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(4.5) Why is the IPP so important?

(4.5) Why is the IPP so important?

The IPP is important because it authorizes your services and supports. The IPP is like a contract between you and the regional center. It is an agreement to provide services and supports.[1]“The rights of developmentally disabled persons and the obligations of the state toward them are implemented through individual program plans (IPPs) which regional centers must develop for each … Continue reading If there is a service or support you need and want, including a service from another agency, you must ask that it be written in the IPP.

Whenever you need services and supports, ask your regional center for an IPP meeting. Every service or support should be listed, including services from a “generic agency.”[2]Section 4646.5(a)(5). A generic agency provides services and benefits to people generally whether or not they are regional center clients. Section 4644(b). Examples of generic agencies and … Continue reading

Remember!

  • If a service is listed in your IPP, the regional center must either provide it or help you get (or keep getting) it somewhere else.[3]Section 4648.
  • If a service is NOT in your IPP, the regional center does not have to give it to you or help you get it from another agency.

References
1 “The rights of developmentally disabled persons and the obligations of the state toward them are implemented through individual program plans (IPPs) which regional centers must develop for each client.” Clemente v. Amundson, 60 Cal.App.4th 1094 (1998).
2 Section 4646.5(a)(5). A generic agency provides services and benefits to people generally whether or not they are regional center clients. Section 4644(b). Examples of generic agencies and services are the Medi-Cal or Medicare programs for health care, California Children’s Services (CCS) for health care related to a physical disability, school districts for services provided through a special education program, Social Security Administration for SSI or Social Security Disability benefits.
3 Section 4648.