- The CPUC, as part of its Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP), provides funding for Speech Generating Devices (SGDs) as the provider of last resort pursuant to California Public Utilities Code Section 2881.
- Applications for DDTP Funding of Speech Generating Devices (SGDs) are now available.
- The SGDs covered by this application are those identified as durable medical equipment by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Applicants for funding need to have been evaluated by a speech language pathologist (SLP). To qualify for this program, the SGDs must meet the applicant’s needs for access to, and use of, the telephone network based on the recommendation of an SLP.
- The DDTP SGD Application Package for Funding consists of four documents. Please download the four documents from the links below and complete per the instructions.
Application Packet | Authorization for Release | Provider Release Form | Responsibility Letter
Those applicants who do not have any public or private insurance that will fund an SGD, in whole or in part, will need to complete a fifth document Letter of Attestation.
SGD provider` contact information:
Dynavox Systems LLC
2100 Wharton Street, Ste 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Attn: Alicia Trax
PRC (Prentke Romich Co. – including Saltillo)
1022 Heyl Road
Wooster, OH 44691
Attn: Angie Neveadomi
Tobii/ATI (Assistive Technology, Inc.)
333 Elm St.
Dedham, MA 02026
Attn: Phil Saines
749 County Rd. 54
Bremen, AL 35033
Attn: Tanya R. Curtis
- SGD Provider Price Lists
SGD vendors currently providing durable medical equipment under this program and their price lists based on MSRP are listed below. Pursuant to legislation, CPUC reimbursement cannot exceed that of Medi-Cal.
- Assembly Bill 136 (Beall, 2011, Ch. 404) directed the CPUC to include SGDs as part of its DDTP and added speech language pathologists as certifying agents.
- Pursuant to legislation, the CPUC adopted rules to expand the DDTP to include SGDs by January 1, 2014. The CPUC voted out Decision 13-12-054 (December 19, 2013) which put in place these rules.
In response to CPUC Decision 13-12-054 in R. 13-03-008 implementing AB 136 (Ch. 404, 2011), the Communications Division provided a report dated July 31, 2014 on the status of the first six months of Speech Generating Device distribution for January 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014.
- The CPUC Rulemaking (R. 13-03-008) which resulted in the above decision addressing Speech Generating Devices remains open. A workshop on Phase II issues, including non durable medical equipment SGD-like Supplemental Telecommunications Equipment was held April 29, 2014.