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Monday January 4, 2021
The Board Legislative Committee chaired by Board Secretary Lynda Mendoza, will be meeting from 9 am to 10 am to review the latest presentation draft for the new laws for 2021 and prepare for the budget release and upcoming legislative briefing for local legislators. To view activities of this committee visit their webpage at: https://www.vmrc.net/legislative-committee-2/ 

I will be meeting with Matthew Bahr to discuss two remaining vendor appeals.

I’ll be meeting with Doug Bonnet to review and prepare for upcoming meetings and events including this week’s board committee meetings and a PPE distribution day in Tuolumne County.

The Board’s Consumer Services committee chaired by Dena Pfeifer, will be meeting from 4 pm to 5 pm. To view the materials for this committee meeting visit the committee’s webpage at: https://www.vmrc.net/consumer-services-committee-2/

Tuesday January 5, 2021
The Senior Leadership team will be meeting from 9 am to noon for department updates and make decisions on matters impacting the organization.

I will be participating in webinar, “Black Lives with IDD and Their Faith Communities”, hosted by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) Religion and Spirituality Interest Network. This is the third webinar in the series to learn more: https://aaiddreligion.org/series/ 

Cindy Mix, Director of Consumer Services, will be meeting with the program managers to provide organizational updates for the managers supervising case management.

I’ll be meeting with Brian Bennett, Director of Community Services, and Robert Fernandez, Resource Development Division Manager to discuss logistics for transportation providers assisting with PPE distribution.

I will be meeting with the regional center directors from 3 pm to 4 pm to discuss various statewide topics impacting all regional centers and to give ARCA direction on issues that need to be addressed by the department. Some of the big issues center on testing and vaccinations for COVID-19.

Wednesday January 6, 2021
There will be a webinar for Early Start professionals focused on meeting the needs of children and families during the ongoing conditions necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic. To participate in this webinar: https://www.cpeionline.net/local/intellicart/view.php?id=57 

I will be participating in a Systems of Care training from 10 am to 12 pm with the county officials from Tuolumne County as part of the effort to better coordinate systems of care that support children in Foster Care. Jason Toepel, our manager for Foster Care coordination will be attending as well.

I will be participating in a leadership meeting from 12 pm to 1 pm with the county officials from Calaveras County as part of the effort to better coordinate systems that support children in Foster Care. Jason Toepel, our manager for Foster Care coordination will be attending as well.

I will be facilitating a meeting with our transportation providers to follow up on the activities they can be performing during the time of stay at home orders.

The Finance Committee, chaired by Board Treasurer Linda Collins, will be meeting from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. To view the materials for this meeting visit the committee’s webpage at: https://www.vmrc.net/finance-committee/ 

The Executive Committee, chaired by Board President Margaret Heinz, will be meeting from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. To view the details and materials for this committee visit the committee’s webpage at: https://www.vmrc.net/executive-committee-2/ 

Thursday January 7, 2021
The Legislative Committee, chaired by Lynda Mendoza, will be getting together to practice the presentation of the new laws.

Friday January 8, 2021
I’ll be participating in the weekly Residential Services meeting hosted by our Community Services Department. These meetings are for giving updates related to PIN changes, SIR changes and requirements, staffing and surge issue etc., and hearing from providers on topics important to them.

I’ll be participating in the SAC6 Friday chat answering questions and giving a weekly update from VMRC. To participate in this zoom chat: https://zoom.us/j/93670995679?pwd=S2czQWVRa2JJYU1xMDJOaHRFNW1Idz09. Meeting ID: 936 7099 5679, Passcode: 386428.

Doug Bonnet with volunteered support from SAC6, SCDD and VMRC staff will be hosting a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) distribution day from 2pm to 4pm, at the Tuolumne County Senior Center, 540 Greenly Road, Sonora, CA 95370.

Saturday January 9, 2021
Our next ARCA sponsored Academy event for regional center board members will be from 1-2:30pm, we’ll be covering Strategic Planning. We’ll learn how a strategic plan guides the work of a regional center, as well as ways to create and measure those plans. The training is for board members only and you have to register in advance at this site: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HZQT0iWERkiZzogivA3w3Q

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