Department Directives for Vendors

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency, California’s regional centers are working in close collaboration with the Department of Developmental Services. This work will help ensure the system’s response to the coronavirus is informed by state leadership.

In making local decisions, regional centers are looking to both clinical information from DDS, as well as local departments of public health. Collectively, the top priority is the protection of the health and safety of each person being supported.

As this is a developing situation, much of the most current information regarding practices and expectations for regional centers and service providers can be obtained from various state resources. Those are provided below.

Governor Newsom has declared a state of emergency to allow quicker and more flexible responses, and to provide additional resources to the state. Because of this, DDS is authorizing regional centers to pay vendors for absences that are the direct result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

DDS has also issued a directive to regional centers concerning:

  • In-person meeting requirements for Early Start services
  • Early Start remote services
  • IPP meetings 
  • Health and safety waivers

Additionally, to protect the safety of individuals with compromised immune systems, those at higher risk of respiratory illness, and people who live in certain specialized residential settings, the Department is directing centers to ensure those individuals temporarily avoid day services outside the home.

These and all future directives from DDS will be found online.

The Department of Public Health is the lead agency in charge of California’s response to the coronavirus. A new formal policy, shared in a press release from the Governor, recommends that large gatherings of greater than 250 people should be cancelled at least until the end of March. See below for additional information. 

         Additional Cornavirus (COVID-19) Resources

California Department Of Public Health (DPH): DPH has launched a coronavirus resource website, available at Is meant to serve as a main source of information in a single location. It includes a library of guidance documents for different groups and programs, as well as best practices for disinfection. There is also specific guidance for individuals with access and functional needs, found here.

For individuals who think they are experiencing symptoms, please see this short video clip from Dr. Sonia Angell, the Director of DPH.

Para información en español de la enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), visiten la página del Departamento de Salud Pública.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): The CDC is a key main national health agency responding to the coronavirus. Online resources are found at their website,

Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades tienes una página en español.

California Department of Developmental Services: The Department has a webpage linking to various state resources:

Your Local Health Service Office: Since information unique to your community may be tailored to local needs, this list of local offices through the state, including county and city agencies, may also be of use.

Labor & Workforce Development Agency: This state agency has put together relevant information for workers and employers affected by the coronavirus. The website,, includes summaries of benefits, paid sick leave, family leave, and other critical facts.

Employment Development Department: Individuals may be unable to work because of exposure to the coronavirus, off work to care for a family member, or are now working reduced hours. If so, they may be eligible for unemployment, disability, or paid family leave.