California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 563


Introduced by Assembly Member Lopez

February 24, 2015


An act to add and repeal Section 4648.7 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to developmental services.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 563, as introduced, Lopez. Developmental services.

The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act requires the State Department of Developmental Services to contract with regional centers to provide services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities. Under existing law, the regional centers purchase needed services for individuals with developmental disabilities through approved service providers or arrange for those services through other publicly funded agencies. The services and supports to be provided to a regional center consumer are contained in an individual program plan or individualized family service plan, developed in accordance with prescribed requirements.

This bill would require the State Department of Developmental Services and the California Department of Aging develop guidelines and protocols establishing best practices for providing services and supports to aging consumers with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The bill would require the State Department of Developmental Services to conduct a two-year pilot program that implements those guidelines and protocols in three regional centers and, by January 1, 2020, submit a report evaluating the pilot program to the Legislature. These provisions would be repealed January 1, 2021.

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

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

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SECTION 1.  

Section 4648.7 is added to the Welfare and
2Institutions Code
, to read:

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4648.7.  

(a) By January 1, 2017, the department and the
4California Department of Aging shall develop guidelines and
5protocols establishing best practices for providing services and
6supports to aging consumers with developmental and intellectual
7disabilities.

8(b) The department shall conduct a two-year pilot program that
9implements the guidelines and protocols developed pursuant to
10subdivision (a) in three regional centers.

11(c) (1) The department shall submit a report to the Legislature
12evaluating the pilot program conducted pursuant to subdivision
13(b) by January 1, 2020.

14(2) The report required by this subdivision shall be submitted
15in accordance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

16(d) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2021,
17and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that
18is enacted before January 1, 2021, deletes or extends that date.



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