Decreasing Aid For People With Developmental Disabilities

December 15, 2015:

“The Arc is a national nonprofit with chapters across the country that offer programs and services for people with developmental disabilities. “It means a lot to me,” Palone says. “It gets me out of the house, and it helps me interact with people.”

But in California, aid for people with developmental disabilities is decreasing due to lack of funding for these programs. Please click on the link below to read more about this developing issue.

In California, Aid Withers For People With Developmental Disabilities

Provide courtesy of NPR from KQED, by Melissa Hellmann.

Articles: Proposed Plans for the Future of SDC

November 9, 2015:

Close to Home: Transform, don’t close, the Sonoma Developmental Center
Provided courtesy of the Press Democrat, by Kathleen Miller (PHA).

“The coalition, known as Transform SDC, offers a unified vision that serves the needs of the community, residents, families and employees and honors the land. A cohesive plan for the SDC campus must come first and not as an afterthought.”

Sonoma Developmental Center closure plan goes to legislature
Provided courtesy of the Sonoma Index-Tribune, by Christian Kallen.

“The report characterized those additional comments as “reflecting” earlier public comment on the issues surrounding the facility’s closure. These include “the need for services to be established at SDC in perpetuity, further concerns that the proposed closure timeline is too short, requests that the plan needs to include safety-net services and a better description of what happens if individuals ‘fail’ in the community, [and] requests that the Department address the emotional and spiritual needs of individuals in transition.”

California health secretary defends closure plan for Sonoma Developmental Center
Provided courtesy of the Press Democrat, by Derek Moore.

“Dooley said she is “very aware of the specific targeted challenges that exist” with community-based programs and said she is “committed to doing what we can to address them.” At the same time, she said, for every community-based program that goes out of business another one opens, so that the number of providers is “relatively constant.”

Plans discussed for new Sonoma Valley Regional Park lands
Provided courtesy of the Kenwood Press, by Alec Peters.

“The SDC41 piece was once part of the state-run Sonoma Developmental Center, but declared surplus property in the 1990s. Open Space bought the property for $600,000 in 2007. The land was then transferred to Regional Parks. The 41 acres consists of oak woodlands and grasslands, some wetland areas, and also provides some panoramic views of the valley.”

Protecting green places between towns and cities
Provided courtesy of the Sonoma Valley Sun, by Teri Shore (Greenbelt Alliance).

“The green heart of Sonoma Valley is shielded from sprawl and subdivisions by the Glen Ellen-Agua Caliente Community Separator. It stretches across both sides of Highway 12 from Arnold Drive at Glen Ellen to just south of Madrone Road. It contains 1,400 acres of oak woodlands, vineyards, organic farms, parks and nature preserves and overlaps part of the Sonoma Valley wildlife corridor and the Sonoma Developmental Center.”

Update on Transform SDC: What happened at the workshop?

November 3, 2015:

It’s been awhile since there has been a post from Transform SDC. For those who attended the workshop October 17th, it provided an informative look at the Potrero Group’s work on the SDC Site Transformation Study as well as some background on the SDC Closure Plan.

In addition, we provided the Transform SDC Community Vision Statement to those in attendance as well as a chart that laid out the comparison between the community’s recommendation for SDC to the DDS Closure Plan.

If you’d like to view the Potrero Group’s slideshow from the workshop, please feel free to browse it here.

Thank you again to those who attend any and all of the SDC meetings and to those who have continued to follow the Transform SDC Project. We couldn’t be where we are now in the process without all of your support!

Register for this Saturday, October 17 Transform SDC Community Workshop!

October 15, 2015:

Register Now!

The second Transform SDC Community Workshop is set for this Saturday, October 17 at the Hanna Boys Center, 17000 Arnold Drive in Sonoma, from 9am to around 1pm.

If you haven’t already done so, please mark this date on your calendar and RSVP here as we hope all concerned with the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center can make it to this workshop.

In addition, please take a look at the Sonoma Developmental Center: Site Transformation Study available here that will be covered at Saturday’s workshop, along with the SDC Closure Plan submitted by the state provided here.

If you have any pressing concerns or questions, please email Samantha at samantha@sonomalandtrust.org or call (707) 526-6930 ext. 137.

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

DDS: Plan for the Closure of Sonoma Developmental Center

October 2, 2015:

The Department of Developmental Services’ Plan for the Closure of Sonoma Developmental Center and a transmittal letter can be found at http://www.dds.ca.gov/Sonomanews/index.cfm.

Also online: Attachments 3A includes Comments from Organizations and Associations submitted via email and U.S. Mail;  and Attachment 3-B includes Comments from Individuals, Families and Online submissions.  Hard copies of the Plan and all attachments were delivered to legislative offices yesterday afternoon, October 1.

There is also a PDF version of the Closure Plan provided below for your convenience.

Plan for the Closure of Sonoma Developmental Center

Timeline of the Sonoma Developmental Center

October 1, 2015:

If you’ve ever wondered how the Sonoma Developmental Center has progressed since its establishment in 1891, take a look at this rather information timeline provided courtesy of the Press Democrat.

TIMELINE: Sonoma Developmental Center, 1891-2018

Slated to close in 2018 after 124 years of service, SDC is the oldest facility in California established specifically for serving the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. Gliding through this timeline, the Sonoma Developmental Center’s history stops at 2018, but it doesn’t have to end up this way.

With governance and collaborative decision-making, we can find a way to work with the state as a community to identify how the property can best be utilized, with possibilities demonstrated in the Sonoma Developmental Center: Site Transformation Study from the Potrero Group provided here.

Sonoma Developmental Center: Site Transformation Study

September 30, 2015:

Sonoma Land Trust took on the task of hiring a firm called the Potrero Group to study transformation stories of other large institutions and to identify key principles and lessons learned that could inform the process at SDC. The Potrero Group have released their final report, and we are sharing it with you!

This report isn’t so much focused on exactly what uses should occur at a “transformed” SDC, but more “to examine existing partnership models and frameworks that can support a collaborative transformation process, as well as strategies to ensure that future site uses are financially self-sustaining.”  In other words, it’s about governance and collaborative decision-making.

With the news from the state that they do not intend to declare the property surplus, but instead that they will “work with the community to identify how the property can best be utilized,” the Potrero recommendations are going to be very relevant.

Please take a look at the final report below and let us know what your thoughts and comments are!

SDC Site Transformation Study – Final Report
Prepared for Transform SDC, by Potrero Group.

And don’t forget to RSVP here for the next Transform SDC Community Workshop set for Saturday, October 17 at the Hanna Boys Center, 17000 Arnold Drive in Sonoma, from 9am to 1pm. Space is limited, so please RSVP to ensure you have a spot at the workshop.

Hope to see you there!

Stories aired of SDC residents and their families

September 28, 2015:

For those who were unable to view the Brian Heap interview that aired last Thursday, please click on the link below to view it on KCRA’s website.

NorCal families fight closure of developmental centers

In addition, there was also a taping done of Kathleen Miller and Brien Farrell by KPIX with their children, seen below.

Caregivers For Disabled Fight Proposed Shutdown Of Sonoma Developmental Center

Provided courtesy of KCRA news and KPIX, Channel 5 SF Bay Area news.

 

Documentary on SDC Closure, Tonight – KCRA News

September 24, 2015:

There will be a video presentation of a documentary by Brian Heap, Anchor/Investigative Reporter of KCRA News, Sacramento, on the closure of SDC airing tonight, Thursday, September 24th at 6:00 and 10:00pm.

The 10:00pm version is the full documentary, and the 6:00pm is a short version.

For those out of the viewing area, the complete documentary will be live streamed on www.kcra.com/my58 at 10:00pm.

Please pass this information along to all concerned with the planned SDC closure.

Media Coverage on the SDC Closure Plan

September 23, 2015:

Stated by John McCaull of the Sonoma Land Trust at the 2nd DDS Public Hearing, September 21st:

“The Draft Plan stops far short of our vision,” he said in a statement. “We appreciate the State’s recognition that they do not intend to sell or transfer SDC as surplus property because of its natural resources and historical importance, but we need to start planning for the future now… and not waiting until all the residents have been moved to begin developing a reuse strategy.” 

Senator McGuire, Assemblymember Dodd respond to SDC closure plan
Provided courtesy of the Sonoma Valley Sun website.

State’s plan to close Sonoma Developmental Center blasted by families, advocates
Provided courtesy of the Press Democrat website, by Derek Moore.

Stakeholders slam SDC closure plan
Provided courtesy of the Sonoma Index-Tribune website, by Christian Kallen.

SDC closure plan released
Provided courtesy of the Sonoma Index-Tribune website, by Christian Kallen.

Thoughts before the hearing on closure of Sonoma Developmental Center
Provided courtesy of the Press Democrat website, by Clark Mason.

Under the Sun: Anita Torres, home care worker interview
Provided courtesy of the Sonoma Valley Sun website, by Larry Barnett.