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Did you know that the State Council is in charge of sharing information with the DDS Committee, but if one doesn’t want to share with the other, your Regional Center counselor will not have any actual concrete information to tell you?
Take a stand and show the state government that consumers and their families have been forced to research trials by fire, and suffer the consequences of misappropriation. We have a right to the $10-billion+ and today is your day to know how to access this. Until this process is not in compliance with the ADA, the Lanterman Act is not protecting us from labor law violations. We are being asked to do their job, but we are not allowed to collect $2,500 for our INDEPENDENCE!!! Join to discuss.
In October 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 468 into law creating a statewide Self-Determination Program that offers regional center consumers a voluntary alternative to the traditional system and more control over the services they receive and the individuals who support them. Starting July 1, 2021, all consumers can switch to Self Determination.
..but wait… For current regional center consumers, the budget will equal 100% of the amount of the total purchase of service expenditures made by the regional center during the past 12 months.
…um, so…If your case manager or regional center supervisor says that they are still (1) unsure and (2) “waiting to find out funding availability” and (3) not providing clear instructions, please write to us now. email@example.com
Here’s what is supposed to happen next for you.
We learned about an IF (Independent Facilitator). We asked if a consumer can get the $2,500 from the budget if they complete the work. According to district managers, you cannot pay yourself, and you have to pay others; there is no mention in the State order (Dec 2018) about this ad hoc prohibition.
We are looking into training our autistic clients to have job opportunities by becoming an IF for their peers! Stay tuned.
IF – Independent Facilitator
An IF is not required for your next step, but recommended. Their role is to sit in meetings with your R.C. team. They are supposed to negotiate rates and service codes for your budget. They can advocate for you to get the best possible budget based on what you know you need. If you expect your service coordinator to be sluggish, non-responsive, or cruel with their service agreement rate disclosures, then an IF is a good idea for you!
A Financial Management Service (FMS) is the only required service for participants in Self-Determination. You can find a list of the FMS agencies that San Diego Regional Center partners with here.
about 10 companies listed, check out the negative yelp reviews.
3 Different Models
There are actually 3 models available for Self Determination, but most agencies will offers 2.
Bill Tier Model – very similar to traditional services with regional centers. They choose the agencies they know and make their own suggestions.
Sole Employer Model – You choose your own agencies and personnel. The FMS responsibility is to collect the w-2 forms, calculate the tax withholdings, and send the paychecks. Consumer’s responsibility is to enter the GROSS rate, not the NET into the budget, since we pay the tax withholdings from the overall budget. The deduction is 14.8%. If you’d like to calculate that, you would have to say, “If you want $15 per hour, we will have to calculate 15*1.48 = 22.” $22 is then the gross rate entered into the budget.
The FMS will send you forms to complete, and set an appointment for your initial meeting.
We recommend that you ask for a zoom call and complete the forms together.
They will offer paper mail forms
they are amenable to digital processing for efficiency and disability accommodations.
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During COVID19, our advocacy expanded to implementing the ADA requirement for Effective Communication to be provided by default in each state. This federal law is meant to accommodate Americans who have vision, hearing, or speech disabilities (“communication disabilities”) and use different ways to communicate. However, effective communication for autistic people may require closed captioning, and or time to communicate with someone who uses a communication board or device. Most affected are autistic adults who require communication support to access county benefits, state agency supports, medical care, education and employment.
When communication support is implemented in your state, a law enforcement officer will be able to conference-call a specialist when they encounter an autistic person. The same default response will be applied to a client who is applying for benefits, is asking for accommodations from their boss or university, and a person who needs to engage with the DMV. In other words, identifying as autistic will trigger the ADA implementation in your state as a covered Communication Support.
What is Communication Support?
If a state employee accommodates the need for effective communication, they are also violating state law when they replicate the standards of the profession for speech, language, and hearing pathologist.
Only a speech therapist is trained in social pragmatic language disorders as part of their mandatory degree requirements, and their overseeing body has already provisioned telehealth for shelter-in-place during COVID19.
Follow out hashtag #communicationsupport on FaceBook and social media to learn about our progress and respond to Calls for Action. To volunteer, please contact info at our doogri.org address.
Follow actions taken in each state below, and follow #communicationsupport on FaceBook for calls to action.
CA Bipartisan Budget Proposal submitted (12/15/20) to all 16 members of the Health CommitteePrimary jurisdictions are health care, health insurance, Medi-Cal and other public health care programs, mental health licensing of health and health-related professionals, and long-term health care facilities.
Budget Committee: Alex Walker (12/22/20) with D – Philip Y. Ting (Chair), Spencer Street (12/22/20) with R -Vince Fong (Vice Chair), Katja Townsend with R – James Gallagher, Kerida Moates with R – Kevin Kiley