Far Northern Regional Center will provide services and supports that allows persons with developmental disabilities to live productive lives as welcomed members of their community.
The Far Northern Coordinating Council (FNCC) on Developmental Disabilities Board of Directors is comprised of members who participate in mapping the course and developing goals for Far Northern Regional Center. The Board is challenged to provide the Executive Director and staff with advice regarding the agency’s policies and procedures and the services it provides. The Board works to develop policies to ensure the organization meets its mandate and mission. The Board is also responsible for hiring and evaluating the Executive Director.
*Pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code Section 4622(g), regional centers shall provide training and support to board members to facilitate their understanding and participation. Far Northern Regional Center’s (FNRC) Board of Directors meets six times per year. Prior to every board meeting a 30 minute training session will occur with a focus on the one of the following topics: Far Northern Regional Center Policies, Performance Objectives, Health and Wellness, Regional Center Budget, Board Members Roles and Responsibilities, and Lanterman Act.
In addition, a training will be offered one time outside of the Board approved schedule for a more in depth training regarding services for those supported.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the ADA?
A: The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was signed into law by President George Bush Senior on July 26, 1990 ( Public Law 336). The ADA prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. It also mandated the establishment of the TDD/telephone relay services.
Q: What do you mean by “Person Centered Planning”?
A: "Person Centered Planning" is a service planning process centered around individual’s personal goals and preferences. Services and supports are designed and provided to meet long term expectations of the person and his/her family and friends. The person and his/her significant others have the same authority as service provider professional staff in choosing life goals in areas including work, school, home and social relationships. Funding and resources support integrated community living.
Q: What is a Medicaid Waiver?
A: A waiver is a funding mechanism which allows the state to offer community-based services as an alternative to institutional services. The term waiver specifically refers to two elements of home and community-based services:
- First, the state applies to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a special waiver or a special allowance from the services typically included in the State Medicaid Plan. This waiver allows the state to use Medicaid funds to provide alternative community supports for a targeted population who is at risk for institutionalization.
- Second, the individuals served waive the institutional services for which they are eligible in order to receive community-based supports.
Q: What type of services might I expect to get?
A: Possible services include:
- In-home supports to help you live more independently.
- Respite care to provide temporary relief to your caregiver.
- Training programs and/or education support to teach you life and work skills.
- Job coaches to help you succeed in the workplace.
- Residential living arrangements to provide you with the security and care you need.
- Adaptive equipment to make you more independent.
- Other supports to improve your quality of life
Q: Can you tell me more about DDS?
A: As part of the Department of Developmental Services' (DDS) commitment to provide information to the general public, individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, and professionals in the field, DDS produces the Fact Book on an annual basis. The information presented in the Fact Book is intended to provide an overview of the DDS service delivery system and the persons served. You can view the current Fact Book at the DDS Fact Books website.