If your services were changed without an IPP team meeting, you are entitled to a meeting now to ask to restore them.
At the request of The Arc and Assembly Member Wesley Chesbro, the state has agreed to send notices to all regional centers advising them that people with developmental disabilities still have the right to participate in planning their own services.
This a huge step for people whose services were reduced, eliminated, or changed in any way without Individual Program Plan (IPP) of Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) team meetings, and for anyone who faces that disturbing possibility in the future.
It was Assembly Bill 2702, sponsored by The Arc and introduced for us by Assembly Member Chesbro. With the bill progressing toward possible adoption as the legislative session winds toward adjournment,The Arc and Mr. Chesbro were able to reach an agreement with the Department of Developmental Services. Under the agreement, DDS will work with The Arc, Disability Rights California, and others to develop the regional center notice. With that agreement, the bill is no longer necessary, and we agreed to withdraw it from consideration.
If you are one of the consumers whose services were changed without an IPP/IFSP team meeting in the last year, or if you are the parent or other designated representative or conservator for someone that happened to, you can request a planning team meeting now to more appropriately address your needs. Remember you can call for a team meeting no matter what the change was. Other legislation that we, Disability Rights California, and Mr. Chesbro sponsored this year even clarifies that everyone is to be told about any change that includes an exceptions process.
As always, if the regional center staff doesn’t agree to hold an IPP/IFSP meeting at your request, or if you and they can't agree on services when the meeting is held, you have a right to appeal to a fair hearing.
Here’s a useful Disability Rights California publication about IPPs and your appeal rights: http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/pubs/503801.pdf.