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Lanterman Community Makes Ornaments for State Capitol Tree

Heeding the call for handmade ornaments for the State Capitol tree, the Lanterman community made ornaments to send to Sacramento.

  • Top: One of the Spanish-speaking parent support groups made 82 ornaments for the tree.
  • Bottom Left: The Korean Parent Support Group made 73 ornaments to send.
  • Bottom right: The ornament made by Adult Basic Learning Environment in Glendale for the 2016 tree.

The tree lighting ceremony will take place in early December.

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Sam Suzuki Retires, Replaced by Lorenzo Hernandez as Manager

Pictured: Lorenzo Hernandez (left) and Sam Suzuki

Sam Suzuki Says Goodbye After 39 ½ Years at Lanterman
With Lanterman since June 1977, Sam Suzuki started his career as a service coordinator working with families in the Foothill communities. Lanterman was still part of Children's Hospital Los Angeles and had two satellite offices, one in Eagle Rock and one in Hollywood. He was one of just seven service coordinators covering the entire Foothill region, individual program planning had just started, and caseloads were small. Four years later, in 1981, he became a manager, a capacity he served in for 35 years.
Sam attended Loyola High School and decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Maryknoll Seminary where he was studying to become a priest. He obtained his master’s in social work at the University of Southern California in the 1970s and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 1981. 
He championed inclusion of children with special needs, promoting social acceptance and working with school districts to address the fears and anxieties that came along with the growing push in the 1990s for inclusion of all children, including those with significant disabilities, in school and after school activities.
“I have equally enjoyed being a teacher and mentoring new service coordinators. I started the Center’s LA School Age unit in 1999 and have been its manager ever since. I have enjoyed the opportunities to pass on some of my experience and wisdom to others,” he adds.
And he wants everyone to know how touched he was by what he calls a masterpiece of a retirement party that was organized by his team.  “Leaving Lanterman is bittersweet. I’m excited for what the future holds, yet sad for what I’m leaving behind. The team that I supervised was like family to me and I’m leaving a great part of my life behind by retiring,” he shares.
A resident of Montebello for nearly 40 years, Sam plans to spend more time helping at his parish church, Our Lady of Miraculous Medal in Montebello. He and his wife, who also retired this year, plan to do some fall cleaning around their home they have lived in for 40 years, and he wants to replant his flower garden. He also plans to take up exercise classes at the local YMCA. Sam says, “I don’t have a major bucket list, my wife wants to travel a bit more and I enjoy sports, so I’ll be able to follow the LA Rams more closely.” And he’s looking forward to the joy of having grandkids, hopefully sooner rather than later.

From all of us at Lanterman Sam, fair winds and following seas.

Meet Lanterman’s New Manager for the Los Angeles School Age Unit
Lorenzo Hernandez started at Lanterman in July 2011 as a temporary service coordinator in the Los Angeles School Age unit, becoming a permanent employee in March 2012. Five years after coming on board, he became the Unit’s manager, replacing long-time manager Sam Suzuki upon his retirement.
Lorenzo has an undergraduate degree from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Prior to coming to Lanterman he worked with school-age children and their families for about 10 years. His focus was on behavior modification, specifically ABA and parent training, as well as with parent support groups, and also in the area of mental health. He shares, “It was rewarding assisting a child via behavior modification to develop a better way to express themselves and use alternative forms of communications, instead of a tantrum to express their needs.”
In his new role as manager, he will be working towards developing greater collaborative efforts between the entire support system – the school district, parents, community agencies, service providers, and the students with developmental disabilities themselves. “Our goal by working collaboratively is to put the best supports possible in place to ensure the best outcomes for the child,” he explains.
Lorenzo graduated from CSUN with his masters’ in public administration in 2014. In his free time he enjoys photography, reading, and road and mountain bike events. And he is getting married this month.

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Korean Parent Support Group Visits Taft College

Lanterman's newest Family Support Specialist Jamie Cha-McGrath organized a trip for nine parents from the Korean Parent Support Group in mid-October to Taft College to check out the school's Transition to Independent Living (TIL) Program.

She shares, "Parents wanted to know about college options for their child with special needs, so I arranged the trip." Parents toured the campus and were able to see the dorms, an activity room, classrooms, laundry facility, cafeteria, campus library, and also where cooking classes are taught.

Three Lanterman clients from Jamie's previous caseload as a service coordinator are currently attending the College.

To learn more about the TIL Program at Taft College visit

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Tea for Sibs Held at Chado Tea Room

In an effort to build relationships and provide support for adult siblings, Lanterman Regional Center and Chado Tea Rooms hosted Tea for Sibs, a Sunday afternoon tea event in early October for the California Sibling Leadership Network (CASLN). The group of adults siblings (18 years and older) met at Chado Tea Room in Hollywood for the first of many social gatherings for the group. Siblings came from all over California - San Diego, East Los Angeles, the Westside, and close to home - to get to know each other and share their stories about having brothers and sisters with special needs.

Check out the CASLN Facebook page and stay tuned for future gatherings. We also look forward to hosting our annual Alson’s Tea event for younger siblings in spring 2017.

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Lanterman Recognizes SPAC Members for Their Service

Thank you to Kelly White (left), CEO of Villa Esperanza Services, and Bill Murphy, CEO of FVO Solutions, for your service on Lanterman's Service Provider Advisory Committee (SPAC). Kelly served 10 years on SPAC, eight of them as chair, which meant she also represented service providers on the Lanterman's board of directors. Bill served on SPAC for five years and is retiring in December.

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CAPTAIN Conference Presents Evidence-Based Practices in Autism

Pictured are some of the CAPTAIN LA-Foothill Region cadre members (left to right): Patricia Juarez, LAUSD; Amy Tseng, LAUSD; Jean Johnson, Lanterman; Lisa Pirruccello, Lanterman; Christine Karg, GUSD; Anjanette Michalopoulos, BUSD

Lanterman, in collaboration with the Los Angeles, Burbank and Glendale Unified School Districts, recently sponsored a collaborative training developed by the local cadre of the California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN) on the use of evidence-based practices in supporting people affected by autism. Educators, families and caregivers for people with autism and other developmental disabilities took part in a variety of presentations on effective methods to teach and support people with special needs in their own homes, campuses, jobs and communities. Conference participants learned the importance of employing scientifically proven techniques, referred to as evidence-based practices, to maximize learning and independence for persons with autism at all ages, and in natural settings and circumstances. 

In addition, the conference served to open a critical discussion of the future of supports for people with disabilities as the country recognizes the importance of transition from the structured protected environments provided through special education services and secluded day program options towards the expectation of true community integration in living, working, and post-secondary educational settings.

Not to worry if you weren’t able to attend, as CAPTAIN presentations on evidence-based practice will also be available through Lanterman parent support groups, and LAUSD PRESS (Parent Resources for Engagement and Student Success) trainings ongoing at local school campuses throughout the district. Find one in your area by going to the LAUSD Web site and search using keyword PRESS. You can also visit the CAPTAIN Web site at for additional information and downloadable resources, and follow upcoming CAPTAIN events on Facebook. Educators, paraprofessionals and service providers can learn more about evidence-based practices, including obtaining certificates of completion for specific practices, by enrolling in the Lanterman Learning Center or by contacting Lanterman’s Training and Development Department at

CAPTAIN is a multi-agency collaborative of Department of Education, Department of Developmental Services, University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and the Family Resource Center Network formed to provide local trainings, web-based resources and specialist guidance for educators, service providers, families and individuals whose lives are affected by developmental disability. CAPTAIN was formed in an effort to answer the mandate for the use of evidence-based practices when using public funds to support the provision of educational, health care and developmental services, such as those provided through the regional center system. 

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Ornaments Needed for the Capitol Tree

Breakout the Glitter, Glue Guns and Tissue Paper - It's Time to Get Crafty and Start Making Ornaments for the State Capitol Tree

For more than 20 years, ornaments made by persons with developmental disabilities have adorned the state tree during the holidays. The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has been asked once again to participate in the official State Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony, which will take place in early December.

DDS is requesting ornaments from regional center clients to decorate the tree. If you or your program/agency would like to make and donate one or more ornaments, please check out the guidelines for participating and the ornament submission form.

Ornaments must be received by Wednesday, November 9, 2016.

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Meet the 2016-17 Project SEARCH - Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center Class

From left to right: Andrew Francisco, Gildardo Hernandez, George Chan, Amalia Reoyo Olazabal, Bruce Ictue, Ariel Alvarez and Edgar Lopez

There are seven young adults in the second Project SEARCH class that started in the fall.

The first class at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center had three participants in this innovative program. They graduated in the early summer and all three are continuing on at Kaiser as paid employees.

About Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a program for young adults with disabilities to learn job skills through unpaid internships. The interns are in their last year at LAUSD and they will participate in three 10-week internships throughout various Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center departments, such as OB/GYN, Ambulatory Services and Volunteer Services.

The goal for Project SEARCH interns is to gain valuable work experience that will lead to paid employment after graduation. LAUSD students interested in finding out more about Project SEARCH should speak with their teacher or their service coordinator at Lanterman.

For general information about Project SEARCH visit their Web site.

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October 11 is the Deadline to Participate in the Disneyland Community Involvement Program

Tuesday, October 11 is the deadline to submit info and participate in the Disneyland Community Involvement Program. Check out our latest e-mail bulletin for info and instructions on participating.


HCBS Regulations - Provider Funding for Compliance Activities

Please note...DDS has extended the deadline for submission to October 30, 2016.

On August 3, 2016, the Department sent the attached information regarding the process for requesting funding to assist providers in making changes to meet the federal Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) settings requirements. To allow more time for the development and completion of these proposals, the Department is extending the deadline until October 30, 2016, for service providers to submit proposals to regional centers. The information received with these proposals regarding strategies to address needed changes will be very important as we move forward. Therefore, it’s essential that service providers are made aware of this opportunity to, in conjunction with clients and family members, develop ideas for needed changes to meet the HCBS requirements.


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DDS Holds Local POS Disparity Data Meeting

Clockwise from top left: Nancy Bargmann, Director of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS); Julisa Pineda, Lanterman parent; Brian Winfield, Acting Deputy Director, Community Services Branch, DDS; and Pierre Landry, Chairperson of the Los Angeles State Council Regional Office

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) conducted four meetings throughout the State to discuss and develop strategies for addressing disparities in purchase of services. On Friday, August 26, 2016, DDS met with the Los Angeles Regional Centers. The Department shared purchase of service (POS) data for the entire State while local regional centers shared activities and efforts intended to reach out to underserved communities.  

Lanterman Regional Center shared the success of its Promotora Project and that it intends to apply for some of the special disparity funding from DDS to replicate this project in its Korean community. Lanterman also advocated for DDS to use some of its funding to purchase an automated message system so families can receive messages in their native language as well as for DDS to fund a statewide study of the disparity issue.

The study would seek to better understand whether these differences are a result of family decisions due to differing cultural beliefs and preferences; personal or family choice; or if these variances are due to inequities prevalent in the developmental disabilities service system based on lack of culturally competent services, linguistic barriers, socioeconomic or other factors that in some way limit access to services and negatively impact utilization of services.The study should consider regional differences such as rural, urban and other factors representative of the State as a whole.

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A Well-Developed ITP Puts Ricardo Lopez on the Path to Higher Learning

Ricardo Lopez is a highly motivated student with a passion for learning and a strong desire to continue his education. He is 18 years old and has a diagnosis of autism. During his senior year of high school, Ricardo faced the overwhelming challenge of taking the SAT and ACT in order to apply to four-year universities. Despite the unnerving feeling, Ricardo faced the exams head-on and successfully completed both, allowing him to apply to multiple universities.

As a result of his hard-work and determination, Ricardo was ultimately accepted into four California State Universities. He chose to attend California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and has enrolled in five courses for the fall 2016 semester.

In part, Ricardo’s successful transition was due to his well-developed Individualized Transition Plan (ITP). The ITP successfully highlighted Ricardo’s desire to attend a four-year university and incorporated this into his post-secondary educational goal. His ITP also addressed specific activities to support the achievement of the goal. For example, Ricardo was to be provided with assistance in identifying and applying to four-year universities that met his interests. Due to the thoroughness of his ITP, Ricardo successfully transitioned into CSUN and is now provided with the opportunity to further pursue and accomplish his future goals and aspirations.

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Voting Rights Restoration for Lanterman Clients That Are Conserved

Senate Bill 589, became effective as a new law on January 1, 2016, and indicates that an individual under conservatorship who has lost his or her right to vote can have their right to vote restored. Courts are implementing the new law during the biennial visits by the probate investigator.

When the probate investigator conducts a biennial visit, clients will be asked whether they want to vote and they have three choices: "I want to vote," "I don't want to vote," or unable to answer. If it is "I want to vote," the court will be notified and the right will be returned. The court will also notify the county registrar of voters. Please note, that for new petitions, the petition has been changed to address the issue of voting rights.

For clients who are conserved and want to vote in the election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, they need to notify the probate court and register to vote before October 24, 2016. Clients can inform the probate court with a simple letter to the presiding judge indicating "I want to vote." The letter should include the probate court's conservatorship case number. Once the written statement is received by the court and is verified, the court will enter an order to restore the individual's voting rights and provide notification to the county registrar of voters. Once rights are restored, the client should contact the registrar of voters to complete their voter registration.
The address and phone number for the Los Angeles County Probate Court is:
Stanley Mosk Courthouse
111 North Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

To vote in the November elections, the above steps must be completed by Monday, October 24, 2016.

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Budget Facts and Figures Made Easy

With pages and pages filled with information and figures, the section of the state budget related to developmental services and regional centers is not all that approachable. But, the Association of Regional Center Agencies has made it alot easier by providing a funds flow chart for 2016-17 and some budget facts and figures presented in pie chart format.

And there are some interesting take aways:

Funds Flow Chart 2016-17
This chart graphically depicts how the combination of state (“general fund”) and federal funds are moved through the State and to the services and supports required by persons with developmental disabilities. Points of note are the comparative cost-per-person of developmental centers versus community services, and the fact that generic services meet many needs, and must be accessed first.

Regional Center Budget and Demographic Information Charts
These charts show the breakdown of funds in our system, as well as some information on client characteristics. Major points, one per chart, are:

  • Administrative expenses are less than a single percent.
  • Federal funds (and meeting our promises that get those dollars) remain critical, providing 40 percent of our system’s $6 billion dollars.
  • Regional center services are an order of magnitude more cost-effective than developmental center services.
  • Residential services is the single largest cost component for people served.
  • Early Intervention is a small but real portion of our population, and each person served has the potential for better, and less expensive, outcomes as a result.
  • Again, residential services are the most expensive service provided – making it very important to help support people in the family home.
  • Our community’s ethnicity is roughly reflective of the State, but cultural differences and socioeconomic issues drive the complex topic of barriers to service.
  • While intellectual disabilities were, historically, the focus of our system, autism is the growing developmental disability.
  • Nearly half of people served are under the age of 18. They are more likely to have autism, and are daily entering a community system built around different needs that needs to be rebuilt around new needs.
  • Compare the costs of residential services as a portion of the budget against where people actually live. The family home is often – but not always – the preferred residence. Supporting families in their homes, such as respite services, meets their needs better, and is more cost-effective, too.
  • Men continue to be disproportionately represented in our system, driven in part by the gendered prevalence of autism.

Take a minute to look through the charts for a better idea of how funds flow through and are broken down in our system.


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CDCAN Reports Breaking News on the Recent Appointment of Nancy Bargmann as Director of DDS

Currently Works for San Gabriel – Pomona Regional Center Since Last Fall After Stepping Down Last July As Deputy Director of Community Services Division in Department of Developmental Services

SACRAMENTO, CA [BY MARTY OMOTO, CDCAN - LAST UPDATED 03/04/2016  2:53 PM] - Governor Brown, in a statement released late this afternoon, announced the appointment of Nancy Bargmann, age 54, a widely respected former senior department official, as the new director of the Department of Developmental Services. The appointment requires confirmation from the state Senate likely sometime early next year, though Bargmann can serve in the position until then. News of the Bargmann appointment is being greeted with high praise and strong support by advocates and policymakers across the State.

Diana Dooley, Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency, released a statement this afternoon to department staff, praising Bargmann’s  “…dedication, energy and caring she brings to her work and to the individuals we serve...," reflecting the reaction of many advocates, regional centers, and others who have worked with Bargmann.

The Department of Developmental Services, under the California Health and Human Services Agency, oversees the community-based services and supports funded through the 21 non-profit regional centers who in turn contract local community organizations and individuals to provide services to over 300,000 eligible people with developmental disabilities across the State. The department also owns and operates the three remaining health facilities called developmental centers and one smaller facility.

Bargmann will succeed Santi Rogers, who retired from state service on November 30. California Health and Human Services Agency Under Secretary Michael Wilkening has served as acting director since then and will continue to do so until Bargmann assumes the position sometime in the coming several weeks, though no exact starting date has yet been announced.

Diana Dooley, Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency, promised last October when Rogers’ announced his retirement, that she and her team would look for the right person to lead the department at a time when the State has embarked on a wide range of sweeping transitions to meet new federal requirements, and efforts to resolve long and short term issues of funding and resources in the community impacting people with developmental disabilities. Those major transitions include the State’s efforts moving forward on the historic closures of the remaining State-owned and operated developmental centers (except for the secured treatment area of Porterville Developmental Center); major changes in community services to comply with new federal Medicaid Home and Community Services Waiver regulations; compliance with the new federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; transitions and efforts dealing with critical funding and resource issues for people needing services and supports in the community, including those with unmet needs; issues related to reducing cultural disparities across the State; implementation of the new Self Determination Program; implementation of competitive integrated employment; transition of over 13,000 children to receive behavioral health treatment under Medi_Cal managed care; and other major initiatives.

Bargmann currently works for the San Gabriel – Pomona Regional Center in Pomona since last fall, after stepping down at the end of July last year due to family health reasons, as deputy director of the Department of Developmental Services’ community services division that oversees, among other things, regional center funded community-based services and supports. Bargmann served in that position for over three and half years, serving first under former department director Terri Delgadillo and then under Santi Rogers.

In that previous position Bargmann played a key role in bringing together diverse and sometimes competing stakeholders to navigate and implement major changes in state and federal policies impacting people with developmental disabilities and earned the respect of persons with developmental disabilities, their families, providers, regional centers and other advocates and policymakers. She was a visible presence over the years at numerous budget and other legislative hearings and stakeholder meetings up until last July when she stepped down as deputy director.

Nancy Bargmann, 54, of Long Beach, has been appointed director at the California Department of Developmental Services, where she was deputy director of the Community Services Division from 2012 to 2015. Bargmann has been associate executive director at the San Gabriel-Pomona Regional Center since 2015. She held several positions at Home Ownership for Personal Empowerment Inc. from 2009 to 2012, including executive director and business consultant and held several positions at the MENTOR Network from 1998 to 2009, including vice president of operations, vice president of business development and California state director. She held several positions at the Inland Regional Center from 1985 to 1998, including community services director, resource manager, adult services program manager and client services coordinator. Bargmann earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Pepperdine University School of Business and Management and a Master of Science degree in social work from San Diego State University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $186,572. Bargmann is a Republican.

The following is a statement released by Secretary Dooley to all staff of the Department of Developmental Services today, on the appointment of Nancy Bargmann as director: “I am very pleased to welcome Nancy Bargmann back to the Department of Developmental Services as the new Director. Nancy brings over 30 years of experience in serving individuals with developmental disabilities, including a wealth of knowledge in developing community resources, which will be extremely valuable as residents living in the developmental centers transition to community living and as individuals age out of their family homes and move into the community. Those of you who have worked with Nancy know the commitment, dedication, energy and caring she brings to her work and to the individuals we serve. For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to work with her yet, you’re in for a treat. Please join me in congratulating Nancy on her appointment.”

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Deadline to Opt Out of Court Decision Impacting Families of Young & School Age Children is April 1

If you are the parent or guardian of a child (including an infant) with disabilities; the parent or guardian of a student who is attending or attended a California school at any time since January 1, 2008, you should be aware a federal court has ordered the release of personal protected information, including behavior, health and discipline reports, Social Security numbers and home addresses to a nonprofit which claims it wants to ensure disabled students are being treated fairly under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and other laws.

The court order states that information will not be made available to the public, but this puts the responsibility in the hands of the nonprofit.

You can file an objection to information related to your child and your family being released. However, it is unclear whether the objection will prevent your child’s information from being released.

You must print and fill out a form or mail a private letter to the judge. There is no electronic means of notifying the court. Any objection must be received by the court by April 1, 2016.


Read the Court's complete decision and its order

Read a news release about this from the California Department of Education

Read the San Diego Union Tribune article about this decision

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Howard McBroom Heads to Germany to Share His Experience Living Life Through the Lens of Autism

Howard McBroom’s recent trip to Germany to share his experience living life with a diagnosis of autism all came about from a 2011 interview he did for the Los Angeles Times.

The article was read by Jette Paetz, a graduate student of Dr. Georg, and the wheels were set in motion. In 2012, Dr. Georg traveled to Los Angeles for a face to face interview with Howard for his book, “The Practice of Autism in America.” One thing led to another and three years later, Dr. Georg proposed that Howard travel to Germany to speak at a conference he was organizing about autism that would bring psychiatric professionals and people with autism together for the first time for meaningful discussion.

The biggest hurdle for Howard was getting a passport, but with the help of Jacquelyn Castillo, his community living specialist at United Cerebral Palsy, and Srbui Ovsepyan, his Lanterman service coordinator, he got it. With his essentials packed, Howard’s trip started on November 13, and for 10 days Howard brought, what he dubbed “Hope from America,” sharing his story, the effects of autism on him personally, and also about the regional center system on self-determination. The conference laid the groundwork for increased cooperation between the communities with autism in America and in Germany.

Howard shares, “This was an experience of a lifetime. I am very proud to represent the Regional Center in such a large scale advocacy effort and I look forward to more opportunities as an international speaker.”

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Getting Ready for El Nino

As you know, heavier-than-usual rains, referred to as “El Nino” are expected in the Los Angeles area. The latest forecasts are for the heaviest downpours to be throughout January, February and March, 2016. Among the greatest concerns are flooding and mudslides in some areas, power outages, street closures, leaking roofs and extra traffic.

The City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County each have a registry which anyone can sign up for. If you provide your cell phone and e-mail address, notifications of emergencies and areas to avoid will be texted, called or e-mailed to you. All landlines are already automatically in the system. View a flyer that explains how to sign up for these registries.

There are also things you can do to prepare yourself and your family such as:

  • Create an emergency kit that contains a minimum of 72 hours of food and water for each person, medications, first aid supplies, a flashlight and a radio.
  • Develop a plan for communication and re-uniting if it should become necessary.
  • To prepare your residence, repair roofs, trim trees and clear out gutters.
  • For your car, make sure headlights and windshield wipers are in good working order.
  • Do not walk or drive through flooded areas.
  • For your pets, plan for pet food, water, medications and leashes.

Here are some helpful websites:

Unusual weather can cause increased fear and anxiety. Discuss it ahead of time if that strategy helps. For people with some types of disabilities, use pictures or videos or your home shower to illustrate heavy rain. Plan things to do for extended time indoors. Follow news reports and heed instructions to stay away from problem areas. It is impossible to know exactly how much rain is expected, but a little advanced planning can reduce panic and maximize everyone’s safety.

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State Council on Developmental Disabilities Begins Next Phase of Child/Family Surveys

Starting November 2, 2015 through March 2016 the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) Los Angeles Office will be sending out National Core Indicator Child/Family Surveys to parents and guardians of children, ages 3 to 18, who receive services from Lanterman, Eastern Los Angeles, Harbor, North Los Angeles County, South Central Los Angeles, Westside, San Gabriel/Pomona and Tri-Counties regional centers.

The National Core Indicators are standard measures used by many states to assess how people feel about the services that they receive from the developmental disability system. The questions address key areas of concern including service planning, community inclusion, choice, health and safety, rights and employment. The responses to these surveys will help California identify essential changes necessary to improve the quality of services at a statewide and local level. 

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. All responses are confidential. No one will know your answers - not case managers, providers, support workers, or any others. Your answers will not affect you, your child, or the services your family receives. The survey comes with a pre-addressed, pre-stamped envelope.

Surveys will also be available in the following languages: Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Farsi, Hmong, Khmer-Cambodian, Korean, Laotian, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese

If you need help reading or understanding the survey, or need an interpreter, contact the SCDD Los Angeles office at 818.543.4631 or When you receive the survey please complete and return it within two weeks.

Legislative Hearing Updates from ARCA

On December 1, there were two legislative informational hearings that are relevant to the work that regional centers do. Following is a summary by Amy Westling, Director of Policy, Association of Regional Center Agencies.

First, there was a hearing on the MCO tax in Los Angeles, which covered, by and large, familiar territory and information. Sen. Hernandez (chair) welcomed all participants and attendees. He noted with disappointment that the Department of Finance declined the conference committee’s invitation. He had been particularly interested in hearing from them why the tax is needed in light of the new funds recently reported by the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO).

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