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DDS Preventive Health Campaign Topic: Get Your Shots!
As you are well aware, flu and pneumonia are common causes of serious illness and even death, and these diseases are largely preventable. The best way to prevent flu and pneumonia is to get vaccinated.
The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is launching a campaign to get everyone with a developmental disability vaccinated for flu, and everyone 65 years old or older, as well as those 19 to 64 years old who have a chronic health condition, vaccinated for pneumonia. This is an ambitious goal, but vaccinations are easy to get and save lives.
DDS has created materials for this campaign, which are on the DDS SafetyNet website at http://ddssafety.net/health/preventive-health/fighting-flu-and-pneumonia. They include two informational brochures, one about flu and another about pneumonia, and a poster. They also include related videos and articles that DDS created for the SafetyNet, as well as information from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Here is what you can do:
- Review the brochures and other materials to learn about flu and pneumonia shots. Share the video and materials with the people you care for so they can learn about shots too.
- Look up places near you where those you support can get vaccinated. Check out the brochures for more information on scheduling shots.
- Contact the doctor with questions about whether the flu or pneumonia shots are right for the people you support.
>> View the flu & pneumonia epacket in English
>> View & print the "Be Like Me Flu Free" poster in English Spanish Chinese Tagalog Vietnamese
>> View & print the brochure about Pneumonia in English Spanish Chinese Tagalog Vietnamese
>> View & print the brochure about Flu in English Spanish Chinese Tagalog Vietnamese
Paid Internships and Competitive Integrated Employment Incentive Payments
Welfare and Institutions Code (“WIC”) was amended effective July 1, 2016 to add section 4870 to encourage competitive integrated employment (“CIE”) for individuals with developmental disabilities. CIE is full or part-time work for which an individual is paid minimum wage or greater in a setting with others who do not have disabilities. Section 4870(a-c) authorizes funding to the Department of Developmental Services for a paid internship program. The purpose of the paid internship program is to increase the vocational skills and abilities of consumers who choose, via the Individual Program Plan (“IPP”) process, to participate in an internship. Goals of the Paid Internship program include the acquisition of experience and skills for future paid employment, or for the internship itself to lead to full or part-time paid employment in the same job. Under this program, internship wages paid to consumers, must be, at least, state or local minimum wage.
Section 4870 (d-g) authorizes funding to the DDS for incentive payments to service providers for the placement and retention of regional center consumers in CIE, consistent with a consumer’s IPP. The goal of the CIE Incentive Payments is to increase sustained CIE placements of consumers by regional center service providers.
Information regarding both the Paid Internship Program and the Competitive Integrated Employment Incentive Payments, is provided below:
>> Letter to Service Providers
>> Guidelines for Implementation of Paid Internship Program
>> Addendum to Program Design Guide for Internship Program
>> Guidelines for Implementation of Competitive Integrated Employment Incentive Payments
>> Addendum to Program Design Guide for Competitive integrated Employment Incentive Payments
>> Sub-Codes for Paid Internship Program and Competitive Integrated Employment Incentive Payments
Please note, to ensure program accountability and achievement of program goals, regional centers and service providers will be required to report activities in these new service areas to the Department of Developmental Services by October 1, 2017 and each October 1st annually, thereafter. Please submit your completed Addendum to your program design to firstname.lastname@example.org.