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TCRC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - August 11


Dear TCRC Community,
 
Several states reported a dip in COVID-19 cases over the past few days, which hopefully will be a trend that sticks.  California is still leading the nation with over 550,00 cases with the State of Florida having the second highest number of cases at 527,000, according to the CDC data tracker.  Governor Newsom issued a statewide mask mandate requiring most people to wear a face covering when near other people in public.  Some California cities are imposing fines for not wearing a mask. The cities in our three Counties have not implemented fines to date. Wearing a mask protects you and protects others, please wear them correctly.
 
When it comes to re-opening the economy, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties remain on the monitoring list.  Many businesses are using creativity to adapt business models for curbside pickup, online sales and outdoor dining. Re-opening details can be found at the California state COVID-19 site
 
The tentative date to re-open TCRC offices starting with those employees who volunteer to work from the offices is still set for September 8. The health and safety of our employees and visitors remains a top priority.  Hence the re-opening date may be delayed contingent on State and County orders that require all office employees who are able to work remotely to do so in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 infections.  Opening offices to the public will happen approximately a month after employees return to the offices. More information to come as we get closer to the re-opening date. 
 
We are cognizant that many persons we serve, families and service providers are eagerly awaiting word on when and how resuming in-person services, group services and site based programs will take place. We continue work with other Regional Centers, Service Provider groups, self-advocates, family advocacy groups and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) on plans toward this end. Re-entry plans for Service Providers include redesigning and adapting services to meet current and evolving needs. DDS has issued a preliminary directive to Regional Centers on non-residential service delivery alternatives and modifications that must be driven by the individualized needs of the person and the family receiving services.  DDS is planning on issuing additional directives in the near future on this issue that will enable the Regional Centers to provide Service Providers and the community further guidance on the path forward.  We will be sure to share this information with you and as soon as it becomes available.
 
TCRC is dedicated to doing everything we can to help keep our community safe.  We still have PPE to distribute. Service Providers requesting PPE may use our Provider PPE Request form. Individuals and families requesting PPE may contact their Service Coordinator.  TCRC will continue to work with DDS, the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, and other government entities to acquire and distribute additional PPE for our community.
 
A national election is around the corner. New resources are available to help you get out and vote.  See our voting resources below and be sure your voice is heard.
 
TCRC is committed to keeping you informed. We have three upcoming public meetings/presentations:  Purchase of Services (POS) Expenditures, National Core Indicators, and the TCRC Performance Contract. Our public meetings will be held virtually so you are able to safely attend from the comfort of your own home. Learn more below.
 
TCRC Service Coordinators continue to work remotely and are available to support you, be sure to reach out to yours if needed.  Or call an on-call Manager.  You are not alone! We are here to support you during this challenging time. 

On-Call Managers
Simi Valley Office: (805) 456-8020 sv@tri-counties.org
Oxnard Office: (805) 456-8021 ox@tri-counties.org
Santa Barbara Office: (805) 456-8022 sb@tri-counties.org
Santa Maria Office: (805) 456-8023 sm@tri-counties.org
San Luis Obispo Office: (805) 456-8024 slo@tri-counties.org
Atascadero Office: (805) 456-8025 atas@tri-counties.org
ILRC Offers “Get Out the Vote” Webinar
  • What's at stake for seniors and persons with disabilities?
  • What's changed with the voting process?
  • What are the main ballot initiatives?
Join them via Zoom on Wednesday, August 26th at 10:30am-12:00pm. Register and request accommodations here. Interested in getting more information about voting?  Contact Jacob Lesner-Buxton at mailto:Jlesner@ilrc-trico.org, or call (805) 963-0595 ext 105.  Spanish translation and captioning is available at this event brought to you by Independent Living Resource Center and a grant from the Fund for Santa Barbara.
 
Disability Rights California Publishes Voting Videos
DRC now offers two great, short videos that cover voting and accessibility. Learn more about your rights and an election hotline at the DRC web site.
 
Are You Ready to Vote?
The Arc is encouraging people to Pledge to Vote in the upcoming election.  Are you registered to vote? Get started here.  See details in this email from The Arc.

TCRC Public Meeting Notices

Upcoming Purchase of Services (POS) Expenditures Meetings
Information Meeting & Discussion about TCRC's efforts to better serve our diverse communities. Tri-Counties Regional Center invites you to Learn about TCRC's Purchase of Services Expenditures (how much was spent on services) from the prior fiscal year. Join on Aug 20 for English and on Aug 21 for Spanish. 
Upcoming National Core Indicators Presentation
National Core Indicators (NCI) is one tool that DDS uses to monitor the performance of the developmental disabilities service system and regional centers. For more information regarding the NCI project you can contact QAProject@scdd.ca.gov. Join us to hear about TCRC's results and our plans for the future. 

Friday September 11, 2:00 PM https://tcrc.zoom.us/j/122389570
Upcoming TCRC Performance Contract Presentation
Each year, TCRC and DDS develop a contract that defines how TCRC will be evaluated on its performance. TCRC will present their performance contract plan and invite public comment.  Performance plan objectives have been developed with input from the community and are embedded within TCRC’s Strategic Performance Plan 2019-2021.  

Friday October 2, 2:00 PM https://tcrc.zoom.us/j/122389570
SCDD Offers Upcoming Training on In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)
Join August 28 from 10 am - 12:30 pm, Click here to Register
  • IHSS Program Overview
  • Eligibility
  • Services Offered
  • Protective Supervision
  • Preparing For Your Assessment or Reassessment
  • Resolving Disagreements /Appeal Process
Intake is Open!
Are you concerned about your child’s development?  Does any aspect of their speech, physical abilities, behavior, or any other area seem delayed? We want you to know that the Tri-Counties Regional Center Early Start program is here to identify and treat developmental delays in children 0-3 years of age.  These services are free; there is no cost to you.  Our clinical and intake teams are fully operational. We have an amazing team ready to help some of the newest people to our system. Please share the word that anyone may refer to our Early Start program. If you are concerned about your child’s development, visit our Connect with an Intake Coordinator web page. Learn more about our Early Start program here.

We will continue to provide updates and information regularly.
 
Please take care and stay well.


Omar Noorzad, PhD
TCRC Executive Director

To everyone, please beware of misinformation which may be shared, and be sure to turn to reliable and official sources of information.

Following are links to local, state and federal resources you should visit for reliable information about Coronavirus (COVID-19):

Informational Websites

Local Public Health Departments

San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department Coronavirus Public Information Updates
Santa Barbara County Public Health Coronavirus Public Information Updates
Ventura County Public Health Coronavirus Public Information Updates

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