SB 367, as amended, Block. Developmental services: regional centers: cultural and linguistic competency.
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 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 delete
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.end delete
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State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
It is the intent of the Legislature to enact
2legislation that would provide that the State Department of
3Developmental Services require regional centers to address issues
4of cultural and linguistic competency.
Section 4647.5 is added to the Welfare and Institutions
6Code, to read:
(a) The department shall require regional centers to
8develop a Regional Center Study and Planning Process for Equity
9and Cultural and Linguistic Competency (RESPECT), which shall
10address issues, outcomes, and monitoring relating to culturally and
11linguistically competent services and other factors that promote
12equity, fairness, and diversity for underserved populations.
P3 1(b) The findings and recommendations contained in RESPECT
2shall be updated, at least every two years, and shall include, but
3not be limited to, the following:
4(1) Cultural and linguistic competency staff training.
5(2) A requirement that a provider
include in its vendor
6application to the regional center information about the language
7capabilities of its staff and its ability to provide services in a
8culturally and linguistically competent manner.
9(c) (1) Regional centers shall establish an Advisory Board for
10Leadership and Equity (ABLE) that shall promote partnerships
11between regional centers and community-based organizations,
12including, but not limited to, providers or provider organizations,
13and shall seek to accomplish the following:
14(A) Meet at least biannually.
15(B) Provide annual findings and recommendations to the board
16of directors of the regional center on regional center policies and
17procedures that will promote equity, diversity, and cultural and
18linguistic competency for consumers and their families.
19(C) Review and provide input on RESPECT.
20(2) Nothing in this subdivision shall preclude a regional center
21from using an existing group or organization, including, but not
22limited to, the regional center’s board of directors, to meet this
23requirement if the group or organization appropriately reflects the
24diversity and cultural background of the regional center catchment
26(d) Regional centers shall seek to post information relating to
27RESPECT on their Internet Web sites.