Amended in Senate May 28, 2013

Amended in Senate April 11, 2013

Amended in Senate April 1, 2013

Senate BillNo. 367


Introduced by Senator Block

February 20, 2013


An act tobegin delete add Section 4629.6 toend deletebegin insert amend Section 4622 ofend insert the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to developmental services.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

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 isbegin delete authorizedend deletebegin insert requiredend insert to contract with regional centers to provide support and services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Existing law requires the governing board of the regional center to satisfy specified requirements, including annually reviewing the performance of the director of the regional centerbegin insert, and providing necessary training and support to board membersend insert.

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This bill would require each regional center’s governing board, as a condition of its contract, to require the regional center’s executive director, or his or her designee, to provide an annual report on the regional center’s efforts to address issues of inequity in access to services that includes specified information, including a description of the utilization of various regional center services, broken down annually by ethnic and other demographic data. The bill would require that the governing board require the regional center to post information related to the annual report on its Internet Web site, when possible.

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This bill would require that this training and support include issues relating to linguistic and cultural competency, and would require each regional center to post on its Internet Web site information regarding the training and support provided. The bill would require the performance review of the director to include an evaluation of the director’s performance in providing regional center services that are linguistically and culturally appropriate.

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Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

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

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begin insertSection 4622 of the end insertbegin insertWelfare and Institutions Codeend insert
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4622.  

The state shall contract only with agencies, the governing
4boards of which conform to all of the following criteria:

5(a) The governing board shall be composed of individuals with
6demonstrated interest in, or knowledge of, developmental
7disabilities.

8(b) The membership of the governing board shall include
9persons with legal, management, public relations, and
10developmental disability program skills.

11(c) The membership of the governing board shall include
12representatives of the various categories of disability to be served
13by the regional center.

14(d) The governing board shall reflect the geographic and ethnic
15characteristics of the area to be served by the regional center.

16(e) A minimum of 50 percent of the members of the governing
17board shall be persons with developmental disabilities or their
18parents or legal guardians. No less than 25 percent of the members
19of the governing board shall be persons with developmental
20disabilities.

21(f) Members of the governing board shall not be permitted to
22serve more than seven years within each eight-year period.

23(g) begin insert(1)end insertbegin insertend insert The regional center shall provide necessary training
24and support to these board members to facilitate their understanding
25and participationbegin insert, including issues relating to linguistic and cultural
26competencyend insert
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P3    1begin insert(2)end insertbegin insertend insertbegin insertAsend insert part of its monitoring responsibility, the department shall
2review and approve the method by which training and support are
3provided to board members to ensure maximum understanding
4and participation by board members.

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5(3) Each regional center shall post on its Internet Web site
6information regarding the training and support provided to board
7members.

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8(h) The governing board may appoint a consumers’ advisory
9committee composed of persons with developmental disabilities
10representing the various categories of disability served by the
11regional center.

12(i) The governing board shall appoint an advisory committee
13composed of a wide variety of persons representing the various
14categories of providers from which the regional center purchases
15client services. The advisory committee shall provide advice,
16guidance, recommendations, and technical assistance to the
17regional center board in order to assist the regional center in
18carrying out its mandated functions. The advisory committee shall
19designate one of its members to serve as a member of the regional
20center board.

21(j) The governing board shall annually review the performance
22of the director of the regional center.begin insert This performance review
23shall include an evaluation of the director’s performance in
24providing regional center services that are linguistically and
25culturally appropriate.end insert

26(k) No member of the board who is an employee or member of
27the governing board of a provider from which the regional center
28purchases client services shall do any of the following:

29(1) Serve as an officer of the board.

30(2) Vote on any fiscal matter affecting the purchase of services
31from any regional center provider.

32(3) Vote on any issue other than as described in paragraph (2),
33in which the member has a financial interest, as defined in Section
3487103 of the Government Code, and determined by the regional
35center board. The member shall provide a list of his or her financial
36interests, as defined in Section 87103, to the regional center board.

37Nothing in this section shall prevent the appointment to a
38regional center governing board of a person who meets the criteria
39for more than one of the categories listed above.

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40This section shall become operative on July 1, 1999.

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SECTION 1.  

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation
2that would provide that the State Department of Developmental
3Services require regional centers to address issues of cultural and
4linguistic competency.

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SEC. 2.  

Section 4629.6 is added to the Welfare and Institutions
6Code
, to read:

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4629.6.  

As a condition of its contract, each regional center’s
8governing board shall do the following:

9(a) Require the regional center’s executive director, or his or
10her designee, to provide an annual report on the regional center’s
11efforts to address issues of inequity in access to services, including,
12but not limited to, the following:

13(1) A description of the utilization of various regional center
14services, broken down annually by ethnic and other demographic
15data.

16(2) Identification of barriers to services.

17(3) A description of specific steps toward progress made in
18 identifying and providing services to underserved populations
19within the prior year, including identifying innovative practices
20by the regional center or its contracted community-based
21organizations.

22(4) A description of efforts made to build partnerships between
23community-based providers of other services for regional center
24consumers who are in underserved communities.

25(b) Require the regional center to post information related to
26the annual report on its Internet Web site, when possible.

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