Dịch vụ của Trung tâm Khu vực
Điều phối Dịch vụ
The Regional Centers are contracted by the California Department of Developmental Services to provide the state’s developmentally challenged individuals with service coordination. Every individual with an active case at the Regional Center is assigned to a service unit by zip code and age; that unit is composed of a district manager, who oversees the administration of services to that district (a district is several zip codes), and service coordinators, who work to identify an individual’s needs and the services best suited to meet those needs. The Regional Center endeavors to have each individual assigned to a specific service coordinator as often as possible.
Regional Center service coordinators, in conjunction with the individual, their caregivers, and other associated professionals, friends, and family, draft a one to three year “blueprint” of the individuals needs and requested services called an “Individual Program Plan”(IPP). This plan sets goals for the individual, enumerates his or her needs, and is used to plan which services will be engaged for them. This plan may be altered at the request of the individual or their representative(s) at any time by contacting the service coordinator. Most services that are funded by the Regional Center are provided via vendors and paid for using a Purchase of Service system.
Lập Hồ sơ
Intake evaluates an individual to see if they are eligible for Regional Center services. This includes testing by a clinical psychologist and an initial report by a social worker. Regional Center psychologists may provide a diagnosis or confirm an existing one along with the determination of eligibility. If found eligible, the intake social worker drafts an Individual Program Plan and provides Purchases of Service for necessary services. The case is then forwarded to the appropriate district manager to be assigned to an ongoing service coordinator.
Khởi Đầu Sớm (Early Start)
Early Start services work a bit differently, as they utilize federal funds to provide early intervention, in cooperation with the County Office of Education. Each child, once found eligible, is assigned to a service coordinator, who will help their caregivers develop an Individualized Family Service Plan. This plan is revisited every six months to assess the child’s progress.
Some services that Early Start will fund include, but may not be limited to:
- Trị liệu Ngôn ngữ
- Trị liệu Kỹ năng Thích nghi
- Vật lý Trị liệu
- Chương trình Phát triển Trẻ sơ sinh
- Cải thiện Hành vi
Early Start services end when the child turns three. Before that time, the service coordinator, caregivers, service providers, and local school district will conduct a transitional meeting to assist the family for the child’s future. The school district will conduct an assessment to determine if special education services are appropriate. A clinical psychologist from the Regional Center will also conduct an assessment to determine if the individual is eligible for ongoing service coordination.
Tuổi Học sinh (School-Age)
If the individual is between the ages of three and twenty-two, service coordination revolves around filling some of the gaps between what is provided by the schools, medical insurance and other services that are available. Ongoing service coordinators will conduct annual reviews to assess the individual’s needs and appropriate services and will draft an IPP every one to three years. State law prohibits the Regional Center from duplicating services that are or should be provided by another source, such as tutoring (a matter for Individual Education Plans at school) or therapy and psychiatry (medical insurance). Some services, such as residential placement, day care, and respite, are subject to various state-mandated shares of cost and/or to service standards that are set by the Regional Center.
Each service agreement is tailored to that specific individual’s needs and situation; this means there is a great deal of variety in the services provided to each individual, and one person’s service plan, however similar their diagnosis or capabilities may be, is not representative of all individuals with similar needs.
Services provided at this age include, but may not be limited to:
- Assistance accessing generic resources, such as school, health insurance, etc.
- Advocacy at Individual Education Plan meetings
- Respite and Camp
- Day care
- Residential Placement
- Behavior Modification
- Adaptive Skills Training
- Participation in the Medicaid Waiver via Institutional Deeming
Individuals and their caregivers are encouraged to discuss their needs with their service coordinator, in order to determine which services are appropriate and will best suit those needs. Service coordinators will also assist the individuals and their caregivers with the transition to adulthood at age eighteen, providing information on a variety of related concerns, such as obtaining SSI and conservatorship.
Về mặt pháp lý, một cá nhân từ mười tám tuổi trở lên được coi là người lớn. Tuy nhiên, những cá nhân theo học chương trình giáo dục đặc biệt cho đến khi 22 tuổi thì vẫn được các Điều phối viên Dịch vụ chuyên độ Tuổi Học sinh tiếp tục quản lý hồ sơ họ cho đến khi họ hoàn tất chương trình giáo dục và ổn định được cuộc sống & sinh hoạt hậu giáo dục. Tiếp sau đó, họ được chuyển đến một Điều phối viên Dịch vụ chuyên về các nhu cầu và dịch vụ phù hợp cho người lớn.
Adults’ services revolve around community inclusion, self-determination, and independence.
Services deemed appropriate to meet an individual’s needs might include, but may not be limited to: