November, 2019

Update from Department of Developmental Services (DDS)


Deadline Extended for Completion of Orientation 

DDS advised the community recently that people selected on October 1, 2018 to participate in the Self-Determination Program (SDP) must complete an orientation by November 15, 2019. That date has been extended to December 6, 2019.

On November 22, 2019, the Department will select additional individuals for the SDP to fill openings that arose at each regional center. They will select 20 names for the HRC area.

Background Checks for SDP Service Providers

Certain providers of services and supports must obtain a criminal background check in order to provide services for consumers in the Self-Determination Program [Welfare and Institutions (W&I) Code §4685.8(w)]. The following individuals are required to obtain a criminal background check:
• Providers who provide direct personal care services (assistance with dressing, grooming, bathing or personal hygiene services); and,
• Any other provider of services for whom a criminal background check is requested by a participant or the participant’s financial management service.
The participant’s financial management service provider will assist applicable service providers in this process by directing them to appropriate locations where fingerprints can be taken. As a reminder, the cost for fingerprinting is the responsibility of the service provider.