Purchase of Service Data

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Purchase of Service Data Relating to Age, Race, Language, Disability, Residence Type, and Insurance Related

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is required to compile data relating to purchase of service (POS) authorization, utilization, and expenditure by each regional center with respect to consumer age, race or ethnicity, primary language, and disability detail. The data, includes residence type as well as number and percent of consumers who are eligible for regional center services. View the DDS POS Data page. 

In reviewing the data it is important to note that the expenditure data reported may not include payments made by the regional center to a service provider under a Contract. Typical services paid to a service provider under a Contract include, but are not limited to:  Transportation Services, Transportation Assistant Services, and Supported Employment Program (SEP) Group Services.  Further, the data reveals that the primary contributing factor to the significant cost differential is attributable to the utilization of residential services.  The most costly of all Regional Center funded services is reflected in the section of the report entitled ”Total Annual Expenditures and Services by Residence (for all ages).”  This report contrasts consumers living at home with those residing outside of the family home.  The distinction between these two categories is notable.

Links to the data reports by reporting year are listed below.

Public Meetings to Review Data

The 2015/16 data report was reviewed and discussed at Public Meetings held March 20, 2017 at ELARC's main office in Alhambra. View PowerPoint Presentation here.     Additionally, ELARC and the Chinese Parents Association for the Disabled (CPAD)  cohosted  a discussion-based review of the data on March 25, 2017  View PowerPoint Presentation here.  Additionally, ELARC and Fiesta Educativa cohosted a discussion-based review of the data, on March 28, 2017 View PowerPoint Presentation here.

Projects to Reduce Disparity

FUNDS AVAILABLE!! The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is accepting proposals for projects to reduce disparities and promote equitable access to regional center services and supports.  DDS is accepting these proposals from regional centers and Community Based Organizations (CBO) for funds available fiscal year (FY) 2017/18.    View the DDS announcement on their website

Regional centers and CBOs are invited to respond to this call for applications for the Disparity Funds Program.  Applications must be submitted to DDS by 5:00 p.m. PST on November 6, 2017.

A list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) will be posted to the DDS website by September 27, 2017.

DDS will hold two conference calls to address  questions regarding the Disparity Funds Program. Interested parties are encouraged to submit questions in advance of these calls to rcb@dds.ca.gov . The dates and times of the calls are:

Friday, October 6, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Call-in Telephone Number: (800) 553-0329

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Call-in Telephone Number: (800) 553-0329


Read the full DDS Announcement

Read the Guidelines for Applicants

View Attachment A

View Attachment B

View Attachment C

View Attachment D

View Attachment E 

Fiscal Year 2016/17 Projects

In September of 2016, ELARC submitted a proposal to utilize available funding from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to reduce disparities in purchase of services, as authorized by Assembly Bill (AB) X2-1 (Chapter 3, Statutes of 2016). In reviewing regional centers’ proposals, DDS took into account statewide needs and available resources, as well as information gathered during the Department’s statewide stakeholder meetings. In addition, each proposal was analyzed for compliance with applicable statute and regulations, and the Department’s guidelines issued on July 25, 2016.

On October 25, 2016 DDS approved the ELARC’s proposal.   View a summary of the approved projects. 


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