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(4.37) Should the IPP say if the regional center will help me get services from another agency?

(4.37) Should the IPP say if the regional center will help me get services from another agency?

Even if a service need will be met by another source, such as a generic resource, it must still be listed in the IPP.[1]Section 4646.5(a)(5). And, the IPP must describe the actions needed for generic services to start.[2]Section 4646.5(a)(5). If you would have trouble applying to the generic resource for their services, then the actions needed for services to start may include helping you apply. If you do not need help applying, but the generic resource denies your application, the actions needed may have to include advocacy services from the regional center.[3]Section 4648(b). Regional centers should not just refer you to generic agencies to get IPP-listed services without making sure the needed services are available and provided. The regional center should also make sure that no gaps occur in the services you need.[4]The Lanterman Act provides: “[t]he complexities of providing services and supports to persons with developmental disabilities requires the coordination of services of many state departments and … Continue reading

If another agency refuses to pay for a service or support you need right away (and it would otherwise be a regional center responsibility), the regional center must pay for it until the responsible party agrees to pay.[5]Once services and supports are identified in the IPP, the regional center must secure the needed services and supports. See Sections 4648(a) and 4640.7 and Association for Retarded Citizens v. DDS … Continue reading So, the IPP should say whether the regional center will help you get the service you need from another agency, and if the regional center will provide it right away if the other resource is not.

References
1 Section 4646.5(a)(5).
2 Section 4646.5(a)(5).
3 Section 4648(b).
4 The Lanterman Act provides: “[t]he complexities of providing services and supports to persons with developmental disabilities requires the coordination of services of many state departments and community agencies to ensure that no gaps occur in communication or provision of services and supports.” Section 4501.
5 Once services and supports are identified in the IPP, the regional center must secure the needed services and supports. See Sections 4648(a) and 4640.7 and Association for Retarded Citizens v. DDS (1985) 38 Cal.3d 384, at 388 and 390. Securing IPP services is done through purchasing or by obtaining services from generic agencies or other resources.  Section 4647(a).  If services needed immediately cannot be obtained immediately from generic or other resources, the regional center must purchase them.