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Residential Service Providers' Orientation

The Spring 2015 Residential Service Providers' Orientation begins March 2. For information and to register, contact Kathy Powers at 530-332-1509 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 20. For detailed information on providing licensed residential services, see: Licensed Residential Services.

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Feds Put New Focus On Down Syndrome

By Shaun Heasley ~ disabilityscoop.com

As people with Down syndrome live longer than ever before, the National Institutes of Health is looking to reshape its efforts related to the chromosomal disorder.

The federal agency is tweaking its Down syndrome research priorities and adding a new focus on life’s later years and associated conditions.

The changes come in the first-ever update to the NIH’s Down Syndrome Research Plan. Originally issued in 2007, the revised plan was released in December, 2014. (http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs/Documents/DSResearchPlan_2014.pdf)

With statistics showing that life expectancy for people with Down syndrome has increased fourfold since 1960, the update includes a new section with goals related to aging with Down syndrome.

Additional areas of emphasis include understanding the progression of Down syndrome, options for treatment and management as well as objectives related to conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, congenital heart disease, hearing and vision problems, gastrointestinal problems, thyroid dysfunction and immune disorders that often co-occur.

Since 2007, the NIH said scientists have published nearly 350 papers addressing items outlined in the original plan.

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Caregiver Wage, Overtime Protections Struck Down

By Michelle Diament ~ disabilityscoop.com

A view of the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said that the Labor Department went too far with regulations requiring that in-home care workers qualify for minimum wage and overtime protections. (Tish Wells/TNS)

A federal judge has put a stop to a new rule requiring that in-home care workers assisting people with disabilities be paid minimum wage and overtime.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said this week that the U.S. Department of Labor overstepped its authority when it moved to mandate pay protections for caregivers.

Under a law dating to back to the 1970s, in-home care workers have been classified much like baby sitters and exempt from many wage protections. The Obama administration sought to change that, instituting regulations — which were set to take effect this month — mandating that the nation’s 2 million home care workers receive at least the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour and qualify for time-and-a-half for working more than 40 hours per week.

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