Generic services are services from another agency that serves the general public.Section 4644(b). The law says that a regional center client must use generic services before it can pay for similar services.Sections 4648(a)(8) and 4659. Regional centers are the payers of last resort because consumers must use generic resources first. You have to use generic resources first if you get your regional center services the regular way, or if you are in the Self-Determination Program (SDP).Section 4685.8(d)(3)(B)
An example is the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). DOR is a generic agency for vocational and transportation services. DOR helps people with disabilities get and keep a job and live independently in their communities. This includes vocational rehabilitation services (discussed below). DOR can also provide educational and college training. If you are eligible to get services from DOR, the regional center cannot purchase similar services. The Lanterman Act also says the regional center must ensure there are no gaps in the provision of services and supports contained in your IPP.Sections 4501 and 4648(g). So, until the responsible generic agency agrees to cover the service, ask the regional center to pay. See Chapter 4 on the IPP development process.