Amended in Senate June 11, 2015

Amended in Assembly May 4, 2015

Amended in Assembly April 21, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 563


Introduced by Assembly Member Lopez

(Coauthors: Assembly Members Brown and Hadley)

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 amended, 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 ofbegin delete Agingend deletebegin insert Aging, in consultation with certain stakeholders,end insert to develop best practices for providing culturally competent services and supports to aging consumers with developmental and intellectual disabilities, as specified. The bill would require the State Department of Developmental Services to conduct a 2-year pilot program that implements those best practices in 3 regional centers that reflect the geographic diversity of California and, after the conclusion of the pilot program, by January 1, 2020, submit a report, as specified, 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 These provisions would be repealed January 1, 2021.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) (1) By January 1, 2017, the department and the
4California Department of Aging shall develop best practices for
5providing culturally competent services and supports to aging
6consumers with developmental and intellectual disabilities.begin insert In
7developing the best practices, the department and the California
8Department of Aging shall consult stakeholders, including, but
9not limited to, individuals with developmental disabilities, family
10members of individuals with developmental disabilities, service
11provider agency representatives, regional center representatives,
12labor organizations representing employees of regional centers,
13and the staff of appropriate policy committees of the Legislature.end insert

14(2) The best practices developed pursuant to this subdivision
15shall include, but not be limited to, both of the following:

16(A) Regional center protocols to enhance communication with,
17and improve service delivery to, aging consumers with
18developmental and intellectual disabilities.

19(B) Identification of services for inclusion in a consumer’s
20individual program plan, as appropriate, that can better support
21aging consumers with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

22(b) The department shall conduct a two-year pilot program that
23implements the best practices developed pursuant to subdivision
24(a) in three regional centers that reflect the geographic diversity
25of California.

26(c) (1) After the conclusion of the pilot program, the department
27shall submit a report to the Legislature evaluating the pilot program
28conducted pursuant to subdivision (b) by January 1, 2020, which
29shall include a determination of whether the best practices
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2statewide.

3(2) The report required by this subdivision shall be submitted
4in accordance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

5(d) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2021,
6and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that
7is enacted before January 1, 2021, deletes or extends that date.



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