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"The VMRC Newsletter"

Friday, April 21, 2023

Message from the Executive Director

Tony Anderson

The DSP Collaborative Event on TV

This week our DSP Collaborative started airing television commercials on KCRA in our media market to promote the upcoming career expos centered on careers and jobs supporting people with developmental disabilities. This project is a collaboration between the Valley Mountain Regional Center provider community, the Alta California Regional Center provider community, and our two regional centers focused on doing everything we can think of to improve the capacity of our network of providers. Recognizing that one of the biggest barriers to quality services that fully meet the needs of people with disabilities is the workforce crisis.

If you or anyone you know might be interested in working one of the many satisfying and rewarding jobs in our field come to one or more of these free career expos and register here:

Job Seeker Registration

If you hire Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) join us for free to exhibit at the expo and connect with DSPs ready to serve:

Employer Registration

In addition to these expos visit our website and search for jobs or post your jobs and submit your company information to attract more candidates to your job board:

Visit our Website

Opportunity for DSPs to Publish

The most notable publication for the DSP profession is called the Frontline Initiative. It features stories from DSPs from all over the country and occasionally includes articles from families and people with disabilities on the importance of the DSPs in their lives and various studies and findings about the workforce. For DSPs interested in advancing this profession publishing in this online journal is a great way to achieve this. Check out this opportunity below:


Call for DSP and FLS Authors

The next issue of Frontline Initiative is on the Direct Support Professionals Code of Ethics. The focus of this issue is:


The NADSP Code of Ethics is intended to guide professional practice of direct support professionals who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Supporting people with disabilities in the community is often complex work and requires ethical decision making. How well do you know the Code of Ethics? This issue revisits the Code of Ethics, and includes DSPs, FLSs, and people supported telling stories about ethical decision making and how they have resolved challenges they have faced.

Interested authors should complete this form by April 26. Articles are due May 19. Contact Julie Kramme and Chet Tschetter for more information at

Learn More >

And Finally this just in from DDS:

"The 2022 DSP Workforce Data Collection will begin in early May 2023. DDS is collecting data from agencies that employ DSPs about factors that impact the workforce. Registration is required to participate. The data collection effort will collect data, through an online survey, on vendor agencies’ direct service professionals (DSPs) for calendar year 2022. Vendor agencies who are eligible to participate in the data collection and complete the survey in its entirety will receive an $8000 incentive after the data collection has ended. DDS offers two online webinars/meetings to vendor agencies and regional centers to provide information about the following topics:


•            Survey registration

•            Incentive payment

•            Types of data collected

•            Data collection window

•            How data will be used


Please join one of the following two virtual meetings to learn more:"

Thursday (4/20), 3:45 – 4:45 pm

o   Zoom Meeting Link:

o   Meeting ID: 885 9271 3640

Passcode: 786172

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Tuesday (4/25), 9:00 – 10:00 am

o   Zoom Meeting Link:

o   Meeting ID: 868 6940 1871

Passcode: 105406

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The Director's Travels

The April 24, 2023 board communication on the director's activites...

Upcoming VMRC Public Meetings

Board of Directors Meeting (Hybrid)

Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 6:00 PM

702 N. Aurora Street, Stockton, CA 95202

Click Here for Zoom Information

Consumer Services Committee Meeting (Hybrid)

Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 5:15 PM

702 N. Aurora Street, Stockton, CA 95202

Click Here for Zoom Information

Executive Committee Meeting (Hybrid)

Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 6:30 PM

702 N. Aurora Street, Stockton, CA 95202

Click Here for Zoom Information

Case Management Update - Adults

Christine Couch

Director of Consumer Services - Adults

From our friends at Cal-TASH – WORK IS FOR EVERYONE!! Free May Webinar series focusing on promoting successful employment outcomes for youth & adults with intellectual and developmental disaiblities. Translation sessions will be provided in ASL, Spanish, Armenian and Farsi. 

Register here:

Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has partnered with State Council to provide a statewide orientation and training to all participants and families who are interested in participating in the Self-Determination Program (SDP). For more information:

2023 Transition Fairs are on Schedule!

San Joaquin County

Stanislaus County

Calaveras/Amador/Tuolumne Counties

Case Management Update - Children

Tara Sisemore-Hester

Director of Consumer Services - Children

Early Intervention, Advocacy and the California Budget May Revise

with Teresa Anderson

Monday, May 22, 2023

12:00pm-1:30pm (PST)

Virtual Event


Can't attend the event live? 

Register to receive access to the recording!

The CA Budget - May revise 2023 is an opportunity to give input on priorities on what our state spends money on to your legislators. Attend to learn the latest Early Intervention issues and how to address them

Early Intervention programs along with many other services provided through the Department of Developmental Services are seeing their rates implemented this year and in the future. Legislators need to hear how things are going with this process.


Do you know who your legislators are? Check here Assembly -; Senate

Invite them to your program, and let them see and hear from families about the benefits of early intervention.

  • Participants will learn how the CA Budget supports Early Intervention Services, Legislation related to ECE, Rate Adjustment process and Early Childhood Department focus
  • Participants will learn how to participate in the CA legislative process
  • Participants will learn about constituent involvement in the CA Budget process

Teresa has provided legislative and regulatory advocacy in health care and Developmental Services with much of her efforts focused on increasing access to care, vulnerable populations, workforce issues, and criminal justice/civil rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from Sacramento State University and a Masters Degree in Public Health from Drexel University, and a Juris Doctorate from Lincoln Law School. 

Non-Member: $35

IDA Agency/Individual Member: FREE (you must register)

IDA Parent/Student/New Clinician Member: FREE

(you must register)


ADA Requests: Contact IDA @

with ADA request by May 3, 2023


Limited number of scholarships available


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library! Free books for children ages 0-5. Check out the link below.

Click Here

Clinical Update

Dr. Claire Lazaro

Clinical Director

Family Wellness Brunch

We are grateful for everyone who participated at the first VMRC's Family Wellness Brunch last April April 15, 2023, held at the Modesto office. We had about 40 families attend the event plus eight vendors/community resources. Aside from the complementary brunch, we also provided childcare to about children. The parents learned a lot of valuable information from our parent speaker Astrid Zuñiga and keynote speaker Julie McGoveran of Parents By Choice who spoke about Positive Parenting. We are grateful to the parents and families who attended, our wonderful speakers, the volunteer staff, and our dedicated vendors that came: B.E.S.T., DINOs, DRAIL, El Concilio, Family Resource Network, Embrace Ministries, Parents By Choice, and Turlock Autism Group (TAG). Special thank you to B.E.S.T. who helped us with childcare provision! Please look forward to future announcement of when we will have another Family Wellness Brunch. 

Community Services Update

Brian Bennett

Community Services Director

Made possible by a Grant from the Department of Developmental Services, VMRC is happy to announce that DINOS (Disabled Individuals Needing Opportunities) will be hosting “Bowling with DINO’s FRIENDS” event on May 6th from 1-5 at West Lane Bowl!   People served by VMRC, and their families can attend.

Made possible by a Grant from the Department of Developmental Services, VMRC is happy to announce Saturday April 22nd at Camp Taylor, Family Fun, Community Day!  Registration required. 

Training Opportunities

Home and Community Based Grant Opportunities

HCBS Additional Funds Direct Support

HCBS Additional Funds FHA

HCBS Additional Funds Deaf +

The DEI Corner


Mark Crear, DEI Manger

Valley Mountain Regional Center (VMRC)

Self Determination Advisory Committee (SDAC)


EVERYONE is WELCOME At Our Meetings!


We meet each month on the 3rd Thursday from 3:30pm-5pm on Zoom

(until we are able to meet in person at the VMRC Stockton Office)

Our Meeting Dates for 2023

January 19          February 16

March 16            April 20

May 18               June 15

July 20                August 17

September 21   October 19

November 16   December 21

For the zoom links for each meeting these are posted 10 days before the meetings at  

You can APPLY to be on this committee- links here and on and

In English:

In Spanish:


North Valley Hills Update

   Dena Hernandez, Regional Manager (209) 473-6930

Don't forget the Program Development Grant Cycle 46 Bidder’s Conference Call is next next Tuesday April 25, 2023 from 10am to 12pm.

The Council has allocated a total of $300,000 to fund Cycle 46 projects in any of four (4) proposed focus areas: •Education •Employment •Health and Safety •Self-Advocacy.

Detail Flyers for the Focus Areas

Bidders Call Registration

Save the Date

The California Memorial Project and Valley CAPS Present...

21st Annual Remembrance Day September 18, 2023

This annual event is to remember and honor people with disabilities who died while living in California state institutions

Ceremony Details:

Time: 10:30 AM


Parkview Cemetery

3661 French Camp Road

Manteca, CA 95336


VMRC Campus

(Memorial rock/water area)

702 N. Aurora St.

Stockton CA. 95202

For more information call Rachelle Munoz at (209) 239-7072 or email

Family Resource Network (FRN) Update

Lisa Culley, Executive Director

Did you know? The Medi-Cal Program currently offers dental services as one of the program's many benefits. Family Resource Network (FRN) can assist families of children 1-18 years old, who live in San Joaquin County, and have Medi-Cal coverage, through the SJ TEETH program. FRN Care Coordinators can assist families to select an appropriate dental provider, make appointments and support other oral health needs and education. Call the Family Resource Network at 209-472-3674 to speak to a Care Coordinator and start the process to better dental health for your child!

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