Consumers and Families
Welcome IRC Consumers 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
- Consumers 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 Consumer, CSC, and IPP, come directly from the Lanterman Act.
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is creating a program to allow Regional Center Consumers 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.
Inland Regional Center will initially have 244 spaces for Consumers to participate in SDP, once it is launched by DDS. Interested in the Self-Determination program? Email email@example.com and notify your Consumer Service Coordinator of your interest. To determine whether a Consumer has already been added to the Self-Determination Interest list, please visit the Self-Determination Program (SDP) Verification Page.
Diversity Outreach Programs
Equity in service is of the utmost importance to Inland Regional Center. IRC has two programs designed to reach out to underserved IRC communities: the Autism Parent Education Program (APEP) and Fiesta Familiar.
Families interested in attending either program should contact their IRC Service Coordinator to help them register! For general information on APEP or Fiesta Familiar, contact our Diversity Outreach Coordinator Lilliana Garnica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employment First Policy
Inland Regional Center (IRC) philosophies include promoting independence, empowering our Consumers, 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 Consumers, 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 Consumers, January 1, 2018, will be the beginning of a new insurance plan year. Consumers/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.