Language Access and Cultural Competency

Language Access and Cultural Competency Program

Cal. Welf. and Inst. Code § 4620.4 awards the department $16.7 million ongoing funding for regional centers to improve and promote Language Access and Cultural Competency to better support the language needs of individuals with developmental disabilities, their caregivers, and their family members. The primary purpose of these funds is to improve consumer and family experience and to facilitate more consistent access to information and services for multi-lingual, monolingual, and diverse cultural groups. Welfare and Institutions Code §4620.4 requires that the Department of Developmental Services (Department) implement this initiative through its contracts with regional centers. These funds shall not supplant any existing efforts or funds for similar purposes but are intended to augment and provide maximum additional benefit to the greatest number of persons served, their caregivers, and their families.



Last modified: November 22, 2023