Alternative Non-Residential Services

What do alternative non-residential services look like? See what other service providers are doing:

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Home of Guiding Hands

Many agencies and providers are accessing available online activities and curricula to supplement services:

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Health & Wellness

The three-part Festival of Learning series by California State Council on Developmental Disabilities showcases innovative ways Californians have created and accessed services. Watch this series here:

Festival of Learning Part 1

Festival of Learning Part 2

Festival of Learning Part 3


Person-centered tools are an essential component to help plan and develop alternative services. With so many changes in our lives, we are all struggling to maintain that balance between the things that are important TO us like relationships, routines, and having control and the things that are important FOR us like our health and safety. The below worksheets can help you and those you support navigate these challenges and brainstorm new ideas to keep our lives balanced and satisfying.

Sorting Important TO and Important FOR Take a moment to really consider the day to day aspects of your life that leave you feeling satisfied, happy, and excited to wake up in the morning. What things are not as exciting but still important for your overall well-being? In light of all the changes to our daily lives, how can you maintain this balance?

One Page Description How has the pandemic changed your priorities and support needs? A One Page Description is a way to briefly communicate with others what is most important in your life right now… is it staying in touch with friends? Getting fresh air every day? This is an especially useful tool for those who may be working with new support staff and want a quick way to relay this information consistently.

Working/Not Working We have all made changes already to our daily lives. What is working for you right now? What isn’t working? What would it take to move the things not working a little closer to the ‘working’ category?


Billing Instructions and Resources

DDS Directives

DDS Directive 01-083120 – Policies and Procedures for Utilizing Alternative Nonresidential Services During the COVID-19 State of Emergency and Certification of Alternate Nonresidential Services

Guidance Regarding Monthly Rates and Applicable Services for Alternative Nonresidential Services

Guidance Regarding Reporting Requirements for Alternative Nonresidential Services

Update on Monthly Rates for Alternative Nonresidential Services

Update Regarding Monthly Rates for Transportation & Group Supported Employment for Alternative Nonresidential Services

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