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(6.2) What must regional centers do to meet the needs of children with developmental disabilities and their families?

(6.2) What must regional centers do to meet the needs of children with developmental disabilities and their families?

The regional center must be flexible, creative, and innovative in meeting the unique needs of the child and family. If your child is receiving regional center services, the regional center must consider your child’s individual needs. This means the regional center:

  • does not have to do things in a certain way
  • does not have to do something the same way as in the past, or the same way other regional centers do it
  • can create new and different ways to provide services[1]Sections 4651, 4685(c)(2), and 4648(a)(2) and (e)(3).

The regional center should work with your family to find a solution that works for everyone. For example, if the regional center cannot find a vendor to provide respite services for your child, but you (parent or guardian) find someone, the regional center can be flexible and hire that person.  But, if the regional center can meet your needs with a vendor the regional center already has, then you probably cannot get a specific person to provide that service.

References
1 Sections 4651, 4685(c)(2), and 4648(a)(2) and (e)(3).