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CDPH and DDS Sign Plan for Sonoma Developmental Center’s Intermediate Care Facility 

Date: 3/13/2013 

Number: 13-010 

Contact: Anita Gore, Heather Bourbeau - (916) 440-7259 


Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced an agreement with the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) regarding the future of Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC). The two Departments have entered into a Program Improvement Plan (PIP) providing a framework of improvements the SDC must meet to continue Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) certification and federal financial participation.

The PIP outlines several actions the Sonoma Developmental Center must achieve to remain certified, including: entering into a contract with an independent entity that will perform a root cause analysis, develop action plans to correct identified deficiencies and report monthly progress to CDPH.

“CDPH will closely monitor each residential unit to determine that clients are protected from harm and that the delivery of healthcare to this vulnerable population complies with both federal and state requirements,” said Dr. Ron Chapman, CDPH’s director and state health officer.

CDPH is responsible for inspecting health facilities in California as well as administering the federal Medicaid certification program. An inspection in December at the Sonoma Developmental Center’s Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) revealed that systemic deficiencies first identified last summer were not fully corrected. This required CDPH to initiate steps to decertify the entire ICF. The ICF serves approximately 290 intellectually disabled residents. In January 2013, DDS voluntarily terminated the Medicaid certification of four of the ten residential units at the ICF. This action permitted the continued certification of the remaining six units while needed corrections are made based on a federally approved Plan of Improvement.

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