Sacramento Regional Office

Regional Advisory Meeting 2020 Calendar


Regional Advisory Committee Members

Jesana Tran

Karen Mulvany, Chairperson

Jane Marie Taylor

Tyson Whitman

Benita Ayala

Kidada Medina

Chris Hickey

Donnell Kenworthy

Glenda Servantes

At-Large Positions

Brandy Boyd 

Nancy Esparza

Natalie Gray

Michael Helton

Elaine Linn

Midhun Tripuraneni


Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting December 15

Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting October 20

Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting August 18 (Agenda

Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting June 16 (Agenda

Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting April 21 (Agenda)

Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting February 11 (Agenda) 


Tuesdays in October, 2020. SCDD Sacramento Regional Office hosts 4 sessions on Employment for people with developmental disabilities. Attendance is free. Registration is required for each session. – Link to Flyer (Flyer)

Thursday, September 24, 2020 and Thursday, October 15, 2020 9am-11am on Zoom. Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) 2-part training. (Flyers in English and Spanish)  

PREVIOUS TRAININGS (and links to recordings)

To locate recordings of recent trainings on Aunt Bertha Online Resource Platform, IHSS, or Tuesday Chats with a variety of topics, please visit our YouTube Channel at Or go to YouTube and search California DD Council.

April 21, 2020
Dante Allen, ED, CalABLE on ABLE Accounts (link to different recent CalABLE training)  

April 28, 2020 Brittnee Gillespie, Attorney/Clients’ Rights Advocate, Disability Rights California about about supports and services her office provides to clients of Alta California Regional Center and children with special needs who have Individual Education Plans. We also discuss changes that have occurred to services as result of Covid-19.   
May 5, 2020 L. Vance Taylor, Chief, Office of Access and Functional Needs, CA Governor’s Office of Emergency Services on Covid-19 and people with Access and Functional Needs.
May 12, 2020 Carole Watilo, ED, Progressive Employment Concepts and Self-Advocates on Employment & Community Based Supports.  
May 19, 2020 Andrew Pentacost, Senior Health Education Specialist, Health Education Department, California Health and Wellness/HealthNet on Managed Care regulations and services under the Affordable Care Act. We also address changes to medical services during Covid-19.  
May 26, 2020 April Wick, Executive Director, Resources for Independent Living (RIL) on Independent Living Center services and supports 

June 2, 2020 Diana Maffei, Program Manager, Warmline Family Resource Center on services and supports through Family Resource Centers
June 11, 2020 Anthony Pico with the Aunt Bertha online social service resource platform on how this resource works and how you can use it to help yourself or others find resources in your community by zip code and topic of what you are seeking help with.    
June 16, 2020 Brittnee Gillespie, Attorney/Clients’ Rights Advocate, Disability Rights California on IHSS program, how to Prepare for Home Visits, Protective Supervision, and the Appeals Process.
June 23, 2020 Raymond Hampson and other dads with Dad-vocates fathers’ group discuss fathering a special needs child and unique challenges during COVID-19.  
June 30, 2020 Caryl Balko, Pride Industries Supported Employment, and job exploration, preparation, searching, on-the-job training, and ongoing supports for community employment.

July 7, 2020 Deirdre Fitzgerald, PhD, BCBA-D, Achievement by Design, discusses practical strategies to improve sleeping and waking routinesduring stressful times, such as COVID-19.
July 28, 2020 Lori Banales, Deputy Executive Director, and John Decker, Director of Community Services and Supports with Alta California Regional Center discuss updates regarding services & supports to individuals with developmental disabilities during COVID-19. 
August 4, 2020 Danielle Cannarozzi, Community Outreach Specialist, LIBERTY Dental, discusses proper oral hygiene, including brushing & flossing, as well as healthy drinks/snacks for the best oral health for individuals with developmental disabilities.
August 11, 2020 Katherine Weston, Home and Community Based Specialist, Alta California Regional Center, helps us learn more about the CMS (Centers for Medicaid Services) Final Rule requirements for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) and Person Centered Planning and how they will shape day program services and supports funded by the Regional Centers in the near future.  
August 18, 2020 Chris Flannery is an Outreach Specialist with Aurrera Health Group who works with the CA Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to help implement the Health Homes Program (HHP), a new initiative which adds extra service benefits to qualifying Medi-Cal beneficiaries. HHP offers these extra services at no cost to Medi-Cal members with certain chronic health and/or mental health issues who have high health care needs or do not have a place to live.  

August 25, 2020 10am-11am Special Guest: Kelsey Handcock, OCRA Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy serving clients of Alta California Regional Center, on Individual Program Plan (IPP) Strategies, Procedures, and the Complaint & Appeal Process. Let’s give Ms. Handcock a warm welcome to her new position as OCRA. She looks forward to meeting and advocating on behalf of many of you. 

September 8, 2020 April Wick, Executive Director, Resources for Independent Living shared about the Census2020 and its importance for the disability community.

September 22, 2020 Fred Nisen, Supervising Attorney on Voting Rights with Disability Rights California and Russel Rawlings, Statewide Organizer, California Independent Living Centers discuss Voting Rights in 2020. 

September 24, 2020 Katherine Westin, HCBS Specialist, Alta California Regional Center offers a training on the Home and Community Based (HCBS) Waiver or Settings Rule/Final Rule and how it may affect community services funded through the regional centers.

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