After months of evaluation regarding the fiscal sustainability of the Opportunity Center (OC) by Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), administration plans to close the job-training program. A meeting is scheduled March 6 at 5:30 pm at Far Northern Regional Center to share some of the strategies we have to address the needs of those supported.
Far Northern Regional Center (FNRC), provides case management services to approximately 100 adults with developmental disabilities currently receiving vocational services through the OC. We have been proactive in developing strategies and supports for those individuals currently employed. Included in these strategies is releasing a Request for Proposal (RFP) to identify other organizations that may be interested in providing similar training programs. Any interested agency will need to meet specific requirements set by the Department of Developmental Services. This involves an application and approval process in order to become vendored to provide services. FNRC is the agency responsible for the oversight and administration of this process. For more information on these requirements, please visit Far Northern Regional Center’s website at www.farnorthernrc.org or contact Tracy Duarte, Associate Director of Community Resources at 530-222-4791, ext. 1579.
Many of the individuals served by the OC live independently and rely on the paychecks they receive from working on contracted jobs through the supported employment program at the OC. FNRC staff will work with these individuals through a person-centered approach to identify other community supports to help them maintain employment.
In addition, FNRC has also formed an Advisory Group that will meet on a regular basis to assist with providing input regarding how to best move forward and support these individuals should the Board of Supervisors vote to close the program.