Correction-Caseload Ratios Public Meeting Announcement

To:                          Consumers, Families, Staff and Community Members

From:                    Lavinia Johnson, Executive Director

Kevin Urtz, Associate Executive Director

Copy:                    Keith Nelson, Chair, Inland Regional Center Board of Trustees

Rachel Long, Department of Developmental Services

Date:                     May 19, 2017

Re:                         Caseload Ratios Public Meeting Announcement

Each year, regional centers are required to submit a report on the average ratio of service coordinators to Consumers.  The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has found Inland Regional Center (IRC) out of compliance with the requirements in Section 4640.6(c) of the Welfare and Institutions (W&I) Code (Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Service Act).  This section in the law requires that regional centers maintain service coordinator to consumer caseload ratios at, or below, specified averages:

•             1:62 for consumers enrolled in the Home and Community-based Waiver (HCBS)

•             1:62 for infants/toddlers younger than three years of age

•             1:66 for consumers who have not moved from the developmental centers to the community since April 1993, and who are not under the age of three nor on the HCBS Waiver.

 

In the annual report submitted to DDS in March 2017, IRC did not meet the required caseload ratio for consumers enrolled in the HCBS Waiver (1 to 72:5); and for consumers who have not moved from the developmental centers to the community since April 14, 1993, and who are not under the age of three nor on the HCBS Waiver  (1 to 75:6).  (We did meet the ratios of 1:62 for infants and toddlers under the age of three).

 

DDS is requiring IRC to submit a plan of correction, because IRC failed to maintain the required service coordinator caseloads. Ratios were not met for two consecutive reporting periods.

 

Section 4640.6(f) of the W&I Code requires that plans of correction be developed following input from the local area board, local organizations representing clients, family members, regional center employees, service providers and other interested parties.

 

You may submit input in different ways to assist in bringing caseload ratios closer to state law guidelines. The following options are available.

 

Public meetings:

Date:                     Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Time:                     5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location:              Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC)

In-Roads Creative Programs, Inc.

851 South Mount Vernon Avenue

Colton, CA 92324

 

Date:                     Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Time:                     5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Location:              Molina Healthcare

550 East Hospitality Lane, Suite 100

San Bernardino, CA 92408

 

You can also submit your input in the following ways:

 

Email: Sguzman@Inlandrc.org

 

Fax: (909) 890-3495

 

Mail:

Lavinia Johnson, Executive Director, or Kevin Urtz, Associate Executive Director

PO Box 19037,

San Bernardino, CA 92423-9037

 

The deadline to submit input is 5:00 p.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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