Regional Center’s Social-Recreational Funding Is Back!
What services were restored?
How can this affect my child's IEP services?
Arroyo tells us the Regional Center may be able to supplement the services offered by the school district. However, because Regional Centers are payers of last resort, you will need to:
show that the school’s offer of a free, appropriate, public education (FAPE) is providing fewer minutes of service than recommended based on your child’s evaluation;
- for example, if it is recommended that your child receives two hours of speech therapy, but the school is only offering a half-hour of service;
show that you tried to utilize generic sources such as Medi-Cal to obtain the service, but they did not respond or you were denied;
- Arroyo suggests sending a letter to the provider if they do not respond, including dates you attempted to contact them, as the letter can be used as proof of implied denial.
After collecting the appropriate documentation regarding the school’s offer of FAPE and your attempts to go through generic providers, you can present the information to your Regional Center and request those services through them.
How are services affected by the Home and Community-Based Services’s new rules?
What services and programs are offered at my Regional Center?
Arroyo says that every Regional Center must post a list of its vendors. Users should look for the “transparency portal” on their Regional Center’s website. If you can’t find it immediately, you can use the search bar.
If your Regional Center doesn’t offer a specific service or program, you can:
Visit the Director of Community Services at your Regional Center to:
request they develop more vendors in areas you’ve noticed a shortage, and
ask about funding announcements, and whether they are helping to create these programs.
Attend a meeting with the board of directors if you feel there have been unnecessary delays or the process is taking too long, and:
ask the board to make a motion for the Executive Director to prioritize establishing these programs.
- Arroyo suggests attending the meeting as a group if you are aware of other families affected by the issue. By doing so, you can show the board that it is not an individual issue but a systemic one.