Options for Regional Center Consumers
Support services are provided to persons receiving services from a regional center in order to meet the goals and objectives of the Individual Program Plan (IPP) or the Individual Family Service Program (IFSP) (for children ages 0-3 years). Services may be provided through vendors approved by the regional center or through other resources.
Regional centers have a mandate not only to serve persons with developmental disabilities, but to provide services in the most cost-effective manner possible. They are required by the Lanterman Act to use all other resources or generic resources first before using regional center funds. A generic agency is one which has a legal responsibility to serve all members of the general public and receives public funds for providing those services. Other resources include natural supports, school districts, etc.
Regional centers have a mandate not only to serve persons with developmental disabilities, but to provide services in the most cost-effective manner possible. They are required by the Lanterman Act to use all other sources of funding and services before using regional center funds to provide services. Persons who receive services from a regional center and are eligible for IHSS are expected to use IHSS services available to them.
The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program is administered by each county with oversight by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). For application and eligibility information contact your local county welfare department, adult services section. Look for them in the county government section of your local telephone directory.
Laws & Regulations
- California Welfare & Institutions Code (W & C Code)
- CDSS Manual of Policies and Procedures
- CDSS All County Information Notices
- Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
- CDSS IHSS Program
- CDSS IHSS Eligibility Information
- IHSS for Children
- Adult Protective Services County Contact List
For additional information about IHSS services for persons receiving services through a regional center, contact your local regional center or supported living agency.
- Assisting the family members to enable a person with developmental disabilities to stay at home;
- Providing appropriate care and supervision to protect that person’s safety in the absence of a family member(s);
- Relieving family members from the constantly demanding responsibility of providing care; and
- Attending to basic self-help needs and other activities that would ordinarily be performed by the family member.
Respite (Out-of-Home) Services are provided in licensed residential facilities.
Respite services typically are obtained from a respite vendor, by use of vouchers and/or alternative respite options. Vouchers are a means by which a family may choose their own service provider directly through a payment, coupon or other type of authorization. For more information about respite services contact your regional center representative.
- August 3, 2017 — Program directive to regional centers regarding the repeal of the respite restrictions per Welfare and Institutions Code section 4686.5 — English | Spanish
For more information about transportation services contact your regional center representative.
- Developing and maintaining self-help and self-care skills.
- Developing the ability to interact with others, making one’s needs known and responding to instructions.
- Developing self-advocacy and employment skills.
- Developing community integration skills such as accessing community services.
- Behavior management to help improve behaviors.
- Developing social and recreational skills.
- There are many different types of day programs that provide a diverse range of opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities. If you are interested in learning more about day program services, ask your regional center representative for assistance.
Day Program Providers Persons or organizations that provide day program services must be vendored by a regional center, meet any required licensing standards and meet local government requirements.
If you are interested in providing day program services, ask for information and help from the resource developer at the regional center in the area in which you wish to provide services.
For more information about Independent Living Programs and Services, contact your local regional center.
Last modified: April 29, 2023