California Families


California Families

This group is for families living in CA.

Location: California
Members: 90
Latest Activity: Jul 18

Here are our California Angels:

Be sure to register at the DuchenneConnect registry: CLICK HERE

Our Congressional Representatives:
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Senator Barbara Boxer
Representatives From California
Unsure who your Representative is, Click Here, then search by zipcode at the top left of the page.

The California Department of Health Care Services:
The Department of Health Care Services’ (DHCS) mission is to protect and promote the health status of Californians through the financing and delivery of individual health care services. The DHCS finances and administers a number of individual health care service delivery programs, including the California Medical Assistance Program (Medi-Cal).

The California Department of Public Health:
The California Department of Public Health will provide more focused state leadership in public health and health care financing and create a more effective public health infrastructure in California. The department will increase accountability and improve the effectiveness of both public health and health care purchasing activities.

Other CA Resources:
Click here to go to the thread that has the DMD Checklist and other CA information.


new to duchenne

Started by Christina Roberts. Last reply by Leeandra Arhdeacon May 30, 2012. 5 Replies

Santa Clara CA

Started by Jessica Argueta Tucker. Last reply by Jeff Marr Mar 15, 2012. 2 Replies

Any Palm Springs or vicinity families?

Started by Mark Perrotte. Last reply by Mark Perrotte Mar 1, 2012. 6 Replies

Any families in the Inland Empire? (Southern California)

Started by Leigh Alisen Pernosky. Last reply by Jill lancaster Sep 28, 2011. 8 Replies

Education Talk!

Started by Kelli May. Last reply by Kelli May May 18, 2011. 10 Replies

5th grade outdoor / education 4 day camp

Started by Kim Maddux. Last reply by Bill Cain May 21, 2010. 4 Replies

5th grade outdoor / education 4 day camp

Started by Kim Maddux. Last reply by Kim Maddux May 21, 2010. 2 Replies

Looking for used mobility scooter

Started by Kim Maddux. Last reply by Susan Rathfelder Mar 22, 2010. 1 Reply


Started by Kim Innabi Mar 4, 2010. 0 Replies

Regional Center

Started by Patty Sherman. Last reply by Kim Innabi Nov 17, 2009. 8 Replies

Pilates for a Cure

Started by MicahsDaddy Sep 10, 2009. 0 Replies

DMD Fundraiser

Started by Amy Martin. Last reply by Amy Martin Apr 23, 2009. 4 Replies

San Diego Area Families

Started by MicahsDaddy Feb 18, 2009. 0 Replies

DC Advocacy, attendance and participation

Started by Julie Garcia. Last reply by Julie Garcia Feb 14, 2009. 1 Reply

Easy to manage California Activities

Started by Rebecca Saulsbury. Last reply by Laurie Barton Feb 7, 2009. 2 Replies

2009 Advocacy Conference

Started by Julie Garcia. Last reply by Julie Garcia Jan 25, 2009. 4 Replies

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Comment by Wendy Bertellotti on August 13, 2009 at 1:31am
Great! Thank you. Would love to meet your family soon. Hope you are all doing well.
Comment by MicahsDaddy on August 12, 2009 at 1:44am
Hi Wendy, try putting it in a spoon with apple sauce or pudding, but have a cup of something to drink it down to mask the taste, Also, teach him how to swallow mini MM's with water. Shouldn't take too long to learn since the chocolate doesn't taste bad when failing to swallow it in the begining. Once he has that down, he should be able to take the pills.
Comment by Wendy Bertellotti on August 11, 2009 at 11:36pm
Hi. My son, Jake (5), started deflazocore today. We made it into powder and put it in orange juice. He could totally taste it. Does anyone have any ideas to make this go more smoothly? Thank you in advance. Wendy
Comment by Susan Rathfelder on May 30, 2009 at 12:32pm
Is anyone in the So Cal area planning on going to the Abilities Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend? We will most likely be there this afternoon. Here's the website so you can check it out:
We need to look at lifts for the house and the vans. I am not sure if we can get Jon to go, but we are going to try. After all we are looking for stuff to make his life easier and we want him to have a say.

Comment by Wendy St.Geme on September 9, 2008 at 2:07pm
Some of you are already aware, but for those that are not, my sister is hosting a poker run fundraiser this coming weekend on the Sacramento river. Chevy's (on the river, Garden Hwy) is donating a percentage of all food purchases this Saturday from 1p - 4p to PPMD. I am planning to be there with Nathan between 1p & 2p. Please come if you can - I would love to meet other Northern Cal families!!! All you have to do is tell the server that you are with the poker run (even if you're only having lunch). Hope to see you there!
Comment by Julie on September 4, 2008 at 3:39pm
Hello California Families

We live in Yuba City Ca about one hour north of Sacramento. Is there anyone who lives close so we can meet. Our son Aiden is 6 years old and still doing good.

Julie Malecha
Comment by Beth Kilgore on July 24, 2008 at 6:36pm
Hey, Christian,

Just wanted to tell you you've done a great job putting together this group together--the page looks great!

Everybody should take a look at Julie's comment below. Supporting the legislation is so important to help our boys!
Comment by Julie Garcia on June 29, 2008 at 3:22pm

Thanks for the information!

I am sure as you have been around and see a lot we need to be very active with legislation to keep research going and bills that will impact durable medical equipment.

An important bill for our families is both S 1428 and H 1845 which is about DME and how it is purchased which has been referred to various committees in the Senate and House. I believe no further action will take place until September at the earliest.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS, is changing the way Durable Medical Equipment is purchased. They wish to open purchases to bid and provide clients equipment based on the lowest bid as a cost savings measure. When dealing with certain equipment it is imperative that the consumer work with knowledgeable providers to ensure they obtain an appropriate device. In particular, mobility devices and seating are items that require a trained individual who can assess the needs of the patient when selecting the appropriate product. Working with traditional Durable Medical Equipment suppliers who understand what is needed will cost CMS more, yet the outcome for the patient is much higer. A less expensive power wheelchair looks great on paper to those only concerned with budgets, yet if the device does not fit the patient, meet his/her needs is underpowered or is constantly breaking down, what good is that to the patient? Children with DMD require complex arrangements for their power chairs and these devices don’t fit out of the box and often require special modification.

The bill for House and Senate listed above was recently introduced in the House by Rep. Tom Allen, D ME, and Ron Lewis, R KY, that would exempt Complex Medical Rehabilitative Products from this bidding process. There are other proposals being drafted, yet what is important is to let your Senators and Representatives know you disapprove of this change.

So, we need to keep our eyes watching and in touch with congress to protect our families and resources for them. Our families already have enough to deal with.

Heidi, welcome to the California site!

Comment by Heidi Miller on June 29, 2008 at 12:21pm
Hi fellow Californians! Finally got around to joining. States do have differences, especially in their programs. As Mitch is getting older, his need for equipment is great. I have recently run into much difficulty getting a daytime ventialtor for non-invasive ventilation. Thank God we have Medicare as well as Medi-cal. To all you parents, please note that Medi-Cal is very hard to work with and it does not supply many things your son may need, such as a daytime ventilator. If you carry personal health insurance through emoloyment, keep your son on it after they turn 18. You should have your son on CCS (California Chldren's Services) now if you have a specific income. I don't now the cut-off amount, but you don't have to be destitute to qualify. After your son turns 21, he will qualify for Medi-Cal. Get the Medi-Cal, but keep your private insurance if at all possible. In my experinece, it has been very helpful to have 2 insurnaces. Just a tip!
Comment by Lee Ann Faeth on June 26, 2008 at 4:38pm
I love it Christian! Thank you. :)

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