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Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act

California Welfare and Institutions Code
Division 4.5. Services for the Developmentally Disabled
Chapter 9. Budgetary Process and Financial Provisions

Sections 4775-4792: Chapter 9. Budgetary Process and Financial Provisions


4775.  The Legislature finds that the method of appropriating funds
for numerous programs for the developmentally disabled affects the
availability and distribution of services and must be related to
statewide planning. Therefore, the process for determining levels of
funding of programs must involve consideration of the state plan
established pursuant to Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 4561) of
this division and the participation of citizens who may be directly
affected by funding decisions.

4776.  On or before August 1 of each year, each regional center
shall submit to the department and the state council a program budget
plan for the subsequent budget year. The budget plan shall include
all of the following:
   (a) An estimate of all developmentally disabled persons to be
served by the regional center.
   (b) An estimate of services to be provided by the regional center.
   (c) An estimate of cost, by type of service.
   (d) Estimated sources and amounts of all revenue, including funds
which are not administered by regional centers.
   (e) A detailed report of the resources required to implement
Section 4509.

4776.5.  (a) Regional centers shall not be subject to any provision
of law, regulation, or policy required of state agencies pertaining
to the planning and acquisition of information technology, including
personal computers, local area networks, information technology
consultation, and software.
   (b) The State Department of Developmental Services and the
Association of Regional Center Agencies shall jointly develop
guidelines for use by regional centers in the expenditure of funds
for those information system activities, including consultation and
software development, involving interface with the data bases of the
State Department of Developmental Services, including the Uniform
Fiscal System.

4777.  On or before September 1 of each year, the Superintendent of
Public Instruction shall submit to the state council:
   (a) An estimate of all developmentally disabled persons to be
served throughout the state.
   (b) Estimated total cost, by service or educational category.
   (c) Estimated sources of revenue.

4778.  To the extent feasible, all funds appropriated for
developmental disabilities programs under this part shall be
allocated to those programs by August 1 of each year.


4780.  When appropriated by the Legislature, the department may
receive and expend all funds made available by the federal
government, the state, its political subdivisions, and other sources,
and, within the limitation of the funds made available, shall act as
an agent for the transmittal of the funds for services through the
regional centers. The department may use any funds received under
Article 5 (commencing with Section 123800) of Chapter 3 of Part 2 of
Division 106 of the Health and Safety Code for the purposes of this
division.

4780.5.  The State Department of Developmental Services is
responsible for the processing, audit, and payment of funds made
available to regional centers under this division. The department
shall establish procedures for hearing objections to audit findings
and exceptions by regional centers.

4781.  The department may accept and expend grants, gifts, and
legacies of money and, with the consent of the Department of Finance,
may accept, manage, and expend grants, gifts and legacies of other
property, in furtherance of the purposes of this division.
   The secretary may enter into agreements with any person, agency,
corporation, foundation, or other legal entity to carry out the
purposes of this division.

4781.5.  (a) For the 2006-07 fiscal year only, a regional center may
not expend any purchase of service funds for the startup of any new
program unless one of the following criteria is met:
   (1) The expenditure is necessary to protect the consumer's health
or safety or because of other extraordinary circumstances.
   (2) The program to be developed promotes and provides integrated
supported work options for individuals or groups of no more than
three consumers.
   (3) The program to be developed promotes and provides integrated
social, civic, volunteer, or recreational activities.
   (b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), a regional center may approve
grants for the 2006-07 fiscal year only to current providers to
engage in new or expanded employment activities that result in
greater integration, conversion from sheltered to supported work
environments, self-employment, and increased consumer participation
in the federal Ticket to Work program.
   (c) Startup contracts for programs funded under this section shall
be outcome-based.
   (d) The department shall develop criteria by which regional
centers shall approve grants, and shall provide prior written
authorization for the expenditures under this section.
   (e) This section shall not apply to any of the following:
   (1) The purchase of services funds allocated as part of the
department's community placement plan process.
   (2) Expenditures for the startup of new programs made pursuant to
a contract entered into before July 1, 2002.

4781.6.  (a) A regional center shall not expend any purchase of
service funds for the startup of any new program unless the
expenditure is necessary to protect the consumer's health or safety
or because of extraordinary circumstances, and the department has
granted prior written authorization for the expenditures.
   (b) This section does not apply to the purchase of services funds
allocated as part of the department's community placement plan
process.

4782.  Parents of children under the age of 18 years who are
receiving 24-hour out-of-home care services through a regional center
or who are residents of a state hospital or on leave from the state
hospital shall be required to pay a fee depending upon their ability
to pay, but not to exceed (1) the cost of caring for a normal child
at home, as determined by the Director of Developmental Services, or
(2) the cost of services provided, whichever is less. The State
Department of Developmental Services shall determine, assess, and
collect all parental fees in the manner as provided in Section
7513.2. The method of determination of the amount of the fee shall be
the same, whether the child is placed in the state hospital or in a
public or private community facility. In no event, however, shall
parents be charged for diagnosis or counseling services received
through the regional centers.

4783.  (a) (1) The Family Cost Participation Program is hereby
created in the State Department of Developmental Services for the
purpose of assessing a cost participation to parents, as defined in
Section 50215 of Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations, who
have a child to whom all of the following applies:
   (A) The child has a developmental disability or is eligible for
services under the California Early Intervention Services Act (Title
14 (commencing with Section 95000) of the Government Code).
   (B) The child is zero years of age through 17 years of age.
   (C) The child lives in the parents' home.
   (D) The child receives services and supports purchased through the
regional center.
   (E) The child is not eligible for Medi-Cal.
   (2) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a parent described
in subdivision (a) shall participate in the Family Cost
Participation Program established pursuant to this section.
   (3) Application of this section to children zero through two years
of age, inclusive, shall be contingent upon approval by the United
States Department of Education.
   (b) (1) The department shall develop and establish a Family Cost
Participation Schedule that shall be used by regional centers to
assess the parents' cost participation. The schedule shall consist of
a sliding scale for families with an annual gross income not less
than 400 percent of the federal poverty guideline, and be adjusted
for the level of annual gross income and the number of persons living
in the family home.
   (2) The schedule established pursuant to this section shall be
exempt from the rulemaking provisions of the Administrative Procedure
Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of
Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code).
   (c) Family cost participation assessments shall only be applied to
respite, day care, and camping services that are included in the
child's individual program plan or individualized family service plan
for children zero through two years of age.
   (d) If there is more than one minor child living in the parents'
home and receiving services or supports paid for by the regional
center, or living in a 24-hour out-of-home facility, including a
developmental center, the assessed amount shall be adjusted as
follows:
   (1) A parent that meets the criteria specified in subdivision (b)
with two children shall be assessed at 75 percent of the respite, day
care, and camping services in each child's individual program plan
or individualized family service plan for each child living at home.
   (2) A parent that meets the criteria specified in subdivision (b)
with three children shall be assessed at 50 percent of the respite,
day care, and camping services included in each child's individual
program plan or individualized family service plan for each child
living at home.
   (3) A parent that meets the criteria specified in subdivision (b)
with four children shall be assessed 25 percent of the respite, day
care, and camping services included in each child's individual
program plan or individualized family service plan for each child
living at home.
   (4) A parent that meets the criteria specified in subdivision (b)
with more than four children shall be exempt from participation in
the Family Cost Participation Program.
   (e) For each child, the amount of cost participation shall be less
than the amount of the parental fee that the parent would pay if the
child lived in a 24-hour, out-of-home facility.
   (f) Commencing January 1, 2005, each regional center shall be
responsible for administering the Family Cost Participation Program.
   (g) Family cost participation assessments or reassessments shall
be conducted as follows:
   (1) (A) A regional center shall assess the cost participation for
all parents of current consumers who meet the criteria specified in
this section. A regional center shall use the most recent individual
program plan or individualized family service plan for this purpose.
   (B) A regional center shall assess the cost participation for
parents of newly identified consumers at the time of the initial
individual program plan or the individualized family service plan.
   (C) Reassessments for cost participation shall be conducted as
part of the individual program plan or individual family service plan
review pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 4646 of this code or
subdivision (f) of Section 95020 of the Government Code.
   (D) The parents are responsible for notifying the regional center
when a change in family income occurs that would result in a change
in the assessed amount of cost participation.
   (2) Parents shall self-certify their gross annual income to the
regional center by providing copies of W-2 Wage Earners Statements,
payroll stubs, a copy of the prior year's state income tax return, or
other documents and proof of other income.
   (3) A regional center shall notify parents of the parents'
assessed cost participation within 10 working days of receipt of the
parents' complete income documentation.
   (4) Parents who have not provided copies of income documentation
pursuant to paragraph (2) shall be assessed the maximum cost
participation based on the highest income level adjusted for family
size until such time as the appropriate income documentation is
provided. Parents who subsequently provide income documentation that
results in a reduction in their cost participation shall be
reimbursed for the actual cost difference incurred for services
identified in the individual program plan or individualized family
service plan for respite, day care, and camping services, for 90
calendar days preceding the reassessment. The actual cost difference
is the difference between the maximum cost participation originally
assessed and the reassessed amount using the parents' complete income
documentation, that is substantiated with receipts showing that the
services have been purchased by the parents.
   (5) The executive director of the regional center may grant a cost
participation adjustment for parents who incur an unavoidable and
uninsured catastrophic loss with direct economic impact on the family
or who substantiate, with receipts, significant unreimbursed medical
costs associated with care for a child who is a regional center
consumer. A redetermination of the cost participation adjustment
shall be made at least annually.
   (h) A provider of respite, day care, or camping services shall not
charge a rate for the parents' share of cost that is higher than the
rate paid by the regional center for its share of cost.
   (i) The department shall develop, and regional centers shall use,
all forms and documents necessary to administer the program
established pursuant to this section. The forms and documents shall
be posted on the department's Internet Web site. A regional center
shall provide appropriate materials to parents at the initial
individual program plan or individualized family service plan meeting
and subsequent individual program plan or individualized family
service plan review meetings. These materials shall include a
description of the Family Cost Participation Program.
   (j) The department shall include an audit of the Family Cost
Participation Program during its audit of a regional center.
   (k) (1) Parents of children ages three through 17 years of age may
appeal an error in the amount of the parents' cost participation to
the executive director of the regional center within 30 days of
notification of the amount of the assessed cost participation. The
parents may appeal to the Director of Developmental Services, or his
or her designee, any decision by the executive director made pursuant
to this subdivision within 15 days of receipt of the written
decision of the executive director.
   (2) Parents of children ages three through 17 years of age who
dispute the decision of the executive director pursuant to paragraph
(5) of subdivision (g) shall have a right to a fair hearing as
described in, and the regional center shall provide notice pursuant
to, Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 4700). This paragraph shall
become inoperative on July 1, 2006.
   (3) On and after July 1, 2006, a parent described in paragraph (2)
shall have the right to appeal the decision of the executive
director to the Director of Developmental Services, or his or her
designee, within 15 days of receipt of the written decision of the
executive director.
   (l) For parents of children ages zero through two years of age,
inclusive, the complaint, mediation, and due process procedures set
forth in Sections 52170 to 52174, inclusive, of Title 17 of the
California Code of Regulations shall be used to resolve disputes
regarding this section.
   (m) The department may adopt emergency regulations to implement
this section. The adoption, amendment, repeal, or readoption of a
regulation authorized by this section is deemed to be necessary for
the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, or
general welfare, for purposes of Sections 11346.1 and 11349.6 of the
Government Code, and the department is hereby exempted from the
requirement that it describe specific facts showing the need for
immediate action. A certificate of compliance for these implementing
regulations shall be filed within 24 months following the adoption of
the first emergency regulations filed pursuant to this subdivision.
   (n) By April 1, 2005, and annually thereafter, the department
shall report to the appropriate fiscal and policy committees of the
Legislature on the status of the implementation of the Family Cost
Participation Program established under this section. On and after
April 1, 2006, the report shall contain all of the following:
   (1) The annual total purchase of services savings attributable to
the program per regional center.
   (2) The annual costs to the department and each regional center to
administer the program.
   (3) The number of families assessed a cost participation per
regional center.
   (4) The number of cost participation adjustments granted pursuant
to paragraph (5) of subdivision (g) per regional center.
   (5) The number of appeals filed pursuant to subdivision (k) and
the number of those appeals granted, modified, or denied.

4784.  (a) The Director of Developmental Services shall establish,
annually review, and adjust as needed, a schedule of parental fees
for services received through the regional centers. Effective July 1,
2009, this schedule shall be revised to reflect changes in economic
conditions that affect parents' ability to pay the fee, but not to
exceed an inflationary factor as determined by the department.
   (b) The parental fee schedule established pursuant to this section
shall be exempt from Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of
Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
   (c) In establishing the amount parents shall pay, the director
shall take into account all of the following factors:
   (1) The current cost of caring for a child at home, as determined
by the most recent data available from the United States Department
of Agriculture's survey on the cost of raising a child in California,
adjusted for the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from the survey date to
the date of payment adjustment.
   (2) Medical expenses incurred prior to regional center care.
   (3) Whether the child is living at home.
   (4) Parental payments for medical expenses, clothing, incidentals,
and other items considered necessary for the normal rearing of a
child.
   (5) Transportation expenses incurred in visiting a child.
   (d) The parental fee schedule shall exempt families with an income
below the federal poverty level from assessment and payment of the
parental fee.
   (e) (1) The adjusted fee shall be assessed in full for children,
when the out-of-home placement commences on or after July 1, 2009.
   (2) For children placed out-of-home prior to July 1, 2009, the
department shall determine the increase in the parental fee above the
amount assessed using the fee schedule in effect on June 30, 2009.
This fee increase shall be implemented over three years, with
one-third of the increase added to the fee on July 1, 2009, one-third
of the increase added to the fee on July 1, 2010, and the final
third added to the fee on July 1, 2011.
   (f) Notwithstanding any other provision of law or regulation to
the contrary, commencing July 1, 2009, all fees collected shall be
remitted to the State Treasury to be deposited as follows:
   (1) Fees collected up to the amount that would be assessed using
the fee schedule in effect on June 30, 2009, shall be deposited into
the Program Development Fund established in Chapter 6 (commencing
with Section 4670) to provide resources needed to initiate new
programs, consistent with approved priorities for program development
in the state plan.
   (2) Fees collected using the July 1, 2009, schedule that are
greater than the amount that would have been assessed using the fee
schedule in effect on June 30, 2009, shall be deposited into the
Program Development Fund and shall be available for expenditure by
the department to offset General Fund costs.

4785.  (a) (1) Effective July 1, 2011, a regional center shall
assess an annual family program fee, as described in subdivision (b),
from parents whose adjusted gross family income is at or above 400
percent of the federal poverty level based upon family size and who
have a child to whom all of the following apply:
   (A) The child has a developmental disability or is eligible for
services under the California Early Intervention Services Act (Title
14 (commencing with Section 95000) of the Government Code).
   (B) The child is less than 18 years of age.
   (C) The child lives with his or her parent.
   (D) The child or family receives services beyond eligibility
determination, needs assessment, and service coordination.
   (E) The child does not receive services through the Medi-Cal
program.
   (2) An annual family program fee shall not be assessed or
collected pursuant to this section if the child receives only
respite, day care, or camping services from the regional center, and
a cost for participation is assessed to the parents under the Family
Cost Participation Program.
   (3) The annual family program fee shall be initially assessed by a
regional center at the time of the development, scheduled review, or
modification of the individual program plan (IPP) pursuant to
Sections 4646 and 4646.5, or the individualized family services plan
(IFSP) pursuant to Section 95020 of the Government Code, but no later
than June 30, 2012, and annually thereafter.
   (4) Application of this section to children zero through two years
of age, inclusive, shall be contingent upon necessary approval by
the United States Department of Education.
   (b) (1) The annual family program fee for parents described in
paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) shall be two hundred dollars ($200)
per family, regardless of the number of children in the family with
developmental disabilities or who are eligible for services under the
California Early Intervention Services Act.
   (2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), parents described in paragraph
(1) of subdivision (a) who demonstrate to the regional center that
their adjusted gross family income is less than 800 percent of the
federal poverty level shall be required to pay an annual family
program fee of one hundred fifty dollars ($150) per family,
regardless of the number of children in the family with developmental
disabilities or who are eligible for services under the California
Early Intervention Services Act.
   (c) At the time of intake or at the time of development, scheduled
review, or modification of a consumer's IPP or IFSP, but no later
than June 30, 2012, the regional center shall provide to parents
described in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) a form and an envelope
for the mailing of the annual family program fee to the department.
The form, which shall include the name of the children in the family
currently being served by a regional center and their unique client
identifiers, shall be sent, with the family's annual program fee, to
the department.
   (d) The department shall notify each regional center at least
quarterly of the annual family program fees collected.
   (e) The regional center shall, within 30 days after notification
from the department pursuant to subdivision (d), provide a written
notification to the parents from whom the department has not received
the annual family program fees. Regional centers shall notify the
department if a family receiving notification pursuant to this
section has failed to pay its annual family program fees based on the
subsequent notice pursuant to subdivision (d). For these families,
the department shall pursue collection pursuant to the Accounts
Receivable Management Act (Chapter 4.3 (commencing with Section
16580) of Part 2 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code).
   (f) A regional center may grant an exemption to the assessment of
an annual family program fee if the parents demonstrate any of the
following:
   (1) That the exemption is necessary to maintain the child in the
family home.
   (2) The existence of an extraordinary event that impacts the
parents' ability to pay the fee or the parents' ability to meet the
care and supervision needs of the child.
   (3) The existence of a catastrophic loss that temporarily limits
the ability of the parents to pay and creates a direct economic
impact on the family. For purposes of this paragraph, catastrophic
loss may include, but is not limited to, natural disasters, accidents
involving, or major injuries to, an immediate family member, and
extraordinary medical expenses.
   (g) Services shall not be delayed or denied for a consumer or
child based upon the lack of payment of the annual family program
fee.
   (h) For purposes of this section, "parents" means the parents,
whether natural, adoptive, or both, of a child with developmental
disabilities under 18 years of age.
   (i) Parents described in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) shall be
jointly and severally responsible for the annual family program fee,
unless a court order directs otherwise.
   (j) (1) "Total adjusted gross family income" means income
acquired, earned, or received by parents as payment for labor or
services, support, gift, or inheritance, or parents' return on
investments. It also includes the community property interest of a
parent in the gross adjusted income of a stepparent.
   (2) The total adjusted gross family income shall be determined by
adding the gross income of both parents, regardless of whether they
are divorced or legally separated, unless a court order directs
otherwise, or unless the custodial parent certifies in writing that
income information from the noncustodial parent cannot be obtained
from the noncustodial parent and in this circumstance only the income
of the custodial parent shall be used to determine the annual family
program fee.

4786.  The director shall develop, establish, and maintain an
equitable system of rates of state payment for care and services
purchased by the department from community care facilities. Such rate
system shall be flexible and reflect the differing costs associated
with the differing types and levels of care and services provided.


4787.  (a) The department shall, in developing the annual budget for
regional center-funded services and supports for residents of
developmental centers who are projected to move into the community in
the budget year, estimate the costs of these services and supports.
Budgeted funding shall be allocated to each regional center based on
each regional center's share of the projected placements to be made
within the budget year.
   (b) When a resident of a developmental center moves into a
community placement outside of their regional catchment area, the
department shall transfer from the regional center an appropriate
amount of the funding allocated for that consumer to the regional
center that will provide services.
   (c) A regional center able to exceed its projected placements
within the fiscal year shall be allocated additional funding for that
purpose in that fiscal year, if sufficient funding is available, and
to the extent that additional funding is necessary to make those
placements.
   (d) If the department determines that a regional center will not
make all of the projected placements during the fiscal year for which
it has received funding, those funds shall be made available to
regional centers who have exceeded their projected placements, to the
extent that additional funding is necessary to make those
placements.
   (e) With the approval of the Department of Finance, savings that
result from population reductions in the developmental centers may be
transferred to regional centers for the purpose of providing
services and supports to residents of developmental centers who have
moved into a community placement pursuant to their individual program
plan.
   (f) This section shall not expand or limit the entitlement to
services for a person with developmental disabilities set forth in
this division.

4790.  (a) It is the intent of the Legislature to provide an
incentive for regional centers to select out-of-home placements that
are most appropriate for each person with a developmental disability
requiring out-of-home care and to provide a disincentive for
inappropriate placement in or delayed discharge from state hospitals.
   (b) By March 1, 1982, the Health and Welfare Agency shall submit
to the Legislature a detailed implementation plan for a pilot project
involving four regional centers. These regional centers shall
receive allocations of funds equivalent to the cost of state hospital
care for the clients of the individual regional center from which
they shall purchase services from state hospitals or other providers.
   (c) Funds so allocated shall cover costs of care of all clients of
the pilot project regional centers in state hospitals and, in
addition, shall be used to pay costs of (1) community care, including
but not limited to, out-of-home care for clients currently residing
in state hospitals who have been deemed more appropriately served in
the community, and (2) out-of-home costs for persons placed after
receipt of the allocation.
   (d) Regional centers shall be selected on the basis of their
willingness to participate in the project, their demonstrated ability
to provide necessary community care resources, and their relative
standing in the provision of high quality programmatic and
administrative services in accordance with the systems evaluation
package review of regional centers by the State Department of
Developmental Services. In order to ensure the most efficient use of
these provisions, one of the four selected regional centers shall
have the highest ratio of nonstate hospital out-of-home residential
placements in its total active caseload.

4791.  (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law or regulation,
from July 1, 2010, until June 30, 2013, regional centers may
temporarily modify personnel requirements, functions, or
qualifications, or staff training requirements for providers, except
for licensed or certified residential providers, whose payments are
reduced by 1.25 percent pursuant to the amendments to Section 10 of
Chapter 13 of the Third Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of
2009, as amended by the act amending this section.
   (b) A temporary modification pursuant to subdivision (a),
effective during any agreed upon period of time from July 1, 2010,
until June 30, 2013, may only be approved when the regional center
determines that the change will not do any of the following:
   (1) Adversely affect the health and safety of a consumer receiving
services or supports from the provider.
   (2) Result in a consumer receiving services in a more restrictive
environment.
   (3) Negatively impact the availability of federal financial
participation.
   (4) Violate any state licensing or labor laws or other provisions
of Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations not eligible for
modification pursuant to this section.
   (c) A temporary modification pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be
described in a written services contract between the regional center
purchasing the services and the provider, and a copy of the written
services contract and any related documentation shall be retained by
the provider and the regional center purchasing the services from the
provider.
   (d) Notwithstanding any other provision of law or regulation, the
department shall suspend, from July 1, 2010, until June 30, 2013, the
requirements described in Sections 56732 and 56800 of Title 17 of
the California Code of Regulations requiring community-based day
programs and in-home respite agencies to conduct annual reviews and
to submit written reports to vendoring regional centers, user
regional centers, and the department.
   (e) Notwithstanding any other provision of law or regulation, from
July 1, 2010, until June 30, 2013, a residential service provider,
vendored by a regional center and whose payment is reduced by 1.25
percent pursuant to the amendments to Section 10 of Chapter 13 of the
Third Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, as amended by
the act amending this section, shall not be required to complete
quarterly and semiannual progress reports required in subdivisions
(b) and (c) of Section 56026 of Title 17 of the California Code of
Regulations. During program review, the provider shall inform the
regional center case manager of the consumer's progress and any
barrier to the implementation of the individual program plan for each
consumer residing in the residence.

4792.  (a) This section of law shall only be operative if
subdivision (b) of Section 3.94 of the Budget Act of 2011 is
operative. It is the intent of the Legislature for the department to
identify up to one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000) in General
Fund savings from within the overall developmental services system,
including any savings or reductions within state administrative
support, operation of the developmental centers, and operation of the
regional centers, including administration and the purchase of
services where applicable if subdivision (b) of Section 3.94 of the
Budget Act of 2011 is operative. A variety of strategies, including,
but not limited to, savings attributable to caseload adjustments,
changes in expenditure trends, unexpended contract funds, or other
administrative savings or restructuring can be applied to this
reduction with the intent of keeping reductions as far away as
feasible from consumer's direct needs, services, and supports,
including health, safety, and quality of life.
   (b) The department may utilize input from workgroups comprised of
consumers and family members, consumer-focused advocacy groups,
service provider representatives, regional center representatives,
developmental center representatives, other stakeholders, and staff
of the Legislature, to develop General Fund savings proposals as
necessary.
   (c) If subdivision (b) of Section 3.94 of the Budget Act of 2011
is operative, and the department is directed to identify up to one
hundred million dollars ($100,000,000) in General Fund savings from
within the developmental services system, any savings or reductions
identified shall be reported to the Joint Legislative Budget
Committee within 10 days of the reduction as directed within Section
3.94 of the Budget Act of 2011.