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Efforts to Reduce Purchase of Service Disparities

Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) section 4519.5 requires regional centers to annually collaborate with the Department of Developmental Services (Department) to gather data related to purchase of service (POS) authorization, utilization, and expenditures, by each regional center. This section also requires regional centers to undertake certain activities to identify significant disparities and barriers to equitable access to services and supports, and to develop recommendations and plans to reduce existing disparities.

ABX2 1 (Chapter 3, Statutes of 2016), added WIC section 4519.5(h), which allocates $11 million to the Department to assist regional centers in the implementation of strategies to reduce POS disparities. Regional centers are required to meet with their communities to discuss proposed strategies to address disparities in the POS data, and then submit their proposals to the Department for review.


In August 2016, the Department conducted four public stakeholder meetings to review purchase of service data and develop recommendations to help reduce disparities. The following links include the PowerPoint displayed at the meetings, along with a summary of public comments.


The Department approved proposed activities for all 21 regional centers with funding allocated via ABX2 1. In reviewing regional centers' proposals, the Department took into account statewide needs and available resources, as well as information gathered during the Department's statewide stakeholder meetings. In addition, proposals were analyzed for compliance with applicable statute and regulations, and the Department's guidelines. The following links provide summaries of approved activities.


In August 2016, the Department held four public meetings across California to gather feedback regarding disparities in Purchase of Service expenditures. This online survey is available for additional public input.

If you have any questions, please send an email to RCB@dds.ca.gov or call 916-651-6309.

Last Updated: 5/8/2017