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"The VMRC Newsletter"

Friday, May 26, 2023

Message from the Executive Director

Tony Anderson

Safety During this Important Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

As the month of May ends, we celebrate Memorial Day, we honor those who died while serving our country in the military, and we recognize the end of Drowning Prevention Month. I realize that is quite a mesh of seemingly unrelated themes but follow me on this one. This weekend at Valley Mountain Regional Center, we honor our veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, many of whom were grandparents, parents, and other family members of people with disabilities. Though America has yet to sign the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, in many ways we have still set high standards for access and antidiscrimination laws protecting people with disabilities from institutionalization and guaranteeing education among many other rights not enjoyed in other countries. The American exceptionalism as referenced by many from the 1600s (John Winthrop) through modern day (Ronald Reagan) as the aspirational city on the hill is best illustrated in our appreciation of freedom and courage which is the heart of our Memorial Day recognition.

This holiday weekend, as we gather with friends and family, water is often a big part of the fun with swimming pools, lakes, rivers, etc., so we just want to remind our community to stay diligent for the safety of our families. The California regional centers serve over 800 people who became permanently disabled because of near drowning accidents and all these accidents were preventable. As Governor Newsom reminds us that drowning can be a silent killer with no warnings so our preparation and precaution will be more effective than our alertness for splashing or cries for help.  

Memorial Day is too important a holiday to not honor and enjoy. We just want to spread the word of awareness to prevent these tragedies that can be so devastating to families and communities.


The Director's Travels

The May 29, 2023 board communication on the director's activities...

Upcoming VMRC Public Meetings

VMRC Consumer Services Committee Meeting (Hybrid)

Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 5:15 PM

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VMRC Executive Committee Meeting (Hybrid)

Wednesday, June 14, 2023, 6:30 PM

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VMRC Board of Directors Meeting (Hybrid)

Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 6:00 PM

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Upcoming VMRC Service Provider Meetings

Transportation Forum (Virtual)

Thursday, June 8, 2023, 11:00 AM

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Save the Date!

Coalition of Local Agency Service Providers (CLASP) Presents

"Moving Forward"

Professionalism and Education 2023 Conference

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

San Joaquin County Agricultural Center

6 Live CEUs

Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

Contact Candice Bright at

Registration to Come!

Case Management Update - Adults

Christine Couch

Director of Consumer Services - Adults

Join WorkStartYes on Friday, May 26 to gain insight into supportive skills in communication, professional, development, and more! The event will take place at the Wentworth Education Center, 2707 Transworld Drive from 10 AM to 2 PM. Learn More


Calaveras/Amador/Tuolumne Counties

Case Management Update - Children

Tara Sisemore-Hester

Director of Consumer Services - Children

We are currently in the process of recruiting input for future training topics around Special Education. If you currently have a child between the ages of 3-22 and they are receiving special education services through their local school district, please take a few minutes to fill out the survey below.

Thank You!!!

Clinical Update

Dr. Claire Lazaro

Clinical Director

Free Counseling: Launched!

The free counseling service offered through the Family Wellness Project started this May! We are looking for more interested families to participate.

Email if you want to be a part of this. We’re also gathering data on how we can further help the families. Please scan the QR code below and answer a few questions to help us! And look at the flyer below for more details on this project.

Community Services Update


Brian Bennett, Community Services Director



Revised Rate Adjustment Letter

Emergency Response Update


Aaron McDonald, Emergency Response and Safety Specialist

North Valley Hills Update

   Dena Hernandez, Regional Manager (209) 473-6930

Family Resource Network (FRN) Update

Lisa Culley, Executive Director

Family Resource Network (FRN) is hosting Sibshop in Amador County! Sibshop is an event for youth, 7-14 years old, who have a sibling with a disability. This is time for the sibling to meet other siblings, receive information, play games, eat pizza, and have tons of fun!! Siblings will explore and discuss some of the fun (and not so fun) parts of having a sibling! Sibshop is scheduled for Friday, June 9, 2023, at First 5 Amador in Jackson.

Registration is required, and the registration form can be requested from FRN at 209-472-3674 or

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