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Intellectual & developmental disabilities matter


As a member of the bi-partisan Assembly Select Committee on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, chaired by Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D – Fairfield), I invite you to complete a brief survey about the services offered by the state’s 21 Regional Centers. We are currently undertaking this survey for clients and parents/caregivers about California’s Regional Centers to help ensure that members of the state’s I/DD community receive the care they deserve and the state provides the resources needed.  Regional Centers are nonprofit, private corporations under contract with the Department of Developmental services to provide and coordinate services and support for Intellectual and Developmentally Disabled individuals. Regional centers support more than 300,000 I/DD individuals, approximately half of whom are children.

If you, your child or loved one is in need of services for disabled individuals, we want to hear from you.  There are two surveys. One for clients and parents or caretakers of clients. The other is for those who provide vendor services to Regional Centers.   Here is the link for our survey: California State Assembly Select Committee on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Regional Center Survey   

Regional Centers are governed by a board of directors; half are persons with developmental disabilities, or their parents/guardians.  Today’s Regional Centers are a far cry from the State Hospitals of the 19th and early 20th centuries that merely warehoused the developmentally disabled. 

Input is essential to help us develop policies that enhance the lives of some of California’s most vulnerable citizens and will be extremely valuable to us as we evaluate the performance of our Regional Centers. You can complete the survey anonymously. But if you wish to be contacted about a particular issue or concern regarding a Regional Center, you will have the opportunity to give us your name and contact information for follow-up.

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Minority Floor Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Bonsall, Escondido, Fallbrook, Hidden Meadows, Pala, Palomar Mountain, Pauma Valley, Rainbow, San Marcos, Temecula, Valley Center and Vista.

*Note: Opinions expressed by columnists and letter writers are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the newspaper.

2 responses to “Intellectual & developmental disabilities matter”

  1. Lawrence S. says:

    I vote for Marie because it is the best way to keep her off the Escondido City Council.

  2. nomoredelays says:

    Here’s a common problem found in California. The regional centers are not providing enough home support. Without home support too many children and adults end up being forced by deprivation of home support services, into group homes. Many group homes for developmentally disabled are understaffed and underfunded. The Lanterman Act, the law that protectes disabled in this state, is intended to keep children and adults with their families. Some parents of children and adults have had to go to court to get care. Others have had to call police, have their child taken to Polinsky Center, where they lanquish for months, because there are no homes available. CPS and APS don’t seem to understand the problem. They think the family isn’t able to care for the children, but in reality, most of the families who end up in these situations were consistently deprived of home services and supports. More funding needs to go to providing services at home for children and adults FIRST. Then funding for group homes, not the other way around. Also, increases in caregiver rates funded through medi-cal would help prevent the high turnover for in home respite workers for many families. Governor Brown helped increase the rate for in home nurses, now it’s time to increase the rate and provide better training for in home caregivers.

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