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          Date of Hearing:   May 1, 2013

                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                                  Mike Gatto, Chair

            AB 1232 (V. Manuel Perez) - As Introduced:  February 22, 2013 

          Policy Committee:                              Human  
          ServicesVote:7 - 0 

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program:  
          No     Reimbursable:              

           SUMMARY  

          This bill includes linguistic and cultural competency among the  
          outcomes measured by the Department of Developmental Services  
          (DDS) quality assurance instrument.  Specifically, this bill: 

          1)Changes the scope of the existing quality assurance instrument  
            identified by DDS, which includes an assessment of the  
            provision of services, to include an assessment of whether  
            services are provided in a linguistically and culturally  
            competent manner.

          2)Requires that the quality assurance instrument include  
            outcome-based measures on issues of equity and diversity to  
            evaluate the linguistic and cultural competency of regional  
            center services provided to consumers across their lifetime.

          3)Requires the independent agency or organization that DDS  
            contracts with to implement the quality assurance assessment  
            to have experience with issues related to linguistic and  
            cultural competency.

           FISCAL EFFECT  

          Costs associated with this legislation should be minor and  
          absorbable within existing DDS resources.

           COMMENTS  

           Rationale  . In 2012, a 20-member Taskforce on Equity and  
          Diversity for Regional Center Autism Services was created as a  
          result of a hearing by the Senate Select Committee on Autism and  








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          Related Disorders. That taskforce was charged with developing  
          recommendations to ensure that consumers of regional center  
          services receive appropriate and timely supportive services  
          regardless of race, ethnicity, educational background and other  
          socio-economic factors.  

          The report was published on March 18, 2013, and identified a  
          number of recommendations for changes to current practice within  
          the Developmental Services system.  Among them were  
          recommendations to include issues of equity and diversity within  
          the quality assurance instrument and to use the instrument to  
          measure consumers across their lifetime, not just as adults.  
          Both of these recommendations are reflected in this legislation.  


          According to the author, this bill simply states that future  
          contracts by DDS for the quality assessment of regional center  
          services, already mandated by current law, must also include  
          outcome measures related to cultural and linguistic competency.   


           Analysis Prepared by  :    Julie Salley-Gray / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081