The Power of Communicating with Inland Regional Center

Dr. CJ Cook, DBABlog

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The Inland Regional Center (IRC) is a crucial asset that offers essential services and assistance to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families residing in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Although IRC’s primary objective revolves around conducting assessments, ascertaining eligibility for services, and delivering case management support, it is paramount to recognize communication’s significant role in connecting IRC with its clients, families, and the broader community. In this blog post, we will delve into the profound effects of effective communication within IRC, highlighting its impact on individuals’ lives and its role in promoting inclusivity, comprehension, and collaboration.

Empowering Individuals and Families

IRC effectively utilizes various communication avenues to empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Through platforms such as social media, quarterly newsletters, our comprehensive website at, the “Contact Us” feature, or our dedicated Community Engagement email at [email protected], we establish and maintain open lines of communication. This commitment ensures that clients and their loved ones remain well-informed about the array of services, resources, and opportunities available to them.

By proactively engaging through these channels, IRC cultivates a sense of agency and autonomy among individuals with developmental disabilities. This empowerment enables them to make informed choices about their lives and futures, fostering self-determination and independence.

Also, throughout the year, IRC conducts listening sessions that empower clients and caregivers to communicate directly with our staff on a wide range of important issues. These discussions cover topics such as National Core Indicators (NCI) survey results, Purchase of Services (POS) Reports, Performance Contracts, numerous surveys, and Case Load Ratio to name a few. These listening sessions serve as a vital platform for open dialogue, ensuring that concerns, feedback, and insights from our Clients and their caregivers are heard and addressed effectively.

Furthermore, the avenues mentioned above for providing equitable feedback can help IRC tailor its services within the Lanterman Act framework to meet the community’s unique needs and preferences. IRC can catalyze positive change within the Regional Center System of Care by actively listening to concerns, ideas, and aspirations.

When Clients and families feel that their voices are heard and valued, they are more likely to engage with IRC and actively participate in their own care plans. This collaborative approach leads to better outcomes and fosters a sense of partnership in the journey toward independence and self-determination.

Building Trust and Collaboration

Trust forms the bedrock of any successful relationship, and this principle extends to the bond between IRC and its Clients. Effective communication serves as the cornerstone for building trust, showcasing attributes like transparency, dependability, and an unwavering commitment to the well-being of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. An essential component of this endeavor can be found on the “Accountability” page featured on

At IRC, we steadfastly uphold the highest standards of integrity and transparency while delivering services to our valued Clients. This interactive dashboard has been meticulously crafted in accordance with our Transparency and Access to Public Information Policy. Our overarching objective is to provide a platform that connects our Clients, their families, and the broader community with valuable insights into IRC’s operational processes and financial management, all while addressing the diverse needs of our population.

The “Accountability” page serves as a gateway, offering information about how IRC conducts its operations and manages funds. It provides a comprehensive overview of our commitment to accountability and fiscal responsibility. Additionally, visitors to the page can access information about agencies that oversee IRC and advocate on behalf of our cherished Clients. This holistic approach to transparency strengthens our relationship with the community and reinforces our dedication to serving the best interests of those we support.

Fostering Inclusivity and Advocacy

Effective communication also plays a pivotal role in fostering inclusivity and advocacy within the community. By regularly engaging with the community, IRC can raise awareness about the challenges faced by individuals with developmental disabilities and promote acceptance and understanding. The Community Engagement Team participates in many events throughout the year, fostering open communication with the individuals we serve.

Moreover, when IRC communicates with local authorities, policymakers, and advocacy groups, it can effectively advocate for the rights and needs of its clients and their families. Through a collective voice, they can drive positive change in policies and practices that impact the lives of those with developmental disabilities.

Annually, IRC actively engages in Grassroots Day held in Sacramento, an event sponsored by the Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA). IRC assembles a diverse team for this occasion, including senior staff, managers, Client Advocates, Vendor representatives, a parent of an IRC Client, and the Client themselves. Grassroots Day offers an invaluable platform for Regional Center representatives to engage in productive dialogues with state senators and assembly members. During these discussions, the focus revolves around identifying and addressing challenges and concerns pertaining to the provision of regional center services.

Resolving Challenges and Providing Support

In life’s journey, challenges are an inevitable part, and individuals with developmental disabilities and their families often encounter unique hurdles. Maintaining effective communication with IRC becomes a vital lifeline during these times. Whether you are seeking guidance, seeking clarification, or addressing concerns, Clients and their families can rely on IRC as a responsive and supportive resource.

To receive timely assistance, Clients and their families can connect with IRC via email using the “Contact Us” option on or by sending their inquiries to [email protected], especially when facing difficulties in establishing contact with their designated Service Coordinator. Rest assured, we aim to respond to these emails within 3 business days. To expedite the process, we encourage everyone using to ensure their email details are entered correctly and that they have included the client’s name, date of birth, and contact phone number.

In cases of urgency, the Manager of Community Engagement will ensure a swift response. Clients requiring assistance beyond regular hours and during weekends may call 909-890-3000 and follow the prompts to reach the duty program manager.


The power of communication with Inland Regional Center cannot be overstated. It is the linchpin that connects individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and the community to a network of support, resources, and advocacy. Through open and empathetic communication, IRC empowers, collaborates, advocates, and supports, ultimately enhancing the quality of life for those it serves and contributing to a more inclusive society. In the journey towards empowerment and self-determination, IRC’s commitment to communication is a beacon of hope for countless individuals and families.

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Dr. CJ Cook, DBA

As Program Administrator, CJ is responsible for the proactive oversight of various units within IRC, including Community Management, Service Access and Equity, and Training and Development. CJ's oversight extends to Language Access and Cultural Competency (LACC), Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), equity in the Purchase of Service (POS), and the National Core Indicator (NCI) project. Furthermore, CJ is tasked with managing the IRC's Performance Contract with DDS and overseeing Emergency Services.

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