FAQ-Frequently Asked Questions
Where is PDS located?
The PDS office is close to the post office on the main street in San Anselmo. There is usually 2 hour street parking and lots of great shops and restaurants nearby. It's in a safe area close to public transportation and walking distance from some of our clients' homes and job sites.
While we do have an office, it is not a program “center”. Only our administrators go to the office each day. All services to our clients are provided in Marin County in natural environments where our clients live, work and recreate.
What is your staff to participant ratio?
Our ratio is one staff member to every two participants.
What about transportation?
Most of our clients rely on PDS to provide whatever transportation is necessary for them to get to and from all activities throughout the day. PDS is funded by Golden Gate Regional Center to provide transportation. We choose to use private vehicles (rather than vans), as this is the preferred and most “normalized” mode of transportation for our clients.
Do your participants follow schedules? How do you keep track of staff and participant scheduling?
Each individual that PDS serves has input into his or her personalized daily and weekly schedule. For each pair of participants, decisions about what to do are made democratically and are based upon each person’s choices and preferences. All staff and participants schedules are typed in detail to proved structure, consistency, and accountability. All staff and most participants carry cell phones. If a participant or a staff person needs assistance or there's a problem, they text or call a PDS administrator. Any schedule changes due to weather or other circumstances are called in to the PDS office. If you'd like to see an example, follow this link for a sample schedule. Our staff members follow schedules as well. See a sample staff schedule here.
How is PDS funded?
People with Disabilities Succeeding is vendorized by Golden Gate Regional Center (GGRC), which receives funding from the State Department of Developmental Services. We are funded on a day rate for each day that each individual receives services. Grants and contributions supplement our state funding to allow PDS to go above and beyond to ensure the highest level of support and quality to our clients.
How many days/hours of support does PDS offer?
PDS is funded to provide 6 hours of support per day, 5 days per week. Our support is ongoing, whether the person is currently employed or not. This kind of consistent support is beneficial for individuals who have difficulties in organizing their time and keeping busy when they are in between jobs or have limited hours at work. Often this is also reassuring to family members and home support staff who worry about unemployed people being alone in the community or their homes without someone to help them to schedule productive activities. We generally do not serve individuals on a part time basis.
Who is eligible for services?
To be eligible for PDS, a person must be 18 years of age or older and must be a client of Golden Gate Regional Center.
PDS works with individuals who have a wide variety of needs and varying degrees of disabilities ranging from mild learning or physical disabilities to people with severe mental retardation, physical disabilities, sensory impairment, autism and communication disorders. PDS seeks to support people with disabilities that have a desire to be integrated with neurotypical people and have motivation to work, with our support. Depending on the opening we have, we consider people that would maintain an overall heterogeneous population. We make decisions about who to accept on a case-by-case basis.
What is your entrance criteria?
How do I refer someone for services?
A teacher, parent, caregiver or consumer should call the consumer's case manager at GGRC and let them know that they want to have a "referral packet" of information about the person sent to PDS. It is also advised that someone call or email the Executive Director at PDS to let her know they're interested. Openings are few and far between but spaces do open periodically and it's helpful to have the individuals “referral packet” from the GGRC case manager on file. Please visit the Referrals page for additional information.