Amended in Senate April 1, 2013

Senate BillNo. 367


Introduced by Senator Block

February 20, 2013


An actbegin insert to add Section 4647.5 to the Welfare and Institutions Code,end insert relating to developmental services.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 367, as amended, Block. Developmental services: regionalbegin delete centers.end deletebegin insert centers: cultural and linguistic competency.end insert

Under existing law, the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act, the State Department of Developmental Services is authorized to contract with regional centers to provide support and services to individuals with developmental disabilities.begin delete Existing law requires the department, when approving regional center contracts, to ensure that regional center staffing patterns demonstrate that direct service coordination is the highest priority.end deletebegin insert The services and supports to be provided to a regional center consumer are contained in an individual program plan (IPP), developed in accordance with prescribed requirements, including the use of a process that reflects the awareness of, and sensitivity to, the cultural background of the consumer and the family. Existing law authorizes the regional center to, among other things, solicit an individual or agency, by requests for proposals or other means, to provide needed services or supports that are not available to achieve the stated objectives of a consumer’s IPP.end insert

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This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would provide that the department require regional centers to develop annual strategic plans that address issues of cultural and linguistic competency.

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This bill would require the department to require regional centers to develop a Regional Center Study and Planning Process for Equity and Cultural and Linguistic Competency (RESPECT) to address issues, outcomes, and monitoring relating to culturally and linguistically competent services and other factors that promote equity, fairness, and diversity for underserved populations. The bill would require RESPECT to be updated at least every 2 years, and include cultural and linguistic competency staff training and a requirement that providers include specified information in their vendor applications. The bill would require regional centers to establish an Advisory Board for Leadership and Equity to promote partnerships between regional centers and community-based organizations and seek to meet biannually and provide specified findings and recommendations to the board of directors of the regional center. Under the bill, a regional center may use an existing group to meet that requirement under certain circumstances. The bill would require regional centers to seek to post information relating to RESPECT on their Internet Web sites.

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Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: begin deleteno end deletebegin insertyesend insert. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact
2legislation that would provide that the State Department of
3Developmental Services require regional centers tobegin delete develop annual
4strategic plans thatend delete
address issues of cultural and linguistic
5competency.

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begin insertSection 4647.5 is added to the end insertbegin insertWelfare and Institutions
7Code
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(a) The department shall require regional centers to
9develop a Regional Center Study and Planning Process for Equity
10and Cultural and Linguistic Competency (RESPECT), which shall
11address issues, outcomes, and monitoring relating to culturally
12and linguistically competent services and other factors that
13promote equity, fairness, and diversity for underserved populations.

14(b) The findings and recommendations contained in RESPECT
15shall be updated, at least every two years, and shall include, but
16not be limited to, the following:

17(1) Cultural and linguistic competency staff training.

P3    1(2) A requirement that a provider include in its vendor
2application to the regional center information about the language
3capabilities of its staff and its ability to provide services in a
4culturally and linguistically competent manner.

5(c) (1) Regional centers shall establish an Advisory Board for
6Leadership and Equity (ABLE) that shall promote partnerships
7between regional centers and community-based organizations,
8including, but not limited to, providers or provider organizations,
9and shall seek to accomplish the following:

10(A) Meet at least biannually.

11(B) Provide annual findings and recommendations to the board
12of directors of the regional center on regional center policies and
13procedures that will promote equity, diversity, and cultural and
14linguistic competency for consumers and their families.

15(C) Review and provide input on RESPECT.

16(2) Nothing in this subdivision shall preclude a regional center
17from using an existing group or organization, including, but not
18limited to, the regional center’s board of directors, to meet this
19requirement if the group or organization appropriately reflects
20the diversity and cultural background of the regional center
21catchment area.

22(d) Regional centers shall seek to post information relating to
23RESPECT on their Internet Web sites.

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