It depends. If you request a translated IPP and your language is a “threshold language,” the regional center must provide you with a translated copy within 45 days of your request. Section 4646.5(a)(5). A language is considered a “threshold language” when a certain number or percentage of people say it is their primary language.
Spanish is a threshold language for most California counties. Some counties will have more threshold languages than others. For example, Los Angeles County’s threshold languages are Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese, English, Farsi, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. For more information and to see if your language is considered a threshold language in your county, see: https://www.dhcs.ca.gov/formsandpubs/Documents/MMCDAPLsandPolicyLetters/APL2021/Threshold-Concentration-Languages.pdf.
If your language is not a “threshold language,” the regional center can take longer than 45 days to send you a translated IPP. However, the regional center must keep track of the number of times it takes more than 60 days to provide a translated IPP. Section 4519.5(a)(6).
The regional center must include that data in the regional center’s Purchase of Service Data report and post that report on the regional center’s website. Section 4519.5(c). That data is also reported to DDS and posted on DDS’s website. Section 4519.5(d).
If the regional center takes too long to give the IPP in your language, you can file a 4731 complaint. See Chapter 10 for more information on your right to file a 4731 complaint.