Clients and Families
Welcome IRC Clients and Families! This page was designed to help you learn about how Regional Centers operate, how IRC provides services, and the roles Service Coordinators play in your service plan. You will also find definitions for frequently used terms, information about IRC documents/forms, and what to do if you disagree with a decision made by the Regional Center. If you have any questions about the information presented here, please contact IRC’s Community Engagement team.
Frequently Used Terms
- Lanterman Act and Regional Center
- Clients and Service Coordinators
- Individual Program Plan
- Services and Providers
Inland Regional Center, along with 20 other Regional Centers in the state of California, was established by the Lanterman Act, a law passed in 1969. The Lanterman Act ensures that people with developmental disabilities receive supports and services to live the most independent and productive lives possible. The Lanterman Act defines which diagnoses make someone eligible for Regional Center services, what types of supports/programs will be provided, how program plans are developed, and much more. Also, frequently used terms like Client, Consumer, CSC, and IPP, come directly from the Lanterman Act.
- DDS/Lanterman and Related Laws
- Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act (PDF)
- Lanterman as a Foundation (Presentation)
- Consumer's Guide (English | Spanish)
The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act is codified in the California Welfare and Institutions Code. This compilation, prepared by the Legislative Counsel, includes the 2021 revisions to the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act and related laws (Divisions 4.1, 4.5, and 4.7 of the Welfare and Institutions Code and Title 14 of the Government Code). Please visit the California Legislative Information Website for the official and most current versions of the Lanterman Act and other California laws. This edition shows all sections as they are in effect on and after January 1, 2021. The Lanterman Act is printed every two years; DDS is currently out of printed copies of the 2017 Lanterman Act. A PDF of the Lanterman Act may be downloaded and printed for your personal use. If you have questions, please email [email protected]. – DDS Website, Lanterman and Related Laws.
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has created a program to allow Regional Center Clients more control in developing their service plans and selecting service providers. The Self Determination Program (SDP) gives participants a budget to purchase services and supports from the providers of their choice. SDP participants have a larger role in their service planning and implementation while receiving assistance from a financial services management provider and an independent facilitator. For detailed information and program updates, visit the DDS Self-Determination home page.
Are you interested in the Self-Determination program?
Email [email protected] and notify your Service Coordinator of your interest. To determine whether a Client has already been added to the Self-Determination Interest list, please visit the Self-Determination Program (SDP) Verification Page.
Who is eligible for the Self-Determination Program?
Any eligible regional center client may participate in the Self-Determination program on a voluntary basis. The client must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Has a developmental disability as defined in Welfare and Institutions Code 4512.
- Agrees to specific terms and conditions, which include but are not limited to participation in an orientation for the Self-Determination Program, working with a Financial Management Services entity, managing the Self-Determination Program services within an individual budget; and only purchasing services that are eligible for federal financial participation and not available from a generic agency.
- Does not live in a licensed long-term health care facility (i.e., a Skilled Nursing Facility or Intermediate Care Facility or State Developmental Center).
- If an individual living in one of these facilities expresses interest in the Self-Determination Program, through the person-centered planning process, he or she can request that the regional center begin making arrangements for their transition to the Self-Determination Program, provided that he or she is reasonably expected to transition to the community within 90 days.
Self Determination Program (SDP) Ombudsperson:
Katie Hornberger - 1-877-658-9731
- Self-Determination Program Frequently Asked Questions Flyer (PDF) - English | Español
- Frequently Asked Questions: Self-Determination Program - Department of Developmental Services
- Consumer Verification Lookup: Self-Determination Program - Department of Developmental Services
At Inland Regional Center, we have a Diversity Outreach Coordinator who designs and implements projects for underserved populations. Those populations, as identified in our Purchase of Service (POS) Data, are the Spanish speaking/Hispanic community and Clients with Autism. Our Diversity Outreach Coordinator plays a significant role in our disparity data process: facilitating community input meetings, assisting in the design and distribution of marketing materials to underserved populations, and presenting data findings in both English and Spanish. Additionally, she fosters relationships with IRC Service Coordinators to help identify trends in service spending from the case management perspective. She works diligently alongside our Community Engagement Manager to create a greater awareness of services disparities and to increase cultural competency.
To connect with our Diversity Outreach Coordinator or learn more about our disparity programs contact our Community Engagement team at [email protected].
Employment First Policy
Inland Regional Center (IRC) philosophies include promoting independence, empowering our Clients, and ensuring they are included in the everyday routines of community life. Consistent with state law and agency core values, IRC has developed an Employment First Policy. IRC’s Employment First Policy states that integrated employment will be the first option for every working age adult and fully supports the principles outlined in Assembly Bill 1041.
Register to Vote!
Inland Regional Center encourages all members of the IRC Community, including our Clients, to participate in the democratic process and exercise their right to vote. Visit the Secretary of State’s website to register today! registertovote.ca.gov
Private Insurance Co-Payments
For many IRC Clients, January 1, 2018 will be the beginning of a new insurance plan year. Clients/families who have private insurance and are receiving co-pay, co-insurance, or deductible assistance from Inland Regional Center must submit an Insurance Information Form. This form is for those receiving assistance with behavioral health therapies.
This form will be sent to those receiving assistance, November 1, via mail and must be returned by December 31, 2017. Those who may require assistance with this form should contact their Service Coordinator.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Helpful Information and Resources
Inland Regional Center is taking measures to help minimize potential spread of the Coronavirus, in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This means, that for the time being, our Service Coordinators will not be making in-person visits. Service Coordinators will be in touch with Clients and families via telephone and email. Other IRC business will also be conducted digitally.
Inland Regional Center is committed to preserving the privacy and confidentiality of the Clients we serve, in accordance with state and federal law. In some cases, IRC may not be able to provide information requested where confidentiality may be at risk. Please read more about Records Requests on our Accountability page.