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(10.6) What if something is wrong with the notice?

(10.6) What if something is wrong with the notice?

Notice problems are common. Sometimes the regional center tells you they decided to change a service, but does not send you written notice. Other times, the written notice they send is incomplete.

Here is an example of incomplete notice:

“You have been determined to be ineligible for regional center services because you do not have a developmental disability as defined in Welfare and Institutions Code section 4512(a).”

This does not give you the information you need. It does not tell you what the law says. Most people do not know what Welfare and Institutions Code section 4512(a) says. It does not say why you do not have a developmental disability. It does not say what the regional center used to make its decision.

Even if your notice is incomplete, ask for an appeal as soon as possible. This protects your right to appeal and may allow you to continue your services during your appeal. When you appeal, you can say you did not get “adequate notice.” You can also file a Section 4731 Complaint. Ask for your appeal right away so your services can continue. Later, you can file a complaint.

See section on 4731 Complaint and Supplement O for a 4731 Complaint.