENSES COMPARISON OPERATIONS BUDGET FtscAL YEARENDINGJUNE30,2oo8 PROJECTEDEXPENSES: PERSOML SERVICES CunentyEmployedWork Force Work forcevacanciesor prolectednewpositions

$

17,512,924 196,151$

Less: Affion Factorfor FuhrePayrollPedods

11,739,075 (65,000) 2,386,801

OPERATING EXPENSES

14,060,976

TOTALPROJECTED EXPENSES PROJECTED REIIENUE: REGIONALCENTERCONTRACT AmendmentC-l Remaining CPP Casetansfers/CPPtargetincentive

13,278,091 12.,725 15,000

INTEREST

650,000

TOTALPROJECTED REVENUE

14,065,916

UMLLOGATEDRESERVE(DEFrCrTl

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MONTHLY ACTIVITY REPORT (Non-Cumulative) For the month of June 2007 Referrals Total 4 0 4 2 0 1 0 0 3 28 4 0 0 47 93

BU 3

Own Home Independent Living Supported Living CCF ICF-DDH/ICF-DDN Foster Care SNF Acute Hospital State Dev Center Sierra Vista Other Total

Medical/Dr/Hosp Public Health Nurse Relative Educator/School Psychologist Social Worker FNRC Staff Other RC (trans-in) Other Pub Agency Parent Self Other Adults at Risk Early Intervention Total

GL

LA

MO

2 1

PL

SH 1

1

1

SI

TE

TR

1

1

3 13

1 1

1

6 1

1 2

4

2

16 39

4 6

2 3

0

2 3

15 24

3 7

5 9

2

Total 3483 1118 134 745 178 161 34 4 30 10 24 5921

BU 1414 561 58 287 50 79 16 1

GL 184 23

LA 153 40

MO 46 8

PL 88 26 2

SI 215 49 2 23

TE 353 81 30 109

TR 58 10

Other 2 2 1 6

3

3

SH 970 318 41 307 128 36 5

2

11

4

5 9

8

20 2

1 1

1 219

57

119

5 1810

1 298

2 597

70

2 1 3 30 10 7 64

7 2473

1 214

Total Caseload (Includes EI) Active Cases Inactive Cases Total

5921 1615 7536

2473 509 2982

214 57 271

219 85 304

57 26 83

119 52 171

1810 526 2336

298 116 414

597 183 780

70 26 96

64 35 99

Early Intervention

502

212

28

31

8

7

128

23

53

7

5

Current Living Situation

CASES CLOSED Not DD Deceased Transfer/Other Cases Inactivated Cases Reactivated Cases Reopened Shared IN Shared OUT

49 3 41 16 6 17 9 8

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0.0

10.0

20.0

30.0

40.0

50.0

60.0

70.0

80.0

Sep-06

Nov-06

Dec-06

Jan-07

Feb-07

Mvd from DC since 4/14/93, lived in Comm > 12 mos

Oct-06

0-35 months of age

Aug-06

Medicaid Waiver

Jul-06

Apr-07

May-07 Mvd from DC withing last 12 mos

Mar-07

Case Management Services Caseload Averages 2006/2007 FY

All others

Jun-07

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MONTHLY ACTIVITY REPORT (Non-Cumulative) For the month of July 2007 Referrals Total 5 2 9 0 0 2 2 0 1 29 3 1 0 34 88

BU 2 2 3

13 44

1 1

2 4

0

0

Own Home Independent Living Supported Living CCF ICF-DDH/ICF-DDN Foster Care SNF Acute Hospital State Dev Center Sierra Vista Other Total

Total 3492 1109 141 752 180 159 29 2 29 11 22 5926

BU 1415 559 64 287 50 76 15 1

GL 181 22

LA 149 40

MO 45 9

3

12

PL 86 27 2 1

3 1

5 8

3

2

8 2475

1 211

214

57

118

5 1819

1 302

1 601

65

1 29 11 6 64

Total Caseload (Includes EI) Active Cases Inactive Cases Total

5926 1616 7542

2475 509 2984

211 58 269

214 85 299

57 26 83

118 52 170

1819 525 2344

302 114 416

601 185 786

65 27 92

64 35 99

Early Intervention

497

211

26

31

8

6

130

23

6

2

Medical/Dr/Hosp Public Health Nurse Relative Educator/School Psychologist Social Worker FNRC Staff Other RC (trans-in) Other Pub Agency Parent Self Other Adults at Risk Early Intervention Total

GL

LA

MO

PL

SH 3

SI

TE

TR

3

3

5

1 4

1

1

2 2

17 3

2

1 10 22

3 3

5 13

SH 981 310 41 310 130 39 3

SI 216 50 2 23

TE 358 81 31 110

TR 53 10

Other 8 1 1 6

10

19 1

1 1

1

Current Living Situation

54

CASES CLOSED Not DD Deceased Transfer/Other Cases Inactivated Cases Reactivated Cases Reopened Shared IN Shared OUT

37 4 48 14 13 16 10 8

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MONTHLY ACTIVITY REPORT (Non-Cumulative) For the month of August 2007 Referrals Total 4 3 7 2 2 2 0 0 5 26 8 5 0 52 116

BU

23 58

2 5

3 6

1 2

Own Home Independent Living Supported Living CCF ICF-DDH/ICF-DDN Foster Care SNF Acute Hospital State Dev Center Sierra Vista Other Total

Total 3484 1111 139 764 179 155 32 0 29 11 22 5926

BU 1427 557 62 290 50 71 16

GL 180 22

LA 148 40

MO 44 9

3

12

4 1

5 9

7 2480

1 211

214

56

113

4 1831

2 305

1 595

65

29 11 7 56

Total Caseload (Includes EI) Active Cases Inactive Cases Total

5926 1625 7551

2480 508 2988

211 59 270

214 88 302

56 26 82

113 51 164

1831 529 2360

305 114 419

595 186 781

65 29 94

56 35 91

Early Intervention

504

210

27

31

8

7

138

24

6

1

Medical/Dr/Hosp Public Health Nurse Relative Educator/School Psychologist Social Worker FNRC Staff Other RC (trans-in) Other Pub Agency Parent Self Other Adults at Risk Early Intervention Total

3 1 1 1 2

2 13 7 5

GL

LA

MO

PL

1

SH 2

SI 1

TE 1

TR

3

1

1

2 5

6

1 1

1

1 1 1

0

13 25

3 4

6 14

1 2

SH 980 311 41 321 129 41 4

SI 216 53 2 24

TE 353 81 31 109

TR 52 11

8

19 1

1 1

Current Living Situation PL 81 27 2 1

3

2

52

Other 3 1 4 1

CASES CLOSED Not DD Deceased Transfer/Other Cases Inactivated Cases Reactivated Cases Reopened Shared IN Shared OUT

31 4 64 19 9 30 10 8

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0.0

10.0

20.0

30.0

40.0

50.0

60.0

70.0

Sep-07

Nov-07

Dec-07

Jan-08

Feb-08

Mvd from DC since 4/14/93, lived in Comm > 12 mos

Oct-07

0-35 months of age

Aug-07

Medicaid Waiver

Jul-07

Apr-08

May-08 Mvd from DC withing last 12 mos

Mar-08

Case Management Services Caseload Averages 2007/2008 FY

All others

Jun-08

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SPOTLIGHT ON COMMUNITY SERVICES DIVISION September 2007

Progress Report on NEW DAY TASK FORCE grants: The total amount of $142,857 has been granted to 21 different projects. The people who have received the money have 3 years to complete the grant. One of these projects, Expressive Folding Services, was given $2,000 to purchase a folding machine, which they have done. The Sunshine Hospitality Club was given $300 and has purchased an oven. This group makes baked goods and delivers them once a month to people in the community who have ordered them. The STARS Theater Group, which is operated through Shasta County Arts Council, had their first performance on August 24 at Redding’s Old City Hall. It was a circus variety show and will be doing one more performance in late winter or early spring. There were 10 performers, and they sold approximately 100 tickets. They also made a video of the performance, which will be sold to profit the performers. IPS Services received a start-up grant for a coffee cart which will be located in the lobby of the Executive Plaza Building, which houses Far Northern Regional Center’s Redding offices. They expect delivery of the cart sometime in midSeptember and will be employing consumers, who will be paid minimum wage, to staff the coffee cart. In addition to coffee, they will be selling prepackaged snacks and drinks. Bravo’s mobile coffee bus (The Beastro) is getting ready to be on the move. They will have a mobile coffee/snack vehicle that will travel throughout the Redding community and to construction sites. Three other businesses in the Chico area, Big Andy’s Worms, Flowers by Lee and T.J.’s Cacti, Succulent & Carnivorous Plants, are up and running. TRANSITION FAIR: Three of our staff members were involved with the Transition Fair, which took place on August 16 at the Shasta Learning

Center in Redding. The fair was targeted to individuals transitioning out of high school in the next few years, between the ages of 15 and 22. It was sponsored by Far Northern Regional Center and Shasta Union High School District Special Education Consortium. There were 15 local vendors at the Transition Fair, including day programs, work programs and Shasta College. SPECIAL INCIDENT REPORTS: Debbie Carmona processed 380 Special Incident Reports for June, July and August 2007. Debbie provided training on Special Incident Reporting in August. OTHER TRAINING: This summer Ninzel Dempsey and Kathy Powers provided Quality Assurance Evaluation training in Red Bluff for supported living services providers and in Chico and Red Bluff for residential service providers. Vendor Report: From June - August 2007, 214 vendor packets were sent out, vendorization was completed for 126 new service providers, and 39 vendor files were closed. NEW PROGRAMS AND RESIDENCES: Visions, a new day program for individuals with medical needs, opened in July 2007. The program site is fully accessible for wheelchairs and has nursing staff available for healthcare issues. The program is vendored for 30 participants. Several Community Placement Plan projects opened in August 2007. A new 3-bed home in Shasta County for adult consumers of FNRC with autism or mental health diagnosis has been opened by Bob Valenzuela. North Valley Services has opened a 3-bed home for adults who are in jeopardy of being referred to a developmental center or are experiencing significant issues. The home will offer intensive services to transition the individual back into their community living option upon stabilization of their crisis. Both homes will have intensive psychiatric services with CedarsSinai Medical Center using on-site and dedicated polycom hookups.

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We wish them the best of luck!

They are headed to the State play-offs in the San Jose area on 9/15/07

ELC won the Regional softball play-offs in Sacramento on 9/25-9/26/07

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Items of Interest to Service Providers

September 2007

Upcoming Trainings and Events Calendar

The Shasta County Coordinating Council (Serving People with Developmental Disabilities in Shasta County)

“MEET AND GREET SOCIAL EVENT”

September 2007 September 18th - “Medical Binder Training” (9:30 a.m.). Sponsored by: Rowell Family Empowerment. Free Training. Please bring all of your child’s medical papers. Binders will be provided. Location: ARC of Butte Co., 2030 Park Ave., Chico. Limited seating. For details call 876-8321. September 19th - “Spectrum, Parent Meeting” (6:30 p.m.) Sponsored by: Rowell Family Empowerment. This group meets every 3rd Wed. of the month. Call Ronda at 876-8321 ext. 24 for details. September 20th - “Parent Support Group” (6:00 - 8:30 p.m.) Sponsored by: Rowell Family Empowerment. Location: 5910 Clark Rd., Ste. D., Paradise. For information call 876-8321. September 21st - “Baseball Game” (10:00 a.m.) Expressive Learning Center vs. Shascade Community Services. Location West Redding Little League Field (across from Caldwell Park), Redding. Any questions call Francy at 243-4440. September 25th - “SAVE THE DATE - Shasta College Career Fair” (9:30 a.m.) Location: Shasta College Quad, Redding. For more information call 225-4935. September 25th - “Orland Spanish Speaking Support Group for Families with Special Needs” (5:30 p.m.) Sponsored by: Rowell Family Empowerment. This group meets on the 4th Tues. of each month. Location 1003 Newport Ave., Orland. Call Virginia at 865-1511 for details. September 28th - “Inclusion Institute Red Bluff” (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Sponsored by: Learning Support and other agencies including the Area Board II. $5 registration fee. Location: Elks Lodge, Red Bluff. Come and increase your knowledge on different types of disabilities. Learn information regarding accommodations for specific disabilities. Learn Techniques for supporting positive behavior and more. Call to register and for details 858-225-5683 or 530-895-4027.

October 2007 October 3rd - 5th - “The 21st Annual Supported Life Conference” Location: Sacramento, CA. More details to follow. October 7th - 9th - “The 2007 National Association of Council on Developmental Disabilities Nation Conference” Location: Marriott in Mission Valley, San Diego, CA. Title of Conference: “Sailing Together in the Future.” For more, e-mail Alan.Kerzin@scdd.ca.gov. October 17th “FNRC Focus Film Festival” Location: Bell Memorial Auditorium, Chico. For details please call Mary Ann at 222-8795 ext. 3430. October 25th “FNRC Focus Film Festival” Location: Cascade Theatre, Redding. For details please call Mary Ann at 222-8795 ext. 3430. October 29th & 30th “Final Journeys: Quality End of Life Decisions” Sponsored by: ARCA. Location: Radisson Hotel, Sacramento. Registration includes lunch on the first day and breakfast on the second day. Registration fee - $150. For details and to register call 916-446-7961.

November 15, 2007 (5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)

The role of the Council is a vital one, which if used effectively, enhances the lives of people with developmental disabilities throughout our community. You are invited for an evening of socializing and finger foods and to meet with and hear from Terri Delgadillo, Director, Department of Developmental Services and Carol J. Risley, Chief, Office of Human Rights and Advocacy Services. Location: Shasta County Opportunity Center 1265 Redwood Blvd., Redding RSVP:

Marcy Caldwell @ 275-5331

FOCUS 2007 FILM FESTIVAL Wednesday, October 17th (10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.) FOCUS 2007 Chico at the Bell Memorial Auditorium. This exciting event explores documentary and feature films which “focus” on and explore the complexity of the human experience: relationships, aging, disability, culture, lifestyle and more. Festival features seven quality films including “The Cats of Mirikitani” with a special presentation by Linda Hattendorf, the director of the film. Purchase tickets at the door: $5 per show/$15 per day pass. Info: 222-4791 ext. 3430. Professional License Credit available through CSU, Chico Continuing Education or Title 17 CEUs available through FNRC, apply at door. Friday, October 25th (7:00 p.m.) Focus 2007 Redding Presents “The Cats of Mirikitani” at the Cascade Theatre. Shasta Public Libraries teams with FOCUS Film Festival as part of the “Big Read” project. SPECIAL GUEST Director Linda Hattendorf will introduce the film and answer questions following the screening. Purchase tickets at the door or at the Cascade Box Office: $10 each. Information: 222-4791 ext. 3430.

****************************** Sunshine Kids Club The Sunshine Kids Club is a fully inclusive non-profit organization serving children with and without disabilities; designed to foster self -esteem, empower kids and promote advocacy and acceptance for all children ages 5-18. Programs are offered at no charge. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. CALL 891-3618 Self Defense (Fridays 3:30-4:30) Starting 9/14/07 Sunshine Kids Weekly Club! (Thursdays 3:45-5:00) Starting 9/27/07 Teen Nights (Saturdays) Starting 10/29/07

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Page 2 October 2007 Invoice Cut-Off & Check Mailing Dates Residential Cut-off & Cut-off for 1st NonResidential Check Mailing .......................................... 10/05/07 Residential Check Mailing .......................................... 10/10/07 Mail 1st Non-Residential Check Run........................... 10/17/07 Cut-off for 2nd Check Run .......................................... 10/22/07 Mail 2nd Check Run .................................................... 10/25/07 ROWELL FAMILY EMPOWERMENT OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 2007 (Check Calendar for Additional Events)

Glenn County Special Needs Parent Support Group - Focus is for parents/caregivers/foster parents/adoptive parents/grandparents to meet, network, encourage and support one another in the many different aspects of raising a child with special needs. Meets the 1st Friday of every month from 12:30-1:30 at the Eubank Room, Willows Library, 201 N. Lassen Ave., Willows. Please contact Joyce Williams for more information at 934-3720 or Sherry at 876-8321 ext. 323 (No childcare available) Online Asperger Support Group: If you are interested in joining this group please e-mail Jen at jrbcaspgroup@sbcglobal.net. Chico Spanish Speaking Support Group for Families with Special Needs Children - Meets the 1st and 3rd Tues. of every month from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at ARC of Butte County, 2030 Park Ave., Chico. Various topics covered relating to special education and special needs children. For more information, please contact Griselda Gutierrez at 877-5742. (Childcare is provided) Changing the Future for Children: A Parent Leadership Opportunity (Available in English and Spanish) - A five-part parent training to help parents identify their own strengths, skills and abilities to be effective leaders in advocating for their own children and in their communities. Throughout the five sessions, this training will give parents some basic steps to enable them to participate at the local, state and federal levels for systemic change. For further information please contact Ronda Dever at RFENC 876-8321 ext 24 or e-mail: rondad@rfencorg or for Spanish speaking families, please contact Margarita at 876-8321 ext. 22. (No childcare available) Positive Behavioral Interventions and IDEA 2004 - A brief overview of children’s behavior patterns. Please bring your child’s IEP and/or questions specific to your child’s needs. For further information please contact Ronda B. at RFENC 876-8321 ext. 29 or e-mail: rondab@rfenc.org. (No childcare available) What Makes Me Special - (Available in English or Spanish) -Come join in the fun of scrap booking a special photo album just for your special child. For more information, please contact RFENC at 876-8321, or for information on What Makes Me Special for Spanish speaking families, please contact Margarita at 876 -8321 ext. 22. (No childcare available) Youth Transition Training - For parents with youth ages 14-21 - Learn how and what to prepare prior to your youth’s IEP or 504 meeting. Discuss individual questions and concerns with regards to Transition Planning in a group setting. Youth/Transition Binders will be provided by RFENC. Please bring the following documents if available: IEP/504 and School Papers, Medical and Health Record, SSI Paperwork. For more information please contact Ronda Dever at RFENC 876-8321 ext. 24 or e-mail: rondad@rfenc.org. (No childcare available) IDEA 2004 Training - (Available in English or Spanish): This is an introduction to basic Special Education law, including the six main principles of the Individual With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); eligibility; timelines for assessments and the Individual Education Program (IEP); what should be written in the IEP; related services, continuum of placements; parents rights; procedural safeguards; and more. For more information please contact Ronda D. at 876-8321 ext. 24 or e-mail: rondad@rfenc.org. For Spanish speaking families, please contact Margarita at 876-8321 ext. 22. (No childcare available)

September 2007

DSP Challenge Tests Listed below are the dates, times and locations for Year 1 and Year 2 tests. If you would like to register for the tests or need additional information, call Ita Abbott at 879-7457. Year 1 & 2 Challenge Test October 25, 2007 Registration: 8:30 a.m. Test Time: 9:00 a.m. Regional Occupational Program 2491 Carmichael Drive, Suite 300, Chico, CA Year 1 & 2 Challenge Test November 28, 2007 Registration: 8:30 a.m. Test Time: 9:00 a.m. Tehama County Office of Education 1135 Lincoln Street, Red Bluff, CA For information about DSP Testing for Trinity/Shasta ROP, please call their information line at 246-6830.

* * * * * * * * * * * * “QA Corner” Questions about Quality Assurance Evaluation? Contact FNRC Resource Development/Quality Assurance Specialists for Residential/Supported Living Services Ninzel Dempsey (Shasta, Siskiyou, Trinity, Modoc) 222-4791, ext. 3389 Kathy Powers (Butte, Glenn, Tehama, Plumas, Lassen) 895-8633, ext. 2304

“A Friendly Reminder from the Resource Development/Quality Assurance Specialists” Darkness is arriving earlier with the waning of summer and arrival of fall. You can maximize the safety of the consumers you serve by encouraging them (and providing assistance as necessary) to carry flashlights and to wear light or reflective clothing if they are walking on the streets at and after dusk. Help consumers be street safe! “New Clients’ Rights Advocate Announced!” The Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy has announced that Chico Mayor, Andrew Holcombe will assume the role of Clients’ Rights Advocate for the Far Northern Regional Center catchment area, later this month. Mr. Holcombe brings with him several years of legal advocacy in Butte County and has much experience in the area of housing law. He has been in private practice for the past few years. You will be able to reach Mr. Holcombe by contacting the Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy at 345 -4113. The office address is 1280 East 9th St., Suite E, Chico, CA 95928. We welcome Mr. Holcombe and look forward to working with him on behalf of the consumers of Far Northern Regional Center. Is a statement of clients’ rights posted in your residential facility? Now is a good time to update your rights statement and/or rights poster to include Mr. Holcombe’s name and contact information! Other vendors required to provide information and/or instruction to consumers about their rights, are encouraged to take this opportunity to update their postings as well!

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

PERSONNEL REPORT (September 2007)

NEW STAFF MEMBERS: Dr. Christine Austin began work as FNRC’s Medical Director in Redding on July 16, 2007. Jessie Meza started with us as a bilingual (English/Spanish) Service Coordinator in our Redding Early Intervention Unit on July 17, 2007. Jennifer Howard began work with FNRC as a Service Coordinator in a Chico In Home Unit on August 16, 2007.

TRANSFERS: Raeleen Rose, Service Coordinator in our Chico office, accepted a transfer from an In Home Unit to the Intensive Services and Support (ISS) Unit. Redding Developmental Center Specialists Jeff Kellar and Todd Clarkson transferred from Case Management to the Community Services Division to work with Community Services Supervisor Diana Anderson. Diana supervises a unit of staff members assigned to the Community Placement Plan (CPP) and other special projects.

STATUS CHANGE: The position of Chief Counsel for Legal Affairs, held by Linda Carpenter, was designated a parttime position effective August 16, 2007.

SEPARATIONS: Kim Shaughnessy left her position as Service Coordinator in the Chico ISS Unit on June 14, 2007. Robert Blaser, Manager of Fiscal Services/Controller, left FNRC on July 13, 2007. Ryan Sutton, Josh Stoudt and Margaret Crandell left their Service Coordinator positions in Redding In Home Units during the month of August.

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Personnel Report September 2007 Page 2

CURRENT OPEN POSITIONS: Service Coordinator (Bilingual/English Spanish)-- Redding Office, In Home Unit Service Coordinators (2) – Redding Office, In Home Units Service Coordinator (new position) – Redding Office, Combined Caseload Manager of Fiscal Services/Controller

RECRUITMENT HOLDING: Associate Director, Clinical Division Supervising Service Coordinators (2 Chico; 2 Redding)

Total Number of Employees: 189 (194 once open positions are filled)

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F O C U S Far Northern Regional Center

2007

Film Festival exploring the complexity of the human experience

Co-sponsors: Area 2 Developmental Disability Board and Rural Education Institute

Wednesday, October 17 10:00 AM DARIUS GOES WEST (94 minutes) Where would you go if you’d never been away from home? What would you do if you didn’t have much time left? Darius went west. Darius and his friends hit the road in a rented RV. The ultimate goal of their 7000-mile journey was to reach Los Angeles and convince MTV’s hit show “Pimp My Ride” to customize Darius’s wheelchair. 12:00 NOON EMMANUEL’S GIFT (80 minutes) He’s like no one we’ve ever known, but he’s all we aspire to be. A visually stunning film, you won’t want to miss Emmanuel’s Gift. This is the story of Emmanuel, who had nothing, but gave everything and changed a nation forever. Great family entertainment.

2:00 PM BORDERLINE (77 minutes) Borderline draws attention to the problem of how some people with disabilities are treated by the legal system across the nation, especially in rural communities and small towns. With more than 4% of the national prison population considered mentally retarded, this issue is only now gaining the national recognition it deserves. 4:00 PM FIVE SHORTS (60 minutes +QA) Unfolding, The Letter Writer, The Reunion, Tolerance, and Lightening Bugs. SPECIAL GUEST: PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/ WRITER CHRISTIAN VUISSA will speak about the filmmaking process and introduce the launch of the festival’s first annual competition for filmmakers. Independent filmmakers will be asked to develop a feature or documentary film depicting the experience of living with a disability. Cash prizes will be awarded, and the top entries will be screened at a future festival.

7:00 PM THE CATS OF MIRIKITANI (74 minutes +QA) Eighty-year-old Jimmy Mirikitani survived the trauma of WWII internment camps, Hiroshima, and homelessness by creating art. An intimate exploration of the lingering wounds of war and the healing powers of friendship and art. SPECIAL GUEST: PRODUCER/DIRECTOR LINDA HATTENDORF will answer questions following the screening.

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Bell Memorial Auditorium Purchase tickets at the door: $5.00 per show/$15 per day pass. Professional License credit (BBSE, up to 6.5 units, $60) & Professional Growth credit for teachers (1 unit, $60) available through CSU, Chico Continuing Education. Register at the door. Information: 222-4791 x3430 or www.farnorthernrc.org/focusfilmfestival


“Popcorn” by Naomi Rose, 2007

FOCUS Film Festival

exploring the complexity of the human experience


CURRENT PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES August—September, 2007

Shelly Anderson: Clean Hands Presenter Presentations: 8/22 North Valley Services, Red Bluff; 9/11 Opportunity Center, Redding; 9/20 Lighthouse, Oroville and Gridley Adult Services, Gridley Clean Teeth Presenter New program in development Multicultural Committee on Domestic Violence Meeting 8/7 and 9/4, Redding; Consumer Abuse Awareness Team (CAAT) Member Advisory Committee on Healthy Relationships, member Editorial Team, Watch Out! Newsletter, next issue out in January 2008

Sherri Douglas: Supported Life Conference, 10/3-5, Sacramento “Outstanding Role Model” Honoree: 14th Annual Inclusion Celebration Abuse Prevention Team Facilitator Presentation: 8/2 People First, Chico; 8/10 CLC, Paradise; 8/22 Opportunity Center, Oroville; 9/1213North Bay Regional Center Self-Advocacy Conference Consumer Abuse Awareness Team (CAAT) Member Personal Care Guidelines Presenter Presentation: 9/24 Community Center, Red Bluff Advisory Committee on Healthy Relationships, member Editorial Team, Watch Out! Newsletter, next issue out in January 2008

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DIFFICULT TO SERVE PROJECTS FNRC - $365,000.00 in funding Far Northern Regional Center utilized $365,000.00 in startup funds plus $15,000.00 for operations from the DDS Wellness Grant “Serving the Difficult to Serve”. FNRC’s projects focused on individuals who with a dual diagnosis and those who repeatedly utilize or need crisis services. These individuals frequently require psychiatric admissions, hospitalization or entry into the criminal justice system and their current community placements are often in jeopardy of failing. FNRC determined there was a need for secure placement settings in the community where individuals are able to stabilize or receive intensive case management services from more than one discipline or care system. The following is a listing and description of the services developed from the “Serving the Difficult to Serve” grant. North Valley Services – Contract PS-812 effective 11/1/06 PF1921 – 113DEF Service Code; Specialized Residential Facility for adults NVS will vendor, establish and operate a three bed residential facility offering a safe environment for adults exhibiting severe behavioral symptoms who cannot be adequately served in their present residential setting. Intensive services, including behavior supports, weekly psychiatric consults, and medical interventions will be provided to assist the individual to re-gain control of their behavioral impulses, resolve a crisis, as well as to improve communication and interpersonal skills. Staff and support services will work with families and/or other service providers to formulate an effective re-integration plan so the individual can successfully transition back into their community. The aim is to reduce the need for psychiatric admissions, hospitalization and/or incarceration for individuals due to the lack of crisis services in our rural communities. FNRC entered into an innovative partnership with Cedars Sinai Medical Center to deliver psychiatric services in this “crisis” setting. Telepsychiatry services will be provided twice a week to facility residents. Video conferencing system equipment was purchased for NVS utilizing regular CPP funds to supplement the original contract amount. NVS will provide office space for the Telepsychiatry clinics so as not to disturb the other residents, and the location of the clinic will allow community clients to access the services, if needed.

UPDATE as of 8/14/07: Service Provider’s residence licensed by CCL on July 19, 2007; delay of Cedars Sinai Telepsychiatry services due installation of lines by AT&T. Regional center staff reviewing individual cases for referrals. First deflection placement expected 9/1/07. Remi Vista – Contract PS-915 effective 6/1/07 PF2648 – 113DEF Service Code; Specialized Residential Facility for children Remi Vista will vendor, establish and operate a three to four bed residential facility offering a safe environment for children who needs cannot be appropriately met within the array of services already available to them. The facility will provide intense services, including behavior supports, access to weekly psychiatry and medical treatments for children who have autism, dual diagnosis and/or developmental disabilities and are exhibiting severe behavior symptoms that put


them at risk of placement outside of their family or home setting. The objective will be to assist the child in resolving their crisis, stabilizing behaviors and formulating an effective reintegration plan to transition the child back into their home community living setting using a comprehensive spectrum of services that address the unique needs of this population. Staff from Remi Vista who worked with the child in crisis will assist with training the family or caregiver and actively support them in the re-integration process. The goal is to reduce the need for hospitalization and/or detention for children due to the lack of suitable crisis services in our rural communities. FNRC entered into an innovative partnership with Cedars Sinai Medical Center to deliver psychiatric services in this “crisis” setting. Telepsychiatry services will be provided twice a week to children living in this facility. Video conferencing system equipment was purchased for Remi Vista utilizing regular CPP funds to supplement the original contract amount. Remi Vista will provide office space for the Telepsychiatry clinics so as not to disturb the other residents, and the location of the clinic will allow community clients to access the services, should there be a need. UPDATE as of 8/14/07: Service provider continues to seek out suitable

residential site. IPS Services, Inc. – Contract PS-844 effective 3/1/07 PF2551 – 113DEF Service Code; Specialized Residential Facility for adult males with dual diagnosis IPS Services will vendor, establish and operate a three bed residential facility for adult males who have both a developmental disability and a mental health diagnosis. These individuals may have a history of psychiatric admissions, and/or repeated entry into the criminal justice system or are at risk in their current residential setting due to health and safety of the individual and the community. The goal of these residential services will be to offer a secure setting in a home that has been physically hardened, and where staff has been specially trained in challenging and maladaptive behavior interventions. Weekly psychiatric services, on-going and regular medical treatment, appropriate counseling services, and individualized and intensive behavior supports will be utilized. FNRC entered into an innovative partnership with Cedars Sinai Medical Center to deliver psychiatric services to dual diagnosed residents who need to access to services on demand. Telepsychiatry services will be provided once a week to adults living in this facility. Video conferencing system equipment was purchased for IPS Services utilizing regular CPP funds to supplement the original contract amount. The residence owned by IPS Services has a separate office space for the Telepsychiatry clinic so as not to disturb the other residents, and community clients will be able to enter the space without going through the residence to access the services, should there be need.

UPDATE as of 8/14/07: Service Provider’s residence licensed by CCL on 7/26/07. First deflection resident (discharged from DDMIWing Psychiatric Hospital) placed 8/13/07. Second referral in process with placement expected on 8/27/07. Cedars Sinai Telepsychiatry services for residents to start 8/27/07.


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Chico brothers to get possible Lifetime treatment In January, I interviewed Dan Goodson, the Chico father of three autistic sons - two of who'd formed a rock band Jet Fuel Only. Goodson encouraged his sons to start the band after seeing an article about the positive effects music can have on autistic children. The band, featuring 13-year-old Sawyer and 12year-old Evan, got to show off their rock chops on the "Rachael Ray Show." Today, Jet Fuel Only, which also includes Emma Blankenship on bass and back-up singer Holly Rumiano, is still going strong, and Goodson tells us, the Lifetime cable network is considering a movie based on the family's experience. In fact, a script writer's headed to Chico this week to interview the family and check out the band at a Monstros Pizza gig on Friday. That show, set up by one of my personal indie rock heroes, singer-songwriter Barbara Manning, is free and all-ages. Jet Fuel Only will kick off the night at 8 p.m. and Manning, along with a few other acts, will also perform. Monstros is located at 628 W. Sacramento Ave. in Chico. The Lifetime deal, Goodson adds, is just "in development" but the family's hopeful that Blueprint Studios, the production company interested in making the flick, will want to make good on its 12-month story option. Dad adds that he's the one most excited about the prospect. In typical rock star fashion, he says, the boys are more interested in going back to school and getting into the studio to record some songs. For more info on the Monstros show or to hear some Jet Fuel Only tracks, check out the band's MySpace page. Posted: Rachel Leibrock on August 21, 2007 12:59 PM

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$25 million in grants to aid health care projects By David Benda Monday, August 27, 2007 Kristin Crandell was searching for answers. Crandell's 7-year-old son Curtis has autism, but about two years ago his behavior was becoming more erratic. At one point, Curtis had put his head through a window at home. The Crandells were traveling to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento for treatment and counseling. Curtis had been on 12 different medications but nothing seemed to really help. Then Kristin Crandell was told of a telemedicine program through the Northern Sierra Rural Health Network in Redding. The medical videoconferencing technology has the capability to hook up patients with doctors and specialists across the state. That was a year ago. Thanks to his virtual treatments with doctors (who were able to prescribe the right medicine) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Southern California, Curtis' life has improved dramatically. "He's sleeping 10 hours a night. It's a good ending," Kristin Crandell said during a telemedicine presentation last week at the Northern Sierra Rural Health Network office on Churn Creek Road. Cindy Ehnes, director of the state Department of Managed Health Care, was in town for the presentation and announced that $25 million in new grants will soon be available for health care and technology projects. The funds are part of charitable investments required by the state from PacificCare Health Systems when it merged with UnitedHealth Group in 2005. Applications for the money are expected to be available next month at www.dmhc.ca.gov. The first round of grants for rural institutions should be awarded in December, Department of Managed Health Care spokeswoman Lynne Randolph said. The Northern Sierra Rural Health Network serves nine counties, including Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity. The networks area covers 435,000 residents. The telemedicine program was created in 1996 to increase patient treatment options. The network links patients from 42 health care providers and has produced more than 4,500 patient contacts in the past 11 years. Reporter David Benda can be reached at 225-8219 or at dbenda@redding.com.

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Updateon the StateCouncil'sSB1270 Reportto the Covernorand Legislature Introduction On May 1.,2007the State Council presentedto the Governor and the Legislature a report on ways to expand opportunities and choice in California's day program servicesfor individuals with developmental disabilities. This report was required by the Legislature through the passageof SB 1270. The report and recommendationshave been well receivedby people with disabilities,families, advocates,serviceproviders, regional centers,and state agencies.However, the work to make the recommendationsproduce positive outcomesfor people with disabilities hasjust begun. This brief report coversan update on that work.

Process The State Council brought together a diversegroup of more than 110 stake holders from acrossthe State. Theseindividuals worked more than 2.700 hours acrossthree months to create a vision of the future and strategies on how to get there. Those ideaswere reviewed,and revisedin more than 39 local grassroots meetingswith an additional 300 participants. Another 325 people participated in a California Disability Community Action Network Townhall Telemeeting. At each statewide meeting, individuals with developmental disabilities played a major role. A meeting was held the day before to support individuals in understanding the agendaand preparing their input. The information developedfor the these meetings was also used in the general community meetings conductedby Area Boards and Regional Centers. Frnally,the State Council and Area Boards posted an online surveywhich provided about 100 responses.

CoreValues On January 9th 2007, the stakeholder workgroup created the following core valueswhich are refected in the final recommendations:

SenateBill1270 TheLegislature requested theCouncilto provide recommendations by May 1, 2007, thatsupportthe followinggoals: 1) Expand peoples' in social, opportunities recreational and volunteeractivities. 2) Expand work opportunities in the community. 3) Helpmake jobsmore government people opento with disabilities. 4) lncrease the useof creativeideaslike vouchers, and selfdirectedservices. 5) Lookat successful modelsin California andotherstates. 6) Findwaysto help makethingswork betterby makingsome changes to regulations andfunding.

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The Councilpresented the SB 1270Reportat a recentroundtablemeetingregardingan updateof theLantermanAct. Themeetingwashostedby AssemblymanJim Beall,Chair of the Human Services Committee.Thepurposeof theupdateis to focuson addinglanguage to the Act that morefirlly supportschoicein communityemployment,socialandrecreation opportunities. In November,the Councilwill testiS'at a hearingof the AssemblyHuman Services Committeeon legislativeproposalsrelatedto the SB 1270Report.

Innovationin California TheLegislature requiredthe Councilto lookat innovative nonresidential services and supports in California.Whatwe foundwerea numberof examples of innovationin choiceandselfdirection,employment, socialand recreation activities, andtransportation. All of these innovations havebeencreatedusingthe currentsystemof vendorization, laws,and regulation. Herearesomesamples fromthe reportandtherearecertainlydozensmoreaswell. Arc's InclusiveSeniorServices In 2006,theArc of Southeast LosAngelesCountydeveloped a new serviceoptionfor active seniorswho wantto retirefromday,workshopor employment services.It'sopento seniors50 yearsor olderwho wantto participate in existingsenioroptionsin localcommunities.While attendance is not required,it'shigherthanmanyotherprograms.A monthlycalendaroutlines activities, locations andcostsassociated with events.

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Redwood City Parksand Recreation In 2005,the RedwoodCityreceived a grantfromthe StateCouncilto launcha Community InclusionlnitiativePlan.A countywideRecreation ServiceCuideprovidesa one-stopshop reference services for peoplewith disabilities. Theinitiativeincludes to recreation specifically trainingfor recreation leaders with inclusionpractices.lt includesa mentorship to assist program thatpairslocalcommunitymembers with specialneedsin mainstream to individuals recreation programs. Taft College TheTransition to lndependent LivingProgram is a post-secondary experience for adultswith learningindependent developmental disabilities emphasizing livingskills.Students participate in t h e l i v e - i n p r o g r a m a n a v e r a g e o f 2 2 m oSn t ah fsf.w o r k s w i t h e a c h s t u d e n t t o e s t a b l i s h r e a l i s t i c long-range goals.lnstruction is offeredin thefollowingareas:mealpreparation, and short-range moneymanagement, shopping, housekeeping, useof appliances, saferycommunication, personal transportation, care,and interpersonal relationships. Micro-EnterpriseDevelopment Project With a StateCouncilgrant,the projectwill supportat least25 individuals with developmental (microenterprises). disabilities to starttheirown smallbusinesses It will alsocreatea cadreof six providerorganizations to developthe capacityto assist theseindividuals andothersto start and maintaintheirown smallbusinesses. Thesix provideragencies are:JayNolanCommunity Services, ArcVenturaCounty,AlphaResource Center,PeopleCreating Success, Inc.,WorkTraining Program and Easter Seals(TCRCarea).

Acknowledgments TheCouncilwould liketo acknowledge the SB1270Consumer AdvisoryCommittee for it perseverance in keepingthe process on trackand an eyeon the prize: MargaretBarcelo MichaelCook Tammy Eudy TomFambro MoniqueHarris Liz Lyons TraceyMensch Kim Rucker MissyRunnels WillieWest CindyWhite

I wouldliketo work independently on my own and not havea contract hold me backfromworkingat the companyI wastrainedat andgetpaid equal. Paywith benefitsand medical benefitsaswell andto clockin and out independently andto be equalas one. SB1270ConsumerAdvisory CommitteeMember

Specialthanksto SashaBittnerandMarcyCood fortheirleadership anddetermination. Finally, to MarkStarford andCharlene for Jones their unendingsupportof theAdvisoryCommittee. Updateon the StateCouncil'sSB 1270 Reportto the Legislature and Covernor . September2007

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