California has a unique system for serving residents with developmental disabilities. There are 21 private, non-profit Regional Centers throughout California. The California regional centers provide a variety of short and long-term services to developmentally disabled children and adults. Inland Regional Center serves Riverside and San Bernardino counties. These Regional Centers are contracted by the State Department of Developmental Services (DDS), which administers state law (the Lanterman Act) and regulation (Title 17) that governs the Regional Center system. The Regional Centers.
Regional Centers can provide service coordination, advocacy, information, support and referrals to service providers for children through adulthood. Parents and individuals who are clients may not always agree with the decision or the procedures being followed. You have the right to appeal decisions. Disability Rights California has prepared instruction packets for both children 0 to 3 years in the Early Intervention Program and for those 3 years and older.
Regional Center Advocacy Resources
Law Office of Christopher A. Poulos
2076 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena
Practice focuses on the rights of persons with developmental disabilities and their families. He assists families in creating supported living arrangements, Special Needs Trusts, Conservatorships, Limited Conservatorships, SSI, estate planning, administrative hearings against Regional Center, advising on the ABLE accounts and more.
Mark Woodsmall, Attorney at Law
Woodsmall Law Group, PC
2076 Lincoln Avenue
Provides experienced, practical and sophisticated representation in matters related to the educational and community access rights of the special needs child. Practices in the areas of Special Education, IDEA & Section 504 Claims, Rights Under the Lanterman Act/Regional Center, and Civil Litigation. Offers free 1 hour consultation.
Office of Clients Rights Advocate (OCRA), Inland Regional Center
3602 Inland Empire Blvd., Suite B-100
Ontario, CA 91764
As a client of Regional Center, the Clients Rights Advocate (CRA) may be able to help answer questions or refer you to another resource in administrative hearings in regards to schools, Social Security, Medi-Cal, neglect, rehabilitation, mental health, discrimination, Regional Centers, In-Home Services, private insurance, guardianship, abuse, day care, criminal matters, personal autonomy, and conservatorship and Alternatives. The Advocate decides which cases they will represent based on the merits of the claim, the ability to advocate for yourself, availability of OCRA resources, and other advocacy sources.
516 West Whittier Boulevard Montebello
Speaks Spanish and English. Can attend IEP and 504 meetings, advise you of your rights and how to enforce them, represent parents in administrative procedures, mediation and settlement negotiations, and due process hearings. and State and Federal level litigation. Also provides consultation and advocacy services for Regional Center issues such as understand what resources are available, and help you get what you need.
James F. Hyuck-Navigating the Regional Center-Public Benefits Advocate
11900 Prospect Hill Dr.
Gold River, CA 95670
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