Community Resource Development Plan Projects for FY19/20
Per Welfare and Institutions Code Section 4679, North Los Angeles County Regional Center conducted a survey of all of its stakeholders, including consumers, family members, providers and advocates. The survey was used to help determine local needs and priorities for the use of Community Resource Development Plan funds in fiscal year 19/20. The list below contains the final approved projects for development for San Andreas Regional Center through the Department of Developmental Services.
Acquisition of a 3-bed, Enhanced Behavioral Supports Home (EBSH) to be owned by a housing development organization (HDO) for the use of individuals needing enhanced behavioral support services that will meet the needs of individuals exiting a developmental center or at risk of being placed into a developmental center.
HCBS Provider Compliance Funding Guidelines for FY 2019-2020
The Department of Developmental Services’ issued Fiscal Year 2019-20 HCBS Provider Compliance Funding Guidelines for service providers who wish to apply for funding.
The Department will hold two, one-hour webinars to review the funding application process and answer questions on Monday, October 28, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and Wednesday, and November 6, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Please note the application has been modified from years past. To register for any of the above webinars, follow the instructions found at www.dds.ca.gov/HCBS.
We encourage service providers in need of taking steps towards modifying their services to come into compliance with the HCBS rules by March 2022, to apply.
Applications are due November 22, 2019.
Service providers, please note the following service codes are required to meet HCBS final rule:
Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Rules SETTINGS/SERVICES IDENTIFIED IN THE STATEWIDE TRANSITION PLAN
• Activity Center • Adult Day Care Center • Adult Day Care Facility • Adult Day Program
• Adult Day Support Center • Adult Development Center • Adult Family Home • Adult Residential Facility
• Adult Residential Facility for Persons with Special Health Care Needs • Behavior Management Program • Certified Family Home • Child Day Care Center • Child Day Care Facility • Community Activities Support Service
• Community Integration Training Program • Community-Based Training Provider • Family Child Care Home • Family Teaching Home • Foster Family Home • Group Home • Residential Care Facility for the Elderly • Small Family Home
• Socialization Training Program • Supported Employment (Group Services) • Work Activity Program
NLACRC Community Placement Plan (CPP) & Community Resource Development Plan (CRDP) 2019/2020 Priorities
The FY2019-2020 Budget Act includes Community Resource Development Program (“CRDP”) and Community Placement Plan (“CPP”) funding to address the needs for services and supports of consumers living in the community. NLACRC intends to submit Proposals to DDS directed to meet the needs of (1) consumers moving from a DC, a STAR facility, or an IMD into the community; and (2) specialized services to meet the needs of individuals who have challenging needs.
Each priority listed below, represents the CPP/CRDPfunding Proposal NLACRC intends to submit to DDS to meet the objectives set by the Department which need to be driven by outcomes of annual comprehensiveand updated assessments of individuals residing at the Developmental Centers (“DC”), Canyon Springs, a STAR facility, an Institution for Mental Diseases (“IMD”), or out-of-state, and the current and emerging needs of their community. The Proposals must include principles of person-centered service planning and that funded services are culturally and linguistically appropriate to the population served by the regional center [WIC Section 4679(a)].
NLACRC gathered input on priorities through a survey on Survey Monkey as well as hosting a CPP/CRDP Priorities Stakeholder meeting on Tuesday 5/28/19 @ NLACRC 9200 Oakdale Ave. Suite 100, Chatsworth CA 91311
The list of priorities in the order determined by stakeholders of highest to lowest is listed below.
Community-Based/Site-Based Behavior Day Program
Homes with Enhanced Behavioral Supports for Adults
Mobile Mental Health Services Team (Social Worker, RN, Psychologist, Psychiatrist)
Homes with Enhanced Behavioral Supports for Children
Homes to Deflect Adult Consumers from Restrictive Placements (DC/IMD)
IRS Mileage Rate Increased for Transportation Service Providers (Service Codes 105, 470, 875, 880, 890) and Fiscal Management Service Providers
Effective January 1, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) increased the standard mileage rate for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) from $0.545 per mile to $0.58 per mile. For those service providers that receive reimbursement for transportation services based on the IRS rate, the rate increase will be reflected on your January 2019 invoices.
If you have any questions about your invoices or billing, please contact NLACRC’s Accounting Department at 818-778-1900. If you have questions about your rate, please contact NLACRC’s Community Services department at 818-756-6122.
Adjustment for Minimum Wage Increase effective January 1, 2019, pursuant to WIC, Section 4691.6 (g) and Section 4681.6 (b)
Due to the enactment of Senate Bill ("SB3") effective January 1, 2019, the minimum wage in the State of California will increase from $11.00 per hour to $12.00 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees and from $10.50 to $11.00 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
Please see the documents listed below for additional information about these increases for certain specified services and who you can contact if you have questions:
The Department of Developmental Services ("DDS") will not be issuing a Uniform Holiday Schedule Program Directive during FY 2018-19 but please know that NLACRC's Transportation Schedule is still in effect and will be enforced by NLACRC during FY 2018-19. For more information, please view the PDF link below.
Home and Community-Based Services Regulations - Provider Funding for Compliance Activities
In January 2014, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued final regulations, or rules, for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS)1. The rules require that HCBS programs funded through Medicaid (called Medi-Cal in California) provide individuals with disabilities full access to the benefits of community living and offer services and supports in settings that are integrated in the community. This could include opportunities to seek employment in competitive and integrated settings, control personal resources, and engage in the community to the same degree as individuals who do not receive regional center services. The HCBS rules focus on the nature and quality of individuals’ experiences and not just the settings where the services are delivered.
In recognition that some service providers need to take steps towards modifying their
services to come into compliance with the HCBS rules by March 2022, the 2017 Budget Act (AB 97, Chapter 14, Statutes of 2017) contains $15 million to fund necessary changes. As
described below, service providers are invited to apply for funds through regional centers and all submitted concepts will be forwarded to the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) as they are received. Regional centers should make recommendations for funding based on
local priorities, although final approval will be made by DDS. Projects that require multiple
years to complete, additional funding, or result in meeting some, but not all, of the HCBS
rules, will be considered.
The HCBS rules represent a significant, system-wide change to the way services are
delivered. Given the broad scope of the rules, providers are encouraged to submit concepts
that offer a unique and innovative path to compliance. Funding may be used for more
creative service delivery options.
Please read the complete announcement for more details and information.
Overview of NLACRC's Contractual Requirements with DDS to Comply with
Privacy Laws - Service Provider Training (May 2017) NLACRC is required to follow Federal and State laws regarding HIPAA, whichever is more restrictive. NLACRC is required to ensure all Service Providers comply with the same restrictions, safeguards, and conditions that apply to NLACRC with respect to protected health information.
Amendment to August 25, 2016 letter related to reporting Special Incidents
The intent of this letter is to further clarify the new statutory requirements set forth in Welfare and Institutions Code (W&I) Code Section 4659.2(b) (1) related to reporting special incidents. Please click on the link below for more information.
Statutory Process to Seek a Minimum Wage Rate Increase for Negotiated Rates
Effective January 1, 2017, due to the implementation of Senate Bill (SB) 3, the minimum wage in California will increase from $10.00 to $10.50 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees. As authorized by the 2016 State budget and the 2016 changes to the Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) sections 4681.6(b), 4691.6(f) and (g), and 4691.9(b), many vendors will either receive, or be eligible to request, a rate increase if necessary to adjust employees’ pay to comply with the new minimum wage.
Letter to Service Providers re. Amendments to Welfare and Institutions Code 4659.2
On June 27, 2016, Welfare and Institutions (W&I) Code Section 4659.2 (b) (1) was amended by the State Legislature to require the following:
“(b) (1) All regional center vendors that provide crisis or residential services or supported living services, long-term health care facilities, and acute psychiatric hospitals shall report to the agency designated pursuant to subdivision (i) of Section 4900 all of the following:
(A) Each death or serious injury of a person occurring during, or related to, the use of seclusion, physical restraint, or chemical restraint, or any combination thereof.
(B) Any unexpected or suspicious death, regardless of whether the cause is immediately known.
(C) Any allegation of sexual assault, as defined in Section 15610.63, in which the alleged perpetrator is a staff member, service provider, or facility employee or contractor.
(D) Any report made to the local law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction in which the facility is located that involves physical abuse, as defined in Section 15610.63, in which a staff member, service provider, or facility employee or contractor is implicated.
(2) The reports described in paragraph (1) shall be made no later than the close of the business day following the death or serious injury. The report shall include the encrypted identifier of the person involved, and the name, street address, and telephone number of the facility.
(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 26, Sec. 9. Effective June 27, 2016.)”
Effective immediately, all residential providers, crisis services providers, Long-Term Health Care Facilities, Supported Living service providers, and acute psychiatric hospitals vendored with the North Los Angeles County Regional Center (NLACRC) must report all incidents noted in W&I Code section 4659.2 (b) (1)(A)(B) (C) & (D) above to NLACRC. These reporting requirements are in addition to the special incident reporting requirements noted in Title 17, California Code of Regulations, Section 54327.
To help you better understand the new statutory requirements noted in section 4659.2(b) (1) a copy of W&I Code Section 4659.2 in its entirety and Title 17, California Code of Regulations, Section 54327 are provided as links below for your reference. Also enclosed is a reference list of other relevant Code sections that are discussed in W&I Code Section 4659.2.
Please be advised that NLACRC intends to provide training in the near future on the new statutory requirements noted above, and will post notification of the dates of training on the Agency’s website. In the meantime, should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (818) 756-6471 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letter to Service Providers re. Title 17, Section 54327 that provides regulatory requirements for reporting Special Incidents to regional center by vendors and Long Term Health Care Facilities
The regulation sets timelines for reporting incidents to Regional Center and requires providers to verbally report an incident to Regional Center within 24 hours after learning of the occurrence of the incident, and to submit a written report within 48 hours after the occurrence of the incident. NLACRC will be providing annual trainings on regulatory requirements for special incident reporting by vendors and Long Term Care facilities. More information will be posted on the web site in the future.
Regulatory Process to Seek an Unanticipated Rate Increase Due to Either L.A. City or L.A. County Minimum Wage Increase Ordinances
Effective July 1, 2016, both the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles passed local ordinances that will increase worker minimum wages.
Effective July 1, 2011, worker minimum wages will increase annually on July 1st thereafter, based on the Consumer Price Index ("CPI") for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers for the Los Angeles metropolitan area (Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA) which is published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
NLACRC has published a Frequently Asked Questions ("FAQ") document that provides information in regards to the regulatory process to seek an unanticipated rate increase directly from the Department of Developmental Services ("DDS") in order to comply with the minimum wage requirements established by both the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles effective July 1st of each calendar year.
Out-of-Community Travel or Out-of-State Travel Guideline for Supported Living Service Providers
These purpose of this Guideline is to establish guidelines for ensuring that individual program planning is directed towards ensuring the health and safety of our consumers and ensuring appropriate care and supervision by supported living service (SLS) providers when consumers travel outside their community or outside the state of California while under the care and supervision of a SLS provider.
Rate Change for Employee Sick Leave ("Healthy Families Act") Certain programs and providers including Community-Based Day Programs ("CBDP"), Work Activity Programs ("WAP"), In-Home Respite Agencies ("IHRA"), service providers with a negotiated rate and residential service providers with an established Alternative Residential Model ("ARM") may be eligible for a rate increase as a result of the enactment of Assembly Bill 1522 ("AB 1522"), the Healthy Families Act of 2014 (the "Healthy Families Act").
The Healthy Families Act entitles employees who work on or after July 1, 2015 and who work thirty (30) or more days within a year, to accrue sickleave at a rate of one (1) hour for every thirty (30) hours worked, up to a maximum of twenty-four (24) hours of paid sick days annually. The FY 2015-2016 Budget and accompanying trailer bill language combined with current Title 17 regulations, allows for the Department of Developmental Services ("DDS") to increase rates as a result of the requirements established under the Health Families Act for eligible service providers.
Certain programs and providers including Community-Based Day Programs ("CBDP"), Work Activity Programs ("WAP"), In-Home Respite Agencies ("IHRA"), service providers with a negotiated rate and residential service providers with an established Alternative Residential Model ("ARM") may be eligible for a rate increase as a result of the enactment of Assembly Bill 1522 ("AB 1522"), the Healthy Families Act of 2014 (the "Healthy Families Act"). The Healthy Families Act entitles employees who work on or after July 1, 2015 and who work thirty (30) or more days within a year, to accrue sick leave at a rate of one (1) hour for every thirty (30) hours worked, up to a maximum of twenty-four (24) hours of paid sick days annually. The FY 2015-2016 Budget and accompanying trailer bill language combined with current Title 17 regulations, allows for the Department of Developmental Services ("DDS") to increase rates as a result of the requirements established under the Health Families Act for eligible service providers. Please see the links below for more information.
E-mail Encryption As of August 25, 2014, all NLACRC outgoing e-mails are being encrypted. This procedure is being implemented to ensure that all confidential e-mail that is sent outside NLACRC’S network is protected as required under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”). To learn more about how to open an encrypted e-mail, please see the link below.
CMS Releases HCBS Final Rule Defining Community Settings
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the final rule on home and community-based services (HCBS) that includes the definition of community settings. This newsletter published by the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, contains information about the rule. >> View the Federal Perspectives newsletter (Vol. 21, Number 2, Feb. 2014)
Chronic, Non-reportable events
At a recent vendor training, the question of whether chronic, non-reportable events such as daily seizures or re-occurring behavioral issues addressed in a consumer's behavioral treatment plan should be reported to Regional Center. Please see the letter for additional information. >> View the letter from NLACRC's Risk Assessment Unit
Federal minimum wage and overtime pay protections learn more about the Home Care Final Rule at U.S. Dept of Labor web site The United States Department of Labor has a web site with information and resources about how to comply with the federal minimum wage and overtime pay protections for direct care workers that go into effect on January 1, 2015. Direct care workers are those who provide home care services, such as certified nursing assistants, home health aides, personal care aides, caregivers and companions. The Department of Labor is also offering free public webinars with one being offered on November 5th for the Western Region at 10 a.m. (1 p.m. ET). The presentations will be closed-captioned and available to download during the webinar. >> Visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Home Care Final Rule web site
Notice to Vendored Community-Based Day Program & In-Home Service Providers regarding sunset statutory provisions that suspended Title 17 requirements regarding annual reviews
Welfare & Institutions Code (WIC), section 4791(d) contained a provision that temporarily suspended the regulatory requirements under Title 17, Section 56732 & 56800 which required that Community-Based Day Programs and In-Home Respite service providers conduct annual reviews and to submit written reports to the vendoring regional center, user regional center(s), and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). This temporary provision was applicable to all vendored Community-Based Day Programs and In-Home Respite service providers whose payment was reduced by the statutory payment reduction. This temporary suspension of regulations sunset on June 30, 2013.
Effective July 1, 2013, all vendored community-based day programs and in-home respite agencies are required to comply with Title 17 requirements under Section 56732 and 56800, related to Annual Reviews.
New procedures for reporting elder & dependent abuse to Adult Protective Services
Please be advised that Adult Protective Services has eliminated its Centralized fax number, and the procedure for reporting suspected Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse and Neglect to Adult Protective Services (APS) has changed.
You may report an incident of suspected Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse and Neglect to APS, by choosing one of the two options listed below:
1. Verbally report the incident by calling the:
a) 24-hour Elder Abuse Reporting Hotline at (877) 477-3646 or
b) APS Mandated Reporter Hotline at (888) 202-4248.
2. Complete the SOC 341 form and mail it to:
Adult Protective Services – Center Intake
Community & Senior Services
3333 Wilshire Blvd., 4th floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010
1. Submit an electronic report at https://apslive.lacss.harmonyis.net/LACSSLiveIntake/.
Please note: if you submit a report electronically, you do not need to verbally report the incident. Additionally, currently there is no option to print the electronic report, and once submitted, you will not be provided with a confirmation number. APS is currently working on adding a print option and other improvements.
Follow up Instructions:
After submitting the written report, please call APS after a couple days at (213) 351-5401 to inquire about the status of the case.
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the process or the electronic form, please contact APS at one of the numbers noted above.
New Statutory Requirements for Abuse Reporting
Effective January 1, 2013, the State Legislature amended the statute, adding "serious bodily injury," to the definition section of the Elder and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act (W&I 15600 et seq) and, requiring Long Term Care providers to initially report suspected or alleged incidents of physical abuse, resulting in serious bodily injury, to law enforcement (See Welfare and Institution Code section 15610.67). Providers are also required to submit a written report of the incident to the local ombudsman, the corresponding licensing agency, and the local law enforcement agency within two hours of the mandated reporter observing, obtaining knowledge of, or suspecting the physical abuse. Please read the "Letter to Service Providers - May 21, 2013" to learn more. >> Letter to Service Providers - May 21, 2013
Effective July 1, 2012, Statutory Requirement to Utilize SLS Standardized Assessment Questionnaire during IPP meetings, Welfare & Institutions Code, Section 4689 (p) A change in statute that formerly required that an independent assessment be performed for consumers receiving or initially entering supported living who have supported living costs in excess of 125% of the annual statewide average cost of supported living services has been eliminated from statute. The new statute that went into effect on July 1, 2012, now requires that the Individual Program Plan (IPP) team complete a standardized assessment questionnaire at the time of development, review, or modification of a consumer's IPP. Please read the notice to all supported living service providers serving NLACRC consumers (Service codes 073, 894 and 896) for detailed information, and to view the questionnaire. >> View the information
Regulatory Changes Regarding Electronic Records & Signatures Changes in regulations regarding Electronic Records and Electronic Signatures went into effect on Feb. 16, 2012. Regulations were added to the California Code of Regulations (CCR) to regional centers and service provider to maintain records electronically. >> View the information
Distribution of Marketing Materials, Announcements & Vacancy Information Please view this memo issued by NLACRC regarding important information for vendors about the distribution of marketing materials, announcements, and vacancy information. >> View the memo
Half Day Billing for Day Programs and Look-A-Like Day Programs Due to a change in statue that went into effect on July 1, 2011, there is a new law, Welfare & Institutions Code (WIC) section 4690.60, which states that all day programs and look-a-like programs with a daily rate are to bill regional centers for services provided to consumers served in terms of half days of service and full days of service. >> View the information about half day billing