Regional Center Concerns

SBDSA families have been working together with Autism Society of Los Angeles families to address our concerns about our local regional centers. Twenty seven family members showed up to Harbor Regional Center’s Board Meeting.  As their meetings legally must be held in public and must allow public comment we used our two minutes each to deliver this statement. [Read more…]

Regional Center Accountability

If you request a service from your Regional Center, ANY service and they say no (for any reason) please request a Letter of Denial, explaining those reasons. If you do not receive a denial letter, contact the case manager. If you still do not receive it, PLEASE file an administrative complaint (a “4731 complaint”) and a letter of appeal, if you choose to appeal.

You can use the DDS form or write a signed letter. Here is the form and the instructions.  You send the form to the Director of your RC. If they do not respond, please forward your letter/form to the DDS.

As you can see this is a very simple form. THIS IS NOT the same as a fair hearing. This is to complain about the admin process such as not getting an annual statement of services, letter of denial or a copy of your IFSP/IPP.

Here are the addresses that you need:
Patricia Del Monico, Executive Director
Harbor Regional Center
21231 Hawthorne Blvd.
Torrance, Ca. 90503

Westside Regional Center
Carmine Manicone
5901 Green Valley Circle # 320
Culver City, CA 90230

Dexter Henderson
South Central Los Angeles Regional Center
2500 S. Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90018

Appeals, Complaints & Projects Section
Department of Developmental Services
1600 9th Street, Room 340 (MS 3-9)
Sacramento, CA 95814

Here is a helpful guide to the IFSP process (Called IPP at other RC’s).

Person Centered Planning


Bruce Harrell from the Los Angeles Office of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities recently came to one of our Monday Night Meetings to review and explain the specifics of Person-Centered Planning, primarily as it pertains to the Regional Center’s upcoming Self Determination program.

Listen to Bruce’s Training here. [Read more…]

What is an IFSP or IPP?

You will meet with your Regional Centre counsellor to make a plan for services. This is called an IFSP or IPP. Here is a useful guide from Disability Rights, state appointed advocates.

What is Self Determination?

Bruce Harrell from Area Board 10 came to our SBDSA Monday Night Meeting to tell us about Self Determination. Many of us immediately saw the great potential in this new plan for Regional Center clients, putting families in control of how the money is spent. With Bruce’s kind permission we taped the session and you can listen to it as an Mp3.  

 The power point slides are also posted here in single pages and a printable version (6 per page) here.Self-Determination Handout for printing

Thank you to Mychal’s Learning Place for hosting the meeting.

Other useful information that you might need in relation to Bruce’s presentation are:

The legislation SB 468 signed by Governor Jerry Brown in October 2013.  Senate Bill 468

Disabilities Rights has put together a useful guide .

Also mentioned in the presentation:

Manual for Person Centered Planning

The Center For Self Determination

IFSPs and IEPs

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